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Tunis tours and excursions

Tunis tours

Private tours

Some hotels in Tunis can arrange a car and private guide, or have scheduled visits to the city as part of their entertainment programme. No travel agent seems to offers a city tour by bus, partly because Tunis is pretty easy to get around, but Carthage Tours and Batouta Voyages can arrange tours with a private guide and car. These take in the medina, the Bardo Museum, Carthage and end in Sidi Bou Said, which makes for a very long day.

Tel: +216 71 125 700; +216 71 802 881

Tunis excursions

Sidi Bou Said

Tunisia's archetypal village has attracted and inspired many artists, some of whom still live here. The cobbled streets, the white-and-blue facades, the lovely cafés and the art galleries attract large numbers of foreign and Tunisian visitors these days, but the village overlooking the bay has managed to retain its special charm. Sidi Bou Said is located 20km (12 miles) northeast of Tunis.


It takes a day to visit the remains of the legendary Phoenician city of Carthage, which was founded in 814BCE, destroyed and rebuilt by the Romans, and again left in ruins by the Arabs in CE692. The Musée National de Carthage (Carthage National Museum) houses some magnificent treasures and a stroll around the evocative site reveals the restored Theatre of Hadrian, the Antonine Baths and the Tophet, where the ashes of boys sacrificed by the Phoenicians in the eighth century BCE were found. Carthage is 15km (9 miles) northeast of Tunis.


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Featured Hotels


Dar Fatma

Overlooking the whole of Sidi Bou Said, Dar Fatma is a small and welcoming traditional house in Tunis, scrubbed clean and decorated with great style and care, with modern furniture against bare walls and Tunisian woodwork. Glorious yet intimate.

Dar Said

In a quiet back street, in the heart of the picturesque village of Sidi Bou Said, is this charming hotel set around four patios filled with bougainvillea. Whitewashed walls and blue window frames give everything a clean air. Rooms are spacious and comfortable, furnished in local style, and there is a small pool in the garden. The service is excellent, and there are some good restaurants within a minute's walk from the front door.

Hotel Salammbo

Simple, uncluttered rooms with high-shuttered windows and a good location near Avenue Habib Bourguiba make this a decent budget option in Tunis.

Hotel Maison Dorée

A modest yet pleasantly welcoming hotel in Tunis, well located for both the medina and the train station. Rooms are quaint, although some have nice wrought-iron balconies to add to the charm. Clean, and great value for the price.

Dar el-Medina

This small luxury boutique hotel, the first in the medina, is located in the grand Belouahane family mansion, and still run by the family. It blends traditional architecture with contemporary tastes and amenities, with individually styled rooms to make you feel like you're in a jewel box, plus a lovely courtyard and roof terrace for relaxing.

Grand Hôtel de France

This old-fashioned French colonial hotel in Tunis has immaculate and comfortable rooms oozing character and period detail. Rooms at the back are quieter and overlook a pleasant courtyard.