Jour 1GRAND BASSAM
Afternoon departure from the Elubo border to Grand Bassam, the first capital of Cote d’Ivoire. Grand Bassam remains an important seaside resort. The first trading houses were built here. You will have the opportunity to visit the old quarter with the Museum of Costumes, the Wickerwork Center, the Ceramics Center, the Craft Center and the Souvenir Market. Check into your hotel and relax. Hotel in Grand Bassam. Dinner.
Jour 2ABIDJAN - CITY TOUR
Today, visit metropolitan Abidjan including Le Plateau, the central, high-rise commercial area, Cocody, the upscale residential section and Treichville, which is linked to Le Plateau by two major bridges. Treichville is one of the areas where the masses live. It has a few colorful markets and quite an interesting, vibrant nightlife. Visit nearby Abobo, where Africa’s largest outdoor launderette (laundry) is located. Here you will witness an unforgettable spectacle, hundreds of Fanicos (washer men, no women), jam together in the middle of a stream to wash clothes. They work all day every day, frantically rubbing garments on huge stones held in place by old car vehicle tires then spreading the clothes over rocks and grass in a large drying area. Hotel in Abidjan. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Morning departure for a drive northwards to Yamoussoukro, the official capital of the country. Yamoussoukro owes its good fortune as the birth place of Cote d’Ivoire’s first president. Visit the Palace of the former president and see the sacred crocodiles in the palace moat. The dazzling centerpiece of it all is the Basilique de Notre Dame de la Paix (The Basilica “Our Lady of Peace) which is the biggest church in the world, after the Vatican, and is almost an exact replica of St Peter’s in Rome. The 36 immense stained glass windows, all hand blown in France are an unforgettable sight. Hotel in Yamoussoukro Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Jour 4YAMOUSSOUKRO - ABIDJAN/LEISURE
Depart Yamoussoukro for a drive to Abidjan. Arrive in Abidjan for lunch and spend the remainder of the day at leisure and for any shopping spree! Estimated drive time (Yamoussoukro – Abidjan): 3 hrs Hotel in Abidjan Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Check out of your hotel for the airport.