Ring in the New Year In Ghana, 10 Days

January 31st, 2011 by CTAdmin Leave a reply »

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DAY 1: ARRIVE ACCRA, GHANA
Arrive Accra; meet assist and transfer to Hotel.

Kwame Nkrumah Memorial
Photo: Kwame Nkrumah Memorial, Barry Williams

 

Meal(s) Included: No
Hotel:
Africa Royal Beach Hotel

 

DAY 2: ACCRA CITY TOUR

Kwame-nkrumah-memorial-park
Full day Tour of Accra, visit the W.E.B. Du Bois Center honoring the life of one of the most prominent Pan-Africanists who chose to live and work in Ghana.  Independence Square, Accra’s open-air ceremonial grounds where all national celebrations are held. Continue to the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and museum, a tribute to Ghana’s first President. This park, formally called the Polo grounds, is where Dr. Kwame Nkrumah declared the independence of Ghana.This evening enjoy the News Years celebration at your hotel.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel:
Africa Royal Beach Hotel

 

DAY 3: TRAVEL FROM ACCRA TO CAPE COAST
After breakfast have a morning at leisure. In the afternoon drive to Cape Coast.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel:   
Elmina Bay Hotel

 

DAY 4:  CAPE COAST

Cape Cost Castle weaponry
After breakfast, visit Elmina Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in 1482. This castle was the first European structure built in sub-Saharan Africa. In the afternoon Visit Cape Coast Castle and the Castle Museum for a guided tour. Cape Coast Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was one of the departure points for Africans being sent into slavery in the Americas. The castle is home to the infamous “Door of No Return”.

This evening observe the rituals leading up to tomorrow’s celebration of Edina Bronya.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel: Elmina Bay

 

DAY 5: CAPE COAST


Today experience Edina Bronya, or Elmina Christmas, a festival that has been held for centuries in Elmina dating back to the Dutch occupation during the colonial period. This festival takes place on the first Thursday of January. Drumming, dancing and masquerading are all a part of this grand celebration that commemorates the lives of the ancestors. This carnival atmosphere is a great way to start the New Year.
This evening observe the preparations for overnight fishing as the colorful fishing canoes are made ready to go out to sea.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel: Elmina Bay

 

DAY 6: CAPE COAST / KUMASI

assin
After breakfast, depart Cape Coast for Kumasi. En-route, stop at Assin Manso, the burial site of two former slaves from the U. S. and Jamaica whose remains were re-interred in August 1998 during Ghana’s first Emancipation Day Celebration. Visit the “Slave River” where captured Africans were washed before being confined in the Slave Castles to await shipment to the Americas and the Caribbean. Arrive in Kumasi and visit the Prempreh II Jubilee Museum, named for the former Asantehene (ruler of the Ashanti people), Nana Osei Agyeman Prempreh II. Exhibits include a replica of the famed Golden Stool, which is believed to have descended from the sky and is the spiritual symbol of the Ashanti people.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel: 
Miklin Hotel

 

DAY 7: KUMASI

After breakfast, visit the Ashanti craft villages:

-       The woodcarving village of Ahwiaa, known for the talented craftsmen who fashion royal stools, walking sticks and fertility dolls from wood. You will have the opportunity to purchase hand carved items of all kinds.

-       The Village of Ntonso where artisan’s hand-stamp patterns on cotton cloth to make Adinkra textiles. Black-on-black and black-on-red Adinkra cloth is worn for funerals and other solemn occasions. You will learn how the black dye is made in the village from the bark of trees, and create your own Adinkra sash to take home. You may also purchase large pieces of Adinkra cloth handmade in the village.

-       The village is Bonwire, where the famous Kente cloth is handmade on looms in a time-honored tradition passed down through generations. You will see the Kente weavers in process of creating Kente cloth in various styles, and have the opportunity to purchase souvenirs or gifts.

 

Kente Cloth warehouse
Photo: Kente Cloth Warehouse, Barry Williams

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel:  
Miklin Hotel

Day 8: KUMASI
After breakfast visit the Manhiya Palace, built to receive The Asantehene (ruler of the Ashanti people) Prempeh; it now serves as a museum, containing a range of items relating to the Ashanti Kingdom, particularly Prempeh I (ruled 1888-1931) and Prempeh II (ruled 1931-1970).This evening visit the Kumasi Central Market (also known as Kejetia Market), the largest open-air market in West Africa, where more than 10,000 vendors sell their wares. Here you will find just about everything, food, fabric, beauty products, handmade crafts.

Manhyia Palace Museum
Photo: Manhyia Palace Museum, Barry Williams

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel:    Miklin Hotel

 

Day 9: KUMASI TO VOLTA REGION

Aburi Botanical Garden
After breakfast travel to the Volta Region and visit the Aburi Botanical Gardens: Aburi Botanical Gardens was established as an agricultural research station and convalescent home for the British Colonial Administration. The garden overlooks the coastal plain at an elevation of 1,200 – 1,500 ft. above sea level. Learn about the cultural and medicinal importance of the trees in these gardens.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: Volta Hotel

 

Day 10: VOLTA REGION TO ACCRA / DEPART
After breakfast return to Accra, enjoy last minute shopping before being transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

 


 

TOUR INCLUDES

  • Meeting and assistance upon arrival
  • Assistance at departure on final day
  • Roundtrip airport/hotel transfers
  • Hotel accommodation in the indicated properties for 9 nights
  • Transportation in private vehicle
  • Experienced tour guide
  • Admission to all listed sites and events
  • Meals indicated (9 breakfasts, 8 dinners)

 

TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Airfare to/from Ghana
  • Cost of visa
  • Meals not listed
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuity to driver and guide

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Single Supplement is the additional price paid for single occupancy of a room.


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