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M’Zab Valley & Sahara Desert Tour

11 Days * 10 Nights

M’Zab Valley & Sahara Desert Tour

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11 Days ~ 10 Nights
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  • Included
    Accommodations Described in Tour Plan
    Airport Pick-up & Drop-off
    Breakfasts
    Domestic Flights
    Driver & Private Transportation
    English-Speaking Guide/Manager
    Entrance Fees to Sites
    Letter of Invitation for Visa Application
    Security Escort Where Needed (determined by Tour Manager)
  • Not Included
    All Meals & Water While in Djanet and/or Tamanrasset

Tour Plan

1
Arrival - Algiers
Arrive in Algiers and transfer to your hotel for two nights. If you have an earlier arrival, your guide will take you on an afternoon tour of the city, which may include site visits to the Place des Martyrs (17th century El Djedid Mosque), Bastion 23, and the Grande Poste. Accomodation options: 3, 4, 5-stars
2
Algiers - Tipaza - Cherchell - Algiers
Archeology museum with Roman mosaics and sculptures in Cherchell

Archeology museum with Roman mosaics and sculptures in Cherchell

After breakfast, you will depart for the UNESCO World Heritage Roman site of Tipaza. This is arguably one of the most picturesque archaeological sites in the country. Located beside the clear Mediterranean Sea and mountains, Tipaza was originally founded by the Phoenicians and later became an important commercial center for the Romans. Explore the archeological site, which includes the largest basilica in North Africa and the Basilica of St Salsa, who was a local martyr in the 4th century. Visit the small museum before traveling back to Algiers. On the way, stop at the tomb like structure, the Tombeau de la Chrétienne (royal mausoleum of Mauritania). Accomodation options: 3, 4, 5-stars
3
Algiers - Ghardaia
Today you will take a flight to Ghardaia, which is located in the picturesuqe UNESCO World Heritage region of the M’Zab valley. You will transfer to your hotel and if time is available, explore the markets and architecture which is unique to this region. Accomodation: Traditional Guesthouse
4
Full Day in M'zab Valley - El Attefu - Bon Noura - Ghardaia
Today you will step back in time as you enjoy the local customs and culture while visiting the historic cities and sites in the M’Zab valley. Visit traditional markets, enjoy the lively atmosphere colors, and unique architecture. You will explore important religious monuments and mosques, while admiring this region’s natural beauty. Accomodation: Traditional Guesthouse
5
Drive to Timimoun
Tower in roundabout in Timimoun

Tower in roundabout in Timimoun

Today you will take a 7+ hour journey across the wild beauty of the Sahara region to the small Oasis town of Timimoun. Accommodation: 4-star hotel
6
Timimoun - Tindjillet - Timimoun
After breakfast, you will visit the beautiful palmary, the ‘red’ building architecture, dunes, the 9th century hillside Ksour, and the fascinating caves and village of Tindjillet. Accommodation: 4-star hotel
7
Timimoun - Beni Abbes - Taghit
Today you will begin the day with a trip to the Beni Abbes, a village found in the 11th century. Here you will also visit the Hermitage of Father Charles de Foucauld and surrounding dunes. Once you are ready continue on to the beautiful town of Taghit for the night. Accommodation: 4-star hotel
8
Taghit
Desert oasis of Taghit

Desert oasis of Taghit surrounded by sand dunes

Taghit is said to be one of the most beautiful Oasis towns in the Sahara region. Today you will visit the Old Ksar (fort), walk through the old town with the mud-brick houses and narrow alleyways. Be sure you climb up the imposing dunes or the Grand Erg. Continue on with your tour to see the unique cave paintings (camels and ostriches). Taghit is the beginning of a 600km stretch of dunes forming the Great Erg Occidental. Accommodation: 4-star hotel
9
Taghit - Bechar - Algiers
Today you will travel to Bechar for your departure flight to Algiers. If you have time before your flight your guide will take you to the market in Bechar. Accomodation options: 3, 4, 5-stars
10
Algiers
Today you will have a full day city tour with your guide. You may start the day off exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Kasbah and wind your way through the labyrinth of streets and alleys. Enjoy learning about its ancient past as you visit ancient mosques and museums. In the afternoon you will have time to visit the Bardo Museum or the Museum of Archaeology and Islamic Art. Accomodation options: 3, 4, 5-stars
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Departure from Algiers
Your guide will take you to the airport for your departure flight. *Itinerary subject to modification according to local conditions.


*This tour qualifies for an Algerian tourist visa on arrival because more than 70% of this tour is in the southern Algerian region.