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Mali Eight Days Cultural Heritage Holiday

Mali Eight Days Cultural Heritage Holiday

Introduction

Discover the many treasures of the mystical ancient kingdom and enjoy the rhymic music traditional architecture and wonderful people of the Dogon. Mixing with the nomadic Touaregs and Fulanis walking the colourful markets of the legendary Timbuktu and venturing into the beautiful Sahara included in a camel caravan on the ancient trade route.

Cultural tour of Mali

Centuries old traditional mud and stick mosques are scattered for this exceptional country, learn the history behind the Grande mosque of Djenne a UNESCO world heritage site and trek the natural formations of the hambori mountains. Come along at the annual celebration of touareg culture and music once we enjoy 3 days at the festival au Desert and immerse yourself into the sense of festival on the Niger once we soak up culture, arts crafts, pottery and a lot more. The unique Dogon mask dancers, Touareg silversmiths, mud cloth dyers and weavers and a sunset sail on the beautiful Niger River fill you with memories lasting an eternity. See below or e mail us for more details.

Mali Tourist attractions

Bamako

The city of Bamako, the visitors’ usual starting place, offers an intricate mixture of modern and traditional while maintaining a geniune African identity. Bamako is the capital of Mali, and is called one of the best places in the world for music lovers and performers.

Mopti

From Bamako, the next stop in your tour of Mali ought to be Mopti. Mopti owes its prosperity to the Niger River, a part of which was reclaimed to support the city. Mali’s most important port is situated in Mopti, as well as fishing villages and Mopti Grand Mosque.

Djenne

By road or ferry, still ancient Djenne, a large flourishing and prosperous city blessed with a few of the most benevolent, friendly and hospitable people in the world. In Djenne, you’ll find mud brick buildings of A century or more, most notably the Great Mosque of Djenne.

Dogon Country

Continue your knowledge about a visit to Dogon country. Dogon every day life is centered around sacred rights and rituals which occur in the hollow cliffs which the Dogon houses are built. Dogon culture is surrounded in mysticism and intrigue, from an impressive knowledge of the solar system to the unique structure of Dogon villages.

Timbuktu

The ancient town of Timbuktu was an important center of Islamic scholarship throughout the 15th and 16th centuries. You might want to take one of the intricately carved and decorated doors home, but smaller (and lighter) types of the finest Tuareg craftmenship are yours for nothing more than a song – the craftsmen will throw in the dancing.

Location: Mali: Bamako, Timbuktu, Mopti, Pays-Dogon, Djenne, Segou.
Departures: January – December
Duration: 8 days
Group size: 1+ people
Price: From €1200, including: Hotel accommodation, meals as listed, private ground transportation, flights between sites, experienced English and French-speaking guide, airport transfers upon arrival and departure, all hotel taxes and local tourism taxes, all site visits and entry fees. Excluding: International flight to Mali, travel insurance, visa fees, drinks, and gratuities.

Obtain a taste of adventure with this particular introductory tour highlighting Mali’s cultural, historical, and ethnic diversity. Spend a memorable week in magnificent Mali taking in the awe-inspiring beauty and unbelievable grace while you stand before or travel through UNESCO World Heritage sites for example the Great Mosque of Djénné, Dogon Country, and Timbuktu.

Day 01: Bamako

Arrival via international flight to Bamako, capital of Mali; transfer from airport to hotel with aid of guide and driver; overnight in Bamako.

Day 02: Bamako-Timbuktu

Spend a complete day in legendary Timbuktu in the Sahara Desert. Visit the houses of explorers (René Caillé, Mongo Park, and Gordon Laing), the Mosque Djingareiber built by the emperor Kankan Moussa upon his return from his famous visit to Mecca, the museum, city markets, the handicraft center, and the center «Ahmed Baba» that is home to 14th century manuscripts.

Day 03: Timbuktu-Mopti

Transfer to the airport for any flight to Mopti, referred to as the Venice of Mali because it is located between the Niger and the Bani rivers on three islands. Arrive in Mopti mid morning and transfer to hotel. Tour the Komoguel mosque and then experience life on the river by going to two fishing villages.

Day 4: Mopti-Djenne-Mopti

Cross the Bani River by ferry after breakfast and arrive in Djénné; a town constructed almost entirely with mud and considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The “Great Mosque”, is the biggest mud edifice in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 5 and 6: Mopti-Dogon country

Depart for Dogon country, visit Songo, the village of underground caves to determine magnificent rock paintings and visit the grotto of circumcision, a location of great importance in Dogon culture. Visit the upper and lower Ogols.

Day 7: Mopti -San – Ségou

Depart for Segou, former colonial capital and Mali’s second largest city. Stop in San to go to the mosque, mud cloth workshops, and the animist village of Térékoungo.

Day 8: Ségou – Bamako – Departure

Arrive in Bamako around lunchtime. Visit the museum, handicraft center, local weavers, and the recycling market. Dinner and transfer to the airport. Tour ends.

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