Cultural Excursions

Students participating in the Center Sidi Bou Said Study Abroad program will have the opportunity to visit significant regions in Tunisia including the South of the country!

 

DJERBA

The island of Djerba is the largest island off the coast of North Africa and is a popular tourist destination because of its pristine beaches and dramatic sunsets. It is one of the few remaining places in Tunisia where inhabitants still speak their original Berber dialect.

Students visiting Djerba will have the opportunity to visit the ancient Al Ghriba synagogue which is over 2,000 years old and is home to the oldest Torah in the world. Students will also get a chance to explore the seaside Fortress of Ghazi Mustapha.

 

SIDI BOUZID, TOZEUR AND DOUZE

Students visiting the oasis town of Tozeur will have a chance to enjoy its humble beauty and delight in discovering all it has to offer. Students will see its natural wonders such as the Salt lake of Chott el-Jerid and the Ras el-Ayn waterfall, and experience the history of Tunisia through its arts and cultural artifacts at the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions and the Dar Cherait Museum.

In Douze, students will enjoy the famous hospitality of the local population, witness traditional date harvesting and cross the Gates of the Sahara desert where the largest international camel festival in Tunisia is held every winter. On the way to the south, we will stop at Sidi Bouzid where Mohamad Bouazizi’s self-immolation triggered the uprisings in Tunisia then throughout the Arab world.

 

KAIROUAN AND SOUSSE

The Great Mosque of Kairouan, once the capital of Islamic Maghreb, is North Africa’s most holy Islamic site. The Great Mosque of Kairouan set the precedent for architecture of the Maghreb with its monumental arcades, minaret and courtyards.  Students will also visit the holy site of the grave of Abu Zama el-Belaoui, a sahab (companion) of the Prophet Mohammad.

A visit to Sousse, a well-known seaside resort and historical town, provides a glimpse into the past through its many well preserved medieval era monuments: the ramparts, the Great Mosque and the Kasbah. The trip includes a tour through the Catacombs du Bon Pasteur from the 4th and 5th century A.D.