Tunis

African and Arabic hospitality await you in exotic Tunis, on the coast of North Africa.

African and Arabic hospitality await you in this exotic city, on the coast of North Africa

African and Arabic hospitality await you in exotic Tunis, on the coast of North Africa.

Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, actually consists of three cities: the modern Capital City of the Tunisian Republic, with its wide streets, skyscrapers and busy sidewalk cafes; the Arabic Medina (Old Town) from the Middle Ages, an exciting labyrinth laden with secrets, narrow alleyways, small shops, huge mosques and palaces and finally Carthage, the ancient Phoenician - Roman city, which lies 18 km from the city.

Tunis really represents a worthwhile day away from the ship; leave your luxury MSC cruise shipin the port and join us on any one of our richly interesting excursion packages , chosen for their mix of the best deals and the best coverage of all key sights.

The legacy of Tunis’ ancient heritage is seen in the extraordinary archaeological remains in Tunis and Carthage, a UNESCO world heritage site.

View the Baths of Antonius and the Carthage museum. Don’t miss Tunis’ Bardo Museum, which is not only the most important museum in Tunisia but one of the most ancient in the Arab world; here you can admire ancient artifacts, statues and the richest collection of Roman mosaics in the world.

A day out to the charming fishing village of Sidi Bou Said includes the chance to look around a typical house-turned-museum. A holiday in Tunis is not complete without experiencing the Medina – the typical market.

Haggle well and you’ll be sure to pick up a fine reminder of your vacation here!

Cruise to Tunis - Tunisia - Mediterranean - MSC Cruises

Directions


The port of La Goulette is about 15 Km from the centre of Tunis. A taxi service is available at the port.

Port average temperature

Tunis has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, characterized by a hot and dry season and a cool and rainy season. The local climate is also affected somewhat by the latitude of the city, the moderating influence of the Mediterranean and the terrain of the hills. Winter is the wettest season of the year, when more than a third of the annual rainfall falls during this period, raining on average every two or three days. The sun may still increase the temperature from 7°C in the morning to 16°C in the afternoon on average during the winter. Frosts are rare or nonexistent. In spring, rainfall declines by half.

The sunshine becomes dominant in May when it reaches 10 hours a day on average. In March temperatures may vary between 8° and 18°C, and between 13° and 24°C in May. However it is common for temperatures so soar even as early as April with record temperatures reaching 40°C.

In summer, rain is completely absent and the sunlight is at a maximum. The average temperatures in the summer months of June, July, and August, are very high. Sea breezes may mitigate the heat, but sometimes the sirocco winds reverse the trend. In fall, it began to rain, often with short storms, which can sometimes create rapid flood or floods in some parts of the city. The month of November marks a break in general heat with temperatures moving on average between 11° and 20°C.

The temperate figures shown are based on monthly average weather conditions for the selected port. Weather data is not real-time, and sometimes no data is shown for a specific date, month or port in general.

TUNISMonths
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Average high °C151617202428323229252016
Average low °C77810131720211916118
 TUN01 - HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL TOUR (approx. 4 hours 15 minutes) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Best seller  After boarding your coach and leaving the port of Tunis, known as La Goulette, you will head for the nearby archaeological ruins of ancient Carthage, a city from the 6th century B.C. that was once the base of a powerful trading empire. Its most famous citizen was Hannibal, the general who crossed the Alps to do battle with the Romans. You will have a chance to visit the baths of Antonius. The next stop on the tour is at Sidi Bou Said, a typical fishing village with characteristic white and blue houses that was founded by Andalusian Arabs. The village is perfect for a gentle stroll through its pretty streets and you will have some free time to explore on your own before returning to the port. Please note: the museum visit in Sidi Bou Said is optional and not included in the price; guests must pay the entrance fee if they wish to visit. A fee is requested to take pictures or shoot videos at the sites.

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Price per person $71.00 Adults $50.00 Children

   


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 TUN01WI - HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL TOUR (approx. 4 hours 15 minutes) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Best seller  After boarding your coach and leaving the port of Tunis, known as La Goulette, you will head for the nearby archaeological ruins of ancient Carthage, a city from the 6th century B.C. that was once the base of a powerful trading empire. Its most famous citizen was Hannibal, the general who crossed the Alps to do battle with the Romans. You will have a chance to visit the baths of Antonius. The next stop on the tour is at Sidi Bou Said, a typical fishing village with characteristic white and blue houses that was founded by Andalusian Arabs. The village is perfect for a gentle stroll through its pretty streets and you will have some free time to explore on your own before returning to the port. Please note: the museum visit in Sidi Bou Said is optional and not included in the price; guests must pay the entrance fee if they wish to visit. A fee is requested to take pictures or shoot videos at the sites.

