Circuit The Roman cities of Algeria
Algiers-Annaba via six other cities, a circuit of discoveries of both the natural splendors and the archaeological riches of these regions. Guelma, the ancient Galama, with its Roman theater and its museum, Djemila, formerly Cuicul, one of the most beautiful Roman archaeological sites classified by Unesco as World Heritage and Timgad, based on the order of Trajan in the year 100 AD, are a glimpse of what awaits you on this journey.
10 Days and 09 Nights
Day 1: Algiers,
Arrival and reception airport Algiers,
Transfer to the hotel, with a stop in Riadh El Feth and the Balconies of Algiers.
Chek in to the hotel, then city tour on foot in the boulevards of Algiers: Michelet, Isly, the Grande Poste, the Forum and the Floral Clock. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Cherchell – Tipasa – Tomb of the Christian–
Departure towards Cherchell, ancient Roman Caesarea (Phoenician IOL).
Then visit the museum of exceptional antique sculptures, then visit the Museum of ancient pieces and its garden of Mosaic and we will end by the discovery of the Roman Baths. Lunch.
Direction Tipasa with visit of the ancient city located in the western hill, the theater, the circus, the thermal baths … (This site is classified by the UNESCO in the patrimony of the Humanity) … Numerous vestiges Punic, Christians and Africans attest to the richness of the history of this region.
On the way back we make a hook to visit the Royal Mausoleum of Mauritania, called Tomb of the Christian. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Algiers-Casbah –
Departure for visit of the Casbah, starting with the Citadel and the Centennial House (Architect Claro Léon). Then cross the Casbah through the narrow streets with stops for visit of Traditional Houses, Terraces with panoramic views over the Bay of Algiers, tea tastings and traditional cakes.
Then visit the oldest mosque in the Casbah: Sidi Ramdane, Bir Chebana Fountain, Sidi Abderahmane Mausoleum, Mustapha Pacha Palace (now the Arabic Calligraphy Museum). Traditional lunch at the Casbah.
In the afternoon, discover the boulevard front de mer and the national theater (1853), the popular neighborhood of Bâb El Oued which is a set of neighborhoods
(Guillemin, Trois Horloges, Baceta, Climat de France and Trioli)
Then we finish the hike by the basilica of our Lady of Africa (1872) an architectural jewel built on an exceptional site that dominates Algiers from east to west. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Algiers-Sétif (duration 03 hours)
Departure early to the archaeological park of “Djemila”, classified by UNESCO in the heritage of Humanity. Formerly Cuicul. It is one of the most beautiful sets of Roman ruins in the world. The archaeological remains, the well-integrated Roman town plan and the environmental setting constitute the resources that represent the values attributed to the site (we will discover the Caracala Arch, the Grandes Thermes, the Christian Basilica and the museum and its magnificent paintings Mosaics) as well as the Baptistery of the 4th Century.
Direction Setif, chek in to the hotel, then pedestrian tour of the city and with its wide shopping arteries, and its famous fountain “Ain El Fouara”, symbol of the city. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Tiddis – Constantine –
Departure towards Tiddis: an authentic Berber site modified by the Roman civilization and arranged according to their systems of urbanization. Tiddis (or Castellum Tidditanorum), which once depended on Cirta still preserves Libyan inscriptions and symbols on Berber pottery. Direction Constantine, chek in to the hotel, then lunch.
After lunch, visit the Cirta Museum, then walk through the narrow streets of the old town, which is a real incursion into the history of Constantine, the Rhummel gorges and the magnificent panoramas of the former War Memorial Suspended bridges … and the famous bridges of the city. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 6: Batna–
Departure to Batna with a stop in the Salines (Grand Chott where the salt is produced). Visit their production workshop. Then visit of Médracen which is a famous Berber Tomb. Lunch in Timgad, afternoon visit of the city of Timgad: The Roman city, which was named after Thamugadi (colonia Marciana Traiana Thamugadi) in antiquity, was founded by the emperor Trajan and endowed with the status of colony. This is the last deduction colony in Roman Africa. Built with its temples, its thermal baths, its forum and its large theater.
