THE ROAD TO TIMBUKTU AND THE RIVERS OF WEST AFRICA

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					     THE ROAD TO TIMBUKTU AND THE RIVERS OF
                   WEST AFRICA
                                           ON BOARD CALLISTO
Day 1
AUSTRALIA
Fly from Australia to Bamako, Mali.

Day 2
BAMAKO, Mali
Arrive in Bamako, the capital of Mali, this evening and transfer to the Hotel Sofitel l’Amitié Bamako.

Day 3
BAMAKO
Visit the National Museum, housing one of the best ethnographic collections in West Africa. Enjoy lunch at the San
Toro Restaurant, which features a gallery of traditional Malian art. Later, explore Bamako’s artisan market.

Day 4
BAMAKO | MOPTI
On a private flight, fly to Mopti, located at the confluence of the Niger and Bani rivers, and see the impressive mud-
brick mosque and local markets. Enjoy a sunset boat ride on the Niger River. Overnight at the Hotel Kanaga.

Day 5
MOPTI | DJENNÉ | MOPTI
Little has changed since the 14th and 15th centuries when Djenné profited from the trans-Sahara trade. The main
feature of Djenné is the Grand Mosque, the world’s largest mud-brick structure, which dates back to the 13th century
but is repaired and rebuilt each year after the rainy season. Also visit the colorful market and the Bogolon mudcloth
workshop.

Day 6
MOPTI | DOGON REGION | MOPTI
Tour the villages of the Dogon Region, built along the cliffs of an escarpment, and renowned for their unique
architecture and elaborate art forms. Enjoy a spectacular Dogon mask dance performance.

Day 7
MOPTI | TIMBUKTU | BAMAKO
On a private flight, fly from Mopti to Timbuktu, once one of the wealthiest cities of Africa and a center of scholarship.
During a walking tour, see the 15th-century Djingareyber and Sankore mosques; the explorers’ houses; and the
Ahmed Baba Library of ancient Arabic writings and books. Fly to Bamako and overnight at the Hotel Sofitel l’Amitié
Bamako.

Day 8
BAMAKO | DAKAR, Senegal | EMBARK
Fly from Bamako to Dakar and embark Callisto. Sail in the evening.

Day 9
SALOUM RIVER | DJIFFERE | JOAL-FADIOUT, Senegal
In the morning, Callisto will enter Senegal’s Saloum River and sail through scenic waterways and small islands to the
village of Djiffere. Drive to the fishing village of Fadiout, one of Senegal’s most fascinating sites: the island is
composed entirely of shells that have accumulated over the centuries. Everything here is made of shells—they are on
the walls of the houses, and they cover the narrow pathways. In the evening, Callisto will enter the River Gambia and
sail to the village of Tendaba, located 55 miles upriver.




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Day 10
TENDABA | KIANG WEST NATIONAL PARK | BAOBOLONG WETLAND RESERVE, RIVER GAMBIA, The Gambia
From the village of Tendaba, situated on the south of the riverbank, explore two of The Gambia’s most important
wildlife reserves. In the morning, drive to the Kiang West National Park, where mangroves, creeks, and mudflats
alternate with dry woodland and grassland. Kiang West is notable for its more that 250 species of birds. In the
afternoon, board local boats to navigate the waterways and maze of islands that comprise Baobolong Wetland
Reserve, a notable bird sanctuary and a wonderland of mangroves, some of which are over 60 feet tall.

Day 11
KUNTAUR | WASSU STONE CIRCLES, RIVER GAMBIA
Early in the morning, Callisto will leave Tendaba to navigate deeper into the River Gambia. The river beyond Tendaba
narrows, and its banks are covered with tropical forest. Passing by remote villages with grass-thatched huts, we arrive
in the village of Kuntaur. As the ship navigates the twisting river, look for hippos that frequent this part of the river. In
Kuntaur, set on a beautiful bend of the river, visit the colorful weekly market, where many tribes gather to sell their
wares, and explore the nearby Wassu Stone Circles, the remnants of an ancient Senegambian culture, dating to about
A.D. 750. Afterwards, we are greeted in the village by a traditional ceremony of local music and dance.

Day 12
RIVER GAMBIA NATIONAL PARK | JANJANBUREH
Board local motorized pirogues in the morning to discover the five mid-river Baboon Islands that constitute the River
Gambia National Park. The islands also house the Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Trust, the longest running such project in
Africa, set up in 1969. Look for monkeys and other wildlife as our boat cruises by the lushly forested islands, and
continue to the town of Janjanbureh, also known by its colonial name of Georgetown, once an important trading post
for the British. Explore the quaint old town, where most of the buildings date from the 19th century, and shop for local
crafts. Janjanbureh’s woodlands and leafy riverfront house a large number of bird species, and you will have the
opportunity to take a nature and bird watching walk. Return to Callisto late in the afternoon and spend the night
aboard anchored in Kuntaur.

Day 13
THE RIVER GAMBIA
Sail from Kuntaur in the morning on our downriver journey en route to Banjul, enjoying river views and life along the
way. Time and river conditions permitting, we may stop at one of the villages along our route. Arrive in Banjul late in
the evening.

Day 14
BANJUL | ABUKO NATURE RESERVE | MAKASUTU CULTURE FOREST | BANJUL
Founded by the British early in the 19th century, Banjul is the capital and commercial center of The Gambia.
Disembark in the morning and drive to the Abuko Nature Reserve, one of the last surviving examples of tropical
riverine forests in the country. Within its confines are about 300 species of birds, as well as red colobus and callithrix
monkeys. Continue to the Makasutu Culture Forest, a private nature habitat with beautiful woodland and waterways.
Enjoy lunch at the reserve. Return to Banjul to visit the National Museum, whose exhibits illustrate the history and
culture of the country.

Day 15
DAKAR | DISEMBARK | GORÉE ISLAND | DAKAR
Disembark in Dakar. Visit Gorée Island, first settled by Europeans in the 15th century, now a UNESCO World Heritage
Site. Return to Dakar to visit the IFAN Museum, one of West Africa’s best, then explore the Marche Soumbedioune, a
craft market with the best variety of artisan workmanship. Transfer to the Hotel Sofitel Teranga for dinner and
accommodations until your evening flight. Transfer to the airport for return flights to Australia.

Day 16
ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA



PLEASE NOTE: THE ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DATES FROM AUSTRALIA MAY VARY DEPENDANT ON THE ROUTING
OF YOUR INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS



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PROGRAM INCLUSIONS

• Three nights in Bamako at the Hotel Sofitel l’Amitié Bamako; three nights in Mopti at the Hotel Kanaga; day rooms in
  Dakar at the Hotel Sofitel Teranga
• 7-night cruise aboard the 34-guest yacht Callisto
• Flights in West Africa: from Bamako to Mopti, from Mopti to Timbuktu, from Timbuktu to Bamako, and from Bamako
  to Dakar
• Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions on board ship
• All meals throughout the trip, both on land and aboard Callisto
• Complete program of tours and excursions
• Open bar throughout the cruise
• Educational program of lectures by accompanying guest lecturer
• Professional tour staff
• Complete pre-departure materials
• Baggage handling and transfers abroad on the designated program dates
• Port dues and embarkation taxes
• Gratuities to porters, guides, and drivers



DECK PLANS AND PRICING




                    Cabin Code                     Cabin Description                      Rate
                          D       Outside cabins on Daphne Deck with portholes.          $10,995
                          C       Outside cabins on Daphne Deck with portholes.          $11,595
                          B       Outside cabins on Leto Deck with picture window.       $12,495
                          A       Outside cabins on Leto Deck with two picture windows. $12,995




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