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North African Christian Heritage Tour


The Maghreb (North Africa) preserves a vast treasure of early Christianity. From the catacombs of Sousse to Augustine’s baptistery in ancient Hippo, Numidia (Algeria) and Africa (Tunisia) are rich with archaeological sites, artifacts and historic contributions to the Christian faith. Many are surprised at how early North African churches, bishoprics, and councils played such a powerful role in the forging of orthodoxy and ecumenical consensus in the early church. Ecclesiastic figures such as Augustine, Tertullian, Cyprian and Perpetua of Carthage are among the saints of old who have left us literary riches and memoirs that are ripe for rediscovery.


Biblical canon. 600 years of bishops maintained their bishoprics in Carthage, including the most famous; Agrippinus (c. 197), Cyprian (249–258) and Eugenius (481–505). After lunch, visit the Roman Coliseum in El Djem, visit its museum and its collection of mosaics. Continue onto Sousse known as the “Pearl of the Sahel.” Dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)


DAY 4: SOUSSE / SBEITLA Tour the Sousse Archaeological Museum and the catacombs, once served as hiding places for Christians. Onto Kairouan, lunch then brief visit to Kairouan. Continue to Sufetula’s archaeological park in Sbeitla with its three temples of Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva, and the mosaic-tiled baptistery of the church of Vitalis. Three additional churches and a chapel are located among the ruins. Dinner and overnight accommodations. (B,L,D)


Christian Church in Tunis


DAY BY DAY ITINERARY DAY 1: DEPART USA Overnight flight to Tunisia. Entry visas for Tunisia are not required for American citizens; however be sure to possess your Algerian visa.


DAY 2: TUNIS, TUNISIA Upon arrival at the Tunis-Carthage International Airport, you will be greeted by your Homeric Tours representative and transfer by private air-condition motorcoach to your hotel. Pending arrival time, lunch will be included. Tour the Bardo Museum, with its mosaics, and artifacts of early Christian North African churches. Dinner and overnight accommodations. (L,D)


DAY 3: TUNIS EL DJEM / SOUSSE After breakfast, tour ancient Carthage, once the venue of numerous early church councils including the Council of 397 that issued a list of books in the


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DAY 5: SBEITLA / HAIDRA / LE KEF Morning tour of Haidra once called Roman Am- maedara, and now home to several mausoleums, underground baths, the triumphal arch of Septi- mius Severus and the Byzantine Basilica of Melleus. Then lunch en route to Sicca Veneria, known today as Le Kef. Once the seat of a Christian bishopric, later monasteries were established in the 2nd century. Check-in to your hotel, then tour Le Kef with its restored three-aisled early Christian church dedicated to St. Peter. Dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)


DAY 6: LE KEF / SOUK AHRAS / GUELMA (ALGERIA)


Depart for Algeria. First stop is Souk Ahras, birth- place of Augustine (354 AD), his mother Monica and location of his monastery (388 AD). Visit several monuments and continue to Guelma, home to Augustine’s friend, and biographer Possidius as well as the titular see of Calama. A restored Roman theatre is among the sites to view. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)


DAY 7: GUELMA / ANNABA Visit the ancient city of Hippo, now known as Annaba. Here, Augustine was ordained as a priest and served as bishop from 396 until his death in 430. Morning tour of the cathedral and lunch.


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10 Days / 8 Nights, Tunis, El Djem, Sousse, Sbeitla, Haidra, Le Kef, Souk Ahras, Guelma (Algeria), Annaba, Tabarka, Bulla Regia, Dougga


TOUR FEATURE INCLUDES: • Round-trip air: USA – Tunisia – USA


• Meet and assist upon arrival by your Homeric Tours representative


• Private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach throughout


• English-speaking Homeric Tour manager throughout


• 8 Nights of hotel accommodation • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily • 8 Days of sightseeing tours • All transfers • All entrance fees • Hotel taxes and service charges • Porterage of one suitcase per person • USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program


The itinerary may be modified and tailored to the specific requirements and budget of your group.


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Explore the archaeological park and adjacent Musee d’Hippone, Augustine’s “Basilica of Peace” as well as the baptistery. Afternoon check-in. Dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)


DAY 8: ANNABA / TABARKA (TUNISIA) After breakfast, return to Tunisia. Continue to Tabarka known as Thabraca in ancient times. Visit ruins of an ancient church and Christian cemetery with grave inscriptions set in mosaic patterns, considered one of the largest tomb mosaics anywhere. Among the bishops of Thabraca were Victoricus, who attended the Council of Carthage (256) and Rusticianus, at the conference of Carthage in 411. Check-in to your hotel and explore the coastal town. Lunch on your own. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 9: TABARKA / BULLA REGIA / DOUGGA / TUNIS


Visit the Roman colony of Bulla Regia. View the ruins of a public basilica later transformed into a church complete with a cruciform baptistery. The region is still maintained as a titular see of the Catholic Church called Bullensium Regiorum. Lunch en route to the archaeological park of Dougga, classified as a World Heritage Site. Continue to Tunis, dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)


DAY 10: USA After breakfast transfer to airport for your flight home. (B)


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