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Tunisia
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Tunisia – 2016

Discover the major archaeological and historical sites of Tunisia on our adventure of ancient sites. From the vast site of ancient Carthage to the Roman city of Dougga, to the unique underground Numidian capital of Bulla Regia. Tunisia’s Roman conquerors bequeathed golden-stone cities and unrivalled mosaics to this lovely Mediterranean corner of North Africa.

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Tour Description

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the Antonine Baths, Roman villas and La Malga cisterns in Carthage.
  • Venture into Kairouan, repository of Islamic culture.
  • Receive a lecture by a noted archaeologist from the National Institute of Heritage in Tunis.

  • Visit the tombs of the Numidian kings at Chemtou.
  • Discover a splendid amphitheater, which could hold 30,000 people, in El Jem.
  • Enjoy a final gala dinner at a restored traditional house, Dar El Jeld, in Tunis.

ITINERARY

Friday, Saturday, May 20 & 21: TUNIS
Independent departures from our home cities. We arrive in Tunis and gather for a lecture and dinner with Professor Stone.
Hotel: Tunisia Palace Hotel, Tunis
Meal: Dinner

Sunday, May 22: CARTHAGE
The entire day will be spent at the site of Carthage. We begin on Byrsa Hill with its museum and Punic houses. The day continues with the Tophet, the ancient harbors and ship sheds, and the Punic fortifications in the “Quartier Magon”. Time permitting, we will also visit the American military cemetery for North Africa, which is just outside the site.
Hotel: Tunisia Palace Hotel, Tunis
Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Monday, May 23: SIDI BOU
Touring of Carthage continues today the Antonine Baths, Roman villas, theater, odeon, amphitheater, the early Christian pilgrimage church at Damous el Karita and La Malga cisterns. We then drive to the picturesque 17th-century village of Sidi Bou Said, located on a promontory overlooking Carthage. The afternoon is at leisure. You may wish to continue exploring Sidi Bou or Tunis.
Hotel: Tunisia Palace Hotel, Tunis
Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Tuesday, May 24: KERKOUANE
Today we will visit the Punic town of Kerkouane, the Archaeological Museum and the ancient fish processing pools at Nabeul (Neapolis). This evening we will have a lecture by a noted archaeologist from the National Institute of Heritage.
Hotel: Tunisia Palace Hotel, Tunis
Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Wednesday, May 25: TUNIS
Our touring today begins at the Bardo Museum, containing the most important antiquities from the entire country. Noteworthy are the spectacular Roman mosaics, Punic stelae and jewelry as well as marble statues of the Greek and Roman gods. After lunch, we explore the colorful medina and souks of Tunis. We then attend a traditional dinner show in the old medina tonight.
Hotel: Tunisia Palace Hotel, Tunis
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Thursday, May 26: OUDNA
Today we drive south of Tunis to Oudna, recently excavated with a fine amphitheater and multi-story temple. We continue to the rosy-hued Roman town of Thuburbo Majus, founded as a colony for veteran Roman soldiers. Here we see the forum, palaestra, and peristyle houses with well-preserved mosaics. We continue to Zaghouan, with its monumental nymphaeum at the source of the 90-km aqueduct that supplied Carthage with water.
Hotel: Tunisia Palace Hotel, Tunis
Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Friday, May 27: DOUGGA
Passing west through Testour, we spend most of the day at the magnificent hilltop site of Dougga, which flourished in the 2nd and 3rd centuries CE. The glory of Imperial Rome is evoked by its temples, baths, theater, streets, and arches. It also features a monumental Punic mausoleum.
Hotel: Hotel El Ein, Ain Draham
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Saturday, May 28: BULLA REGIA
Today’s tour highlights the Numidians, local tribes allied to (or in conflict with) Carthage and Rome from the 4th – 1st centuries BCE. At Bulla Regia we explore baths, the forum, a theater and temples, as well as three underground villas housing beautiful mosaic-tiled floors. At Chemtou we visit the tombs of the Numidian kings, a Roman bridge, and a superb museum. Nearby are famous quarries from which the Romans extracted the yellow marble used throughout the Mediterranean.
Hotel: Tunisia Palace Hotel, Tunis
Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Sunday, May 29: AQUAE CALDEAE
We visit the ancient Aquae Caldeae, a Spa center dating back to Roman times; today many Tunisians still come for its hot springs bursting into the Mediterranean. We then drive to Hammamet and explore its Medina, the winding streets, its walls and the Arab fort. There will be time to visit the kasha, tomb of Sidi Bou Hadid, the exterior of the Great Mosque and the Museum of Traditional Dress in an old house. The residential quarter is also of interest. Then continue to the ancient site of Pupput. Here you will see some fine Roman mosaics. We arrive into Sousse this
evening, with time to relax or explore.
Hotel: Movenpick Spa and Resort, Sousse.
Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Monday, May 30: KAIROUAN
A short drive takes us to Kairouan, once the Moslem capital of North Africa and still a repository of Islamic culture. We will visit the 9th-century Sidi Okba Mosque with its columned prayer room, and the Mosque of the Berber, whose decorative tiling and carved ceilings rival those of the Alhambra. After a stop at the colorful souks of Kairouan we return to Sousse in time for a swim or a spa treatment.
Hotel: Movenpick Spa and Resort, Sousse
Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Tuesday, May 31: EL JEM
This morning we return to Imperial Rome with our visit to El Jem (Thysdrus) to view the splendid amphitheater, which could hold 30,000 people. Though smaller than the Colosseum in Rome, it is in a better state of preservation; we will also visit the outstanding archaeological museum.
Hotel: Movenpick Spa and Resort, Sousse
Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Wednesday, June 1: SOUSSE
This morning we will visit the medina and citadel in the old walled city of Sousse as well as the museum, rich in unique mosaics and sculptures. We return to Tunis and gather for our final gala dinner at Dar El Jeld, a restored traditional house.
Hotel: Tunisia Palace Hotel, Tunis
Meals: Breakfast & dinner

Thursday, June 2:
We have a group transfer to the airport for flights home or onward.


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Tunisia 


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David L. Stone specializes in ancient North Africa and the Roman empire at the University of Michigan, where he is Research Scientist at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and Lecturer in the Department of Classical Studies.

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Scholar

David L. Stone specializes in ancient North Africa and the Roman empire at the University of Michigan, where he is Research Scientist at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and Lecturer in the Department of Classical Studies.

Calendar Year

2016