From Tunis: Kairouan & El Jem Day Trip with Lunch
- Private group
- Pickup available
- Duration: 8 hours
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Tour started at about 730am, an hour earlier than advertised. Other than that, everything was smooth. My tour guide Lotfi, who was fluent in English (moderately strong accent, but still understandable) and a bunch of other languages, has been giving tours of Tunisia for decades and his experience showed. Very knowledgeable and willing to answer questions. In Kairouan we stopped at the tourist center briefly to get passes, then briefly saw the ruins of a Roman shipyard, visited a mausoleum, before going to the famous mosque, which was beautiful and interesting to learn about. The mandatory carpet shop visit was bearable, shop owners weren't as pushy as I expected and I was able to leave without buying any carpets. El Jem was very impressive! Lotfi explained the history and then let me explore by myself. On the way back to Tunis, I wanted to by a t-shirt before I left the country and Lotfi was accommodating enough to bring me to a store before we returned to the hotel.
Our guide Fehmi and driver Haatim were punctual & very friendly. They kept us engaged the whole time. As others have said, there's a lot of driving in this trip but that's just because of the distances involved. Our car was very comfortable though. The change in scenery as you go outside Tunis is amazing. Both Fehmi & Haatim kept us up to date with the traditions of the areas we passed through. Our visits to both the old city of Kairouan & El Jem were brilliant in their own ways. Fehmi was very helpful in telling us about the histories & the vantage points for pictures etc. Lunch was a set menu affair at a recently built hotel in El Jem. We only had to pay for drinks. A great day out, highly recommended.
This tour was amazing. We enjoyed not only visiting historic sites but exposures to local food and people. The guide and driver were very friendly and showed great hospitality. They gave us flexibility under limited time of visit. We felt totally happy with the whole tour.
The mosque in Kairouan and the colosseum in El Jem are well worth seeing. Just know that most of the tour is driving to the sites from Tunis. If you want to spend more time experiencing either city consider an overnight trip. But I was happy with the tour overall.
My guide (Lamjed) was excellent. Knowledgable, patient and attentive. I had a comfortable trip and learnt a lot about this gorgeous, fascinating part of Africa.