Come Experience Senegal

A Home Away From Home

Taste Islam In Senegal – Savor a Cupful !

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Economically Priced Payment Plans 

10, 12, & 14 Day Packages Available

Contact: travel@obsidiancouncil.org  or 202.657.5589 for a detailed itinerary

THIS PROGRAM INCLUDES:
  • -Ground Transportation
  • -Lodging 5 nights – Dakar; 2 nights – Kaolack; 2 nights -Touba; 2 nights – Tivaouane (depending on program)
  • -Breakfast Daily, other meals as indicated on itinerary
  • -Mini Riding Dakar City Tour
  • -Dakar City Tour with Lunch
  • -Goree Island Immersion Experience with Lunch
  • -Pink Lake & Fulani Village Visit with Lunch
  • -Authentic Homecoming Dinner -Farewell Dinner
  • -Visits to Spiritual Homes of Muslim Brotherhoods (including Layenne, Mouride, Tidjane)
  • -English-speaking guides, Islamic Scholars & Travel Assistants
  • -Cultural Immersion Activities and Family Visits
NOT INCLUDED:
  • US <> Senegal Airfares (Contact us for details.)
  • Travel Documents (e.g.; Passport, Entry Visa not required for US citizens.)
  • Meals listed on itinerary as “on your own”
  • TIPS for Tour Staff, Driver, or Assistant
  • Personal Expenses (souvenirs, taxis, etc.)

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You Still Have Time

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To EXPERIENCE A CUSTOMIZED REGENERATION TOUR…

But don’t wait too long! Spaces will likely fill up. Contact us to discuss details for your REGENERATION TOUR in 2016. Call us toll-free at 202.657.5589 or email us at travel@obsidiancouncil.org. Follow Your Heart and Help Design what promises to be a WONDERFUL ADVENTURE.

You can also CLICK ON CONTACT US (See Top Right of Each Page).

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Scrumptious Jazz & Culture Experience

Senegal & All That Jazz          

May 2017

 

ALL THAT JAZZ 

 

Departure Night

Leave  US Port of Departure for Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) or  New York JFK International (JFK) for non-stop, evening flights to Dakar via South African Airlines.

 Day 1

Arrive Yoff – Leopold Senghor International Airport (5:50 a.m. GMT).  Check-in your Oceanfront Hotel.  Orientation Meeting and rest.  Dakar by Day City Tour with lunch. Meet with Mame Cheikh, your Master Tailor to create a Senegalese Wardrobe. Rest.  Escorted Dinner (on your own) at local restaurant.   Overnight: Your Oceanfront Hotel, Dakar.

Day 2 Breakfast

Half-Day Goree Island Tour with Lunch. Visit The Historical Museum, The Women’s Museum, and The Slave House. Cultural immersion and cultural exchange activities (reflective of your particular interests). Authentic Senegalese Homecoming Dinner.  Overnight: Your Oceanfront Hotel, Dakar

Day 3 Breakfast

Early departure St. Louis.  Experience the Senegalese countryside.  Pass through towns, villages, and rural expanses in route to Senegal’s tropical northernmost region.  St. Louis Carriage Tour with lunch. Check-in Hotel Cap St.  Louis.  Free night for personal exploration in St. Louis.   Overnight: Hotel Cap St. Louis, St. Louis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Day 4 Breakfast

Tour St. Louis Region (highlights selected to reflect your interests). Lunch  included.  Enjoy St. Louis Jazz Festival in Evening.  Overnight: Hotel Cap St. Louis, St. Louis

Day 5  Breakfast

Tour St. Louis Region (highlights selected to reflect your interests). Lunch included.  Enjoy St. Louis Jazz Festival in Evening. Overnight: Hotel Cap  St. Louis, St. Louis

Day 6  Breakfast

Relax in St. Louis. Lunch included.  Enjoy St. Louis Jazz Festival in Evening. Overnight: Hotel Cap St. Louis, St. Louis

Day 7   Breakfast

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Transport to the Artists’ Village of Toubab Dialaw. Villages visits in route.  Lunch in route. Check in Espace Sobo Bade in Toubab Dialaw. Rest, relax, and enjoy the lovely surrounding of Toubab Dialaw. Dinner (on your own).  Overnight: Sobo Bade,Toubab Dialaw

Day 8  Breakfast

Free Day – Rest & Relaxation.  Personal Exploration & Cultural Immersion. Optional Visit to  Bandia Animal Preserve. Enjoy Lunch and Evening in Toubab Dialaw with Escorted Dinner (on your own). Overnight: Sobo Bade, Toubab Dialaw.

