Tunisia Attractions: Top 25 (MANY PHOTOS)


Tunisia is a small North African country with access to the Mediterranean Sea. This country has everything for a quality beach holiday: an extended coastline, comfortable all-inclusive hotels in Sousse, Hammamet and Monastir, evening and night entertainment, which are offered by clubs and restaurants in the resort areas.

There is one advantage that distinguishes Tunisia from other popular holiday destinations in the region - it is the universally developed thalassotherapy. Almost every hotel has modern SPA salons, offering customers a variety of health and rejuvenation programs for very little money.

On the territory of Tunisia, many historical monuments have survived during the reign of the Phoenicians, the Roman Empire, the accession of the Arabs and the dominion of the Ottoman Empire. In the country, the legacy of the French colonialists has a great influence, making Tunisia a modern and progressive country developing along the secular path.

What to see in Tunisia?

The most interesting and beautiful places, photos and a brief description.

1. The ancient city of Carthage

The capital of the ancient Phoenician state, founded in 814 BC Until 146 BC was the largest and most influential city in the whole western Mediterranean. After he was conquered and destroyed by Julius Caesar, he lost his significance. The remains of Carthage are located near the capital - the city of Tunisia.

2. Amphitheater in Al Jem

The Roman amphitheater built in 238, which was the largest in Africa and only slightly inferior in size to the Colosseum. Despite the destruction of previous centuries, the construction came to us in a well-preserved form. Under the main arena is a whole underground city, where at the time of the gladiators there were wild animals and fighters preparing for the battle.

3. The city of Sidi Bou Said

Small picturesque town 17 km. from the capital. The architecture of the buildings repeats the ornaments of traditional Arab settlements. Since 1915, according to a decision of the authorities, it was forbidden to build modern buildings in order not to violate the authentic appearance. For tourists, Sidi Bou Said is a tourist attraction, for locals it is just an ordinary city.

5. National Museum of Bardo

Museum complex in a beautiful old building of the XVII century. in the suburbs of Tunis. Along with the National Museum of Egypt is considered the best and largest in North Africa. In 12 rooms exhibits of various eras are presented, telling about the Phoenician, Roman, Christian and Arab past of the country.

6. The ancient city of Dugga

The ruins of an ancient Roman city, where centuries ago more than 25 thousand people lived. Well-preserved temples, theaters, fountains, necropolises and mausoleums have survived to our days. On the stone pavements even traces of the chariots that once passed here were preserved. A visit to Duggy can give an exhaustive picture of the life of a large ancient city.

7. The ancient city of Kerkuan

The remains of the Punic settlement of the VI century. BC. This is the only surviving example of Phoenician-Punic architecture, so it is of particular historical value. The city was destroyed by the Romans in the III century. BC, the ruins were discovered already in the XX century. Kerkuan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

9. Cave city of Matmata

Berber city, where the older generation of this nomadic people lives in caves. The rooms are dug right in the rocks, some of the "houses" are two- and three-story. This method of housing was dictated by harsh desert conditions. During unbearable heat and sandstorms, cave dwellers feel quite comfortable inside their homes.

10. Medina of Tunis

It represents the historical center of the capital city of Tunisia. This is the interweaving of old squares, market stalls, narrow stone streets and traditional neighborhoods, where the unknowing can easily get lost. In Medina, you can admire the cozy courtyards and ancient mosques that have been standing here for more than one hundred years.

11. Cathedral of Saint Vincent de Paul

Tunisia Christian Cathedral, opposite the French Embassy. The cathedral was built twice - in 1881 and in 1893, since during the first construction some geological features were not taken into account and the building collapsed. The construction is the property of the Catholic Church under the 1964 treaty.

12. The synagogue of El Ghriba

Jewish temple on the island of Djerba, one of the oldest shrines in the world. Its age is more than 2000 years, Jews from all over the world constantly make pilgrimages to these places. The synagogue contains a manuscript of one of the most ancient sacred Jewish books - the Torah. The relics of St. Shimon Bar Yashai (author of the Talmud) are also buried here.

14. Ukba Mosque

One of the largest mosques in Tunisia is located in Kairouan. The history of the temple began in the 7th century, when under the supervision of the Arab commander Ukba ibn Nafi, the first small building was erected. For a long time Ukba was a place of pilgrimage for Muslims who could not get to Mecca. According to one of the ancient fatwas, visiting this mosque seven times was equivalent to once visiting Mecca.

