15 Days Tuaregs & Treasures of The Algerian Sahara Tour Package from GBP1499/- (Posted on Jul 11 2011)

15 Days Tuaregs & Treasures of The Algerian Sahara Tour Package from GBP1499/-

TUAREGS AND TREASURES OF THE ALGERIAN SAHARA

KEY INFORMATION:
Tour Duration: 15 day(s)
Group Size: 2 – 15 people
Destination(s): Algeria
Specialty Categories: Desert Expeditions   Cultural Journey
Season: March – November
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1499 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1499 Pound Sterling (GBP)

Tour Dates:
– 5 November 2011
– 10 March 2012
– 3 November 2012.

Tamanrasset

Tamanrasset

The deserts of Algeria are some of the most remote, awe-inspiring and beautiful areas in Africa, full of golden dunes, strange rock formations and evidence of past civilizations. Our small group tours in this incredible part of the Algerian Sahara are more of an expedition – traveling by 4wd vehicles into the sands, looking for enigmatic rock art and hoping to meet those mystical inhabitants of the desert, the Tuareg, to learn about their rich cultural heritage. Spending time camping out under the stars we enter a magical world where man leaves little trace and the power of nature is all enveloping – a true adventure that goes beyond simply a holiday but leaves an impression that will remain etched into your heart.

Travel to the heart of the Sahara desert’s most beautiful region, with incredible desert scenery of dunes, mountains and rock formations. We meet Tuareg villagers and camp out under the stars in the Hoggar mountains and explore the bizarre landscape and ancient rock art of the Tassili N’Ajjer. A truly breathtaking journey through one of Africa’s most remote areas.

TOUR ITINERARY:

Day 1: Tamanrasset. Arrive in Tamanrasset and transfer to the hotel. Overnight Auberge In Zawen or similar.

Day 2: Assekrem. Meet our guides and drivers who will accompany us throughout our journey. We then depart this morning towards the hermitage of the French monk, Pere Foucauld, who made his base in this part of the Sahara. We pass beautiful peaks such as Ighaghen and Adaouda before ending up at Assekrem and its monastery. After watching a spectacular sunset we spend the night at the refuge, privileged to be in such a profoundly beautiful setting. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 3: Tellhouet. We head towards the small Tuareg village of Tellhouet on the edge of the Atakor plateau, with its shady gardens – a welcome respite from the fierce sun. After setting up our tents under the tamarisk trees we set off on foot to explore a nearby black basalt cliff. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 4: Amadror – Erg Tihodaine. We travel across the Amadror plain, where salt is still gathered into blocks to make the long journeys by camel caravan to the markets in Niger. We then walk to Erg Tihodaine, an expanse of sand dunes which are among the most beautiful in all of the Sahara. We set up camp here for the night. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 5: Afara – Tassete. Travel through a labyrinth of dunes littered with remains from the Neolithic period. Travel alongside the Tassili N’Ajjer, across dried up river beds and rocky ground, before arriving at the beautiful hamlet of Afara. We then climb up the cliffs of the Tassili N’Ajjer to marvel at the amazing rock paintings and carvings left here thousands of years ago. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 6: Iherir. Travel to the Tuareg village of Iherir where we explore the numerous shady gardens and cool inviting gueltas – a great place to cool off from the Saharan sun. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 7: Essendilene – Tikoubawine. Travel across the Admer plain, a vast expanse of sand between the cliffs and sand dunes. We have lunch in the beautiful gorge at Essendilene and then visit the arch of Tikoubawine. Later we head towards Djanet, where we set up camp between the dunes and the sandstone towers at Tegahahart. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 8: Djanet – Erg Admer. At Tegahahart we visit the ‘crying cows’, a well preserved engraving carved into the rocks by the ancient inhabitants of this region. We visit Djanet, then drive to the Erg Admer, where in the middle of amazing towers rising from the dunes, we set up our camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 9: Oued Tadante. After a short walk through the dunes of Erg Admer we drive to Oued Tadante, where we set up camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 10: Youf Aghlal. Drive to Youf Aghlal, where we have our first sight of the Tassili N’Ahaggar, a marvellous landscape of dunes, rocks and sandstone peaks sculpted by the wind over centuries. The scenery here is superb, and a photographer’s dream. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 11: Youf Ahakit – Tahagart. Drive to Youf Ahakit to meet our Tuareg guide, who will guide us through scenery of dunes, rocky peaks, Neolithic carvings and ancient inscriptions. We then rejoin our vehicles to travel to a prehistoric river where we can find rocks covered with beautiful carvings. We finally arrive at Tahaggart where we walk among the Tassili N’Ahaggar and set up our camp beneath the shade of the moon and the imposing sandstone pinnacles of rock. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 12: Tagrera – In Akachaker. We explore the remnants of lost civilizations and the ancient inhabitants of the Sahara, among fossilized graves and numerous Neolithic remains. This afternoon we walk among the dunes and rock pinnacles, exploring the Sahara before setting up camp at In Akachaker. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 13: El Ghessour – Oued Aghar Ghare. Continue our walk through the desert before we head to El Ghessour to explore its amazing labyrinthine rock formations and canyons. We then travel to Oued Aghar Ghare for our camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Algeria Iherir Palaeovalley

Algeria Iherir Palaeovalley

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Day 14: Tamanrasset. Drive back through yet more amazing scenery to Tamanrasset, where a shower awaits us! This evening we have time to reflect upon our amazing voyage through the Sahara. Overnight Auberge In Zawen or similar. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 15: Tamanrasset. Tour ends. Includes: (B).

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices:
– Single supplement: £60. Please note that this only applies to hotel nights
– Return flights from London to Tamanrassat start at £600.

Price Includes:
– Arrival and departure transfers
– All accommodation on twin share basis
– Services of English-speaking guide/tour leader
– Meals as listed (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
– Entrance fees for sites listed as part of the itinerary

Price Excludes:
– International flights
– Any airport taxes
– Travel insurance
– Visas
– Drinks.

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15 Days Tuaregs & Treasures of The Algerian Sahara Tour Package from GBP1499/-

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