Excursion 1 : Tunis & Carthage and Sidi Bou Said
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Tunis & Carthage and Sidi Bou Said Excursion Program
- visit of Tunis and Carthage, legendary City, political and economic capital of the ancient world, classified today world heritage of the UNESCO.
- last stage of this excursion, the village of Sidi Bou Said, probably one of the most beautiful Tunisian villages.
Tunis: A vast urban area with 2 million inhabitants, a modern town with an authentic medina, Tunis or ancient Tunez took over from Carthage upon the arrival of the Arab conquerors, it then became the capital, and was at its peak in the 13th century under the reign of the Hafsides. However, Carthage still stands high on its hill, its ruins a reminder of its former glory. A long side, the smart village of Sidi Bou Said is perched like a shining white crown on the other hill heralding the magnificent seaside resorts of La Marsa and Gammarth which boast luxury hotels and quality restaurants.
Carthage: Carthage is over three thousand years old and forms part of the heritage of the human race. The cultural and economic influence of Carthage on the ancient world has been handed down through the centuries, giving modern-day Tunisia its special values of tolerance, open-mindedness, and a readiness to adapt.
Sidi Bou Said: The first protected site in the world, perched on the Cliffside which dominates Carthage and the Gulf of Tunis, is the medieval village of Sidi Bou Said, a little paradise, adorned in the colours of the Mediterranean. Strolling through its cobbled alleyways, visitors discover the delightful mixture of houses with their white lime exteriors, moucharaby balconies, and blue shutters - that unique blue of Sidi Bou Said. The heavy, studded doors open into secret gardens carpeted with ceramics and encircled with bougainvilliers. In the palaces, such as the "Ennejma Ezzahra", a center for Arab and Mediterranean music, the tales of the thousand and one Arabian Nights are repeated for eternity in the gentleness of life and the jasmine perfumes of Sidi Bou Said.