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HERITAGE TOUR IN TUNISIA

 

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8 DAYS ITINERARY - CARTHAGE TO HAMMAMET...

Tunisia is an ancient civilisation, enriched by different cultures through the ages. By visiting the country and its museums you can admire the prolific creativity of Roman and African mosaic artists, the powerful beauty of the El Djem Amphitheatre and the Great Mosque of Kairouan, the delicate elegance of the Capitol in Dougga or the palaces in Tunis, the moving simplicity of Djerba’s architecture…

 

DAY 1 & 2: 1st steps in CARTHAGE AND TUNIS

Arrival in Tunis. The center of the city is where most tourists head and home to most of the city's many hotels. The old city area known as the Medina can be reached by Taxi.

One of Tunis' must see attractions is the Bardo Museaum: partly for the collection and partly because it is located in a marvellous 13th century Ottoman palace. The museum covers the entire history of Tunisia.

Another great attraction is the Zitouna Mosque, not only is it Tunisia's largest, it dates from the 8th century

The Souk in Tunis feels a lot less touristy than those in some North African towns and cities: it is vibrant place where people live and work. 

 

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DAY 3: VISIT THE ROMAN RUINS OF DOUGGA

The archaeological site of Dougga is one of the most spectacular in Tunisia. Its ruins are surrounded by olive trees and nestled into a cliff facing a slightly inclined plateau; over 70 hectares, they trace out the contours of an almost completely preserved Roman town.

DAY 4: MAKHTAR & SBEITLA

Leave El Kef by the south, to head towards Makthar where is the site of Maktaris. After this visit, continue on to Sbeitla. Have lunch and then visit the site of Sufetula which still contains some of the best preserved remains of Tunisia.

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DAY 5: KAIROUAN & EL DJEM

Leave for the holy city of Kairouan.  Discover the great mosque of Okba Ibn Nafaa, founded in the 6th century, the ingenious Aghlabid basins, the mausoleum of Sidi Sahbi, companion of the prophet Mahomet, and the Medina of Kairouan.

2nd half of the day, visit El Djem: not many ancient sites are as impressive as the Roman Coliseum at El Djem. In this enormous amphitheatre, inspired by the one in Rome and architecturally flawless, epic entertainment was put on pitting hunters against wild animals.

DAY 6: MAHDIA & RIBAT

Visit Mahdia. Built on an almost island, it has experienced a succession of important dynasties. We will pass through Skifa Kahla to visit the regional museum as well as Borj Mahdia, a fortress dating from the sixteenth century. Then continue to the coast towards Monastir.

Discover the Ribat which was originally a small fortress built as a frontier defense line in the early days of the Muslim conquest of the Maghreb, and the mausoleum of "Bourguiba", a lawyer, political activist and first president of the Republic of Tunisia. Then continue towards Tekrouna, a typical Berber village, perched at the top of a hill. Pui, s road to Zaghouan and lunch.

Then visit the water temple which once supplied Carthage with water through an ingenious system of aqueducts. Finally, we take the road towards Hammamet. 

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DAY 7: discover hammamet

Hectic resort in summer, well known for its beaches and its party atmosphere, Hammamet is also a small city with an authentic charm. Turquoise waters, the scent of jasmine, white houses and stone walls gilded by the centuries… its medina fringed by fine sand is particularly poetic. Nearby, the new resort town of Yasmine Hammamet offers a more contemporary setting, while the forests and lemon groves are a real pleasure for nature lovers.

DAY 8: departure