Algeria
Desert and History Tour

Algeria Tour – Desert and History – a 12 day Small Group Tour from £2995 per person.


Algeria’s rich past, as part of the Roman province of Africa Proconsularis, lies beneath layers of Christian and Islamic conquest, and more recent Ottoman and French colonisation. A remarkable mix of Arab, Berber, and French cultural influences, Algeria’s political evolution is ongoing.

 

 

To visit now offers not only a chance to explore ancient history, but also to experience history being made.

If travel in little visited countries, exploring new cultures and being just slightly outside your comfort zone is your thing, then this is the tour for you.

Algeria is the real deal and unlike many of its neighbours is almost untouched by the tourist trail. That is not to say there is nothing to see or experience. The country is full of history with a very warm welcome awaiting those that choose to visit this African giant.

Tour ratings.

  • Fitness
  • Off the beaten track
  • Culture 
  • History 
  • Wildlife 

Tour pace

Busy

Tour style

Traveller

Relaxed Pace

Relaxed tours are easy paced with plenty of leisure time built in. The tour will in all probability still be off the beaten track, with the occasional early start and there may still be occasional long drives. In general on a relaxed pace tour you can enjoy easy-going activities and experiences with opportunities to absorb the sights and immerse yourself in the local surroundings.

Moderate Pace

Moderate pace tours are ideal if you want a tour experience that combines activities and experiences with some time to relax. Typically you will be active and busy for part of the day but then also have time to rest and recharge your batteries. In general on a moderate paced tour there may be some long journeys involved but the tour is not an expedition or a road trip. On a moderate paced tour it will be necessary to have some early starts.

Busy Pace

A busy paced tour means that you can expect to be doing, seeing or experiencing something new almost every day, and moving on from place to place to pack in as much as possible. There may be early starts, long journeys and tiring days along the way, but you’ll return home feeling you’ve really experienced as much as you possibly could.

Pioneer Class Tours

On our Pioneer tours, you will be amongst an elite group of intrepid travellers and some of the first to explore a country that few have been privileged enough to discover. Of course, exploring such areas of the world will come with its challenges; it may mean several nights camping, long journeys by 4WD and the need to maintain a degree of flexibility for when carefully laid plans change. These are challenging tours in countries and areas that may have poor infrastructure, high levels of poverty and illiteracy. This can translate in to low standards in hotels, bad roads and poor driving standards among other issues. We try and smooth out as much of these issues as we can but you should be prepared to experience the bad with the good.

Traveller Class Tours

Our Traveller itineraries are at the core of our programme. These journeys are designed for travellers who still want to discover a land away from the tourist crowds but expect minimum standards. Accommodation will be primarily hotel based, although you could still find yourself camping, or the guest of a local family. Depending on the destination and itinerary, you’ll likely be travelling in a private vehicle, with occasional use of public transport. This is adventure travel with some of the rough edges smoothed out.

Itinerary

Arrive in Algiers and transfer to your hotel. An afternoon city tour includes the Martyrs Memorial and the Basilica de Notre Dame d’Afrique. Overnight at ST Hotel or similar.

(Approximate driving time: two hours)

Today, visit Tipasa, home to a wealth of archaeological remains. On the way we call in at the ‘Tomb of the Christian’, a Numidian site that despite its name is believed to date from the 3rd century BC. Arriving at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tipasa, we tour a remarkable collection of Roman ruins, including villas and an ancient amphitheatre, that overlooks the Mediterranean. Overnight at ST Hotel or similar, Algiers. (BL)

(One-hour flight)

Delving deeper into Algiers, we visit the world-class Bardo Museum, housed in an 18th century neo-Moorish villa, and known for its pre-historic and ethnographic collections. We wander the city’s unique casbah, another UNESCO site, an outstanding example Maghreb architecture, and one of the most enigmatic places in Algiers. After visiting a casbah mosque we take lunch at a local house before transferring to the airport for a flight to Constantine. Overnight at Ibis Hotel or similar. (BL)

Approximate driving time: one-and-a-half-hours)

After breakfast we explore Constantine itself, considered the capital of eastern Algeria, and named after Roman Emperor, Constantine the Great.  Visits include the archaeological museum and the Palace of Ahmed Bey, the city’s last Ottoman governor. Later, we travel north to the compact Roman site of Tiddis, before returning to Constantine to view the city’s famous bridges spanning the dramatic Rhumel Gorge, including the Sidi M’Cid suspension bridge. Overnight at Ibis Hotel or similar. (BLD)

(Approximate driving time: four hours)

Taking the road south, our first stop is Medracen, the Tomb of the Numidian Kings, before continuing to the Aurès Mountains and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Roman Timgad. Dating from 100AD, this is remarkable example of ancient town planning, and includes a huge library, colonnaded streets, temples, amphitheatre, the arch of Trajan, and a basilica. Nearby, we visit the Roman ruins of Lambaesis before continuing to the attractive city of Batna, capital of the Aurès region. Overnight at Hazem Hotel or similar. (BL)

(Approximate driving time: six hours)

Today there’s a lot of ground to be covered. However, exploring the UNESCO sites of Djemila and its ancient garrison of Cuicul reveals some of North Africa’s best-preserved Berbero-Roman  remains. Forum, temples, basilicas, triumphal arches are all present, but laid out to suit the terrain of a mountain town. Later, we return to Algiers. Overnight at ST Hotel or similar. (BL)

(two-and-a quarter-hours flight – Approximate driving time: one-and-a-half-hours)

