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Experience The Culture Of Benin On This 8-Day Tour From Cotonou
  • Tour Category

    Private Tour

  • Tour Types

    Boating, Culture, History

  • Duration

    8 Days

  • Activity Level

    Easy

  • Language

    English, French

Description

Discover the daily life of the families of South of Benin and learn about their local culture and heritage on this tour. Canoe to Ganvié, visit the ancient royal palace of Abomey and explore the underground village of Agongouinto. See the museum at the old Portuguese fort and enjoy a boat trip on the lake Ahémé. Sample some regional cuisines and learn about the medicinal herbs of Benin. 

Highlights
  • See the Royal Palace of Abomey
  • Ride a boat on the colour changing lake Ahémé
  • Explore the underground village of Agongouinto
  • Visit the enormous market of Dantokpa
  • Learn about the medicinal herbs of Benin
  • Witness the Mona monkeys in the sacred forest of Kpétou
  • Day 1: Cotonou expand_more
    • Pick-up from the airport and transfer to the hotel.

  • Day 2: Cotonou – Ganvié – Cotonou expand_more
    • Transfer by car and canoe to the marshlands of Sô Ava and Ganvié, the ‘Venice of Africa’. 

    • Discover the local birdlife. 

    • Have lunch and return to Cotonou for dinner and overnight stay.

  • Day 3: Cotonou – Bohicon expand_more
    • Head to Abomey, which is the town of Kings.

    • Visit the surprising underground village of Agongouinto, which served as a hiding place for warriors. 

    Have dinner and overnight at the hotel.

  • Day 4: Abomey – Possotomé expand_more
    • Take a guided tour of the ancient royal palace of Abomey, listed as a UNESCO world cultural heritage. 

    • Transfer to the shore of lake Ahémé. 

    • Have lunch at Possotomé beach and discover the traditional use of plants for medicinal and food purposes. 

    • Enjoy the programme with legends and stories in the evening. 

    Overnight stay at the eco-guesthouse.

  • Day 5: Possotomè expand_more
    • Take a boat trip on the lake Ahémé with its changing colours to take part in fishermen's daily life and practice throwing a net.

    • Go on a voodoo hike and learn about the divinities of the village. 

    • Spend your evening with some music.

    Overnight stay at the eco-guesthouse.

  • Day 6: Possotomè – Kpétou – Possotomè expand_more
    • Track the Mona monkeys in the sacred forest of Kpétou. 

    • Have lunch in the homestay.

    • Participate in the womens' activities like mat-weaving and market gardening. 

    • Return to Possotomé for dinner and overnight stay.

  • Day 7: Possotomè – Avlo expand_more
    • Travel to Avlo, a magnificent fishing village enclosed between the river Mono and the Atlantic ocean. 

    • Take a boat ride to the 'Boca del Rio' where the river meets the ocean. 

    • Enjoy a swim and tour the village in the afternoon.

    Overnight stay at the ecolodge at Avlo beach.

  • Day 8: Avlo – Ouidah – Cotonou expand_more
    • Visit the town of Ouidah, where captured slaves started their journey to the New World. 

    • Proceed to the museum at the old Portuguese fort.

    • Follow the slave road that was walked by chained men, women and children to the 'Gate of No Return’'. 

    • Continue to Cotonou and visit the enormous market of Dantokpa and the Centre of Promotion of Artisan work.

    • Get transferred to the airport.
What's Included
  • Local transport

  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

  • Accommodation

  • Visits and excursions are listed in the programme

  • Beninese tour guide

  • 2 bottles of mineral water per day

What's Excluded
  • Air ticket

  • Personal expenses

  • Beverages (other than mineral water)

  • Supplementary meals

Know before you go
  • 1 Euro: 655.954 franc CFA
  • Local time: GMT + 1

  • Yellow fever vaccination required.

  • Prophylaxis anti-malaria and protection against mosquitos are indispensable.

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
Price Details
Standard
1 To 4 EUR 1280 Per Person

This is a private tour

Tour Reviews
  • Mikhail

    Ibrahim was absolutely incredible guy with great knowledge of Bénin and history. The tour was amazing. I had three days. We started day one with exploring Cotonou. Next day was visit to Ganvie, the big lake village outside of Cotonou. The last day was visit to the historical slavery passage. Ibrahim and his friend Radsha are very talented and educated young guys with bright future. I am very thankful to them for making me feel better and welcoming. And for this I cherish their friendship for good. 

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