Day trip to Kairouan and El Jem from Tunis or Hammamet - 1 Day


Founded in 670, the city of Kairouan flourished under the Aghlabid dynasty in the 9th century. Despite the transfer of the political capital to Tunis in the 12th century, Kairouan remained the first holy city of the Maghreb. Its rich architectural heritage includes the Great Mosque, with its marble and porphyry columns, and the Mosque of the Three Doors, which dates from the 9th century, then El Djem, the ancient city of Thysdrus, one of the most prosperous in Roman Africa, for a visit to its amphitheater, and end the excursion with a visit to the El Jem archaeological museum.
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Jem & Kairouan

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Day 1

Stop at : The Great Mosque of Kairouan, Rue Sidi Abdelkader, Kairouan 3100 Tunisia

The Great Mosque of Kairouan, the first in the Maghreb, was founded in 670 and rebuilt in 836.
It served as a model for other mosques in the Muslim West, even in Andalusia.
The mosque is named after the Arab conqueror Oqba, founder of the city.
The minaret is reminiscent of ancient lighthouses, such as the famous lighthouse of Alexandria. 31.50m high, it overlooks the vast courtyard surrounded by arcades.
A forest of columns occupies the entire space of the prayer hall, framing the majestic central nave.
Many of these columns come from ancient sites such as Sbeïtla.
The portico surrounding the courtyard, the prayer hall, the harmonious symmetry of the facade with its arched arcades and its dome make this mosque a masterpiece of architecture.

Duration : 40 minutes

Stop at : Medina of Kairouan, Rue Bouhaha Houmet Jemmaa the medina of Kairouan, Kairouan 3100 Tunisia

Visit of the basins of the Aghlabides, the Barbier mosque or the mausoleum Sidi Sahbi, and its pretty minarets, then of the medina of Kairouan where you will be able to throw an eye in the souks, to taste the pastry shops of Kairouan “Mekroudhs” and its artisanal manufacture of carpet, the large mosque also called Sidi Oqba mosque and finally the mosque with three doors

Duration : 2 hours

Stop at : Amphitheatre of El Jem, El-Jem Tunisia

A visit to the Roman Colosseum, founded in the IIIrd century after JC and classified as a world heritage site in 1972, being able to accommodate 30000 spectators, third in the Roman world by its size after that of Rome and that of Capoue, the amphitheatre of El Jem and the most impressive Roman monument of Africa.

Duration : 2 hours

Stop at : Archaeological Museum of El-Djem, Route de Sfax, El-Jem 345 Tunisia

Visit of the archaeological museum of El Jem, installed in a reconstituted Roman villa, where one can discover an important collection of Roman mosaics, covering a period going from the 2nd century to the 5th century, statues, terra cotta statuettes, bottles of perfume and many other glassworks.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes



  • All fees and taxes
  • Private transportation
  • Wi-Fi on board
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance to the Great Mosque of Kairouan
  • Entrance - Medina of Kairouan
  • Entrance - El Jem Amphitheater
  • Entrance - El Jem Museum


  • Lunch
How much does a day trip to Kairouan and El Jem cost from Tunis or Hammamet?

The rates for Day trip to Kairouan and El Jem from Tunis or Hammamet start at 166,12€.

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Day trip to Kairouan and El Jem from Tunis or Hammamet
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Trip Info

  • You’ll get picked up from any hotels or Airbnb around Tunis or Hammamet
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  • I got a Tourist agency representative Certificate in Poland then I had learned German in Berlin and studied tourist guide in Hammamet, and for 5 years I’m a professional tour organizer in Tunisia
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