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Tunis: Carthage, Sidi Bou Said & Medina Private Tour

1. Tunis: Carthage, Sidi Bou Said & Medina Private Tour

Start the day with pickup at your Tunis hotel. Make the 25-minute trip to Carthage in a comfortable, air-conditioned car, and spot some of Tunisia’s most exclusive villas along the way. Explore the city with your guide, taking in ancient landmarks with sweeping views of the surrounding coastline. Learn about how Carthage was famously destroyed by the Romans in 146 BC, but excavations have revealed homes, sewage systems, and the remains of the city walls. After visiting the UNESCO-listed archeological site, continue to Sidi Bou Said, a blue-and-white, picturesque village that looks over the Mediterranean. Pause for lunch at a local restaurant, then return to Tunis to visit the Bardo National Museum, whose exhibits display Roman mosaics, early Islamic ceramics, and rare Phoenician artifacts. Make the final stop of the day in the Tunis medina, the city’s UNESCO-listed old city. Follow your guide through the narrow streets to the Zitouna Mosque, a traditional cap-makers market, and Tunis colorful perfume market. This tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel in Tunis.

From Tunis: Half-Day Tour to Carthage and Sidi Bou Said

2. From Tunis: Half-Day Tour to Carthage and Sidi Bou Said

Explore the history of Tunisia on this half-day tour to Carthage and Sidi Bou Said from Tunis. First you’ll visit Carthage, founded in 814 B.C. The earliest settlements can still be seen on Byrsa Hill, just below the renowned Carthage National Museum. See the remains of two port basins, evidence of Carthaginian mastery of the sea. Discover the Tophet, a burial ground and a sanctuary of ancient deities.   Continue to Sidi Bou Said, a 5-kilometer drive from Carthage. This picturesque town is perched high on a cliff top overlooking the Mediterranean. Stroll through winding cobbled streets, and admire the whitewashed buildings with contrasting blue doors and ornate window grids. Wander around the boutiques and shop for souvenirs, or relax in a Moorish cafe. Afterwards you’ll be dropped off back in Tunis.

Tunis: Full-Day Local Towns Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

3. Tunis: Full-Day Local Towns Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

The day begins with pickup from your Tunis hotel and heads off on the 25 minute trip to Carthage. Arrive in this charming seaside suburb and enjoy a guided tour, marvelling at ancient landmarks and sweeping views of the coast. Learn how Carthage was destroyed by the Romans in 146 B.C. but that excavations since have revealed homes, sewage systems, and the remains of the city walls. Continue the tour to the picturesque Sidi-Bou-Said next, boasting panoramic views across the Mediterranean. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant and get a taste of regional cuisine. After lunch, return to Tunis and visit the impressive National Bardo Museum where you can find Roman mosaics, early Islamic ceramics, and rare Phoenician artifacts. The final stop of the day is the bustling Tunis Medina, a UNESCO listed location. Wander around the array of colorful stalls and soak up the unique mix of sights and scents. Mingle with the locals as you follow your guide towards the Al-Zaytuna Mosque at the center of the Medina. At the end of an unforgettable day, enjoy drop-off back to your hotel.

From Hammamet: Day Trip to Sidi Bou Saïd and Carthage

4. From Hammamet: Day Trip to Sidi Bou Saïd and Carthage

Depart Hammamet for Sidi Bou Said, a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated on the Gulf of Tunis. Discover this world-famous location, said to reflect the delicacy of its inhabitants through its architecture.  The village boasts an almost-perfect balance between its two symbolic colors, blue and white. The small Bordj, which sheltered the Mourabitounes in the 9th century, has stretched over the centuries to be transformed into a village sheltering the noblemen of Tunisia. Discover the Palace nejma ezahra, the luxurious residence that Baron Rodolphe d'Erlanger built at the beginning of the 20th century. Between its paintings and musical instruments from the 20s and 30s, it is a masterpiece in the true sense of the word Visit Dar Alaïa; situated at the peak of the hill of the mythical village of Sidi Bou Saïd, it is an exhibition-tribute to the great Tunisian couturier Ezzedine alai. Depart then to visit Carthage and discover its exciting story through the ruins and a visit to the American Cemetery. The cemetery consists of a few acres of grass, flowers, and a wide variety of century-old trees that are the resting place of the 3,000 soldiers who gave their lives during the Second World War.