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Price per person $70.00 Adults $49.00 Children

   


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 TUN02 - SHOPPING TOUR (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Shopping  This enjoyable shopping tour begins with a short coach ride from the port to the old medina quarter, which is a UNESCO world heritage site and boasts some 700 monuments, including historical palaces, mosques, mausoleums and fountains. It is also where spectacular architectural beauty meets a shopper’s delight: the typical and traditional spice market with hundreds of stalls selling a huge variety of local produce. After the medina, you will continue on to the little fishing village of Sidi Bou Said, which was founded by Andalusian Arabs and is known particularly for the consistent white-and-blue colour scheme of the houses all throughout the town. You will have time to soak up the special charm of the village on your own before beginning your return trip to the port. Please note: the museum visit in Sidi Bou Said is optional and not included in the price; guests have to pay the entrance fee. The shopping trip in Tunis is with a guide.

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Price per person $67.00 Adults $47.00 Children

   


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 TUN02WI - SHOPPING TOUR (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Shopping  This enjoyable shopping tour begins with a short coach ride from the port to the old medina quarter, which is a UNESCO world heritage site and boasts some 700 monuments, including historical palaces, mosques, mausoleums and fountains. It is also where spectacular architectural beauty meets a shopper’s delight: the typical and traditional spice market with hundreds of stalls selling a huge variety of local produce. After the medina, you will continue on to the little fishing village of Sidi Bou Said, which was founded by Andalusian Arabs and is known particularly for the consistent white-and-blue colour scheme of the houses all throughout the town. You will have time to soak up the special charm of the village on your own before beginning your return trip to the port. Please note: the museum visit in Sidi Bou Said is optional and not included in the price; guests have to pay the entrance fee. The shopping trip in Tunis is with a guide.

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Price per person $66.00 Adults $46.00 Children

   


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 TUN03 - BEACH TOUR (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Drink included  Recommended for families  After leaving the port of La Goulette we will drive to Gammarth, a lovely seaside resort just 20 kilometres from Tunis. During the 19th century Gammarth was a favourite spot for wealthy Tunisians to spend their vacations and today it remains an attractive tourist destination with sandy bays and picturesque coastal scenery. This excursion allows you to enjoy a few hours in a resort, to bathe in the clear Tunisian sea or simply relax on the beach. A welcome cocktail is included. Please note: this tour operates uns from June until the end of September. We recommend bringing a towel and sunscreen. Click HERE to watch the video

Price per person $52.00 Adults $36.00 Children

   


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 TUN05 - CARTHAGE & MEDINA (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Shopping  The ancient city of Carthage, which today forms a suburb of Tunis, dates back nearly 3,000 years and was built on a promontory overlooking the sea, which favourable position facilitated the key role that Carthage played in maritime trade. Upon leaving the port, a brief coach transfer will take you to the ancient site, which was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1979. The tour includes a visit to the Punic Tophet, a spine-tingling open-air memorial to deceased infants from this early Phoenician period, before then continuing on to the Antonin Baths, the ruins of the largest Roman bath complex outside Rome itself. Next up is a spot of shopping in the Medina, the typical Arab market in Tunis. Your guide will point out the different types of goods and spices as you make your way through the narrow streets of the market. Your tour concludes with your return to the port and your ship. Please note : the shopping trip in Tunis is with a guide.

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Price per person $67.00 Adults $47.00 Children

   


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 TUN05WI - CARTHAGE & MEDINA (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Shopping  The ancient city of Carthage, which today forms a suburb of Tunis, dates back nearly 3,000 years and was built on a promontory overlooking the sea, which favourable position facilitated the key role that Carthage played in maritime trade. Upon leaving the port, a brief coach transfer will take you to the ancient site, which was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1979. The tour includes a visit to the Punic Tophet, a spine-tingling open-air memorial to deceased infants from this early Phoenician period, before then continuing on to the Antonin Baths, the ruins of the largest Roman bath complex outside Rome itself. Next up is a spot of shopping in the Medina, the typical Arab market in Tunis. Your guide will point out the different types of goods and spices as you make your way through the narrow streets of the market. Your tour concludes with your return to the port and your ship. Please note : the shopping trip in Tunis is with a guide.
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Price per person $66.00 Adults $46.00 Children

   


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 TUN10 - HISTORY & COLOURS OF TUNIS (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  We will leave the port of La Goulette and head to the superb Bardo Museum, a former 13th century palace famous for its outstanding collection of mosaics and major findings from Carthage. The Bardo is akin to the Louvre in its extensive and impressive collection of exhibits. We will enjoy a guided tour of some of the rooms to admire the most significant displays, including the exquisite Virgil Room, which houses a spectacular 3rd century mosaic from Sousse. Our next stop will be Sidi Bou Said, a typical fishing village famed for its picturesque blue and white houses. Enjoy some free time here before returning to the port. Please note: the museum visit in Sidi Bou Said is optional and not included in the price; guests must pay the entrance fee if they wish to visit. Note also that parts of the Bardo Museum are currently undergoing restoration, so not all rooms can be visited. A fee is requested to take pictures or shoot videos at Bardo Museum.

