31 days in Algeria & Mauritania Itinerary

31 days in Algeria & Mauritania Itinerary

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31 days in Algeria & Mauritania Itinerary

Start: Athens, Greece
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Oran, Algeria
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Tlemcen, Algeria
— 3 nights
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


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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Plage de Madagh 1 and Hadjadj Plage. Fort Santa Cruz and Place du 1er Novembre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Plage Les Andalouses, visit a coastal fixture at Phare Cap D'aiguille, don't miss a visit to Porte de Santon, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pacha Mosque.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Oran route planner .

Athens, Greece to Oran is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Athens to Oran due to the time zone difference. September in Oran sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tlemcen.

Things to do in Oran

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Hadjadj Plage
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Fort Santa Cruz ©
Fort Santa Cruz
Place du 1er Novembre ©
Place du 1er Novembre
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. Step out of the city life by going to Les Grottes de Beni Add and Tlemcen National Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Mosquée Sidi Boumediene and Great Mosque or Tlemcen. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Citadelle et Palais El Mechouar, contemplate the long history of El Mansourah, and admire the sheer force of Cascades El Ourit.

Before you visit Tlemcen, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Oran to Tlemcen in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Oran to Tlemcen, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Nouakchott.

Things to do in Tlemcen

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Tlemcen National Park ©
Tlemcen National Park
Mosquée Sidi Boumediene ©
Mosquée Sidi Boumediene
Great Mosque or Tlemcen ©
Great Mosque or Tlemcen

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.
Do your shopping at Galerie Zeinart and Al Khaima Mall. Take a break from the city and head to Arguin Bank National Park and Plage de Nouakchott. Next up on the itinerary: hunt for treasures at Marche aux Khaimas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haye Mohamedia Mosque, admire all the interesting features of Stade Olympique, and take a leisurely stroll along Port de Peche.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nouakchott trip planning app .

Do a combination of train and flight from Tlemcen to Nouakchott in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Algiers.

Things to do in Nouakchott

Parks Wildlife Nature

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.
Visit Basilique Notre-Dame d'Afrique and Tombeau de la Chretienne for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at Musee Public National de Cherchell and Musee des Antiquites. Step out of Algiers to go to Blida and see Chrea National Park, which is approximately 2 hours away. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Kasbah of Algiers, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jamaa El Jedid, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin d'Essai du Hamma, and appreciate the extensive heritage of La Rue Didouche Mourad.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Algiers online itinerary planner .

You can fly from Nouakchott to Algiers in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Nouakchott to Algiers is 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Nouakchott in October: high temperatures in Algiers hover around 32°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ghardaia Province.

Things to do in Algiers

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Chrea National Park, Musee Public National de Cherchell, Tombeau de la Chretienne
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Musee Public National de Cherchell ©
Musee National du Bardo ©
Musee National du Bardo
Chrea National Park ©
Chrea National Park

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 other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ghardaia Province trip itinerary maker tool .

Fly from Algiers to Ghardaia Province in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Algiers in October, expect Ghardaia Province to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 20°C. On the 9th (Wed), you'll travel 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 ©
Bou-Saada is known for museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Musee National Nasr Eddine Dinet and don't miss a visit to Zaouia El-Hamel.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Bou-Saada vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Ghardaia Province to Bou-Saada in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. When traveling from Ghardaia Province in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Bou-Saada: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 18°C at night. You will leave for Tissemsilt on the 12th (Sat).

Things to do in Bou-Saada

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Zaouia El-Hamel ©
Zaouia El-Hamel

2
nights
Tissemsilt, Algeria

Tissemsilt ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Theniet El Had National Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tissemsilt road trip website .

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 30°C and lows of 13°C. You'll set off for Laghouat Province on the 14th (Mon).

Things to do in Tissemsilt

Wildlife Parks Nature
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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): don't miss a visit to Maison de Jeunes Manar.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Laghouat Province road trip app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tissemsilt to Laghouat Province. Traveling from Tissemsilt in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Laghouat Province, with lows of 17°C. You'll set off for Annaba on the 16th (Wed).

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. Explore hidden gems such as Hyppone and Hammam Debagh Hot Springs. Take a break from the city and head to Ain Achir Beach and Parc National El Kala. Step out of Annaba to go to Guelma and see Guelma Roman Theatre, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Saint Augustin.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Annaba trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Laghouat Province to Annaba in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. In October in Annaba, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Annaba

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Guelma, Parc National El Kala
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Basilique Saint Augustin
Basilique Saint Augustin
Hyppone ©
Hyppone
Hammam Debagh Hot Springs ©
Hammam Debagh Hot Springs

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