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Duration: 10 days - Group Size: 6
Location: BENIN, TOGO, GHANA
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Itinerary
Day 1 8.1.2020 AKWAABA ARRIVAL COTONOU

Arrive in Cotonou. Transfer from airport to your hotel. Check into your hotel and relax for the rest of the evening. Overnight stay at Hotel in Ouidah — 3/4 Star.

(Meals Included: Breakfast)

Day 2 9.1.2020 COTONOU CITY TOUR

Depart after breakfast from the hotel to the cathedral of Notre Dame de Miséricorde, commonly known as Cotonou Cathedral. This is a Roman Catholic cathedral, located near the Ancient Pont Bridge in Cotonou, Benin. It is noted for its distinct burgundy and white striped tiled architecture. Continue to the National University of Benin, the principal university in the country. The university was founded in 1970 as the Université du Dahomey. In 1975 the name was changed to Université Nationale du Bénin. End the
tour at the Dantokpa Market in Cotonou, Benin. It is one of the most important retailing areas in Benin, covering over 20 hectares. It is also economically important for the country, with a reported commercial turnover of over a billion CFA Francs a day. Overnight stay at Hotel in Ouidah — 3/4 Star.

(Meals included: Breakfast)

 Day 3 10.1.2020 OUIDAH (VOODOO FESTIVAL)

After breakfast, depart for a visit to Ouidah, the cradle of African Traditional Religion, en-route to Cotonou. Tour the temple dedicated to the sacred Python, which is believed to give vitality and protection; you will also pay a visit to the sacred forest which houses many shrines dedicated to various deities. Visit the historical Museum of Ouidah located in an old Portuguese fort built in 1721. This Museum portrays Benin’s role in the Atlantic Slave Trade. Later, visit the Port of No Return; a monument built by the Benin Government to commemorate the Africans that were taken from the Dahomey Empire during the Slave
Trade. Overnight stay at Hotel in Ouidah — 3/4 Star

(Meals included: Breakfast)

 Day 4 11.1.2020 GANVIE

Devote this day to making a sensational visit to Ganvie (the village on water), commonly referred to as the Venice of West Africa. Witness first hand, the people of Ganvie carrying out their daily activities, as vendors in dugout canoes pile high with wares, transacting commerce with one another and with tourists. You will enjoy shopping on the floating market and taking a relaxing canoe ride on the waterways of this exotic 300-year-old village. Overnight stay at Hotel in Grand Popo —3/4 Star.

(Meals included: Breakfast)

 Day 5 12.1.2020 GRAND POPO

Have breakfast at the hotel and after take a scenic drive to Grand Popo to tour the Finno-African cultural centre called Villa Karo. This cultural centre has been situated in Grand-Popo since 1999. Grand Popo emerged as a major town around the slave trade, but coastal erosion has now destroyed most of the old town. The town is now a centre for voodoo and their main industry is fishing. Overnight stay at Hotel in Grand Popo — 3/4 Star.

(Meals included: Breakfast)

 Day 6 13.1.2020 LOME CITY TOUR — ACCRA

After breakfast, depart Togoville to Lome and visit the Grand Marche, Marche des Feticheurs, Musee National, Place de I’ Independence. Overnight stay at Hotel in Accra — 3/4 Star

(Meals included: Breakfast)

 Day 7 14.1.2020 ACCRA CITY TOUR 

Depart in the morning for an Accra City Tour. Drive through the administrative and economic districts of
Accra, the capital of Ghana. You will visit the W. E. B. Dubois Center for Pan African Culture, Independence/
Black Star Square and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. End your tour at the Arts Centre where you will have an opportunity to use your bargaining skills to shop from an open-air market for authentic African artifacts. After your tour, return to your Hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel in Accra —3/4 Star .

(Meals included: Breakfast)

 Day 8 15.1.2020 CAPE COAST CASTLE AND KAKUM

After an early breakfast, check out of your hotel and depart to the Kakum National Park, one of West Africa’s
surviving tropical rain forests. Extending over 360sq km, Kakum is home to over 40 large mammals and 400 bird species as well as many species of butterflies, flora and fauna. The most popular attraction is the Canopy walkway which is made up of seven bridges extending 330m, hanging 100 feet above the forest floor. Choose between a 2 km nature walk through this forest to discover the wide variety of exotic floral species and the medicinal values they offer or take a walk on the canopy walkway. Later, visit the infamous Forts, Castles and Slave Dungeons of Ghana. History will unfold the story of the slave trade and why its impact is still felt beyond the shores of Africa today. Visit the Cape Coast Castle built by the Swedes in 1653 and was later taken over by the British. This castle also houses the West African Historical Museum established by the Smithsonian Institute in collaboration with the Ghanaian Government in 1994. Overnight stay at Hotel in Elmina/Cape Coast — 3/4 Star.

(Meals included: Breakfast)

 Day 9 16.1.2020 ELMINA CASTLE, POSUBAN SHRINE

After an early breakfast, depart your hotel and visit the Elmina Castle built by the Portuguese in 1482 and is also known as St. George’s Castle. This castle was the first European structure built in Sub – Saharan Africa. The colourful harbour nestled below the Elmina Castle, full of pirogues preparing to go to sea offers one of West Africa’s greatest photo opportunities. See the slave dungeons and condemned cells where slaves who attempted to escape were incarcerated. View its utterly distinct architecture. Afterwards, continue the tour to Posuban Military Shrine where the Asafo companies (Fanti traditional soldiers), prepare spiritually for war. These shrines are wonderful examples of how art is used in the daily lives of Ghanaians. Overnight stay at Elmina/Cape Coast — 3/4 Star.

(Meals included: Breakfast)

 Day 10 17.1.2020 DEPARTURE

After a leisurely breakfast, spend the morning relaxing or packing for your return to Accra. Check out of your hotel at noon and depart for Accra. Upon arrival, have an early dinner on your own and transfer to the airport for departure back home.