LA PERLE DES LAGUNES
Côte d'Ivoire a.k.a Ivory Coast, is one of the jewels of West Africa.
Its stunning natural beauty and its unexpected mix of traditional and modern architecture, make this little corner of the continent a true gem.
You will be transported in a wonderful and unexpected world!
Take the first step, and let us guide you thru this life changing adventure.
You will be staying 6 nights in a beautiful, luxurious villa. A local chef will be in the house whenever we dine in, delighting us with Ivoirien deliciousness in the comfort of our home.
You will indulge every day in the best of traditional Ivoirien cuisine, local exotic fruits and fresh made juices.
LA PERLE DES LAGUNES
We will be spending most nights in the capital, Abidjan, but will take day trips to villages and cities further north with local guides. And of course, no Cote d'Ivoire vacation would be complete without a beach day at one of the many exotic, coastal retreats that the country has to offer.
A professional photographer will be following us and capturing every special moment, so you can live this experience to the fullest.
Whenever you want to get a taste of the local culture, there is no shortage of natives that would love to learn from you as much as you from them.
Africans are some of the most welcoming people in the world, always eager to share whatever they have and Ivoiriens are no exception to the rule.
You will get a chance to converse with them and immerse yourself in their daily lives and activities, should you choose to.
Our customer service representatives are only an email or a phone call away, should you have any questions before, during or after the trip. We take the stress out of traveling, so you can focus on enjoying your journey without any distractions.
Book your tour dates today and get ready to embark on a life changing adventure.
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LIVE A DREAM YOU NEVER KNEW EXISTED
We've all heard it: travel when you're older and you've saved for retirement. But travel often requires good health, which you likely have right now. If you have dreams to see the world, don't you owe it to yourself to realize them? We understand that life interjects and bills pile up. But when you look back at your life in five years, what do you want to see? Ambitions reached or dreams put out to dry?
EXTENDED HEALTH BENEFITS
Immerse yourself in an exotic experience. Every day you’ll eat a Moroccan diet full of fresh vegetables, healing spices, and local seafood or meat. We’ll also be walking daily, including a beautiful hike into the hills and valleys outside of Marrakech.
LET US TAKE CARE OF YOU
Do you feel like you’re always on the go, but have very little time for yourself? We thought so. What if, just for a change, you let us take care of you? We want you to kick back and leave all the planning to us. In fact, you're gonna need time to think about the more important details: like if you’re gonna drink another cup of tea at breakfast.
CONNECT TO A MORE CAREFREE YOU
In a work-obsessed culture, busy is glorified, and financial wealth is superior to emotional or spiritual wealth. But this trip is about putting inner wealth and health first. Who doesn’t need more time to connect with the person you’re meant to be.
DAY 1: AKWABA...ABIDJAN
You will be met at the airport Felix Houphouet Boigny (Abj) by your exuL Voyage expert, and transferred to you residence in an Ivoirien family. Receive a welcome drink as well as an introduction to Abidjan. Meet your fellow "e x u L e r s", share your first dinner Ivoirien style.
Relax and Good night. We have a long day tomorrow. DAY 2: BONJOUR
Breakfast. Adjamé Market. Mingle with the locals in one of the largest market in West Africa. Buy some fabrics and have one of "Madiara K" 's tailor, custom make you an authentic Ivoirien outfit. Lunch, then discover the city (Cathedral St Paul, Mosquée du Plateaux, bateau- mouche...). Quick stop at the supermarket for last minute essentials, before we head back "home" for dinner. Finish the night and get ready for tomorrow. Bonne nuit
As the morning wears on, we’ll get lost in the never ending maze of metalwork, carpets, tanneries, olives, spices, and jewelry, before stopping for lunch at one of our favorite places in Marrakech. This 3-story riad is covered in original artwork from floor to ceiling — a perfect spot for some one-on-one time with the photographer, hint hint. After an afternoon tea stop at a beautiful French restaurant, we’ll be splitting into small groups for an intimate dinner in the homes of Moroccan locals.
