Tunisia is a fantastic destination and if you’re looking for an itinerary to follow, you came to the right place! While many visit Morocco and Egypt, somehow Tunisia remains less explored. We’ve spent three weeks in Tunisia travelling independently and decided to write this perfect 14-day itinerary for Tunisia. But don’t worry we have some suggestions if you wish to stay longer or shorter.
The country has so much to offer: gorgeous beaches, Mediterranean towns, exceptional Roman Ruins, islands, Star Wars Movie sets, Sahara desert, great food, honest and friendly people, and great infrastructure so getting from A to B is easy.
We travelled to Tunisia in late November, and early December 2021. The prices quoted in this itinerary for Tunisia are in local currency, Tunisian Dinar (TND).
The capital city of Tunisia is a bustling city that combines modern and traditional. The best place to stay on your first visit is the medina so you can explore it. You can choose to stay in the new city at the end of your trip.
The Tunis Medina dates from the 7th century when it was built around the Zitouna Mosque.
Don’t miss the souks, especially on Friday/Saturday mornings. And, if you’re after some great views, then head up to the Cafe Panorama and enjoy a coffee or tea while you’re there.
And for a delicious lunch in the medina, stop by Restaurant The Ben Arous. You could spend a lot of time strolling through the maze of the medina with incredible doors and shops.
Another highlight is the Bardo museum, Africa’s second-biggest museum.
The museum also boasts one of the world’s most exquisite Roman mosaics collections. Definitely add this to your itinerary for Tunisia if you are an art lover. It’s closed on Monday.
Where to stay in Tunis
Budget: Dar Ya – A great budget option in the heart of Medina. Rooms are clean and comfortable, yet only shared bathroom facilities available. Breakfast is included in the price. The staff is very welcoming and helpful in providing local knowledge to explore Tunis and the surrounding area.
Midrange: Dar Ben Gacem – A beautifully restored old Tunisian home, now a boutique hotel. Rooms are beautiful, and an amazing breakfast is included in the rate (the best omelette and coffee in Tunisia).
The young staff is always around to help with anything you need, even if it’s just to prepare you a hot pot of tea or coffee after a long day of exploring.
Luxury:Treat yourself: Hôtel Belvédère Fourati – If you’ve got the budget that allows a swish stay in this hotel in Tunis, I recommend it.
DAY 2: TUNIS – CARTHAGE – SIDI BOU SAID
Spend the morning walking across the medina and catch the metro to Carthage (ticket is approx 0.700TND ($0.25).
This is the ancient city that once ruled a huge empire across the Mediterranean The entry ticket of 12 TND ($4.20) will get you into multiple sites.
I recommend starting at Antonine Baths and walking from there to the Roman Villas (amazing mosaics), checking out the Theatre next door, and walking up to Byrsa hill with some epic views and museums.
There are other archeological sites in Tunisia, but this one should be on anyone’s itinerary for Tunisia as it is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
From Carthage grab a BOLT (ride-sharing app) to get to Sidi Bou Said. This picturesque seaside town is famous for its white and blue architecture (very Greece-like), make sure you explore the small side streets where you lose the crowds.
There is a famous place on the main street, Rue Hédi Zarrouk to get a hot bambalouni (Tunisian hot doughnut).
It’s a blue, hole-in-the-wall stand and you can smell sugar as you approach it. You can’t miss it.
It’s the perfect place for an afternoon stroll or stays for sunset @Cafe Des Delices.
DAY 3: TUNIS TO SOUSSE
Distance: 147 km (1 hour 50 mins journey time in car)
This morning head to the Louage Station Moncef Bey to catch a louage to Sousse (11.9 TND or $4.20). This 14-day itinerary for Tunisia is based on using public transport – for us, louage was the fastest option.
LOUAGE is essentially a shared taxi, a van that fits 8 passengers and once full it departs from the station for the destination. More about that further below.
(You could also head to Monastir directly and spend the night there at Marina Cap Appart Hotel, explore the town and then return to Sousse the next day).
