Private Tunis Sightseeing Drive
La Goulette, Tunis, Tunisia
- Panoramic drive: Your driver circles the city from the port to the seaside artist enclave of Sidi Bou Said, pointing out sights like the Cathedral of St. Vincent, the century-old Municipal Theater, Kasbah Plaza, the medina, the resort town of La Marsa, and more.
- Carthage ruins: Destroyed and then rebuilt by the Romans, this World Heritage Site holds the remains of a 2nd-century bath complex, sand-colored limestone cannonballs from Phoenician arsenals, and a 50,000-seat amphitheater.
- St. Louis Cathedral: You'll stop for photos at this French-built Byzantine-Gothic cathedral, also known as the Acropolium. Admire the intricate crowning, with eight steeples surrounding a central cupola.
About this La Goulette tour
If there's been one constant over the nearly three thousand years that Tunis has been settled, it's regime change.
It wasn't always this way. The city's foundation was laid by the ancient Phoenicians, who established a 700-year Mediterranean dynasty here. And, like your driving tour, Tunis' story begins by the sea. In its earliest days, it was known as Carthage. Flush with wealth thanks to its advantageous position on the Mediterranean and its skilled sailors that could navigate the city's robust trade network, Carthage naturally butted heads with other Mediterranean superpowers beginning in the 7th century B.C. – first the Greeks, then the Romans.
Evidence of these ancient conflicts is still plentiful. You'll drive past piles of the stone ammunition that Carthaginian mercenaries used during attempts to quell the Roman onslaught in 146 B.C. Their fierce defense ultimately failed; in a theme that would continue for the next 2,000 years, the destroyed city fell under foreign rule.
Julius Caesar launched the rebuilding of Carthage in 46 B.C., two years before his assassination; it became one of Rome's crowning glories, with a population of half a million at its height. The crumbling, moss-covered stone columns and arches you see today were once part of a grand complex of Roman municipal buildings that included a forum, temple, and the largest system of public baths outside of Rome itself.
Progressing further into the city center, you begin to understand how successive controlling empires left their mark on Tunis. The city's medina (the central district) features Moorish-style architecture from the golden age of North Africa's Islamic caliphate, which ruled from the 12th through the 16th century. This UNESCO World Heritage Site includes libraries, mosques, and marketplaces that have stood for hundreds of years.
The tour's last stop is a fitting one. The ornate late 19th-century St. Louis Cathedral was a product of the French presence there, which lasted until 1956. France was the last in a long line of foreign rulers that included the Ottomans, Spain, and even the Axis powers during World War II. In the long and fascinating history of Tunis, change is the one thing that has never changed.
Salt in the wound?
A good legend is hard to kill. When ancient Carthage fell to the Romans in 146 B.C., troops supposedly sowed the earth with salt to ensure that nothing would grow there again. But no ancient accounts mention the incident, and the idea may stem from something Pope Boniface VIII said in 1299. Despite the doubts, the story has stuck, perhaps as a cautionary tale about man's capacity for sheer, vengeful spite.
Please proceed pier side to the port entrance and look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign.
As in all large cities, leave your valuables behind. There are some great views seen along your drive. If taking pictures from the vehicle, turn your flash off, set your camera on manual focus, use the fastest shutter speed possible, and zoom as far as you can.
Paved ground, rough terrain and inclined surface at medinaramps at carthageinclined surface at Sidi Bou Said
Scenic, Cultural, Family Friendly
Vehicles? We have them all. Cars - 4X4 ( AUDI Q7) : 2 seats, 4X4 ( TOYOTA PRADO): 4 seats.
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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