Algerian Colours

Algerian Colours

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Algerian Colours

11 Days Starting in ALGIERS and ending in

Visiting: Algiers Province, Djemila, Constantine, Timimoun, Béni Abbès, Taghit, Béchar, Oran, Tipaza

Tour operator:

Wild Frontiers

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Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 12

Physical rating:

Low, Low / Moderate

Age range:


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Vegetarians, Please contact Wild Frontiers with any specific dietary requirements

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Tour Overview

Algeria is one of the most fascinating countries in North Africa, combining a cultural legacy that stretches back millennia along with some of the world’s most dramatic desert scenery.Once colonised by the Romans, the Turks and the French, the country has emerged from the troubles of the 1990’s to reveal itself as a destination of unrivalled scope and grandeur. Amongst the vast sands of the Sahara it is home to some of the most beguiling oasis towns in the region; dominated by ancient Ksars or fortified strongholds, the mud brick villages still hold on to traditions that have endured among the desert sands for centuries. It can also boast a number of world heritage sites such as the spectacular ancient site of Djemila and the old Roman port of Tipaza, while its bustling capital, Algiers, offers the traditional Casbah experience counterbalanced by a wonderfully engaging mix of Ottoman grandeur, colonial chic and modern vibrancy.This remarkable journey takes us into the heart of this unique country as we journey from the shores of the Mediterranean to the Grand Erg Occidental.


  • Venture into the Sahara Desert and visit the Sahara museum in Beni Abbes

  • Discover the Roman ruins of Djemila and Tupiza, both UNESCO World Heritage sites

  • Explore the ‘red city’ of Timimoun and the abandoned village of Tindjillet in the Sahara Desert

  • See the Casbah in Algiers and the whitewashed colonial architecture of Oran

  • Journey around the Grand Erg Occidental and stay at the beautiful oasis town of Taghit

  • Stroll around Constantine, the picturesque yet dramatic ‘City of Bridges’


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Day 1 : Tour Starts In Algiers

Location: Algiers Province

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Space Telemly or similar

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

The tour starts early this afternoon in the Algerian capital. After checking in to our hotel we’ll head out for lunch and an orientation tour of the city. Overlooking the waters of the Mediterranean, Algiers began life as a Phoenician trading post, but it was the 10th century Berbers under Bologhine ibn Ziri who began the city’s rise to prosperity. Over time it fell to the Almohades, the Ottomans and the French, before a bloody struggle for independence finally saw the Algerians wrestle control from their colonial overlords in the early 1960’s. Much of the historic heart of the city dates back to Ottoman times and includes the impressive facade of the Ketchaoua Mosque. This evening we’ll enjoy our first group dinner and take the chance to talk about the trip ahead.

Day 2 : Algiers - Djemila - Constantine

Location: Algiers Province, Djemila, Constantine

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ibis Constantine or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we drive east out of the hustle and bustle of the capital to the impressive ancient Roman city of Djemila, a UNESCO World Heritage site considered one of the finest in North Africa. The wheel-rutted streets of ancient Cuicul, founded by Nerva to house his subjects, are lined with elaborate houses, a forum, basilica, triumphal arches and temples. It is a fascinating example of Roman town planning adapted to suit its mountain location. Equally impressive is Djemila's stunning museum, where every square inch of the immense walls are plastered with mosaics. After wandering around this charming site we’ll continue our journey east to Constantine or ‘Cirta’ with its dramatic setting amongst precipitous cliffs and deep gorges. The French writer Alexandre Dumas called it ‘a fantastic city, something like Gulliver’s flying island. Founded 2,000 years ago, a plateau surrounded by deep ravines was a great place to build because the city could be easily defended. Since then Constantine has outgrown the plateau and spilled over into the adjoining areas, connected to the old city by seven high bridges, hence the title ‘City of Bridges’.

Day 3 : Constantine - Algiers

Location: Constantine, Algiers Province

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Space Telemly or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Constantine boasts an excellent museum, noted in particular for its Roman mosaics, as well as the delightful Palace of Ahmed Bey and a number of impressive mosques. Today we’ll wander around the city and take in the traditional casbah with its local market and experience the architectural triumphs of the city’s bridges. From here we’ll transfer to the airport in time for our flight back to the capital city, Algiers for the evening.

