Secrets of Algeria

Secrets of Algeria

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Secrets of Algeria

11 Days Starting and ending in Algiers Province, Algeria

Visiting: Algiers Province, Setif, Batna, Constantine, Tiddis, Béchar, Béni Abbès, Taghit, Oran, Tipaza

Tour operator:

Crooked Compass

Tour code:

4365

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 12

Physical rating:

Low

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Active

Activities:

Walking

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Tour Overview

Explore the city of Constantine, a natural fortress carved out a deep gorgeVisit the archaeological site of Timgad – the ruins of the largest Roman settlement ever built in North AfricaDiscover the old town of Beacham in the Sahara desert and its surrounding date-palm grovesWalk through the old mud-brick town of TaghitTravel with us on our small group tour to Algeria to get away from it all - including the tourists. So close to Europe, yet you feel a world away.

Offering a spectacular coastline, chic French influenced ports, snow capped mountains, rolling sand dunes and perfectly preserved Roman towns.

Touring in Algeria is a cultural odyssey. A perfect tangle of adventure, complex cultures and grand ruins, this is the perfect destination for the curious traveller seeking that next destination that is truly off beat.

Highlights

  • Explore the city of Constantine, a natural fortress carved out a deep gorge

  • Visit the archaeological site of Timgad – the ruins of the largest Roman settlement ever built in North Africa

  • Discover the old town of Beacham in the Sahara desert and its surrounding date-palm groves

  • Walk through the old mud-brick town of Taghit

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrival In Algiers

Location: Algiers Province

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ibis Hotel or similar

Meals Included: No Meals

Welcome to Algeria! Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours at leisure.



This city is sure to leave a lasting impression on you. This is a city of rare beauty and of thrilling, disorientating, and sometimes brutal, contrast. The country’s turbulent history is writ large in the city’s richly textured architecture: wide French-built boulevards and elegant apartments and villas, Socialist-era monuments and public buildings, and an enduring Islamic heart secreted in the steep, hillside Kasbah. Labyrinthine streets spill down to the yawning Bay of Algiers.

Day 2 : Algiers

Location: Algiers Province

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ibis Hotel or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, enjoy an orientation of the city which includes a visit to the Kasbah of Algiers and the colonial Cathedral of Notre Dame d’Afrique. After lunch, you will visit the National Museum of Antiquities and Bardo museum.

Day 3 : Setif

Location: Setif

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: El Hidhab Hotel or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel this morning before setting off for an early drive to Setif. Sétif’s history goes back to Roman times, during the reign of Emperor Nerva between 96 and 98 AD. Parts of a cemetery were uncovered in the 1960s and a small section of the Roman circus built in the settlement remains visible, but sadly no attempts were made to preserve these historical treasures.



Spend time exploring the museum and after lunch, you will visit the archaeological site which is sure to leave you speechless at its beauty and also to simply see how well it has been preserved before checking into your hotel.

Day 4 : Setif - Batna

Location: Setif, Batna

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Trajan Hotel or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, you will drive to Batna where you will have a brief visit of Madghassen, a royal mausoleum-temple of the Berber Numidian Kings before continuing to the archeological site of Timgad – the ruins of the largest Roman settlement ever built in North Africa. Here you will visit the museum which houses excellent mosaics.

Day 5 : Batna To Constantine

Location: Batna, Constantine

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ibis Hotel or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, drive to Constantine. This city is one of the grand spectacles of the north, made by nature but embellished by man. Over time, the Oued Rhumel carved out a deep gorge around an outcrop of rock, creating a natural fortress that was already occupied in Neolithic times. Since then Constantine (Cirta as it was known in antiquity, Qacentina as it has also been called) has always been a city of political, cultural and economic significance.



The Numidians made it their capital and after Julius Caesar defeated the army of Juba I at Thapsus, it remained the capital of Roman Numidia. The Romans destroyed the city after a rebellion in AD 311, but the Emperor Constantine then gave orders for it to be rebuilt – and renamed, using his name.



