Explore Mali

Tour fascinating places like Segou, the Grand Mosque at Djenne, Dogon villages in the shadow of the Bandiagara escarpment. Sail down the Niger River and visit fishing villages then hop a flight to Timbuktu to see the Sahara at a Tuareg desert camp.

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Activity
  1. Day 1 Arrive In Bamako, Mali

    International flight arrives Bamako, Mali. You will be met, assisted and transferred to your hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Bamako.

    Meal(s) Included: No

    Overnight at Azalai Grand Hotel or Similar

  2. Day 2 Segou

    After breakfast drive to Segou stopping enroute including the village of Sekora, the old Segou and former capital city of the Bambara Kingdom. Continue to Segou for overnight.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Overnight at Hotel Independence or Similar

  3. Day 3 Djenne/Mopti

    Drive to Djenne on its weekly market day when Djenne is at its colorful best; stroll around the market stalls, visit the magnificent Grand Mosque, the world’s largest mud brick architecture and one of Unesco’s World Heritage sites; Short drive to Mopti for overnight.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Overnight at Hotel Kanaga or Similar

  4. Day 4 Mopti / Dogon

    Drive to the southwestern part of the Bandiagara escarpment, to visit the villages of Kani Kombole, Tely, and Ende, where you may be able to visit the Hogon (spiritual leader of the Dogon people) in his grotto; return to Bandiagara for overnight.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Overnight at Campement Hotel Sangha (Bandiagara) or Similar

  5. Day 5 Dogon Country

    After breakfast, depart for Dogon country; descending the Bandiagara escarpment to visit the fascinating cliff villages Banani (see ancient Tellem cave dwellings in the cliff face) and Tireli, where you will witness a traditional Dogon mask dance (optional)

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Overnight at Campement Hotel Sangha (Bandiagara) or Similar

  6. Day 6 Dogon Country / Mopti

    Visit the village of Sangha. Drive to Songo where you will observe the painted rock and visit the women menstruation house. Drive to Mopti for overnight.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch

    Overnight at Hotel Kanaga or Similar

  7. Day 7 Niger River

    Entire day sailing the Niger River. Visit Bozo fishing villages and Fulani nomads’ camps along the river. Sail back to the village Konna, where your vehicle will meet you and drive you back to Mopti for overnight.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch

    Overnight at Hotel Kanaga or Similar

  8. Day 8 Timbuktu

    Early morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Timbuktu; Timbuktu city tour: visit the ancient mosques, the museum, the city market, the explorers’ houses, the artisans center; in the afternoon, enjoy a camel ride on the dunes around Timbuktu.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Overnight at Hendrina Khan Hotel or Similar

  9. Day 9 Sahara Desert

    Depart to the Sahara Desert in a 4-wheel drive vehicle; experience the vast majesty of the desert; visit a Tuareg camp; enjoy dinner and tea on the dunes, and overnight camping with your Tuareg hosts, the princes of the desert.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 Timbuktu

    Goodbye to your Tuareg hosts and return to Timbuktu; rest of day free; optional Takamba (Tuareg dance) in the evening; overnight in Timbuktu.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Overnight at Hendrina Khan Hotel or Similar

  11. Day 11 Niger River

    After breakfast, transfer to Timbuktu’s port and spend the day sailing the Niger River in a traditional river boat; see Mali’s varied bird life along the shore and very likely see hippos in the river.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch

    Overnight at Hendrina Khan Hotel or Similar

  12. Day 12 Bamako

    Early morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Bamako; check into your hotel, rest of day at leisure.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Overnight at Azalai Grand Hotel or Similar

  13. Day 13 Bamako

    Leisurely breakfast, then visit Bamako, Mali’s capital city and former capital of French Soudan; panoramic overview of the city at Point G; visit the National Museum, the city market, and the artisans’ village, where you will see the craftsmen at work: sculptors, weavers, silversmiths, goldsmiths, and leather workers test your bargaining skills.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Overnight at Azalai Grand Hotel or Similar

  14. Day 14 Bamako

    Today decide on your itinerary with the assistance of your guide or discover Bamako on your own.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Overnight at Azalai Grand Hotel or Similar

  15. Day 15 Departure For Home

    Morning at leisure before departure home.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Trip 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
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