Dak‘Art & St Louis Jazz Festival, 8 days

Senegal (Dakar, St. Louis, Goree Island)

This 8 day tour features the Dar’Art & St-Louis Jazz Festival in charming St-Louis, Senegal which was once the capital of French West Africa. The tour also includes excursions to Goree Island, Pink Lake and Dakar.

Goree Island

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  1. Day 1: ARRIVE IN DAKAR, SENEGAL – Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    On arrival in Dakar you will be met, assisted and transferred to your hotel. Your experienced cultural tour guide will brief you on the scheduled activities and what you can expect during your time inn Senegal.

    Overnight at Ndiambour 

  2. Day 2: DAKAR AND VICINITY – Wednesday, May 27, 2020

    After breakfast, begin the city tour of Dakar and vicinity. From Independence Place, the heart of the city, you will pass by presidential palace and the main cathedral before continuing by the seafront drive towards Soumbedioune market and the mosque de la revelation.  The tour of Dakar will show you the contrasts between upscale residential areas and other popular neighborhoods. You will also visit popular hotspots such Kermel or Tilem market. Next visit the Renaissance Monument, a 164 foot high monument, overlooking Dakar that is taller than the Statue of Liberty.  The once controversial bronze statue is a popular attraction among locals as well as visitors.  Dinner will be at your hotel.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

    Overnight at Ndiambour 

  3. Day 3: GOREE ISLAND – DAKAR AND VICINITY – Thursday, May 28, 2020

    After breakfast, we depart to Goree Island, , a now tranquil UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Explore the usually quiet streets lined with pastel colored colonial era buildings. Among the most famous buildings here is the House of Slaves which records the history of Goree’s past. Observe the “Door of No Return” through which millions passed on the way to slavery. The curator will take you through the history of Goree.

    There is time to visit the Town Square, the Historical Museum and the tranquil streets lined with pastel colored houses.

    After lunch we return to Dakar and visit the massive and Museum of Black Civilization Africa’s most modern and complete museum covering 4 floors of historical artifacts from all over Africa. Return to your hotel for dinner before attending this evening’s grand start of Dakart

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

    Overnight at Ndiambour 

  4. Day 4: DAKAR – THIES – SAINT LOUIS – Friday, May 29, 2020

    After breakfast, depart for the drive to Saint Louis.  En-route, stop over for lunch at Thies. This city is known for beautiful baskets hand woven by local artisans. After lunch, you will have the opportunity to purchase baskets, hats and other items at bargain prices. Continue to Saint Louis for a late afternoon arrival. Check into your hotel, have dinner and prepare for this  evenings exciting Jazz Festival

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

    Overnight at Mermoz

  5. Day 5: SAINT LOUIS – LAC DE GUIERS – RICHARD TOLL – JAZZ FESTIVAL – Saturday, May 30, 2020

    After breakfast depart for Lac de Guiers.  We will travel through typical Senegalese villages.  We will stop at Keur Momar Sarr, where there is a lively weekly market on Saturdays. Spend time in the bustling market to get a taste of daily life in Senegal. Continue to Lake Guiers, the main source of water for Dakar. We next visit a Fulani village. Note the colorful dress, headgear, and jewelry and unique customs.  We continue to Richard Toll, known for animal farming and fishing but most famous for sugar cane plantation and sugar making factory which produces   most of the sugar consumed in Senegal.

    Late afternoon return to Saint Louis where you can refresh, relax and have dinner before this evenings Saint Louis Jazz Festival activities.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

    Overnight at Mermoz

  6. Day 6: SAINT LOUIS – RAO – JAZZ FESTIVAL – Sunday, May 31, 2020

    After a sumptuous buffet breakfast at your hotel we depart to Rao.

    We will travel through small villages before reaching large red dunes. You will be awed by this natural spectacle.  Continue towards Rao and visit the local market and observe the various ethnic groups.  We will visit a selected village and learn about learn about the village activities including farming and other income generating activities.  Late afternoon return to Saint Louis where you can refresh, relax and have dinner before this evenings main Saint Louis Jazz Festival activities.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

    Overnight at Mermoz

  7. Day 7: ST LOUIS – TOUBA – PINK LAKE – DAKAR – Monday, June 1, 2020

    Today we leave St.  Louis and head to Touba, the Holy city of the Mouride Brotherhood.

    Get to know the only city in West Africa that is self-governed where the pay no taxes to the central government. Touba is regularly compared to Vatican with its autonomous administration. Visit the main facilities and hear about the history of Mouridism and its mystic founder.

    After Touba, we continue to Dakar with a stop in Pink Lake. Pink lake is a rare natural phenomenon caused by a unique combination of microorganism and high concentration of salts which gives the lake its pink color.

    Nowadays, the colour is not often pink because of high salt production.

    Interact with the women harvesting salt. We then continue to Dakar, check in the hotel and prepare for dinner before attending DakArt activities.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

    Overnight at Ndiambour 

  8. Day 8: DAKAR – DAR’ART FESTIVAL / DEPART – Tuesday, June 2, 2020

    Today is at leisure for individual activities. At the right time you will be transferred to the hotel for your onward flight.


    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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