Constantine, formerly known as "Cirta". It is also known as the city of the bridges, it has a spectacular view, built on a massif rock that looks like an eagle nest. It raises with pride and distinction. It has a very profound ravine where the 2,800 km Rhummel River passes through and linked by multiple bridges. It was founded 2500 years ago and considered one of the oldest cities in Africa.
It is also a place where you can spend your time wandering through the twisting streets of the old city "Souika" and the "Casbah" amplified by the hustle and bustle of the merchants.
There is a rich museum that displays a variety of relics reminiscent to the Roman, Islamic, Numidian, Prehistorical and French Period.
The palace of Ahmed bey is one of the living records of the Ottoman civilization, it has many historical and architectural interests to offer. You will be amazed by the lavish decoration of the frescoes and the exotic gardens along the courtyards erected by a beautiful peristyle and a secluded Harem, it reminds you of one thousand and one nights.
The imposing double-minaret mosque of Emir Abdelkader is a very impressive structure with a beautifully distinctive architecture. The interior decoration will certainly blow your mind.
As you explore the city, you will instantly notice that it is utterly influenced by the French architecture.
Constantine is full of history and dramatic views. As you leave it, you will be heavily packed with memorable adventures and unforgettable moments. If you want to visit this dramatic city. Our travel experts will be happy to assist you to plan a memorable moment.
After breakfast, you will meet your guide in the hotel's lobby at 9h00.
We start our visit by the museum and the finest Ottoman structure Palace of Ahmed Bey where you are going to walk around it to discover the courtyards, the beautiful gardens, colorful tiles with a creative awe-inspiring motifs and mosaics.
Then, we are going to walk through the alleyways of the Casbah and along the Boulevard of the Abyss where you can see the scenic view of the beautiful landscapes through the pierced gorges until we reach the city’s most iconic symbol, a 175 m (575 ft) high suspension bridge of Sidi M'Cid with the span of 168 m that connects the city to the hill.
After crossing the suspension bridge, we take the staircases to the left side and climb them up until we reach the open area of the Monument to the Dead, a memorial in a shape of triumphal arch topped by a statue of the winged victory that commemorates the victims of World War I
We grab lunch at a beautiful restaurant where you are going to taste our local food and refresh yourself with juice, tea or coffee.
A few minutes walk across the vertigo-inducing and wobbly footbridge of Mellah Slimane where you are going to see the superb mountainous scenery of the hanging houses on gorge and the deep ravine dwarfed by the enormity of the gorges. At the same time you will be able to see the old Bab El Kantara Bridge and the majestic Sidi Rached Viaduct from the footbridge's vantage point.
Then we climb up the staircases or take the elevator after we cross the footbridge, we continue along the busy rue of Larbi Ben M'Hidi where you can see the Great Mosque of the 11th century from the outside and then sidewind off into cobbled alleyway streets of Souika or the Medina where you are going to explore the small marketplaces that date back to the 16th century, the meat section, the house built during the Fatimid period.
After exploring the Labyrinth of Souika, we continue up to the main center. Either we climb the long staircases or take the short ones depending on your health status. We reach the interesting National Museum of Cirta where you are going to explore relics dating back to prehistory, Roman time, Punic era, Islamic and French period. All of them are arranged in the ground floor with an exhibition hall, and the upper floor excluding the garden.
We take the tramway from the main center terminal and head to the most imposing and impressive landmark of Constantine known as Emir Abdelkader Mosque. It is the best place where you can explore the beauty of its Islamic architecture and the richness of its lavish decoration.
What is included ?
Invitation letter and visa assistance.
Professional English speaking guide.
Entrance fees to museums.
Duration : between 7 to 8 hours.
Accommodations: 3★, 4★, or 5★ options
On Fridays from 12:00 to 14:00, stay at the hotel.
This is not a fixed itinerary tour so depending on your choice. We can adopt a flexible itinerary and we are open to any other suggestions.
Tour subject to change based on local conditions