Ghana, Togo & Benin
Thriving traditional cultures, renowned art forms, flamboyantly colorful festivals, mask dances, and a dazzling ethnic mosaic are the golden gems of tribal West Africa. This fantastic cultural odyssey takes you to the remote reaches of Ghana, Togo, and Benin to discover lost tribal worlds guided by ancient spirits. On this journey you will witness a special festival-the Egun Mask Dances of the Yoruba villages of southern Benin. Along the way, you will meet unforgettable people including the Taberma, whose fairytale clay castles are spectacular examples of uniquely African architecture. Finish your excursion on the coast, in the heart of voodoo country, visiting practitioners, watching trance-dances, and learning about the awesome power that voodoo spirits still hold over people.
Ghana, Togo & Benin “ Voodoo Festival”… Jan 07 to 20, 2020
Mali, a landlocked country is bisected by the Niger River, one of the great rivers of the world. It marks an approximate boundary between the Sahara desert and the Sahel. Mali means hippo in one of the local languages and they can sometimes be seen during the dry season. Head to Timbuktu the city of legend that truly exists on the fringes of the Sahara Desert. Visit its ancient mosque as well as the Grand Mosque in Djenne, the largest mud-brick building in the world. Both are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Stroll through the weekly markets in Djenne and Mopti, known to attract thousands of people from Mali’s many tribes. Spend time in Dogon country home to one of the most fascinating tribes in Africa. End your tour at the River Niger Festival, a celebration of music, dancing and culture.
Mali & Burkina Faso…Jan 30 to February 14, 2020
Cape Verde & Sao Tome
See the beautiful island scenery of Sao Tome and Cape Verde. Experience African and Portuguese influences in São Toméan and their well known for ússua and socopé rhythms. Explore São Tomé’s beautiful plantations where they grow cocoa, copra, palm kernels, and coffee.
The city of Lisbon is rich in architecture; Romanesque, Gothic, Manueline, Baroque, Modern and Postmodern constructions can be found all over Lisbon. The city is also crossed by historical boulevards and monuments along the main thoroughfares.
Sintra is known for its many 19th-century Romantic architectural monuments, which has resulted in its classification as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although its heritage in buildings and nature is the most visible face of the historic individuality of Sintra, a whole literary heritage has made the area a legendary reference in Portuguese culture.
Cape Verde is an island country spanning an archipelago of 10 volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean. Cape Verdes culture is the sum of two cultures, not living side by side but as a third product totally new, resulting from an exchange that began five hundred years ago. It is a mixture of European and African elements. You will also experience the unique sound of the music which incorporates “African, Portuguese and Brazilian influences.
Nigeria & Sao Tome…February 09 to 21, 2020