ALGERIA: ANCIENT SITES TO MODERN TIMES
January 31- February 7, 2020
This diverse and comprehensive travel experience through Algeria includes many highlights, such as the Roman sites of Tiddis, Djemila, Timgad and Tipasa; Constantine, “city of bridges”; the Casbah of Algiers. Come join us on this remarkable travel destination!
Day 1, Friday, January 31- Arrival in Algiers
Arrive Algiers and transfer to your hotel in the hills above Algiers in the beautiful and leafy area of Hydra. After a bit of time to recover from your flight, your guide will take you on a walking tour of central Algiers, providing a look at Place des Martyrs (17th century El Djedid Mosque), Place Emir Abdelkader (panoramic square with a statue of the founder of Algerian nation), neo-Moorish Grande Poste, Esplanade. Dinner tonight will be in central. Overnight in Algiers. (D)
Day 2, Saturday, February 1- Algiers/Chercell and Tipasa
Today’s touring takes you west of Algiers. You visit the town of Chercell, where Roman remains were discovered in the heart to the town, resulting in a halt in any commercial progress and rather, trying to excavate the site.
Along the Mediterranean, visiting some of the archaeological sites of the reason. Sites will include Tombeau de la Chrétienne (Mausoleum of Mauritania), Cherchell (archaeology museum) then UNESCO World Heritage site of Tipasa: amphitheater, 4th-century basilica, forum, museum. Late day return to Algiers. Dining suggestions to be provided. Overnight in Algiers. (B, L)
Day 3, Sunday, February 2- Algiers
Today you will visit more of Algiers, including some of its museums providing more insight into the arts and history of Algeria. Your touring will include the Bardo Museum, Museum of Antiquities and Islamic Arts, mosque, Arts and Crafts Museum, Notre Dame d’Afrique, Musée des Beaux-Arts.
You will also walk through the Casbah, a UNESCO world heritage site that has long been undergoing restoration following its many years of falling apart. People still live within the Casbah and you will see the difficulty restoration has been facing due to the failing infrastructure. Lunch will be arranged in a private home within the Casbah. Overnight in Algiers. (B, L)
Day 4, Monday, February 3- Tiddis and Constantine
Depart for Constantine, stopping first at the small, but very interesting hillside Roman site of Tiddis. Among Tiddis’ remains are the monumental gate and the baptistery.
Continue your drive to Constantine, some 45 – 60 minutes away. Known for its once very cosmopolitan past filled with Spanish, French, Jewish, the architecture is varied and 7 bridges span various parts of the hills that make up greater Constantine. Touring will include Constantine’s museum, the casbah, some suspension bridges and the Palace of Ahmed Bey. Overnight in Constantine. (B, L, D)
Day 5, Tuesday, February 4- Djemila and Setif
This morning you depart Constantine for the UNESCO World Heritage site of Djemila, visiting its ancient garrison of Cuicul, the forum, temples, basilicas, triumphal arches and its superb mosaic museum.
From Djemila, you drive to Setif, which has a nice archaeological museum and a modern hotel for the night. Overnight in Setif. (B, L, D)
Day 6, Wednesday, February 5- Medracen, Timgad, Lambaesis, and Batna
Today is a day filled with antiquity sites and variety. You head towards Batna via Medracen, where you will find a Numidian royal tomb.
Your touring brings you to another UNESCO World Heritage site, that of Timgad, where you can see its huge library, colonnaded streets, temples, amphitheater, the arch of Trajan and its basilica. Depart Timgad to visit the small but impressive Roman garrison town of Lambaesis, with its amphitheater and more. Overnight in Batna. (B, L, D)
Day 7, Thursday, February 6- Return to Algiers
Return to Algiers and enjoy your final day in this capital city. Overnight in Algiers. (B)
Day 8, Friday, February 7- Departure
An airport transfer will be arranged for your departure this morning. (B)
Algiers: El Djazair “St. George” ★★★★★
Still often referred to by its pre-independence name, the Saint George, this hotel is filled with the history of 19th and 20th century Algeria. General Dwight Eisenhower made the Saint George his base in Algiers for nearly a year. Photos about of celebrities who stayed or visited the Saint George. Situated within a leafy green district in the hills of Algiers, the hotel is one of the few Algerian hotels with both history, character and approaching deluxe standards. Wonderful settings amidst the gardens for having a drink, as well as a beautiful pool, plus, a fitness center and multiple restaurants. A rare find in Algeria!
Constantine: Accor Novotel ★★★★
Located in the heart of Constantine, a comfortable, business type hotel, located a short walk from the Palace of Ahmed Bey. The hotel has a nice restaurant within, offering both ala carte and buffet with both Algerian and international cuisine. The hotel also serves Algerian wines and beer.
Setif: Best Western Plus ★★★★
The best hotel in Setif, for whatever that means, in a town with a variety of business like hotels, being Best Western, it tends to maintain the nicest standards and has a good location.
Batna: Hotel Hazem ★★
Like most hotels in Algeria, particularly out of Algiers, clean, but relatively spartan. The best hotel in Batna with a nice restaurant and a friendly owner.
Iconic Journeys Worldwide reserves the right to make itinerary changes, if necessary.
Tourism has never been a priority of the government, given the oil and gas reserves that have kept Algeria floating economically, at least until recent years. Thus, in larger cities, hotels are usually overpriced international hotels and/or smaller, rather unadorned hotels. Where possible, Iconic Journeys Worldwide suggests the smaller hotels, particularly when character is offered. Our suggestions are based on our own visits and/or clients’ feedback.
$3,695 per person. No Single Supplement!
Meals included as indicated by B, L, D.
Itinerary as shown, including domestic air.
Hotels as described or comparable properties.
English speaking guide and private vehicle as stated on itinerary.
Any purchases of a personal nature, hotel expenditures such as laundry, mini-bar, business center related expenses and spa expenses.
Gratuities to guide and driver.
Personal expenses (souvenirs, alcoholic drinks not included with meal, etc.)