Art Tour in Benin

Art Tour in Benin

13 days / 12 nights Art in Benin, by van, mini bus or bus with driver (depending on amount of people).

Day 1: ( flight to Cotonou)

(Based on arrival in the evening)

Arrival in Cotonou by plane, transfer to hotel.

Welcome drink and snack around 22.00 at hotel. Overnight stay in Hotel El Dorado Beach Club.
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Collages from Dominique Kouas
Collages from Dominique Kouas

 

Day 2: Cotonou  –  Porto Novo

After breakfast some time to relax and acclimatization at swimming pool or beach.

Around 11.30 departure to Porto Novo.

Have lunch in Jardin des Plantes et de Nature.

Meeting and discussion with artist Dominique Kouas, one of the most famous artists in Benin.

Dinner at hotel. Overnight stay in Hotel Songhai.

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African Art from Kouas his private collection
African Art from Kouas his private collection

Day 3:  Porto Novo

After breakfast visit the museums; Musee Da Silva, Ethnography and Royal Palace with Kouas as guide.

Lunch in local restaurant.

You will visit Adjarra, the drums village, where original drums are made, there is a small market too.

A visit to the  Musee d’Adjarra which stores masks from 8 African countries.

Dinner at hotel. Overnight stay in Hotel Songhai.

Assembly Arts
Assembly Arts
Royal Palace
Royal Palace
Monkey in Jardin des Plantes
Monkey in Jardin des Plantes                                              

Day 4: Porto Novo – Ouidah

After breakfast departure to Ouidah.

First you will visit the Sacred Forest.

Lunch at restaurant Côté Pêche.

Follow the slavery route to the beach with its art along the route. (about 4 km walking, can be by car/bus also)

Visit the Gate of No Return (with assemblages of Dominique Kouas)

Dinner at hotel. Overnight stay at hotel Diaspora.

Slavery route
Slavery route
Symbol of Benin
Symbol of Benin
Artist Kouas from Benin
Kouas in interview at exhibition

Day 5: Ouidah – Grand Popo

After breakfast you will visit Fondation Zinsou.

Than drive to Grand Popo to have lunch in a local restaurant.

Beach La Bouche du Roi, Grand Popo
Beach La Bouche du Roi, Grand Popo
Gate of non return
Gate of non return

 

 

 

After the check in, excursion historical architectural tour, a 2 hours walking tour.

(Christianity in Benin, Afro-Brazilian culture and architecture, slave trade)

Dinner at hotel with local music and dance show.

Overnight stay in Grand Popo resort Awalé Plage.

Sacred forest entrance
Sacred forest entrance
Statue in remembrance the slavery time
Statue in remembrance the slavery time

 

Day 6: Grand Popo – Djougou

After early breakfast departure to Azové, a visit to the market. (it is a long ride)

Lunch in local restaurant.

Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.

Voodoo dolls
Voodoo dolls
Azove market voodoo items
Azove market voodoo items
Oil lamps made of recycled materials at Azove market
Oil lamps made of recycled materials at Azove market

Day 7: Djougou – Natitingou

After breakfast visit Taneká-Koko with the sacred cave and many traditions. It is located in the mountains about 2 km walking.

Drive to Boukoumbé have lunch in a local restaurant.

Visit the Tammari people with the specific Tata Somba houses, built in 2 different styles.

Overnight stay in Natitingou hotel Kaba.

Taneka, the chief of the village
Taneka, the chief of the village
Tata Somba house
Tata Somba house

Day 8: Natitingou – Pendjari National Park – Natitingou

Early in the morning 05.00 departure to Pendjari National Park, with jeeps we enter the park. There are many animals to see like; West-African Elephants, Warthogs, Hippopotamus, Crocodiles, Monkeys, many species of Antelopes, like the Wildebeest, different kind of birds and if you’re lucky a Lion or Hyena.

Lunch in Pendjari Lodge.

Visit the Tanagou waterfalls, if you like you can swim here.

Back to Natitingou for overnight stay in hotel Kaba.

Tanagou Kota waterfall
Tanagou Kota waterfall
Warthog in Pendjari NP
Warthog in Pendjari NP
Elephant at Pendjari National Park Benin
Elephant at Pendjari National Park Benin

Day 9: Natitingou – Abomey

After breakfast  departure to Abomey.

Lunch in a local restaurant.

Dinner and overnight stay in hotel Nifur.