DAY 3: EARLY START
We're going to discover the Administrative and Political capital, Yamoussoukro. It's also the fourth largest city in the country and is home to the largest Basilica in the world: Basilica of Our Lady of peace. But before let's discover the deep side of African Culture and artistic "savoir faire". Our first stop will be at the village of Bomizambo, where some of the last "tisserands" are still making the most amazing fabrics: Pagne Baoule, aka KITA, the way their ancestors did centuries ago. Once we leave our beautiful artists, we will go meet the Chief of the village and the members of his court. If we are polite and the chief decide that we are worth it, we will get to experience one of Africa most secretive and beautiful tradition, the "Goli Dance" aka "La Danse sacré du Goli". After this thrilling experience, and once the Chief give us the ok to leave, we'll make a stop to see how the most known and eaten Ivoirien dish is made. ATTIÈKÉ Lunch at one of Yamoussoukro top restaurant. And ... Time to see breath taking, beautiful "Notre dame de la paix" (Our lady of peace), the largest Basilica in the World. From there, quick stop to say hi to the Caïmans, (Alligators), before heading back to Abidjan. Dinner, relax and good night!
No early wake up call today. Let's enjoy Abidjan, and mingle with the locals. On the menu: Visit of the botanical garden, then the "CAVA", the artisanal center of Abidjan. You will be able to buy all the souvenirs for family and friends. Lunch, then little tour of Treichville, one of the most lively suburbs of Abidjan. We will also stop by the Hotel Ivoire (a landmark), to chill and relax, before going home to get ready. Tonight, we are having dinner at "Chez Ambroise", finger licking good. Original food from Côte d'Ivoire. Now that you are almost an Ivoirien, it's time to complete your initiation by having you party like a true blooded Ivoirien. Let's go dance!
DAY 5: WAKE UP SLEEPY HEADS
Let'sgoseeCôted'Ivoire$ mainsourceofrevenue: Agriculture. We will be visiting a family own plantation in the village of N'Zikro. You'll discover where the chocolate and coffee in your cup start from, as Côte d'Ivoire is number one producer of Cocoa in the world, and one of the top in coffee beans. As well as your car tires!!! (Rubber Trees). The best part of this village is the school that the owner of the plantation built, all by himself (no government help), a few years ago. Today, the school is a full fledged elementary school, but still in great needs.You will interact with the villagers. The village is poor without electricity and running water, but the people are happy and always eager to share the little they have. The Children are amazingly driven and in constant need of school supplies. If you have any left over or gently used school supplies (pen, notebooks, pencils, erasers, backpack...), kids clothes or shoes (newborn to 17 years old), toys... please bring some with you. You will be able to hand them directly to the children and might change a child's life. Also, 5% of your ticket price is going to a solar panel fund for the village. For more informations on the school, see the link to "Brahimakro". Now, time to eat, and in route for Assinie! One of the most beautiful coastal resort town in west Africa. The beaches are beautiful and the fresh seafood amazing! So get your swimming suit ready!!!The day is only starting. After a good swim, we'll be heading to Adiake, where we'll have a firewood dinner by the water. Local dancers and ￼singers will come and show us how to "Woyo", which is sing and dance, Ivoirien style. Massages will be available. For those who still have enough strength, let's head out to the city top nightclub.
DAY 6: PIROGUE
Meet the head of the fisherman village, and jump in one of the "pirogue" to become a traditional fisherman for the day! It's now time to put your bet for the "Pirogues" race! May the best win! Lunch today will be an open picnic, with local specialty. Time to head back to Abidjan, where our tailor will be waiting with our custom made outfits. Light Dinner, and out to one of the upscale club of Abidjan.
DAY 7: LAST DAY!
Last day. Get some good sleep, because your cooking today. Choose your favorite Ivoirien dish, and with the help of the chef, learn how to make it. We'll invite our friends, new friends and family to share those amazing dishes, and say bye the Ivoirien way: Dance and eat. Pack and Airport!!! Aurevoir Côte D'ivoire. Until next time.
Everything is organized so you stay sane. Arrive before 1pm local time on the first day of your Experience and our private driver will get you and a few others from your group to and from the airport.
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU
Zero stress about finding the hotel and struggling with your bags.
Oh, hi zen. Are you there? Travel Noire delivers personalized instructions, so you'll never feel alone. We’ll collect your flight information and send you advice on how to arrive, customized to you.
