(Bamako, Timbuktu, Mopti, Djenne, Segou)
This trip explores the highlights of Mali, where you will experience the world famous adobe architecture in Djenne, the legendary town of Timbuktu, the historical city of Segou, life on and next to the Niger river and the beautiful Malian music scene! Mali is a politically stable and safe country, and is a unique African experience even for those who have already visited the continent before. Enjoy your tour with the confidence of an expert local guide, safe transportation, and 24/7 support from our professional consultants. As always, all of our itineraries can be modified exactly as you wish.
Airport transfer with private vehicle and guide.
The Villa Soudan is a new 12 room hotel located by the Niger River.
Take your flight from Bamako to Timbuktu today. The flight duration is approximately 2.5 hrs.
Lunch at a local restaurant
Timbuktu is a legendary city at the border of the Sahara, which was in the past a strategic place in the trans-Sahara trade. At the same time it was an important centre of study of law and theology. In this city you’ll visit the Djingareiber-mosque, built in the 14th century, the Sidi Yahiya –mosque, the Sankoré-mosque, the house of the explorers (Gordon Laing, René Caillé and Heinrich Barth),the Ahmed Baba centre (manuscripts) and the museum. Later in the afternoon you'll go for a sunset trip on the back of a camel to visit the Touaregs(Blue Men of the desert).
La Maison is a unique find in Timbuktu. Located in the town, this 9 room hotel offers a roof top patio with great views of the dunes as well as the medina.
Take your morning flight from Timbuktu to Mopti today. The flight duration is approximately 1 and a half hour.
Lunch at a local restaurant (included in tour price).
Upon arrival into Mopti you will have a tour of the harbour followed by a canoe-trip at sunset to the junction of rivers Bani and Niger. Mopti is built on three islands at the junction of rivers Bani and Niger. It is an important trade center and a lively town where a lot of ethnic groups live together: the Bozo, Dogon, Bambara, Bella-farmers, Tuareg and the Fulani. The market and the port are full of colours and smells. You can see in the port how the colourful ‘pinasse’-boats are made.
La Maison Rouge is one of the best hotels that Mopti has to offer. The hotel has 12 rooms with private bath and air conditioning as well as a small restaurant that uses fresh ingredients grown in their own garden.
Drive between Djenne and Mopti with private vehicle, driver and English speaking guide. This drive takes approx. 2hrs.
Djenne, founded in the 9th century, received ivory, gold, slaves, wool and cola nuts from the south and transported these products to the north. Since the 12th century the city became very important for this trade. For Muslims, Djenne is an important religious city because of the mosque and the many Koranic schools. Your visit to Djenne, will include its phenomenal mud mosque, the grave of Tapama Djenepo, the young Bozo-girl buried alive to save the city from a flood, and the architectural remainders of Moroccan colonisation.
Hôtel Djenné Djenno is a modern and elegant interpretation of Malian style, decorated by its owner Sophie Sarin, a Swedish artist and interior designer, who has used the ancient West African textile tradition ‘Bogolan’ to create the charming interiors of the hotel.
Drive from Bamako to Segou (4.5 hs) with private vehicle, driver and English speaking guide.
Visit to Segou, the old capital of the Bambara kingdom and an important city during the colonial period which is still visible in the architecture of some old houses in town and to Segoukoro, the old village of Segou.
Hotel Le Djoliba offers clean comfortable rooms with a great location near the Niger River
Drive from Segou to Bamako with private vehicle, driver and English speaking guide.
VISA/PASSPORTA passport and visa are required for both US and Canadian citizens. All travelers must have international vaccination cards with a current yellow fever immunization.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you obtain the latest visa information and entry requirements from the Republic of Mali Embassy . HEALTHHealth insurance is essential. Medical facilities are poor quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/mali.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Bamako. Government: Republic. Gained independence from France in 1960. Language: The official language is French. There are a number of local languages. Religion: Majority Muslim, with indigenous and Christian minorities. Time: GMT. Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Larger towns in Mali have their own locally-generated supply. European-style plugs with two circular metal pins are used. Telephone: Country code +223. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with several international mobile phone companies. Coverage is limited to main towns. Internet: There is an Internet cafe in Bamako. Some hotels offer access.
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