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Country: Mali
City: Bamako
Duration: 9 Day(s) - 8 Night(s)
Tour Category: Classic Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

Day 1:  ARRIVE IN BAMAKO, MALI

International flight arrives in Bamako in the evening. You will be met, assisted and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight at Azalai Grand Hotel  Or Similar

 

Day 2: TIMBUKTU

This morning take an early flight to the city of Timbuktu, a place whose name is synonymous with somewhere unreachable. Located near the River Niger, 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 Djinguereber Mosque, the Mosque of Sankore, and the Palace of Bouctou. See the houses of the various 19th century European explorers who used Timbuktu as a base.

NB: There are currently no regular domestic flights to/from Timbuktu. Before the tour is confirmed if flights are still not available, we will amend the program to an overland one and this requires two nights in Timbuktu.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Overnight at Hotel du Desert Or Similar

 

Day 3: MOPTI

This morning you leave the legendary city of Timbuktu, and fly to Mopti. Explore the city of Mopti which has a fascinating mix of Malian cultures including: Bambara, Bobo, Bozo, Dogon, Fulani, Tuareg, Songhai and Hausa. Visit the beautiful mosque, the fishing port and the bustling market, where you can shop for gold or silver jewelry, Tuareg leatherwork, or Fulani blankets of cotton or wool.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Overnight at Hotel Kanaga  Or Similar

NB: There are currently no regular domestic flights from Timbuktu. Before the tour is confirmed if flights are still not available, we will amend the program to an overland one and this requires two nights in Timbuktu.

Day 4: MOPTI – DJENNE - MOPTI

This morning you travel from Mopti to Djenne, Mali’s architectural jewel. Founded in the fourth century, Djenne has scarcely changed since the middle ages. Visit Djenne’s colorful and bustling market. In the afternoon you return to Mopti.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Overnight at Kanaga Hotel  Or Similar

 

Day 5: DOGON COUNTRY

Dogon Country is considered to be one of the most extraordinary places on earth. Please note that the road to Dogon Country is rough, dusty and unpaved. 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.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at Hotel La Falaise Or Similar

 

Day 6: DOGON COUNTRY

The Dogons are animists, worshipping 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. Please note that part of today’s sightseeing can involve walking over rough ground to visit some of the villages, and fairly steep and rough paths have to be negotiated.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at Campement Sangha Or Similar

 

Day 7: SEGOU

After breakfast, drive to Segou, Mali’s second largest city and former colonial capital. This drive takes you through varying rural villages where you can observe the traditional way of life. Along the drive you have the opportunity to stop and visit local markets.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Overnight at Independence Hotel  Or Similar

 

Day 8: SEGOU – SIKASSO

Drive to Sikasso, in Mali’s green belt; visit Sikasso: see the Mamelon (residence of the former kings of Sikasso), the Tata (remnants of a large palisade that encircled the city and for a time held off the French colonial army); Visit the grotto of Misiri Koro, home of the protector spirits of the Mande people, then return to your hotel.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Overnight at Hotel du Cinquantenaire or Similar

 

Day 9: SIKASSO – BAMAKO

After breakfast drive to Bamako and explore this capital city which is situated on the Niger, one of Africa’s great rivers which flow through Mali. The city was founded in 1640, but didn’t really start to grow until the French colonial period began in 1898. Mali is a country of many tribal peoples, each with your own exuberant styles of clothing and jewelry.

There is nowhere better to see this colorful diversity than in the streets and markets of Bamako. Bamako has a large art and craft centre where sculptors, weavers, leather workers, jewelers and metal workers exhibit your wares and skills. Another highlight of your tour is the Grand March, 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 too traditional African medicines. Here you’ll find the freshly shrunken heads of birds, monkeys and crocodiles along with lizard skins and other gruesome treatments. Final departure in the evening

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

 

TOUR INCLUDES

• Meeting and assistance upon arrival and departure

• Round-trip airport/hotel transfers

• Hotel accommodation in the indicated properties

• Transportation in private vehicle

• Experienced tour guide

• Admission to listed sites and events

• Meals indicated by Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE

• Cost of visa

• Meals not listed

• Travel Insurance

• Gratuity to driver and guide

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