La Goulette (Tunis), Tunisia
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Tour along the coast to the picturesque village of Sidi Bou Said -- an artist's paradise with blue and white sugar-cube houses scattered across the hillside above the sea. There will be ample time to stroll, admire the typical architecture, shop for local handicrafts, or relax over refreshing mint tea (at your own expense).
Just down the hill lie the impressive ruins of Carthage, founded in 800 BC by the Phoenicians. From here, Hannibal began his legendary journey that ended in an elephant ride across the Pyrenees and the Alps into Italy. The Romans eventually prevailed in the Punic Wars and destroyed and rebuilt Carthage in 146 BC. It became the Roman Empire's second city. Visit the impressive Roman Baths of Antonius Pius, the Sanctuary of Tophet and Byrsa Hill, where Carthage was founded by Queen Dido.
You will view many other sights on a panoramic drive through Carthage, including the remains of the Punic Ports and the theatre.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. Modest attire is required; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered; shorts and short skirts are not allowed. A 15- to 20-minute uphill walk is required to reach Sidi Bou Said from the coach parking lot. There is a fee of €1 per camera at Carthage. Shade is limited; to avoid sunburn, wear light, long clothing suitable for use as a cover-up. Bring a hat and sunglasses; wear biodegradable sunscreen. Bring bottled water.