Algeria: Rome Meets the Sahara
24 Mar — 5 Apr 2020 | Tour Director: Philip Kenrick
• Discover the Roman colony of Timgad, the ‘Pompeii of Africa’, founded by Emperor Trajan on the edge of the Aurès Mountains
• Seek out the visible traces of the Roman desert frontier in the vicinity of Biskra
• Explore Tipasa, an enchanting coastal town featuring Phoenician, Roman and Byzantine ruins above a sparkling azure sea
classical archaeologist and author
Depart London Gatwick 0850, arriving Algiers 1235. Afternoon: short orientation walk in central Algiers followed by visit to Church of Notre-Dame d’Afrique. Transfer to Hotel Aurassi for overnight.
Morning: short introductory talk followed by visits in Algiers (exploration of the Casbah and one or more of the Ottoman palaces within it, Jardin d’Essai). Early evening flight to Annaba for two nights at Hotel d’Orient.
Morning: colonial era Basilica of St Augustine and site of Hippo Regius (forum, theatre, ancient basilica, market, museum). Afternoon: Annaba and Cap de Garde.
Guelma (museum, reconstructed Roman theatre) followed by Khemissa (well-preserved theatre, forum). Transfer to Constantine for overnight at Hotel Ibis.
Morning: hillside ruins of Tiddis. Afternoon: walking tour of the city of Constantine. Transfer to Sétif for two nights at Novotel.
Sétif and its museum, followed by Roman ruins of Djémila (ancient Cuicul).
Via 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.
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).
Depart Batna for return visit to Lambaesis (2nd century legionary base, amphitheatre), then transfer to Constantine for afternoon flight to Ghardaïa. Two nights at Hotel El Djanoub.
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).
Morning flight to Algiers for visit to Mauritanian Royal Tomb followed by UNESCO World Heritage site of Tipasa. Transfer to Hotel Aurassi for two nights.
Cherchell (Roman port, museums with wonderful mosaics and sculpture).
Depart Algiers 1215, arriving Gatwick 1510.
24 Mar — 5 Apr 2020
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This tour offers a unique opportunity to visit places that are difficult to reach alone, but it will be strenuous, over much rough ground, with some long journeys, and potentially hot in places.
Cost of £3595 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, full board with water & soft drinks, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: visa, travel insurance, single room supplement £295.
Own flight reduction: £230.