 Day 9  Breakfast

Free Morning – Rest & Relaxation.  Transport to Dakar  via Optional Pink Lake Excursion with Lunch.   Check in  Your Oceanfront Hotel for a restful evening.  Escorted Dinner (on your own). Overnight: Your Oceanfront Hotel, Dakar.

Day 10  Breakfast

Free Day for last minute shopping, visits to new found family & friends, etc.  Escorted lunch (on your own). Prepare for Return to US. Wear your best Senegalese outfit for the evening Farewell Dinner and Ceremony. Overnight: Your Oceanfront Hotel, Dakar.

Day 11  Early Morning Departure to U.S. Port of Entry with connecting flights as needed.

 Particulars

  • Minimum Group Size of Six (6)
  • Program Available for Individuals & Smaller Groups of Travelers

 BASE PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodations based on single occupancy with breakfast daily for 10 days. Other meals as indicated.
  • Transfers: Airport < > Hotel
  • Dakar by Day Tour with lunch
  • Goree Island Tour with lunch
  • St. Louis Carriage Tour        
  • Authentic Homecoming Dinner        
  • Farewell Dinner and Ceremony
  • Ground Transportation
  • English-speaking guide & escorts

NOT INCLUDED: US <> Senegal Airfare (can be arranged). Travel Documents (Passport, Entry Visa) Tips, Beverages at meals. Personal expenses (souvenirs, taxis, etc.). St. Louis Jazz Fee Packages. Fees for Optional Tours.

 

 

Regenerative Respite

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An Engaging Adventure Tailored to Your Taste

Evening Departure for Dakar
Depart for Dakar, Senegal. Direct Flight from Washington Dulles International Airport to Dakar Leopold Senghor International Airport on South Africa Airways.  Connections available from most US cities.

DAY 1
Arrive Leopold Senghor International Airport – Yoff/Dakar, Senegal.
Check-in your Oceanfront Hotel. Rest. Orientation Meeting with Lunch. Enjoy Dakar by Day Riding Tour. Meet  Mame Cheikh, Master Tailor, in Sandaga Market to begin the Creation of your Customized Senegalese Wardrobe. Escorted Dinner at Local Restaurant (on your own).
Overnight: Oceanfront Hotel, Dakar.

DAY 2
Breakfast
Dakar City Tour with Lunch. Visit Grand Dakar including Cheikh Anta Diop University, The Presidential Palace, Cathedrale du Souvenir Africain, Monument d’ Rennaisance Afrique, and Soumbedioune Craft Market. Interact with Gifted Craftspeople and Artisans. Enjoy your Authentic Homecoming Dinner.
Overnight: Oceanfront Hotel, Dakar.

DAY 3
Breakfast
Goree Island Tour with Lunch. Meet Your Guide for your Personal Goree Island Immersion Experience. Visit The Historical Museum, The Women’s Museum, and The Slave House. Return to the mainland for an Escorted Dinner at local restaurant with Entertainment (on your own).
Overnight: Oceanfront Hotel, Dakar.

DAY 4
Breakfast
Transport to St. Louis via Motor Coach. Experience Lac Rose (Pink Lake) in route including Lunch, 4×4 Dune Ride, Fulani Village Visit & optional Camel back tour.  Continue on to St. Louis. Enjoy the Senegalese Savannah.  See rustic villages in the countryside. Check-in the beachfront Hotel Cap St. Louis. Dinner (on your own). Rest & Rejuvenate.
Overnight: Hotel Cap St. Louis – St. Louis

DAY 5
Breakfast
St.  Louis City Tour by Carriage with Lunch.  Visit the Old St. Louis (built by the Africans that built French Quarter in New Orleans). Enjoy Lunch, Markets, & Museums.  Cultural Exchange, Immersion and Personal Exploration.  Enjoy Optional “St. Louis by Night” & Dinner (on your own).
Overnight: Hotel Cap St. Louis – St. Louis

DAY 6
Breakfast
Morning departure for artists’ village of Toubab Dialaw. Check in Espace Sobo Bade, a Livable Art Hotel in the Village of Toubab Dialaw. Dine from the eclectic menu of Sobo Bade’s restaurant (on your own). Enjoy a restful night.
Overnight: Espace Sobo Bade, Toubab Dialaw.

DAY 7
Breakfast
Free Day in Toubab Dialaw. Experience Optional Bandia Animal Preserve tour or enjoy soaking up the sun & sea. Indulge yourself in optional classes in dance, music, visual arts. Absorb the culture. Escorted Lunch and Dinner (on your own) in one of Toubab Dialaw’s many eating places.  Free evening for personal exploration (escort available).
Overnight: Espace Sobo Bade, Toubab Dialaw

DAY 8
Breakfast
Transport to Dakar. Enjoy Village Visit (as time allows).  Arrive Dakar. Check in your hotel. Dinner (on your own).
Overnight: Oceanfront Hotel, Dakar.