It’s only a 15 min louage ride away, a ticket is 2.25 TND and they depart regularly.
Sousse can feel pretty touristy at times but the medina is nice although it mostly feels like a market. The Ribat (fortress) is worth visiting and you can stroll down to the beach. You might choose to stay in the medina.
We stayed at Hotel Paris, a comfortable budget option located in the medina.
For breakfast get some coffee from Beanery Cafe and pastries from the amazing french bakery just around the corner (across the entrance to the Institute of Arts) and have lunch at Restaurant du Peuple – an amazing set lunch menu not to be missed.
Distance: Sousse to Monastir 22 km (25-30 mins journey time in car)
Distance: Monastir to El Jem 73km (1 hour journey time in car)
Only 30 minutes away Monastir is an easy day trip from Sousse (ticket for louage is 2.25 TND). We actually spent a few nights here as we got a great deal at the marina, staying at Marina Cap Appart Hotel. It was a nice place to chill for a few days.
You can walk from the station to the Ribat which is well restored. Across from the ribat is the Mausoleum of Habib Bourguiba containing the remains of former president Habib Bourguiba, the father of Tunisian independence and the former president.
Don’t miss the picturesque marina only a short walk from the Ribat.
Afternoon in El Jem
Catch a louage back to Sousse and head down to El Jem. The louage ticket is 5.9 TND from Sousse to El Jem, allowing one hour journey time.
This was one of our absolute highlights of Tunisia – an ancient amphitheatre built by the Romans in 238AD. This is the largest and best-preserved Roman amphitheatre in Africa and it was designed to seat 35,000 people. This must be on anyone’s itinerary for Tunisia.
Entry is 12 TND each and be ready to be blown away!
Djerba is a really popular summer destination if you arrive during the summer or shoulder season.
As we visited in the cooler months, the old medina in Houmt Souk was so nice to walk around. Check out the souks, street art, maybe have a coffee in the trendy El Fondouk.
Don’t miss out on Djerbhood (street art event) and El Ghriba Synagogue.
If you have a few more days to play with, you can extend your time here.
Itinerary for Tunisia – Djerba Island has some amazing pottery on offer
DAY 9: DJERBA TO MATMATA (STAY IN STAR WARS HOTEL)
Distance: 130 km (2 hours 45 mins journey time in car – allow time to change transport at stations)
From Djerba, you can head back north or if you only had 9-10 days you could simply fly out of Djerba as there are direct flights to France and Germany.
So you could alter your itinerary for Tunisia and fly from here. We always find the most competitive prices for flights using Aviasales.
Getting north is easy. Once again catch the louage to Gabes and from there we took two vans to the small town of Matmata.
This place is known for troglodytes – houses that were built completely underground to keep cool during hot summers and warm in winter.
One of them, Hotel Sidriss has been turned into a hotel after it was used as the film set for Star Wars Episode 4 movie.
The hotel is very basic with shared bathrooms, but if you are a Star Wars fan it’s really cool to stay here. You can also just come in for a visit.
They charge 3 TND (1 euro) per person to come inside and explore.
Any Star Wars fan needs to add Matmata to the itinerary for Tunisia
DAY 10: MATMATA TO TOZEUR
Distance: 215 km (3 hours 30 mins journey time in car – allow for time changing transport at station)
Another big day on the road, but plenty of scenery. You will need to change transport (Matmata Nouvelle a v Gabes).
Tozeur is a town surrounded by the Tunisian desert and it has a really unique feel. There are dates palms everywhere and the best dates come from here so make sure you buy some.
They’re incredibly affordable, only a couple of euros for 1kg.
The town architecture is another reason why Tozeur is so special, most buildings are decorated with small bricks, and especially the medina is a beautiful place to stroll through.
Today you should book your day trip for the next day – we booked it at the agencyAu Coeur Du Desert across from our hotel, Residence El Arich.
The price quoted for a private 4WD with an English-speaking driver/guide for the day was 250 TND ($87) total. The car can fit a maximum of 7 passengers, so if you have a group of people/friends to share the cost, it would bring the price per person down considerably.
