Silversea Luxury Cruises A La Goulette (Tunis)

La Goulette (Tunis)

Tunisia's capital lies at the western end of the shallow Lake Tunis, which opens to the sea at La Goulette. This is the first of a string of beach suburbs that stretches away to the north; it is here that the city's port is located. This coastal area includes the ruins of ancient Carthage and the picturesque suburb of Sidi Bou Said, places that attract more visitors than Tunis itself. As far as capital cities go, Tunis has an easy-going, unhurried air about it. View more

It is a very liberal city by Islamic standards and certainly leading the way in Western trends for the rest of the country. In Tunisia, the struggle for independence didn't take the violent course that it did in Algeria. Ruler Ahmed Bey, who governed from 1837 to 1855, encouraged Westernization and brought in military and other advisors to this end. In 1861, during the reign of Mohammed Sadiq, a constitution - the first in the Arab world - was proclaimed. Until the time of the French protectorate, the medina was very much the center of things. Then, under the French influence, the ville nouvelle (new city) emerged with its major banks, department stores, and administrative services. The main focus of ville nouvelle is the wide, tree-lined Avenue Habib Bourguiba. At its western end, this major thoroughfare becomes the Avenue de France, terminating in the Place de la Victoire and the entrance to the medina.

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Excursões em La Goulette (Tunis)

Bardo Museum, Medina & The Souks

Admire the world's best collection of mosaics from the 2nd and 4th centuries AD housed in the Bardo Museum and get a feel for the Tunisian way of life while walking through the narrow streets of Medina and its souks.


From the port, drive to the Bardo Museum housed in the former Bardo Palace, the official residence of the Husseinite byes. Inside, the collection is broken down into sections that cover the Carthaginian, Roman, early Christian and Arab-Islamic eras. The Roman collection contains one of the finest collections of Roman mosaics and statuary anywhere. An impressive building with tiled walls and decorative wooden ceilings. The Bardo Museum is famous for its wide collection on mosaics and major finds from Carthage, early Christian and Muslim relics.


We drive into Tunis, the capital to the ancient heart of the city to explore the famous Souks in the Medina. Savour the sights, sounds, and smells of the colourful marketplace. Enjoy ample free time on your own to explore the Old City, shop for souvenirs or relax in a local teahouse with some refreshing mint tea before returning to the pier.


Please Note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking for approximately 350 metres (1148 feet) with two flights of stairs at the Bardo Museum and some cobblestone throughout. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. We recommend guests wear comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses and a hat. Leave your valuables on the ship. US dollars, Euro and credit cards are accepted at most souvenir shops. Shop owners in the medina can be very persistent; however this is customary in this region. Camera fees at the Carthage are included in the cost of the tour.

Sidi Bou Said & Carthage

Explore one of the great cities of the ancient world - Carthage - an UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the picture-postcard village of Sidi Bou Said perched above the Mediterranean with its sparkling white and blue houses


Carthage

Begin with a drive to the impressive Ruins of Carthage where according to legend, the city was founded in 800BC by the Phoenicians, and it was from here that Hannibal began his journey. Later it was destroyed by the Romans in 146BC, and then founded again by Julius Caesar to eventually become the Empire's second largest city outside Rome. In these extensive remains we find impressive Baths of Antonius Pius and the amphitheatre, the Punic ports as well the Carthage Museum.


Sidi Bou Said

Then enjoy the drive along the coast to the scenic village of Sidi Bou Said, set high on a cliff overlooking the Gulf of Tunis. Its maze of cobbled streets with old stone steps makes it a delightful place to go for a stroll. Gleaming white-washed walls are dotted with ornate, curved window grills that are a local trademark, all painted the same deep blue, and colourful arched doorways that open onto small courtyards filled with geraniums and bougainvillea. There will be ample time to stroll and admire the typical architecture and local handicrafts, or to relax in one of the local tea houses with some refreshing mint tea before returning to the pier


Please Note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking for approximately 350 metres (1148 feet) with one flight of stairs at the Carthage and some cobblestone, uneven terrain at Sidi Bou Said and a 10-15 minute uphill walk in the city centre. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. We recommend guests wear comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses and a hat. Leave your valuables on the ship. US dollars, Euro and credit cards are accepted at most souvenir shops. Shop owners in the medina can be very persistent; however this is customary in this region. Camera fees at the Carthage are included in the cost of the tour.

