Kairouan
Day Trips

Enter your dates to find available activities

Our most recommended Kairouan Day Trips

From Tunis: Kairouan & El Jem Day Trip with Lunch

1. From Tunis: Kairouan & El Jem Day Trip with Lunch

After being picked up from your Tunis accommodation, set off for Kairouan. Start your tour with a visit to the last 2 9th-century Aghlabite Basins which were among the greatest waterworks of the Middle Ages. Witness the monuments from the top of the Tourist Information Building as you gain an introduction to the foundation of Kairouan and its glorious age. After this, continue the tour with a visit to the 7th-century Great Okba Mosque, the oldest mosque in North Africa. Appreciate the powerful and beautiful expression of faith inherent in the 9th-century architecture. Proceed to the nearby Sidi Sahbi, to visit the 17th-19th century building known for its minaret and beautiful courtyards lined with green-blue tile work and white plaster stucco. Then, arrive at the entrance to the Medina for a guided walk through the main street and up to the mystical "Bir Barrouta". Spend some free time strolling through the Medina and shopping. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant.  Finally, climb back into the vehicle and take a 1 hour and 15-minute transfer to the El Jem amphitheater - the main attraction of the tour and one of Tunisia's most visited sites.  Discover how this monumental amphitheater was built in the 3rd-century and is the largest Roman monument left in Africa, ranking 3rd in the Empire after those in Rome and Verona. Marvel at its architecture which was considered to be an improvement of the Colosseum in Rome, though it is a tiny bit smaller. At the end of the tour, begin your return journey to Tunis where you will be dropped off back at your accommodation.

...
From Tunis: Day Trip to Kairouan, El Jem and Sousse

2. From Tunis: Day Trip to Kairouan, El Jem and Sousse

Be picked up at your accommodation in Tunis and head to Kairouan. Kairouan was established in 670 AD and flourished under the Aghlabid Dynasty. Visit the Great Mosque of Kairouan, the Aglabits Bassins, and Sidi Sahbi Mausoleum. Spend some time exploring the Kairouan Medina and enjoy a typical Kairouan lunch. After lunch, head to the small village of El Jem. Here you’ll have the opportunity to see the El Jem Amphitheater ruins. The Amphitheater is the largest colosseum in North Africa and could hold up to 35,000 people. Your next stop is Sousse. Here you’ll visit the Sousse Old Medina and the Port of El Kantaoui. Head back to Tunis and be dropped off at your accommodation in the city

...
From Tunis, Hammamet, or Sousse: Private Kairouan Day Trip

3. From Tunis, Hammamet, or Sousse: Private Kairouan Day Trip

Get picked up from your accommodation by your professional driver and English-speaking guide and head to Kairouan. Explore the city and learn firsthand about the history of the first Muslim metropolis in the Maghreb. Begin your visit with a stop at the Aghlabid Basins, an extraordinary feat of medieval-era engineering which continue to provide water to the area's desert inhabitants. Then head to the mausoleum of Sidi Sahbi, the most revered holy man in Kairouan, where blessings are obtained for all regional weddings and festivals. Continue on to Kairouan's great mosque. Admire the architectural precision of the structure which serves as the fourth most important mosque in the Sunni Muslim world.  Afterwards, get lost in the city's old medina, classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Make a final stop at Bir Barrouta, a legendary well where you can observe a dromedary extracting water from deep beneath the earth.

...

Other Sightseeing Options in Kairouan

Want to discover all there is to do in Kairouan? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Kairouan

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 8 reviews

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.

Really a great tour, guide perfect, driver very punctual, amphithearer from El Djem really a highlight, you have to see the Colosseum in Rome in the shade. Interesting guided tour in Kairouan and Sousse! Can only recommend the tour!

Everything was excellent, Please Ensure to Ask For Mr.Hasan as you tour guide He is the most helpful, friendly, respectful and dedicated tour guide

Our guide Fahmi was fantastic. He was helpful, informative and knowledgeable.

Femi and our driver were amazing! lovely day trip!