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Discover 11 Days Mali Cultural Holiday

Discover 11 Days Mali Cultural Holiday

Explore the 11 days cultural tour in Mali, Discover life along the Niger River and Immerse yourself in Dogon scenery and culture.

Discover the music and magic of Mali’s landscapes and individuals through a journey to Timbuktu and beyond. Immerse yourself in Mali ’s wonders and UNESCO World Heritage sites, inside the vast Sahara, the world’s largest mud mosque at Djenne.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1: Bamako (Monday).

Upon arrival in the airport in Bamako , your guide can there be to welcome you and bring you to definitely your first night’s stay at your accommodation Tamana.

Day 2:  Bamako to Tombouctou by plane (Tuesday).

Guided city tour: the mosques, museum, daily market, house of artisan crafts, the middle of 16th century manuscripts, the houses of early explorers, lunch inside a typical Timbuktu restaurant. Depart by camel to invest one night in the desert. You may enjoy the total silence of the desert together with Tuaregs, dinner, and a night underneath the stars in a Tuareg village in complete safety.

Culture of Mali

Culture of Mali

Day 3: Desert to Tombouctou (Wednesday).

Morning trip to the village and go back to Tombouctou, the city of 333 saints, within the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Hounde Mali.

Day 4 to 6: Tombouctou to Mopti via pinasse (Thursday – Saturday).

Morning departure using a fully equipped, motorized pinnase across the Niger River . Three days and two nights to see the tranquility of the river: Meeting Bozo fishermen, visiting villages and witnessing the smoking of fish, roaming livestock, and petty trade; crossing Mali ‘s largest lake, Lake Debo, where lots of species of migratory birds reunite. Every evening at sunset, we reach beautiful places to camp across the riverbanks in complete safety. Somehow the forest will make you work up quite a hunger for fresh-caught fish, eaten hanging out the campfire under a brilliant sky of stars. On Day 6, get to Mopti in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight in the hotel Ya Pas de Problème (the quaintly named, There isn’t any Problem Hotel).

Day 7: Mopti to Djenné (Sunday).

Morning tour of Mopti: see the port (around the Niger River ), the crossroads of trade, the marketplace, and fishing canoes and pinasses being built. Lunch; depart for Djenné. Dinner and overnight in an encampment/hotel in Djenné.

Day 8: Djenné (Monday).

Morning tour from the city and its rich history, using the largest and most beautiful mud mosque in Africa and also the world. Monday is the day’s the colorful weekly market, and you’ll discover lovely traditional fabrics. You’ll walk through the narrow alleys look around the majestic Sudanese-style mud buildings. Behind each door a hot welcome awaits you. Djenné is the perfect setting to enjoy the great number of ethnic groups that inhabit the Niger River Valley and also the inland delta. Depart for the Teriya Bugu Rest Area. We’ll pass beautiful mud villages and talk with villagers who will explain the tradition of millet and also the traditional costumes made from bazin. We’ll stop briefly to admire the mosque in San. Lunch then a short drive; dinner and overnight in a hotel.

Day 9: Teriya Bugu to Segou (Tuesday).

After visiting Teriya Bugu, morning departure for Segou. You’ll marvel at the giant, luxurious baobab trees lining the roads, in addition to Bambara and Bobo villages. Arrive in the mid-afternoon; lunch and dinner; overnight through the river at the hotel Esplanade.

Day 10: Ségou to Bamako (Wednesday).

Inside a morning tour of Ségou, you’ve got the opportunity to discover the pottery produced by a cooperative of women on the market, and the dye house where everyone is able to paint a bogolan. After breakfast, depart for Bamako ; benefit from the afternoon at leisure; dinner reaches a local restaurant. Overnight in the hotel Tamana.

Day 11: Bamako (Thursday).

Morning tour from the city: the home of artisans, the marketplace with fruit and spices, the nation’s Museum . Lunch is at a cafe or restaurant; the afternoon is at leisure; finally, transfer towards the airport with the help of your guide.

Best time to go?

From October to February may be the cooler season and the ideal time to come, local festivals have been in January: (Touareg Music Festival within the Desert), February (Festival au Niger in Segou).

Highlight

Discover life along the Niger River.
Immerse yourself in Dogon scenery and culture.
Escape in to the desert on the outskirts of Timbuktu.
Take part in traditional celebrations or festivals Touareg festival and Niger festival.
stroll with the handicrafts markets of Segou or Mopti “the Malian Venice”.
Be charmed through the unique architecture of Djenne.

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