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Price per person $64.00 Adults $45.00 Children

   


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 TUN10WI - HISTORY & COLOURS OF TUNIS (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  We will leave the port of La Goulette and head to the superb Bardo Museum, a former 13th century palace famous for its outstanding collection of mosaics and major findings from Carthage. The Bardo is akin to the Louvre in its extensive and impressive collection of exhibits. We will enjoy a guided tour of some of the rooms to admire the most significant displays, including the exquisite Virgil Room, which houses a spectacular 3rd century mosaic from Sousse. Our next stop will be Sidi Bou Said, a typical fishing village famed for its picturesque blue and white houses. Enjoy some free time here before returning to the port. Please note: the museum visit in Sidi Bou Said is optional and not included in the price; guests must pay the entrance fee if they wish to visit. Note also that parts of the Bardo Museum are currently undergoing restoration, so not all rooms can be visited. A fee is requested to take pictures or shoot videos at Bardo Museum. This tour is not available for guests onboard MSC Armonia.

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Price per person $64.00 Adults $45.00 Children

   


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 TUN11 - EXPLORING THE COLORFUL SOUKS OF TUNIS (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Drink included  Cultural  Shopping  Your excursion will begin with a short panoramic bus tour of Tunis’ modern district, which offers a great introduction to this fascinating North African city. We will then head to the colourful world of the Medina (market); accompanied by a guide, you can stroll the streets of this lively district for some shopping, Arabian style. You can soak up the sights and sounds of this souk as you admire the many handicraft stalls and inhale the fragrant scent of spices. We will stop at a traditional carpet shop to learn about the history and traditions of the Berber people, who are famed for their production of quality Tunisian carpets and rugs. Our tour concludes with a café stop to sample local pastries and coffee whilst enjoying a display of Tunisian folk dance.

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Price per person $63.00 Adults $44.00 Children

   


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 TUN11WI - EXPLORING THE COLORFUL SOUKS OF TUNIS (approx. 4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Drink included  Cultural  Shopping  Your excursion will begin with a short panoramic bus tour of Tunis’ modern district, which offers a great introduction to this fascinating North African city. We will then head to the colourful world of the Medina (market); accompanied by a guide, you can stroll the streets of this lively district for some shopping, Arabian style. You can soak up the sights and sounds of this souk as you admire the many handicraft stalls and inhale the fragrant scent of spices. We will stop at a traditional carpet shop to learn about the history and traditions of the Berber people, who are famed for their production of quality Tunisian carpets and rugs. Our tour concludes with a café stop to sample local pastries and coffee whilst enjoying a display of Tunisian folk dance.

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Price per person $62.00 Adults $43.00 Children

   


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 TUN14 - GRAND TOUR OF TUNIS (full day, lunch included) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Lunch or dinner included  Cultural  Shopping  Enjoy a day out to discover the beauty of Tunis. A short coach ride from the port will take you to the old medina quarter, which is a UNESCO world heritage site and boasts some 700 monuments, including historical palaces, mosques, mausoleums and fountains. It is also where spectacular architectural beauty meets a shopper’s delight: the typical and traditional spice market with hundreds of stalls selling a huge variety of local produce. After the medina, you will head to the superb Bardo Museum, a former 13th century palace famous for its outstanding collection of mosaics and major findings from Carthage. The Bardo is akin to the Louvre in its extensive and impressive collection of exhibits. You will enjoy a guided tour of some of the rooms to admire the most significant displays, including the exquisite Virgil Room, which houses a spectacular 3rd century mosaic from Sousse. Time for a break to taste a delicious lunch before continuing to archaeological site of Carthage, a city from the 6th century B.C. that was once the base of a powerful trading empire. Its most famous citizen was Hannibal, the general who crossed the Alps to do battle with the Romans. You will have a chance to visit the baths of Antonius before continuing to the little fishing village of Sidi Bou Said, which was founded by Andalusian Arabs and is known particularly for the consistent white-and-blue colour scheme of the houses all throughout the town. You will have time to soak up the special charm of the village on your own before beginning your return trip to the port. Please note: the museum visit in Sidi Bou Said is optional and not included in the price; guests must pay the entrance fee if they wish to visit. Note also that parts of the Bardo Museum are currently undergoing restoration, so not all rooms can be visited. The shopping trip in Tunis is with a guide. A fee is requested to take pictures or shoot videos at the sites. This tour is only for guests onboard MSC Splendida.

