8 days in Benin Itinerary

8 days in Benin Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Benin route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Cotonou
— 3 nights
Fly to Parakou, Bus to Natitingou
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Natitingou
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Grand Popo
— 2 nights
Drive to Cadjehoun Airport, Fly to Oslo Gardermoen Airport

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Cotonou

— 3 nights
Benin's largest city and its seat of government, bustling Cotonou also has one of the largest ports in West Africa.
Explore hidden gems such as Cathedrale Notre Dame de l'Immaculee Conception and da Silva Museum. Explore Cotonou's surroundings by going to Porto-Novo (Jardin Place Jean Bayol, Musee Honme (Palais Royal), &more). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Michel church, admire the striking features of Palais des Congres, make a trip to Etoile Rouge, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Grande Mosquee de Zongo.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cotonou vacation builder site.

Oslo, Norway to Cotonou is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Oslo in July, expect nights in Cotonou to be much warmer, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Natitingou.

Things to do in Cotonou

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Natitingou

— 2 nights
Natitingou is a city and commune in north western Benin. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): get outside with Chutes de Kota.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Natitingou travel planner.

Getting from Cotonou to Natitingou by combination of flight and bus takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. July in Natitingou sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Grand Popo.

Things to do in Natitingou

Outdoors
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Grand Popo

— 2 nights
Grand-Popo is a town, arrondissement, and commune in the Mono Department of south-western Benin. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): explore the world behind art at Villa Karo.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Popo trip builder tool.

You can drive from Natitingou to Grand Popo in 8.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Grand Popo are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Popo

Museums
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Benin travel guide

3.5
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
Land of Songs
With a distinctive culture and a history of global importance, Benin offers plenty of appeal outside its renowned national parks in the north of the country. The Atlantic coast in the south boasts many of the main cultural attractions in Benin, including ruins of old kingdoms, historical sites related to the slave trade, and Voodoo markets and places of worship and ritual. The road network and burgeoning eco-tourism industry allow visitors to create Benin itineraries that include both the cultural coast and the rugged wilderness of the interior.