15 days in Mali Itinerary

15 days in Mali Itinerary

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15 days in Mali Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + Drive:  23​h 45​min
1
Timbuktu
— 1 night
Drive:  11​h 15​min
2
Kayes
— 1 day
Drive:  9​h 30​min
3
Djenne
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Mopti
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 15​min
5
Gao
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  9​h
6
Bamako
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Amsterdam

1
night
Timbuktu

Timbuktu ©
Kick 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.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Timbuktu tour itinerary maker tool .

Amsterdam, Holland to Timbuktu is an approximately 24-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Timbuktu. You'll set off for Kayes on the 7th (Mon).

Things to do in Timbuktu

Historic Sites
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Djinguereber Mosque ©
Djinguereber Mosque
Mosque of Sankore ©
Mosque of Sankore

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day
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): admire the sheer force of Chutes de Felou and then take some stellar pictures from Fort de Medine.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kayes day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Timbuktu to Kayes takes 26 hours. Expect a daytime high around 43°C in October, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Djenne.

Things to do in Kayes

Historic Sites Nature Parks

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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night
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, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Djenne trip planner .

You can drive from Kayes to Djenne in 16.5 hours. October in Djenne sees daily highs of 43°C and lows of 28°C at night. You will leave 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

2
nights
Mopti

Mopti ©
Originally a small fishing village, Mopti has become Mali's center of fishing and livestock industries.
On the 11th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grand Mosque of Mopti and then trek along Bandiagara Cliffs (Dogon Country).

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Mopti journey planner.

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'll travel 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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night
Gao

Gao ©
Gao is a city in Mali and the capital of the Gao Region. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): don't miss a visit to La Dune Rose. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Askia.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Gao visit planner .

Getting from Mopti to Gao by car takes about 9.5 hours. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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

3
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedral of Bamako and Yacouba Guindo Mosque. Visiting Parc national du Mali, Bamako and Dandan waterfalls will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Musee National de Bamako, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo National du Mali, make a trip to Bamako Grand Mosque, and hunt for treasures at Bamako city centre, market.

To see reviews and more tourist information, use the Bamako trip planner .

Do a combination of car and flight from Gao to Bamako in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. October in Bamako sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 24°C at night. On the 18th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Bamako

Parks Nature 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