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Festival on the Niger, 11 days

Culture and History tour in Bamako

Tour Price : $3120 Duration : 11 days Languages: English, French, German, Bamanakan, Miniankakan

Day 1 (Friday) - Jan. 29, 2010 - Arrive Bamako
International flight arrives in Bamako, Mali. You will be met, assisted and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 (Saturday) - Jan 30, 2010 - 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

Day 3 (Sunday) - Jan 31, 2010 - Mopti
This morning, leave a place whose name is synonymous with somewhere unreachable, “Timbuktu”, and fly to Mopti. On the Mopti city tour, you will see the fascinating mix of Malian cultures: Bambara, Bobo, Bozo, Dogon, Fulani, Tuareg, Songhay and Hausa. Visit the beautiful mosque, the fishing port and the bustling market, where you can shop for gold or silver jewelry, Tuareg leather work, or Fulani blankets of cotton or wool. Overnight in Mopti.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Day 4 (Monday) - Feb 1, 2010– Mopti-Djenne-Mopti
Drive to Djenne, Timbuktu's ancient sister-city on the Bani River. Visit Djenne on its weekly market day when Djenne is at its colorful best; see the magnificent Grand Mosque, the largest mud-brick architecture in the world and one of UNESCO's World Heritage sites, visit the museum, wander through the narrow streests of Djenne discovering this architectural city.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Day 5 (Tuesday) - Feb 2, 2010 – Dogon Country
After breakfast, drive to Mali's fascinating Dogon country with a first stop in Songho, renowned for its rock paintings and circumcision grotto.  Continue to Sangha. Visit the villages of Sangha, Ogols and Bongo> See the traditional women's house, the sacrificial altar of the Hogon (the Dogon people's traditional and religious leader). Visit a Dogon seer. Overnight in Sangha. Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Wednesday) - Feb 3, 2010 –
Dogon Country
Breakfast, descend the Bandiagara escarpment to visit the villages of Banani (note the ancient Tellem cave dwellings in the cliff face), Ireli, Amani (visit the sacred crocodile sanctuary), and Tireli, where you may see a traditional Dogon Mask Dance. Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (Thursday) - Feb 4, 2010 – Segou, Festival on the Niger
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. Arrive Segou late afternoon. Enjoy the festival opening ceremonies and the evening activities (concert, story-telling, traditional dances)
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Day 8 (Friday) - Feb 5, 2010 –
Segou, Festival on the Niger
Excursions to nearby cultural sites including: Kalabougou, the pottery village, and Sekoro, the old-S.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Day 9 (Saturday) - Feb 6, 2010 – 
Segou, Festival on the Niger
Festival activities continue in Segou.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Day 10 (Sunday) - Feb 7, 2010 – Segou-Bamako
After breakfast, depart to Bamako. Founded in 1640, Bamako didn't really start to grow until the French colonial period began in 1898. Mali is a country of many tribal peoples, each with their 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 in Bamako is the Grand Marché, 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. Visit the craft center (Maison des Artisans), the national Museum.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Day 11 (Monday) - Feb 8, 2010 - Bamako-Depart
Today is at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Additional information

Tour information:
Tour Price: $3120
Duration: 11 days
Languages: English, French, German, Bamanakan, Miniankakan
Tour package includes:
Airport Transfer :NO
Hotel pick-up:YES
Drop-off :NO
Tour Transportation (car, van, limo, boat, etc…):NO
Food and Drinks :NO
Other services (fees apply):
Attraction tickets (concerts, theater, museum, circus...) :NO
Translation services :NO
Reservations (hotels, restaurants, airline) :NO
Visa support :NO
Additional information:
This tour must be booked at least 7 days in advance of your travel date :NO
Tour groups must include a minimum of 2 passengers :NO
Tour prices are flexible and based on your requirements :NO