Day 4 : Algiers - Timimoun

Location: Algiers Province, Timimoun

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Gourara or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After an early breakfast we’ll drive to Algiers airport in time to catch the morning flight to Timimoun, our gateway to the Sahara! On arrival we’ll transfer to our hotel in this small town noted for some of the most spectacular scenery around the Grand Erg Occidental. Wonderfully photogenic, we’ll head out for lunch and from there walk around the town with its ancient ksars (fortified dwellings), admiring Sudanese influenced architecture as well as visiting the market place and handicraft shops. We’ll also visit the palmeraie where we’ll learn about the ancient irrigation system used there known as ‘fouggara’. Beyond the town the haunting sand dune landscapes of the Grand Erg Occidental provide a stunning backdrop for our first night in the Sahara Desert region.

Day 5 : In & Around Timimoun

Location: Timimoun

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Gourara or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, before the temperature starts rising, we’ll visit some of the immediate area around Timimoun. Depending upon local conditions (ie weather and the authorities!) we will visit various sites such as the deep red caves and the abandoned village of Tindjillet, before escaping the heat and heading back to Timimoun for lunch. The rest of the day will be free for you to relax at the hotel or wonder around the town at your leisure.

Day 6 : Timimoun - Beni Abbes - Taghit

Location: Timimoun, Béni Abbès, Taghit

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Bordj Taghit or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After an early breakfast we’ll drive north-west to the ‘Pearl of the Saoura’ or the ‘white oasis’ town of Beni Abbes (though the buildings here are gradually turning an orangey-brown colour!) The town has a beautiful setting where the oasis ends and the sand dunes rise majestically into the distance. Time permitting we should get a chance to look around the ksar and visit the Sahara Museum, housing an intriguing collection of artefacts and questionable taxidermy! We’ll also learn about Father Charles de Foucauld – a French monk who lived here as a hermit back in 1905 – and visit the site where he constructed his hermitage not far from the town. From here we’ll continue on to Taghit for the night.Today we will be covering a distance of approximately 500kms, so please be prepared for a long day

Day 7 : Taghit - Bechar - Oran

Location: Taghit, Béchar, Oran

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Assala or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Taghit is a small oasis town located on the western edge of the Grand Erg Occidental. The dunes here tower over the eastern edge of the town, and the views as you come over the hill towards the old Ksar are simply magnificent. The town is dominated by red mud architecture along narrow winding streets making for some fantastic photo opportunities. This morning we’ll get the chance to look around the small town, before taking an early lunch and driving to Bechar, in time to catch a late afternoon flight to Algeria’s second largest city, Oran, and a late dinner.

Day 8 : In Oran

Location: Oran

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Assala or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast we’ll head out on a guided tour of Oran, the original home of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and novelist Albert Camus. Oran has a significant Spanish flavour to it after more than two centuries of occupation before the French took over in the 19th century. We’ll visit the major sites such as Place du 1er Novembre, Santa Cruz fort and chapel, La Cathedrale du Sacre Coeur and Bey’s Palace.

Day 9 : Oran - Tipaza - Algiers

Location: Oran, Tipaza, Algiers Province

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Space Telemly or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we’ll drive east to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Tipaza on the Mediterranean coast. Considered to be one of the most important archaeological sites in North Africa, this old Roman port rose to prominence under the emperor Septimus Severus (AD193-211), and provides us with a remarkable collection of Punic, Roman and Numidian temples and monuments. From here we’ll drive east towards Algiers, and time permitting visit the Royal Mausoleum of Mauretania on the way. This imposing tomb is the final resting place of Berber Juba II and Cleopatra Selene II, who were the last king and queen of the ancient Kingdom of Mauretania. Returning to Algiers by the early evening we’ll check into our hotel before heading out for dinner.

Day 10 : In Algiers

Location: Algiers Province

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Space Telemly or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we’ll enjoy a guided tour of the old part of the capital, focussing upon the historic Kasbah, one of the most impressive in all of North Africa. This UNESCO World Heritage site was described by Le Corbusier as "a masterpiece of architecture and town planning" and we’re sure you will agree after wandering around its labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways, made up of tiny shops, museums and market traders. From here we’ll visit the imposing Maqam Echahid (Martyrs Monument) and the National Museum of El Mujahid to learn some more about the Algerian war of independence. Tonight we’ll head out into the city for a farewell dinner.

Day 11 : Tour Finishes In Algiers

Location: Algiers Province

Meals Included: Breakfast

The tour ends this morning. Those on the suggested group flights will transfer to the airport in time for the early afternoon departure.