From Sousse: Day Trip to Carthage, Tunis and Sidi Bou

5. From Sousse: Day Trip to Carthage, Tunis and Sidi Bou

Be picked up at your accommodation in Sousse and head to Carthage. Learn about the history of Carthage and see city ruins at The Carthage National Museum. Visit the American Cemetery, where 3000 WWII soldiers were buried. The Cemetary is a few acres in size and is filled with flowers and a variety of century-old trees. Next, you’ll head to Sidi Bou, known for its blue and white streets. Here you’ll explore the alleyways of the area and see architecture that is typical of the area. Visit the Palace Nejma Ezzahra. Built at the beginning of the 20th Century, it was once the residence of Baron Rodolphe d'Erlanger. Travel to Dar Alaïa at the peak of the hill in Sidi Bou Saïd. Dar Alaïa is a tribute to Ezzedine Alai. In the afternoon you’ll visit the Bardo Museum. Famous for its collection of Roman mosaics, which is the largest and richest collection in the world. Travel to Tunis and explore Tunis Medina. See Zitouna Mosque, which is the second oldest Mosque in Africa. After you visit, you’ll be dropped off at your accommodation in Sousse.

From Tunis Port: Tunis, Carthage, & Sidi Bou Said Tour

6. From Tunis Port: Tunis, Carthage, & Sidi Bou Said Tour

After getting picked up early in the morning, your adventure will begin with the old medina of Tunis, this UNESCO World Heritage site which represents the economic and religious heart of the Arab-Muslim civilization. Get lost in the labyrinthine alleys with your guide, admire the unique architecture, and learn more about the monuments. Visit the awe-inspiring madrasas, the Zitouna mosque, and the famous Kasbah. Then, enjoy some free time and a break for your midday meal before heading to the archaeological site of Carthage. Visit the hill of Byrsa, the Punic port, the thermal baths of Antonine and other sites, and admire this heritage which reflects the power of the Romans. At the end of the afternoon, take advantage of some free time to stroll through the cobbled streets of Sidi Bousaid. Admire these white walls and blue windows and enjoy a good tea at the “Café des Délices”.

Tunis Governorate: Full-Day Tour

7. Tunis Governorate: Full-Day Tour

Set off to explore Tunis and its surroundings. The getaway will start with the Old Medina, the economic heart of the city, and a monument classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stroll through the narrow alleys and discover the monuments, the history, and the unique architecture of this site. Visit the famous Zitouna mosque, the Medresas, and the Kasbah. Then, head to the Bardo Museum, the richest in the world in terms of the Roman mosaics collection. Meet Virgil, Neptune, and learn more about the civilizations that occupied Tunisia. In the afternoon, discover the ruins of Carthage, the Punic city invaded by the Romans. Admire these monuments and discover the hill of Byrsa, the Punic port, the Antonine Baths, and other UNESCO World Heritage sites. At the end of the day, take advantage of free time to stroll in the alleys of Sidi Bou Said, with its white walls and blue doors which dominate the bay of Tunis.

Tunis: Private Full-Day Tunisia Highlights Tour

8. Tunis: Private Full-Day Tunisia Highlights Tour

Start the day with pickup at your hotel in Tunis. Make the 25-minute trip to Carthage in a comfortable, air-conditioned car, spotting some of Tunisia’s most exclusive villas along the way. Explore the city with your guide, marveling at ancient landmarks with sweeping views of the surrounding coastline. Carthage was famously destroyed by the Romans in 146 BC, but excavations have revealed five-story homes, sewage systems, and the remains of city walls that once stretched 21 miles across Byrsa Hill. After visiting the UNESCO-listed archeological site, continue to Sidi Bou Said, a blue-and-white, picturesque village that looks over the Mediterranean Sea. Pause for lunch at a local restaurant, then return to Tunis to visit the Bardo National Museum, the exhibits of which display Roman mosaics, early Islamic ceramics, and rare Phoenician artifacts. Make the final stop of the day in the Tunis Medina, the city’s UNESCO-listed old city. Follow your guide through the narrow streets to the Zitouna Mosque, a traditional cap-makers market, and Tunis' colorful perfume market. The tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel in Tunis.

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What people are saying about Sidi Bou Said

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 6 reviews

My guide, Bouthheina, was wonderful! She was a wealth of knowledge and made the areas we visited really come to life. I would have never been able to enjoy Carthage, especially, without her history lessons. And Sidi Boo Said was beautiful. This private tour was the very best part of my visit to Tunisia. Thank you, Boutheina, for your lively conversation and amazing attention to every detail to make this visit extra special!

Highly recommend! Really great small tour with lots of history and culture. Pick up and drop off at hotel made it most convenient.

The guide was incredibly knowledgeable and very accommodating. The driver was excellent and considerate of the heat.

Extraordinary places, carefully kept. The tour was well organized with a well trained Italian guide Hatem ☺️

Guide very prepared and available to make us make extra visits, also excellent driver.