DAY 9
Breakfast
Yangui Gnibi (Going Home). Free Day for Rest, Recuperation, and Re-Creation. Lunch at your leisure (on your own). Wear your best Senegalese outfit as Guest of Honor for your Farewell Dinner with Village Sabar.  Late night transport to Senghor International Airport – Yoff/Dakar.
Day Room: Oceanfront Hotel, Dakar

DAY 10
Early Morning Departure (GMT) for Washington Dulles International.
Arrival at US Destination.

The Particulars

YOUR PROGRAM INCLUDES:  Lodging – Double Occupancy (Single Occupancy Available)
* 4 nights + Departure Day Room – Oceanfront Hotel, Dakar
* 2 nights – Hotel Cap St. Louis, St. Louis
* 2 nights – Espace Sobo Bade (Toubab Dialaw)
Breakfast daily with lunch and/or dinner (as indicated)
Homecoming Dinner, Farewell Dinner, Village Sabar (Dakar)
Multi-lingual escorts and guides
All Tours, Ground Transportation, and Valets

NOT INCLUDED:
Round Trip Airfare from US points of departure.
Personal tips
Beverages at meals in restaurants. Souvenirs and gifts.
Meals indicated as “On Your Own”
Travel documents (e.g., Passports & Entry Visa) & Travel Insurance.

CONTACT US for a Detailed Itinerary with Cost Information.

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Now Is Your Time

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There is no better time to start planning your visit to Senegal than now.  Take out your calendar! Consider your budget! Begin to plan a Great Adventure!

CALL US TOLL-FREE at 202-657-5589 or Email US at travel@obsidiancouncil.org .

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Make that important first step – YOUR DECISION – and things will start to fall in place. OBSIDIAN Travel & Treasures is here to help you make it happen – Peaceful, Pleasant, & Inexpensive.

Visit the places that others only read about. Taste the life and culture at its delectable best! Embrace a world that you’ve longed to meet. Develop a part of yourself that’s been waiting to grow.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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   Come Experience Senegal.

It’s here waiting for you.

The Obama Family in Senegal

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President Barack Obama and his family arrived in Dakar, Senegal. They experienced Senegal for two days as the first stop of their visit to Africa. It is certain that the Obamas enjoyed their stay and found Senegal to be a friendly, hospitable, and beautiful place to visit. Senegal is known for its “teranga”, the Wolof word for hospitality. President Obama, Mrs. Obama, and their daughters Sasha and Malia met wonderful people that were overjoyed with experience. It is very likely that all parties concerned were left with lasting and positive impressions. This is “the way it is” when people visit Senegal.      

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First time visitors always have a special treat because they find to experience Senegal a little whets the appetite to experience more. Senegal is a great place to begin a visit to Africa. It is often called the “Gateway to West Africa.” President Obama and his family tasted that gateway experience in their short visit. You can arrange to stay longer and truly savor it.

You do not have to be an internationally known dignitary to experience Senegal . You do not have to be a member of important delegation to taste Senegalese life, culture, and “teranga”. You just have to be YOU! The rest comes easy. So you are invited to Come Experience Senegal. It will only take a few minutes to begin what can become the experience of a lifetime. Go ahead! Take a look and think about. President Barack Obama’s family enjoyed an experience that they will never forget. You can too. Know that YOU ARE WELCOME!

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Great Experience for Youth

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KNOW YOUR WORLD & CLAIM IT

A Horizon-Broadening Cultural Immersion Experience

Focusing on Senegal

 

The Council of the Obsidian, Inc. invites students to Know Your World & Claim It. 

Know Your World & Claim It presents an experiential education program that connects US-based 13 – 17 year old students to their closest neighbor on the continent of Africa, The Republic of Senegal.  This highly interactive, multi-disciplinary experience is computer-based and therefore accessible from any locale. It culminates in a 10 day cultural immersion experience in Senegal. 

Know Your World & Claim It has a National Coordinator who is experienced in cross-cultural, experiential education with students of this age. Representatives from a cadre of schools and Youth Serving Organizations will serve on the National Facilitation Team. 

This experience is available to 13 – 17 year old students. The Senegal Cultural Immersion and Travel Component will have a 1:5 adult supervisor to student ratio. A Senegal-based team with demonstrated competence and experience with this type of endeavor will facilitate the in-country component. 

Students from Independent African Centered Schools, Private Schools, Public Schools, Public Charter Schools, and other Youth Servings Organizations are encouraged to apply (Group composition to be determined locally.) Know Your World & Claim It is operated by The Council of the Obsidian, Inc. and is not a part of any other institution’s curriculum.   

