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Voodoo Enchantment: A 10-Day Cultural Odyssey in Benin

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Duration

10 Days 9 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English

Discover the mystique and cultural richness of Benin through a captivating 10-day itinerary centered around the captivating Voodoo Festival. Your journey begins in Cotonou, where you’ll immerse yourself in the vibrant local scene, exploring bustling markets and architectural gems like the Cotonou Cathedral.

The heart of the adventure awaits in Ouidah, the epicenter of Voodoo culture. Here, you’ll witness the grand opening of the Voodoo Festival, an enchanting spectacle of traditional rituals, dances, and ceremonies that reveal the spiritual essence of Benin. As you explore Ouidah, you’ll delve into its history at the Museum of History and walk among the ancient trees of the Sacred Forest of Kpasse.

A boat trip to Ganvie, known as the “Venice of Africa,” offers a glimpse into the extraordinary lifestyle of the Tofinu people who call this stilted village home. Abomey, the former capital of the Dahomey Kingdom, will transport you back in time as you visit the Royal Palaces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and uncover the intricate connections between Dahomey history and Voodoo.

One of the itinerary’s highlights is a private consultation with a Voodoo priest or priestess, where you’ll gain deep insights into the spiritual aspects of Voodoo and participate in a sacred ceremony. Your journey wraps up in Cotonou, where you’ll have the opportunity to shop for unique Voodoo-related souvenirs and crafts before bidding farewell with a sumptuous Beninese feast.

Throughout this adventure, you’ll be guided by an experienced English-speaking tour guide, ensuring a deeper understanding of the Voodoo culture and traditions. With included amenities such as 5-star hotel accommodations, private transportation, and admission to key sites, this meticulously crafted itinerary promises an immersive and enlightening journey into the enchanting world of Voodoo in Benin.

Highlights

  • Voodoo Festival Highlights
  • Cotonou - Local Crafts
  • Voodoo Priest Consultation
  • Abomey - Royal Palaces
  • Ganvie - The Venice of Africa
  • Ouidah - Birthplace of Voodoo
  • Voodoo Festival Kick-off
  • Exploring Cotonou

Day 1: Arrival in Cotonou

Arrive at Cotonou's Cardinal Bernadin Gantin International Airport. Check-in to your accommodation in Cotonou. Get settled and relax after your journey.

Day 2: Exploring Cotonou

Visit the Dantokpa Market, one of West Africa's largest and most vibrant markets. Explore the Cotonou Cathedral and learn about its history. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Beninese dinner.

Day 3: Voodoo Festival Kick-off

Attend the opening ceremony of the Voodoo Festival, often held in Ouidah. Experience traditional Voodoo rituals, dances, and ceremonies. Immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of the festival.

Day 4: Ouidah - Birthplace of Voodoo

Travel to Ouidah, the heart of Voodoo culture in Benin. Visit the Ouidah Museum of History, which provides insights into the history of the slave trade. Explore the Sacred Forest of Kpasse, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Attend Voodoo ceremonies and witness sacred dances.

Day 5: Ganvie - The Venice of Africa

Take a boat trip to Ganvie, a village built on stilts in Lake Nokoué. Learn about the lifestyle of the Tofinu people who inhabit this unique place. Enjoy a scenic boat ride through the village's waterways.

Day 6: Abomey - Royal Palaces

Travel to Abomey, the former capital of the Dahomey Kingdom. Explore the Royal Palaces of Abomey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about the history of the Dahomey Kingdom and its connection to Voodoo.

Day 7: Voodoo Priest Consultation

Have a one-on-one consultation with a Voodoo priest or priestess to learn about the spiritual aspects of Voodoo. Participate in a private Voodoo ceremony to gain deeper insights.

Day 8: Cotonou - Local Crafts

Return to Cotonou and explore local craft markets. Shop for unique Voodoo-related souvenirs, artwork, and textiles. Enjoy a farewell dinner with traditional Beninese cuisine.

Day 9: Voodoo Festival Highlights

Return to the Voodoo Festival in Ouidah. Witness some of the festival's most significant rituals and ceremonies. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere, music, and dancing.

Day 10: Departure

Depending on your flight schedule, you may have some free time for last-minute shopping or relaxation. Check out from your accommodation and head to Cardinal Bernadin Gantin International Airport for your departure.

  • Arrival and departure support and guidance
  • Transfer services between the airport and hotel for both arrivals and departures
  • Luxurious 5-star hotel lodging
  • Exclusive transportation in a private vehicle
  • Proficient English-speaking tour guide with extensive experience
  • Included entrance fees to designated attractions.
  • Provided meals as specified, including daily breakfast.
  • Help with the visa application process.
  • Visa fees
  • Meals not covered in the package
  • Optional travel insurance (pricing available upon request)
  • Required immunizations
  • Gratuity for the driver and tour guide

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