A journey back in time between the green Atlas Mountains and the crystal clear Mediterranean coast, in ancient Mauretania and Numidia, discovering two of the most beautiful and interesting Roman provinces in Africa, among archaeological remains of extraordinary beauty, where it is still possible to walk alone among the ruins.
The Roman sites of Algeria, all UNESCO World Heritage Sites, have nothing to envy to the most famous ones in Libya. In this itinerary we will discover the splendid buildings of Djemila ‘the beauty’, the ruins of Timgad, a colony founded by Emperor Trajan in 100 AD, and Lambesi, the former home of Legio III Augusta. On the coast, the archaeological sites of Tipaza and Caesarea, which preserve splendid mosaicated villas close to the waters of the Mediterranean, and Algiers, with its beautiful colonial buildings on the port, the lively streets of Kasbah with whitewashed houses. The trip also includes a visit to the Ibadi pentapolis of Ghardaia, at the gates of the Sahara, which was so loved by Le Corbusier for the harmony of its architecture wedged in the winding streets, home of one of the oldest and most particular Islamic groups in the Muslim world.
Day 1: Saturday
Outbound flight/Algiers (ALG)
Arrival in Algiers, welcome.
Day 2: Sunday
Algiers (ALG)/Flight/Constantine (CZL)
The archaeological museum and the elegant seafront of Algiers.
Day 3: Monday
The mosaics and the unforgettable archaeological site of Djemila, surrounded by fertile hills.
Day 4: Tuesday
The Praetorium of Lambese, the Roman city of Timgad and the Medracen numide.
Day 5: Wednesday
Constantine (CZL)/Flight/Ghardaia (GHA)
From the incredible suspension bridges of Constantine to the fascinating architecture of Ghardaia.
Day 6: Thursday
The Ibadi pentapolis of Ghardaia, with its oases, its markets and its “pyramid” mosques.
Day 7: Friday
Ghardaia (GHA)/Flight/Algiers (ALG)
The charm of Algiers, with its kasbah, historic palaces and mosques, and the Jardin d’Essai.
Day 8: Saturday
The Cherchell arena and museum, the remains of Tipaza overlooking the sea, the mysterious “Tomb of the Christian”.
Day 9: Sunday
Algiers (ALG)/Return flight