Sahara

Sahara Adventure Tour: 16 Day Tour

  • Camp under the stars in the Southern Algeria desert
  • Wander through the Sahara in Western Algeria
  • Visit the rich beauty and history in Oran and Tlemcen
  • Explore the ancient Kasbah in Algiers

Day 1: Algiers

Arrive in Algiers and transfer to your hotel for three nights. Depending on your arrival time you can take an afternoon tour of the city including sites to: Place des Martyrs (17th century El Djedid Mosque), Place Emir Abdelkader, Grande Poste, and others if time. Dinner will be at your 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 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 former Turkish baths.

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

You will take a flight to Oran in the morning. In Oran some of the sites you will visit are: 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
4 options: Hotel Royal Oran, Hotel Le Meridien

Day 4: Oran / Tlemcen

In the morning you will 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 / Bechar / Taghit

Today you will have an early morning and drive south to Bechar. After lunch you will continue to the beautiful Oasis town of Taghit.

Accommodations in local bed and breakfast (El Bordj)

Day 6: Taghit

This town 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-brik houses and narrow alley-ways, see the imposing dunes or the Grand Erg, cave paintings (camels, ostriches, mankind).

Accommodations in local bed and breakfast (El Bordj)

Day 7: Taghit / Timimoun

You will depart for Timimoun, which is a small oasis village that is distinct with it red ochre architecture. On your way you will stop at Beni Abbes (the "white oasis") and explore the old ksar, museum, hermitage of Pere Foucault, and have lunch in a palm grove and visit foggaras (ancient irrigation system).

Accommodations in local bed and breakfast (Ksar Massine)

Day 8: Timimoun / Algiers

Take a flight to Algiers and Algiers city tour upon arrival with visits to museums and the ancient Casbah. Take an evening flight to Djanet in the south. You will arrive to Djanet, oasis town at the foot of the Tassili mountains on the edge of the vast sand dunes of Erg Admer.

Night in local camp (basic)

Day 9: South Algeria Visits

Depart in 4x4 for Tadrart, extraordinary landscape of desert mountains, canyons, rock arches, huge sand of dunes and cave and rock paintings (circa 12,000 BC to 100 AD). Dinner and camping in canyon of D’In-Djarena surrounded by dunes for first night under Saharan stars.

Camping: Bivouac with all equipment provided

Day 10: South Algeria Visits

Continue through Tadrart along El Biredj (wide desert canyon and valley) to Moul el Naga (particularly beautiful dunes of orange sand) for overnight.

Camping: Bivouac with all equipment provided

Day 11: South Algeria Visits

Depart in 4x4 for In Zouatane where you will find: dunes, rock art, and a spectacular landscape).

Camping: Bivouac with all equipment provided

Day 12: South Algeria Visits

Head for the red dunes (up to 1,800 ft high) of Tin Merzouga with visits to some of the region's most stunning rock arches (including the "hedgehog").

Camping: Bivouac with all equipment provided

Day 13: South Algeria Visits

Depart in 4x4 Tilfazou, Oued Amais, famous cow painting.

Camping: Bivouac with all equipment provided

Day 14: South Algeria Visits

Return to Djanet for lunch and visits in town with the colorful market, dates, and cheche (Touareg turban). Farwell dinner and rest in local camp.

Day 15:

0310 or 1345 Depart Djanet by air
0505 or 1815 Arrive Algiers Rest and overnight.

Day 16: Departure

Your guide will take you to the airport for your departure flight.

Tour Includes:

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

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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