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Price per person $103.00 Adults $72.00 Children

   


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 TUN14WI - GRAND TOUR OF TUNIS (full day, lunch included) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Lunch or dinner included  Cultural  Shopping  Enjoy a day out to discover the beauty of Tunis. A short coach ride from the port will take you to the old medina quarter, which is a UNESCO world heritage site and boasts some 700 monuments, including historical palaces, mosques, mausoleums and fountains. It is also where spectacular architectural beauty meets a shopper’s delight: the typical and traditional spice market with hundreds of stalls selling a huge variety of local produce. After the medina, you will head to the superb Bardo Museum, a former 13th century palace famous for its outstanding collection of mosaics and major findings from Carthage. The Bardo is akin to the Louvre in its extensive and impressive collection of exhibits. You will enjoy a guided tour of some of the rooms to admire the most significant displays, including the exquisite Virgil Room, which houses a spectacular 3rd century mosaic from Sousse. Time for a break to taste a delicious lunch before continuing to archaeological site of Carthage, a city from the 6th century B.C. that was once the base of a powerful trading empire. Its most famous citizen was Hannibal, the general who crossed the Alps to do battle with the Romans. You will have a chance to visit the baths of Antonius before continuing to the little fishing village of Sidi Bou Said, which was founded by Andalusian Arabs and is known particularly for the consistent white-and-blue colour scheme of the houses all throughout the town. You will have time to soak up the special charm of the village on your own before beginning your return trip to the port.Please note: the museum visit in Sidi Bou Said is optional and not included in the price; guests must pay the entrance fee if they wish to visit. Note also that parts of the Bardo Museum are currently undergoing restoration, so not all rooms can be visited. The shopping trip in Tunis is with a guide. A fee is requested to take pictures or shoot videos at the sites. This tour is not available for guests onboard MSC Armonia.

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Price per person $103.00 Adults $72.00 Children

   


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 TUN18 - ROMANTIC RENDEZ-VOUS WITH TUNISIA (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Drink included  Cultural  New  Treat yourself to a taste of authentic Tunisia and soak up the country’s unique atmosphere from a variety of angles. After boarding a modern coach at La Goulette port, you will first travel to the nearby ruins of ancient Carthage for splendid views of the Punic port and the Roman cisterns that once ensured the city’s water supply. Next up is the characteristically blue-and-white fishing village of Sidi Bou Said, which was founded by Andalusian Arabs and is famed for having inspired numerous artists. One of these was the French painter and musicologist Rodolphe d’Erlanger, whose beautiful early 20th-century palace you will have a chance to explore. Providing sublime views of the port and the village itself, the Maison Baron d’Erlanger – which is now a museum – offers insight into the world of Mediterranean traditions, folkloric music and beautiful old instruments. Moving on, you will then head for the Dar el Annabi Museum and its fastidiously reconstructed scenes of everyday Tunisian life, complete with some very realistically styled mannequins. The inner courtyard is the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of refreshing Tunisian tea. Lovely views of Sidi Bou Said can be enjoyed from the museum, so do take some photos before setting off on your journey back to the ship.

Price per person $50.00 Adults $35.00 Children

   


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 TUN18WI - ROMANTIC RENDEZVOUS WITH TUNISIA ( approx. 4.5 hours ) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Drink included  Cultural  Treat yourself to a taste of authentic Tunisia and soak up the country’s unique atmosphere from a variety of angles. After boarding a modern coach at La Goulette port, you will first travel to the nearby ruins of ancient Carthage for splendid views of the Punic port and the Roman cisterns that once ensured the city’s water supply. Next up is the characteristically blue-and-white fishing village of Sidi Bou Said, which was founded by Andalusian Arabs and is famed for having inspired numerous artists. One of these was the French painter and musicologist Rodolphe d’Erlanger, whose beautiful early 20th-century palace you will have a chance to explore. Providing sublime views of the port and the village itself, the Maison Baron d’Erlanger – which is now a museum – offers insight into the world of Mediterranean traditions, folkloric music and beautiful old instruments. Moving on, you will then head for the Dar el Annabi Museum and its fastidiously reconstructed scenes of everyday Tunisian life, complete with some very realistically styled mannequins. The inner courtyard is the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of refreshing Tunisian tea. Lovely views of Sidi Bou Said can be enjoyed from the museum, so do take some photos before setting off on your journey back to the ship. Please note: this tour is not available for guests onboard MSC Armonia.Click HERE to watch the video

Price per person $49.00 Adults $34.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.