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

Notes

Important Information

Foreign Office Travel Warnings

Before booking your tour please familiarise yourself with the country specific information provided by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) - https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. This includes important information such as latest immigration requirements, and details of any travel advisories.

We constantly monitor the advice posted by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). In particular we will always advise clients of any travel warnings. At present there are no warnings against travel to the parts of Algeria that we visit on this tour. Please feel free to contact us should you have any specific concerns or would like to know in detail what measures are being taken to ensure visits remain trouble free and without incident.

It should be noted that this information applies to British citizens. Other nationals are asked to check the current position of their respective government. 

The Algerian authorities take the safety and security of tourists very seriously and a Police/Army escort is provided for road journeys.

Accommodation and Meals

Hotel Check-in Times

As a general rule most hotels will allow guests to check-in from 2pm. Please note that the price of your tour does not include guaranteed early check-in. Therefore please advise us if you would like to ensure that your room is available for an earlier arrival. This is particularly relevant on the first day of the tour and for early morning arrivals. One option is to pre-book and pay for an extra night at the beginning of your tour which will guarantee your accommodation is available irrespective of what time you arrive. Please contact us for information and costs.

It should also be noted that on many of our tours we have set-aside Day 1 of the itinerary as an ‘arrival day’. For this reason and because tour participants are likely to be arriving at different times, and often from different countries, guided sightseeing or other activities are not included. If you are arriving early or before the start date of the tour and would like to organise some extra arrangements on a private basis please contact us.

Accommodation Rating

At Undiscovered Destinations we aim for mid-range hotel accommodation, but in Algeria at the moment many of the state controlled hotels which share the ideal central locations are closed for a major programme of refurbishment, and some of the alternative hotels lack consistency in both standards and service. You can expect rooms to be en-suite with private bathroom, and in general you will find your hotel has a restaurant or facilities close by.

We welcome solo travellers and single rooms will be allocated subject to the applicable tour supplement. Please note that on occasions you may not always be allocated a double or twin room, as some hotels have designated single rooms. These may be smaller in size. However, the supplement payable takes this into consideration.

Food & Drinks

The daily meal basis is shown in the tour itinerary; breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D). Please note that lunch may be a picnic. Drinks are not included and will be payable locally in cash. Alcohol is not served in many restaurants and hotels.

Dietary Requirements

If you have any special dietary requirements you must notify us at the time of booking. While we will make every effort to cater for you, we cannot guarantee that this will be possible.

Budgeting for your Tour

You will need some extra money to cover meals and drinks not included in the tour price, any optional sightseeing, souvenirs and items of a personal nature such as laundry.

Food

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.

Lunch £4- £8.00
Dinner £10.00- £15.00

Drinks

The prices for drinks can vary greatly depending upon location and the prices detailed below are an average guide. In general you would expect drinks purchased in a supermarket or local restaurant to be less expensive, whilst drinks in an upmarket restaurant may be more expensive.

Water £0.80
Coffee £0.50
Beer £2.50

Tipping – Guide and Drivers

Tipping is commonly recognised as a way of rewarding guides and drivers for good service. A reasonable amount would be around £5 per day for the guide and £3 per day for the driver, between the group – this works out at just under £100 for a 12 day tour, split between however many group members there are.

Foreign Exchange for Algeria

ATM Availability: ATM machines are available in major towns and cities only.
Credit and Debit Card Acceptance: You will have limited opportunities to use cards and so should not rely on these
Local Currency: Algerian Dinar (DA)
Recommended Currency for Exchange: Euro
Where to Exchange: A newly re-introduced regulation requires that a Currency Declaration Form is completed which allows money up to 1000 Euros per person to be exchanged at banks. This can be obtained at the airport, either at Immigration or Customs.

Joining your Tour

Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

Joining Your Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will receive an airport transfer, both on arrival and departure included in the tour price. In order that the transfer can be arranged please ensure that you advise us of your flight information once available. Please advise the date, time and flight number for your arrival/departure. If we have not been advised of this information at least 2 weeks before travel, then you will be required to make your own way to the hotel on Day 1 of your tour.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Undiscovered Destinations that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip.

Visa Information

Most nationals including UK, EU and US visitors require a visa to enter Algeria. This must be obtained in advance, and we recommend that you check with your nearest embassy for the most up to date details. The Algerian Embassy in London will require a Letter of Invitation to support your visa application and this will be provided by Undiscovered Destinations. Once your visa application has been submitted to the embassy it will be referred to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Algiers for approval. When authorisation has been given the embassy in London will be notified and will then issue the visa.

You must ensure that you have no Israeli stamps in your passport.

Passports

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, valid for at least six months after the date of return to the UK.

We strongly advise that your passport contains a minimum of two blank pages, as this may be a requirement of the local immigration authorities. In addition certain countries will stipulate that the two blank pages are opposite each other. If you are unable to meet these requirements you may be refused boarding by your airline or denied entry by the immigration authorities.

For specific information about the requirements for your destination please check with the country’s embassy or consulate. Alternatively UK citizens can visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Vaccinations & Protection

As with travel to most parts of Africa, we strongly recommend that you contact your doctor’s surgery or a specialist travel clinic for up-to-date information, advice and the necessary vaccinations. For a visit of less than one month, almost certainly you will be advised to have immunisations against the following: Diphtheria and Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Meningitis.

Preparing for your tour

Climate

The best times to visit Algeria are in the spring and autumn. In the summer all parts, but especially the desert, can be extremely hot, and in the winter the coastal region is wet and rather cold.

Clothing

When it comes to clothing it is usually recommended that lighter clothes are worn through the day, and warmer ones at night. A hat is also advised to be worn through the day to protect from the sun, along with at least one piece of waterproof clothing for any days that the weather may be wet or windy.

You should bear in mind that Algeria, in common with most Muslim countries, has conservative attitudes towards dress. Women, and also to a certain extent men, will find that the way they dress will often determine the degree of respect they receive from both men and women. Women should have a scarf to wear when visiting mosques.

Equipment

The first thing on your list should be a first aid kit. Whilst there is no undue cause for alarm, you should travel well-prepared: adequately immunized, with sufficient supplies of prescription drugs, along with a medical kit. Suncream/sunblock is a must. This will be difficult to purchase  while on tour so you should make sure you have a sufficient supply.

***Please note that binoculars are classed as war equipment in Algeria and will not be allowed into the country***

Footwear

Footwear is a main priority on this tour. Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes/boots are recommended for visiting sites and monuments, while lighter shoes are fine for the rest of the time.

Luggage on tour

Your luggage should not exceed 20kgs (44lbs). One large suitcase/rucksack and one small rucksack as hand luggage are acceptable.

Electric Supply & Plugs

Electrical supply is 220V/50 Hz and plugs have two round pins, similar to many European countries.

Tour Itinerary Versions

Please ensure that you have an up-to-date copy of these tour notes immediately before you travel, as from time to time our itineraries may be amended, either for operational reasons or in response to feedback from customers. You will be informed of any major changes to your tour but small changes may just be added to these tour notes. These notes were updated on 01/05/2018