31 days in Algeria & Mauritania Itinerary

31 days in Algeria & Mauritania Itinerary

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Start: Athens, Greece
Fly:  13 h 15 min
1
Oran, Algeria
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Tlemcen, Algeria
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Drive + Fly:  10 h 15 min
3
Nouakchott, Mauritania
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Algiers, Algeria
— 4 nights
Bus:  4 h
5
Ghardaia Province, Algeria
— 3 nights
Bus:  8 h 45 min
6
Bou-Saada, Algeria
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
7
Tissemsilt, Algeria
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
8
Laghouat Province, Algeria
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
9
Annaba, Algeria
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Athens, Greece

4
nights
Oran, Algeria

Oran ©
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 Cathedrale du Sacre Coeur. Fort Santa Cruz and Eglise St Louis 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, visit a coastal fixture at Phare Cap D'aiguille, browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche Medina Jedida, and don't miss a visit to La Gare d'Oran.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Oran visit planner.

Athens, Greece to Oran is an approximately 12.5- 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

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Plage Les Andalouses, Hadjadj Plage
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Fort Santa Cruz ©
Fort Santa Cruz
Pacha Mosque ©
Pacha Mosque
La Cathedrale du Sacre Coeur ©
La Cathedrale du Sacre Coeur

3
nights
Tlemcen, Algeria

Tlemcen ©
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 Great Mosque. Visiting Cascades El Ourit and Tlemcen National Park will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of El Mansourah, head outdoors with Les Grottes de Beni Add, and make a trip to Citadelle et Palais El Mechouar.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, 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

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

El Mansourah
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Tlemcen National Park ©
Tlemcen National Park
El Mansourah
El Mansourah
Mosquée Sidi Boumediene ©
Mosquée Sidi Boumediene

2
nights
Nouakchott, Mauritania

Nouakchott ©
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 Haye Mohamedia Mosque. Galerie Zeinart and Koumbi Saleh are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Nouakchott, catch a live event at Stade Olympique, browse the eclectic array of goods at Marche aux Khaimas, and take a leisurely stroll along Port de Peche.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Nouakchott vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Tlemcen to Nouakchott by combination of train and flight takes about 10 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 travel to Algiers.

Things to do in Nouakchott

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Koumbi Saleh
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Banc d'Arguin National Park ©
Banc d'Arguin National Park
Galerie Zeinart ©
Galerie Zeinart
Koumbi Saleh ©
Koumbi Saleh

4
nights
Algiers, Algeria

Algiers ©
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 Musee National du Bardo. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chrea National Park and Jamaa El Jedid. Venture out of the city with trips to Tombeau de la Chretienne (in Sidi Rached) and Musee Public National de Cherchell (in Cherchell). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre Dame d'Afrique, get to know the fascinating history of La Rue Didouche Mourad, examine the collection at Musee des Antiquites, and wander the streets of Kasbah of Algiers.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Algiers day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Nouakchott to Algiers takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Nouakchott to Algiers 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

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tombeau de la Chretienne, Musee Public National de Cherchell, Chrea National Park
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Musee Public National de Cherchell ©
Musee Public National de Cherchell
Chrea National Park ©
Chrea National Park
National Museum of Fine Arts of Algiers ©
National Museum of Fine Arts of Algiers

3
nights
Ghardaia Province, Algeria

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

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ghardaia Province trip builder tool.

Traveling by bus from Algiers to Ghardaia Province takes 16 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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M'Zab Valley ©
M'Zab Valley

2
nights
Bou-Saada, Algeria

Bou-Saada ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Musee National Nasr Eddine Dinet and Zaouia El-Hamel.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Bou-Saada trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by bus from Ghardaia Province to Bou-Saada takes 21 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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Zaouia El-Hamel ©
Zaouia El-Hamel

2
nights
Tissemsilt, Algeria

Tissemsilt ©
On the 13th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Theniet El Had National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tissemsilt vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Bou-Saada to Tissemsilt takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. 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

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Theniet El Had National Park ©
Theniet El Had National Park

2
nights
Laghouat Province, Algeria

Laghouat Province
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 ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Laghouat Province trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tissemsilt to Laghouat Province. 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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3
nights
Annaba, Algeria

Annaba ©
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 some cultural insight at Musee des Ruines d' Hippone and Guelma Roman Theatre. Step off the beaten path and head to Hammam Debagh Hot Springs and Ain Achir Beach. Take a break from Annaba with a short trip to Parc National El Kala in El Kala, about 1h 20 min away. There's more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Saint Augustin.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Annaba travel route website.

Traveling by flight from Laghouat Province to Annaba takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. 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 Outdoors

Side Trips

Guelma, Parc National El Kala
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Hammam Debagh Hot Springs ©
Hammam Debagh Hot Springs
Musee des Ruines d' Hippone ©
Musee des Ruines d' Hippone
Basilique Saint Augustin
Basilique Saint Augustin

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