Flying south-west to Bechar, we continue by road to the oasis town of Taghit, one of the most beautiful in the Algerian Sahara. Depending upon our time of arrival we may have time to explore. Overnight at Saoura Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Today, we walk through mud-brick houses and along the winding streets of the old town, all dominated by the dunes of the Grand Erg Occidental towering above. We investigate a fortified ksar and discover the origins of pre-historic rock art at ‘the end of the road’. Those searching for a memorable desert viewpoint can climb the dunes in time to catch the setting sun. Overnight at Saoura Hotel or similar. (BLD)

(Approximate driving time: one-and-a-half-hours – two-hour flight)

After breakfast, transfer to Bechar for a flight to Oran, Algeria’s second city. On arrival there’s time to visit the expansive 18th century palace built by Muhammed Bey the Great, and the nearby Grand Mosque of Hassan Pasha. Overnight at Ibis Hotel or similar. (BL)

 

(Approximate driving time: four-and-a-half hours)

Today we complete our exploration of Oran, including the colonial era theatre and the mountain-top fort of Santa Cruz, for great views over the city. Later, we return to Algiers. Overnight at ST Hotel or similar. (BL)

Algiers’ Fine Arts Museum was inaugurated in 1930 and today houses over 8,000 paintings and sculptures, including several European masterpieces from Renoir, Delacroix, Picasso and Rodin. Opposite the museum, the Botanical Gardens’ 30 hectares invite leisurely strolls among beautiful French style borders and an impressive collection of palms and trees. The park served as location for sequences in the original 1932 Tarzan movie. The evening sees a farewell dinner at an excellent local restaurant. Overnight at ST Hotel or similar. (BD)

There’s time to relax and take stock of a remarkable trip before transfers to the international airport. (B)

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Dates & Price.

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  • Tour Code 20-02
    Start Sunday October 18, 2020
    End Thursday October 29, 2020
    Guaranteed
     
    Available Seats: 12

    Adult ( 1 - 12 Pax ) £2,995.00 /Person

    - +

    Trip Extras:

    Algeria – Desert and History (AAT) Single Supplement
    £ 375.00 / unit

    Single travellers - we understand that in our busy world many people travel alone. Although we do charge a single supplement, if you are willing to share with another traveller then please contact us and we will do our best to match you up. Otherwise please select the applicable single supplement below.

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  • Tour Code 20-04
    Start Tuesday December 8, 2020
    End Saturday December 19, 2020
    Available
     
    Available Seats: 12

    Adult ( 1 - 12 Pax ) £2,995.00 /Person

    - +

    Trip Extras:

    Algeria – Desert and History (AAT) Single Supplement
    £ 375.00 / unit

    Single travellers - we understand that in our busy world many people travel alone. Although we do charge a single supplement, if you are willing to share with another traveller then please contact us and we will do our best to match you up. Otherwise please select the applicable single supplement below.

    Learn More
  • Tour Code 21-01
    Start Sunday March 14, 2021
    End Thursday March 25, 2021
    Available
     
    Available Seats: 12

    Adult ( 1 - 12 Pax ) £3,145.00 /Person

    - +

    Trip Extras:

    Algeria – Desert and History (AAT) Single Supplement
    £ 375.00 / unit

    Single travellers - we understand that in our busy world many people travel alone. Although we do charge a single supplement, if you are willing to share with another traveller then please contact us and we will do our best to match you up. Otherwise please select the applicable single supplement below.

    Learn More
  • Tour Code 21-02
    Start Sunday May 2, 2021
    End Thursday May 13, 2021
    Available
     
    Available Seats: 12

    Adult ( 1 - 12 Pax ) £3,145.00 /Person

    - +

    Trip Extras:

    Algeria – Desert and History (AAT) Single Supplement
    £ 375.00 / unit

    Single travellers - we understand that in our busy world many people travel alone. Although we do charge a single supplement, if you are willing to share with another traveller then please contact us and we will do our best to match you up. Otherwise please select the applicable single supplement below.

    Learn More
  • Tour Code 21-03
    Start Sunday October 10, 2021
    End Thursday October 21, 2021
    Available
     
    Available Seats: 12

    Adult ( 1 - 12 Pax ) £3,195.00 /Person

    - +

    Trip Extras:

    Algeria – Desert and History (AAT) Single Supplement
    £ 375.00 / unit

    Single travellers - we understand that in our busy world many people travel alone. Although we do charge a single supplement, if you are willing to share with another traveller then please contact us and we will do our best to match you up. Otherwise please select the applicable single supplement below.

    Learn More
  • Tour Code 21-04
    Start Sunday December 12, 2021
    End Thursday December 23, 2021
    Available
     
    Available Seats: 12

    Adult ( 1 - 12 Pax ) £3,195.00 /Person

    - +

    Trip Extras:

    Algeria – Desert and History (AAT) Single Supplement
    £ 375.00 / unit

    Single travellers - we understand that in our busy world many people travel alone. Although we do charge a single supplement, if you are willing to share with another traveller then please contact us and we will do our best to match you up. Otherwise please select the applicable single supplement below.

    Learn More

Tour Notes

This group tour operates subject to a minimum group size of 3 travellers.

Return flights from London to Algiers start from around £350. Please contact us for a quotation.

Airport transfers are included if you are booking pre and/or post tour accommodation at the hotel mentioned in our tour dossier.

Single Supplement from £475.

If you do not wish to be part of a group tour then you can do the same tour on a private basis. Please contact us for prices.

Kindly note that we can also tailor a similar or totally different itinerary to meet your requirements. Please get in touch with Linda so that I can tailor your perfect tour of Algeria.

Tour inclusions.

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Transport throughout with internal flights as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All accommodation
  • Services of English speaking guide
  • Meals as listed (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Entrance fees for sites listed as part of the itinerary

Tour exclusions.

  • International flights
  • Any airport taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Drinks

A very enjoyable time. Boualem an outstanding guide and support. Excellent drivers. Excellent support all round.

 

Prof Roy Sanders, UK