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    ArchaeologicalRound trip

    7 Nights 8Days

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    Day 1 : Arrival in Nabeul

    Arrival at the airport of Tunis-Carthage, welcome and transfer to

    the hotel in Nabeul

    Dinner and overnight.

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    Day 2 : NABEUL

    Breakfast, visit of the National Museum

    of Nabeul Museum

    (Phoenician, Roman).

    Discovery of the Medina of Nabeul with

    its different souks.

    Lunch and then visit ofThearchaeological site of NeapolisNabeul

    Continuation to visit centre of pottery

    Back to the hotel, dinner and overnight.

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    The Nabeul MuseumHoused in a modest house in the centre of town, the museum has just been totally refurbished

    so that it can now attractively display one of the finest collections of objects coming from the

    various sites on Cape Bon.

    Essentially, the collection comprises objects originating from either the necropolises, or vestiges

    of ruined houses. Therefore, funerary furnishings constitute most of the ordinary or ceremonialobjects to be found in the showcases. The mosaic pavements are the most eloquent in evoking

    the beliefs, but also the lifestyle prevailing during Roman times in this Beautiful Promontory

    The repertory of mosaics is rich and varied and includes rare specimens with themes based on

    mythology from Antiquity.

    There are also some outstanding marble sculptures dating to the Roman period, as well as a

    collection of terracotta objects from a sanctuary dedicated to the Punic gods Baal Hammon and

    Tanit, attesting to a complex syncretism and that are of exceptional size for terracotta artefacts.

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    The archaeological site of Neapolis Nabeul

    Nowadays part of the town of Nabeuls urban fabric, in the tourist area, the ancient site of

    Neapolis was discovered by chance in 1965 during terracing work. Salvage excavations led

    to the discovery of a unique complex: a proper industrial installation dating to Roman times

    for the production of garum and salting of fish. These are unquestionably the remains of afactory producing this condiment that was so popular with the Romans on a large scale, no

    doubt exporting a large part to other Mediterranean countries where the Romans had

    spread its use. The complex consists of large basins where the fish guts and small fry were

    placed to macerate to produce a sauce resembling the Asian nuoc mam. One can see the

    remains of rows of fish, dried in this case, to preserve them over a long period of time.

    Not far, on the same site, a residential quarter has been partially excavated along anoutstanding paved road, revealing vestiges of luxurious villas, most paved with superb

    mosaics, some of which are conserved in situ, and others are exhibited in the Nabeulmuseum.

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    Day 3 : Hamammet

    Breakfast and departure for

    Hamammet. Visit ofThe

    archaeological site of Pupput

    Visit the Medina of Hamammet.

    Lunch

    Continuation forThe fort ofHammamet

    Back to the hotel.

    dinner and overnight at the

    hotel.

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    The archaeological site of PupputPupput is an ancient city lying about three kilometers to the north-west of the medina of

    Hammamet and that today is submerged by the tourist zone built over the major part of the

    archaeological site.

    It was probably a satellite town of its neighbour Neapolis. Pupput was mentioned for the first

    time in 168 when it was promoted to municipium governed by an elected council. It seems to

    have gained some importance during the II and IIIrd centuries when it spread considerably

    and acquired a great many public monuments.

    During the Middle ages, the city was defended by a Byzantine citadel. After the Arab

    conquest, the city took the name of Qasr Zaid before being taken and ravaged in 1303 by

    Catalan pirates. This signalled the end of the city over whose ruins the charcoal burners fromneighbouring Hammamet came to settle.

    Salvage excavations carried out by archaeologists after chance discoveries made during

    terracing work revealed a part of a necropolis and a large residential quarter including

    houses, baths and waterworks. Funerary furnishings and architectural decorative elements

    were excavated, in particular mosaic pavements indicating a refined lifestyle.

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    The fort of Hammamet

    This fort is one of the many military fortifications scattered along the Tunisian coast to

    defend the coastline. The borj bastion was built in 893. In around 1463 it was

    considerably extended to serve as the residence of the city governor as well. At the end ofthe XVI th century, it was substantially modified and adapted to accommodate firearms. The

    monument was turned into barracks after the establishment of the French protectorate over

    Tunisian in 1881.

    As it stands, the citadel is a deformed square of 50m with a salient at each corner. A single

    door leads into it through a double elbowed corridor. The courtyard is bordered with cells

    that were used as prisons and storerooms; Sidi Boualis mausoleum, a late XV th century

    warrior-monk, stands in the middle.

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    Day 4 : CAP BON

    Breakfast and departure for

    Kelibia ( Clupea)

    Visit of The fort of Kelibia

    Continuation to Karkouane

    Visit ofThe archaeological siteof Karkouane and the

    archaeological Museum

    Lunch and then visit ofThearchaeological Grottes ofHaouaria

    Back to the hotel.

    dinner and overnight at the hotel.

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    The Fort of Kelibia

    his citadel was built at the top of a 150m high rocky promontory overlooking the sea on the

    northeastern side of Cape Bon.

    The oldest parts of the fort comprise Roman components, but the main part of the building

    dates to the XV Ith century. Subsequently, it underwent several modifications.

    The massive, squat building is surrounded by a thick wall with square towers. The entrance

    is defended by a barbican. A ramp passing under a fortified hall leads to the centre of the

    fort which is surrounded by various spaces dating to different periods, including, probably a

    Byzantine chapel with three aisles where various documents and plans relating to the fort

    are displayed, as well as the remains of military installations, an oratory and basins dating to

    Ottoman times.A lighthouse stands in the bastions southern corner from where an splendid panorama

    going as far as the Italian island of Pantellaria can be admired. From the wall walk the view

    overlooks the town of Kelibia and the surrounding countryside..

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    Kerkouane

    his is one of Tunisias most precious archaeological sites because so far it is unique. It was

    founded during the Punic period perhaps in the Vth century BC and was never rebuilt by

    the Romans after the third Punic war that resulted in the annexation of Africa to the RomanEmpire, thereby ensuring that the urban fabric of this small, as yet unidentified city remained

    typically Punic.

    Apparently abandoned at the end of the war with Rome before being discovered in the 50s

    of the last century, the city had more or less been levelled to the ground. Yet today, the

    vestiges clearly reveal the plan of a typically Punic city, with the houses neatly outlined and

    equipped with every facility (bathtubs and ovens included) decorated with primitive mosaic

    pavements, one of which figures the Punic goddess Tanit.As a coastal city, Kerkouane had a port, some parts of which have survived. It must have

    engaged in trade with other Mediterranean ports to which it exported agricultural produce as

    well as craft products, such as purple dyed cloth, as attested by the dyeing installations

    discovered near the coast as well as the shops also found in a commercial quarter. A

    museum, housing some of the objects discovered, is to be found at the entrance of the site.

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    The Kerkouane Museum

    This small museum was built at the entrance of the Punic archaeological site of Kerkouane. The

    particularity of the museum is due to the site, for it is the only known Punic city not to have beenrebuilt after its destruction in the III rd century BC and consequently it provide a unique picture of

    a Punic city.

    If the site reflects the picture of a Punic city, the museum reveals many aspects of everyday life,

    of economic and commercial activities, and of spiritual life, thanks to the numerous objects found

    buried under the remains or placed in tombs.

    The collections are, of course, mainly Punic. But there are also objects on display originating

    from several Mediterranean countries, in particular Greece for decorative objects (vases, lamps

    etc) and Egypt for religious objects (seals, amulets, figurines etc.) that attest to the intense

    maritime activity of Carthaginian sailors.

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