Unique Algeria 1250 , 10 Days

A fascinating cultural tour to the largest African country


Algeria is the largest country in Africa, but still it remains one of the least visited in the world due to its recent history that has discouraged many tourists to take on a journey there. Well, this troublesome past is now behind and the country can offer a living history from the days of ancient Rome with reminiscences of the Vandals, Byzantine, Islamic Algerian and Ottoman civilizations, majestic beauty and very hospitable people. To this we can add more than 1200 km of beautiful Mediterranean coastline in the north and 1,5 mil sq. km of the real Sahara in the south. Besides Algiers – the capital of Algeria – this tour also covers important historical treasures of this North African country like Timgad, Constantine and Djemila and part of Sahara, where our starting point will be Ghardaia. No doubt this will be one of the most fascinating countries you will ever visit.
 

Tour highlights:
Algiers - the big bustling capital of Algeria with the Mediterranean in front and Atlas Mountains behind
Ghardaia & Timgad - UNESCO's World Heritage Sites
Constantine - 3rd largest city in Algeria, called "flying island"


Itinerary:

Day 1. Algiers 
Arrival to Algiers and panoramic city tour of Algeria's capital - visit the city center, the Martyrs' Monument, the Grand Post Office. Overnight in Algiers

Day 2. Algiers - Tipaza - Algiers
After breakfast visit the Casbah (old fortified city), protected by UNESCO. Departure to Tipaza (ab. 70 km from Algiers), where we visit the Tomb of the Christian and the Roman site, protected by UNESCO. Return to Algiers for overnight.

Day 3. Algiers - Djemila - Constantine
Drive to Djemila (about 4 hours, in Arabic the name means "beautiful")) and tour of the Roman ruins: Grand baths, House of Bacchus, Grand Fountain. Temple of Severan Family, Temple of Jupiter, Temple of Venus, forum, theater etc. Proceed to Constantine (about 1,5 hours) and overnight.

Day 4. Constantine
Tour of Constantine: Mosque of Amir Abd-el-Kader, the Roman site of Tidies, we will cross Sidi M'Cii and Sidi Rached bridges. Overnight in Constantine.

Day 5. Constantine - Timgad - Biskra/Besekra
We drive to Timgad (about 2 hours). Tour of Timgad: public library, baths, Mascula Gate, Trajan's Arch, forum, theater, Byzantine fortress, Temple of Saturn etc. Overnight in Biskra - the gateway to Sahara.

Day 6. Biskra - Tougert - Ourgla
The tour continues to Tougert, where we visit Temassine and enjoy the sand dunes of Ourgla. Overnight in Ourgla.

Day 7. Ourgla - Ghardaia
Departure to Ghardaia, visit M'Zab valley with the market of Ghardaia, Sidi Brahim Mausoleum, El Atteuf city, Beni Isguen (palm groves) and its market. Overnight in Ghardaia.

Day 8. Ghardaia - Laghouat - Djelfa
We proceed to Laghouat (190 km), where we visit the engravings of El Ghaicha. The last stop of the day is Djelfa, where we overnight.

Day 9. Djelfa - Algiers
We return to Algiers, where we visit the Basilica Notre Damme d'Afrique (Our Lady of Africa), built between 1858 to 1872, overlooking the Bay of Algiers. Overnight in Algiers. 

Day 10. Departure
Transfer to the airport and departure
 

The price includes: ►9 nights in a double room at tourist class hotels with half board (breakfast+dinner) ►transport according to the program and entrance fees ► English speaking tour leader from Penguin (at minimum 8 participants) and English speaking local guide ►visa invitation

The price does not include: ►flight tickets to/from Algiers ►insurance ►tips and personal expenses ►drinks and meals not mentioned in the program ►visa 

Price of extra services: ►single room supplement: 330 EUR ►additional night at the hotel in Algier: on request

Visa: All European and North American citizens need a visa to visit Algeria. Please, contact the local Algerian Embassy in your country for visa application procedure and price. We will provide visa invitation. In order to issue this invitation, please, send to us a scanned coloured copy of your passport when ordering the trip. 

Practical information: Bring cash EUR or USD as credit card facilities are almost non-existent. However few ATMs can be found in some of the major cities. Taking pictures of government facilities such as police, military, and government buildings is strictly prohibited. Also avoid taking pictures of people (especially women and including children) unless you have asked for permission. Women tourists should dress modestly.

 


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Price
1250 EUR
Duration
10 Days
Status
Open for booking

Currency fluctuations might cause correction of price at any time.

There are many flights from most European capitals to Algiers. The cheapest option is to fly Air Algerie from London, Istanbul, Madrid, Frankfurt, Paris, Rome etc. 

Group Size
6 - 12
Reservation System Code
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