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Algeria: Rome meets the Sahara

23 Apr — 5 May 2019 | Tour Director: Philip Kenrick

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Tour Director

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Philip Kenrick, MA, DPhil

classical archaeologist and author

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart London Gatwick 0825, arriving Algiers 1125. Afternoon: short orientation walk in central Algiers followed by visit to Cathedral of Notre-Dame d’Afrique. Transfer to Hotel Aurassi for overnight stay. Evening introductory talk.

Day

2

Morning in Algiers: exploration of the Casbah and one or more of the Ottoman palaces within it. Afternoon flight to Annaba for two nights at Hotel Sabri.

Day

3

Morning: colonial era Basilica of St Augustine and site of Hippo Regius (forum, theatre, ancient basilica, market, museum). Afternoon: Annaba and Cap de Garde.

Day

4

Guelma (museum, reconstructed Roman theatre) followed by Khemissa (well-preserved theatre, forum, temples, Byzantine fortress). Transfer to Constantine for overnight stay at Hotel Ibis.

Day

5

Morning: hillside ruins of Tiddis. Afternoon: walking tour of the city of Constantine. Transfer to Sétif for two nights at Novotel.

Day

6

Sétif and its museum, followed by Roman ruins of Djémila (ancient Cuicul).

Day

7

Via the Medracen (grandiose pre-Roman tumulus-burial) to Lambaesis (civil town and museum). Afternoon: Timgad (Roman and Byzantine ruins). Continue to Batna for two nights at Hotel Hazem.

Day

8

Drive south, crossing the Aurès Mountains through the Gorge of Tighanimine (Roman road-building inscription), visiting Ghoufi (abandoned village in the canyon of the Oued el-Abiod). Continue to Tahouda (site of ancient Thabudeos) and Sidi Okba. Return to Batna via the Gorge of El-Kantara (Roman bridge).

Day

9

Depart Batna for return visit to Lambaesis (2nd century legionary base, amphitheatre), then transfer to Constantine for afternoon flight to Ghardaïa. Transfer to Beni Isguen palm grove for two nights at Residence Les Deux Tours.

Day

10

Whole day exploration of Ghardaïa and neighbouring towns, including mosque of Sidi Brahim at el-Atteuf (inspiration for Le Corbusier’s Notre-Dame-du-Haut de Ronchamp).

Day

11

Morning flight from Ghardaïa to Algiers. Afternoon: UNESCO World Heritage site of Tipasa followed by Mauritanian Royal Tomb. Transfer to Hotel Aurassi for two nights.

Day

12

Morning: National Museum of Antiquities and Islamic Art. Afternoon: Cherchell (Roman port, museums with wonderful mosaics and sculpture).

Day

13

Depart Algiers 1215, arriving Gatwick 1510.

Tour Dates

23 Apr — 5 May 2019

Days

13

Cost

£3475

Tour Code

ALGE-19

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Testimonial

What made this tour special...

"Being able to visit a country completely unspoilt by commercial tourism plus full access to the Roman remains and local museums."

ACE Customer April 2016

Cost includes:

return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, full board with soft drinks, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included:

visa, travel insurance, single room supplement £290.

 
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