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Algeria Cultural Discovery

Roman Routes to the M'Zab Valley

 

Take the road less traveled on this incredible adventure in Algeria - one of the least visited countries in the world! Experience the rare beauty of cosmopolitan Algiers, with its historic Casbah and labyrinthine old quarter. Then explore the impressive and well-preserved Roman ruins at Tipasa, beautifully situated on the Mediterranean, and Timgad. Travel deep into the heart of the M'Zab Valley and explore its enchanting fortress cities rising from the dunes. With deep history and ancient UNESCO-listed relics at every step, you'll find yourself in a fascinating land wondering why it wasn't on your radar sooner.

  • See the best-preserved Roman ruins in North Africa and the ancient Pentapolis of M'Zab

  • Marvel at the Royal Mausoleum of Mauretania and the spectacular bridges of Constantine

  • Get a true insider perspective on Algerian life and enjoy delicious traditional cuisine with spellbinding Mediterranean views

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Arrive:

Algiers, Algeria

Depart:

Algiers, Algeria

Price: from $3,995

Duration:

9 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

4-12 Guests

Min Age:

14 yrs

Activity:

Level 2

Driving and walking tours of historic and culturally significant sights. Expect some narrow, steep, and/or bumpy paths
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  • Arrive in Algiers

    Day 1

    Welcome to Algeria! Arrive in Algiers and transfer to your five-star hotel, located close to the vibrant city center. Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel.

    Accommodation: El Aurassi Hotel

    With its breathtaking views of the Bay of Algiers and excellent location near the city's most impressive landmarks, including the Great Mosque, El Aurassi is the perfect first stop on your Algerian adventure. Its rooms are elegantly furnished, and come with contemporary features and luxury extras. Take a dip in the state-of-the-art outdoor pool and enjoy spectacular vistas from the lounge.

    Meals: Dinner

  • Explore Historic Algiers

    Day 2

    Go deep into the heart of Algiers on a guided city tour, starting at the UNESCO-listed Casbah. Explore the labyrinthine alleys of this storied hillside citadel and the historic quarter clustered around it. Visit its illuminating museums and ancient mosques, including the Bardo Museum and 15th-century Ketchaoua Mosque, and see the 18th-century Dar Hassan Pacha palace. Lunch at a traditional house in the Casbah before continuing your tour, meeting local artisans along the way. Dine in the city tonight.

    Accommodation: El Aurassi Hotel

    With its breathtaking views of the Bay of Algiers and excellent location near the city's most impressive landmarks, including the Great Mosque, El Aurassi is the perfect first stop on your Algerian adventure. Its rooms are elegantly furnished, and come with contemporary features and luxury extras. Take a dip in the state-of-the-art outdoor pool and enjoy spectacular vistas from the lounge.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Ancient Wonders of Tipasa & Cherchell

    Day 3

    Head to Tipasa for an unforgettable look at its UNESCO-listed complex of ruins, including a beautifully situated ancient Roman city — one of Algeria's most impressive archeological sites. Explore the amphitheater, basilicas, and forums while taking in dazzling views of the Mediterranean. Then visit the monumental Royal Mausoleum of Mauretania, the resting place of Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony's only daughter. Enjoy a seafood lunch in the town of Tipasa before exploring the small fishing port of Cherchell. Tour the archeological museum, home to many well-preserved ancient artifacts from the region. Return to Algiers for dinner at the hotel.

    Accommodation: El Aurassi Hotel

    With its breathtaking views of the Bay of Algiers and excellent location near the city's most impressive landmarks, including the Great Mosque, El Aurassi is the perfect first stop on your Algerian adventure. Its rooms are elegantly furnished, and come with contemporary features and luxury extras. Take a dip in the state-of-the-art outdoor pool and enjoy spectacular vistas from the lounge.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Visit Djemila & the Ancient Roman City of Cuicul

    Day 4

    Drive to the small mountain village of Djemila, originally the Roman city of Cuicul, and explore some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in North Africa. Originally dating back to the 1st century, these UNESCO-listed ruins include well-preserved baths, temples, and forums, and the impressive Arch of Caracalla — all spread out over a pretty meadow. After the tour, enjoy lunch in Djemila before heading to the atmospheric city of Constantine, where your next hotel awaits.

