Carthage & Roman Tunisia18th Apr 2024
Stand before the mighty ancient amphitheatre of El Djem
A land where dramatic events shaped ancient history – the superpowers of Carthage and Rome clashed in three Punic Wars, which determined the course of Western history. Lasting over 100 years, this conflict resulted in the destruction of Carthage and assured Roman ascendancy. Superb sites and changing landscapes, from rolling hills and olive groves to sparkling sea, makes this an excellent tour.
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What to Expect
- Visit the incredible El Djem amphitheatre, Africa’s largest and best preserved
- Gaze upon some of the world’s most impressive mosaics at the Bardo, Sousse and El Djem museums
- Tour a selection of little-known sites, including Mustis and Ain Tounga as well as the Bulla Regia
- Explore the UNESCO-listed sites of Dougga and Kairouan, and the beautifully preserved site of Kerkouane
Day by Day Itinerary
We depart from our designated pick-ups points in London, Reading, Swindon and Bristol and head for our first visit, the house and gardens of Rodmarton Manor, between Tetbury and Cirencester. This is an ‘Arts and Crafts’ house with a fine eight-acre garden comprising a series of ‘outdoor rooms’ each with its own distinctive character. The architect Ernest Barnsley started Rodmarton in 1909 and it became a shrine to the Cotswolds crafts movement. The grey gabled house has an intricate garden of lively atmosphere, formal in spirit but with a cottage-garden feel to it. The eight-acre Cotswold garden was originally designed as a series of outdoor rooms and is still the same today, which each part of the garden having different characters ranging from alpines in troughs, bigger plants in the rockery, lawns, a large kitchen garden and white borders, to the magnificent herbaceous borders which are constantly being re-planted and improved. There are superb vistas throughout and plenty of places to sit and admire the surroundings.