Is it wise to visit Tunis on our own?

Apr 21st, 2002, 01:28 PM
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Is it wise to visit Tunis on our own?

Our cruise ship will be docking in La Goulette for 7 hours. Is it wise/ feasible for us to avoid an expensive shore excursion and instead take a train to Carthage & Tunis on our own when we don't speak the language? Also, will we have any problem getting around Tunis & going to a souk? Is this a reasonable time frame? Should we skip Carthage?
Apr 21st, 2002, 03:57 PM
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Hi Helen,

I was in Tunisia in Dec and found Tunis very easy to get around, although I do speak French. I really have no idea where the port is from Tunis, but Carthage was easily reached from Tunis by Suburban train. Carthage is very spread out and will involve a lot of walking and take some time. With travel time and seeing about half of it, I spent 5 hours I would say. I think what I would do is go to the Bardo Museum, there are many beautiful mosaics, and then head to the souk, having some couscous for lunch along the way somewhere (the Carcassonne Restaurant was fantastic), and maybe a Hammam if you have time!

I have photos and travelogue at if you are interested.

Have a great trip!
Apr 21st, 2002, 10:48 PM
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normaly it is very easy to go arround in Tunesia. But after that killing of tourists in Djerba last week it dont seems to be a good idea to go there in any way. be careful.
Apr 28th, 2002, 10:04 AM
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Hi. Just got back from Tunisia and I can say it was wonderful. People are riendly and speak English quite well. Went to a Souk and found it fun. Don;t worry. There are more tourists there than locals. Have fun
May 28th, 2002, 12:03 PM
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Tunisia is a safe country, even with all the events happening around the world. Carthage is a good place to visit and any taxi can get you there and back relatively inexpensive. fel free to negotiate with the taxi before you go. The people and culture is friendly. have fun..
May 3rd, 2003, 05:06 AM
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Helen, we are in the same situation. Was wondering how things worked out for you. Any suggestions on what to do when we get to the port? Did you follow Tim's advise and get a taxi?
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