Day 1: Arrive In Dakar. On arrival in Dakar you will be met, assited, and transferred to your hotel. City Tour of Dakar and vicinity by visiting the colorful markets including Tilen Market, famous for a variety of medicinal herbs and traditional healers. Visit the picturesque residential district of Medina, the Presidential Palace, the Renaissance Statue; the Ifan museum and the National Art Gallery. Overnight at Novotel Dakar or similar.
Day 2: Dakar - Goree Island - Dakar. Today, visit the famous/infamous Goree Island, a World Heritage Site. Observe the “Door of No Return” through which millions of Africans passed on the way to slavery in the Americas. The tour includes a visit to the ethnographic museum and a lecture by the curator on the history of Goree Island. Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner. Overnight at Novotel Dakar or similar.
Day 3: Dakar - Pink Lake - Kaolack. Today, visit the famous/infamous Goree Island, a World Heritage Site. Observe the “Door of No Return” through which millions of Africans passed on the way to slavery in the Americas. The tour includes a visit to the ethnographic museum and a lecture by the curator on the history of Goree Island. Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Overnight at Hotel De Paris or similar.
Day 4: Kaolack - Banjul. After breakfast, depart to Banjul. Cross from Senegal to The Gambia while sitting in the bus for the 20 minutes cruise on the barge. Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Overnight at Atlantic Hotel or similar.
Day 5: Banjul. Begin today’s tour with a visit to Arch 22 in Banjul, which was built to commemorate the Second Republic. The Arch, situated at the entrance to the city, houses a Museum and restaurant. Continue to the National Museum which highlights the history of the Gambia. En route, stop by the main Mosque and have a short visit at a primary school. If time permits, visit a classroom to say hello. Take a short drive through the city to see the sites. Then, visit Albert Market, where amidst much hustle and bustle you may purchase anything from live chickens and vegetables to herbs and other potions. Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner. Overnight at Atlantic Hotel or similar.
Day 6: Banjul - Juffureh - Banjul. Observe the ruins of the Sao Domingo Church, reputed to be one of the oldest churches in West Africa, erected by the Portuguese during the 17th century. Then, take a fifteen minutes walk to the village of Juffureh where “Kunta Kinte” of Roots fame traced his ancestry. The original home of Alex Haley’s great grandfather, which stands near to the mosque. It is still occupied by the Kinte family and may be visited during your stay here. Continue to the “Museum of Slavery” which gives a good insight into the history of slavery in the Gambia.
Board the boat for the short river cruise to James Island, steeped in slave trade history. Fortress ruins tell the tale of colonial rivalries, and the beads still buried deep in the sand conjure pictures of the hundreds of slaves shackled together awaiting transport to an unknown and uncertain future. Early evening, board the boat back to Banjul accompanied by the friendly Dolphins who will generally make an appearance. Arrive in Banjul early evening. Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner. Overnight at Atlantic Hotel or similar.
Day 7: Banjul - Saly Beach. After breakfast, drive to Saly Beach; where you may enjoy “canoe cruising” or just interact with the people whose traditional hospitality enables you to share their daily life of fishing, canoe excursions, and meals grilled over open fire. Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Overnight at Bougainvilleas or similar.
Day 8: Saly Beach – Joal - Fadiouth - Dakar. After breakfast, visit Joal, the birthplace of Senegal’s first President, Leopold Sedar Senghor and its picturesque twin, Fadiouth, a village covered with oyster and clam shells. Observe the granaries built on stilts which house the food supplies. Return to Dakar for overnight. Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner. Overnight at Hotel Djollof Dakar or similar.
Day 9: Departure. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Meal(s) Included: Breakfast.
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