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Timpo Travel (Marcella Group): