Luxury can be in the eye of the beholder. Here’s a chance to go green, meet the people of Mali on their own level, and have a once-in-a-lifetime experience — all from the seat of a bicycle.

International Bicycle Fund’s Bicycle Africa: Mali Sahel Journey program runs from Nov. 25 to Dec.8, and costs $1,390 per person for everything except airfare.

The tour averages 40 miles of moderate cycling a day, a riverboat trip on the Niger, and the opportunity to meet and stay with people of five different ethnic groups ranging from nomads to fishermen to farmers. Sights range from the historic market and mosque in Djenne to the isolated Dogon country.




Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".