15 days in Mali Itinerary

15 days in Mali Itinerary

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Timbuktu
— 1 night
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Kayes
— 1 day
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Djenne
— 1 night
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Mopti
— 2 nights
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Gao
— 1 night
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Bamako
— 3 nights

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Timbuktu

Timbuktu ©
Timbuktu, also spelled as Tinbuktu, Timbuctoo and Timbuktoo, is an ancient city in Mali, situated 20km north of the Niger River. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Mosque of Sankore and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Djinguereber Mosque.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Timbuktu trip itinerary builder tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Timbuktu is an approximately 86.5-hour car ride. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Timbuktu due to the time zone difference. You will leave for Kayes on the 7th (Mon).

Things to do in Timbuktu

Historic Sites
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Djinguereber Mosque ©
Djinguereber Mosque

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Kayes

Kayes ©
Kayes is a city in western Mali on the Sénégal River, with a population of 127,368 at the 2009 census. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): explore the activities along Chutes de Felou and then stroll the grounds of Fort de Medine.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kayes route planner.

Traveling by car from Timbuktu to Kayes takes 26 hours. October in Kayes sees daily highs of 43°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Djenne.

Things to do in Kayes

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Fort de Medine
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Fort de Medine ©
Fort de Medine
Chutes de Felou ©
Chutes de Felou

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Djenne

Djenne ©
Djenné is a town and an urban commune in the Inland Niger Delta region of central Mali. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Jenne-Jeno and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Mosque Of Djenne.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Djenne trip planner.

Getting from Kayes to Djenne by car takes about 16.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 43°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You'll set off for Mopti on the 10th (Thu).

Things to do in Djenne

Historic Sites
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Great Mosque Of Djenne ©
Great Mosque Of Djenne
Jenne-Jeno ©
Jenne-Jeno

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Mopti

Mopti ©
Originally a small fishing village, Mopti has become Mali's center of fishing and livestock industries.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Grand Mosque of Mopti and then hike along Bandiagara Cliffs (Dogon Country).

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mopti day trip planning app.

Getting from Djenne to Mopti by car takes about 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Mopti are 43°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. On the 12th (Sat), you're off to Gao.

Things to do in Mopti

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
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Bandiagara Cliffs (Dogon Country) ©
Bandiagara Cliffs (Dogon Country)
Grand Mosque of Mopti ©
Grand Mosque of Mopti

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Gao

Gao ©
Gao is a city in Mali and the capital of the Gao Region. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): make a trip to La Dune Rose. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Tomb of Askia.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Gao day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Mopti to Gao takes 9.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bamako.

Things to do in Gao

Historic Sites
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Tomb of Askia ©
Tomb of Askia
La Dune Rose ©
La Dune Rose

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Bamako

Bamako ©
Mali's capital and the fastest-growing city in Africa, Bamako acts as a major port, as well as a cultural and industrial center.
Cathedral of Bamako and Yacouba Guindo Mosque will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Musee National de Bamako, explore the striking landscape of Parc national du Mali, Bamako, don't miss a visit to Bamako Grand Mosque, and appreciate the history behind Monument de l"Independance.

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Do a combination of car and flight from Gao to Bamako in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Bamako are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. On the 18th (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in Bamako

Parks · Fun & Games · Casinos
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Parc national du Mali, Bamako ©
Parc national du Mali, Bamako
Musee National de Bamako ©
Musee National de Bamako
Cathedral of Bamako ©
Cathedral of Bamako