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Historic Egypt & Ghana, 12-days

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Day 1: Cairo, Egypt -November 17, 2017

Arrive Cairo late morning. This afternoon sightseeing begins at the world-famous Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. Highlights include the treasures of the tomb of Tutankhamon and the fascinating Mummy Room. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Overnight at Safir Hotel Or Similar

 

Day 2: Cairo – November 18, 2017

Visit Memphis, capital of the old kingdom and one of ancient Egypt’s most important cities. Continue to the necropolis of Sakkara, whose surving monuments include the famous Step Pyramid, the world’s oldest stone structure. After lunch, we drive to the Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza, a highlight of any Egyptian itinerary, and also visit the nearby Solar Boat Museum.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Safir Hotel Or Similar

 

Day 3: Cairo / Alexandria / Cairo – November 19, 2017

After breakfast, transfer to Alexandria, the “pearl of the Mediterranean,” to explore the Alexandria National Museum and the Catacombs of Kom El Shugafa. After a lunch, a visit to the Bibliotheca Alexandria, built on the believed site of the old Library of Alexandria, and view the massive pink granite Pompey’s Pillar before returning to Cairo. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Safir Hotel Or Similar

 

Day 4: Cairo – November 20, 2017

After breakfast, tour the Islamic monuments of the city, including the Sultan Hassan and El-Refaai Mosques, and the Citadel’s alabaster mosque of Mohammed Ali. There’s also time to explore the Khan el-Khalili bazaar, where shopping is an exotic, rewarding experience. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Safir Hotel Or Similar

 

Day 5: Cairo /Accra, Ghana – November 21, 2017

Depart Cairo early afternoon to Accra, Ghana. Arrive Accra late evening. You will be met, assisted and transferred to your hotel. Relax, refresh.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Accra City Hotel Or Similar

 

Day 6: Accra, Ghana – November 22, 2017

Full day sightseeing tour of Accra. Visit galleries, markets, museums and other points of interest. Test your bargaining skills on the vendor. Welcome dinner with traditional naming ceremony.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Accra City Hotel Or Similar

 

Day 7: Accra / Kumasi – November 23, 2017

After breakfast, depart to Kumasi, en route stop at Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa Farm, which is the first commercial cocoa farm in Ghana. You will touch the actual Cocoa pods. Cocoa is Ghana’s largest export and is used to blend some of the world’s finest chocolates. Continue to Kumasi arriving late afternoon. This evening visit the Kumasi Fort, completed by the British in 1897 and the site of the Ashanti Rebellion initiated by Queen Mother Yaa Asantewaa in 1900. View a collection of the weapons used by the Ashanti Army, photos, and other memorabilia

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Noda Hotel Or Similar

 

Day 8: Kumasi – November 24, 2017

After breakfast, visit Kumasi Central Market (also known as Kejetia Market), the largest open-air market in West Africa where more than 10,000 vendors sell just about everything imaginable. Late morning you will visit the Prempreh II Jubilee Museum, named for the former Asantehene (ruler of the Ashanti people) Nana Osei Agyeman Prempreh II. Exhibits include what is said to be 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. After lunch your tour of the Ashanti Region continues with visits to the Ashanti craft villages starting with the Woodcarving Village of Ahwiaa, known for the talented craftsmen who fashion royal stools, walking sticks and fertility dolls. Your second stop is the village of Ntonso where artisans hand-stamp patterns on cotton cloth to make Adinkra textiles that are worn for funerals and other solemn occasions. The third village is Bonwire where the famous Kente cloth is handmade on looms, in a time-honored tradition passed down through generations.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Noda Hotel Or Similar

 

Day 9: Kumasi / Cape Coast – November 25, 2017

Travel to Cape Coast in Ghana’s historic Central Region. En-route you will 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. You will see the “Slave River” where captured Africans were washed before being confined in the Slave Castles to await shipment to the Americas and the Caribbean. Continue to Cape Coast where the evening is at leisure.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at  Coconut Grove Beach Resort Or Similar

 

Day 10: Cape Coast- November 26, 2017

Visit (Elmina Castle) Fort Sao Jorge de Elmina – the site of the first European contact with West Africans when the Portuguese landed here in 1471. Elmina Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was built in 1482 and is the first European structure in sub-Saharan Africa. The castle was also used as a Slave Prison. Impress your friends and family for years to come with the traditional recipes you will learn in your Ghanaian Cooking Workshop. Learn to make fufu, ground nut soup, and palava sauce. Sample some of Ghana’s most popular foods. *NOTE: All dishes are made with purified water

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at  Coconut Grove Beach Resort Or Similar

 

Day 11: Cape Coast- November 27, 2017

Early morning drive to Kakum National Park, one of West Africa’s surviving tropical rain forests. Extending over 360sq km, Kakum is the home to over 40 large mammals and 400 bird species as well as many species of butterflies, flora and fauna. The most popular attraction is the Canopy walkway, which is made up of seven bridges extending 330m, hanging 30m (100 feet) above the forest floor.  Choose between a 2 km nature walk through this forest to discover the wide variety of exotic floral species and the medicinal values they offer or take a walk on the canopy walkway. This afternoon we will visit Cape Coast Castle which also houses the West African Historical Museum established by the Smithsonian Institute in collaboration with the Ghanaian Government in 1994. Cape Coast Castle is another restored UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Castle was one of the embarkation points for Africans being shipped to slavery in the Americas. Cape Coast was the capitol of Ghana during the Colonial Era.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at  Coconut Grove Beach Resort Or Similar

 

Day 12: Cape Coast / Accra / Depart – November 28, 2017

Return to Accra, arriving early afternoon in Aburi for lunch and a visit to the 100 year-old Aburi Botanical Gardens. Mid-afternoon: Visit the woodcarvers and drum makers of Aburi before continuing to Accra with a brief tour of the campus at University of Ghana at Legon. Evening at leisure. Late evening departure to the U.S. connecting in Cairo.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

 

2017 Tour Dates

  • August 18 – 29
  • November 17 – 28

2018 Tour Dates

  • August 17 – 28
  • November 16 – 27

Historic Egypt & Ghana, 12-days Tour Price Includes:

  • Meeting and assistance upon arrival and departure
  • Round trip airport to hotel transfers
  • Hotel accommodation in the properties listed
  • Tours in private vehicle,
  • experienced tour guide,
  • Admission to listed sites
  • meals indicated

Historic Egypt & Ghana, 12-days Tour Price Does Not Include:

  • International flight to/from Africa
  • Travel insurance
  • cost of visa
  • Tips to driver and guide

Single Room Supplement is the additional amount paid if only one person is occupying the room.