We were happy to take the day trip with just the two of us and our driver/guide.
Itinerary fro Tunisia – Tozeur is known for its unique architecture
DAY 11: TOZEUR Day trip to Chebika – Tamerza – Mides – Ong Jmel
You can choose a half-day or full-day tour from Tozeur. We chose the full day one.
It included a stop at Chebika Oasis, where you visit an old village and walk down through the wadi and see the waterfall that brings life to this part of the desert.
Next is Tarmeza, another oasis village, and the gorgeous canyon at Mides. You stop for lunch and continue across the desert for some dune bashing in your 4WD to reach Mos Espa (Ong Jemel).
Travel to the Mos Espa film site which is beautifully located amongst the Sahara dunes. Here, find the Pod-racing arena, the Mos Espa streets, Watto’s shop, market, and Sebulba’s Café. Return to Tozeur on the end.
Itinerary for Tunisia – Chebika Oasis
DAY 12: TOZEUR TO KAIROUAN
Distance: 295 km (4 hours 30 mins journey time in car)
Take a louage to Kairouan this morning, one of the holiest places of Islam in Tunisia and it was the first capital of the Maghreb.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, it conceals several marvels, but the medina and the Great Mosque are not to be missed.
I’d recommend a very comfortable stay at Hotel Continental if you can afford to spend a little more.
Itinerary for Tunisia – Kairouan
DAY 13: KAIROUAN TO TUNIS
Distance: 165 km (2 hours 20 mins journey time in car)
Spend the morning exploring Kairouan and depart to Tunis later on. Once you arrive in the capital you can visit the medina or head to the Bardo museum – whatever you didn’t get to do in Tunis last time.
A suggestion for a comfortable, newly renovated business hotel in central Tunis is Golf Royal Hotel.
We stayed here for our final few nights in Tunis and highly recommend it. Good prices, comfortable beds, fantastic breakfast, and great service.
Itinerary for Tunisia – Look up when wandering the streets in Tunis
DAY 14: TUNIS DEPARTURE DAY
Your itinerary for Tunisia ends in the capital. There is always plenty to do, see or eat in Tunis, depending on when your flight is.
Grab BOLT to the airport instead of a taxi, it will probably cost around 10-12 TND.
Travel Insurance for Tunisia
Make sure you get travel insurance before hitting the road. Trust us, it’s one of those things you don’t want to leave home without. We recommend either World Nomads or SafetyWing, depending on the type of traveller you are.
Things to know before you travel to Tunisia
Language: The official language is Arabic and French and English is not as common. Many people in the tourism industry speak Spanish and German as well.
Cafes are often highly men-dominated. You can look for Salon du The for cafes that are more mixed and usually nicer.
Download the BOLT App before you arrive (or when you’re here). It will save you time and money. If your French or Arabic language skills are non-existent, this app will help you to get from A to B without any hassle.
Always keep loose change and coins handy for paying for taxis, bottled water, or street food snacks.
Internet connection isn’t great in Tunisia. I’d recommend picking up a SIM Card for your phone with one of the phone providers at the airport. There are several to choose from. I got an Orange SIM Card for free, then topped it up with 10GB for 20 TND (USD $7). You can get 2GB for 10 TND also, but if you’re travelling on my suggested itinerary for Tunisia, I’d recommend buying the larger package. Alternatively, the most convenient and affordable way to get connected in Tunisia is to buy this Tunisia eSIM Data Pack online.
Keep any foreign currency receipts or ATM currency withdrawal receipts on you. At the end of your trip to Tunisia, ensure you convert all of your Tunisian Dinar to Euros/USD before you depart. Tunisian Dinars are impossible to exchange once you’ve departed the country. If you exchange currency at the airport before your departure, you may be asked for the receipt proving where you got the cash initially.
Download Maps.me App on your phone, it’s a very useful offline map for Tunisia. I’d also recommend downloading an offline map of Tunisia on Google Maps as a backup to access maps if you cannot get online.
Download Arabic and French in your Google Translate App. You never know when you may need to use it.
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