Description of Algeria holiday
This exciting eleven day small group holiday in Algeria unveils the key sites layer by layer with a tour leader and local guides helping to untangle the cultural history of one of North Africa’s lesser-known traveller destinations.
From the Romans and Ottomans to the French colonialists and the all too recent civil war, Algeria has returned time and time again to offer cultural travellers an itinerary full of authentic experiences and ancient promise.
Explore overland and by air as you cross the folds of the Sahara Desert and discover the treasures of Oran, Algiers, Constantine and Djemila. Oasis towns, such as Taghit, Beni Abbes and Timimoun, provide peaceful contrast to chaotic city streets with surrounding sand dunes adding to surreal settings, very far from home.
Mud brick buildings, desert forts, Roman ports and the Casbah of Algiers construct just some of the diverse architectural highlights with Ottoman opulence and Parisian influence inviting more than a few more.
Listen and learn as local guides unlock the sands of time and take you on a tour of Algeria where the deep blue hues of the Mediterranean meet the giant dunes of the Grand Erg Occidental on an amazing Algerian adventure to remember for all time.
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1 Reviews of Algeria holiday
Reviewed on 02 May 2017 by Terry Last
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Climbing the sand dune
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
give yourself more time either before or after the tour
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
to a degree, the local people etc benefitted
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
the holiday went pretty much as expected, no surprises(good or bad) so a decent trip.
PlanetWe have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the fragile eco-structure of the desert is not damaged or spoilt in any way. Our guides are trained to uphold this policy and all clients are fully briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to all trips in all regions, and as tour operators is something we are careful to promote.
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 remote sites that aren’t policed by tourist regulators.
PeopleIn Algeria we use local ground handlers who in turn book locally run hotels, providing employment for a number of members of staff and support families. The ground handlers also use local drivers and guides at the sites and our clients are taken to family run restaurants. This means that all the operational costs go directly into their economy.
In each area we employ and develop close relationships with drivers and guides. We feel the interaction between our friends and our clients offers both parties a valuable understanding between cultures.
In order to facilitate an enduring support structure for the communities we visit, and to show a commitment to these values, in January 2009 we set up a charitable foundation through which we can directly channel funds to both existing NGOs and our own development projects. In addition to organising ethically sensitive tours, having our own charitable foundation allows us to raise money – through the cost of our tours, charity trips and fund raising events – which can then be used to fund various projects in education, sanitation, reforestations and a number of other important issues facing developing communities.
We also support several NGOs around the world such as the Hope Foundation, A-Cet and Adopt-A-Minefield, which are all carefully selected to improve the standard of living for the communities we visit.
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