The Roman Empire’s Breadbasket by the Sea


The Roman Empire’s Breadbasket by the Sea

Tunisia was Africa to the ancient Romans, and it was the name bestowed on this little outcrop sticking out into the Mediterranean. Roman Africa was the empire’s breadbasket, and it shipped olives and grains across the Med, growing fat from the proceeds. Incredibly intact ruins of affluent ancient cities are dotted across Tunisia’s entire landscape. We will explore the best places to see the remnants of ancient Rome in Tunisia. This tiny progressive Islamic state is also home the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Kairouan, the holiest site in Islam next to Medina & Mecca. Fabulous food, luxury hotels and tempting medinas top off this Coda tour.

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Trip Overview

Countries Visited: Tunisia
Starts In: Tunis (TUN)
Ends In: Tunis (TUN)
Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights
Int'l Air Route: USA/Tunis (TUN)/USA
Group Size: Min 4; Max 16
Accommodations: Deluxe 5★ & First Class 4★
Activity Level: Easy
Experiences: Culture, History, Food


• Coda Tours signature small group size
• Coda Tours signature comprehensive sightseeing programs
• Coda Tours signature inclusive meal plan
• Coda Tours signature deluxe accommodations
• Exploring UNESCO sites which are El Jem Coliseum, the Medina of Tunis, Carthage Site, Dougga & Kairouan
• The exquisite & unique Bardo Museum
• Café sitting in the seaside village of Sidi Bou Said
• Uncovering the deliciousness of Tunisian cuisine
• Walking through the 1st century Bulla Regia
• Spa day at the luxurious La Cigale, Tabarka

Dates & Prices

Your TripDepart USAReturn USADouble Occupancy PriceSingle Occupancy PriceIntra Tour Air
TunisiaNovember 9, 2023November 19, 2023$4595$6195$0
A deposit of $750 is required to hold a reservation. This may be charged to a credit card. Final payment is due 60 days prior to Start Date of the tour. Final payment may be made by personal check or wire transfer. Credit card payments are assessed a 4% fee. Special Notes: Single Occupancy rates can be avoided if you wish to be matched with another single traveler who also wishes to share. If no share is available, the single rate will apply. Rates are based on current rates and currency exchange rates at the time of publishing the tour online. Rates are subject to change until final payment has been made. Rates are based on a minimum participation and if the minimum participation is not met rates may need to be revised.
Special Notes:
  • Single Occupancy rates can be avoided if you wish to be matched with another single traveler who also wishes to share. If no share is available, the single rate will apply.
  • Rates are based on current rates and currency exchange rates at the time of publishing the tour online.
  • Rates are subject to change until final payment has been made. Rates are based on a minimum participation and if the minimum participation is not met rates may need to be revised.


Do these dates not fit in with your schedule?
CODA can help design a tailor made tour to suit you!

Tour Map


  • Day 1 – Depart USA

    Depart the USA on any regularly scheduled flight to Tunis, Tunisia (TUN).

  • Day 2 – Arrive in Tunis

    Upon arrival in the beautiful city of Tunis, a car service will be waiting for a transfer to the Dar el Jeld Hotel.

  • Day 3 – Bardo Museum | Medina of Tunis

    After sightseeing in and around Tunis, visit the world famous Bardo Museum (subject to re-opening), an architectural landmark housing Roman mosaics and pieces from Tunisia’s history. A traditional lunch will be followed by a tour of the medina (old town). Awe at the life blood of the Arab city, the Mosque of the Olive Tree, as we compare the modern city against the ancient medina. Take time to peruse the many chic boutiques with various local treasures.

  • Day 4 – Carthage | Sidi Bou Said

    Explore the ruins of Carthage which contain ancient baths, dwellings, temples, shrines, and port. Visit Byrsa Hill on which Carthage was founded, the port of Salammbo, and the ancient sanctuary of the goddess Tanit. Next, travel to the Moorish village of Sidi Bou Said, an artist’s haven where lush flowers cascade down every wall and doorway. End the day with a private tour and cocktail within the marvelous Baron D’Erlanger Palace.
    *Pending availability. Return to the the Dar El Jeld Hotel for overnight.

