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Burkina Faso Day 1: Bamako. International flight arrives in Bamako; airport-to-hotel transfer; everning free; overnight in Bamako

Day 2: Bamako - Djenne Depart Bamako for Djenne; lunch en route; dinner and overnight in Djenne

Day 3: Djenne - Sevare Visit Djenne, Timbuktu's ancient sister-city; see the fabulous Grand Mosque, the world's largest mud brick structure and one of Unesco's World Heritage sites; visit mud cloth artisans in their workshops; in the afternoon, drive to Sevare; overnight in Sevare

Day 4: Sevare - Dogon country Drive to Dogon country; visit the Dogon village Songo; see its renowned rock paintings and circumcision grotto; visit Sangha, Ogols and Bongo; see the women's house, the shrine of the Hogon (the Dogon people's spiritual leader); visit Dogon elders and the natural tunnel in Bongo; overnight camping at the Sangha-Tireli crossroads

Day 5: Dogon country Visit the Dogon village Tireli, where you will witness a traditional Dogon mask dance; overnight camping on the dunes of the village Ireli

Day 6: Dogon country Visit the dogon villages Ireli and Banani (option to hike there); ascend the Bandiagara escarpment back to Sangha; overnight in Sangha

Day 7: Dogon country - Mopti - on the Niger River Depart Dogon country and drive back to Mopti; after lunch, begin your two-day sail on the Niger River; visit Bozo fishing villages and Fulani nomads' camps along the river; overnight camping on the river bank

Day 8: Niger River - Lake Debo Entire day of sailing the Niger River; village visits continue; arrive at Lake Debo; overnight camping on the beach

Day 9: Lake Debo - Niger River - Konna - Mopti Sail back to the village Konna, where your vehicle will meet you and drive you back to Mopti; Mopti city tour: see the fishing port and the bustling market, where you will observe many of Mali's varied ethnic groups: Bambara, Bozo, Bobo, Dogon, Fulani, Tuareg, Songhay et Hausa; overnight in Mopti

Day 10: Mopti - Segou Depart Mopti for Segou; en route, visit Terekongo, the sacred well of the Bobo people; visit Segou, Mali's second largest city and former colonial administrative center; overnight in Segou

Day 11: Segou - Bamako Visit Sekoro, ancient capital of the Bambara kingdom, now just a sleepy village on the banks of the Niger River; see the tomb of king Biton Coulibaly; return drive to Bamako; Bamako city tour: see the National Museum, the city market and the artisans' village; after dinner, transfer to the airport for your final departure