Day 1 Bamako, Mali

Arrive Bamako; meet assist and transfer to Hotel.

Meal(s) Included: No

Overnight at Azalai Grand Hotelor Similar

Day 2 Timbuktu

This morning take an early flight to legendary Timbuktu. Located near the River Niger, and 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. See the houses of the various 19th century European explorers who used Timbuktu as a base.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Hendrina Khan Hotel or Similar

Day 3 Mopti

This morning you leave a place whose name is synonymous with somewhere unreachable, “Timbuktu”, and fly to 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 leatherwork, or Fulani blankets of cotton or wool.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Hotel Kanagaor Similar

Day 4 Mopti – Djenne – Mopti

This morning you travel from Mopti to Mali’s architectural jewel, Djenne. Founded in the fourth century, Djenne has scarcely changed since the Middle Ages. The atmosphere in the streets transports you back to Medieval times. Visit Djenne’s colorful and bustling market. In the afternoon you return to Mopti.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Hotel Kanaga 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 Kanaga Cheval Blanc 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 Kanaga Cheval Blancor 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, Dinner

Overnight at Hotel Independence 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, Dinner

Overnight at Hotel du Cinquantenaire or Similar

Day 9 Sikasso – Bamako – Final Departure

Return to Bamako and complete the tour of Bamako before you are transferred to the airport for the onward flight.

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 their wares and display their skills. Another highlight of your tour is the Grand Marche, 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. Here you’ll find the freshly shrunken heads of birds, monkeys and crocodiles along with lizard skins and other gruesome treatments

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

 

Tour Info

 

TOUR INCLUDES

• Meeting and assistance upon arrival and departure

• Roundtrip 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

 

Pricing

 

January – December
Number

of travellers

Price per person in US $
Double Occupancy
Single Supplement*
1 If only one person travels, the price is $ 5220.00
2 $ 3390.00 $ 390.00
3 $ 3090.00 $ 390.00
4 $ 2950.00 $ 390.00