10 days in Benin Itinerary

10 days in Benin Itinerary

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1
Cotonou
— 3 nights
2
Parakou
— 1 night
3
Atakora Department
— 2 nights
4
Grand Popo
— 1 night

3
nights
Cotonou

Cotonou ©
Benin's largest city and its seat of government, bustling Cotonou also has one of the largest ports in West Africa.
Museum-lovers will appreciate da Silva Museum and Ouidah Museum of History. Step off the beaten path and head to Cathedrale Notre Dame de l'Immaculee Conception and Great Mosque of Porto-Novo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cotonou: Porto-Novo (Jardin des Plantes et de la Nature, Ethnographique Museum of Porto Novo, &more). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Michel church, don't miss a visit to Etoile Rouge, pause for some photo ops at Place des Martyrs, and enjoy the sand and surf at Obama Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cotonou day trip website.

Newark, USA to Cotonou is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to West Africa Standard Time (WAT), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in April, expect Cotonou to be much warmer, temps between 90°F and 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Parakou.

Things to do in Cotonou

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Porto-Novo, Ouidah Museum of History
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da Silva Museum ©
da Silva Museum
Musee Honme (Palais Royal) ©
Musee Honme (Palais Royal)

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Parakou

Parakou ©
Parakou is the largest city in eastern Benin, with an estimated population of around 206,667 people, and capital of the Borgou Department. Your day by day itinerary now includes Parakou Mosque. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parakou Mosque.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Parakou online route planner.

You can fly from Cotonou to Parakou in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Parakou, expect temperatures between 95°F during the day and 75°F at night. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Atakora Department.

Things to do in Parakou

Historic Sites
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Parakou Mosque ©
Parakou Mosque

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Atakora Department

Atakora Department ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): head outdoors with Chutes de Kota. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pendjari National Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Atakora Department tour itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Parakou to Atakora Department takes 4.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Atakora Department are 98°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Grand Popo.

Things to do in Atakora Department

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Chutes de Kota ©
Chutes de Kota
Pendjari National Park ©
Pendjari National Park

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Grand Popo

Grand Popo ©
Grand-Popo is a town, arrondissement, and commune in the Mono Department of south-western Benin. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Villa Karo.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Grand Popo itinerary app.

Drive from Atakora Department to Grand Popo in 10 hours. Traveling from Atakora Department in April, you will find days in Grand Popo are little chillier (90°F), and nights are about the same (79°F). On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Popo

Museums
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Villa Karo ©
Villa Karo