Algeria holidays, Desert and History
Description of Algeria holidays, Desert and History
Africa’s largest country really should need no introduction although, for many, it remains way off the radar in terms of tourism and as a general holiday destination, which can only be good news for small guided groups looking for an exciting and educational 12 day Algeria holiday.
Set against the cool blues of the Mediterranean, Algiers, the capital, is a great place to start, and an experience in itself with French and Roman influence still in evidence amongst ecclesiastical architecture and ancient ruins that are easily on par with better known European counterparts.
French is actually still widely spoken in Algeria so you might want to dust off your A-level text books prior to delving deeper into the Andalucían and Ottoman heritage which runs through the cultural core of other Algerian cities, such as Oran and Telmcen
An internal flight to Bechar and the oasis town of Taghit takes you into the Sahara Desert where rock paintings and mud built houses can be found in the all-encompassing shadows of the Grand Erg Occidental.
From deeply moving desert landscapes to Ottoman and Roman history lessons, this 12 day Algeria holiday leaves nothing to the imagination and guarantees cultural horizons will be truly expanded and magical memories will still be alive and well, long after the tan has finally faded.
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5 Reviews of Algeria holidays, Desert and History
Reviewed on 03 Apr 2023 by Joanna DonkinI enjoyed seeing the different agricultural areas, the desert and the many historical sites. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Oct 2022 by David GrahamTravelling south through the desert to Timimoun. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Apr 2018 by Clare RentonThe highlight was Djemilla in the snow, tipaza desert, berber village welcome. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Nov 2017 by Philip TepperIn no particular order, 1. Visiting the amazing Roman sites 2. Seeing the marvellous Roman mosaics in the Djemila museum 3. Climbing the Grand Erg Occidental dune at Taghit... Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Feb 2017 by maria camiloThe Roman ruins of Algeria are always a highlight, even more when one is blessed with a very good Guide as we had. Algiers is very beautiful, as far as I know the only Art Nouveau town, beautiful, despite the decay and rainy weather. Read full review
PlanetOur 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.
PeopleWe 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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