Once a flourishing province of the Roman Empire, overlooking a sapphire-coloured sea, Tunisia today evokes its glorious past through spectacular archaeological sites that stand out for their beauty, their state of preservation, their originality or their exceptional size.
With a fertile and verdant coastline and hinterland, Tunisia reminds us of its role as the “granary of the Roman Empire”, shared with the other provinces of Africa. A role that gave it great prestige and the ruins of the sumptuous cities built in its territory bear witness to this. Carthage, founded by the Phoenicians and later conquered by the Romans, became the third largest centre of the empire. In addition, the ancient centres of Thuburbus Maius, Dougga, Bulla Regia, Sbeitla and El Jem preserve the vestiges of temples, patrician villas, baths, forums, harbours, gymnasiums, mosaics, monumental arches, and even an amphitheatre built on the model of Rome’s Colosseum and capable of holding up to 35,000 spectators. A fascinating journey into the past to understand the immense value of these prosperous provinces.
Day 1 :
Outbound flight/Tunis (TUN)
The medina of Tunis, the Zitouna mosque, the mederse and the animated souks.
Day 2 :
The Bardo museum and the ancient Phoenician city of Utica.
The lake of Ichkeul and the spires on the sea of Tabarka.
Tabarka/Bulla Regia/Le Kef
The village of Ain Draham and the underground villas at the Roman site of Bulla Regia.
The kasbah of Le Kef and the imposing Roman city of Dougga.
Day 6 :
The temples of ancient Sufetula, the Roman amphitheatre of El Jem and the mosaics of the Sousse archaeological museum.
Day 7 :
The holy city of Kairouan and the site of Thuburbo Majus.
Day 8 :
The Punic site of Kerkouane, on the Cap Bon peninsula.
Day 9 :
Tunis (TUN)/Return flight
The ruins of Carthage and the picturesque village of Sidi Bou Said.