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Panafest Celebration in Ghana, 10 Days

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Day 1:  Accra, Ghana- July 26, 2017

Arrive Accra; meet assist and transfer to Hotel. This evening there is a welcome dinner with entertainment. There will be an orientation which includes a discussion on Ghanaian history and culture; a fashion show with tailors and dressmakers from whom you can order custom made outfits will be in attendance.

Meal(s) Included: Dinner

Overnight at Accra City Hotel or Similar

Day 2: Accra- July 27, 2017

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.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Accra City Hotel or Similar

Day 3: Accra / Kumasi- July 28, 2017

Depart early morning to Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti Region. The Ashanti forms the biggest Akan ethnic group in Ghana. For centuries they were the rulers in this region because of their well organized society. En-route stops at Agogo to visit the Hwidiem Waterfalls. Continue to Kumasi arriving late afternoon.   You will visit the Prempreh II Jubilee Museum, named for the former Asantehene (ruler of the Ashanti people). 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.

Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Noda Hotel

Day 4: Kumasi – July 29, 2017

Today you will visit Ashanti craft villages. Learn about woodcarving in the 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 a variety of hand-carved items.

Your next stop is the village of Ntonso, where artisan’s hand-stamp patterns on cotton cloth to make Adinkra textiles.

Later, visit Bonwire, where the famous Kente cloth is handmade on looms in a time-honored tradition passed down through generations. Observe the Kente weavers creating the traditional Kente cloth.

Late afternoon visit Manhiya Palace. The Manhiya Palace was built by the British in 1925 to receive Asantehene (ruler of the Ashanti people) Prempeh I when he returned from exile in the Seychelles to resume residence in Kumasi. The palace was the residence of Ashanti kings until 1974. It now serves as a museum, containing a range of items relating to the Ashanti Kingdom.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Noda Hotel

Day 5: Kumasi/Cape Coast – July 30, 2017

After breakfast, we will complete the tour of Kumasi before departing late morning for Cape Coast. You will pass through the rich Gold mine town of Obuasi.  You will then 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.

This evening you will have a guided tour through the ancient town of Elmina. At the harbor you will see the colorful fishing canoes getting ready to go to sea for another night’s task of fishing. This is a picture perfect opportunity for the photographers in the group.

Attend  scheduled PANAFEST activities accompanied by your guide.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Coconut Grove Beach Resort

Day 6: Cape Coast – July 31, 2017

After breakfast, you will have a choice of the following  two activities:

1. Relax at your hotel pool or take a dip in the ocean

2. Visit Kakum National Park which is one of Ghana’s most visited parks. Here you can take a walking tour on the forest floor where you will learn how our ancestors lived in the forest. See birds, butterflies, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the forests over 40 species of mammals including monkeys and the reclusive forest elephant.  The highlight of the visit to Kakum is a walk on the canopy walkway- this is a  1000 foot long , seven-bridge walkway with viewing platforms that reach heights of over 150 feet above ground.

This evening attend any scheduled PANAFEST activities accompanied by your guide.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Coconut Grove Beach Resort

Day 7:  Cape Coast- August 1, 2017

This morning you will visit Elmina Castle, originally known as St. George’s Castle. This castle was the first European structure built in Sub-Saharan Africa. Explore the grounds and rooms full of haunting history. Stroll down to the beach for a memorial ceremony where each of us will throw bread into the waters in remembrance of our ancestors. A wreath with a candle will be solemnly cast out to sea and a respectful moment of silence will be observed in remembrance of those who died in the middle passage.

Attend any scheduled PANAFEST activities accompanied by your guide.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Coconut Grove Beach Resort

Day 8: Cape Coast- August 2, 2017

This morning we will again visit Assin Manso. This was the final transit point for enslaved Africans before being washed and  stored in the slave castles to await shipment to unknown lands

Attend scheduled PANAFEST activities accompanied by your guide.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Coconut Grove Beach Resort

Day 9: Cape Coast Emancipation Day – August 3, 2017

This morning we will again visit Assin Manso. This was the final transit point for enslaved Africans before being washed and   stored in the slave castles to await shipment to unknown lands
This will be followed by the opening of Emancipation Day Celebration with a Grand Durbar of traditional Chiefs and people of the Central Region. This will be a grand, colorful and spectacular event that showcases the pomp and pageantry of Ghana’s traditional rulers, dressed in fine ceremonial traditional clothing adorned in glittering gold jewelry. You will the African rhythm in you as you dance to the beat of the ‘fromtomfrom’ drums. The evening is capped off with a farewell dinner at your hotel.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Coconut Grove Beach Resort

Day 10: Accra/Depart – August 4, 2017

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and say goodbye to your new found friends as you return to Accra. Arrive in Accra early afternoon. Your driver and guide will assist you with last minute shopping including collecting your custom made outfits. You will have a day-room to relax before you are transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

 

Price per Person Sharing: $2170.00 now $1995.00

Single Room Supplement: $490.00

 

 Included

  • Meeting and assistance upon arrival and departure
  • Roundtrip airport/hotel transfers
  • Hotel accommodation in the indicated properties
  • Transportation in private vehicle
  • Experienced tour guide
  • Admission to listed sites
  • Meals indicated by Breakfast, Dinner

Not Included

  • Round trip International flight
  • Cost of visa
  • PANAFEST events
  • Meals not listed
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuity to driver and guide