Algeria - Desert and History


Algeria - Desert and History

Style: TravellerCultural discovery away from the crowds
Duration: 12 days
Type: GroupSmall group tours with a maximum of 12 travellers

Itinerary

Day 1 – Algiers

Arrive in Algiers and transfer to your hotel. Embark on an afternoon sightseeing tour of the city. Overnight at ST Hotel or similar.

Day 2 – Tipasa

Today we head out of the capital to Tipasa, home to an amazing collection of archaeological remains. On the way we visit the ‘Tomb of the Christian’, believed to date back to the 3rd century BC and belonging to the Numidian people. We continue to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tipasa, a fantastic collection of Roman ruins overlooking the sea including villas and an ancient amphitheatre. Overnight at ST Hotel or similar, Algiers (BL)

Day 3 – Algiers - Constantine

We continue to delve deeper into Algiers, including a visit to the world class Bardo Museum, housed in a neo-Moorish villa. We will also explore the unique Casbah, an outstanding example of an historic Maghreb city, and one of the most enigmatic places in Algiers. We will eat lunch in a local house and visit a mosque inside the Casbah. Later in the day we will take a flight to Constantine. Overnight at Ibis Hotel or similar (BL)

Day 4 – Timgad

Today we head south stopping first at Medracen, the Tomb of the Numidian Kings, before continuing on to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Timgad. Witness the huge library, colonnaded streets, temples, amphitheatre, the arch of Trajan, and the basilica. In addition we will visit the Roman ruins of Lambaesis before returning to Constantine. Overnight at Ibis Hotel or similar. (BL)

Day 5 – Constantine- Tiddis

This morning we will begin to explore Constantine starting with the museum and the Palace of Ahmed Bey. We will then travel 30kms north to visit the compact Roman site of Tiddis and later return to Constantine to view the bridges spanning the Rhumel Gorge and the Casbah. Overnight at Ibis Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 6 – Djemila

A full day excursion to the well preserved UNESCO World Heritage site of Djemila and the ancient garrison of Cuicul in their mountain setting. We will see the forum, temples, basilicas, triumphal arches and museum followed by a visit to Sétif and the archaeological museum with splendid Bacchus mosaics. Later in the  day we continue to Algiers. Overnight at ST Hotel or similar (BL)

Day 7 – Bechar / Taghit

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

Day 8 – Taghit

We spend the day visiting the rock paintings at "the end of the road", and explore on foot the ksar and the old town, with its mud brick houses and winding streets, dominated by the dunes of the Grand Erg Occidental towering above. Overnight at Saoura Hotel or similar.

Day 9 – Taghit – Tlemcen

A long day of driving takes us from Taghit to Tlemcen, once an important town, which contains a superb collection of historic buildings and has a distinct French flavour. Overnight at Ibis Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 10 – Tlemcen – Oran

This morning we explore the important sites of Tlemcen including the Grand Mosque, one of the most important Islamic buildings in North Africa, the ruins of the 13th century Mansourah and the tomb of Sidi Boumedienne. This afternoon we drive along the coast to Oran, Algeria’s second city. We spend time exploring the city including the Bey’s Palace and the 18th century Grand Mosque. Overnight at Ibis Hotel or similar, Oran (BL)

Day 11 – Oran - Algiers

We continue our exploration of Oran including the colonial era theatre and the picturesque Santa Cruz area with its pretty church and fortress, with great views over the whole of the city. Later we return to Algiers. Overnight at ST Hotel or similar, Algiers (BL)

Day 12 – Departure

Today is at leisure until the time comes to transfer to the airport for your international flight. (B)