This 15 day programme ranges across Algeria from the Mediterranean to the northern Sahara.
Arrive Algiers and transfer to hotel overlooking port in central Algiers for two nights. Afternoon: Algiers on foot including Place des Martyrs (17th century El Djedid Mosque), Place Emir Abdelkader (panoramic square), neo-Moorish Grande Poste, colonial Algiers.
Tombeau de la Chrétienne (Mausoleum of Mauritania), Cherchell (Roman port of Caesarea) and UNESCO World Heritage site of Tipasa: amphitheatre, 4th century basilica, forum, museum. Dinner in former Turkish baths.
Bardo Museum (housed in neo-Moorish villa), Museum of Antiquities and Islamic Arts, UNESCO World Heritage casbah (including lunch in private courtyard) with visits to mosque and Arts and Crafts Museum. Continue to Algiers airport for flight to Annaba and transfer to four-star hotel overlooking Mediterranean for two nights.
19th century Basilica of St Augustine followed by ancient settlement of Hippo Regius (seat of St Augustine) and visits in Annaba (cours de la Révolution, corniche, Cap de Garde).
Delightful Roman site of Tiddis (monumental gate, baptistery) then Constantine: museum, kasbah, suspension bridge, Palace of Ahmed Bey. Overnight in Constantine.
UNESCO World Heritage site of Djemila (ancient garrison of Cuicul): forum, temples, basilicas, triumphal arches, superb mosaic museum followed by Sétif (archaeological museum with splendid Bacchus mosaic) then continue to Batna for two nights.
Whole-day excursion to UNESCO World Heritage site of Timgad (huge library, colonnaded streets, temples, amphitheatre, arch of Trajan, basilica) then Roman garrison town of Lambaesis (amphitheatre, praetorian guard) and Medracen (Numidian royal tomb).
Spectacular gorge of Tighanimine, Troglodyte village of Rhoufi, El Kantara (“Calceus Herculis”), Biskra (lunch in private palm grove) then continue through Sahara to El Oued (“town of a thousand domes”) for two nights.
El Oued (camel market) and Guémar (Zaouia Tidjania school of Islam, museum, Jewish heritage) followed by relaxing afternoon at hotel (swimming pool, sand dunes, verdant gardens).
Touggourt (centre of date trade), Temacine (visit to Zaouia) then continue across desert to Beni-Isguen for three nights in hotel situated in remote palm grove.
UNESCO World Heritage site of M’Zab Valley including Ghardaia: old town, market square, “four-fingered” mosque, tombs, date farm.
Morning at leisure in palm grove followed by walled town of Beni Isguen (normally closed to foreigners).
Return flight from Ghardaia to Algiers and transfer to hotel for two nights. Free time for shopping.
Monument to the Fallen, War Museum, Musée des Beaux Arts (one of world’s great “undiscovered” art galleries), Jardin d’Essai (with lunch). Farewell dinner.
Transfer to Algiers airport for return flight.