Oran (Wahran) is the second largest city in Algeria after Algiers. The so-called "El Bahia" which means "the radiant", It was founded in Medieval times by Moorish Andalusian traders and then captured by Spaniards, Turks then French. It has some fascinating monuments, influential French architecture, interesting shops and restaurants. It has also an older Spanish-style quarter where you can explore the Spanish heritage. The city itself is fantastic, modern with an outstanding geography, splendid ocean views featuring some of the most beautiful bay and seaside. It is the ideal place to spend your vacations and romantic moments. It offers many interesting historical attractions like the old Great Mosque of the 18th century, the sumptuous Cathedral of Sacre Coeur, the elegant Theater, the luxurious Bey Castle of the 17th century, the scenic Church of Santa Cruz overlooking the beautiful bay with a nice panoramic view, the admirable Spanish fortress and a two giant lion statues of the Town hall.
If you want to visit the radiant city of Algeria. 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 drive up to the hilltop about 400 meters to visit the Fort of Santa Cruz and from this vantage point you can have a magnificent panoramic view of the beautiful bay and the city altogether.
Then we continue our visit to the Ksar of Ghardaia , also called the pearl of the oases and the capital of the M'zab Valley organized around a hill. where yu are going to see a great mosque which is considered to be the central and focal point around which all the other elements of religious and worldly life are articulated.
After the tour we take lunch at a local restaurant where you are going to taste the traditional cuisine in a place decorated with Ghardaian hand-made tapestry.
With the batteries recharged, we are going straight to the fortified city of Beni Isguen, the most enigmatic of all the M'Zab cities, where you can navigate your way through the narrow maze-like streets with numerous wells through archways and passageways to a small whitewashed old building and also visit the extreme watchtower to have a fantastic view of the town.
We finish our tour by visiting the local liveliest market place of Beni Isguen. The market square of Criée is far from the city center and is located on the outskirts of Ksar. It's the best place where you can buy goods and souvenirs. This place opens daily just after the "Asr" prayer except on Fridays.
Return back to the hotel.
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
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