Things to do in Tunisia

Our most recommended things to do in Tunisia

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

Douz 2-Day Sahara Desert Camel Trek

2. Douz 2-Day Sahara Desert Camel Trek

On day 1, following an early pick-up from your hotel or accommodation in Douz, meet your Bedouin cameleers and begin your camel trek. Enjoy riding the camel through the fascinating views of the golden dunes and the amazing landscape which will change as the day progresses. At midday, break for lunch. While the chef prepares a delicious meal, take the opportunity to take photos of the impressive desert. After lunch, continue your journey and ride the camel til sunset. Watch the amazing sight of the sun setting behind the golden dunes. Arrive at the desert camp, and sit down for a traditional Berber dinner with famous flatbread prepared on an open fire. Spend the night under the starry Saharan sky, drumming around the fire. In the early morning, enjoy the charming sunrise as you eat a Berber breakfast. Continue to ride the camel through the remarkable dunes and fantastic landscape, from there, your Tunisian desert adventure will wind to a close. Trek back to the initial meeting point, where your return transportation to Douz awaits.

Djerba: 1-Night Desert Tent Safari

3. Djerba: 1-Night Desert Tent Safari

Day 1: Your tour will begin as you depart from your hotel to Tataouine. You will then begin by crossing Roman Road, the structure that connects the island to continental Africa. You will then take a break at the salt lake of Chahbania to enjoy the view and to take photos. Following this, you will enjoy a 40-minute stroll in the streets of Tataouine's market to discover the Berber products and spices for sale. You will then head to the village of Chenini, where you will enjoy a walk to discover it with a local guide. At midday, you will taste the flavors of a local meal in a Berber restaurant. Following lunch, you will cross the Erg (or the desert of rocks) and head to Ksar Ghilane. Upon your arrival you can enjoy a swim in its natural water spray, in an area located between the greenery of the oasis and the yellow color of the sand dunes. Whilst at this location there will also be the possibility of taking a camel ride tour or a quad-bike tour of the dunes (not included). By the end of the day, you will go to your camp to enjoy one of the best sunsets of Southern Tunisia. At the camp, you will have a tent, be able to take a shower, and can also experience the preparation of "sand bread" just before dinner. Following dinner, you will enjoy free time to admire the starry sky in the silence of the desert. Day 2: Following breakfast, you will head to Matmata, the troglodyte village. Your first stop will be to the Berber village of Tamazret, where you can taste an "amandes" tea. Following the break, you will visit a Berber family at their underground house, where you will enjoy an authentic local lunch. Following lunch you will head to Sidi Idriss, a troglodyte hotel where some scenes of the Star Wars film had been shot, and where we can still find some film decor. The final visit of the day will be to the Berber village of Toujane, which is hidden between two mountains and famous for handmade carpets and honey. At the end of the day, you will be returned safely to your hotel with a head full of great memories.

Tunis: Carthage, Sidi Bou Said and Medina Tour

4. Tunis: Carthage, Sidi Bou Said and Medina 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. 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: Kairouan & El Jem Day Trip with Lunch

5. 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.

Tunis: Medina Guided Walking Tour

6. Tunis: Medina Guided Walking Tour

Meet your tour guide at the Hôtel Royal Victoria near the Bab Bhar area of Tunis. From there, you’ll explore the city and experience all the sides of Tunis: the old and the new, the modern and the traditional. Visit Tunis University and learn about Tunisia’s pride in its modern educational system. 30% of the country’s national budget is dedicated to education. Explore the souks, a set of shops and boutiques where trading has taken place since the 13th century. Navigate the labyrinthine streets of the Medina of Tunis and see its many shops, monuments, and mosques. As you explore the city, your guide will elaborate on Tunis’ rich architectural heritage, pointing out examples of Islamic and Roman architecture. Stop by the Tourbet el Bey and see the Tunisian royal mausoleum. Stroll through the fresh fish, fruits, and vegetables at the vibrant Central Market of Tunis. 

