Benin Voodoo Festival

Spend a day in the birthplace of Voodoo, visit the “Gate of No Return”, visit the Royal Palace in Abomey and have an audience with the King! This tour includes a special visit to Ganvie, an entire village built on stilts in Lake Nokoue!

View of water from a yellow boat

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Activity
  1. Day 1 Cotonou, Benin

    Arrive Cotonou, Benin; meet assist and transfer to Hotel. Orientation.

    Meal(s) Included: No

    Overnight at Hotel Du Lac or Similar

  2. Day 2 Cotonou

    City Tour of Cotonou, including the major landmarks.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Overnight at Hotel Du Lac or Similar

  3. Day 3 Cotonou

    Tour of Cotonou continues including tours of the residential quarter with unique multi-colored villas. Visit the lagoon market and Artisans Center. The balance of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Cotonou.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Overnight at Hotel Du Lac or Similar

  4. Day 4 Ouidah

    Spend the day in Ouidah, the birthplace of Voodoo.Visit the Museum of History where the exhibits focus on the slave trade and Benin’s links with Brazil and the Caribbean. Visit Kindji market square . Visit the Cathedral and the famous Temple of Sacred Pythons.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Overnight at Hotel Du Lac or Similar

  5. Day 5 Ouidah

    Tour of Ouidah continues including the slave trading post , the sacred forest. Walk the “Road of the slaves”, visit the place of the common grave, the tree of forgetfulness and the “gate of no return.”

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Overnight at Hotel Du Lac or Similar

  6. Day 6 Abomey

    Morning departure to Abomey with visits to the Royal Palace Museum and an audience with the King of Abomey. Abomey still retains many reminders of its magnificient past including the Palace, the Historical Museum and the Royal Sepulchres bearing witness to a brave and powerful people. Watch the craftsmen create works in iron, copper and bronze.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Overnight at Hotel Dako Ler Bohicon or Similar

  7. Day 7 Ganvie

    A major highlight of a visit to Benin is Ganvie, “THE VENICE of AFRICA”. More than 12,000 live in houses built on stilts in Lake Nokoue. Learn the reason for and history of this unique housing arrangement.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Overnight at Hotel Du Lac or Similar

  8. Day 8 Natitingou

    Visit the Natitingou Museum for an interesting overview of the Somba culture.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Overnight at Hotel Tata Somba or Similar

  9. Day 9 Porto Novo

    Visit the Ethnographic Museum, the Brazilian Church and the 300 year-old Palace of King Toffa. Enjoy a performance of the ‘Guardians of the Night’ spirit dancers.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Overnight at Hotel Du Lac or Similar

  10. Day 10 Alladah

    Travel to Alladah to see the birthplace of Toussaint L’Ouverture, the liberator of Haiti. Visit the town to interact with the people and the King at his Palace.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Overnight at Hotel Du Lac or Similar

  11. Day 11 Cotonou

    Today decide on your itinerary with the assistance of your guide & driver. In the evening, depart for your flight home.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Trip Includes:

  • Meeting and assistance upon arrival and departure
  • Roundtrip airport/hotel transfers
  • Hotel accommodation in the indicated properties
  • Transportation in private vehicle
  • Experienced tour guide
  • Admission to listed sites and events
  • Meals indicated by  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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