Day Trip from Tunis or Hammamet
*Bulla Regia: 2 of the 3 villas are closed for restoration (08/2017). You may wish to replace it with the Roman Aqueduct of Carthage near Mohammedia.
A full day tour into the green interior - to the Medjerda River valley & the heart of Roman Africa. Our first stop is the charming village of Testour, founded by Andalusian refugees in the 17th century. We see the Great Mosque with its tiled minaret - the only one in Tunisia with a clock. Next to Dougga, the best-preserved Roman city in Tunisia & a UNESCO World Heritage site. The monumental Capitolium Temple stands in the main Forum, with breath-taking views over the surrounding plains. The theatre, baths, shops, stone paved streets and lavish villas are all testimony to the golden age of this North African city. We spend about 2 hours here & have our picnic (supplied). A 1 hour drive takes us to Bulla Regia - famous for its unique subterranean villas. These luxurious residences belonged to the Roman elite, in which we can see some fine mosaics still in situ.
8:00 Departure from your hotel in Tunis (7:00 from Hammamet). *Departure times may vary.
A 1. 5 to 2 hour drive through the green interior, and the heart of the Medjerda river takes us to the charming Andalusian village of Testour. Here we take some time to explore the village, see the Great Mosque, square & historic buildings, meet the villagers and sample the local Testouri cheese.
A 30 minute drive takes us to the Roman city of Dougga. We will spend at least 2 hours walking through this magnificent Roman city- the best preserved in Tunisia and a UNESCO world heritage site. We see the Capitolium, forum, baths, lavish villas, mausolea, shops & city gates, with stunning views of the plains around. We have our picnic lunch (supplied) at Dougga under the olive trees. Continue to Bulla Regia to visit the subterranean villas & the main monuments of the ancient city including the theater & Julia Domna Baths. Return to Tunis by approx. 18:00.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Pick up at your hotel or residence in Tunis
End location: Return to your hotel or residence in Tunis
Duration: 8 hours 30 min.
New Rental Car, Renault Symbol or similar.
Maximum capacity: 3 adults comfortably (+ 1 child)
Picnic lunch at Dougga
Transportation in an A/C vehicle (car or minivan, depending on number of participants), fuel, parking, tolls
Full day of my guiding & driving services
Pick up and drop off at your hotel.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30 Tunisian Dinars - approx. $15 USD per person for entrance fees to the both sites, any beverages
Entrance and camera fees to Dougga & Bulla Regia ( approx. 16 DT or $7 per person)
any personal expenses (e.g. souvenirs)