    Accommodation: Protea Hotel by Marriott Constantine

    The 4-star Protea Hotel by Marriott Constantine is a modern downtown hotel, boasting panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Its spacious and well-appointed rooms feature complimentary wifi, flat-screen TVs, and much more. Eat at the comfortable onsite restaurant and take a short walk to the city's famous bridges over the Rhumel River.

    Transportation: 5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Go Back in Time in Timgad

    Day 5

    Head out to explore the UNESCO-listed Roman military colony of Timgad, built in the 1st century during the reign of Emperor Trajan. This 2,000 year old city has an incredible grid design and is remarkably well intact, especially the triumphal Arch of Trajan which soars elegantly above Timgad. Next visit the Roman ruins of Lambaesis, a short drive west of Timgad near the village of Tazoult, and explore the museum. Your last stop is the massive cone-shaped mausoleum of Medracen, built for the Berber Numidian Kings between 200-400 BC! Enjoy dinner back in Constantine tonight.

    Accommodation: Protea Hotel by Marriott Constantine

    The 4-star Protea Hotel by Marriott Constantine is a modern downtown hotel, boasting panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Its spacious and well-appointed rooms feature complimentary wifi, flat-screen TVs, and much more. Eat at the comfortable onsite restaurant and take a short walk to the city's famous bridges over the Rhumel River.

    Transportation: 4-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Constantine & Fly to Ghardaia

    Day 6

    See the spectacular sights of Constantine on a guided walking tour. Marvel at its cliffside location and impressive bridges, including the Sidi M'Cid suspension bridge with its dizzying span over the gorge. Learn more about the city's history with a visit to the Cirta Museum, the Ottoman-era Bey's Palace, and El Kantara - the old Roman bridge. Learn more about the people of Constantine by meeting local copper and brassware makers, and visiting a WWI memorial dedicated to Constantine soldiers. Finish the tour at the Emir Abdelkader Mosque, an architectural gem. After lunch, fly to Ghardaia in the heart of the M'Zab Valley and transfer to your hotel.

     

     

    Accommodation: Residence Tajami

    Delight in a stay at Residence Tajami, a traditional Saharan guest house located in a palm grove in the oasis town of Beni Isguen. Its clean and comfortable rooms have an authentic feel, and the warm atmosphere will make you feel right at home in the M'Zab Valley.

    Transportation: 1.5-hour flights transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Marvel at the Pentapolis of M'Zab

    Day 7

    Explore the incredible UNESCO-listed towns of the M'Zab Valley in the northern Sahara. Known as the Pentapolis of M'Zab, the five fortified towns are a wonder to behold — rising enigmatically from the dunes in terraces centered around a central mosque. On your journey, you'll visit Ghardaia, Melika, age-old El Atteuf, and the holy city of Beni Isguen. Return to your residence in the late afternoon and enjoy a quiet stroll in the palm grove before dinner.

    Accommodation: Residence Tajami

    Delight in a stay at Residence Tajami, a traditional Saharan guest house located in a palm grove in the oasis town of Beni Isguen. Its clean and comfortable rooms have an authentic feel, and the warm atmosphere will make you feel right at home in the M'Zab Valley.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Return to Algiers & Explore the Botanical Garden

    Day 8

    Take an early flight back to Algiers and explore the Basilica "Notre Dame d'Afrique" and the stunning Test Garden of Hamma — a 94 acre botanical garden dating from 1832. Have lunch at the botanical garden before visiting the army museum, which retraces Algerian history until independence in 1962. End your adventure with a farewell dinner at your hotel.

    Accommodation: El Aurassi Hotel

    With its breathtaking views of the Bay of Algiers and excellent location near the city's most impressive landmarks, including the Great Mosque, El Aurassi is the perfect first stop on your Algerian adventure. Its rooms are elegantly furnished, and come with contemporary features and luxury extras. Take a dip in the state-of-the-art outdoor pool and enjoy spectacular vistas from the lounge.

