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Discover Mali, 7 Days

Mali (Bamako, Timbuktu, Mopti, Djenne, Dogon, Segou)

Discover Mali, the land of the famed Timbuktu. Tour the country of the Dogons and explore their cliffside villages. Visit the large arts and craft center of Bamako while experiencing the various blends of North Africa and Sub-saharan culture!

Day 1 Bamako, Mali

Arrive Bamako; meet assist and transfer to Hotel.
Meal(s) Included: No
Overnight at Hotel Mande or Similar

Day 2 Bamako

After breakfast explore this capital city. Bamako 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 MarchÈ, 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, Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Mande or Similar

Day 3 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. Overnight in Timbuktu.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Colombe or Similar

Day 4 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. Overnight in Mopti.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Ambedjele or Similar

Day 5 Djenne

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. Overnight in Djenne.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Campement or Similar

Day 6 Djenne/Dogon

Travel to Dogon Country which is considered to be one of the most extraordinary places on earth. 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. Overnight in Dogon Village.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Campement or Similar

Day 7 Dogon/Segou/Bamako/Depart

After breakfast, drive to Segou, Mali’s second largest city and former colonial capital. This drive takes you through a few interesting villages where you can observe the traditional ways of life. Briefly explore Segou before continuing to Bamako where you will relax and refresh before it is time to transfer to the airport for your ongoing flight.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES

  • Meeting and assistance upon arrival and departure
  • Roundtrip airport/hotel transfers
  • Hotel accommodation in the listed properties
  • Transportation in private vehicle
  • Experienced tour guide
  • Admission to listed sites and events
  • Meals indicated

TOUR PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

  • Flights
  • Cost of visa
  • Meals not listed
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuity to driver and guide
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