Tunis: Full-Day Local Towns Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

7. 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. 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 Djerba: Full-Day Ksar Ghilane Hot Spring and Villages

8. From Djerba: Full-Day Ksar Ghilane Hot Spring and Villages

Get off the beaten track and discover the oasis of Ksar Ghilane. Enjoy scenic views as you travel along the Roman road, and keep an eye out for flocks of sheep and even camels. Visit local villages and savor a freshly made tea at a local's home. After pickup at your hotel, leave the island of Djerba and travel to Ksar Ghilane. Upon arrival, take a swim in the thermal spring nestled amid a grove of date palms. Relax completely in water that's warm enough to be utterly soothing yet still offers respite from the desert heat. Next, enjoy some free time to take a walk on the dunes, go for a camel ride, or explore the dunes on a quad tour before sitting down to a local meal around the hot spring. After lunch, return to the jeep and head to the Berber village of Matmata. Stop in the village of Tamazret, a village flooded in 1969 where only a few families still live. Continue to discover a troglodyte home where your Berber host will welcome you with a warming tea of rosemary, olive oil, and honey that he has prepared himself. After this meeting, make your way to Djerba with a final stop at Toujane, a Berber village of ocher color hidden discreetly between two mountains.

Tunisia: 3-Day Sahara Desert Camel Trek from Douz

9. Tunisia: 3-Day Sahara Desert Camel Trek from Douz

Day 1.  Following an early pick-up at your accommodation in Douz, meet your Bedouin cameleers and begin your camel trek. Enjoy riding the camel with fascinating views of the golden dunes and the amazing landscape, which changes as the day progresses. At midday, have a break for lunch and while the chef will prepare a delicious meal, you have the opportunity to take photographs of the impressive desert. After lunch, your journey continues to the desert camp for an overnight stay. Spend the night under the starry Saharan sky with the sound of drumming around the fire following an impressive Berber dinner. Day 2.  In the early morning, enjoy the charming sunrise and have a Berber breakfast. Then ride the camel and see some rather beautiful panoramic views. At midday, return to camp so you can watch how to prepare a traditional Bedouin lunch. This style of food is unique. Soon after a tasty lunch, you will ride the camel until sunset and see the amazing sunset on top of the golden dunes. Finish a fine day, with a marvelous dinner near the campfire, under millions of stars.  Day 3. Wake up to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and a tasty breakfast with the view of an amazing sunrise. Ride the camel to discover the incredible sides of the beautiful desert. At midday, you will have a traditional healthy lunch along the famous flatbread prepared on open fire. Continue to ride the camel through the remarkable dunes and fantastic landscape. Your Tunisian desert adventure will wind to a close, with a camel trek back to the initial meeting point, where your return transportation to Douz awaits.

Djerba: Camel Ride Island Tour

10. Djerba: Camel Ride Island Tour

Take a guided island tour on the back of a camel in Djerba, Tunisia. Experience Djerba’s wild coast, sandy paths, palm trees, lagoons, and other natural features alongside a professional guide. This experience can be customized for both beginner and experienced riders. On the day of the tour, get picked up from your accommodation before starting your adventure. Then, head out from the ranch with your guide on the back of your new animal friend. Ride along the sandy tracks and discover the wild coast of the island. Admire fields of olive trees and palm trees. Meet the locals and see herds of goats. Then, see examples of Djerbian architecture before arriving at Djerba’s Blue Lagoon. Take a moment to take photos to remember your experience. Afterwards, return to the ranch knowing your fond memories were captured. At the end of the tour, enjoy a drop-off service back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Tunisia

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 308 reviews

The trip was carried out as described and according to the program, contact with the guide on WhatsApp was very good, the boat was tidy and in very good condition. The steersmen tried very hard, looking for dolphins and reacting to any, even false alarms from our side. We made it on the way back from the lagoon, and we admired the dolphins until they had left. I heartily recommend!

Great walking tour through the maze of the Medina. We went inside buildings and through streets that we wouldn’t have been able to without a guide. Good information, without being too much. Better joining instructions would have been helpful. The square is very busy with lots of people and it was awkward standing outside the hotel as the security kept asking us questions.

The tour was very interesting, and I learned a lot. We covered a lot of area and got to see some amazing sights. Mohamed, the tour guide, was very knowledgeable and kind. I highly recommend this tour!

guide was prompt and very knowledgeable. His English was very good. We visited the Tunis Medina on a Sunday, when shops were not open and it was easy to see the architecture.

Fun and educational tour to see wonderful sites. Great guide and driver.