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08 Days Algeria – Saharan New Year

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  • 8 Days
  • Max Guests : 1
  • Wifi Available
  • Dec 29 - Jan 05/2024

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Africa’s largest country lies just a short hop from Europe. The north, with its snow-flecked mountains and stunning coastline, is home to urbane and charismatic cities such as Algiers and Constantine, as well as some of the most magnificent Roman sites in existence including Timgad and Djemila, both vast, perfectly preserved Roman towns with barely another tourist in sight.

Algeria’s other big draw is its extraordinary Saharan region. Whether it’s a glimpse of the sand seas that surround Timimoun, or the burnt-red mountains of the far south, these are the desert landscapes of legend.

But, for all its peach-coloured dunes and grand ruins, it’s perhaps the Algerians themselves, who welcome visitors with warmth and curiosity, that are the real highlight of this nation. For accessible adventure and a complex, enthralling cultural odyssey, head for Algeria.

We have an unforgettable, awe-inspiring New Year planned for you…. Deep in the Sahara lies the Algerian oasis of Djanet, where visitors might feel that they have actually been transported to another planet.
Parts of the landscape are more Martian or lunar, with only the blue of the sky giving the game away.

We will welcome the new year 2024 in the heart of Tassili N’Ajjer, precisely at the wonderful Tadrart Rouge

Everyone who has travelled to the Red Tadrart agrees that it is the most beautiful desert in the world, the landscapes are so majestic. It is true that this region of the Sahara presents an extraordinary diversity of panoramas: dunes of varied colours, rocky peaks, natural arches…

Today it is one of the driest regions in the world. It was particularly frequented during all periods of the Neolithic period. Its numerous wadis were appreciated by the shepherds who left traces of their passage. If we find very beautiful paintings in Tadrart, this region is especially famous for the engravings, certainly the most beautiful from the pastoral period. Throughout our journey, we will have the opportunity to admire these numerous testimonies of the past, more than 6,000 years old.

NOTE: If you are able to secure flights to Djanet on event dates, you can be added to the group

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Price Includes:

  • The direct flight Algiers-Djanet-Algiers plane ticket.
  • Airport taxes included.
  • A 4x4 vehicle with driver throughout the stay
  • A cook to provide full board throughout the stay (breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner)
  • Bivouac equipment: tents, mattresses and blankets – if you prefer, bring your own sleeping bag
  • Professional Touareg guide throughout the stay
  • Musician to liven up our evenings around the bivouac fire every evening.
  • Access fees to Tassili N’Ajjer Park.
  • Algeria Visa Assistance

Price Excludes:

  • Airline tickets to Algiers – approximate fares to be expected **Considering departure 28Dec23 and return 05/06Jan24 o Vueling – return flight from Barcelona - €235 per person o Transavia – return flight from Lisbon via Paris - €520 per person o Air Algerie – return flight from Paris - €497 per person
  • Cancellation and repatriation insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Last night supplement in hotel: + €60/perso
  • extras and personal expenses.

Itinerary

Day 1 - 29 Dec 2023: The adventure starts

Our trip starts at Algiers Airport, with the flight departure to Djanet at 23:00LT.

Arrival in Djanet and welcome by Touareg guides at Djanet airport,
Departure towards Tigherghert to spend the first night in bivouac shelter.

Note: Depending on your arrival time at Algiers, day tour and/or hotel accommodation can be arranged at extra cost – let us know what your requirements are

Day 2 – 30 Dec 2023: Tigherghert – Markaouandi - Moul N'aga

After Breakfast in Tigherghert, departure by 4×4 towards Markaouandi.
Lunch then departure towards the site of Moul N’aga while passing by the large dune of El Berj.
Bivouac placement, dinner and evening around a campfire

Day 3 - 31 Dec 2023: Tihi Tihoussay - Zaouatene

After breakfast, hike to the site of the cathedral (Tihi Tihoussay).

We resume our journey in 4×4. Lunch in Ouan Zaouatene and we continue our exploration to Intehak, next to the Arch of the Africa geography map.

Placement of the bivouac.
Dinner feast and musical evening on New Year’s Eve.

Day 4 - 01 Jan 2024: Bouhediene - Tin Merzouga

After Breakfast, departure in 4×4 towards Bouhediene.
Lunch stop.
Departure towards the large dune of Tin Merzouga.
Ascent of the dune to contemplate one of the most wonderful sunsets.

Bivouac placement, dinner, and overnight stay.

Day 5 - 02 Jan 2024: Tahount - Tihoudayene

After Breakfast, departure by 4×4 to Tin Tahount Tarouhet
Lunch.
We continue our circuit to the erg of Tihoudayene.

Bivouac placement, dinner, and overnight stay.

Day 6 - 03 Jan 2024:

Breakfast.
Hike to Tisseteka.

After lunch we take a 4×4 back to Adjalati

Bivouac placement, dinner, and overnight stay.

Day 7 - 04 Jan 2024: Tin Amali - Djanet

After Breakfast, departure by 4×4 to Tin Amali
Lunch.
Departure to the town of Djanet – Visit to the Djanet craft market
Afterwards we head towards Tigherghert to visit the site of the crying cow rock engraving (8000 BC)
Our last sunset not far from the site

Dinner and rest at bivouac to wait for the flight.
Departure 05 Jan

Day 8 - 05 Jan 2024: Algiers - Home

Transfer to Djanet airport for the departure of 02:15LT
Return flight to Algiers.

