Day 1: Arrive in
Bamako International flight arrives in
Bamako. You will be met, assisted and transferred to your hotel. Overnight: Hotel Wassulu or similar.
Day 2: Bamako. Today you will explore this capital city of Bamako situated on the
Niger, one of Africa's great rivers. Mali
is a country of many tribal peoples, each with your own exuberant styles of clothing and jewelry. Bamako has a large art and craft center where sculptors, weavers, leather workers, jewelers and metal workers exhibit their wares and skills. You will visit the
Grand Marché, or "Great Market", where you can spend hours exploring the
hundreds of stalls. From carvings and cassettes, to fabrics, beads, brass and gold, the
variety of goods is staggering. One area of the
market is devoted entirely to traditional African medicines. Overnight: Hotel Wassulu or similar. Includes: (B).
Day 3: Bamako - Segou. Breakfast, then drive to Segou, Mali's second largest city and former colonial administrative center. Admire the
beautiful Sudanese-style colonial architecture, visit the
pottery market, traditional weavers and other artisans. Overnight: Segou. Accommodation at Esplanade Hotel or similar. Includes: (B).
Day 4: Dogon Country. Drive to Dogon Country, considered one of the
most extraordinary places on earth. Built up high on the
narrow ledges of the
cliffs are the
villages of the
Dogon people. in the
11th century, the
Dogons fled the
advancing Arabs coming from the
north, and found shelter in
one of West Africa's most inhospitable areas. This is such a unique place that the
United Nations has declared it a World Heritage site. Visit the
village of Songo, renowned for its rock paintings and circumcision grotto. Overnight at Hotel Guina or similar. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Dogon Country. Continue tour of Dogon Village. the
Dogons are animists, worshiping their ancestors and the
spirits of nature. Having preserved their traditions down through the
centuries, they are considered to be one of the
most original civilizations of West Africa. Today’s sightseeing involves walking over rough ground to visit some of the
villages, and fairly steep and rough paths have to be negotiated. Experience the
authentic traditional Dogon Mask Dance. Early evening drive to Bandiagara for overnight. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Dogon - Dejenne - Mopti. Drive to Djenne, Timbuktu's ancient sister-city on the
Niger. Visit Djenne on its weekly market day, when Djenne is at its colorful best. See the
magnificent Grand Mosque, the
largest mud brick architecture in the
world and one of UNESCO’S World Heritage sites. Return to Mopti for overnight. Accommodation at Hotel Flandre or similar. Includes: (B).
Day 7: Mopti. Mopti city tour. You will see the
fascinating mix of Malian cultures: Bambara, Bobo, Bozo, Dogon, Fulani, Tuareg, Songhaï and Hausa. Visit the
beautiful mosque, the
fishing port and the
bustling market, where you can shop for gold or silver jewelry, Tuareg leather work, or Fulani blankets of cotton or wool. Overnight in
Mopti. Accommodation at Flandre Hotel or similar. Includes: (B).
Day 8: Timbuktu. This morning take an early drive to legendary Timbuktu. Located at the
terminus of the
great trans-Saharan caravan route, Timbuktu became fabulously wealthy in the
16th century. Loaded with blocks of salt and other trade goods, huge convoys of camels would spend weeks crossing the
unforgiving Sahara to reach Timbuktu. It was here that they would trade salt, pound-for-pound, with African merchants bringing gold and ivory along the
Niger from the
heart of Africa. Wander the
dusty streets of Timbuktu, admiring such magnificent mud-brick structures as the
Djinguiraiber Mosque, the
Mosque of Sankore, and the
Palace of Bouctou. Accommodation at La Colombe Hotel or similar. Includes: (B).
Days 9-11: Festival in the desert
. Drive to Essakane and enjoy 3 days of world music, dancing, camel races and other activities. Meals prepared by private chef. Accommodation in
private tents. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 12: Return to Timbuktu and fly to Bamako for departure or extended tour begins. Includes: (B).
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Airfare is not included in the
- 8 nights of hotel accommodation (double occupancy) and breakfast
- 3 nights of Tuareg tents accommodation during the
- Ground transportation in
an air condition four wheel drive vehicle to all listed sites
- Full board pension prepared on the Festival
site (3 breakfast, 3 lunch, and 3 dinner)
- Mineral water
- Camel ride on the Festival
- An experienced English–speaking guide
- Dogon mask dance.