Day 1: Bamako. Assistance for police and customs formalities and transfer to the hotel - 02h00 Arrival to Bamako International airport. Welcome by your guide and transfer to the hotel for the night. Briefing with the guide. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Bamako/Segu. Breakfast and depart to Segou. Visit to Bambara and Bobo villages on road. Discovering of traditional ways of production of Shea butter. 15 minutes to Segou, stop to visit Ségoukoro which means in Bambara language the "Old Segou". It is the location of Bambara Kingdom’s former capital… You can see the vestibule and the tomb of Mamary Biton Coulibaly, the Founder of the Kingdom and try to understand how Animism and Muslim were intimately bound. Check-in at hotel. Lunch. In the afternoon a short city tour including the pottery market along the Niger River banks and the "Colonial Quarter". Admire the beautiful Sudanese-style colonial architecture and visit the local art galleries. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Segu/Djenne. Breakfast and early departure for a long way road heading to Djenne. Crossing of the sahelian typical landscapes. You have time to admire commercial activities in Bobo and Bambara small villages located all along the way. Lunch stop at San. Arrive to Djenne at the end of the day and visit to the town’s archaeological Museum of the "Mission culturelle" where you can see some pieces coming from the ruins of Djenne-Djeno, an ancient settlement that dates back to about 300. Check-in at hotel. A short walking tour will lead you to a local restaurant for the dinner. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Djenne/Mopti. Breakfast and go for a visit to the town. Djenne: "Founded in the 4th century, Djenne has scarcely changed since the Middle Ages. In the 13th-15th centuries, Djenne was a rival of Timbuktu for the wealth of the Trans-Saharan trade. The city is located on an island in the inland Niger delta, and is surrounded by mud brick walls. As well as making a visit to the archaeological site of Djenné-Djeno that looks backward in time over a 1.000 years. Generation after generation, a guild of highly skilled master-builders, the Baris, have ensured Djenne’s architectural integrity. The atmosphere in the streets brings the traveler back to medieval times".
Sites to visit and to see: The town Sudanese architecture, the largest mud made mosque in the world, the chief’s house, the sacred well of Nana Wangara, the tomb of the young woman who was walled in alive to give the town prosperity, the market place… Most of the time this place is quiet but on Monday which is the market day, this place is packed with traders and customers coming from villages all around. This market has its origin back in medieval time. The barter economy is still used. Depart to Mopti after your lunch. Check-in at hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Mopti/Konna/Mopti. Breakfast and embark on a motorized riverboat for one day sailing on the Niger River. During the sailing you will visit Bozo fishermen’s villages and nomadic Fulani camps along the way. Lunch on board. Arrival to Konna harbour and transfer to Mopti for the city tour: the lively fishing harbor on the Bani River where you can still find slabs of salt for sale in a continuation of an age-old trade between Morocco and Mali; the artisans’ souks with traditional traders offering a variety of locally-produced commodities and beautiful artifacts; the traditional boat factory, the beautiful Sudanese-style mosque of Komoguel, and the bustling local market. Dinner in a typical restaurant of the town and overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Mopti/Nando/Niongono/Bandiagara. Breakfast and depart for Bandiagara. On route, visit of Dogon villages located on the plateau, like Niongono village, perched on a peak and Nando with its small mosque, the only mud-made structure in the village. Continuation to Bandiagara. Arrival, check-in at hotel followed with lunch. Free time in the afternoon. Dinner overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Bandiagara/Daga/Tireli/Banani/Sangha Breakfast followed with your transfer with 4x4 to Daga. Today will require a bit of walking and stamina as we visit the picturesque Dogon villages along the World Heritage listed Bandiagara cliffs like Ireli, Amani and Banani. These villages are small and built out of local stone, again with the granaries being topped by thatched roofs. "Prepare: hats for the sun, good walking shoes for the escarpments, comfortable clothes, small bag, sunglasses and water". During your trek towards the Dogon villages along the Bandiagara cliffs , you will see the "impure women’s" house, the tellem caves, and the fetish altar of the Hogon (The Dogon people’s traditional and religious leader).
As we walk from village to village we will get a good insight into lives of the Dogon as well as an appreciation for their arts and crafts. Picnic lunch at Banani. Continuation to Sangha, the cultural capital of Dogon Country. Before entering to Sangha, we will visit the Dogon Traditional Devin who in conformity to the tradition still predicts the future to Dogon people…and visitors. We will then admire the Dogon masks dance. Dogon dancers are world-renowned and often consist of dances on stilts while wearing broad-brimmed hats and amazing facial decorations. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Day 8: Sangha/Ouaigouya/Ouagadougou. Breakfast and depart for a full day driving to Ouagadougou. On route visit to some Dogon villages of the plain. Stop at Ouahigouya for the lunch and city tour. Continuation to Ouagadougou. Arrival followed with dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Ouagadougou Breakfast followed with the visit of the city of Ouagadougou: the historic monuments, the national museum and the Arts and Crafts Village. Drive back to the hotel for the lunch. Rest time. In the afternoon, we will go to Manega museum. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Oouagadougou – Gaoua. Breakfast and depart heading to Lobi land. Picnic lunch and continue on to Gaoua. Check into a hotel. In the afternoon, visit of the town we will visit the Poni museum, the local market, and some Lobi villages. Back to the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 11: Gaoua – Banfora. Breakfast and heading west towards Banfora where we will have lunch. Tour to the Karfiguela waterfalls and to Fabedougou rock domes in the afternoon. Drive back to Banfora. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Banfora – Sindou – Banfora. After breakfast, we will explore the "Peaks of Sindou" and the Senoufo villages. We will have a picnic lunch and we’ll be back in Banfora for the dinner and the overnight at hotel.
Day 13: Banfora – Bobo Dioulasso. Breakfast and depart for Bobo-Dioulasso, the second largest city in Burkina. Arrival to Bobo followed with the city tour (the mosque, the old quarter called Dioulassoba, and the central market. Back to the hotel for lunch and rest. In the afternoon, we will visit the town’s museum. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 14: Bobo Dioulasso – Segu. Breakfast and heading to Segu in Mali. Crossing of Burkina/Mali boarder. Continuation to Koutiala for the lunch. Arrival in Segou and check-in at hotel. Leisurely time. Dinner and overnight at hotel
Day 15: Segu – Bamako – Departure. Breakfast and depart to Bamako. Arrival, check-in at hotel followed with lunch. Bamako city tour in the afternoon: visit to the market; the artisan’s and the fetish market, the National museum (closed on Monday) with it’s over 4000 pieces relating the history of Mali people. You can see: Some traditional masks as well as funeral objects and handicrafts, the panoramic point of view from "Point G" hill. Dinner and transfer to the airport for your final departure
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