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

    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 at the end of this webpage.

   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 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.Map of Algeria

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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    Impressions of Algiers

Chuck's 78th Birthdays in Tunisia 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.

Docking in Algeria

View of Algiers as we dock at the port, dark and dreary, light rain and a nasty wind!


The shore has the French Connection, all built in the French style and known as the Casbah and and is located on the Bay of Algiers. In Morocco and in Iberia, the Arabic word form of kasbah frequently refers to multiple buildings in a keep, a citadel, or several structures behind a defensive wall. The Spanish word alcazaba is a cognate naming the equivalent building in Andalusia or Moorish Spain. In Portuguese, it evolved into the word alcáçova. In Catalan, the evolution resulted in "alcassaba". A kasbah was a place for the local leader to live and a defense when a city was under attack. A kasbah has high walls, usually without windows. Sometimes, they were built on hilltops so that they could be more easily defended. Some were placed near the entrance to harbors. Having a kasbah built was a sign of wealth of some families in the city. When colonization started in 1830, in northern Algeria, there were a great number of kasbahs that lasted for more than 100 years.

Virginia and Chuck on the Ship

Virginia and I enjoying the view of Algiers and the famous Casbah!

Old Fortress

Renovating Old Buildings - Many old buildings are being renovated as museums and hotels. China is rebuilding Algeria's Infrastructure.

Hillside Apartments - From the highest hills we saw thousands of apartments with awnings covering the windows due to the hot sun they experience most of the year.

This mosgue was built by fishermen.

You might 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.

Can you believe it, the wind was so cold and nasty we ran around the monument and back inside the heated bus. The locals said it was one of the coldest winds in years! We never made it to the top of the monument!

Hill top view of the harbor of Algiers!

Old buildings converting to hotels.

Shopping in the rain! Sunshine 360 days a year and we got rain!

Different country, same stores!

China - Mosque - Algeria is building the biggest mosque in the world and a huge hotel and convention center by a Chinese company.

Leaving for Spain - Crew on the tug boats waved at us as they sailed by before we left for Spain!

Viking Star and the Chefs Table - Chinese - 2018.02.06

Leaving Algiera and Birthday dinner at the Chefs Table!

The meal was good but as Virginia told me, it is hard to pare wines with Chinese foods. Also the desert was strange, the spring roll was hard as a rock and not sure what creme brulee had to do with the meal.

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