The Roman Ruins of Algeria

The Roman Ruins of Algeria
Starts Friday, April 19, 2024
9 Days / 8 Nights
With Historian Dr. Garrett Ryan

Plus: Optional post-tour to the desert south.

I’m Garrett Ryan. I earned a PhD in Greek and Roman History, and taught at several universities before founding toldinstone, a popular YouTube channel about Roman history. I have written three books about the ancient world and am working on two more. Whenever I can take a break from my videos and writing, I love to travel – especially to places off the beaten track.  I hope you’ll join me on this special tour of Algeria’s spectacular Roman ruins!
 
To view my YouTube channel: toldinstone,  follow this link:
toldinstone – YouTube 

Feel free to email questions or comments to toldinstone@gmail.com

Why Algeria?

Immerse yourself in the incredible cultural diversity of Algeria, where often unknown treasures are waiting to be discovered. This country, the largest in Africa, is home to cities of enchanting charm and fascinating history around every corner. Start by marveling at the majestic archaeological sites that bear witness to North Africa’s importance during the ancient Roman period. Wonders such as Tipaza, Cherchell, Djémila, Tiddis and Hippo Regius will plunge you into the heart of this captivating era.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1. Friday, April 19: USA / Algiers.

Arrival in Algiers.  Our Algerian guide will welcome us and stay with us throughout our stay. Depending on the time of arrival, visits can be added.  Check-in at hotel, dinner and overnight in Algiers.

Day 2, Saturday, April 20 :Algiers/Constantine

After breakfast at the hotel, off to the airport to take the plane to Constantine. Originally called Cirta, it was the capital of the kingdom of Numidia. Its name became Constantine in homage to the Roman emperor Constantine I.  With some seven suspension bridges, Constantine is a city that remains connected by the many suspension bridges throughout the city.

 

One of many suspension bridges connecting various points of Constantine

Visit of the Roman ruins of Tiddis “Castellum Tidditanorum” with its basilica, Mithraeum, forum and more…  Return to Constantine after and visit the museum of Cirta.  Check-in at our hotel. Dinner and overnight in Constantine. (B, L, D)

Tiddis

Day 3, Sunday, April 21: Constantine / Djémila (Approx. 130 Km)

After breakfast at the hotel, we set off for Djémila. This ancient city, once called Cuicul, is proof of the Romans’ ability to adapt to mountainous terrain. Visit the Christian neighborhood with its baptistery and basilica. Visit the Arch of Caracalla, the Temple of the Severans, the Forum and the Temple of Venus. Then visit the Djémila Museum, with its collection of mosaics found at the ancient site.

The Capitol at Djemila
Some of the mosaics excavated in Djemila and now found in the site’s museum.

Return to Constantine and visit  the Mausoleum of King Massinissa.  Return to hotel, dinner and overnight stay in Constantine. (B, L, D)

Day 4, Monday, April 22 : Constantine / Lambaesis / Timgad(Approx. 165 Km)

After breakfast, we will go to visit the Mausoleum of Medracen which looks like the Royal Mausoleum of Mauretania. Then we continue to Lambaesis which was the headquarter of Legion III Augusta. We will visit the praetorium, the amphitheater, the arch and more…

Lambaesis

Afterwards, we will go to Timgad and visit the Roman site. We will visit the theater, the arch of Trajan, the market, the museum…  Timgad is a wonderful example of the Roman street grid. Check-in at hotel, dinner and overnight stay.  Overnight in Timgad.  (B, L, D)

Timgad

Day 5, Tuesday, April 23: Timgad/Madaurus / Khemissa / Annaba

After breakfast early in the morning, we depart Timgad and go to visit the Roman ruins of Khemissa and Madaurus. Both are located in Souk Ahras, or Thagaste, Khemissa was called during the Roman era “Thubursicum Numidiarum”. We will visit its huge theater, the baths, the forum…

Afterwards, we will go to visit the ruins of Madaurus, famous as the place where Saint Augustine studied during his childhood. We will visit the theater, the forum, the basilica…  At the end of the day, we will head towards Annaba. Dinner and overnight in Annaba. (B, L, D)

Slave holding writing tablets for his master (relief from a 4th-century sarcophagus)at Madaurus

Day 6, Wednesday, April 24: Annaba / Guelma / Annaba

After breakfast, we will visit the theater of Guelma with its museum inside and visit the remains of the baths. We will visit the bath complex of Hammam El Maskhoutine with its impressive hot water source.  Following the visit to Guelma and Hammam El Maskhoutine, we return to Annaba for dinner and overnight.  (B, L, D) 

 

The Roman theater at Guelma
The thermal waters of Hammam El Maskhoutine

Days 7: Annaba / Algiers (local flight)

After the breakfast, we will visit the Roman ruins of Hippo Regius. This Roman site is famous for being the place where Saint Augustine was bishop until his death in 430 CE. We will visit the forum, the market, the basilica, the baptistery… We will visit also the museum with its famous mosaic: The Mosaic of the Hunt.

Afterwards, we will visit the Basilica of Saint Augustine where the last part relic of Saint Augustine is located.  After dinner, we will go to the airport to the capital of Algiers.  Check-in at hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

Cherchell
Early Christian basilica at Tipasi, overlooking the Mediterranean

Day 8: Algiers / Cherchell / Tipaza / Algiers (approx. 92 Km)

First, we will visit Cherchell, capital of the province of Mauretania Caesarea during the Roman Empire. We will visit its two museums, one of them contains one of the finest collections of sculptures in Roman Africa. We will visit also the ruins of the theater, the forum and the baths.

After Cherchell, we will travel to Tipaza. We will visit the museum and the Roman ruins including the amphitheater, the theater, the two temples, the great basilica… On the way back to Algiers, we stop for a visit to the Royal Mausoleum of Mauretania.  Return to hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

Hippo Regius

Afterwards, we will visit the Basilica of Saint Augustine where the last part relic of Saint Augustine is located.  After dinner, we will go to the airport for our flight back to the capital of Algiers.  Check-in at hotel, dinner and overnight stay in Algiers. (B, L, D)

Day 9, Saturday, April 27 :Algiers / USA

After the breakfast, we will head to the airport for your return flight to the US.  Depending on the time of the flight, visits can be planned.

Hotel & Accomodations

A variety of hotels from 5* to 3* & 4* properties…the best in each location!!!

Included:

  • All meals included as indicated by B, L, D. Any other references to meals are for logistical purposes only.
  • Bottled water during included lunches and while touring.
  • Itinerary as shown, including domestic air where noted
  • Hotels as described or comparable properties
  • English speaking guide and private vehicle with driver throughout itinerary, as noted.      

Not Included:

  • Any purchases of a personal nature, hotel expenditures such as laundry, mini-bar, business center related expenses and spa expenses. All expenses in addition to included room and breakfast
  • Gratuities to guide and driver
  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Algerian visa. Iconic Journeys Worldwide will provide the required letter of invitation from an authorized Algerian agency.

Cost Per Person: $5,295 per person.
NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

PLUS: Join our optional post tour to the
Algeria desert! An amazing experience!!!
$2,995 NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

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