Need help planning trip to Algeria
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Nov 16, 2012 3:34 PM Last Post By: anegi
Oct 25, 2012 10:46 AM
Need help planning trip to AlgeriaSo I now have an Algerian visa in hand.
I am trying to set up an itinerary, and I would like to ask for some advise.
Here is what I am trying to achieve.
- I have a total of 10 days maximum.
- I would like to visit both Algeria and Tunisia (yes, I know, I'm rushing, but I'm thinking something like 7 days in Algeria and 3 days in Tunisia or something similar)
- In Algeria, here are things I would like to accomplish
--see Sahara (does not have to be a specific part of Sahara, although some pictures of sand dunes have intrigued me)
--go by land to Tunisia
--at some point during the stay, I would like to ride the train.
--generally, I like seeing how people live. Scenery is great, but I don't get excited over wildlife or relaxing on beaches.
--seeing a ruin or two is exciting, but I would actually consider that optional.
--and, of course, stay safe.
Where I can use help is...
1. Is this reasonable, or not? If not, what do I need to change?
2. How much of this should I try to do on my own, and how much of it should I involve a tour company/guide? I typically travel on my own, but I do not speak any French or Arabic.
3. Just how much of an issue is safety? There seem to be information that indicate that I should not go out at night at all, and also there are sites that advise against all land travel.
I thought about something like...
Is this the best?
I would appreciate any advise that you may have.
Oct 25, 2012 1:00 PM
1-see Algiers - Easily done
--see Sahara (does not have to be a specific part of Sahara, although some pictures of sand dunes have intrigued me) - could mean flying south ... & possibly with a guide (dependant on requirements which change continually)
--go by land to Tunisia - allow a day from Algiers to get to the border by train
--at some point during the stay, I would like to ride the train. - lots of trains in Algeria, great transport, there's a night train from Algiers to Annaba which would get you to the border
--generally, I like seeing how people live. Scenery is great, but I don't get excited over wildlife or relaxing on beaches.- you'll see lots of this ... Algerians are wonderful & very open!
--seeing a ruin or two is exciting, but I would actually consider that optional. - consider the Roman ruins outside Setif (towards Constantine) spent a day here which was incredible, otherwise the ruins of Tipaza (not as good) outside Algiers for half a day!
--and, of course, stay safe - not a problem, Algerians are great ... rare to be caught up in a situation ..
Enjoy it, but seriously, you can see Tunisia another day, give Algeria all the time you can - it's not easy to get a visa ... so use it well!
Oct 30, 2012 10:55 AM
Nov 16, 2012 3:34 PM
Thank you very much for your invaluable advice.
After much thought, I am opting to finish my trip in Tunisia, but I'm spending the bulk of my time in Algeria.
When I want to travel from Algiers to Tunis, my thought was to go to Constantine for a day, enjoy a day, and then cross the border the next day. Does this sound reasonable? I think I'm reading the information correctly that there are shared taxis from Constantine to Tunis (or, I suppose I could go further on the train and then take the taxi; either would be fine). do you by chance know how to find these shared taxis? Do they go throughout the day, or is it at a certain time?
Any thing you may be able to tell me, I would appreciate it.
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