La Goulette (Tunis), Tunisia
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Approximately 8 Hours
The coach will take you to the bustling medina (Old Town) of Tunis.
Disembark your coach to take in the organized chaos of the city -- fruit stalls, water-bearers, leather merchants and carpet weavers. A guided walking tour will take you through the narrow, colored streets of the medina, including Jamaa Ezzitouna.
Pause briefly at the Mderesa Slimania, then enjoy some free time for shopping before boarding the transportation to the next stop.
You will visit the Punic and Roman ruins at Carthage -- center of the Phoenician civilization reputedly founded by Queen Dido. This busy city was once Rome's most dangerous enemy and bitter rival; today, its ruins are scattered among the area's more modern construction. The ruins include the enormous Roman public baths near the seashore, the Tophet children's cemetery and the remains of what was once a five-story amphitheatre where Christians were sacrificed. The Punic ports and the ruins of Roman temples, monuments and columns will be your window on the history of these two great civilizations.
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
Sidi Bou Said is one of the prettiest villages in Tunisia, famous for its Moorish architecture of white houses with blue shutters covered in bougainvillea. A short walk uphill will bring you to the village that sits proudly atop a cliff, commanding stunning views of the Gulf of Tunis. Browse in the shops selling crafts, enjoy a mint tea at one of the cafés, or stroll at your leisure.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. 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.