Palace King Glele
National Museum of Palace of King Glele
Abomey, Kingdom Dahomey
Abomey, Kingdom Dahomey

Day 10: Abomey

After breakfast visit the Palace of King Glele or National Museum.

After this interesting visit you will visit the Voodoo temple Zewa.

Lunch in a local restaurant.

Visit the underground house in Bohicon, go back in time and see how the warriors lived in times of war.

Dinner and overnight stay in hotel Nifur.

Underground house
Underground house
Historic Museum Ketou
Historic Museum Ketou
Akaba Idena Ketou with the magic gate
Akaba Idena Ketou with the magic gate   

Day 11: Abomey – Ketou

After breakfast departure to Ketou.

Visit the Magic Gate and Royal Palace about the history of the Kingdom of Ketou.

Lunch in local restaurant.

Performance of Gèlèdè dance and music.

Dinner in hotel. Overnight stay in Résidences Céline Hotels  in Ketou.

Zangbeto voodoo
Zangbeto voodoo
Gelede dance
Gelede dance

Day 12: Ketou – Abomey Calavi

After breakfast departure to Abomey Calavi.

Lunch in local restaurant.

Visit by boat the stilt village Ganvie which is also called the Venice of Africa.

Dinner and overnight stay in hotel Assouka.

Football Stadium
Football Stadium
Fishermen take in the net
Fishermen take in the net

Day 13; Abomey Calavi – Ganvie – Cotonou

After breakfast visit Mr. Yakuba an old ambassador with a passion for arts.

Lunch at Mr. Yakuba’s house.

City tour in Cotonou visiting Zinsou Museum, Arts Library with presentation, Gate of No Return, Hall des Arts (shopping souvenirs)

In the evening transfer to the airport for your flight.

Kuwabo in Benin, Welcome in Benin
Kuwabo in Benin, Welcome in Benin
Fisherman
Fisherman

 

 

 


Inclusive in tour:

  • Hotels based on double rooms included tourist tax.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with lunch and dinner one soft drink or one local beer is included.
  • Transport by bus with driver (max. 15 persons)
  • 2 (cans or bottles) drinks, soft drink or local beer, along the road per person per day.
  • 1 bottle mineral water (à 1,5 L per bottle) per person per day.
  • Excursions, entrances, guides and others mentioned below.
  • Tips for making photos of people during the tour.

Inclusive per day:

Day 1 Cotonou:

  • Transfer from airport to hotel
  • Welcome drink
  • Snack at hotel

Day 2: Cotonou  –  Porto Novo

  • Meeting and discussion about African arts and the arts of the artist himself, with artist Dominique Kouas

Day 3:  Porto Novo

  • Entrance and guidance of Dominique Kouas in Musee Da Silva, Musee de Ethnography and Royal Palace.
  • Musee d’Adjarra

Day 4: Porto Novo – Ouidah

  • Entrance Sacred Forest
  • Guide along the Slavery Route

Day 5: Ouidah – Grand Popo

  • Free Entrance Fondation Zinsou but they prefer if you give a donation to the Museum and guide (20.000 CFA = ca. €30,- for the group)

Day 6: Grand Popo – Djougou

Day 7: Djougou – Natitingou

  • Visit and guide to Taneká Koko
  • Visit and guide in Tata Somba

Day 8: Natitingou – Pendjari National Park – Natitingou

  • Entrance Pendjari National Park
  • Transport in the park by jeep
  • Guide
  • Entrance Tanougou waterfall

Day 9: Natitingou – Abomey

Day 10: Abomey

  • Entrance and guide in National Museum (Palace of King Glele)
  • Entrance Zewa Temple
  • Entrance Underground House

Day 11: Abomey – Ketou

  • Entrance and guide Magic Gate
  • Gèlède Dance and Music performance

Day 12: Ketou – Abomey Calavi

Day 13; Abomey Calavi – Cotonou

  • Boattrip Ganvie
  • Roundtrip in Cotonou 
Exclusive:
  • Any airfare
  • Transport not mentioned under inclusive
  • Personal expenses like; laundry, phone/internet costs, tips, souvenirs, drinks not mentioned under inclusive etc.
  • Insurances, visa, vaccinations etc.
  • Any service/assistance not covered under inclusive.
  • Calamities caused by nature, terrorism or other causes.

NOTES: Hotels can be changed by the organizer, hotels of the same class will be booked, if not possible the price will change.

In many hotels they only have cold water to shower.

Offcourse we can arrange the tour to your wishes and also add some days beach!

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