31 days in Algeria & Mauritania Itinerary

31 days in Algeria & Mauritania Itinerary

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Oran, Algeria
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tlemcen, Algeria
— 3 nights
Train to Es Sénia, Fly to Nouakchott
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Nouakchott, Mauritania
— 2 nights
Fly
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Algiers, Algeria
— 4 nights
Bus
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Ghardaia Province, Algeria
— 3 nights
Bus
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Bou-Saada, Algeria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tissemsilt, Algeria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Laghouat Province, Algeria
— 2 nights
Fly
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Annaba, Algeria
— 3 nights
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Oran, Algeria

— 4 nights
A cultural hub of Algeria, the coastal city of Oran boasts a long and varied history, from its founding by Moorish merchants in the 10th century, through centuries of Spanish, Ottoman, and French rule, and Algeria's bloody war for independence.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Pacha Mosque and La Porte d'Espagne. Fort Santa Cruz and Place du 1er Novembre will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Oran: Plage Les Andalouses (in El Ancor) and Hadjadj Plage (in Mostaganem). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Plage de Madagh 1, steep yourself in history at Qasr el-Bey, browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche Medina Jedida, and don't miss a visit to La Gare d'Oran.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Oran visit planner.

Athens, Greece to Oran is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Athens to Oran, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Oran are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Tlemcen.

Things to do in Oran

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Tlemcen, Algeria

— 3 nights
Tlemcen is a city in north-western Algeria, and the capital of the province of the same name. Get some historical perspective at Mosquée Sidi Boumediene and El Mansourah. Visiting Cascades El Ourit and Tlemcen National Park will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Great Mosque, head outdoors with Les Grottes de Beni Add, and make a trip to Citadelle et Palais El Mechouar.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Tlemcen attractions planning tool.

Traveling by car from Oran to Tlemcen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Oran to Tlemcen, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nouakchott.

Things to do in Tlemcen

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Nouakchott, Mauritania

— 2 nights
Nouakchott, which means "place of the winds" in Berber language, serves as the capital and largest city of Mauritania, and one of the largest cities in the Sahara.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Banc d'Arguin National Park and Galerie Zeinart. Koumbi Saleh and Haye Mohamedia Mosque are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: get into the urban bustle at Centre culturel francais St Exupery, browse the different shops at Al Khaima Mall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Nouakchott, and take in the waterfront at Port de Peche.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nouakchott trip maker.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Tlemcen to Nouakchott in 13.5 hours. In September, Nouakchott is somewhat warmer than Tlemcen - with highs of 41°C and lows of 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Algiers.

Things to do in Nouakchott

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

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Algiers, Algeria

— 4 nights

Algiers the White

Overlooking a scenic bay, the Mediterranean port city of Algiers enthralls visitors with its imposing skyline, a blend of French colonial buildings, run-down high-rises, and whitewashed Islamic architecture nestled on the hillside.
Museum-lovers will get to explore National Museum of Fine Arts of Algiers and Palais of Rais - Bastion 23. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chrea National Park and Ketchaoua Mosque. Venture out of the city with trips to Musee Public National de Cherchell (in Cherchell) and Tombeau de la Chretienne (in Sidi Rached). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre Dame d'Afrique, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jamaa El Kebir, examine the collection at Musee des Antiquites, and get to know the fascinating history of La Rue Didouche Mourad.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Algiers trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Nouakchott to Algiers in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Nouakchott in October, expect Algiers to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Ghardaia Province.

Things to do in Algiers

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

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Ghardaia Province, Algeria

— 3 nights
Ghardaia Province is known for historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of M'Zab Valley.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ghardaia Province trip builder tool.

Traveling by bus from Algiers to Ghardaia Province takes 16.5 hours. While traveling from Algiers, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Ghardaia Province, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 19°C. On the 9th (Wed), you're off to Bou-Saada.

Things to do in Ghardaia Province

Historic Sites
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Bou-Saada, Algeria

— 2 nights
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Musee National Nasr Eddine Dinet and Zaouia El-Hamel.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Bou-Saada trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by bus from Ghardaia Province to Bou-Saada takes 20 hours. When traveling from Ghardaia Province in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Bou-Saada, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. You will leave for Tissemsilt on the 12th (Sat).

Things to do in Bou-Saada

Museums
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Tissemsilt, Algeria

— 2 nights
On the 13th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Theniet El Had National Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tissemsilt vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Bou-Saada to Tissemsilt takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. In October, Tissemsilt is slightly colder than Bou-Saada - with highs of 28°C and lows of 11°C. You will leave for Laghouat Province on the 14th (Mon).

Things to do in Tissemsilt

Nature · Wildlife · Parks
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Highlights from your trip

Laghouat Province, Algeria

— 2 nights
Laghouat is a province in central Algeria. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): make a trip to Maison de Jeunes Manar.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Laghouat Province trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tissemsilt to Laghouat Province takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Tissemsilt in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 15°C in Laghouat Province. On the 16th (Wed), you're off to Annaba.
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Annaba, Algeria

— 3 nights
Annaba, informally known as Balad al-Unnâb, and Bona is a city in the north-eastern corner of Algeria near the Seybouse River, located in an eponymous province. Get in touch with nature at Hammam Debagh Hot Springs and Parc National El Kala. Discover out-of-the-way places like Musee des Ruines d' Hippone and Ain Achir Beach. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Saint Augustin.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Annaba trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Laghouat Province to Annaba takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Annaba, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Annaba

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:

Algeria travel guide

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Churches · Gardens · Historic Sites
Algeria the White
The largest country on the continent, Algeria combines diverse landscapes with cultural intrigue and history. The north of the country has always been the most developed area, with the majority of the population living in cities along the Mediterranean coast. Roman ruins, modern and colonial architecture, renowned museums, and impressive coastal areas in the north represent some of the highlights of a vacation in Algeria. Heading south, the Sahara Desert takes hold. The dunes and nomadic tribes crossing the landscape offer a dreamier, less scripted counterpoint to the urbane north.

Mauritania travel guide

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Piers & Boardwalks · Nature & Parks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Vast, sparse, and unexplored by international visitors, Mauritania consists mainly of desert landscapes. In the north, the desert breaks into rocky massifs, hiding a collection of World Heritage-listed caravan towns, highlights of many adventurous Mauritania itineraries. Much of the country's Atlantic coast has been protected as part of a national park, and its wealth of migratory birds make holidays in Mauritania particularly popular with nature lovers.