Essential Algeria

10 days – 9 nights – Sep 15 to the 24th

$3200 pp/do

Day 1-Sep 15: Algiers

Welcome to Algeria! On your arrival in Algiers, you will be transferred to your hotel in the center of the Capital. Overnight in Algiers. D

Day 2- Sep 16: Algiers

Today we will begin our exploration of Algeria with a city tour of Algiers. We will visit the Casbah (World Heritage by UNESCO), the exterior of the Ketchaoua Mosque recently restored by the Turkish State, the museum of Arts and Popular Traditions, and the Pasha palace with its collection of Illuminations. After lunch (possibly in a traditional house in the Casbah), we continue the visit of the modern districts of the capital and its museums, including the museums of Antiquities, Islamic Arts, and the Bardo, and the monument dedicated to the martyrs. We will also visit the Villa Abdeltif, also known as la Villa Medicis Algérienne. It is a Moorish villa and is notable for having been set up in 1907 in emulation of the French Academy in Rome, the Villa Medici. It was, until 1962, home to the laureates of the Abd-el-Tif prize who were offered bursaries to continue their studies for two years in Algeria. It was abandoned in in1967 but was restored in 2008. Overnight in Algiers. B/L

Day 3-Sep 17: Alger-Djémila-Constantine

After breakfast, we will drive to Djémila to visit the antique city, ancient Cuicul (World Heritage by UNESCO), a Roman colony founded during the reign of Nerva (96-98 AD). Djemila is located in the neighboring region of Constantine and Petite Kabylie (Lower Kabylia). It is an exceptional antiquities site, well preserved of significant historical. In the afternoon, continue to Constantine, “Arab Cultural Capital of 2015” and ancient Cirta. Overnight in Constantine. B/L/D

Day 4-Sep 18: Constantine-Timgad-Constantine

This morning we start with a visit to the mausoleum of Medracen, the largest pre-Roman monument in the Maghreb. Madracen is a royal mausoleum-temple of the Berber Numidian Kings which stands near Batna city in Aurasius Mons in Numidia. Afterwards we continue to Timgad, the roman city (World Heritage by UNESCO) built in the first century during the reign of Trajan. Our visit will include the main monuments: forum, theater, baths, and capitol. After lunch in a traditional house, we will visit a part of the ruins of Lambeze and the museum, and then return back to Constantine. Overnight in Constantine. B/L/D

Day 5-Sep 19: Constantine-Ghardaia

After breakfast we depart to visit the Emir Abdelkader Mosque, the Cirta Museum, the Bey Palace and walk through the cable car and bridges of this atypical city. After lunch, transfer to airport to take your direct flight to Ghardaia at 14h35. Arrival at 15h55 transfer to your traditional residence located in the famous palm grove of Béni Isguen, Overnight in Ghardaia. B/L/D

Day 6-Sep 20: Ghardaia

Today we will go on an excursion to visit the M’Zab Valley and oasis (World Heritage by UNESCO), and we will visit the outside of the Great Mosque founded in 1053. Our sightseeing will also include the unique system of irrigation and a visit to the market with a large square of carpet shops, one of the great specialties of M’Zab. After lunch, we will continue to visit the cities of El Atteuf and Melika. The medina has greatly inspired architects of the world including Le Corbusier. We will also visit the traditional market of Beni Isguen, the holy city of M’Zab, before returning to Ghardaia for overnight. B/L/D

Day 7-Sep 21: Ghardaia-El Oued

After breakfast we depart for Ouargla, the capital of the oil drilling region which is home to the first oil wells in Hassi Messaoud. After lunch we continue to Tamelhat, a small city famous for its Mystic Zaouia belonging to the brotherhood of Tidjania well known throughout western Africa for its mosques of the 13th and 18th century. Continue to El Oued, City of a Thousand Domes, near the Grand Erg Oriental, a real sand ocean, shared by Algeria with Tunisia and Libya. It is also known for dates and especially for agricultural plantation system in the single sand in the world. Overnight in El Oued, a tourist resort in a private palm grove. B/L/D

Day 8- Sep 22: El Oued-Algiers

After the breakfast, enjoy some free time then we transfer to the airport for our flight to Algiers at 12h45. Arrival at 14h15. Transfer to your hotel and the afternoon is free at your leisure. Overnight in Algiers. B/D

Day 9- Sep 23: Algiers

Today we will go on an excursion to Cherchell and Tipasa. Cherchell is 100 km west of Algiers and was known as Lol or Jol. Phoenicians from Carthage founded a town at Cherchell around 400 BC. In Roman times Cherchell was also known as Caesarea, capital of the kingdom of Mauritania. We will visit some of the ruins in the center of the city and the Museum which contains a collection of beautiful mosaics. The current small fishing port was built on the site of the ancient port. Continue to Tipasa (30 km), an ancient city built near the sea, between the 6th and 5th century BC. Also founded by the Phoenicians, Tipasa became a Roman colony in the 2nd century AD. We will visit the Museum and Archaeological Park (World Heritage Site by UNESCO). We return back to Algiers, along the way stop for quick visit at the Royal Tomb Mauretanien, also called the Tomb of the Christian. Overnight in Algiers. B/L

Day 10-Sep 24: Transfer to the airport for your departure. B

 

HOTELS: Hotel superior category or best available

Algiers: El Aurassi 5* (Seaside room)

Constantine: Protea by Marriott 4*

El Oued: Gazelle d’Or 5*

Ghardaia: Les 2 Tours (Saharan residence in palm grove http://residence-des-deux-tours-ghardaia.booked.net/en/)

Minimum 7-8 pax

$3200 per person double occupancy

Single supplement: $500

Included: transfers, transportation by private vehicle, 2 air tickets on domestic lines (Constantine-Ghardaia and El Oued-Algiers), English speaking guide, entrance fees (museums and monuments), accommodation according to the category of hotel and meals mentioned with soft drinks in restaurants outside the hotels.

Not Included: International air tickets, Algerian Visa fees, personal expenses, meals not listed, tips, travel insurance.