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About Tunis (from La Goulette)

La Goulette, the cruise port for Tunis, lies about 40 minutes shuttle bus drive away from the city, but is much closer to the ruins of Carthage. The 2nd century Colosseum and Roman Temple are only 20 minutes drive from the port, and most excursions combine Carthage with a restful stop at the pretty seaside village of Sidi Bou Said.

There are more archaeological treasures to be found in Tunis itself; the Musée du Bardo houses a huge collection of Byzantine and Roman mosaics, while you can see sections of the old Roman aqueduct running through the city centre.

But the focal point for most visitors to the city is its bustling medina - the old walled town, with its graceful, tree-lined squares and lively souk. A browse around the carpet and jewellery stalls is a fascinating experience, as you can watch weavers, perfumiers and goldsmiths practice their ancient arts.

 

Shore excursions in Tunis (from La Goulette)

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Ancient Carthage and Sidi Bou Said

Activity highShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Visit the ancient site of Carthage along the coast from La Goulette before heading to Sidi Bou Said for a spot of shopping.

Once Rome’s most dangerous enemy and bitter rival, Carthage was reputedly founded by Queen Dido from Phoenicia. Today, the ruins of this settlement remain scattered among the area’s more modern construction.

Visit several of these fascinating ruins, such as the enormous Roman public baths near the seashore, the amphitheatre where Christians were sacrificed, and the Punic ruins of temples, monuments and columns. You’ll also drive by the Roman Theatre, Punic Port, Byrsa Hill and the Tophet, the site where human sacrifices were offered to the gods of Carthage.

Embark on a short, guided walk through the interesting port town of Sidi Bou Said, famous for its Moorish architecture. Afterwards, you’ll have some free time to browse the local shops, which sell souvenirs, such as typical Tunisian bird-cages, leather, and pottery, to name but a few.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves approximately 2½ hours of walking, plus some steps. For your convenience, the fee charged for cameras and video cameras at Carthage, has been included in the cost of the tour. There are uneven surfaces and inclines at the site of Carthage and along the streets of Sidi Bou Said. There is a 5 minute walk to reach the old part of Sidi Bou Said and a further 15 minute walk uphill walk to reach the old city centre.

Bardo Museum and Medina

Activity highShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Visit the world famous Bardo Museum as well as the vibrant Medina of Tunis on this fascinating tour.

The Bardo Museum is situated in the old palace of the Bey and the tour around the museum takes you through Tunisian history, dominated by Punic, Roman and Christian periods. It is one of the most influential museums in the world, displaying relics from a long history stretching from remote prehistoric times to the contemporary epoch, housing the largest mosaic collection of the world.

Continue onto the Medina of Tunis with a guided visit through the winding streets of Tunis' old town, offering an opportunity to see the rich cultural heritage of the walled city and to discover the exquisite craftsmanship of Tunisia's artisans. Today, the medina is still inhabited, but only a small percentage of the total population of Tunis lives in these quarters.

'Souk' is the Arabic name for market; 'medina' is the Arabic name for town. In Tunis today, the souk is also called medina. And there is a good reason: most of what once was Tunis is today like one enormous shopping centre and handicrafts factory.

Take approximately an hour of free time to shop for souvenirs and gifts in this lively and interesting area.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves approximately 2 hours of walking, plus some steps in the Bardo Museum as well as narrow lanes in the Medina. For your convenience the fee for cameras and video cameras at the Bardo Museum have been included in the cost of the tour.

Mosque, Palace and Tea

Activity highRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Explore the Medina of Tunis, see the mosque and palace, as well as enjoying a mint tea party with folkloric show.

Enter the Medina of Tunis for a guided visit through the winding streets of Tunis' old town, and an opportunity to see the rich cultural heritage of the old walled city and to discover the exquisite craftsmanship of Tunisia's artisans.

During the walking tour of the Medina, you will visit the patio of the Mosque Al Zitouna, The Palace of Dar Kheireddine Pacha and the Palace of Dar Bach Hamba, an outstanding 17th century palace with a grand courtyard as its centre piece.

Continue onto the Essaraya Restaurant where a cup of mint tea and a Tunisian pastry will be served. As you relax and enjoy your refreshments, you’ll be treated to a charming Folkloric show.

Afterwards, you’ll have approximately 30 minutes of free time to shop for souvenirs and gifts.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves around 2 hours of walking in some narrow lanes. Passengers are required to wear respectable clothes during the visit to the Mosque.

Sidi Bou Said and Tunis Medina

Activity highShopping

Duration: 4 hours

The best of both worlds – visit the pretty village of Sidi Bou Said and then experience the true flavour of the Tunis medina.

Your guide will walk you through the narrow cobbled streets of the picturesque cliff-top village of Sidi Bou Said, famous for its panoramic view of the bay, white houses with blue shutters and local craft shops.

Continue onto the Medina of Tunis with a guided visit through the winding streets of Tunis' old town, offering an opportunity to see the rich cultural heritage of the walled city and to discover the exquisite craftsmanship of Tunisia's artisans. Today, the medina is still inhabited, but only a small percentage of the total population of Tunis lives in these quarters.

Souk is the Arabic name for market; medina is the Arabic name for town. In Tunis today, the souk is also called Medina. There is a good reason for this, as most of what once was Tunis is today like one enormous shopping centre and handicrafts factory. Enjoy some free time to explore this typical Arab market, here you’ll find many souvenir shops and also see the famous hand-made carpets.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot and involves approximately 2½ hours of walking, as well as some inclines to negotiate.

Snapshot of Tunisia

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 3½ hours

See the sights in and around La Goulette at a leisurely pace - with photo stops along the way.

Discover the sights around La Goulette on a panoramic drive in this fascinating country. Drive along the main thoroughfare, a quaint avenue lined with historic French buildings, cafés and patisseries. At Kashba Square one of the main gates to the Old City, you’ll alight your coach for an opportunity to photograph this bustling local area.

Reflect on days gone by as you pass through the ancient site of Carthage. Punic and Roman ruins remain from the ancient city, which was once one of the most powerful in the Western Mediterranean. Carthage was founded by the Phoenicians and was the home of Hannibal, holding a strong position in the ancient world. Brief stops will be made, to allow you to take pictures of the Amphitheatre and Byrsa Hill.

During your tour you’ll enjoy a Tunisian pastry and a cup of mint tea at a local restaurant.

As you journey back to the ship, via Gammarth, enjoy a short photo stop to capture the beautiful city of Sidi Bou Said in the distance. The Moorish village of Sidi Bou Said is famous for its white washed houses and blue shutters.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. It is designed as a panoramic tour, with minimal walking required (approximately 30 minutes). Various photo stops will be made during the drive, however no entrances are included. A cup of mint tea is included at the refreshment stop; any other drinks must be purchased separately. Tunisian Dinar, Euros, and US Dollars are accepted.

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