Join our exploratory tour to Timbuktu and Gao! For security reasons, we are unable to stay overnight so it is a very brief trip to get a taste of the highlights of both cities. For those of you who have not visited Mali previously, we are also offering the option of a post trip extension, visiting Segou, San and Djenne. The price for Timbuktu and Gao is £2100 (includes return private jet charter) and the extension to Djenne, San and Segou is £1050.
Meet your driver and transfer to your hotel. We will meet for a group dinner in the evening.
Early in the morning we travel by private jet to Timbuktu. Here we will visit the grand mosque in the old medina, centre of manuscripts, 16th century university mosque, and the house of Alexander Gordon Laing, the first European to visit Timbuktu. Afterwards we visit the Ethnological Museum to see the Well of Buktu. We will also visit Koranic schools and the workshop of the last master calligrapher. Later in the afternoon we fly to Gao; the city of Askia Mohamed. Here we will visit the pyramid mosque and Tomb of Askia before returning to Bamako.
For those finishing their tour today, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight. For those taking the extension; after breakfast we will begin a road trip to San. Here we will visit the mud mosque and the mud fishing port. Overnight in San.
After breakfast we will meet with our private security before departing for Djenne. Arrive late morning and visit the Grand mosque UNESCO heritage site. We will also visit the manuscripts library and the Tomb of Djenpo before having lunch. Afterwards drive to Segou where we will stay overnight.
After breakfast, we will board a traditional boat to visit Segoukoro, a village located on the banks of the river; the chosen residence of the Bambara Emperors. Afterwards we will return to Bamako to explore the city: the national museum, artisan’s market and sand fishing port. Check into an auberge close to the airport in the evening.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
For those taking the extension tour there is an extra charge of £1050 (twin sharing / £120 single supplement charge).