Tunisia Itinerary – Top Things to Do in Tunisia in a Week
Want to spend one week in Tunisia?
Tunisia is one of the favorite destinations of French travelers! And for good reason… Dream beaches, architectural treasures, a wild and wonderful nature at the same time, exceptional gastronomy, all in a French speaking country.
If you have decided to visit Tunisia, we invite you to follow our recommendations for a one week Tunisia itinerary!
Day 1: Tunis
You will likely arrive in Tunisia’s capital, Tunis. Take the opportunity to discover this charming city mixing traditions and modernity.
Proudly enthroned at the top of a hill 52 m high, Tunis is framed by three valleys. We recognize the intoxicating scents of musk, jasmine and rose from the Orient. The Maghreb region suggests a typical vegetation, revealing an impressive expanse of pines, palm trees and eucalyptus.
It is in the medina that you can observe the historic heart of the city, its souks, mosques and Arab-Muslim architecture of great beauty. Starting from the Bourguiba Avenue, east of the medina, you will discover the modern city with its cafes, shops, and buildings in the European style.
On the way back, remember to bring back souvenirs.
A visit to the heart of Tunis must systematically pass through the site of Carthage. This ancient metropolis is a must if you plan to discover its important remains.
Do not miss the Grand Mosque (Jamaa ez Zitouna) with rich decorations, one of the most important religious centers of the city. There are also medersas revealing an architecture combining sobriety and delicacy.
The Bardo National Museum
The recently extended and renovated building represents one of the most beautiful archaeological sites in the world.
It houses an enormous collection of Romano-African mosaics and other inestimable riches such as Carthaginian statues, manuscripts from the Middle Ages, Christian and Jewish mosaics, polychrome ceramic panels…
Accommodation in Tunis
Dar Ben Gacem Kahia: A beautiful establishment in the medina of Tunis. You will be at the heart of the city’s main attractions. This Dar, highly rated by travellers, is spacious and bright and offers a beautiful roof terrace. A charming place.
I stayed the day before my return, at the Golden Carthage Hotel Tunis. This large establishment facing the Bay of Gammarth is well located for the airport. It includes a thalassotherapy center and a beautiful swimming pool which you can enjoy during your stay.
Alternatively, you can view all accommodation in Tunis here.
Day 2: Sidi-bou-Saïd
The next day, begin your journey towards Sidi-Bou-Saïd, a charming village located 20km from Tunis.
Sidi Bou Saïd offers stunning views of the archaeological site of Carthage, the Gulf of Tunis, and the Mediterranean Sea.
This picturesque village is known for its charming streets, moucharabiehs, typical bars, and famous cafes.
The beautiful panoramic views overlooking the sea offer a breathtaking landscape that promises relaxation, a soothing atmosphere, and surprises for travelers seeking something new.
Sidi Bou Said Cafes
The village owes its fame in part to its many cafes, most of which offer excellent panoramic views from their terraces, providing great photo opportunities. At the Café des Délices, the Café des Nattes, or the Café Hadj Harmor, enjoy a delicious mint tea, typical Tunisian drinks, or a glass of wine from North Africa while admiring the view of Carthage and the Gulf of Tunis.
The traditional café in the village square is also worth a visit.
Ras Qatarjamah and Sidi Chabaane viewpoints
These viewpoints are ideal for capturing the most beautiful photos. The Ras Qatarjamah belvedere, located not far from the village, is built on an old ribat and is easily spotted on the tourist route.
On the other hand, the belvedere of Sidi Chabaane, located next to the Café des Délices, requires a climb to the top of a hill.
Habib Thameur Street
Considered the main street of Sidi Bou Said, rue Habib Thameur is a bustling location with souvenir shops and restaurants offering local specialties. Prices are often negotiable during purchases.
Ennejma Ezzahra Palace
Also known as the “Resplendent Star” or “House of the Baron,” Ennejma Ezzahra is one of Tunisia’s riches, built in the early 20th century on the hill of Sidi Bou Saïd.
The building, which also houses the Arab and Mediterranean Music Center, belonged to Baron d’Erlanger, a talented architect and painter of Franco-British origin.
Now a museum, the site boasts galleries with rich collections of manuscripts, paintings, carpets, and countless works of art of great value. The palace is set in a magnificent garden overlooking the Gulf of Tunis.
How to Get Around?
Renting a car is the most convenient option for getting around Sidi Bou Said. Alternatively, you can call a tourist white taxi, but the prices are more expensive (around €40 or €50 depending on the route).
Tunisia Itinerary: One Day in Carthage & Sidi Bou Said is a recommended article to read if you only have one day.
