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Roman Ruins & Sahara Sands Tour

14 Days * 13 Nights

Roman Ruins & Sahara Sands Tour

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14 Days - 13 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)
    Water in Vehicle
  • Not Included
    Algerian Visa
    All Meals & Water for Days 7-12
    Dinners
    Drinks
    Gratuities
    International Flights
    Lunches
    Lunches & Dinners on Days 1-6 & 13
    Personal Spending Money
    Travel Insurance

Tour Plan

1
Arrival - Algiers
Arrive in Algiers and transfer to the hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you will take a city tour, which may include visits to the historic Notre Dame d’Afrique, the Grande Poste, and the Palais des Rais. For those with an early morning arrival, you may want to spend the afternoon on a tour through the historic UNESCO World Heritage Kasbah.

Accommodation options: 3, 4, 5 star

2
Algiers - Tipaza - Tomb of the Christian - Annaba
Amphitheater at Tipasa Roman Ruins

Amphitheater at Tipasa Roman Ruins


After breakfast, you will depart for the UNESCO World Heritage Roman site of Tipaza. Located beside the clear Mediterranean Sea and mountains, Tipaza is surrounded by incredible natural beauty. 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 Tombeau de la Chrétienne (royal mausoleum of Mauritania).
Take an evening flight to Annaba and transfer to the hotel.

Accommodation options: 3, 4, 5 star

3
Annaba - Constantine
In the morning, explore the museum and site of Hippo Regius and the Cathedral of St. Augustine. The museum at Hippo Regius hosts large mosaics found in the region. Be sure to visit the ruins of the ‘Basilica of Peace’ where St. Augustine was the bishop in the 5th century. The Cathedral of St. Augustine was built between 1881 and 1900 and the many stain-glass windows tell the story of the early Church Father, St. Augustine. When you are ready continue to Constantine for the night.

Accommodation options: 3, 4, 5 star

4
Constantine
After breakfast travel to the hillside Roman site of Tiddis, which offers excellent views over the region. You will begin by walking through the triumphal arch and to the sanctuary of Mithras, the Christian basilica, and the Roman houses. After your visit, return back to Constantine for a city tour. Constantine is sure to impress any visitor as it is located above the Rhumel Gorge. Some of the sites may include the museum of Cirta, explore the suspension bridges, the Kasbah, and the Palace of Ahmed Bey.

Accommodation options: 3, 4, 5 star

5
Constantine - Timgad - Lambaesis - Batna
Roman ruins, columns in Timgad

Roman ruins, columns in Timgad


You will want to get an early start today to travel south to the unforgettable historical and archeological 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. Then travel to the UNESCO site of Timgad, begun by Emperor Trajan in AD100. Here you will discover the library, temples, amphitheater, arch of Trajan, forum, houses, and basilicas.
If you have time in the day go and visit the large Roman legionary located at Lambaesis.

Accommodation: Hotel Hazem (3-star)

6
Batna - Djemila - Setif
Begin the day with a drive to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Djemila, meaning ‘Beautiful’ in Arabic. The site lives up to its name as it is uniquely situated amongst rolling hills. You will have a guided visit of both the museum and the historic site. Explore the forum, basilicas, baptisteries, arch of Caracalla, Temple des Septimes, well-preserved Roman market, and theatre. Your next stop will be the city of Setif where you will take a guided tour through the Museum of Archaeology in Setif and see the grand mosaic called ‘The Triumph of Dionysos’.

Accommodation options: 3, 4, 5 star

7
Setif - Algiers
Mosaic of Dionysus in Setif Museum

Mosaic of Dionysus in Setif Museum


Today you will either take a domestic flight or transfer by road, back to Algiers in the morning. Once you have arrived in Algiers you will be met by your English speaking guide to explore the museums and city sites. If you missed the Kasbah on day 1 we will be sure to include it on this day. The Bardo Museum and the Museum of Archaeology and Islamic Art are both well worth the visits!

Accommodation options: 3, 4, 5 star

8
Algiers - Ghardaia
Today you will take a flight to Ghardaia. If you have time between your arrival to Algiers and departure to Ghardaia you will explore historic sites in Algiers.
Ghardaia is in the UNESCO World Heritage region of the M’Zab valley. You will transfer to your hotel and if time is available to explore the markets and architecture which is unique to this region.

Accommodation options: 3, 4, 5 star; hotel or local guesthouse

9
Full Day in M'Zab Valley - El Attefu - Bon Noura - Ghardaia
Step back into time as you enjoy the local customs and culture while visiting the historic cities and sites in the M’Zab valley. Explore the traditional markets, enjoy the lively atmosphere and lively colors, and fascinating architecture which is unique to this region. Wind your way through the narrow streets, historic religious monuments, and natural beauty.

Accommodation options: 3, 4, 5 star; hotel or local guesthouse

10
Ghardaia - Algiers
Fountain inside Algiers Kasbah, UNESCO World Heritage Site
You will take a flight to Algiers depending on your arrival time you will take a city tour in Algiers including the historic Kasbah. In the UNESCO World Heritage Kasbah you will wind through the narrow streets, see local artisans, take in the beautiful views of the sea, and explore historic sites. If you have time left in the day visit the Bardo Museum or the Museum of Archaeology and Islamic Art.

Accommodation options: 3, 4, 5 star

11
Algiers - Bechar - Taghit
Enjoy additional city visits in Algiers in the morning if there is time before the flight to Bechar. Transfer to the hotel in Taghit and take in the local sites of the Sahara and the Oasis.

Accommodation options: 3 or 4 star

12
Taghit
Ksar & Oasis in Taghit

Saharan Oasis Town of Taghit | Larry Koester [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr


Taghit is said to be one of the most beautiful Oasis in the Sahara region. Today you will visit the Old Ksar (fort), walk through the old town with the mud-brick houses and narrow alley-ways, see the imposing dunes or the Grand Erg, cave paintings (camels, ostriches, mankind). Taghit is the beginning of a 600km stretch of dunes forming the Great Erg Occidental. Drive to Bechar and fly to Algiers.

Accommodation options: 3 or 4 star

13
Taghit - Algiers
Depending on flight times, spend the full day exploring Taghit and region including visiting the dunes. Flight back to Algiers and if time remains in the day you may want to visit another museum or site in Algiers.

Accommodation options: 3, 4, 5 star

14
Departure - Algiers
Your guide will take you to the airport for your departure flight.

*Itinerary subject to modification according to local conditions
**Photographs permitted in museums except for the museum in Djemila.