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Festival In The Desert Tour (overland)

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Day 1: ARRIVE BAMAKO The international flight arrives in Bamako. You will be met, assisted and transferred to your hotel. Meals: none Overnight: (3-star Hotel) Day 2: BAMAKO to SEGOU After breakfast drive to Segou, Malis second-largest city and former . .
Country: Mali
City: Bamako
Duration: 12 Day(s) - 11 Night(s)
Tour Category: Festival Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99
Package Itinerary


The international flight arrives in Bamako. You will be met, assisted and transferred to your hotel.

Meals: none

Overnight: (3-star Hotel)


After breakfast 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, visit the Bogolan workshop where you may practice the technique of dying mud cloth. This evening cruise to Kalabougou the pottery village and learn the art of pottery making.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: (3-star Hotel)


Drive to Mopti. Tour Mopti and see the fascinating mix of Malian cultures: Bambara, Bobo, Bozo, Dogon, Fulani, Tuareg, Songhaï, and Hausa. Visit the main mosque and the fishing port. Shop for gold or silver jewelry, Tuareg leatherwork, and Fulani cotton or wool blankets at the bustling market. This evening enjoys a sunset sail on the Niger River in a motorized pinasse.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: (Hotel)


After breakfast, drive to the legendary city of Timbuktu. This ancient city was the ending point of the great trans-Saharan caravan route. Timbuktu was extremely wealthy in the 16th century as convoys of camels carrying goods for trade spent weeks crossing the unforgiving Sahara to arrive in this famous metropolis. Picnic along the way, arriving in time to witness the magnificent sunset over the dunes.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: (Hotel)


Today visit the city of Timbuktu, admiring such magnificent mud-brick structures as the Djingarey Berre Mosque, the Mosque of Sankore, and the Palace of Bouctou. Observe the houses of the various 19th-century European explorers who used Timbuktu as a base.

Visit the ethnological museum and Maison des Artisans. In the afternoon, travel to the site of the Festival in the Desert. Relax before dinner then enjoys the festivities which last until the early hours of Saturday morning.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Hotel


Activities at the festival site continue. Enjoy the music festival finale, which lasts all night long.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: (Private Tent)


In the morning, return to Timbuktu then continue to Mopti, where the Niger and Bani rivers meet. Mopti is Mali’s most important port city.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: (Private Tent)

Drive to Djenne, Timbuktu’s ancient sister city on the Niger. Visit Djenne on its weekly Monday market day. Wander through the market and the streets of Djenne where you will be transported back to medieval times. Observe the Grand Mosque, the largest mud brick architecture in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site. This evening return to Mopti for overnight.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight at Hotel


After breakfast, travel from Mopti to Dogon. Tour the Dogon villages, and experience one of the most extraordinary places on earth. In the 11th century, the advancing Arab combatants forced the Dogons to flee their homes in the north. They found shelter and adapted to one of West Africa’s most unforgiving regions. The Dogon people built their villages high up on the narrow ledges of cliffs so that they could easily see any advancing enemy from afar. This unique area is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the village of Songo, renowned for its rock paintings and circumcision grotto.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight at 3-star Hotel

Day 10: DOGON

After breakfast, descend the Bandiagara escarpment. Walk through the rocky terrain to visit the villages of Banani, Ireli, Arou, and Tireli. The Dogons are known for their mythology and rituals including the worship of the spirits of nature and of the ancestors. Traditions have been preserved through the centuries, making Dogon one of the most original civilizations of West Africa. Witness a traditional Dogon Mask Dance (providing there are at least 8 travelers).

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight at 3-star Hotel

Day 11: DOGON to SEGOU

after breakfast, drive to Segou. The drive takes you through varying rural villages where you will observe the traditional ways of life. On the way to Segou, you will have the opportunity to stop and visit markets and other photo opportunities.

Meals: Breakfast

Overnight at 3-star Hotel


After breakfast, drive to Bamako. You will explore this capital city situated on the Niger, one of Africa’s great rivers.

Mali is a country of many tribal peoples, each with its 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 center where sculptors, weavers, leather workers, jewelers, and metal workers exhibit their wares and skills. One area of the market is devoted entirely to traditional African medicines. Here you’ll find the freshly shrunken heads of birds, monkeys, and crocodiles, along with lizard skins and other gruesome treatments. Visit the recycling market where old steel and other metals are transformed into useful materials and tools.

This evening you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Tour Price Includes:

Hotel accommodation as indicated in the itinerary

2 nights camping in private tents with mats

All ground transportation by 4×4 vehicle

Hot meals prepared at the Festival site

Bottled water

Tours as outlined in the program

All other meals indicated

One tour guide per vehicle

Roundtrip airport to hotel transfers

All taxes and admission fees to included sites

Tour Price Does Not Include:

Travel Insurance

International airfare to Mali

Meals not listed

Visa fees

Gratuity to driver and guide

Festival entry pass

Sleeping bags (recommended)

Gratuity to driver and guide

Prices are determined by the number of guests per vehicle, not including driver and guide

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