Accommodation in Sidi Bou Said
La Villa Bleue: The Villa Bleue is a beautiful establishment in Sidi Bou Saïd. This small luxurious establishment has 13 rooms and suites and offers a view from the heights over the Gulf of Tunis. It has a swimming pool and a spa available to customers.
For less expensive accommodation with modern decor and an incredible view, you can stay at La Demeure. A beautiful establishment in Sidi Bou Said.
Day 3: Sousse
On the third day of your Tunisia itinerary, head to Sousse, known as the “Pearl of the Sahel,” where you can enjoy beautiful sandy beaches.
After a few hours of relaxation on the beach, explore the city center of Sousse and its ramparts, citadel, beautiful mosques, and marina, Port El Kantaoui, ideal for a drink and tasting local specialties.
- Sousse Medina: The medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the best-preserved examples of an Arab-Muslim city. It’s a great place to explore the narrow streets, traditional souks, and historic buildings.
- Ribat of Sousse: This fortified monastery is a popular tourist attraction and offers stunning views of the city and the sea. It’s also a great place to learn about the history of the region.
- Boujaffar Beach: Sousse is known for its beautiful beaches, and Boujaffar Beach is one of the best. It’s located in the heart of the city and offers plenty of opportunities for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports.
These are just a few of the many things to do in Sousse. Whether you’re interested in history, culture, or just relaxing on the beach, there’s something for everyone in this beautiful city.
For more information, check out our article: Tunisia Itinerary: One Day in Monastir and Sousse.
Accommodation in Sousse
Pearl Marriott Resort & Spa: The 5 star hotel where I stayed. It is 100 meters from Boujaafar beach. The hotel offers regular rooms and suites. The suite, with its living room and sea views is incredible.
Jaz Tour Khalef: An address tested by one of my collaborators. Located near Port El Kantaoui, this hotel is at the entrance to the city of Sousse. It is set in a 10-hectare park and faces the sea. It has an indoor and outdoor swimming pool.
Day 4: Kairouan
On the fourth day of your Tunisia itinerary, take a 50-kilometer drive from Sousse to Kairouan, the first holy city of the Maghreb.
Kairouan is known for its rich historical and architectural heritage, including the Great Mosque Sidi Oqba, the mosque of the Three Gates, the mosqué Barbier, the mausoleum Sidi Abid el Ghariani, and the ramparts.
The old city of Kairouan is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In the heart of Kairouan’s medina, immerse yourself in the world of small vendors in the souks, stroll through the alleys lined with white buildings and blue doors, and climb the ramparts surrounding the old town to enjoy the view of the domes.
Don’t miss the Barrouta well, a site revered for generations, where locals use a very old system of wheels and buckets that a dromedary sets in motion by turning. Leaving the medina, head to the Bassins des Aghlabids, which were part of a large hydraulic complex in the 9th century.
After exploring the medina, discover the Great Mosque of Kairouan, which dates back to the 9th century. Even if you’re non-Muslim, you can enter the courtyard and take a look at the prayer hall.
You can also climb the minaret, whose design is inspired by the Lighthouse of Alexandria. Another iconic monument of Kairouan is the Mosque of the Barber (zaouïa Sidi Saheb), which is a little more extravagant.
A little away from the city, you will find the Museum of Raqqada, which preserves gold coins, old ceramics, as well as sheets of the Koran.
The region around Kairouan is conducive to many activities, from hiking and bird watching on the salt lakes to hunting and caving in the mountains.
When in Kairouan, the carpet is a real institution, and you will find them everywhere. You have the choice between a whole range of items as a souvenir, including pottery, leather or copper creations, and delicious maqroudh date cakes.
To get to Kairouan, many bus lines and collective taxis serve the city. From Tunis, take the A1 motorway south to Enfidha, then take the P2 road southwest.
Source: Flickr (by Dennis Jarvis)
Accommodation in Kairouan
Hotel Continental: There are few choices of accommodation in Kairouan and yet it is a city in which I would settle for at least one night to enjoy it more. This 3-star hotel seems to be well located in addition to offering all the necessary amenities for a pleasant stay. There is an on-site restaurant, parking and swimming pool.
See all the accommodations in Kairouan here .
Day 5: El-Jem
On the fifth day of your Tunisia itinerary, head to El-Jem, located at the gateway to the Sahel region and famous for its Roman amphitheater, which can accommodate between 27,000 and 30,000 spectators.
The Coliseum of El Jem is one of the must-see attractions during your one-week Tunisia itinerary. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, it is one of the oldest and most beautifully preserved Roman creations in the world.
The construction of the amphitheater began in 230 and took eight years. While in operation, the amphitheater had a seating capacity of 30,000 spectators, making it the fourth largest amphitheater in the Empire.
