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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.


Tel: +216 71 732 633

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Featured Hotels


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.

Hotel Africa

This recently refurbished business-oriented hotel is one of the city's landmarks right in the middle of avenue Habib Bourguiba. The rooms are spacious, well-furnished and command great views over Tunis. The location is superb and there is a well-equipped business centre.

Villa Didon Carthage

This futuristic designer hotel on Byrsa Hill offers 10 ultra-spacious rooms immaculately furnished by Ron Arad and Philippe Starck. The rooms with large windows and balconies have plunging views over ancient Carthage, the Med and the city of Tunis, and the service is excellent. There's a great spa, bar and restaurant to round out the experience.

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.