Know Your World & Claim It promises to provide participants with an enriching experience in the US and Senegal.

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Call Us Toll-Free at 202-657-5589 or Contact Us by Email at travel@obsidiancouncil.org

 

Featured Experience

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Senegal Homecoming Respite

Relaxation & Cultural Immersion Experience

(subject to adjustment)

Evening Departure for Dakar

Depart for Dakar, Senegal. Direct Flight from Washington Dulles International Airport or New York JFK International on South Africa Airways. Connections available from most US cities.

DAY 1

Arrive Leopold Senghor International Airport – Yoff/Dakar, Senegal.

Check-in your Oceanfront Guest Dwelling in Dakar. Rest. Orientation Meeting with Lunch. Enjoy Dakar by Day Riding Tour. Escorted Dinner at Local Restaurant (on your own). Overnight: Dakar.

DAY 2

Breakfast. Dakar City Tour with Lunch. Visit Grand Dakar including Cheikh Anta Diop University, The Presidential Palace, Cathedrale du Souvenir Africain, Monument d’ Rennaisance Afrique, and Soumbedioune Craft Market. Enjoy your Authentic Homecoming Dinner. Overnight: Dakar.

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DAY 3

Breakfast. Goree Island Tour with Lunch. Transport Goree Island by Ferry. Meet the Guide for your Personal Goree Island Immersion Experience. Visit The Historical Museum, The Women’s Museum, and The Slave House. Return to the mainland for an Escorted Dinner at local restaurant (on your own). Overnight: Dakar

DAY 4

Breakfast. Mid-Morning departure for artists’ village of Toubab Dialaw. Lunch at a Local Restaurant in Historic Rufisque. Continue to Toubab Dialaw. Check in Espace Sobo Bade, a livable sculpture hotel in the Village of Toubab Dialaw. Dine from the eclectic menu of Sobo Bade’s restaurant (on your own). Enjoy a restful night. Overnight: Espace Sobo Bade, Toubab Dialaw.

DAY 5

Breakfast. Free Day in Toubab Dialaw. Experience Optional Bandia Animal Preserve tour or just soak up the sun & sea. Enjoy optional classes in dance, music, visual arts. Absorb the culture. Escorted Lunch and Dinner (on your own) in one of Toubab Dialaw’s many eating places.  Free evening for personal exploration (escort available). Overnight: Espace Sobo Bade, Toubab Dialaw

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DAY 6

Breakfast.Transport to Dakar. In route, experience Lac Rose (Pink Lake) including Lunch, 4×4 Dune Ride, Fulani Village Visit & optional Camel Back Tour. Check in your Oceanfront Guest Dwelling in Dakar. Dinner (on your own). Overnight: Dakar

DAY 7

Breakfast. Free Day for Rest, Recuperation, and Re-Creation. Lunch at your leisure. Wear your best Senegalese outfit as Guest of Honor for your Farewell Dinner with Village Sabar. Follow-up with Optional “Dakar by Night” or a restful evening at home. Overnight: Dakar

DAY 8

Breakfast. Yangi Gnibi (Going Home). Prepare yourself to leave your newfound home to return to the U.S. Do last minute shopping and make your farewells. Lunch on your own.  Optional Grill Fish Dinner at Chez Anthiou, a quaint restaurant in the Dakar neighborhood of Sicap Amitie.  Late night transport to Senghor International Airport – Yoff/Dakar. Day Room: Dakar

DAY 9

Early Morning Departure (GMT) for Washington Dulles International or New York JFK International. Arrival at US Airport. Connections available to other US Destination (as necessary).

THE PARTICULARS

AFFORDABLE PRICE  10 – DAY EXPERIENCE (extensions available)

INCLUDES:

  • Lodging – Double Occupancy (Single Occupancy Available). Breakfast daily with lunch and/or dinner (depending upon scheduled activities)
    • 6 nights – Your Oceanfront Guest Dwelling (Dakar)
      • Day Room for Departure Day
    • 2 nights – Sobo Bade (Toubab Dialaw)
  • Homecoming Dinner, Farewell Dinner, Village Sabar (Dakar),
  • Multi-lingual escorts and guides
  • All Tours, Ground Transportation, and Valets

FUN in the SENEGALESE SUN!!!

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Round Trip Airfare – US Airports <> Dakar/Yoff Leopold Senghor International (Dakar).
  • Personal tips for Tour Guides, Driver, Assistants, Wait Staff and Hotel Housekeeping Staff.
  • Beverages at meals in restaurants.  Souvenirs and gifts. Luggage handlers at U.S. airports.
  • Travelers’ insurance.
  • Travel documents (e.g., Passport, Entry Visa – not required for US citizens).