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Notre Dame D'afrique in Algiers

Splendors of Algeria Tour

11 Days * 10 Nights

Splendors of Algeria 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

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Arrival - Algiers
The Grand Poste in Downtown Algiers

The Grand Poste building in downtown Algiers

Welcome to the historic city of Algiers!! Your guide will take you to the hotel for a rest. When you feel ready, you will take a downtown walking tour, including the Grande Poste, the port, and historic mosques. If you have time head up to the picturesque view from the Basilica Notre Dame d’Afrique.  For those with early morning arrivals, you may want to spend the afternoon on a tour through the historic UNESCO World Heritage Kasbah. Accommodation Options: 3, 4, 5-star
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Algiers - Tipaza - Cherchell - Tomb of the Christian - Algiers
Roman Ruins along the sea

Tipaza Roman ruins along the Algerian coast

After breakfast, you will drive to Cherchell, which was once the capital of the ancient Numidian kingdom. Visit the archaeological museum and ancient ruins scattered throughout the city. Next, you’ll will depart for the UNESCO World Heritage Roman site of Tipaza. This is arguably one of the most stunning Roman cities in North Africa. Walk down the ancient Roman road beside the clear Mediterranean Sea and get a glimpse of what it would have been like to live in this Roman settlement. Here you will visit the museum and 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. On your way back to Algiers, stop at the pyramid-like structure of the Tombeau de la Chrétienne (royal mausoleum of Mauritania). Accommodation Options: 3, 4, 5-star
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Algiers - Setif - Djemila - Constantine

Djemila's well-preserved triumphant arch and temple

Today you will have an early morning departure, winding through the beautiful Kabilye mountain range. Stop in Setif to see the National Museum of Archaeology which hosts the remarkable and intact mosaic, the Triumph of Dionysos. After the museum, you will travel to Djemila. The UNESCO World Heritage site of Djemila, which means ‘Beautiful’ in Arabic. Certainly, the site lives up to its name; uniquely situated in the rolling hills of the Algerian countryside. Start the tour in the museum to see the impressive mosaics. Your guided tour of the site will take you to the forum, basilicas, baptisteries, Arch of Caracalla, Temple des Septimes, and one of the world’s best-preserved Roman markets. Continue to Constantine for the night. Accommodation Options: 3, 4, 5-star
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Constantine - Tiddis - Constantine
Constantine bridge over deep canyon

A view from a canyonside restaurant in Constantine

After breakfast travel to the Roman hillside site of Tiddis, which offers excellent views over the surrounding region. You will begin by walking the roman road through a triumphal arch and to the sanctuary of Mithras, the Christian basilica, and Roman homes. After, return back to Constantine for a city tour. Constantine is an incredibly unique city, split in half by a massive canyon, the Rhumel Gorge. You will definitely want to walk over the Sidi M'Cid Bridge which was once the highest suspension bridge in the world at 175 meters. If time remains, explore the museum of Cirta, explore the local Kasbah, and the Palace of Ahmed Bey. Accommodation Options: 3, 4, 5-star
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Constantine - Timgad - Lambaesis - Batna

Timgad's well-preserved Roman Ruins

You will want to get an early start today to travel south to the unforgettable archaeological sites of Timgad and Lambaesis. Before you reach Timgad stop at Medracen (Ancient Numidian Tomb), which is 58 meters in diameter and 19 meters tall. Spend the afternoon at the UNESCO site of Timgad, founded by Emperor Trajan in AD100. This is one of the best-preserved Roman cities in North Africa. Here you will discover its library, amphitheater, temples, the Arch of Trajan, and its city forum. Afterward, if you have more time in the day, you will visit the large Roman legionary at Lambaesis. Accommodation: 3-star hotel (best available option)
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Batna - Ghoufi - Gorge - Batna
After breakfast, you will travel south through the impressive ‘Grand Canyon’ of Algeria, the Balcons de Ghoufi. The majority of other tourist circuits leave skip this location, but an adventure through these unseen Saharan cliffsides and historical sites is well worth the journey! Here you will see some of the troglodyte homes built into the side of the mountain. Enjoy the beautiful ravines, palm trees, and traditional villages. Return back to Batna for the night. Accommodation: 3-star hotel (best available option)
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Batna - Algiers - Ghardaia
Hillside town of Ghardaia Today you will take a flight to Algiers from Batna or Constantine and then transfer to a flight to Ghardaia. Beforehand, if you have time between your arrival to Algiers and departure to Ghardaia you may explore more historic sites in Algiers. Get ready for the adventure you have ahead. The unmatched unique culture and history of the UNESCO World Heritage M’Zab valley will without a doubt be a highlight of your trip. Your guide will meet you at the airport and you will transfer to the hotel for the night. Accommodation Options: local guesthouse or 4-star hotel
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Full day in the M’Zab Valley: Ghardaia / Benizguen
Today you will step back in time as you enjoy the local customs and culture while visiting the ancient walled cities and sites in the M’Zab valley. Visit traditional markets, enjoy the lively atmosphere colors, and unique architecture. This region has something for everyone to enjoy, whether you appreciate its traditional culture, deep history, religious tradition, or natural beauty. Accommodation Options: local guesthouse or 4-star hotel
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Full day in the M’Zab Valley

Take a walk through these ancient streets

Today’s memories are flexible and up to you. Spend the day relaxing in the Oasis or go out for more exploring in this culturally rich region. In the evening, you will take a flight back to the capital of Algiers. Accommodation Options: local guesthouse or 4-star hotel
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Ghardaia - Algiers

A historic well in the Algiers Kasbah

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. History lovers will love learning about its remarkable past as you visit its ancient mosques and museums. In the afternoon you will have time to visit the Bardo Museum or the Museum of Archaeology and Islamic Art. Accommodation Options: 3, 4, 5-star
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Departure - Algiers
If you have time before your flight, you will take a guided city tour of the Monument to the Martyr, which offers amazing views and the beautiful Botanical Garden of Algiers. Your guide will take you to the airport for your departure flight, bringing your tour of the splendors of Algeria to a close. *Itinerary subject to modification according to local conditions.