15. Al-Zaytun Mosque (Olive Mosque)

The main mosque of the country and the only temple in which representatives of other religions have access. In the XII-XIV centuries. the building housed the University of Islamic Law and the study of the Koran. At lectures in the spacious prayer hall, 10,000 students gathered each. This is the oldest and most revered mosque in Tunis.

17. Fortress Ribat in Sousse

It also served to protect against attacks by Berbers from the desert and Gentiles from the sea. Ribat was built in the form of a square with semicircular towers on the sides. The fortress gave shelter to travelers and merchants fleeing danger. One of the watch towers offers scenic views of the seaport of Sousse and the old city.

19. Zoo Phrygia

One of the most visited places by tourists, is located in the suburbs of Hammamet. It contains more than 50 species of birds and animals. Guests can admire representatives of the African fauna: flamingos, lemurs, crocodiles, cheetahs, lions and swans. It will also be interesting to look at shows featuring dolphins and fur seals.

20. Atlas Mountains

The mountain system, which begins in Tunisia and continues along the Algerian and Moroccan coasts. The highest peak of the chain reaches a height of 4000 meters. Coniferous forests grow here, waterfalls rustle and deep canyons gap in the abyss. For tourists, observation platforms are equipped in picturesque places.

21. Ishkol National Park

A small reserve, most of which is Lake Ishköl. It was created in order to preserve the unique ecosystem of the reservoir and adjacent territories. Several species of migratory and waterfowl winter here. In the reserve, a typical Mediterranean landscape pleases the eye: olive and pistachio groves, juniper thickets and acacia.

22. Djerba island

Famous resort and the warmest place in Tunisia. Due to the fact that Djerba is located south of the main tourist areas, there is always water and air a couple of degrees warmer, the season lasts a little longer. The island's infrastructure is well developed - it offers restaurants, modern hotels and a variety of entertainment.

23. Lake Chott El Jerid

A huge lake covered with salt crust. Its area is almost 250 km². The pond is famous for the fact that fancy salt crystals shimmer in different colors depending on the angle of the incident sunlight. This is a picturesque and breathtaking sight, locals and visitors love to visit the lake in winter, when it is already cool in the north of the country.

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Sidi Bou Said

Sidi Bou Said - a charming town located on a hilltop north of Tunisia, with beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea. Absolutely all of his buildings are painted in two colors - white and blue. It was named after the Islamic preacher Abu Saeed, who founded the city in the 13th century. By the way, the lattices of windows and balconies are also painted in blue. Since 1915, any construction has been prohibited here in order to preserve the village in its original form. This is just a beautiful place that is definitely worth a visit.

You will be fascinated by its postcard views and vibrant colors. Sidi Bou Said owes his fame to three young artists - Paul Klee, August Mack and Louis Mollier. Living here in 1914, they admired its beauty, transferring everything to the canvases, and advertised the town so much that it became a favorite vacation spot of European bohemia. To this day, Sidi Bou Said is considered the most prestigious and expensive residence in Tunisia, and many newlyweds come here to spend their romantic holidays.

Carthage was one of the greatest cities of the ancient world and the home of one of the great civilizations. Founded in the 9th century BC e. Phoenicians from Thira in Lebanon, Carthage soon developed into a strong and rich empire in North Africa and the Southern Mediterranean. Soon, Carthage came into conflict with other regional powers, having emerged victorious from more than 200 years of war with Greece, and having been defeated by Rome after the third Punic War in 146 BC. The main part of the city was destroyed, but the new Carthage was built on the same territory in the 1st century AD. Most of the ruins that have survived today are of the Roman period: the baths of Anthony and the amphitheater.

Baths of Anthony near Carthage, Tunisia. Check prices for tours to Tunisia

Bardo Museum

Along with the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Bardo is one of the main museums in North Africa. Here is the most famous mosaic collection in the world. Thousands of items found as a result of excavations conducted throughout the country during the 19th and 20th centuries are presented at the exhibition. They are divided into departments in fifty rooms and galleries illustrating the various stages of the history of Tunisia, from ancient times to the middle of the last century, where the prehistory, the Punic period, the Roman and early Christian periods, the Byzantine era, and, finally, the Islamic period to the present are presented in chronological order .