On the way back to the hotel, we will make a brief visit of what remains of Lambese (Lambaesis), Heart of the Roman military presence in Africa and former headquarters of the 3rd legion of Augustus under Trajan. The small town of Tazoult is also known for its penitentiary erected in 1850 which helped much to the discovery of the old city but also a major obstacle to a thorough study of its vestiges, the gradual destruction because of the penitentiary, the colonial village then The current agglomeration made it difficult to preserve the Lambese site. Return to hotel dinner and overnight hotel.
Day 7: Madaure- (Souk Ahras) -Khemissa-Guelma
Road to M’Daourouche, (Madauros), old city of Syphax of the 3rd century BC. J.C and kingdom of Massinissa, it was then erected in a large Roman colony between 69 and 75 BC, under the Emperor Vespasian. Saint Augustine studied there until he was 15 years old. Visit of the ancient city. Picnic lunch.
Afternoon, direction Khamissa ancient ancient city of Thubursicu Numidarum
Over the centuries, it grew to the north and northwest to form a city of 65 hectares.
The strategically important Thubursicu Numidarum was located on a road between Hippo Regius harbor (near Annaba) and Thebeste (Tebessa), the legion of Africa camp. In 1877 and then from 1903 to 1905, in this city of the Numidae tribe, the Platea vetus (the old square), Forum novum, a theater, thermal baths, monumental gates, funerary monuments with Numerous epitaphs, a Byzantine chapel, tables of measurements and statues of divinities and notables. Continue to Guelma, Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: Guelma – Annaba –
After breakfast, visit and discover the ancient city of Galama. The Roman Theater, built in 201. It rests on a base of embankments adorned with stones of size.
It is due to the evergetism (beneficence) of a certain Annia Aelia Restituta, daughter of a rich and powerful families of the time, she spent a fortune for the pleasure of her fellow citizens.
It is reconstructed between 1902 and 1918. The theater is also home to the Roman Museum in the city of Guelma, which houses important collections of coins, bronze objects and statues.
We will then go to Hammam Chellala or Debagh, or (Meskhutin according to legend). The temperature of the water of Hammam Meskhutin is only exceeded at the planetary level by that of the geysers of Iceland. Its therapeutic properties were appreciated by the Romans who called it Aqua Tibatanae. Lunch on site.
Then direction Annaba, installation at the hotel and walking tour of the city, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 9: Annaba
Head to the site of Hippo Regius (or Hippo), which was first a Carthaginian colony, then the residence of the Numidian kings and the Roman city under Augustus. It was later occupied by the Vandals, then the Byzantines, and finally by the Arabs in the 10th century, until the end of the Fatimid period. The city was bishop St. Augustine from 396 to 430 AD Hippo, the episcopal seat of Augustine.
Visit of the Basilica of the Peace of Hippo, the baptistery, the theater, the forum, the thermal baths and the Museum, then the modern Basilica of St. Augustine with its Arabo-Moorish but also Byzantine and Roman style.
Lunch then Ras El Hamra (Cape Garda), the tip of the Corniche of Annaba.
Then head towards the Montagne de Séraïdi to visit the hotel complex of the French Architect Fernand Pouillon.
Special end-of-tour dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 10: Return
Morning free, then transfer airport for return flight.
* Tariff calculated on the basis of 12 people Minimum for this circuit in Algiers subject to availability and modification of tariffs (fuel surcharge, airport taxes …)
Price: 1260 €uros
The price of this cultural circuit in Algiers includes:
– Reception at the airport
– airport / hotel / airport transfers
– Accommodation in a double room in 3 *
– Full board (except for lunch on Day 1 and Day 10)
– Bus + chauffeur francophone
– Professional English-speaking guide
– Logistic escort throughout the circuit.
– Visits according to program
The price of this cultural trip to Algiers, does not include:
– International flight / Algiers and return from Annaba
– Insurances cancellation multirisque & repatriation
– beverages, extra and personal expenses
– Visa fees: 85 € to date
– Possible tips
– Supplement single: + 280 €uros