Surrounded by many small villages nestled in tiny oases often adorn impressive fortified ruins, Timimoun is surely and certainly one of the most beautiful region of southern Algeria. Built on an oasis, it is renowned for its red ocher color of its buildings that blend beautifully with nature and sand. Flamboyant under the sun, it is nicknamed the Red Oasis. Timimoun will remain synonymous with S'boue, one of the most famous centuries-old traditions of southern Algeria.
Day 1 : Early in the morning, after breakfast, We will leave Algiers at Ghardaia distention. Along the way we will go through Boussaâda for a stop and lunch at the Kaid Hotel. From there, we continue our route by Djelfa and Laghouat for arrival in Ghardaia around 15h30 - 16h00 mn. Installation at the hotel El Djanoub. After a relaxing shower, a guide to the region will take you on foot through the alleys and boulevards of Ghardaia where you will have the pleasure of discovering the Beni M'zab Valley, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. At the end of the day return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 2 : This 3rd day of our trip will certainly mark a complete break with the comfortable lifestyle we are used to. On a journey of 826 km, we cross the huge and silent Grand Erg Occidental, one of the seas of the Algerian Sahara. On our way, we cross the town of Menia 271 km from Ghardaia where we make a well deserved stop at the hotel El Boustene. From here we travel the 555 km that separate us from Adrar in 09 hours, despite the feeling of fatigue you drive, you will surely enjoy the vastness of the desert landscapes, the changing light, the color contrasts between rock and sand, and life that persists in this aridity. After a long day on the seats of our 4x4s, we will arrive in Adrar between 18h00 and 20h00mn and we will erect directly at the hotel Gourara. Once installed in the room, you will certainly enjoy a relaxing shower and a tasty dinner. A very comfortable night at this hotel, will reward the efforts you made to accomplish this difficult but exciting journey.
Day 3 : After a well deserved rest, we leave the hotel Touat to another magical place "Timimoun". Cradle of a tourist region prepared for the enchantment of the tourist. From 196 km we travel from Adrar to Timimoun, we will make several stops: Ksar, very old buildings with mysterious streets, famous palm groves on the slopes overlooking the saline bottom of Sebkha, red oasis, grandiose landscapes, The valley of the palm groves of Gourara forms a fairy set. Once arrived in Timmoun, we will take care to install you at the hotel Gourara. Category 4 stars, the Gourara is built on the edge of the city of Timimoun and overlooking the lush Oasis. An ideal place to rest and enjoy a few days of silence.
Afternoon visit of the palm grove and the famous ancestral irrigation systems of Timimoun les Fougaras: Followed by a crossing of the streets and dark and narrow passages of the old Ksar, popular district with red earthen facades.
Day 4 : During this day, we will take care to make you live unforgettable moments. We will explore the surrounding Oasis bordering the Great Western Erg. We will stop at Ighzer, Semonta, Ouled Said, Kali, Aghlad and thola. Villages overlooking the palm groves and opening onto the sedimentary basin of the Sebkha which is the former site of what was once a river, sometimes a lacustrine expanse, offering a magnificent panorama of the southern part of the Grand Erg Occidental. The tea ceremony in the Algerian Sahara is a tradition, an art and a philosophy, closely related to the customs of hospitality in the halt of the traveler. Return in the evening to Timimoun.
Day 5 : On this sixth day of our tour, we return to the long journeys, aboard our bus, we will take the road that leads to Taghit. On a route of 461 km we will discover another scenery prettier and more attractive than that of Ménia-Adrar; since it shelters the most beautiful oasis pearls of all the Sahara, landscape completely different from the preceding in the heart of which stands the area of Gourara, Timimoune and Taghit! Spectacular sites of beauty surrounded by an immense ring of orange and reddish pink dunes and planted with thousands of date palms, watered with an ancient technique called "foggaras".
On the way, we will stop at Beni Abbes to visit some of the seven ksours of Béni Abbès, some of which are still inhabited. The most beautiful is the ksar located in the heart of the palm grove, a unique type of location in the Sahara, uninhabited since 1957 and being restored, the oasis that surrounds is beautiful and shaped scorpion, whose tail is dominated by a big red dune (the tallest of the Western Great Erg). We picnic in the middle of this green paradise and we close our visit to the municipal pool fed by a source of pure water out at 24 ° C (hot in winter and refreshing in summer). We will make a stop at the wall of China from the Carboniferous: 30 km from Béni Abbès, on the left side of the road to El Ouata is the Orthoceran deposit (fossils of molluscs and fish). Arrival in Taghit, towards the end of the day. Installation in the cottage for two nights.
Day 6 : From Taghit, we take you by bus for a hike through the Sahara landscapes.
During this day, several sites to visit: volcanic landscapes, gueltas surrounded by lush vegetation, rock carvings and mausoleums old times. Back in the evening to Taghit and to close our day, stroll to the old Ksar which is at the palm grove of Taghit and in the construction dates back to the 11th century despite the weight of the years, the old Ksar remains the witness of a story several times millennium.
Day 7 : Departure early in the morning to Bechar. Before taking the flight to Algiers, we take advantage of the free time to make you visit the city and make your last purchases.
Inclusions in tour are as follows:
Full board accommodation.
Where applicable, transportation related to the stay.
The qualified pedagogical supervision.
The educational material, the visits and excursions described in the programs.
The coverage of a civil liability insurance. The price of the stay is fixed, no refund of any benefits not consumed is possible.