Mosaic at the Bardo National Museum, Tunisia. Check prices for tours to Tunisia

You can see excellent armor made of pure gold, jewelry, the famous stela, depicting a priest holding a baby for sacrifice, as well as a collection of funeral furniture. The Greek collection contains underwater excavations carried out near the city of Mahdia from a ship that sank during a storm around the 1st century BC, transporting furniture and architectural elements of the Hellenistic era. Among the masterpieces - a statue of Hermes, a bust of Aphrodite and giant vases. The Roman period provided Bardot with most of the collection: mosaics, statues, ceramics, jewelry, coins, religious objects, household items and much more. The Islamic department includes objects from various periods, manuscripts, jewelry, stone and wood carvings, and household items. Two small rooms around an elegant patio furnish objects that once belonged to a reigning family, and a third room contains Jewish religious objects.

Sahara Desert

The Sahara Desert covers most of the interior of the country, and its most beautiful corner is a field of sand dunes, known as the Great East Erg. For many visitors, this is the place for camel rides or more extreme off-road jeep riding. But besides this, you will enjoy it just by sitting on top of one of these gigantic sandy mountains and watching the sun go down. These famous sands once served as scenery for the famous movie Star Wars and have only recently been opened to tourists.

Camel Caravan in the Sahara, Tunisia. Check prices for tours to Tunisia

Tunisia's oldest city and its capital until 1057, Keyruan is the fourth holy center after Medina, Mecca and Jerusalem. The city’s Great Mosque was the first Muslim prayer house in North Africa and remains today an important pilgrimage site. The name Keiruan means “caravan”, indicating the origin of the city as a settlement, where trade caravans stopped in the desert.

Founded in 670, it has become an important strategic point of the main African route through the Sahara and a religious center. Arabic architecture here is truly inspiring: the skyline is full of minarets and voluminous domes. You will enjoy the walk through the medina with a narrow labyrinth of streets, many alleys, arches and colorful houses.

4. National Museum of Bardo

The Tunisian Bardo Museum is the main museum of antiquity, where for more than a hundred years unique valuable finds have been brought in during archaeological excavations throughout the country. The exposition of the museum is a rich collection of Roman mosaics and other artifacts that reflect the history of civilizations in Tunisia, dating back more than 3 thousand years. Now there are more than 3 hundred mosaics, an extensive collection of marble statues, ancient ceramics, gravestones of priests, terracotta statues and much more.

5. The ancient city of Dugga

Dougga is one of the first places to see in Tunisia among ancient ruined cities. Once Dugga was a large prosperous city with a population of more than 25 thousand people, and today it is one of the well-preserved archaeological sites of North Africa. Many Roman temples, fountains, water reservoirs, as well as theaters, markets, aqueducts, necropolises and mausoleums, and even traces of chariots in some places on the cobbled streets, have preserved their original condition.

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6. The ancient city of Kerkuan

In the north-east of Tunisia, on the Peninsula of Cap Bon, is one of the most important attractions of Tunisia - the ruins of the ancient city of Kerkuan. Since 1952, excavations in these places have not stopped. The Punic city, founded between the 6th and 3rd centuries BC, was destroyed by the Romans in 146 BC Everything that was left of it was safely preserved under a thick layer of sand and has survived to this day, giving our contemporaries the opportunity to see with their own eyes the oldest structures. The city itself was protected from external attacks by a double wall, and inside there was a well-organized drainage system with many water grooves.

8. The cave city of Matmata

For more than one and a half millennia, Berber tribes live in man-made chalk caves dug in the slopes of local mountains. These unusual 1-2-story dwellings are of great interest to visitors, but this way of life in the desert is not a fad, but the only way to protect yourself from the scorching heat of the African sun and from unprecedented temperature changes during the day. So, with a heat of 40-50 degrees inside the caves, a comfortable temperature of 20-23 degrees remains.

