- Roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles, CA or Columbus, OH
- All airport transfers & complimentary airport assistance
- 11 nights in 4 and 5-star hotels
- Meals as listed B, L, D (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
- All excursions and entrance fees to game parks/reserves
- Extensive pre-tour information
- Comprehensive documents and itinerary
- Transportation in an A/C motor coach
- Assistance of an English-speaking tour guide
- Day 1
- Day 2
- Day 3
- Day 4
- Day 5
- Day 6
- Day 7
- Day 8
- Day 9
- Day 10
- Day 11
- Day 12
- Day 13
Saturday, December 21
TRAVEL TO DAKAR, SENEGAL
Travel from John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) in Columbus,OH, or from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, CA toBlaise Diagne International Airport in Dakar.
Sunday, December 22
DAKAR CITY TOUR
7:15 AM arrival from U.S. Da’African Village representative meets andtransfers group to Novotel Dakar. Check-in, orientation and meet withtailors, designers and hair dressers. Enjoy lunch offered by Da’African Village,then start the city sightseeing tour. Watch basket weaving, glass tilepainting, or wood carving at Marché Kermel, a local market, housed inbeautiful open-air Victorian style buildings. Then proceed to IndependenceSquare (Place de l’Indépendance), the Presidential Palace, Our Lady ofVictories Cathedral, the African Renaissance Monument (Monumentde la Renaissance Africaine), a 49-meter tall bronze statue, and thehandcraft village of Marché Soumbédioune. Welcoming dinner.
Monday, December 23
PILGRIMAGE TOUR TO GORÉE ISLAND
9:00 AM breakfast then travel by ferry to Gorée Island, the once departurepoint for millions of slaves. Upon arrival, enjoy lunch at Le Saint-GermainRestaurant, then tour the ancient slave house to see where slaves were jaileduntil their departure to the Americas. Visit the IFAN Museum, an open-airmarket, a cathedral, and much more. Back to Darkar at 5.00 PM.
Tuesday, December 24
PINK LAKE & DINNER WITH KOUNTA FAMILY AT KEUR MASSAR
After breakfast, depart to the mysterious Pink Lake through the historictowns of Pikine, Thiaroye and the Garden ballet of Niayes. Discover, onjeep, the incredible rose colored body of water surrounded by sands dunesthen meet with the Kounta Family at Keur Massar for dinner. Back to Dakar.
Wednesday, December 25
AM breakfast. Enjoy a free day and three (3) dance classes all day.
Thursday, December 26
TOUBAKOUTA (SALOUM ISLAND) TOUR
After breakfast, visit Sine-Saloum, a marsh area covered with mangroves andtraversed by the inextricable network of canals and lakes formed by thedelta of two small coastal rivers Sine and Saloum. In the evening, board amotorized boat (pirogue) to discover a reposer of birds. Overnight at KeurSaloum Hotel.
Friday, December 27
TOUBACOUTA / BANJUL/ JUFFUREH, THE GAMBIA
After breakfast, embark on an air conditioned bus to Banjul, the capitalcity of The Gambia. Visit the ancestor village of Alex Haley in Albreda,then travel via pirogue to Kounta Kinteh Island (formerly known as JamesIsland). Return to Albreda for ferry journey back to Banjul. Check into LaicoAtlantic Beach Hotel (or similar) late afternoon. Enjoy delicious buffet dinner.
Saturday, December 28
After breakfast, begin a full-day tour of the city of Banjul including visits toMama Tie Dye Factory, Kachikally Museum and Crocodile Pool, and otherpoints of interest. Back to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Sunday, December 29
Board the ferry to Barra Town and return to Senegal through a MandingoVillage. Travel to Saly Resorts. Check-in at Neptune Hotel. Evening danceclass, dinner and overnight.
Monday, December 30
SALY RESORTS/DANCE CLASS
After breakfast enjoy a dance class or a day of personal exploration. Relaxaround the pool, then dinner and overnight.
Tuesday, December 31
SALY RESORTS/DANCE CLASS & NAMING CEREMONY
Optional: Tour the Bandia Game Reserve and the towns of Joal-Fadiouth.Enjoy breakfast then a dance class. New Year’s Eve Naming Ceremony withentertainment.
Wednesday, January 01
SALY RESORTS/DANCE CLASS
Happy New Year! Enjoy a dance class.Optional: Tour the Bandia Game Reserve and the towns of Joal-Fadiouth.10:30 PM transfer to Blaise Diagne International Airport for your returnflight to either Columbus, OH or Los Angeles, CA.
Thursday, January 02
1:15 AM board your flight back home.
Itinerary is subject to change.