Benin/Togo

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ROOTS TO GLORY TOURS
JOURNEY AFRICA: BENIN/TOGO  ANCESTRAL TOUR 2017
SEPTEMBER 7 - 17, 2017

 

Day 1- Arrival and transfer to hotel. Check in and overnight at hotel. 
 
Day 2- Overall  briefing and then drive to  Porto  Novo,  the town with 3 names.  We will visit the Homme  palace, the administrative palace of the Kings of Porto  Novo.  We will also visit the Ethnographic museum,  which retraces the importance of the guelede mask(world heritage mask)  in the social and political  stratam of the Nago/youruba ethnic groups. Our visit will continue at the Songhai Centre for Agricultural and sustainable development project.  After lunch we pay a courtesy call to the King of Porto Novo.  Return to Cotonou and overnight at hotel. 
 
Day 3- After breakfast we  drive to visit the lake villages, in particular  Ganvie with its 33000 inhabitants. We will  discover the every day life of the toffinou people who for the past few centuries have been leaving on water!!! After lunch we drive to the Arts crafts centre. Return to hotel. Overnight at hotel. 
 
Day 4- We leave the hotel for Abomey,  capital of the very powerful kingdom of Dahomey. Also known as the city of 12kings,  we will visit the palaces of Guezo and Ghele, UNESCO world heritage sites.  The palaces retraces the history of the kingdom of Dahomey and exhibits authentic relics of the Kingdom. Lunch and then we visit  the underground sites of Agognito. They enable us to better understand the defense mechanism put into place by the kings of Dahomey to expand and defend their territories. Overnight at Abomey. 

 

Day 5- After breakfast we explore some other historical sites at Abomey, with its bas-reliefs, telling the history of this very powerful kingdom of west Africa. We will  pay a courtesy call to  his Majesty the king of Dahomey. After lunch we will be experiencing a Vodoun ceremony. Overnight at Abomey
 
Day 6-We depart Abomey and drive to Ouidah, the Vodoun capital and also slave history town. On our way to Ouidah, we will stop briefly at Allada, home to the kingdoms south of Benin and native land to the founding fathers of Haiti in particular  Toussaint Louverture.  On arrival at Ouidah,  we will visit  the sacred forest of kpasse. This forest is the private palace of the first king of Ouidah. Today it houses representations of the different divinities of the Vodoun religion. We will then visit the history museum of Ouidah, former Portuguese fort exhibiting the influences of the Vodoun religion in the Americas and the influences of the returnees to the city of Ouidah . Our visit will continue to the temple of pythons,  the main divinity of the people of Ouidah. We will then take the slave road up to the door of no return to experience and learn this painful period of the slave trade. Overnight at hotel, Ouidah. 
 
 
Day 7-Morning at leisure. We will drive to a village to experience another Vodoun ceremony. 
Overnight at hotel, Ouidah. 
Day 8-Leave Ouidah for Lome, capital of Togo. We get to the boarder and complete all boarder formalities. Drive to Lome. City tour of Lome will take us to the fetish market at Akodessewa,  the independence square and national Museum. Lunch and then drive to hotel and night at Lome. 
 
 
Day 9-After breakfast we will go to the big market for shopping. Lunch and shopping. Overnight at hotel. 
 
After breakfast we leave Lome, and drive to Cotonou. Do boarder formalities on both sides and continue to Cotonou. Last minute shopping. Check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel. 
 
Day 10 - Free time before departure. 
 
End of tour 

The cost of the trip to Benin - Togo is $3600 (does not include gratuity). This cost includes airfare from Washington DC. Transportation in Benin - Togo. Double hotel accommodations and  2meals per day. If you require a single room the cost will be $4000.

The cost does not include: Visa for Benin/Togo.  Transportation to Dulles Airport in Washington DC. Spending money for gifts etc. Required yellow fever vaccine. $100 gift to traditional leaders. Trip cancellation insurance.

A deposit of $500 is due upon completion of this registration form. The deposit can be sent via Paypal (roots to glory tours) at a 4% fee or can be mailed to: Roots to Glory Tours, P.O. Box 92, Stevenson, Maryland 21153.

The balance of the payment of $3100 if paying in full is due by July 1, 2017 and sent to: Roots to Glory Tours, P.O. Box 92, Stevenson, Maryland 21153. 

PAYMENT PLAN OPTION:

A deposit of $500 is due upon completion of this registration form.  The deposit can be sent via Paypal (roots to glory tours) at a fee of 4% of the total payment or can be mailed to: Roots to Glory Tours, P.O. Box 92, Stevenson, Maryland 21153.

PAYMENT PLAN IS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST TO rootstoglorytours@gmail.com.

THE DEPOSIT OF $500 IS REFUNDABLE WITHIN 30 DAYS OF PAYMENT ONLY. WE STRONGLY SUGGEST THAT YOU PURCHASE TRIP INSURANCE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE ONCE THE AIRLINE TICKETS ARE PURCHASED THERE WILL BE NO REFUND.

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