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Holiday type Tours
Sun holidays
Country Tunisia
Travel type Fly
Price range From £679
Travel partner Riviera Travel
Duration 5 nights
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Carthage, Roman Africa and Moorish Tunisia

Discover some of antiquity’s most remarkable sites, mosques and walled cities. Little has changed from medieval times. A French colonial legacy, set in a topography studded with cedar forests and olive groves. Discover vibrant Medina’s alive with the chatter of white-robed traders, and relics from past civilisations.

Included
The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a room. Single rooms are subject to availability at a supplement of £89 per person. The price includes five nights half board, one lunch, return flights, airport departure taxes, all tours as mentioned, entrances to Bardo museum, Carthage site, Antonine baths, Roman site at Dougga, El Jem, guided tours of Carthage, Bardo museum, Dougga, Kairouan, El Jem and the services of a Riviera tour manager.

  • Return scheduled flights
  • Stay in five star hotels with daily breakfast and dinner, plus one lunch
  • Visit six UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Guided tour of Hannibal’s and Roman Carthage
  • Visit Sidi Bousaid, reminiscent of Moorish Spain
  • Guided tour of the Bardo National museum displaying Carthaginian gold, silverware and the world’s largest collection of Roman mosaics
  • Tour Tunis, its ninth century medina and gold market
  • Tour the almost complete ancient Roman site of Dougga, its forum and Neptune’s temple
  • Stay in Kairouan, Islam’s fourth holiest city after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem, see its mosque, medieval university and preserved old town
  • El Jem, the world’s third largest amphitheatre after the Colosseum and Verona
  • Services of an experienced tour manager
Day one

Fly to Tunis. On arrival, a coach will take you to the five star Hotel Golden Tulip, just outside the city next to Carthage, for two nights.

Day two

Firstly we explore Carthage city of Hannibal, the ancient world’s regional superpower. We have a very comprehensive tour of this remarkable site discovering the Tophet, a Carthaginian necropolis possibly also having a sacrificial role, and the impressive harbours, which propelled Carthage to greatness. Roman civil engineering is evident in the Malga aqueduct and water storage system. Next is the Antonine Bath complex, the world’s third largest, then nearby Sidi Boussaid a ‘Blue and White’ village so reminiscent of Moorish Spain. This afternoon we visit the Bardo museum; with its unrivalled collection of 600 Roman mosaics, some of them almost the size of a house, set into floors and walls. Also displayed is gold and silverware recovered from Carthaginian tombs, plus Vandal and Islamic items.

Day three

This morning we take a tour of Tunis, once the Islamic world’s richest city. Commencing in the tree-lined Government Square, we are then immersed in the sights, sounds and scents of the Medina. The ninth century Zitouna mosque exudes tranquillity; its classic structure includes over 160 Carthaginian columns. As your tour continues you discover numerous souks (traditional markets) rambling through the maze of narrow alleys, offering everything from hand-woven garments and a myriad of olives to exotic spices in a dazzling array of colours. Driving into the countryside, the ancient city of Dougga gradually appears. We stay and dine at the centrally located, five star hotel La Kasbah in the remarkable city of Kairouan. Built in a traditional style this hotel has been cleverly created from a series of restored buildings, including part of the ninth century city walls.

Day four

Founded in 670 AD, Kairouan, was regarded as Islam’s fourth holiest city after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. At its heart is the Sidi Uqba mosque, Africa’s oldest which from outside displays grandiose simplicity, but inside the re-use of Roman columns and fascinating juxtaposition of symbols from Christianity and Judaism is dominated by the world’s oldest minaret, whilst in the Prayer Hall, pillars of still-shining Carthaginian marble support the 17 aisles of a magnificent interior. Next we see the ninth century Aghlabid water cisterns, still used today. After free time exploring this very special place, we take the short drive to the old city of Hammamet and our hotel for two nights, the five star Hotel Sindbad just a short walk along the beach from where the fishing village Hammamet once was. Our hotel describes itself as a Hotel du Charme, situated on the shoreline in a garden surrounded by mature exotic landscaping. We dine in the hotel’s superior restaurant with regional specialities.

Day five

You are free today to enjoy the Mediterranean, the hotel’s own amenities, or perhaps take a stroll along the beach exploring Hammamet’s atmospheric old medina. Discover its network of alleyways, intricate doorways and the contrast of colourful bougainvillea flowing over whitewashed walls. Another meal at the hotel ends the tour.

Day six

Transfer for your return flight.
The Golden Tulip

Overlooking the Bay of Gammarth, the Golden Tulip hotel has been inspired by Ancient Greek architecture. The spacious lobby has marble flooring with an array of Tunisian mosaics along with Greek columns. A Roman style Courtyard surrounds the large outdoor swimming pool and terrace. The hotel also offers an indoor swimming pool, three bars, three restaurants, a Moorish cafe and spa facilities. All of the rooms have air conditioning, TV, safe and mini bar.

The Kasbah hotel

Situated in the heart of Kairouan, Arab-Islamic in design, this historic hotel is built within a ninth Century wall and harmoniously blends into the city's architecture. It has recently been constructed keeping ancient areas such as the Turkish café which have been restored. The design of the elegant rooms has been inspired by traditional Tunisian houses, featuring colourful tiling and wooden coving and offer all the facilities that you expect of such a property. The hotel offers a large outdoor swimming pool with sun loungers, two restaurants, a Moorish cafe, spacious lobby with Tunisian marble flooring with a lounge and bar area and an outdoor terrace.

The Sindbad hotel

This hotel has a beach front location in the old town of Hammamet close to the medina, surrounded by gardens with palm trees and exotic plants. The Pool lounge and bar, overlooks the beach and offers a relaxed atmosphere in chic comfortable surroundings by day and night. There is also an indoor pool and a second outdoor pool. The hotel offers three bars, three restaurants, a private beach with free use of sun beds and a spacious lobby/lounge area. The Moorish style rooms are decorated in a contemporary style with North African influences and are located around the grounds of the hotel complex. All rooms have either a private terrace or balcony with a garden view, air conditioning, mini bar, safe and satellite TV.
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