Ghana Special

8 Day

Visit the Ashanti craft villages in Kumasi, seat of the ancient Ashanti Kingdom of Gold, the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Cape Coast and Elmina slave castles, and major sites in Accra.

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Activity
  1. Day 1: Accra, Ghana

    On arrival at Kotoka International Airport, our expert cultural tour guide will meet, assist and transfer you to your hotel in our private air conditioned vehicle.

    Once you have checked in, your guide, who will be with you throughout your stay, will brief you on what to expect during your time here in Ghana.

    Overnight at Urbano Hotel similar

  2. Day 2: Accra

    Your first full day in Ghana, after a sumptuous buffet breakfast at your hotel, we set off for the tour of Accra and vicinity, passing through the economic and administrative districts.

    Visits today will include:

    • Independence Square where you will see the enclosed flame of African liberation, which was lit by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in 1961.
    • The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, final resting place of Ghana’s first president. Set in attractive gardens, there is an adjoining museum, which contains photos, artifacts and an insight into Dr. Nkrumah’s life. Adjoining the park is the National cultural center, which is Ghana’s largest outdoor arts and crafts market selling traditional crafts from all over West Africa.
    • James Town—one of Accra’s most historic neighborhoods, where history resides on every corner.  Best known for its lighthouses (the first of which was constructed in 1875 by the British) as a navigational aid for trading vessels sailing through the Gulf of Guinea. The original structure was ruined but a larger and more improved lighthouse completed in 1921 is still functioning today.
    • You may visit “Brazil House” and learn about the seven Afro-Brazilians families who returned to settle in Ghana in 1836.  Familiar Brazilian/Portuguese last names such as De Souza,    Palmares,   Azumah, Amorin, Da Costa, Santos, De Medeiros, and Olympio are abundant in this section of Accra.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast & Dinner

    Overnight at Urbano Hotel similar

  3. Day 3: Accra / Kumasi

    After breakfast, travel to Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti Kingdom of Gold. On the way, you will stop at Mampong Centre for Scientific Research into Plant Medicine. The center conducts research in the use of plant medicine in the cure of various ailments. On arrival in Kumasi, visit Manhiya Palace, official residence of Ashanti Kings (Asantehene) until 1974, now a museum containing treasured items relating to the Ashanti Kingdom. Visit the nearby Okomfo Anokye Sword, an important symbol of Ashanti unity for 300 years.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast & Dinner

    Overnight at Noda Hotel or similar

  4. Day 4: Kumasi

    After breakfast, visit 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 from wood. You will have the opportunity to purchase hand carved items of all kinds. Your next stop is the village of Ntonso where artisan’s hand-stamp patterns on cotton cloth to make Adinkra textiles. You will learn how the black dye is made in the village from the bark of trees, and create your own Adinkra sash. The final 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. This evening you can 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 any product imaginable.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast & Dinner

    Overnight at Noda Hotel or similar

  5. Day 5: Kumasi / Cape Coast

    After breakfast, depart for Cape Coast. You will pass through the rich Gold mine town of Obuasi. There will be a 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 afternoon, you will visit Cape Coast Castle and the Castle Museum for a guided tour. Cape Coast Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and home to the “Door of No Return”.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast & Dinner

    Overnight at Elmina Beach Resort or similar

  6. Day 6: Cape Coast

    After breakfast, visit Kakum National Park.  Here you will see birds, butterflies, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the forests with over 40 species of mammals including monkeys and the reclusive forest elephant. Precede to the canopy walk, a 1000-foot long, seven-bridge walkway with viewing platforms that reach heights of over 150 feet above ground.

    Kakum National Park’s Canopy Walkway – Barry Williams This afternoon you will visit Elmina Castle, another UNESCO World Heritage Site built in 1482. This castle was the first European structure built in sub-Saharan Africa. In the evening you will travel to the nearby village of Mesomagor and see the Bamboo Orchestra at their musical best. The young people in the village of Mesomagor have revived traditional art, by performing with bamboo percussion instruments to music and dance. This is a contagious dance performance you will not find anywhere else. (Minimum 8 required for this activity)

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast & Dinner

    Overnight at Elmina Beach Resort or similar

  7. Day 7: Cape Coast / Accra

    Buying Adrinka Cloth

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast & Dinner

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  8. Day 8: Depart Accra

    Today’s activities will depend on the time of your departing flight. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Trip Includes:

  • 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
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