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From Tunis: Day Trip to Kairouan, El Jem and Sousse

1. From Tunis: Day Trip to Kairouan, El Jem and Sousse

Be picked up at your accommodation in Tunis and head to Kairouan. Kairouan was established in 670 AD and flourished under the Aghlabid Dynasty. Visit the Great Mosque of Kairouan, the Aglabits Bassins, and Sidi Sahbi Mausoleum. Spend some time exploring the Kairouan Medina and enjoy a typical Kairouan lunch. After lunch, head to the small village of El Jem. Here you’ll have the opportunity to see the El Jem Amphitheater ruins. The Amphitheater is the largest colosseum in North Africa and could hold up to 35,000 people. Your next stop is Sousse. Here you’ll visit the Sousse Old Medina and the Port of El Kantaoui. Head back to Tunis and be dropped off at your accommodation in the city

From Tunis: Kairouan & El Jem Day Trip with Lunch

2. From Tunis: Kairouan & El Jem Day Trip with Lunch

After being picked up from your Tunis accommodation, set off for Kairouan. Start your tour with a visit to the last 2 9th-century Aghlabite Basins which were among the greatest waterworks of the Middle Ages. Witness the monuments from the top of the Tourist Information Building as you gain an introduction to the foundation of Kairouan and its glorious age. After this, continue the tour with a visit to the 7th-century Great Okba Mosque, the oldest mosque in North Africa. Appreciate the powerful and beautiful expression of faith inherent in the 9th-century architecture. Proceed to the nearby Sidi Sahbi, to visit the 17th-19th century building known for its minaret and beautiful courtyards lined with green-blue tile work and white plaster stucco. Then, arrive at the entrance to the Medina for a guided walk through the main street and up to the mystical "Bir Barrouta". Spend some free time strolling through the Medina and shopping. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant.  Finally, climb back into the vehicle and take a 1 hour and 15-minute transfer to the El Jem amphitheater - the main attraction of the tour and one of Tunisia's most visited sites.  Discover how this monumental amphitheater was built in the 3rd-century and is the largest Roman monument left in Africa, ranking 3rd in the Empire after those in Rome and Verona. Marvel at its architecture which was considered to be an improvement of the Colosseum in Rome, though it is a tiny bit smaller. At the end of the tour, begin your return journey to Tunis where you will be dropped off back at your accommodation.

From Tunis: Full-Day El Jem and Monastir Tour

3. From Tunis: Full-Day El Jem and Monastir Tour

Depart from your centrally-located accommodation in Tunis and head to El Jem. Begin your visit with El Jem’s amphitheater, the main attraction and one of Tunisia’s most-visited sites. This monumental amphitheater, built in the mid-third century AD (230-240 AD), is the largest Roman monument left in Africa and ranks third in the Empire after those in Rome and Verona. One of the last large amphitheaters built during the Roman era, its architectural design is an improvement of that of Rome's Colosseum. Continue your tour with an authentic lunch at a local restaurant. Proceed to Monastir to visit the Ribat of Monastir, an Islamic defensive structure and the oldest ribat built by the Arab conquerors during the Muslim conquest of the Maghreb. It is also the most prominent monument in the city of Monastir. After the ribat, head to the Bourguiba Mausoleum, the final resting place of the first president of the Tunisian Republic. Explore at your own pace until it’s time to return to your hotel in Tunis.

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What people are saying about El Jem

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 8 reviews

My husband and I had an absolutely incredible time on this day-long tour with our guide, Boutheina!! She was the most knowledgeable, fun, and personable tour guide and we learned SO MUCH from her while visiting Kairouan, El Jem, and Carthage (not to mention, she takes the best photos!!). Our driver was also amazing and got us from place to place with no trouble. This is a must-do for anybody who is traveling to Tunisia and wants to understand the country’s rich culture and history! We were in awe of everything we saw and really got to know Tunisians’ warmth and hospitality through our time with Boutheina. We loved this experience so much and couldn’t recommend it highly enough!!!

Our trip was great. Our guide Hassen and our driver was more than amazing. We enjoyed every minute with them. We learnt so much things about Tunisia. I really recommed it to everyone who visit this beautiful country.

Excellent guide and excellent driver, I had no problem and the experience has pleasantly impressed me. All the places visited are very beautiful and the explanation of the local guide enriched my trip with details.

I had a very good time today Chedli on this tour in Tunisia. Car, driver, guide in perfect Italian. Both very helpful and on time. I highly recommend it

Fahmi was a professional and knowledgeable guide, and he made the entire excursion very pleasant for me and my partner.