Visit the capital of the famed Ashanti Kingdom of Gold in Kumasi, the Ashanti King still settles disputes at Manhyia Palace. See the legendary Okomfo Anokye Sword, and tour craft villages specializing in woodworking and fabrics.
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Day 1: Accra / Kumasi
- Manhyia Palace Museum
- Kumasi Central Market
In the morning, depart Accra to Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti Kingdom. Kumasi was founded in 1695 by the Asantehene (King) Osei Tutu. Palaces, forts, museums and churches provide a distinct backdrop for important festivals and ceremonies which are still of high importance to the people of Ashanti.
Visit the Manhyia Palace and Museum where you will learn the history of the Ashantis. The Ashanti forms the biggest population group in Ghana. For centuries they were the rulers in this region because of their well-organized society. At Manhyia Palace, disputes are still settled in accordance with centuries-old customs where the King has the final word.
Continue to Kumasi Central Market, the largest open market in West Africa where more than 10,000 vendors sell their wares, from food to herbs, to beauty products and crafts.
Return to hotel.
Hotel – *3star
Day 2: Kumasi / Accra
- The 3 Craft villages of Ahwiaa, Ntonso and Bonwire
After breakfast, visit Ashanti craft villages starting with the woodcarving village of Ahwiaa, known for the talented craftsmen who fashion royal stools, walking sticks and fertility dolls.
Our second village is Ntonso, where artisans’ hand-stamp patterns on cotton cloth to make Adinkra textiles that are worn for funerals and other solemn occasions.
Finally, we visit Bonwire, where the famous Kente Cloth is handmade on looms in a time-honored tradition passed down through generations.
Return to Accra
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast