10-DAY TOUR: Bamako - Djenne - Mopti - Sunset River Tour - Timbuktu - Dogon Country - Segou

10 Days, 9 Nights
Day 1: Welcome
Arrive at Bamako Airport; welcome and transportation to hotel; program briefing.
Day 2: Bamako - Djenne
Breakfast; set out for Djenne by 4X4. Lunch at San, town of the Bobo people. Arrive in Djenne in the afternoon in time to take advatage of the warm afternoon light to take some beautiful photos of the world's largest mud structure. Dinner at Chez Baba Restaurant.
Day 3: Djenne & Mopti River Tour
Breakfast and tour of Djenne and its unique architecture, tomb of Tapama, museum, Koranic school, old town of Djenne Djeno. Depart for Mopti by 4x4; lunch and relax at pool. In the afternoon, take a sunset boat tour of the Niger River by pirogue, visiting small Peulh villages and Bozo fishing villages. Dinner at Restaurant Y'a Pas de Probleme.
Day 4: Mopti - Timbuktu
Breakfast and depart by 4X4 for Timbuktu with a short stop at Douentza to stretch, stop for a picnic lunch in the shade, arrive at Timbuktu in the early afternoon. Check-in at hotel, relax, free afternoon. Dinner at Restaurant Hendrina Khan.
Day 5: Timbuktu
Breakfast; visit the mysterious town of Timbuktu, town of 333 Saints, situated at the door of the Sahara Desert. To see: museum of explorers, big museum, mosque of Djingueray Berre, Sankoe Koranic University and Ahmed Baba Library where ancient manuscripts are on display. In the afternoon, take a camel ride to visit the camps of the Tuareg nomads and watch the sunset on the dunes; dinner and a peaceful night!
Day 6: Timbuktu - Dogon Country
Breakfast; depart by 4X4 for Dogon Country. Lunch at Douentza; visit Fombori village and museum; continue along escarpment stopping for the night at Koundou, a charming campment where you may sleep in a room or on the terrace under the stars.
Day 7: Dogon Country
Breakfast; begin trek of Dogon villages; visit a guinna, home of the oldest community member; meet a hogon village chief, and visit a toguna, traditional Dogon meeting house where all community decisions and laws are passed. Lunch at one of the villages. In afternoon, volunteer tree planting for those who wish (Mali Experience Tours will provide a tree for each volunteer). Spend the night either at Sangha Hotel or Bandiagara Hotel depending on where you began your trek.
Day 8: Dogon Country - Segou
Breakfast; depart for Segou. Eat lunch at Restaurant Poulet D'Or. Enjoy a free afternoon at the pool or on an excursion on your own.
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Prices do not include: International airfare, bottled water or other beverages, mask dances, tips.
Day 9: Segou - Bamako
Breakfast & visit Segou, ancient capital of the great Bambara kingdom. To see: port of Segou where you can buy Kalabougou pottery, spice market, colonial quarter featuring Sudanese architecture, and finish at an artists cooperative where you can learn how to make natural clothing dye from tree leaves and bark, and try it yourself. Lunch at Segou and arrive in Bamako before nightfall. Check in and have dinner at the hotel.
Day 10: Bamako & Farewell
Visit Mali's capital, national museum, fetish market. Eat lunch; make last-minute purchases at the crafts market and Marché Rose. Transportation to airport and farewell. Mali Experience Tours wishes you a safe trip and pleasant memories of Mali!
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