Algeria History and Culture Tour: 12 Day Tour

Algeria History and Culture Tour: 12 Day Tour

  • Encounter the vast history of Algeria
  • Enjoy local culture in the M'Zab Valley
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Travel to cities and villages away from the crowds

Day 1: Arrival Algiers

Today you will arrive to Algiers and transfer to hotel overlooking port in central Algiers. If time remains in the day you will take a walking and driving tour through Algiers.

Hotel Options:
3 options: Hotel Safir, Hotel Albert I, ST Hotel
4 options: Hotel El Djazair
5 options: El Aurassi Hotel, Sofitel Algiers Hamma Garden

Day 2: Algiers / Tipaza / Cherchell / Algiers

After breakfast you will travel to Tipaza to explore this beautiful Roman site beside the Mediterranean Sea and then visit the museum. You will not want to miss the historic basilica, which is said to be the largest in North Africa. Enjoy fresh fish lunch in Tipaza and travel to Cherchell to visit two museums that host a number of Roman antiquities. On your way back to Algiers you will stop at the pyramid-like structure of the Tomb de le Christian. Dinner will be at the hotel.

Hotel Options:
3 options: Hotel Safir, Hotel Albert I, ST Hotel
4 options: Hotel El Djazair
5 options: El Aurassi Hotel, Sofitel Algiers Hamma Garden

Day 3: Algiers / Oran

Take an early morning departure by air to Oran. Upon arrival visit: The Bey's Palace, 14th century fort of Merinid Sultan Abou Hassan, discover the Fort and the Church of Santa Cruz which was built during the second half of the 16th century on the order of the marquis of Santa Cruz, stroll along the corniche overlooking the harbor, walk about in city central to see the unique colonial architecture, see the City Hall which is an impressive building that is served by a majestic staircase and flanked on both side by an imposing bronze lions statues, visit the district of Sidi El Houari, and the Mosque. Dinner will be at the hotel.

Hotel Options:
3 options: Hotel Ibis, Hotel Timgad
5 options: Hotel Royal Oran, Hotel Le Meridien

Day 4: Oran / Tlemcen

In the morning you will visit the museum Zabana which hosts numerous artifacts from the Numidian to the Roman periods. When you are finished drive to Tlemcen which is considered an important cultural and religious city in Algeria. Here you will discover historic sites of the Great Mosque, the ancient 13th century ruins of Mansourah, the Mechouar. Dinner will be at the hotel.

Hotel Options:
3 options: Hotel Ibis
4 options: Residence Pomaria
5 options: Marriot Renaissance Tlemcen

Day 5: Tlemcen / Algiers / Ghardaia

Today will be a full day of traveling and adventures. Depart in the morning and fly back to Algiers and transfer to another flight to Ghardaia where you will spend two nights. Ghardaia is in the famous M'zab valley and is a UNESCO-protected Sahara town. Enjoy incredible history and culture in this fascinating region. Two nights will be spent at Beni Isguen.

Hotel Option:
Traditional Guest House: Residence Des Deux Tours

Day 6: Ghardaia

Begin 2014 in the Oasis/desert region of Ghardaia. After breakfast enjoy a full day tour of the M'Zab valley including Ghardaia. In Ghardaia you will explore the old town, 'four fingered' mosque, date farm, tombs, and more. Enjoy leisure time in a palm grove and continue to the walled town of Beni Isguen, which is normally closed to foreigners, and is considered the most traditional of all the villages of the M'Zab Valley.

Hotel Option:
Traditional Guest House: Residence Des Deux Tours

Day 7: Ghardaia Region

Full day excursions in M'Zab valley including optional visit to the dunes.

Hotel Option:
Traditional Guest House: Residence Des Deux Tours

Day 8: Ghardaia / Constantine

In the morning you will either fly (if flight is available) or drive to Constantine. Often one of the highlights for travelers this city is situated on each side of a large gorge with suspension bridges joining the city. Here you will explore the museum and casbah, suspension bridge, and Palace of Ahmed Bey. If time remains in the day travel to the picturesque Roman site of Tiddis located on the side of a hill.

Hotel Options:
3 options: Hotel Ibis, Hotel Cirta
4 options: Hotel Novotel, Hotel Hocine

Day 9: Constantine / Timgad / Batna

This will be another full day of Roman history. Drive to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Timgad. One of the most impressive sites in Algeria you will walk through the arch of Trajan, explore colonnaded streets and temples, wander through basilicas, and gaze at large mosaics in the museum. Once you have finished your visits travel to Lambaesis to see the large structure for Roman legionnaires, and the amphitheater. You will spend the night in Batna.

Hotel Option:
3 options: Hotel Salim - Best Option in Batna

Day 10: Batna / Djemila / Setif / Algiers

Take an early morning drive to another UNESCO World Heritage site of Djemila meaning, 'beautiful', in Arabic. Situated amongst stunning rolling hills Djemila offers is a well preserved site with a forum, temples, numerous basilicas, fountain, Roman market, and site museum. Travel to Setif and explore the National Museum of Archaeology which hosts the remarkable and intact mosaic Procession of Bacchus. Return to Algiers for night.

Hotel Options:
3 options: Hotel Safir, Hotel Albert I, ST Hotel
4 options: Hotel El Djazair
5 options: El Aurassi Hotel, Sofitel Algiers Hamma Garden

Day 11: Algiers

Today you will enjoy a full day city tour of the historically rich city of Algiers. Begin the morning with a walk through the Kasbah where your guide will take you through this labyrinth and learn of its vast history. Other sites will include Bastion 23 "Palais des Rais", Notre Dame d'Afrique, and the Grand Poste. After lunch you will wander through the Museum of Antiquities and Islamic Art, Museum of Fine Arts, and then finish the afternoon off with views over the city at the Monument of the Martyrs. Dinner will be at the hotel.

Hotel Options:
3 options: Hotel Safir, Hotel Albert I, ST Hotel
4 options: Hotel El Djazair
5 options: El Aurassi Hotel, Sofitel Algiers Hamma Garden

Day 12: Depart

You will transfer to the airport thus ending your Algeria adventure.

Tour Includes:

  • English speaking Algeria tour manager/guide
  • Driver and private transportation
  • All entrance fees to historical sites
  • Meal options: Half Board (dinner and breakfast) or Full Board including all meals until breakfast on the last day
  • Water in the vehicle
  • Security escorts where needed (determined by Tour Manager)
  • Letter of Invitation required for the tourist visa

Tour Does Not Include:

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Additional Drinks (included is water in the vehicle during transportation)
  • Tips
  • Personal items

*There are no photographs allowed in Algerian museums unless site guide gives the group permission*

*Itinerary subject to modification according to local conditions*

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