The French writer Alexandre Dumas called it ‘a fantastic city, something like Gulliver’s flying island’. The sense of fantasy has still not left it, for however much building has gone on around, the heart of Constantine remains on that upland shelf, reached by bridges. It is a cosmopolitan place which, over the centuries, has attracted traders, as well as invaders, from around the Mediterranean including Jews from France and Spain, Ottoman Turks, Genoese and others. From the 16th century, after the Turks conquered much of what is now Algeria, Constantine – Qacentina – became an important, independent beylik, and even after the last bey was chased from his palace by the colonising French, the bey continued the struggle from elsewhere in the region until resistance became impossible, for a while. On 8 May 1945 (a date commemorated in street names across the region) it was here, and in neighbouring Sétif and Guelma, that the independence movement started.



You will explore the 6 bridges including the Roman Kantara Bridge. From here continue on to see the ruins of the Antonian Roman Aqueduct and the Great Mosque of Constantine. A visit to the Kasbah is a must as well as the 19th century Ottoman Palace of Ahmed Bey and Constantine’s Museum.

Day 6 : Constantine - Tiddis - Bechar

Location: Constantine, Tiddis, Béchar

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Saoura Hotel or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast

Following breakfast, drive to Tiddis where you will visit the fascinating archeological site before pausing for lunch and continuing to the airport for your flight to Bechar which lies on the northern reaches of the Sahara. Béchar’s former European quarter contains a military station and has modern buildings, while the traditional quarter has covered, narrow streets. Surrounded by date-palm groves watered by the Wadi Béchar, the town is noted for its leatherwork and jewellery.

Day 7 : Beni Abbes

Location: Béni Abbès

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Saoura Hotel or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, drive to Beni Abbes, exploring the dunes that surround the oasis. Visit the Sahara Museum and the typical clay fort of Charles de Foucauld who installed its first “brotherhood” in 1901 and is still occupied by monks of the order. In the oasis, you will also visit the old Ksar.

Day 8 : Taghit To Oran

Location: Taghit, Oran

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Colombe Hotel or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning it is an early drive to Taghit, an discovered jewel of Algeria. En route, visit the Igli oasis. On arrival at Taghit, visit the caves situated on the cliffs of Taghit and the old Ksar Taghit. The village is an old mud-brick town that meets the modern side of the village which is slowly developing. This is all set in between green palm groves. Enjoy lunch here before continuing to Bechar where you will fly to Oran. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 9 : Oran

Location: Oran

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Colombe Hotel or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, it is time to explore Oran. Oran is beautiful coastal city mimicking the French Riviera town of Nice with its French colonial style buildings. Enjoy a city orientation tour where you will visit La Cathedrale du Sacre Coeur and Santa Cruz Fort.



Fort Santa Cruz sits on Mount Murdjadjo around 400 metres above sea level. The fort was built by the Ottomans and Spaniards in the 17th century in a strategic location overlooking the city, the Mers El Kébir port and the Medeterranian Sea.



There is a magnificent castle and chapel on site, as well as a massive statue of the Virgin Mary. The statue is said to be a replica of the one at Notre Dame de la Garde in Marseilles.

Day 10 : Tipaza To Algiers

Location: Tipaza, Algiers Province

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Ibis Hotel or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast drive to Tipaza. Here you will spend the afternoon exploring the ruins of Tipaza and discover the history of the ancient civilisations in Algeria. What makes the ruins of Tipaza so extraordinary, is the fact that it not only showcases the architectural style of one group of rulers, but shows the influence the Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantine and Christians had on the construction of this lost city and the role they played in the development of Algeria.



Continue on to Cherchell with a visit of Cherchell Museum. The Cherchell Museum houses what are widely considered to be the some of the best examples of Roman and Greek antiquities on the African continent. Cherchell was established by the Carthaginians in the 4th century BC and was captured by the Romans in 25 BC who made it into the capital of the Mauritania province, naming it Caesarea in honour of Caesar Augustus. The town was ruined by the Vandals in the first century CE and later restored to its former grandeur by the Byzantines. A series of conquests by various invaders saw Cherchell change hands a number of times before becoming a French territory in 1840. Many artifacts from these various periods of Cherchell’s history have been uncovered by archaeologists, a large number of which are on display in the Cherchell Museum.



Return to Algiers this evening.

Day 11 : Departure

Location: Algiers Province

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today is yours at leisure until it is time to transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

What's Included

  • Return airport transfers

  • 10 nights accommodation

  • Services of an English speaking guide

  • Meals as per the itinerary

  • Transportation in an air conditioned vehicle

  • Entrance fees

  • Domestic flights

What's Not Included

  • International and domestic flights not mentioned above

  • Visas

  • Travel and medical insurance

  • All services, meals other than those indicated above

  • Any changes to the proposed and confirmed program.