Medina, Carthage & Byrsa Hill

Explore the ancient legacy of Tunisia during this picturesque, half-day excursion to Medina and Carthage.


Tunis, Medina and Souks

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to Tunis. Upon arrival, proceed for a visit to Medina. Built during the 7th century, the Medina is the historical and cultural heart of modern Tunis, and a great place to get a feel for life in the city. Here, take a short, guided stroll through the labyrinth of narrow allies packed solidly with shops selling everything from tacky t-shirts and stuffed camels to high quality handicrafts. Following your guided tour, some free time is made available to browse the bustling souks.


Carthage, Byrsa Hill and Cathedral of St. Louis

Next, re-board your coach and drive to nearby Carthage, one of the great cities of the ancient world and an UNESCO World Heritage Site. En route, a brief stop is made at Byrsa Hill, which dominates the area and offers a splendid panoramic view of the entire site from its peak. On the hill is the L'Acropolium (Cathedral of St. Louis), which is visible for miles around. The Cathedral was built by the French in 1890, and today serves as a cultural centre.


Carthage Ruins and National Museum

Visit the Ruins of Carthage, then proceed for a guided tour inside the National Museum of Carthage, home to Carthaginian remains and an unparalleled collection of Punic displays. Afterward, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 601 yards (about 550 metres), at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and stairs at the Carthage Museum. Walking in the Old City and souks is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.

Treasures of Tunis

Experience the spectacular historical treasures of Tunis during a fascinating, full-day excursion to this bustling ancient city.


Bardo Museum

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive southwest to Bardo. Upon arrival, proceed to the Bardo Museum, the most important museum in North Africa. The Bardo Museum is situated in the former Sultan's Palace, built in the late-19th-century. During your guided visit, explore the Phoenician, Roman and Arab history of Tunis, along with the world's largest collection of Roman mosaics.


Medina and Souks

Next, re-board your coach and drive to Medina. Founded in the late-7th century, Medina is the historical and cultural heart of the modern city of Tunis. Upon arrival, take a short, guided stroll through this bustling city, some free time is made available to explore the labyrinth of alleys and narrow streets packed with a variety of shops selling carpets, perfume, spices, brass and copperware, leather goods, and other handicrafts.


Carthage Ruins, Baths, Tombs and Basilica

Following your visit, re-board your coach and drive to Carthage, one of the great cities of the ancient world and an UNESCO World Heritage Site. A stop is made for a buffet lunch of Tunisian and international cuisine. After lunch, a visit is made to the Carthage Ruins. Among the many notable sites to be seen here are the baths of Antonio Pius. Adjacent to the baths is an open-air museum displaying Punic tombs, sarcophagi, mosaic floors and the remains of an early Christian basilica.


Sidi-Bou-Saïd and Bay of Tunis

Your tour continues with a visit to Sidi-Bou-Saïd, a picturesque Tunisian village overlooking the Bay of Tunis. Its gleaming whitewashed walls are dotted with ornate, curved, blue-coloured window grills, and colourful arched doorways that open onto small courtyards filled with geraniums and bougainvillea. Here, some free time is made available to explore this beautiful city, shop for souvenirs, take some pictures or relax with a cup of mint tea in one of the village's many tea rooms. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 798 yards (about 730 metres), at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and stairs in Bardo and Carthage. Walking in the Old City and souks is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.

Silver Shore Privato - Private Car & Guide - Half Day

Explore La Goulette at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Tour Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Private Car & Guide - Full Day

Explore La Goulette at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Tour Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Private Van & Guide - Half Day

Explore La Goulette at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 4 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Private Van & Guide - Full Day

Explore La Goulette at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 4 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.