Trip Planning & Dinner History of Algeria Viking Star Overview Travel Agent Photos of Algiers

    Trip Planning

This is the fourth stop on our cruise around the Mediterranean. We were just in Sardinia and we are sailing to Algeria! We also had our second dinner at the Chefs Table featuring an Asian Flavored meal. Check out the five courses we were treated to along with wines for each course.

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  History and Map of Algeria

Algeria (Arabic: Dzayer; French: Algérie), officially the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, is a sovereign state in North Africa on the Mediterranean Chuck & Virginia in Algiers Map of Algeria coast. Its capital and most populous city is Algiers, located in the country's far north. With an area of 2,381,741 square kilometres (919,595 sq mi), Algeria is the tenth-largest country in the world, and the largest in Africa.

Algeria is bordered to the northeast by Tunisia, to the east by Libya, to the west by Morocco, to the southwest by the Western Saharan territory, Mauritania, and Mali, to the southeast by Niger, and to the north by the Mediterranean Sea. The country is a semi-presidential republic consisting of 48 provinces and 1,541 communes (counties). Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been President since 1999.

Ancient Algeria has known many empires and dynasties, including ancient Numidians, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Umayyads, Abbasids, Idrisid, Aghlabid, Rustamid, Fatimids, Zirid, Hammadids, Almoravids, Almohads, Spaniards, Ottomans and the French colonial empire. Berbers are the indigenous inhabitants of Algeria.

Algeria is a regional and middle power. The North African country supplies large amounts of natural gas to Europe, and energy exports are the backbone of the economy. According to OPEC Algeria has the 16th largest oil reserves in the world and the second largest in Africa, while it has the 9th largest reserves of natural gas. Sonatrach, the national oil company, is the largest company in Africa.

Algeria has one of the largest militaries in Africa and the largest defence budget on the continent; most of Algeria's weapons are imported from Russia, with whom they are a close ally. Algeria is a member of the African Union, the Arab League, OPEC, the United Nations and is the founding member of the Maghreb Union.


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  Day 6 - Algeria

    Impressions of Algiers

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Impressions of Algiers

Get acquainted with Algiers’s Berber, Arabic and French heritage on this motor-coach tour of key historic sites. You will first ride to the 302-foot-high Martyrs Monument. Dedicated to the heroes of Algeria’s 1954–1962 War of Independence, it takes the shape of three giant, stylized palm leaves sheltering an eternal flame at the base. Stop for a photo to capture commanding views of the Casbah and Bay of Algiers. (See the photo on the right of this page.)

Next ride through the city center to see La Grande Poste, built by the French in 1920. Massive turrets, keyhole doors, and elegant neo-Moorish fittings (including an opulent mailbox) make it one of the city’s most whimsical modern buildings. Enjoy a brief photo stop before you continue riding along the Parisian-style boulevards of the French Quarter, toward the busy Bab El Oued district. Glimpse the imposing Basilica of Notre Dame D’ Afrique (Our Lady of Africa), seen by many as a symbol of religious tolerance, before returning back to your ship.







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