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BARCLAY'S GROUP TRAVEL

Archaeological Round Trip...

October 2012


Built by the Carthaginians in the world of the Orient, and then fertilized by the Roman presence. Evangelized by the second century to become a major center of Christianity with the personalities of Tertullian, Cyprian and Augustine.Then swung in the Islamic world and the successive memberships - not to mention the time of the Ottoman and French protectorate. All this gives a very special identity to the smaller countries of the Maghreb: Tunisia.

Day One: Tunis Airport / Hammamet

Arrival to the airport, welcome and transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight will be in Hammamet.

Day Two: Tunis / Dougga / Bulla Regia / Tunis

After breakfast you will be on the road to Dougga, the archaeological site set in the foothill of the Atlas Mountains. Among the most important ruins are The Capitol dated back to the second century and dedicated to the protector of Rome triad: Jupiter-Juno-Minerva Augusta, the theater and the libyco-punicmausolem.

From there we will go on to Bulla Regia. Conquered by Scipio Africanus in 203, the city spent around 150 BC. AD in the areas of Numidian king Masinissa and was probably one of the residences of the king or his successors before being annexed by Rome. We will see, among others, rich villas decorated with mosaics, baths and temples and a theater. The curiosity of the site lies in the fact that some homes have two-tier architecture, including one underground.

All the components of an ancient Roman city are to be found in Bulla Regia: temples, forum, public baths, theatre etc. Some of these monuments, such as the second century baths, are of a considerable size.

Return to Tunis for dinner and overnight.

Day Three: Tunis / Oudna / ThuburboMajus/  Zaghouan / Hammamet

After breakfast will be the departure to visit the ancient site of Oudhna (Uthina). During your visit you will discover how the legacy of the PhonecianAdyn was taken over by the Carthaginian and Romans. Uthina lies at about 30 km south of the capital, on the road to Zaghouan. Its location between Tunis and Hammamet makes it a great tourist attraction .Oudhna may very well become a great tourist attraction sometime in the future. Oudhna is unmissable with its impressive amphitheater, forum capitol and the great baths. After that we will visit ThoburboMajus, an archaeological site in Zaghouan which is settled since the time of the Berbers and Carthaginians, and under the Romans it became an important market town. Abandoned after the Arab invasion in the 7th century, it was rediscovered in 1875 and though much smaller than Dougga, it was important enough to have the forum, the capitol, the temple of mercury and the baths.
Its vestiges allow you to evoke the period during which the country was dominated by vandals. We drive along the aqueduct of Zaghouan realized at the time of Emperor Hadrian, which supplied Carthage water after a journey of 140 km and discover the remains of the imposing nymphaeum which, in Zaghouan, was the starting point .

Departure to Hammamet for dinner and overnight

Day Four: Hammamet / Kairouan / Monastir / Sousse

The morning will be spent to visit the holy city of Kairouan, the Capital of the Muslim Maghreb, which stands as one of the most important features of Islam with the Great Mosque, the Medina and other impressive monuments such as The SidiSahbi Mausoleum and its magnificent ceramics. Kairouan is the main carpet-making centre in Tunisia. The nowadays Medina corresponding to a small part of the ancient town was partly destroyed in the 11th century,it now occupies a special place in Tunisian heritage. The mosque of UQBA named as his founder name is one of the masterpieces of both architecture and Islamic art.
Sousse  isthe ancient Hadrumetum  Phoenician  Punic Hannibal military base. Today it is the third Tunisian city which is a modern, thriving commercial port and holiday resort which stills retains its impressive history. The magnificent Medina, containing the Ribat, the Great Mosque and a fascinating museum is witness to the town’s historical importance.
Then we will be on the road to Monastir to visit the ribat and will make a stop in front of the mausoleum of HabibBourguiba.
The Sousse Archeological Museum is located within the Kasbah (fortification) of the medina (old city) of Sousse, a World Heritage Site.At the entrance of the museum, a large vaulted room displays the history and the monuments o the Sahel region from antiquity to the Muslim period.
Located under the Kasbah’s main courtyard, the museum galleries cover an area of approximately 2,000 sq. meters, benefitting from natural and artificial light enhancing the beauty of the collections and their display. The museum includes mosaics, sculptures, lapidaries, and terracotta funerary objects, originating from a number of sites of the ancient Sahel region.

Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day Five: Sousse / El Jem/ Mahdia / Sousse:

After breakfast we will take direction to El Jem, the city was built like almost all Roman settlement in Tunisia on former Punic settlement in a less arid climate than todays. Roman Thysdrus prospered especially in the 2nd Century when it became an important center of olive oil manufacturing for export.It was the seat of a Christian bishop which is still occupied by a titular Roman Catholic bishop today.This unique Roman site is a large coliseum built by the Emperor Gordian around 230 AD. The amphitheatre and its underground chambers housed the gladiators and the wild animals. The museum with its collection of some of the best mosaics in Tunisia is also worth visiting.

Then we will take the road to Mahdia lying less than an hour south of Sousse.Mahdia is both a modern tourist resort with some of Tunisia’s most beautiful beaches, and a particularly active fishing harbour. Mahdia was also important historically, originally to the Phoenicians and Romans and later to the Fatimids, and has several monuments recalling its prestigious past. Its old Medina is home to Tunisia’s finest lace weavers and is an ideal setting for a relaxing stroll. The Skifa el Kahla is a small fort originally rebuilt in the 16th century, now acting as a gateway separating the modern town from the peninsula. The highest terrace offers a magnificent panorama of the whole town, from harbour to coast. Borj El Kebir, a fortress, with a curved and arched passage leading into a stately court, since 1595 monitors the tip of Cape Africa.

Day Six: Sousse / Bardo Museum / Tunis Center

After breakfast we will check out and depart to visit the Bardo Museum. This museum holds an extensive collection of ancient Roman mosaics, considered one of the largest, complete collections in the world thanks to the excavations from the early twentieth century on the different archaeological sites in the country of Carthage, Hadrumetum, Dougga or Utica. Housed in a former palace of the Bey since 1888, it offers a prestigious and beautiful setting with exposure to many major works discovered since the beginning of archaeological research in the country.
Then we will discover the old Tunisia which is made up of the Medina (its historic heart), the ‘European’ quarter built at the beginning of the 20th century, and the new modern suburbs. For more than 500 years the Medina has been the historic heart of Tunis and UNESCO has classed as a World Heritage Site its fascinating and exotic maze of streets. We will discover the Zaitouna mosque then the mosque of SidiMehrez and the mausoleum of the Husainides princes.

Dinner and overnight will be in Gammarth / Tunis.

Day Seven: Carthage / SidiBou Said

After breakfast we will visit Carthage, the ancient“Kart Haddachet.” Carthage is an extensive archaeological site, located on a hill dominating the Gulf of Tunis and the surrounding plain. The metropolis of Punic civilization in Africa and capital of the province of Africa in Roman times, Carthage has exercised considerable influence on the development of the arts, architecture and town planning in the Mediterranean.
Kart Haddachet “New Town” is the start of the Tunisian history. A simple Phoenician founded in the Vllle century by a colonist from Tyr – it is an era of legendary encounter between Aeneas and Dido,old by Virgil. Carthage faced a rapid prosperity which made her the rival of Greece and Rome in a long face to face debate that could only end by the destruction of one or the other. Completely destroyed in 146 BC, Carthage, however, managed to rise from the ashes, and even became, after a drop of more than a century, the capital of the Roman province of Africa and one of the greatest centers of Western Christianity with Tertullian or Cyprian did before disappearing at the time of the Arab conquest of the Vlle century. The archaeological remains do not reflect the full history of the city, but yet we allow an approach to the ancient history of Tunisia.

Visits of the Carthage museum and Byrsa Hill: a hill top archaeological site from where one can see both Punic houses and the reconstruction work undertaken by the Romans as well as an extremely interesting museum. Visits of the Antonin Baths were constructed from 145 to 165 CE, a very impressive site for its dimensions .They were the largest in North Africa, and third largest in the whole Roman world.
Continuation to SidiBou Said perched on a cliff overlooking Carthage and the Gulf of Tunis.
SidiBou Said is also known with its cafés with terraces as a suitable place of relaxation.
Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day Eight: Gammarth / Tunis Airport: (15km)

Breakfast and then we take the road to the airport for the final departure.

Included in the program:

  • Transport by air conditioned coaches.
  • Accommodation in the hotels in Half Pension (breakfast+ dinner) following our program.
  • All entrances following our program.
  • Escort with professional guide.

 

For more information, please contact Mrs. Moufida Ameur at tunisia@euromic.com

Hammamet

Dougga

Bulla Regia

Oudhna

Zaghouan

Kairouan

Sousse Museum

El Jem

Mahdia

Bardo Museum

Medina

Carthage

Byrsa Hill

Sidi Bou Said