Arrive Algiers. Transfer to hotel in central Algiers followed by orientation tour and dinner in former hamman.
Today you will go on a wwalking tour of central Algiers including esplanade (panoramic views of port, art deco Hotel Safir, National Assembly, neo-Moorish Prefecture), Place des Martyrs (situated at the foot of the casbah and housing 17th century El Djedid Mosque) followed by Place Emir Abdelkader (with famous statue in honour of the founder of Algerian nation) and Grande Poste (Algiers' quintessential neo-Moorish building, adorned with minarets, triple arches and a huge cupola).
Today you will go on a day-long excursion to the Tombeau de la Chrétienne (royal mausoleum of Mauritania, one of North Africa's most enigmatic archaeological survivals), Tipasa (UNESCO World Heritage site bordering the Mediterranean adorned with a Roman amphitheatre, 4th century basilica, forum, old port and delightful museum) followed by Bastion 23 (Ottoman Palais des Rais converted into art and architecture museum).
Today’s tour with include Anglo-Algiers comprising of the historic Hotel St George (where Eisenhower and Churchill planned allied invasions of southern Europe), series of beautiful white villas constructed by British architect Benjamin Bucknall, Church of the Holy Trinity (memorials commemorating the lives of Algiers' English residents from 1580 onwards), lunch in historic Hotel Safir (liberated by the British) followed by excursion to Sidi Ferruch (scene of the first landing by the French in 1830 and, in 1942, the site of American landings).
Art and Culture
Today you will visit Monument to the Fallen (constructed in 1982 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Algerian war of independence against France), Museum of the Liberation, Museum of Fine Arts (one of the Mediterranean's great "undiscovered" art galleries with work by Algerian painters and canvasses by Pissarro, Gauguin and Monet) followed by Jardin d'Essai (vast complex of gardens, including a French and English garden, celebrated for its fine avenue of dragon trees).
Bardo Museum (prehistory and ethnography), Museum of Antiquities and Islamic Arts followed by visit to casbah, including lunch in private home and visits to mosque and Museum of Arts and Crafts.
After buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will have time at leisure (bookshops, shopping) followed by transfer to airport and return journey. Hope you had a pleasant trip with us!