9. Gellala Village

On the Tunisian island of Djerba is another interesting attraction of Tunisia - the village of Gellala, also known as the village of potters.The name itself speaks for itself - from time immemorial, this area has been famous for pottery, clay and ceramics. It is here that you can see how beautiful clay jugs, large dishes and small charming vessels for spices are born. In total, there are about 450 pottery workshops in the village that have their own secrets of making durable and high-quality ceramic dishes.

12. The Mausoleum of Habib Bourguiba

This is an important attraction of Tunisia in the city of Monastir, a very picturesque building that looks like an mosque, decorated with white marble and stone carvings. Here lies the body of a Tunisian politician, the famous independence builder Habib Bourguiba. Not only the exterior decoration, but also the interior of the mausoleum deserves attention: for example, in the museum’s exposition located here, some of the president’s personal items are stored - a desk, chair and clothes. And the sarcophagus, which stores the body of the deceased, is installed in a special room on a pedestal.

13. The synagogue of El Grib

What to see in Tunisia on the island of Djerba? The Tunisian island is famous for its famous attraction - the El Ghriba synagogue in the village of Riyadh. There are a great many versions of the foundation of the shrine: according to one of them, priests who escaped from Jerusalem from slavery removed a stone from the Temple of Solomon and laid it in the foundation of the future synagogue. Another legend says that on the hill, where the synagogue now stands, there used to be a beautiful girl in the hut, and some unknown force did not allow the inhabitants to approach her. One night her home caught fire, the girl died. Residents realized that the girl was a saint, and erected a synagogue in her honor. And this is not all the legends about the origin of the synagogue, and it is already difficult to figure out where the truth is, and where is the fiction.

16. Ribat Fortress in Sousse

In the medina of Sousse, on a hill, stands the 859 Ribat Fortress. It has the shape of a square with a side of 38 meters, and its powerful 4-meter-thick defensive walls rise 12 meters. Ribat has a rather complicated history: initially in its place was a Byzantine fortress, which was later razed to the ground. Later, in the 9th century, the 77-meter Khalef al-Fat tower was erected here, which, due to its height, began to serve as a lighthouse. Only in 1063 the fortress itself was erected, and its walls - even later, by 1205. Today in the fortress you can visit the archaeological museum, exhibiting a large collection of artifacts.

17. Ribat Fortress in Monastir (Ribat Hartem)

Monastir also has its own fortress - Ribat Hartem of 767, and it also did not immediately find its final form. Initially, it occupied an area of ​​only about 33 square meters, but over time, it grew and strengthened, and by the 19th century its area was approximately 4200 square meters. Ribat has 3 levels, there are many transitions and spiral staircases. At one time, Ribat was a religious center and a place of pilgrimage, and played a defensive role only a few times. Today inside the fortress you can visit the museum of Islamic art.

18. The fortress of Kelibia

At the top of Cape Bon, about 100 kilometers from Tunisia, the fortress of Kelibia rushed up - the oldest fortress, founded in the 3rd century BC. The first Carthaginians began to build the fortress. Today it is the largest surviving fortification in the country. At the base of the fortress are large stones laid by the Carthaginians, and the upper part is a masonry made of natural stone. In the courtyard you can see the remains of a small mosque and a Byzantine fortress, and at the northern end - a restored chapel.

21. Atlas Mountains

A huge ridge of the Atlas Mountains stretches along the coast of the African continent.

For many, a trip to the Atlas Mountains is a chance to enjoy their majestic landscapes, take photos, and also see unique species of flora and fauna, some of which live only here. Once upon a time, these mountains even inhabited the only species of bears on the continent - Atlas, but now it has become extinct. The name of the Atlas Mountains comes from Greece, on behalf of the Atlas - one of the mighty titans. The legend tells that the Atlas was sentenced to punishment - to keep the firmament on its shoulders. For this, Perseus turned titanium into stone - and, according to legend, the Atlas mountains formed.

24. Souq Al Juma Market

In addition to a variety of historical attractions, Tunisia is known for its colorful markets. One of them is the Souq al-Jumah market, the main focus of which is the sale of locally-made ceramics. Tunisian ceramics are sold here at the most affordable prices, so many visitors to the country, once here, are sure to seek some beautiful piece of jewelry as a souvenir or as a gift - a vase, a dish, a service. In addition to ceramics, here you can buy another local paraphernalia - Berber jewelry, incense, shawls, spices and other useful gizmos.

