Bare Bones | Essential Carthage

View over the ancient remains of Carthage from Byrsa Hill
View over the ancient remains of Carthage from Byrsa Hill
Ruins of Carthage
Ruins of Carthage
Carthage Harbour
Carthage Harbour
Site of Dougga
Site of Dougga
Dougga amphitheatre
Dougga amphitheatre
Remains at Dougga
Remains at Dougga
Traditional house in Tunis
Traditional house in Tunis
Earthenware and carpets in Tunisian market
Earthenware and carpets in Tunisian market

Carthage, the ancient foe of Rome, was once the master of the Western Mediterranean, until Rome conquered it during the Punic Wars, culminating in the flattening of the Phoenician city in 146 BC. Like a phoenix, Carthage arose from the ashes of destruction to become the second largest city in the Roman empire by the end of the first century AD, with a population of 500,000. Carthage, along with the rest of the province of Africa, became the breadbasket of Rome, bringing the region enormous wealth. We see the eerie remains of Punic housing, Tophet, the children’s cemetery. We will also explore the remains of Roman Carthage, including the Antonine Baths and La Malga Cisterns, as well as the amphitheatre, which saw the martyrdom of Saints Felicity and Perpetua.

  • Explore the remains of Punic Carthage, including Byrsa Hill and the Salammbo Tophet
  • Visit the Bardo Museum, one of the finest collections of mosaics in the world
  • A full day exploring the exceptional UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dougga

Themes

  • Romans
  • Conflict

Practicalities

  • Just One Hotel

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

We arrive in Tunis and settle in to our hotel. Later we enjoy a relaxed evening stroll around the city’s historic centre, for a chance to get to know our guide, group and our surroundings.
Hotel: Hotel Mouradi Africa, Tunis

Day 2

After breakfast, our Carthaginian discoveries begin with a ride out to Byrsa Hill, traditionally where Carthage was founded. Though Byrsa was destroyed during the Third Punic War (circa 146 BC), traces of its residential quarter remain for us to explore, together with the neighbouring Carthage Museum, home to collections that include exquisite Punic-era sarcophagi. We break for lunch, then head to the Salammbo Tophet, where children were buried, possibly after being sacrificed for the good of the city. A walk to the harbour and its ancient inner port rounds off this fascinating afternoon. 
Hotel: Hotel Mouradi Africa, Tunis
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3

A real treat for us this morning, as we enjoy a guided tour of the Bardo National Museum. Housed in a sumptuous beylical palace, the Bardo houses one of the best collections of Roman mosaics in the world. We admire famous works of art from the height of the Roman empire, including the Virgil Mosaic and the Odysseus mosaic from Dougga, as well as paleochristian baptismal fonts. The afternoon is yours to explore the wonderful city of Tunis at your own pace. Wander through the historic souk or drink mint tea on the Boulevard Habib Bourguiba.
Hotel: Hotel Mouradi Africa, Tunis
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4

Today, we explore Roman Carthage and witness the opulence accrued in the Roman period. We start with the Antonine Baths, which were one of the largest bath complexes in the whole of the Roman empire. We move on to explore a collection of Roman villas, where we marvel at some in situ mosaics. In the afternoon, we travel by coach to the amphitheatre and the nearby La Malga Cisterns, which are among the largest and best preserved Roman cisterns in the world, holding approximately 50,000 cubic metres of water.
Hotel: Hotel Mouradi Africa, Tunis
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5

Prepare for a spectacular day in Dougga, hailed by UNESCO as ‘the best preserved example of an Africo-Roman town in North Africa’. Surrounded by countryside, and thought to have been founded in the 6th century BC by Numidians, Dougga’s ruins are beautifully preserved and brimming with fine details, which – with the aid of your expert guide - bring the ancient settlement to life. Don’t miss the nearly intact theatre and Capitolium, as well as the Licinian Baths and the Libyo-Punic tomb of Ateban, built to honour the Numidian elite in the 3rd-2nd centuries BC.
Hotel: Hotel Mouradi Africa, Tunis
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6

Depending on your return flight time, enjoy some free time to discover more of Tunis at your own pace.
Meals: Breakfast

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  3. Meals - Breakfast only
  4. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in program; tips included
  5. Hotels

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2019 Tour Details

Fri 11th October - Wed 16th October

Available

Guaranteed Departure

$869

without flights

sgl supp: $145

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Led By: Samy Rouatby

Guide Lecturer

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