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU
You can fly in early and still know exactly how to find us.
YOUR VERY OWN PHOTOSHOOT
You know, just a professional photoshoot of your best vacay highlights. You'll get the opportunity to run away with our photographer for some time in front of the lens. And we'll deliver these digitally to you soon after you depart.
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU
A private photoshoot on vacation? Enough said.
You get full email support from the day you book your trip until you arrive in country. You'll feel fully taken care of with our expert advice. You'll also have the opportunity to join a pre-departure call with our team to answer any of your burning questions. Support is just a nudge away.
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PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP
You’ll receive an invitation to join our private Facebook Group for registered guests only. Connect to others before you go and maintain friendships when you return.
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU
One hub for all your travel needs.
This is group travel for people who don’t normally go on group trips. We want you to travel like a local, so we keep our numbers low. We know that small group travel is a great balance of fun and simplicity, and it’s better than traveling alone.
HERE ARE THE PERKS OF TRAVELING WITH OUR CREW
• It’s so much more fun than traveling alone.
• You'll meet the most epic people.
• It’s easier than traveling with a friend because we handle all the planning.
• You have the luxury of drivers and guides to help you with everything.
• You have a professional photographer by your side.
• You'll get the real deal Morocco, not the things you can find in a guidebook.
• The truth is, we have an uncanny ability to attract positive and generous people from all around the world. Our guests always share with us that they aren't group tour type of people, but that they are surprised at how well Travel Noire makes it transformative and easy.
HAVE YOU ALREADY VISITED ABIDJAN?
Incredible. So you know how amazing it is — and how much there is to see and do (and eat) there! But think of how much richer your experience could be when you travel with someone who knows the locals and all the secret spots? Unless you have a Moroccan friend and stayed with them at their home, it's impossible not to feel like a tourist. We offer an alternative to that.
WILL THIS BE YOUR FIRST TRIP TO ABIDJAN?
Hoohmygosh, you are in for the biggest treat. If it’s your first time, you’ll love the safety of traveling with our group, and the ease of having all your hotels, transportation, activities and meals sorted out for you. You’ll love that you won’t have to worry about getting lost, ripped off, or hassling with foreign currency. We take care of everything.
HOLD YOUR HORSES. THIS TRIP ISN’T FOR EVERYONE.
IT IS FOR YOU IF:
• You love insider knowledge: you value traveling with someone who knows the ropes.
• You’re not afraid to try new things, including but not limited to some amazing cuisine.
• You love to have a great time and are open to meeting others.
• You’re down with some strenuous physical exercise.
THIS TRIP IS NOT FOR YOU IF:
• You have a tendency to be negative or dramatic, or are just plain depressing to be around.
• You're not into trying new things or stepping outside of your comfort zone.
• You don’t like Moroccan food. That is what we’ll be eating. Every day. (If you’re a vegetarian, or on a restricted diet, you’ll be fine.)
• You're a wild party animal that doesn't respect local cultures.
• You can’t easily walk up stairs. If you find walking tough, then this trip isn’t suited to you.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHERE ARE WE STAYING?
You’ll sleep in the same locale for 6 nights. Our hotel is a luxurious villa in the heart of the Abidjan.
CAN I EXTEND MY STAY?
Great idea! We’ll give you tips.
WHAT AIRPORT DO I FLY INTO?
Fly in and out of Abidjan Airport (civ). We provide airport transfers for free.
I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS, CAN YOU HELP?
We thought you’d never ask. Email email@example.com so we can meet you and give you personal advice.
I’M NOT A “TOUR PERSON” AND I USUALLY PLAN MY OWN TRIPS.
Great — you’ll fit right in as our guests are looking for something different, too. Think of this as a trip planned by a local friend, something you would never be able to pull off on your own. We offer you daily activities but don’t feel pressured to do anything — it’s your experience.
WILL I BE TOO OLD, OR TOO YOUNG?
Our guests range in age from their 30s to their 60s. Age doesn't mean much when we’re all searching for a better life. Our experiences are more adventurous, so in that sense, it does require that you are healthy and can walk or hike easily.
February 11th - February 17th
*Special Valentine (limited space available)
March 12th - March 18th 2018
April 9th - April 15th 2018