Day 1: Arrive in Bamako. Welcome at the airport, and transfer to Hotel Mande. Upon arrival at the hotel, Includes: (D).
Day 2: Early in the morning, flight to reach the legendary city of Timbuktu, the city of 333 holy, the mysterious city or the doorway to the desert founded around the 11th century by the touareg Imagcharen. In Timbuktu the tradition says: gold comes the south, salt comes from the north, money comes from Occident, but the speeches of God, holy things, wonderful stories can be found only in Timbuktu. The 6th administrative capital of Mali, Timbuktu attracts many tourists who like to discover an exceptional cultural heritages, adventure landscape and and fabulous histories of the city, you will visit its magnificent mud-brick structures including the Mosque of Sankoré and the Place of Bouctou, the explorers house. Overnight in the hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 3: Early in the morning, flight to Mopti, the Venice of Mali for its location between the Bani and Niger River, visit: the beautiful Soudanese style mosque, the fishing port, the bustling market where many ethnic group of Mali – Bambara, Fulani, Bozo, Bobo, Dogon, Sonrhaï, come to trade, tranfer to a 4WD and drive to Dogon Land, visit to explore Dogon villages on Bandiagara escarpment edge long of around 200 km, classified as world heritages on double tittle of nature and culture, visit of some villages like of Banani, Amani, Irely and Terely on the escarpment to discover deeply the Dogon culture, a population very attached into their secular tradition, the Hogon considered as the oldest and spiritual chief of the village, the House of Gouina where the Hogon sleep, the Toguna constituted of eight feet and eight roofs. Tonight, enjoy your dinner under the stars and spend the night in traditional beautiful mud structures at a dogon village. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Dogon Country - Mopti. After breakfast travel to Mopti, the Venice of Mali for its location between the Bani and Niger River, visit: the beautiful Soudanese style mosque, the fishing port, the bustling market where many ethnic group of Mali – Bambara, Fulani, Bozo, Bobo, Dogon, Sonrhaï, come to trade. Enjoy a sunset on the river sailing to see Bozo escarpment and then stay overnight at your hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 5: After breakfast drive to Djenne the city classified as World Heritages because of its architecture. The city considered as the twin of Timbuktu because of its attachment on Islam. Founded around the 10th century by Soninkés, a religious city considered as one of the oldest city in Africa. The visit of children learning in Koranic school is worthy. Djenne is very famous by its colorful market and the biggest mud monument in the world. Visit of San on the way - the capital of Bobo land, an ethnic very attached to its culture as they are animists, the mosque a little similar to the one of Djenne, arrival, city tour the Mosque, Koranic schools and houses of Sudanese architecture, continuation to Segou visit houses of Sudanese architecture, the bogolan center, Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Segou-Bamako, Breakfast and visit the colonial building then continuation to Bamako, arrival you will explore this capital city of Bamako situated on the Niger, one of Africa's great rivers. Mali is a country of many tribal peoples, each with your own exuberant styles of clothing and jewelry. Bamako has a large art and craft center where sculptors, weavers, leather workers, jewelers and metal workers exhibit their wares and skills. You will visit the Grand Marché, or "Great Market", where you can spend hours exploring the hundreds of stalls. From carvings and cassettes, to fabrics, beads, brass and gold, the variety of goods is staggering. One area of the market is devoted entirely to traditional African medicines, the national museum, and overnight at hotel Includes: (B).
Day 7: Leave Mali for Guinea Conakry. Drive to Kankan. Breakfast and drive to Kankan to see the market, do the city tour Grand Marche, Grand Mosque, university, Samory Courou: and overnight at your hotel in Kankan Hotel Bate
Day 8: Drive to Zerekore. Nzerekore city tour the Market, Village Artisanal, Ethnographic Museum, Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Drive from Zerekore to Bossou. Visit through Nimba mountains where monkeys are numerous. Night in tent.
Day 10: Early in the morning, stroll to look for the monkeys, Back to Zerekore. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 11: Drive to Faranah, the source of Niger. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 12: Drive from Faranah to Conakry, via Mamou, the Capital City of Guinea with a population of slightly over one million, is a bustling port city on the Atlantic Ocean full of sights and sounds for both the curious and the adventurous. Part of UNESCO's historic "Slave Route", Guinea was the first African country to benefit from the program of rebuilding the historic sites on the slave route. Will have here the unique opportunity to discover Guinea's "Unspoiled Africa". In the morning we take a sightseeing tour in Conakry and visit the National Museum, the Market Place and will later take a 30-minute cruise to the Island of Loos. Today will have an unique opportunity to understand Guinea, truly renowned for its artistic and cultural diversity exemplified by songs, dances and traditions. Novotel Hotel.
