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“Be prepared to be assertive”
Review of Medina of Tunis

Medina of Tunis
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$45.18*
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Half-Day City Tour of Tunis
Ranked #3 of 106 things to do in Tunis
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The city’s old quarter hearkens back to the opulence once prevalent from the 12th to the 16th century.
Reviewed October 23, 2008

Having read the last two reviews I feel sad that people come so ill prepared to experience the souks and medina in Tunis. You will always get hassle in this sort of environment and if you are displaying a sticker saying you are off a cruise ship the vendors will go for you even more. Just walk purposefully , smile and decline any invitation to enter. If the crowds bother you in the souks then head for the beautifully restored houses in the medina and soak up the atmosphere.

11  Thank Joannaspencer
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Reviewed May 27, 2008

We docked at Tunisia on May 14th, 2008, and took a land excursion from our cruise ship. We visited the Souk and it was the "worst experience of my life". The venders were aggressive, assertive and downright rude. If you looked at a product, they were literally grabbing at you and trying to force you to buy. It was so aggressive that older people on our tour actually burst into tears. As well, our tour director was constantly on the cell phone speaking in Arabic and we felt that he was calling ahead to specific venders to arrange our tour. We chatted about it back on the ship and we all felt that the tour director would only allow us to go to specific stores; namely those where he was getting a monetary kick back from our purchases. In addition, they took us to a "government run rug factory" and we could not even show a "liking" for the carpet because then they were aggressively all over us trying to get us to purchase. It is very unfortunate that we were treated in this manner because it took away from our enjoyment of the beautiful scenery in Tunis, Cartage and Sidi Bou Said.

12  Thank Daize32
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Reviewed May 8, 2008

We have just returned from a cruise with a stop in Tunis. Everyone of us in a group of 9 persons wants to forget about the visit to the Medina. Shabby and dirty 'shops' under one roof , together with intrusive sellers, instigated in me a panic attack! A better option would be to enjoy the atmosphere on the cruise liner!!

7  Thank Mic08
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