    Transportation: 1.5-hour flight

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart from Algiers

    Day 9

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward or homeward-bound flight.

    Or, explore further on our 7-day extension, including the Tadrart Rouge mountains and UNESCO-listed Tassili n'Ajjer - famous for its extensive prehistoric cave art.

    Meals: Breakfast

Algeria Cultural Discovery

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek captures the best of Algeria on this unique and immersive insider adventure spanning the country's historical and cultural wonders.

Reason #02

Our team of local guides are true experts and have decades of experience leading guests through Algeria.

Reason #03

This 9-day adventure has been crafted to pair effortlessly with a 6-day extension to help you maximize your time in Algeria.

Meet your guides

Kader Bensalah

Kader Bensalah

Kader developed his love of history by studying archeology in Greece before returning to his home in the ancient city of Cherchell, Algeria. He has been guiding for over 15 years, introducing people from around the world to all regions of this beautiful, historic country. You can meet Kader on MT Sobek's adventures through Algeria. 

Karim Souiki

Karim Souiki

Born in Constantine, Karim worked at the Cultural Institution where he learned about his passion for teaching by helping manage the Cirta Museum, Palace of the Bey, Tiddis, and the Mausoleum of Massinissa. He has been guiding groups in Algeria for over five years, introducing tourists from around the world to his country. 

Khibba Dahou

Khibba Dahou

As an experienced guide in the Algerian desert, Khibba knows everything about the region's geology, flora, fauna, and historic wonders. He also has a deep understanding of the traditions and customs of the local Tuareg people. Khibba is excited to share the hospitality and sustainability of desert camp life, including serving you ample amounts of Tuareg tea.

Activities

In-depth cultural touring, including exploring five UNESCO World Heritage wonders and enjoying authentic local encounters.

Lodging

Luxurious 4- and 5-star hotels with elegant rooms and scenic locations — all carefully selected by our Africa experts.

Climate

Algeria's coastal areas have a typical Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and mild, rainy winters.

FAQ

Who will meet me on arrival?

An MT Sobek representative will meet you on arrival at Houari Boumediene Airport International Airport in Algiers.

Do I need a visa to travel to Algeria?

Yes, American citizens need a visa to travel to Algeria. You must apply for a visa through the Algerian Embassy or Algerian Consulate closest to you.

Is there wifi at all the accommodations?

Yes, there is wifi at all the accommodations.

Is there any special dress code for this trip?

In Ghardaia and the Pentapolis of M'Zab in order to respect local customs, no shorts should be worn by men or women, no smoking and we must respect the distance between men and women.

How do I get to Algeria?

Many airlines, including Air France, Lufthansa, Air Algerie, United and Turkish Airlines fly to Algiers, connecting in European cities like Paris, Frankfurt, London or Istanbul.

Can I extend my trip?

Yes! We have designed an amazing desert extension to the Tadrart Rouge mountains and UNESCO-listed Tassili n'Ajjer that starts on the last day of your trip, Day 9. Please ask your Adventure Coordinator for the itinerary and details.

2022

The earlier you book, the more choice of available dates you’ll have and once you book, your price is guaranteed.

Scheduled Dates

  • Feb 14 - 22, 2022
    $3,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$800 single supplement
    Available
  • Apr 22 - 30, 2022
    $3,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$800 single supplement
    Available
  • Sep 16 - 24, 2022
    $3,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$800 single supplement
    Available
  • Oct 28 - Nov 05, 2022
    $3,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$800 single supplement
    Available

Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted in the Trip Planner)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Private Trip Pricing:

2022 Pricing

4 guests from $4,995 per person double occupancy

5 to 7 guests from $4,195 per person double occupancy

8 to 10 guests from $3,995 per person double occupancy

Additional Costs:

Private pricing excludes potential additional costs such as internal airfare, single supplement, or any park fees that may be required for the trip.

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Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted in the Trip Planner)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

Contact An Expert

800-974-0300

Need help picking your next adventure? Call us to answer your questions.

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