Discover Cote D’Ivoire

Cote D'Ivoire (Abidjan, Yamoussoukro, Grand Bassam, Tiagba)

Come discover Cote D’Ivoire, a jewel nestled on the coasts of West Africa. This 7 day journey offers many sites to see including one of the largest churches in the world, the Basilique de Notre Dame de la Paix, seaside resorts, and a game reserve. You will also have a stay in Cote D’Ivoire’s largest city, known as “the Paris of West Africa.”

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Activity
  1. Day 1 Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire

    Arrive Abidjan; meet assist and transfer to Hotel.
    Meal(s) Included: Dinner
    Overnight at Ibis Abidjan Plateau Hotel or Similar

  2. Day 2 Abidjan And Vicinity

    Today, visit metropolitan Abidjan including Le Plateau, the central, high-rise commercial area, Cocody, the upscale residential section and Treichville, which is linked to Le Plateau by two major bridges. Treichville is one of the areas where the masses live. It has a few colorful markets and quite an interesting, vibrant nightlife.
    No tour of Abidjan would be complete without a visit to the north-western part of town, Abobo, where Africa’s largest outdoor launderette (laundry) is located. Here you will witness an unforgettable spectacle, hundreds of Fanicos (washer men, no women), jam together in the middle of a stream to wash clothes. They work all day every day, frantically rubbing garments on huge stones held in place by old car vehicle tires then spreading the clothes over rocks and grass in a large drying area. Despite the look of confusion, they never get their clients clothes mixed or missing.
    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Overnight at Ibis Abidjan Plateau Hotel or Similar

  3. Day 3 Abidjan To Yamoussoukro (245Km)

    After breakfast travel north through the central region to Yamoussoukro, the official capital of the country. Yamoussoukro owes its good fortune as the birth place of Cote d’Ivoire’s first president, Houphouët-Boigny who spent lavishly on his native village. Virtually no traditional African houses are left; Houphouët-Boigny replaced them with concrete middle class structures.
    The dazzling centerpiece of it all is the Basilique de Notre Dame de la Paix, (The Basilica “Our Lady of Peace) which is the biggest church in the world, after the Vatican, and is almost an exact replica of St Peter’s in Rome. The 36 immense stained glass windows, all hand blown in France are an unforgettable sight.
    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Overnight at Hotel President Yamoussoukro or Similar

  4. Day 4 Yamoussoukro

    Complete the tour of Yamoussoukro including a visit to the Palace of the former president and see the sacred crocodiles in the palace moat. Time permitting, visit Comoë National Park, Côte d’Ivoire’s largest game reserve. The last remaining herds of the country’s elephants are found here, along with hippos, antelopes, buffalos , monkeys and many species of birds. This is the land of the Lobi people and beautiful examples of the best preserved Sudanese style mosques in West Africa.
    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Overnight at Hotel President Yamoussoukro or Similar

  5. Day 5 Yamoussoukro To Grand Bassam (285 Km)

    Today head south to Grand Bassam stopping at places of interest. You will spend the night in Grand Bassam.
    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Overnight at Etoile Du Sud Hotel Grand Bassam or Similar

  6. Day 6 Grand Bassam And Tiagba (95Km)

    Today, visit Grand Bassam, the first capital of Cote d’Ivoire. Grand Bassam remains an important seaside resort. The first trading houses were built here. Visit the old quarter with the Museum of Costumes, the Wickerwork Center, the Ceramics Center, the Craft Center and the Souvenir Market. This afternoon, tour the interesting village of Tiagba, which is constructed entirely on stilts over the river. Return to Grand Bassam for overnight.
    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Overnight at Etoile Du Sud Hotel Grand Bassam or Similar

  7. Day 7 Grand Bassam/Abidjan/Depart

    Time permitting, you will complete your tour of this “The Paris of West Africa” before you are transferred to the airport for the onward flight.
    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Trip Includes:

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