Departure from Algiers at your convenience.

Depending on your departure time at Algiers, day tour and/or hotel accommodation can be arranged at extra cost – let us know what your requirements are.

**This program may be subject to change depending on weather or security conditions. Only the expedition leader is authorized to make the necessary decisions for the smooth running of the stay.

Group minimum 06

Rates:
EUR750 Per person
EUR650 Per person if group over 6 people

* The price of this trip is guaranteed subject to availability and price changes (fuel increase, airport taxes, etc.)

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Passport:

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The Algerian authorities have facilitated entry visas into the country for foreigners in order to encourage tourists to visit Algeria and all over the south

The visa is received at the airport after requesting (by filling out a form) the agencies from the concerned ministry (tourism) to bring in a foreign tourist group or deal with foreign travel agencies and pertaining to desert tourism.

The validity of the visa is 10 days, extendable to a maximum of one month.

The form is filled out by tourism and travel agencies.

Requirements:

– Copies of passports for foreign tourists.

– The tourism program is then sent to the Ministry of Tourism.

– If travelling to the desert, include the hotel reservation.

Minimum lead time for VISA request – 22 days


Weather:

Algeria is the largest country on the African continent, 80% of which is occupied by the largest desert on earth – the Sahara. The length of the coastline of Algeria is quite impressive too – as much as 998 km.

Having at its disposal a rather large territory, the natural world of Algeria is very diverse, and includes: plains, deserts and semi-deserts, including sandy and stony, the highlands of Ahaggar, and also the Atlas Mountains.

The climate of Algeria in the northern part of the country is subtropical Mediterranean, in the central and southern parts of the country it’s a tropical desert.

The climate is changing from north to south. On the Mediterranean coast, the climate is more comfortable for living, it has a moderately warm, humid winter and a hot summer. And the central and southern parts of Algeria are more severe – the Sahara Desert lies here, where it’s very dry and very hot for almost a year, besides huge sandstorms often rise here. Features of desert areas are very sharp fluctuations in air temperatures during day and night. The climate of northern Sahara is determined by stable high-pressure cells located above the Northern Tropics.

Autumn in Algeria, in the northern part of the country, begins in early October. The first half of the month, as a rule, is sunny and quite comfortable for rest, from the middle of October the real autumn comes on the coast, the sky is clouded with low clouds, rains can pass, but this happens infrequently. In the central part of the country, there are practically no rains in October, and the air temperature here is higher, of the order of + 20 °C in the daytime. November continues the trend of October with a decrease in the average air temperature, on average, to + 15 °C, the weather in November, as a rule, is not pleasant, it’s pretty cloudy, and the rains are coming.

Required clothing
Cotton and linen lightweights are best for winter months and for evenings in desert areas. Woollens and light rainwear are advised for the winter along the coast and the Hauts Plateaux. Remember that desert temperatures can drop very low during the night, so don’t get caught out with only flimsy layers. South of the Sahara, from mid­ December to mid-January, temperatures drop and warm clothes are necessary both in the morning and the evening. A mountain sleeping bag is also required when camping.

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Currency:

The currency in Algeria is the Dinar. Dinar (DZD) = 100 centimes. Notes are in denominations of DZD1,000, 500, 200, 100 and 50. Coins are in denominations of DZD100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1, and 50, 20, 1O, 5 and 1 centimes.

Note: Because of the very strict adherence of the authorities to these regulations, visitors are strongly advised not to be associated with the black market, which tends to concentrate on the Euro and portable electronics.

Credit cards are generally only accepted in urban areas. Payment in cash is always preferred.

ATM – here are two or three functioning ATMs in Algiers, but they cannot be relied upon and there is black market for currency exchange. 

ln the past, difficulties have arisen when trying to exchange currency in Algeria, with only one national bank (La Banque Extérieure d’Algérie) able to exchange foreign currency at branches in major business centres. Difficulties are now decreasing and it is possible, for example, to exchange currency at some of the larger hotels. However, the facilities for currency exchange remain quite limited.


Vaccination:

Covid

*** Effective March 20, 2022, passengers can enter Algeria without restriction if they are fully vaccinated and if their last vaccine is not older than 9 months. Non-vaccinated passengers and those whose vaccinations are older than 9 months must have a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the time of arrival. We recommend that you check with the Algerian authorities on further entry requirements, including vaccination and quarantine.

1. Passengers must have

– A negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test certificate must be in Arabic, English or French; or

– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at most 9 months before arrival.

– This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.

2. Passengers must complete a health form found at https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/travel-requirements/algeria-medical-form.pdf

The form must be presented upon arrival.

Yellow fever

Yellow fever vaccination certificate required for travellers aged 1 year or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

 

Vaccination against hepatitis B and tuberculosis is sometimes advised. Rabies is present.

For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered. lf you are bitten, seek medical help without delay.

There is little to no risk of malaria.

Algeria’s climate is dry and hot, so wearing sunscreen and a hat to shield from midday sun, is advised, as is having drinking water with you.

 

Trip Highlights:

Djanet

Moul N’aga

Tisseteka

Tassili – a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site and a World Natural Heritage Site

Toureg Guide

 

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