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1 Day History tour itinerary for Dakar & Gorée: Uncover Scars Left By The Slave Trade

Dakar, Gorée

Archeology Tour
History Tour
Museum Tour

Do a tour of prominent landmarks of Dakar such as the Presidential Palace and the Monument of African renaissance, browse markets for traditional handicrafts and then learn about Dakar’s dark past on a tour of Goree Island, including the House of Slaves.

DAY 01

Goree island and Dakar city tour

  • Start at 8:am with a guided tour of the city with your Dakar tour guide. During the tour, you will view some of Dakar’s colourful markets like Kermel fruits markets, Sandaga, Soumbedioune art craft and fishing market.  Among the highlights, you will see 

    • The Presidential Palace 

    • Independence square garden 

    • Monument of African renaissance 

    • Old French cathedral, old tren station

    • The Institut Fondamental d'Afrique Noire Museum (IFAN); It's been given the task to study the local language, restore African history, and promote regional cultures of the people ruled by French colonists in Africa.

  • Transfer to Dakar dock around midday and take a ferry boat to Goree Island. The Island is deeply rooted in the history of the slave trade. 

  • During this tour, you will visit, La Maison des Esclaves, which used to hold up to two hundred captives. Inspect the slave cells and the apartment of the slave dealers upstairs. From the "Door of no Return," countless African caught a last glimpse of their homeland before boarding the slave ships.

  • Then examine the Historical Museum.

  • After this moving and informative tour, board the ferry at 4:pm for Dakar and drop you off at your location.

  • 150 USD Per Adult , 135 USD Per Child (* Maximum 10 persons)
  • Local taxes

  • Bottled water

  • Lunch

  • Dakar driver/guide

  • Professional Dakar tour guide

  • Tour escort/host

  • Hotel drop-off

  • Hotel pickup

  • Transport by private vehicle

  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

  • Drinks

  • Food and drinks, unless specified

  • Gratuities

  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking

  • Infant seats available

  • Most travellers can participate

  • Not wheelchair accessible

  • Infant meals not included

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult

  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult

  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years

  • At the time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time

  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship

  • Dress code is formal

  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required

  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund

Further Information

  • Goree Island: From the beginning of the sixteenth to the mid-nineteenth century, men, women, and children were gathered on this small piece of land and locked up in cells, before being shipped away to the New World, West Indies and South America. The island was seized by the Portuguese, the Dutch, the French, and the British all of whom participated in the trade. Forts and cannons attest of the island's violent past. Most of the buildings were used as warehouses or slaves' houses, and today many have been turned into museums.

Dakar, Gorée

Archeology Tour
History Tour
Museum Tour

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