Algeria small group tour

“Join a small group of likeminded travellers on an adventure across desert sands, to ancient Roman ruins and along the shores of the Mediterranean to discover more about fascinating and little visited Algeria.”

Highlights

Algiers | Timgad | Djemila | Tipaza | Ghardaia | Timimoun |

Description of Algeria small group tour

This small group tour takes you to one of North Africa’s most interesting, beautiful and underrated countries. You’ll travel with a band of fellow travellers and will have expert local guides along the way to help you get the most out of your experience.

Algeria has dramatic desert landscapes, a long Mediterranean coastline and is dotted with ancient Roman ruins and fairytale oasis towns, yet it is not as well known to tourists as neighbouring Morocco, Tunisia or Egypt. In just over two weeks, you’ll get to know some of these highlights, travelling from the far north to the depths of the Sahara Desert.

First off are the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the ancient Roman ruined cities of Timgad and Tipaza. Then there’s the vibrant seaside city of Algiers, where the ancient Casbah blends in with elegant colonial architecture and a vibrant, modern spirit. Heading south into the Sahara you’ll find mudbrick villages and oasis towns such as Timimoun, famous for its red buildings and ancient ksar, and Ghardaia, home to a secretive and conservative Muslim sect known as the Ibadites.

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07 Apr 2019
£ 3695
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13 Oct 2019
£ 3695
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Algeria small group tour

Environment

We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the environments we visit are not damaged or spoilt in any way. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to this trip and as tour operators, it is something we are careful to promote. Your guide on this trip will have been trained to uphold this policy and all clients are fully briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas.

We are very aware of the economic, ecological and ethical impact tourism can have on ancient cultures and fragile environments. We realise that taking clients through this region can have a negative impact on the environment if not handled responsibly and as such, on all of our trips we go to great lengths to minimise the negative and accentuate the positive - after all, there are also many good things that the traveller can bring.

By keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites we visit – particularly important as this trip visits some delicate ecosystems. An example of this can be seen on day 8 when we will head into Ingushetia, one of the best places for walking and for seeing some of the regions medieval towers, some of which date back to the 17th century. On this day our guides will ensure that clients uphold our “Leave No Trace” ethic environmentally as well as on the sites we are viewing.

When you take one of our trips, we make a contribution to “Carbon Clear” – an organisation devoted to ‘offsetting’ or ‘neutralising’ harmful greenhouse gas emissions caused by your flight. This is done by funding projects across the world that will reduce greenhouse gases on your behalf through sustainable energy or rainforest restoration. We are committed to continuously reviewing and developing our responsible business policy and behaviours, through client and tour feedback and in response to changing socio-political conditions and current affairs. We are also able to do so by collaborating with local ground agents who share the same ethos of travelling responsibly and bringing about a positive impact on both the environment and the people we come into contact with.

Community

In Algeria we use local ground handlers who are as invested in environmentally conscious travel as we are. This ensures that the money goes where it is needed and all operational costs go directly into the local economy and help improve employment opportunities in remote regions. By incorporating homestays, locally owned hotels, family run restaurants and the services of guides and drivers into our itineraries, we ensure that money you spend on your trip goes directly into the local economy and local communities benefit from tourism.

Throughout our home stays we aim to eat food that is locally sourced as well as being very conservative with any water used. Indeed most of our homestays do incorporate water saving initiatives such as collecting rain water and ensuring that towels and linen is not washed in a wasteful manner. Most of our home stays also do not operate on electricity and therefore save energy by using candles or solar energy.

We also consider it equally important to respect the significance attached to sites and support the preservation of local architecture and historical sites as well as the natural environment. On day 6 – 7 we will visit Ghardia and the M’zab Valley – a region that has still retained the mystique and wealth of history from the Mozabite Berbers if the 11th century. A unique insight into a life of ancestry, dating back some thousands of years ago – which provides a great opportunity to learn more about the history of the region. In Ghardia we will also have the opportunity to discover and take advantage of the 2 biggest exports of the region, being both dates and rugs.

Our engagement with the local communities can be seen throughout this trip not only in our use of family run guesthouses, such as El Bordj guesthouse on Day 14 of the trip but the use of local guided tours such as on the first Day and Day 10 of the trip, providing our clients with a unique insight into the local area. Cross-cultural exchange is also something that is key to our trips therefore we try and incorporate this as much as possible. An example of this is on Day 13 where we head from Tipaza to Algiers on the day train heading east. There is no better way to converse and mix in with locals whilst gazing over the dramatic windows of the train. Continuing our journey into Algiers, where we finish our tour, we will also have the opportunity to weave through the streets of the city visiting local market vendors and artisans on our way.

We believe it is important to show respect for local traditions, cultures and history. For this reason our journey across the Maghreb includes UNESCO world heritage sites as well as many spectacular Ancient roman cities, such as Timgad, Djemila and Tipaza. This itinerary includes a number of activities that provide opportunity to engage with local cultural traditions. On the first day of the trip we get to behold the impressive Cathedral of Notre Dame d’Afrique, a magnificent 19th century basilica that commands stunning panoramic views across the Bay of Algiers. Another example is our visit to the Palace of Ahmed Bey on our journey into Constantine on Day 3 of the tour. There is also the opportunity to venture into the traditional and atmospheric casbah familiarising and encountering local tradition.

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