This trip explores Ouidah, the birthplace of voodoo, the floating city of Gavie and Abomey, home of the ancient kingdom of Dahomey. This kingdom was formed out of a mixture of various local ethnic groups on the Abomey plain. Historians theorized that the insecurity caused by slave trading may have contributed to mass migrations of different groups to modern day Abomey. Stay in one hotel for the trip and you'll do day trips to see all of the major sites of Benin. Your private guide and driver will help you in discovering this amazing little known country.
Your private guide will transfer you between the airport and hotel.
The Novotel Orisha Cotonou is a 3 star hotel enjoying a seaside location in the centre of Cotonou, close to the two major convention and events centres, the Palais du Congres and the CIC. The hotel offers 110 air-conditioned rooms, a restaurant and two bars. The hotel also features a private car park, a swimming pool and a tennis court. The hotel has 2 restaurants that feature both French and local specialties.
Drive to Abomey, the historical capital of the great kingdom of Dahomey. Visit the Royal Palace and the museum, a site boasting some ancient artifacts and relics from several centuries. These objects provide a glimpse into the historical past of the local people and their traditions. After this unique experience, travel back to Cotonou for an opportunity to explore the local merchant market place.
Enjoy this sensational visit to Ganvie (the village on water), commonly referred to as the Venice of West Africa. Witness firsthand, the people of Ganvie carrying out their daily routine as vendors in dugout canoes make transactions with one another and with tourists. Try shopping amongst the local vendors in the floating market whilst taking a relaxing canoe ride on the waterways of this exotic 300-year-old village. After lunch, drive through the multicolored center of the administrative and commercial capital of Benin to view it’s many statues and monuments.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
VISA/PASSPORTA passport and visa are required for both US and Canadian citizens. Visa Processing generally takes 3 working days along with a visa processing fee of approximately $100 for a Single Entry Visa and $120 for a Multiple Entry Visa. Visas are not routinely available at the airport. Visitors to Benin should also carry the WHO Yellow Card (“Carte Jaune”) indicating that they have been vaccinated for yellow fever.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you contact the Embassy of Benin for the most current visa information. HEALTHHealth insurance is essential. Medical facilities are poor quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/benin.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Porto Novo (administrative). Government: Republic. Gained independence from France in 1960. Language: The official language is French. However, many ethnic groups have their own languages: Bariba and Fulani are spoken in the north, Fon and Yoruba in the south. Some English is also spoken. Religion: 35% animist/traditional, 35% Christian (mainly Roman Catholic) and the majority of the rest are Muslim. Time: GMT + 1. Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Telephone: Country code +229. Mobile Telephone: Some roaming agreements exist. Coverage is limited. Internet: Public access is available in Cotonou.
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