  • Day 5 – Tunis

    Spend a day at leisure to explore on your own.

  • Day 6 – Dougga | Bulla Regia

    Venture to the evocative Roman site of Dougga. Walk in the footsteps of the ancients as we traverse the Roman theater, public bathhouses, and temples of the Capitol, Juno Caelestis, and Saturn. Next, visit the underground villas, Memmian Baths, and Treasure House of Bulla Regia.

  • Day 7 – Tabarka

    Today is free to enjoy the hodgepodge of Berber, Punic, Hellenistic, Roman, Islamic, Genoese, and Turkish culture that make up the town of Tabarka. Take time to enjoy the hotel’s spa services.

  • Day 8 – Tabarka | Kairouan

    Journey through the countryside towards Kairouan where the Great Mosque dominates the skyline. Within the town, hundreds of shops present the finest Kairouan carpets of pure wool along with various traditional goods. Later, explore beyond the city as we discover the mausoleum at the Zaouia of Sidi Sahab, a prominent place of Islamic pilgrimage.

  • Day 9 – El Djem | Mahdia

    En route to the coastal village of Mahdia, where we will lunch, we stop at the ancient Roman coliseum and archeological museum at El Djem.

  • Day 10 –Kairouan | Tunis

    Return to Tunis. Overnight in Tunis near the airport. We gather for a Farewell Dinner this evening.

  • Day 11—Depart Tunis to USA

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to the USA.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Luxury (5★) & Deluxe (4★) accommodations, as stated in the itinerary
  • Main program: Breakfast daily. 7 Lunches & 8 Dinners
  • Malta extension: Breakfast daily. 1 Dinner
  • VIP Arrival & Departure transfers in Tunis
  • Comprehensive sightseeing excursions & entry fees, as stated in the itinerary
  • Excellent English-speaking local guides
  • Comfortable a/c transportation with complimentary water
  • Coda Tour Representative, with minimum participation
  • Pre-departure assistance and Information Portfolio from Coda Tours

What's Not Included

  • International airfare, seat & baggage fees
  • Intra-tour flight between Tunis & Malta for the extension (issued by Coda Tours & quoted separately)
  • Passport and visa fees; no visa is required for American or Canadian passport holders
  • Trip Cancellation & Interruption insurance is HIGHLY recommended. Coda Tours will provide a quote for you.
  • Gratuities for local guides, drivers and Coda Tour Manager
  • Items of a personal nature (laundry, phone, drinks, etc.)

Travel Prep

Air France & Alitalia (both SkyTeam partners) & Royal Air Maroc (OneWorld) are among airlines that can be used to book international airfare for this tour.
We recommend booking at least 7 months in advance if you want to use Frequent Flyer Miles.

There are no intra-tour flights for this program.

VISA: A valid passport is required for international travel and must be valid for 6 months after the return date of travel. No visa is required for travel to Tunisia or Malta for US and Canadian passport holders.

VACCINES: The Center for Disease Control suggests that all travelers make sure they are up to date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. Measles vaccination is especially important when traveling to this area.

PACKING: Coda trips are casual at all times. There is no need for a jacket or tie unless you personally opt to dine at a fine restaurant requiring formal dress. We do not book these restaurants for our group experiences. Pack for a variety of weather. Bring a light jacket or sweater. Jeans, khakis and shorts are fine for daily wear. Comfortable shoes are a must. All hotels offer laundry service, but it can be expensive.

WEATHER: Expect the weather to be high 60’s to mid-70’s during the day, with plenty of sunshine, in both March & November. The evenings will cool off and maybe in the low 50’s to upper 40’s. We do not expect rain at these times of the year.

All departures are guaranteed on a minimum number of participants. A Coda Tour Manager will accompany a tour also based on a minimum number of participants. This tour can be operated as a Private Tour, can be customized and repriced based on a final itinerary. Rates are based on a minimum participation, if the minimum is not met, rates may need to be revised.

A complete portfolio of pre-departure information will be mailed to you approximately three weeks prior to departure.


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