25. Remains of scenery for "Star Warriors"

Once in 1976, it was Tunisia, with its unusual landscapes, that was chosen for filming episodes of the movie Star Wars. In total, the country has more than 2 dozen places where they shot the famous saga. The most famous of these places is the town of Matmata, famous for the underground dwellings of the Berbers. In one of these houses, 4 episodes of the saga were filmed, where a lot of scenery was erected. In 1995, one of the fans of the famous film restored the abandoned scenery, and now everyone can see with their own eyes the legendary location of the shooting as it was 40 years ago.

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What to see in Tunisia?

Tunisia is perceived as a hot desert with sparse corners of vegetation along the coast or near oases. In part, this is the case, but upon closer examination, the country is full of natural and historical sights.

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There are lakes (including saline ones) and picturesque oases, mountain forest reserves, ancient and medieval buildings, cave cities, and even the scenery left over after the filming of the cult film. Some of these facilities are included. a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Carthage - once the capital of a majestic empire, which was wiped out by the Romans. The city was destroyed and rebuilt by them. The Roman colony existed intact, until about the VI century, until it was captured and devastated by the Arab conquerors. After that, the city fell into disrepair and was gradually disassembled into building materials for the construction of Tunisia. Today, Carthage is one of the suburbs of the capital.

Map coordinates: 36.852600, 10.322997

Blue City Sidi Bou Said

Very nice city of Sidi Bou Said, built in a single design and architectural ensemble: dazzling white houses and blue roofs, shutters, signs, benches, lampposts and window frames. This style was set by one French baron, who bought the estate here, and then funded painting the roofs in blue, which better reflects the sun's rays and heats the surface less.

It is located in a suburb of Tunisia, on a cliff. From the elevation overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and the wall of the Atlas Mountains.

Map coordinates: 36.870493, 10.341621

The ancient city of Dugga (Tebursuk)

Dougg was founded 2200 years ago. Once it was rich and prosperous, but it was inhabited by 25,000 people. Now abandoned and abandoned. Here you can see whole buildings or their fragments and ruins: capitol, theater, aqueduct, cistern, agorca, necropolis, triumphal arch, public toilet, brothel and much more. On some cobbled streets preserved mosaics and ruts left by chariots.

Map coordinates: 36.423618, 9.219473

Antique city of Kirkuan

Phoenician city founded in the 7th century BC It was taken to the ground destroyed by the Romans during the Punic Wars in 146 BC. For thousands of years, its ruins were hidden underground, until in 1952, archaeologists began to excavate it. Since then, research has not stopped, and new neighborhoods, buildings and household items are found in the city.

Map coordinates: 36.961739, 11.080613

Medina of tunisia

Medina is the historical center of a Tunisian city, in this case, the capital of the country. It is a small “thing in itself”, once surrounded by a rampart. Now only one gate is left of those walls. The historic neighborhoods here are eclectic: They combine Arabic, French, Spanish and Ottoman styles in architecture.

In this area you can find several colorful oriental bazaars where you can buy spices, souvenirs, oriental dishes, jewelry, food, fruits and clothes.

Map coordinates: 36.798799, 10.170035

Mausoleum of Habib Bourguiba (Monastir)

The funeral complex, built for the first president of the country, which gave Tunisia independence from France, created a self-sufficient economy and raised the standard of living of the population. The airport in Monastir, which we talked about here, is named after him.

It is a group of buildings that resemble a mosque. All of them are built of wild stone and decorated with marble panels. The dome of the main building is gilded. Inside there are exhibits with personal belongings and the sarcophagus of the deceased.

Map coordinates: 35.777780, 10.828426

El Ghriba Synagogue (Djerba)

One of the most interesting places on the island of Djerba is the 2000-year-old synagogue, which is located in the village of Riyadh. Many myths are associated with its appearance, but it is known for sure that it is one of the oldest synagogues in the world. Read more about the attractions of Djerba here.

Here one of the oldest texts of the Torah is stored, and in the foundation of the temple according to legend lies a stone from the destroyed temple of Solomon from Jerusalem. Allegedly, he was taken out by priests who fled from there after the Romans suppressed the Jewish uprising.

