Algeria holidays, Desert and History

“Unearth the cultural and colonial heritage of Algeria as you journey westwards from Algiers to Tlemcen and Oran via UNESCO sites, sand dunes and colonnaded city streets.”

Highlights

Algiers | Place des Martyrs | neo-Moorish and French colonial architecture | Tipasa | Tomb of the Christian | Timgad | Kasbah of Algiers | arch of Trajan | Constantine | Casbah | Palace of Ahmed Bey | Djemila | Sétif | Grand Erg | journey from Taghit to Tlemcen | Oran | Bey’s Palace | the Grand Mosque |

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08 Oct 2016
£ 2199
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22 Jan 2017
£ 2399
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22 Oct 2017
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18 Mar 2018
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21 Oct 2018
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Our top tip:
Listen to your guides when they brief you on local customs, especially with regards to places of worship and asking permission to take photos. Also, brush up on your French as it's widely spoken in Algeria.
Trip type:
Small group. Max 12. No age limit.
Activity level:
Leisurely. Cultural sightseeing, desert oasis and 1 long drive.
Accomm:
Comfortable hotels and traditional guest houses.
Included:
Accommodation, transport, entrance fees and tour guide throughout.
Meals:
All breakfasts and lunches in addition to 4 evening meals
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome.
Vouchers
Accepted
Holiday type

Small group cultural tours

Typically you will be sharing your experiences with between 4-20 like minded travellers (depending on the trip, operator and how many others are booked on the trip) and you'll have a group leader with you. Whether you are travelling alone or with friends it's good value, and a great way to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of privacy. This trip will appeal to travellers of all ages who enjoy meeting new people as well as experiencing new cultures.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Algeria holidays, Desert and History

Environment

Our guides will brief travellers on appropriate behaviour, both cultural and environmental throughout the tour of Algeria, if/when camping we make a point of ensuring that we leave no permanent traces of our stay behind, taking all rubbish with us. We work with our local suppliers to highlight best practice in terms of environmental issues, an important effort in a country where the environment is often taken for granted and green thinking is only just emerging. This also includes working with suppliers to reduce water usage – particularly significant in the heart of the Sahara where the scant water that exists is incredibly precious for local people.

Our visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the beautiful town of Tipasa help to support local projects to conserve the areas cultural and geographical heritage. Clients and guides are briefed on local customs and general courtesy (such as asking permission before taking photographs/dress-codes/conduct in places of worship etc) and behave appropriately.

Community

We employ local guides and drivers from Algiers, providing employment and income.. Our leaders and local guides will carefully explain the customs and cultures of the communities visited to ensure that our travellers are able to behave sensitively towards fragile communities, and help them gain from tourism while not being affected by some of its more negative aspects. By visiting these communities, many of whom live outside the cash based economy, you are able to contribute to their ability to trade with mainstream society and gain some of the associated benefits.

In our pre-departure information we include guidelines about photography – this is particularly relevant if or when we are among the Tuareg, who are generally incredibly photogenic although sometimes not keen on having their photo taken. Although many people are happy to be photographed, others are not, and we emphasise to our travellers the importance of respecting people’s wishes.

Our philosophy is to only use small and locally owned suppliers, meaning that the income remains within the country and creates a real economic contribution. We also feel that the passion inherent within such suppliers means that your experience will be enhanced. We also try to engage with our suppliers on an equal basis – getting the lowest possible price usually isn’t the best outcome for local communities and is ultimately unsustainable. We aim to always treat our suppliers fairly and with respect; they are after all part of the key to our success and to us working together is much more than just a business arrangement, but an ongoing relationship that we aim to ensure truly benefits everyone involved.

We believe that tourism is a double edged sword that needs to be wielded very carefully. Our philosophy is to have a limited amount of departures – usually between one and three a year - for each of our itineraries. By limiting our presence in areas where local culture can be quite fragile, we hope to avoid as much as possible the phenomenon whereby an area changes in character due to repeated and prolonged exposure to tourism. We want to visit an area as friends, not intruders and to ensure that what we see will also be there for others to enjoy for many years to come.

We only work with operators who are as committed as we are to putting something back into the communities we visit. This may include giving a percentage of the profits from each tour to a foundation to help street children or local conservation projects. Furthermore, in order to allow our clients to make an informed decision on where a greater proportion of their money should be spent, we avoid including pre-paid full board meals where possible. Local restaurants and cafes then benefit.

Our groups average only six clients, and many tours operate on a private basis with just two travellers. This has much less impact when travelling through rural areas, reducing our environmental and social affects. Finally to emphasis our commitment to Responsible Tourism all clients will receive a copy of our Travellers Code of Conduct with their travel documents.

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