  • All items of a personal nature e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips etc

Check out our Q&As

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Yes, Single Supplement will be chargeable at AUD$ 1,617.00.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes, Return airport transfers are included.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Domestic flights are included.

  • What is the minimum group size?

    The min group size is 2 people.

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    This category of tours involves light trekking, walking, cycling, rafting or kayaking for a few hours each day with a small amount of inclines and declines. You will require a reasonable level of fitness and good health to participate. It is important to note that due to the nature of some of our trips, they may take place in remote areas (with basic facilities) and can involve long travelling days on various modes of transport.

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Entrance fees are included.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in itinerary.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, The local guides on the tour is English speaking

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes. Focusing on providing authentic experiences where ever you are in the world, Crooked Compass has access to a vast array of accommodation styles. From boutique properties in larger cities to local guest houses and home stays within small villages. Crooked Compass ensures that local authenticity flows through your accommodation throughout your tour without compromising standard.

  • What sort of transportation is used for your tours?

    Transportation utilised on a Crooked Compass escorted small group tour is a combination of a private air conditioned vehicle and local transport where appropriate. This may include a local bus ride, use of the cities metro system, a domestic flight to another city or overnight train ride.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Crooked Compass strives to be a leader in sustainable tourism. Crooked Compass is firmly committed to the principles of ethical travel. Our comprehensive Sustainable Tourism Practices policy summarises our commitments and actions. Although the very basis of our ground operations lends itself to the ethos of sustainable tourism, this policy re-iterates our commitment to: Use locally owned hotels Use locally owned ground agents Use local guides and drivers Promote community tourism projects from homestays to craft shops Support charities that work within the destinations that we travel to Carbon offset our travels

  • Who runs your tours and are they experts in their fields?

    Crooked Compass works with the worlds best operators who are specialists in their country, region and cities providing you with in depth local knowledge. We use local guides who live and breathe the areas they work in, making sure you experience their region, their way. We believe it is far better to have a local guide who knows a lot about a little than a text book trained Western tour guide who knows a little about a lot. Using local guides also ensures that money stays within local communities and supports the regions we visit.

  • What can I expect from a Crooked Compass tour that I wouldn't get from travelling with an alternative company?

    Crooked Compass provides a sensory way to understand the world – we help you live like a local, eat like a local, do what the locals do and seek the faces behind the places whilst discovering untouched lands and natural beauty. Crooked Compass tours delve deep into the heart and soul of a destination ensuring you get out of your journey all you intended and much, much more. Our intriguing itineraries have been created by travellers for travellers. Steering travellers to follow a different path, Crooked Compass’ itineraries allow you to experience the world’s most fascinating destinations in ways you never dreamed possible. It brings to life those ‘bucket list’ experiences you have yearned to do and separates the travellers from the tourists. Crooked Compass tours are culturally rich, reward travellers with unexpected encounters and uncommon rendezvous, creating truly unique, authentic travel experiences.

  • Who do your tours cater for?

    Crooked Compass escorted small group tours cater for those who are well travelled seeking the what’s next and what’s new. Our travellers are curious minded soft adventurers who want to uncover something more than the mainstream tourist trail. Crooked Compass tours draw travellers with an interest in sustainable tourism and conservation for the areas they visit. A Crooked Compass traveller is someone who is seeking something fresh and unique, who has a yearning for authenticity and discovery, with an appreciation for cultures, tradition and the natural world. We call them Cultural Purists.

  • I am concerned about my impact on travelling through untouched regions. Can I offset?

    Yes. All travellers on Crooked Compass tours have the option to offset their part of their tour’s carbon footprint by donating $4AUD (tax-deductible) at time of booking. 100% of these funds are donated to Greenfleet, an environmental non-profit organisation dedicated to protecting our climate by restoring our forests. By partnering with Greenfleet, we are confident that our carbon offset program provides genuine and lasting environmental benefits. Your offset donation funds plant trees and restore permanent native forests in Australia and New Zealand. As they grow, these forests provide many community and environmental benefits by absorbing carbon emissions, protecting our unique biodiversity, restoring habitat for native wildlife, preventing soil salinity and erosion, improving water quality and much more. If you’d like to find out more and offset the rest of your carbon emissions, visit www.greenfleet.org.au

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