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Retracing the Footsteps of Slaves (Ghana, Togo and Benin)

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Between the 15th to the 19th century, around 12 million African men, women and children were enslaved, transported to the Americas and forced to work in plantations, construction and domestic homes. Over 30% of these people passed through the ports of Ghana, Togo and Benin. Fast forward to today, these same coastal areas provide visitors with opportunities to learn about the slave trade and the impact it has had on this region of West Africa, by visiting former slave-trading outposts and forts, historic sites, monuments, and museums. Our educational Tour can begin in either Ghana, Benin or Togo, and highlights include: the Cape Coast Castle and Elmina Castle (UNESCO World Heritage Sites), the La Maison des Exclaves, which was built for the purpose of illegally operating a slave trade that had already been abolished long before its construction. Tour of Ouida (the History Museum, the Route of the Slaves; the Point of No Return, etc) and the cities of Lome, Cotonou, and Porto Novo.

Itinerary Details

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Day 1 Hotel pick up in Accra city. Tour of the Cape Coast Castle, Elmina Castle and museums. Overnight in Accra city.

Stop At: Cape Coast Castle

Guided tour of the castle and visit to the West African Historical Museum

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Elmina Castle

Tour of the castle and museum.

Duration: 2 hour

Day 2 Depart for Togo.Tour of Lome city and the Maison d'Esclaves in Agbodrafo village. Depart for Benin. Overnight in Ouidah.

Stop At: Lome Cathedral

Brief tour of the city

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Slave House of Togo

Tour of the La Maison d'Esclave in the coastal village of Agbodrafo

Duration: 1 hour

Day 3 Hotel pick up and tour of Ouidah. Drive to and tour of Porto Novo. Drive to and tour of Cotonou City. Hotel drop off.

Stop At: Ouidah Museum of History

Tour of Ouidah including the Route des Esclave, Point of No Return, the Portuguese Fort and the History Museum.

Duration: 3 hour

Stop At: Ethnographique Museum of Porto Novo

Tour of Porto Novo

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Cotonou Cathedral

Brief tour of Cotonou before hotel drop off

Duration: 1 hour