The Amphitheatre of El Jem

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El Jem, El Jem, Tunisia
45 mins
Tip-Supported

About the tour

The amphitheatre was built around 238 AD in El Jem, Tunisia. It is one of the best preserved roman aphitheaters in the world, and is unique in Africa. The estimated capacity is around 35,000, and is 32 metres high. The amphitheatre is built from scratch of stone blocks, and is exceptionally well conserved. As you wander in its maze, you can sense the gigantic size of the monument, between shady arches built with limestone and tunnel dug in the ground housin the cells where wild animals used to be kept. The belief is that it was constructed by the local proconsul Gordian, who became the emperor as Gordian III. So, please join us in this tour and marvel the place as it offers you the best panoramic vista of the city of El Jem and its surroundings.


Meet your local guide

Mohamed

Mohamed is a Tunisian native who transformed his profound passion for travel and history into a creative and diversified educational career, designing and carrying out multiple archaeological and cultural trips for various institutions such as The Detroit Institute of Art, the Textile Museum, the American Museum of Natural History and the Stanford and Berkeley Alumni Associations. After having received his degrees in English and Spanish, he completed his European Master’s in linguistics and Hispanic studies at the Sorbonne University in Paris. Mohamed has an extensive knowledge of Islamic architecture and Eastern decorative elements, as well as archaeology and classical history. He lectures on ethnographic and anthropological subjects mostly in North and West Africa, focusing on the historical jewels of the countries.

Mohamed has been guiding since Jun 1978


What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to El Jem with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and amazing guide.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from El Jem. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.


Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.


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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.


Reviews from travellers

Jeanne W.

15 January 2021

Really amazing tour...there is so much to learn and Mohamed is a great teacher.

Tricia G.

11 January 2021

Mohamed was a wonderful tour guide. I learned so much about the amphitheater.

Sophia F.

10 January 2021

Mohamed is an excellent guide, who included so much vibrant history, I could really picture life 'as it once was'! The views were breath-taking, and I am so glad I have seen this wonderful part of El Jem. Thank you, Mohamed!

Sarah H.

10 January 2021

A very friendly, attentive, and informative guide, this was our second tour with Mohamed, and we have already booked more. Thank you, Mohamed, we're looking forward to the next one already!

Daniela R.

10 January 2021

unfortunately I had to leave because the transmission was not working. But thank you anyway


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