What's Included


    10 x Breakfasts, 10 x Lunches, 10 x Dinners


    On this tour we will use a minibus or mini-coach and domestic flights.


    The full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides where appropriate


    Contributions to carbon offset & tree planting projects for all bookings


    Maximum: 12


    All entrance fees for sights mentioned in the itinerary


    Low / Moderate


    2 nights x Premium8 nights x Superior

What's Not Included

We believe in a completely transparent approach to pricing with no hidden extras. As such, please note that the following are not included in the cost of the tour.Visas & Travel Insurance: Visas will always be tour
ationality dependent but travel insurance is mandatoryTips: Always optional but some guidance will be given in the pre-departure information documentsInternational .Flights: Please ask us for an obligation-free quote for flights which originate in the UK.Beverages & any costs of a personal nature: This will include items such as laundry and souvenirs


Visas are necessary for many of the destinations we travel to and while we aim to provide you with the most up-to-date information, requirements frequently change and as such for the latest advice we advise that you check with the relevant embassies or contact our recommended visa agency, Travcour 

For this tour, UK passport holders currently require a visa for Algeria.
Non-UK passport holders or non-UK residents should contact the relevant embassies for individual requirements. 

Due to the unpredictable timeframe required to obtain the necessary authorisation for Algerian tourist visa applications, we strongly recommend that you do not make any foreign travel plans for at least 6 weeks prior to the start date of the tour.

NB. It should also be noted that anyone with a passport showing evidence of having visited Israel (including having entered or left Jordan/Egypt from posts which are known to border Israel) are likely to be denied a visa for Algeria.

Further details will be sent out to you on booking, however ensuring that correct and valid visas are obtained remains the sole responsibility of the client.

Key Aspects to Consider

Due to the unpredictable timeframe required to obtain the necessary authorisation for Algerian tourist visa applications, we strongly recommend that you do not make any foreign travel plans for at least 6 weeks prior to the start date of the tour.

Please note that when driving in Algeria it is compulsory for tourist groups to be accompanied by a security convoy in places. The guards in the convoy will change over as we cross from one wilaya (province) to the next. This can significantly increase journey times, resulting in a number of quite long drives so please be prepared for this.

Please be aware that vegetarians can be catered for but the selection and variety can be very limited in places, especially in the Sahara region. People with specific dietary requirements should consider such limitations carefully and we suggest you discuss your needs with us before booking this tour.

Algeria has minimal tourist infrastructure and receives far fewer visitors than neighbouring countries like Morocco or Tunisia. As such service levels cannot be compared and logistically Algeria remains a ‘challenging’ destination, almost guaranteeing that things are unlikely to always go according to plan! However for us that is half the enjoyment of travelling in Algeria and anyone in a reasonable state of health, with an open mind and a sense of adventure should be perfectly able to cope with this tour, as many of the activities are optional. 

Flexibility and the nature of travel in Algeria: For security reasons it might be necessary to change this itinerary at very short notice, and clients must be flexible enough to deal with this and acknowledge that this is an inherent part of travel to Algeria. While we will always try & visit as much of the itinerary as possible, we reserve the right to omit any destination due to security concerns and offer an alternative in its place. You must also understand that tourist infrastructure and the levels of services will not match those offered in more regular tourist locations in North Africa. 

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the maximum group size?


  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    If arriving/departing on the suggested group flights

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    For this tour, UK passport holders currently require a visa for Algeria.
    Non-UK passport holders or non-UK residents should contact the relevant embassies for individual requirements.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?


  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    Premium and Superior

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We have a complete Covid-19 hub here:

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Over 70% of passengers on our group tours are solo adventurers. Unlike many tour operators, we don’t believe in charging solo travellers a premium, so if you are happy to share a room with a fellow traveller of the same sex, you will pay exactly the same as a couple..Occasionally you may even end up with your own room. You can travel as a single traveller on any of our holidays, from our escorte

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


  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 2002

  • Do I need to be double-vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel with you?

    In most cases, yes. Not only are many destinations making double-vaccination a requirement of entry to the country and/or access to restaurants, museums etc., but additionally on all our group tours for the foreseeable future, for everyone’s peace of mind, we are asking that all clients be double vaccinated.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

Robert Hackford  

Robert Hackford

<span>Having visited all the other North African c

<span>Having visited all the other North African coastal countries, this Algerian trip still managed to astonish me with its sparkling array of unique cultural, linguistic and architectural characteristics. And the Algerians are a most hospitable and welcoming people. Do go!</span>

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