Algeria - Desert and History


Algeria - Desert and History

Style: TravellerCultural discovery away from the crowds
Duration: 12 days
Type: GroupTravel with a small group of other travellers

Itinerary

Day 1 – Algiers

Arrive in Algiers where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Embark on an afternoon sightseeing tour of the city including the Martyrs Memorial and the Basilica de Notre Dame d'Afrique, and take a drive through the city centre. Overnight at ST Hotel or similar.

Day 2 – Tipasa (47 miles, approx 1 hour in each direction)

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 (1 hour flight)

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 – Constantine- Tiddis (19 miles, approx 40 mins in each direction)

This morning we will begin to explore Constantine itself starting with the museum and the Palace of Ahmed Bey. We will then travel 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 5 – Timgad- Batna (142 kms, approx 4 hours total driving time)

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 and continue on to the attractive city of Batna. Overnight at Hazem Hotel or similar. (BL)

Day 6 – Djemila- Algiers (Total travel 445 kms, approx 5 hours 45 mins)

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 return to Algiers. Overnight at ST Hotel or similar (BL)

Day 7-Algiers - Bechar (2 hours 15 mins flight) Bechar -Taghit (93 kms, approx 1 hour 20 mins)

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 exploring 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. There is the opportunity to climb the dune at sunset if you wish.Overnight at Saoura Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 9 – Taghit – Fly from Bechar – Oran (2 hour flight)

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to Oran, Algeria’s second city (13:05-15:05). On arrival we spend time exploring the city including the Bey’s Palace and the 18th Century Grand Mosque. Overnight at Ibis Hotel or similar. (BL)

Day 10 – Oran- Algiers- (412 kms, approx. 4 hours 30 mins)

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

Day 11 – Fine Arts Museum of Algiers- Botanical Gardens

Today enjoy a visit to the Fine Arts Museum of Algiers. Inaugurated in 1930, this little sanctuary of fine arts houses a treasure of 8000 paintings and sculptures including several “chef-d’oeuvres” belonging to Renoir, Delacroix, Picasso and Rodin among a long list of famous artists. Opposite the Museum are the Botanical Gardens and you will have the opportunity for a leisurely stroll. It is a place of outstanding beauty and its 30 hectares have an impressive collection of palms and trees along with a beautiful French style garden. Part of the park was used to shoot sequences of the original Tarzan movie in 1932. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a local restaurant Overnight at ST Hotel or similar. (BD)

Day 12 – Departure

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

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