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Expedition Algeria Overview
- 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
Discover one of Africa's foremost unsung jewels on a journey through Algeria
Relatively unexplored by fellow travellers, Algeria is one of the highlights of North Africa. Discover the ancient wonders, exhilarating hotspots and intriguing beauty of this fascinating country. Delve into the winding alleys and grand boulevards of Algiers' famous kasbah, admire stunning Roman mosaics and ancient amphitheatres, be amazed by the endless expanses of the Sahara and enjoy leisurely strolls through local marketplaces. When it comes to Algeria, a new treasure awaits at every twist and turn.
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Welcome to Algiers, one of the Mediterranean's unsung jewels. Wander the city's wide stately boulevards, admire shimmering ocean views and explore the winding narrow alleys of the kasbah – an Ottoman citadel so atmospheric the French decided to leave it standing.
Stroll further back through history on a visit to Tipaza, a site of ancient Roman ruins complete with an amphitheatre and basilica.
Drive on to Setif, stopping off en route at the World Heritage site of Beni Hammad. Admire the exquisite Roman mosaic of Dionysos, one of the most impressive mosaics in the world, which adorns the floor of the central court.
Dramatically perched high above the Oued Rhumal gorge and linked by a network of dizzying bridges, Constantine is a city perfectly suited to exploration on foot. Wander through the local kasbah, looking out for the embroidered goods for which the city is renowned, and finish the day taking in the sunset from any number of the cafe terraces boasting spectacular views.
Stop off at the Mausoleum of Medracen and the timeworn Roman ruins of Timgad on the way to Batna. Weave through stunning Atlas Mountain landscapes and isolated palm-lined villages to Balcon Rhoufi, where Berber dwellings are hewn into the canyon escarpments.
Travel to Ghardaia and watch as the green, mountainous landscape changes to the dry, desolate plains of the Saharan fringe. A sprawling complex of narrow laneways and striking Berber architecture, the town's inhabitants belong to a very conservative Muslim sect; many of the women will be garbed in traditional burqas.
Navigate the attractive red mud-brick walls and residences of Timimoun, head for its local market to browse the goods on offer and take in a striking horizon of sand dunes ringed around a motionless salt lake.
Meander about the small-town sights of Taghit, one of Algeria's most attractive towns. Perhaps make for the ancient rock carvings that adorn the escarpment just outside of town or ascend the sand dunes at dusk to catch a memorable sunset.
Board a flight back to Algiers. Time-permitting, stop off at the Martyr's Monument – a bold testament to those who lost their lives during the country's battle for independence. As this is the final night, why not stake out a terrace restaurant and watch daylight dim on a city often referred to as 'Algiers the White'.
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