Day 13: Drive from Conakry to Koundara in Guinea Bissau, via Labe for its famous falls. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 14: After breakfast and crossing the border into Guinea-Bissau, we continue to travel toward the city of Bissau, including en route stops at many points of interest. The land now known as Guinea-Bissau was once the kingdom of Gabú, which was part of the larger Mali Empire. The first European to encounter Guinea-Bissau was the Portuguese explorer Nuño Tristão in 1446 and the colonists in the Cape Verde Islands obtained trading rights in the territory and it became a center of the Portuguese slave trade. In 1879, the connection with the islands was broken, but it remained under Portuguese dependency until 1974.
The military coup in Portugal in April 1974 brightened the prospects for freedom and in August the Lisbon government signed an agreement granting independence to the province. The new republic took the name Guinea-Bissau. After arriving in Bissau, we’ll visit the National Museum, where the fold art and handcrafted items are found, the Mercado (Central Market) for its vibrant atmosphere and fruits and vegetables and the ‘Centro Artistico Juvenil’, where young artists exhibit their wares. Overnight: Residencial Coimbra (1 night). Includes: (B, D).
Day 15: Boat trip to Orango Island. Dinner and overnight at the hotel on the island.
Day 16: full day on the island and Back to Bissau in the afternoon, Dinner and overnight at the hotel
Day 17: After breakfast and crossing the border into Gambian border, we continue to travel toward the city of Banjul, including en route stops at many points of interest, particularly at Abuko Natural Reserve and Zangishor, Dinner and overnight at Hotel Atlantic. Includes: (B).
Day 18: Banjul. On board a yacht you travel to Albreda and Juffure passing Dog Island. Stop at James Island where you visit the remains of the slave stores and the governor’s house, before continuing to Albreda, a major groundnut trading place. A 15-minute walk brings you to Juffure the ancestral village of Alex Haley, the author of the best-seller “Roots”, and the home of “Kunta Kinteh’s family.” On your way lunch and drinks will be served on board. Return to Banjul in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Atlantic. Includes: (B).
Day 19: Banjul - Saint Louis. Early morning, leave Banjul for Saint Louis. On the way, you will visit some weekly village markets gathering thousands of villagers, visit villages of various ethnic groups, visit Kaolack and its market famous for its medicinal herbs and its African fabrics. Upon arrival in Banjul, check in to your hotel. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Le Cap. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 20: Saint Louis. Leave the hotel for a tour of Saint Louis – former capital of Senegal and all French West African settlements. You will admire the charming beauty of this colonial styled city. The historic center of Saint Louis will be visited in horse-drawn carriage. Stop at the Governor’s Palace, visit the fishermen district of Guet Ndar, the district of Ndar Toute with its market, the handicraft village. At noon, proceed by motor canoe to “Langue de Barbarie” Bird Sanctuary, one of the most important ornithological sites of the world. You will admire this beautiful nature reserve between the Atlantic Ocean and the Senegal River. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Le Cap or a similar. Includes: (B).
Day 21: Saint Louis - Dakar. Leave Saint Louis for Dakar. On the way, you will visit Pink Lake Retba, meet the “Salt Lake harvesters” drawing salt from the lake, and visit the Fulani village on the north bank of the lake, visit some traditional Wolof villages. Arrive in Dakar dinner and overnight at Hotel Includes: (B), (D).
Day 22: Dakar. Start a tour of Dakar with its main markets. Visit Kermel Market, Sandaga Market, stop at the President’s Palace and admire its red Spahi guards, stop at the Parliament House, the Cathedral and the Great Mosque. Visit the University going through the residential district of Fann showing the new Senegalese architecture style. Stop at the Millennium Door, one of the newest monuments of Dakar and go through the picturesque district of Medina.
In the afternoon, take a boat ride to Goree Island where you will arrive after 20 minutes. Visit the House of Slaves where the curator will deliver a lecture on “300 years of Slave Trading in West Africa”. Visit the ethnographic museum, the Fort and the Memorial of Goree. Stop at the Governor’s Palace and take some time for shopping at the little market of Goree. Return to your hotel, transfer to the airport.
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