Day 1: ARRIVAL IN BAMAKO.
On the regularly scheduled (commercial airline). Transfer from air port to town,
overnight in hotel.
Day 2: BAMAKO- SÉGOU (235 KM)
In the morning we will visit the city of Bamako, which contain an interesting
mix of colonial buildings and some of the typical, colourful markets in West
Africa. Visit to the museum nad the market. Lunch and departure for Ségou. On
the banks of the Niger River which has preserved much of its charm over the
centuries and was, for long periods of its history, the chosen residence of the
Bambara emperors. Overnight in hotel.
Day 3: SÉGOU-MOPTI (420 km)
Departure in the morning towards Mopti ( known as the Venice of Mali due its
numerous waterways, The route takes us through a wild beautiful African
landscape dotted with giant baobab trees and thorny bushes. Brief stop to admire
the San Mosque and several Bambara and Bobo villages. Arrival midafternoon.
Overnight in hotel.
Day 4: MOPTI-DJENNÉ-MOPTI (260 KM)
Departure towards the weekly market at Djenné, a perfect opportunity to witness
the wide variety of ethnic group who live along the Niger River valley. This is
also a good time to admire the remarkable adobe forms of the so-called Sudanese
architecture. Return to Mopti in the afternoon. Overnight in hotel.
Days 5, 6 & 7: DOGON COUNTRY
Departure in the morning by road to the Bandiagara Escarpment. During the next
three days, we will go on a trek around several of the villages built into the
escarpment. You will be given the opportunity to appreciate the enormous skill
of the Dogon people and their vibrant artistic expression: Masks, ritual figures
and carved doors. Overnight in a typical house in the village or in a tent.
Return to Mopti on the banks of the Niger River mid-morning on Day 7. Overnight
Days 8, 9 & 10: MOPTI – NIGER RIVER
Trip in a traditional covered-top pinasse boat (equipped with outboard motor).
During the next three days, you will discover the rich variety of peoples who
inhabit the curve of the Niger River: Bozo fishermen, Peul farmers and the
Tuaregs. We will spend two nights camping in the open (in igloo-type tents), and
in the afternoon of Day 10 we will reach the mythical city of Timbuktu.
Overnight in hotel.
Day 11: TIMBUKTU
Visit to the museum, the famous Djinguareiber Mosque and houses of the explorers.
In the afternoon, Sahara desert camel trek to visit a typical Tuareg camp near
Timbuktu. Overnight in hotel.
Day 12: TIMBUKTU-MOPTI
Departure in the morning to Mopti, passing through the beautiful dunefilled
landscape of the Sahara, scattered about with cactuses, solitary bushes and with
cactuses, solitary bushes and several villages of the Tuaregs). This visitor an
idea of the complex social organisations of the Tuareg and Bela nomads. Arrival
late afternoon. Overnight in hotel.
Day 13: MOPTI
In the mornig, we will visit canallaced Mopti. This spectacular river port, set
against the backdrop of majestic red mud-brick Sudanese buildings, evokes the
memory of the glorious 14th and 15th century Mandingo empires, famous for their
thriving trade between Timbuktu and Djenné. Visit to the old Taikiri
neighbourhood, the Sougouni market and the afternoon,
we will visit the craft market and stop off in a typical Bozo bar to and stop
off in a typical Bozo bar to observe the bustling life of the river port.
Overnight in hotel
Day 14: MOPTI-SEGOU
Mornig free to make last-minute purchases and departure to Ségou. Arrival late
afternoon. Overnight in hotel.
Day 15: SEGOU-BAMAKO
Departure day use in hotel in Bamako and transfer for international flight