It is 122m wide and 149m long, and stands 40m high. Gladiator fights, wild animal shows, criminal executions, etc., several events took place there in ancient times. Climb to the upper level to enjoy the splendid view of the city and its surroundings.
Unlike Rome’s amphitheater in Italy, few people visit the site, which is a boon, as you’ll have plenty of time to roam the ruins undisturbed and imagine the scenes that took place there in the past.
Apart from the amphitheater, you should also visit the splendid “Africa” villa, discover the mosaic tradition in the artisans’ stalls, and stroll through the silent and dusty alleys of the city. In the summer, the Amphitheater of El Jem hosts the El Jem International Symphony Music Festival under a starry sky.
To Get to El Jem
The train is a convenient option from Tunis. If you prefer to travel by car, from Tunis and Sousse, take the A1 motorway towards the South and fork on the road RR 87 towards the southeast, which will lead you to El Jem. El Jem is not very big, and all attractions are within walking distance.
Accommodation in El Jem
Hotel Julius: Located in the heart of the roman history, the hotel JULIUS EL JEM fully renovated (reopening march 19, 2016), is located in the city centre opposite the roman amphitheatre and 44 km from the town of Mahdia and 70 km from the airport of Monastir.
Excellent value for money if you’re looking to spend the night before/after visiting the gorgeous museum & amphitheater in El Jem
Day 6: Hammamet
On the sixth day of your Tunisia itinerary, head to the famous seaside resort of Hammamet, located in the northeast of the country, about 60 km from the capital Tunis.
Hammamet fiercely preserves vestiges of the past, while being open to modernization, making it a city with a unique character.
Many old fishermen’s houses have been taken over by the jet set, but overall, Hammamet remains very Tunisian.
- Visit the Kasbah of Hammamet: This 15th-century fortress is located on a hill overlooking the sea and offers stunning views of the surroundings. Inside, you can find a museum with exhibits on local history and culture.
- Go shopping in the medina: The medina of Hammamet is a charming and colorful place to explore, with narrow alleys lined with shops selling traditional crafts, souvenirs, and local products.
- Relax on the beach: Hammamet is known for its beautiful sandy beaches, such as Hammamet Beach, Nabeul Beach, and Yasmine Beach. You can rent sun loungers and umbrellas, try water sports, or simply soak up the sun and enjoy the sea breeze.
To get to Hammamet, the nearest airport is in the town of Enfida, about 40 kilometers to the southwest. From the airport, a taxi ride to Hammamet costs around 70 Tunisian Dinars.
Alternatively, you can take public buses or the train, or special shuttles that will drop you directly in the city center. Hammamet is also connected to the capital Tunis by a railway line.
You can explore Hammamet on foot, by bus, or by taxi. Hammamet is the ideal place to discover the charm of the hammam and care with orange blossom.
In addition to that, you can stroll through the heart of the medina, visit the splendid Dar villa of George Sebastian, spend an afternoon at the Carthage Land amusement park, indulge in water sports on the splendid beaches of Hammamet, and take advantage of the benefits of hammams in well-being establishments in the city center.
I recommend you to read our article for one day Tunisia itinerary in Hammamet.
Accommodation in Hammamet
The Sindbad: I slept in this magnificent accommodation north of the medina of Hammamet. This establishment is located by the sea. Its rooms, distributed through pretty gardens, are superb.
The Sindbad has several swimming pools and restaurants, including those by the sea, a beach, a spa center, etc. A great address to remember and test for your stay in Hammamet.
You can also view all accommodations in Hammamet here. Try to avoid the Yasmine Hammamet area where the big springs are. It lacks charm for my taste.
Day 7: Return to Tunis
On the last day of your Tunisia itinerary, return to the capital Tunis from where you will take your flight. You can take the opportunity to visit what you did not have time to see, such as the fabulous archaeological site of Carthage.
In Tunis, you can also immerse yourself in the history of Antiquity in what was the capital of the Roman province of Africa. Visit the Bardo Museum, which houses one of the world’s most extensive collections of Roman mosaics, as well as artifacts from other periods of Tunisian history.
To get to the airport, you can take a taxi or public transportation, such as the bus or the metro.
Visit Tunisia: Practical Info and Useful Links
- Time difference: -1h in summer
- Health: universal vaccines + hepatitis A and typhoid fever
- Currency: Tunisian Dinar (1 TND = 0.332 Euro)
- Tourist Office
- Booking Hotel Tunisia
7 Days Tunisia Itinerary Map
I hope you enjoy this 1 week Tunisia itinerary! If you have any other questions leave a comment below and I will gladly help you.
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- Tunisia Itinerary: One Day in Hammamet
- Tunisia Itinerary: One Day in Monastir and Sousse
- Top 10 things to do in Tunis
- Itinerary: One Day in Carthage & Sidi Bou Said
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