Mosaic of the Bacchic Triumph, Museum of Cherchell
Learn about the Roman colony of Timgad, the ‘Pompeii of Africa’, founded by Emperor Trajan on the edge of the Aurès Mountains
Seek out the visible traces of the Roman desert frontier in the vicinity of Biskra
Explore Tipasa, an enchanting coastal town featuring Phoenician, Roman and Byzantine ruins above a sparkling azure sea
"Far exceeded expectations. Tour leader fantastic. Logistics team were truly amazing"
ACE customer on the 2019 Algeria: Rome Meets the Sahara tour
Algeria’s diverse eastern landscapes range from coastal panoramas set against the backdrop of the Mediterranean, through the beautiful mountainous hinterland, to the Sahara desert.
The variety of ancient sites and monuments encompasses ruined cities and traces of the desert frontier of the Roman Empire, medieval oasis towns and the Ottoman and French colonial architecture of the coastal region.
We will begin our exploration of ‘Alger la Blanche’ with its labyrinthine Casbah and Ottoman palaces, before flying eastwards to Annaba, to view the evocative ruins of Hippo Regius. We will stay in Constantine, the ‘City of Bridges’, and visit the nearby sites of Tiddis and Djémila; while to the south, we will take in the huge military base of Lambaesis and the Roman colony of Timgad.
A particular highlight of the tour will be a southward excursion through the Aurès Mountains to seek out traces of the Roman desert frontier in the vicinity of Biskra. We will also fly south to Ghardaïa in the picturesque M’Zab valley: this is a remote region, to which people have often fled to avoid population movements on the coast. Our tour will end on the coast again, with a visit to the town of Cherchell, once a glittering royal capital.
Algeria is still finding its feet after the bitter experience of its own ‘Arab Spring’ in the 1990s. Since early 2019 it has also been feeling its way towards a new relationship between the people and their rulers, but with exemplary restraint on all sides. Over ten years of ACE tours to Algeria, we have had no anxieties about visiting this wonderful country.
The standard of hotels and service rarely matches the levels that we expect in Western Europe, but the warmth of the welcome is genuine, and we are confident that you will find the tour a rewarding introduction to this dynamic yet little known country.
This tour will be led by Philip Kenrick, MA, DPhil, an archaeologist who has worked in Libya at Leptis Magna, Benghazi and Cyrene, and produced a major volume on Sabratha. He has also worked on excavations near Agrigento in Sicily, and on other sites in Italy, Turkey and Jordan. He co-authored the 2019 book Classical Antiquities of Algeria: A Selective Guide.
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Included: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, full board with water & soft drinks, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not Included: visa, travel insurance, single room supplement £295.