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Early North African Christian Roots


Walk in the footsteps of St. Augustine. Visit North Africa’s largest basilica. Experience the world’s best-preserved coliseum in El Jem, marvel at the numerous baptisteries with its world class museums.


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11 Days / 9 Nights, Algiers, Tipaza, Djemila, Setif, Timgad, Constantine, Guelma, Madarous, Souk Ahras, Annaba, Tunisia Border, Tabarka, Bulla Regia, Dougga, Sousse, El Jem, Hammamet, Carthage


TOUR FEATURE INCLUDES: • Round-trip air: USA – Algiers & Tunisia – USA


• Meet and assist upon arrival by your Homeric Tours representative


• Private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach throughout


• English-speaking Homeric Tour manager throughout


• 9 Nights of hotel accommodation • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily • 9 Days of sightseeing tours • All transfers • All entrance fees • Hotel taxes and service charges • Porterage of one suitcase per person • USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program


The itinerary may be modified and tailored to the specific requirements and budget of your group.


Roman archeological ruins, Dougga


DAY BY DAY ITINERARY DAY 1: USA


Depart for your overnight flight to Algiers. DAY 2: ALGIERS


Upon arrival you will be greeted by your Homeric Tours representative and transfer by private air- conditioned motorcoach to your hotel. Afternoon visit to the Kasbah. Dinner and overnight. (D)


DAY 3: ALGIERS / TIPAZA / ALGIERS Breakfast then depart for the Roman archeologi- cal sites of Tipaza and its museum with the largest basilica in North Africa and the Basilica of St. Salsa, who was a local martyr in the 4th century. After lunch depart for Tombeau de la Chrétienne (royal mausoleum of Mauritania). Afternoon visit to the Museum of Antiquities with its numerous Christian mosaics. Dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)


DAY 4: ALGIERS / DJEMILA / SETIF Drive through the winding road to the Kabilye mountain range and then on to Djemila. Here we will visit the two basilicas and a covered baptistery, including the museum. Onto Setif to visit the National Museum of Archaeology, host to the remarkable mosaic Procession of Bacchus. Dinner at your hotel with traditional Algerian music and cuisine. (B,L,D)


DAY 5: DJEMILA / TIMGAD / CONSTANTINE We travel south to Timgad to discover the library, temples, amphitheater, and arch of Trajan. The city was an important center of Christianity in the 3rd and 4th centuries and the site contains basilicas and baptisteries. Stop for lunch. We then travel north to Constantine. Upon arrival visit the museum of Cirta, which holds a number of early Christian artifacts. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B,L,D)


DAY 6: CONSTANTINE / GUELMA / MADAROUS / SOUK AHRAS / ANNABA


Morning departure to Guelma to visit its large theatre and museum. Guelma was where Possidius, Augustine’s friend and Bishop of Guelma, lived during the 5th century. Continue to Madarous, where Augustine studied and visit the Christian basilica. Continue onto Souk Ahras (Thagaste), birthplace of both St. Augustine and his mother St. Monica. Onto Annaba where we can enjoy the views from the lighthouse at Cape De Garde. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B,L,D)


DAY 7: ANNABA / TUNISIA BORDER / TABARKA Morning visit to the archeological site of Hippo Regius. View the Basilica of Peace where Augustine was bishop from AD 395-430. Tour the museum, and the Cathedral of St. Augustine, renovated in 2012. A relic of St. Augustine’s forearm is enclosed in a large statue of Augustine. Continue to the Algeria/Tunisia border. Travel to the coastal town or Tabarka. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B,L,D)


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DAY 8: BULLA REGIA / DOUGGA / SOUSSE Morning visit to Bulla Regia. View its basilica and theatre that Augustine spoke out against during his sermons, and explore the unique underground villas. Onto Dougga for lunch and visit the best preserved Roman Archeological site in Tunisia, recognized by UNESCO World Heritage. Continuel to the coastal town of Sousse. Dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)


DAY 9: SOUSSE / EL JEM / HAMMAMET Morning visit to the Sousse catacombs, and visit the archeological museum, with its dedicated room to the early church and a Byzantine baptistery. Continue to El Jem coliseum and museum with seating for 30,000 spectators in the Roman world. Continue to the coastal town of Hammamet for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)


DAY 10: HAMMAMET / CARTHAGE Morning drive to Carthage to visit the Roman Amphitheater (where Felicity and her compan- ions were martyred in March 207AD), the Roman baths, and early churches and the Carthage Museum. Lunch in picturesque Sidi Bou Said. Proceed to Tunis to visit the Bardo Museum. Dinner and overnight at your hotel. (B,L,D)


DAY 11: USA After breakfast depart to the airport for your flight home. (B)


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