Map coordinates: 33.814039, 10.859551

Ukba Mosque (Kairouan)

One of the oldest mosques in Africa and in general - the planet. It was built in the 7th century and continued to be completed for a thousand years after that. Each new ruler of Tunisia, tried to bring something new to the architectural ensemble. As a result, the religious complex has grown to enormous proportions.

The oldest buildings in the complex can be distinguished by the Byzantine architectural style. This is due to the fact that students of Byzantine architects helped build it.

  • REFERENCE! Representatives of other religious faiths are allowed into the mosque, which is very unusual for North Africa.

Map coordinates: 35.681576, 10.104429

Az Zaytun Mosque

The largest mosque and madrassah in Tunisia (capital), which was built from VII to XVII years. It is believed that it got its name (Olive Mosque) in honor of the olive tree, under which the first mullah of the future temple celebrated religious rites.

The religious complex occupies 5,000 square meters. m. However, visitors to non-Muslims can visit only in its courtyard.

Map coordinates: 36.797345, 10.171262

Fortress Ribat (Sousse)

The fortress, built in the IX century at the peak of the power of the Caliphate. It is a magnificent example of Arabic fortification art. It has the shape of a square with walls 38 in length, 12 in height and 4 meters thick.

At first there was a Byzantine fort, which was demolished to the ground. Then, in its place, a huge lighthouse tower was built, and after 300 years the tower was equipped with a fortress and walls. Today there is the Museum of Archeology.

Map coordinates: 35.827569, 10.638823

Fortress Ribat Hartem (Monastir)

VIII century fort. At first it was a small tower, only 330 square meters. m. Over the millennium, dozens of other structures were built to it, which were surrounded by a ring of walls. As a result, the fort has grown to the size of 4 square meters. km Now inside it is Museum of Islamic Art.

It is known not so much as a fortress, but as a sacred place for Muslims who have chosen the military path. It was considered an honor here to serve, to be buried, near its walls, or simply to go there during the pilgrimage.

Map coordinates: 35.776301, 10.833082

Kelibia Fortress (Nabeul)

The oldest surviving fortress in Tunisia. Was built still by the Phoenicians in the 3rd century BC. True, from the ancient building there were only stones in the foundation on which a newer structure was erected. Inside there is a small destroyed mosque, the ruins of a Byzantine fortress and a chapel.

Map coordinates: 36.452171, 10.734913

Zoo Phrygia (Hammamet)

Huge Zoo Phrygia 36 hectares. In this territory, divided into separate zones, live all kinds of animals that only exist in Africa. They can be seen almost in the natural habitat, but not through the bars of the cage, but from a high floor (if it is a predator) or even without it. Some animals are trained and perform in entertainment shows.

Map coordinates: 36.204740, 10.423074

Ishkel National Park

A small mountain forest reserve with an area of ​​50 square meters. km On its territory there is a huge fresh lake surrounded by limestone mountains. Olive and pistachio forests grow there, where 180 species of birds nest. Some of them are so rare that they were banned from hunting in the 13th century.

Map coordinates: 37.147854, 9.666115

Star Wars Scenery

Tunisia became the prototype of the planet Tatooinewhere the main actions of the 4th episode of Star Wars took place. In total there are more than 20 places where landscapes and houses were shot for the film. At some of these places, scenery was installed, then preserved and restored by enthusiasts. One of these is located in the town of Matmata.

REFERENCE! Each local tour operator offers a ride around the locations of the shooting of the pollutants. Want to visit Tatooine in Obi Wan's Lodge? - Book a tour with them.

The city of mosques in the desert (Nafta)

A tiny town sprawling around an oasis in the Sahara. It is the religious center of Tunisia because of the 24 mosques that have been built here at different times. Their gilded domes sparkle from the bright sun for miles. A delightful sight.

Map coordinates: 33.876621, 7.880448

What places are suitable for independent study?

Sights located in Tunisia and within major resorts are recommended for independent visits. It is worth noting that all the interesting places in the capital can be reached very cheaply by tram or a bus for 20 rubles.

Entrance to historical places costs 200-300 rubles.

Where is it better to go with a guided tour?

To any places that lie outside major cities and resort centers. If you can’t get to the sights in a day and without several changes, then it’s better not to fool yourself and book a tour in an air-conditioned bus or car that will take you from the hotel’s doorstep directly to the right place and back.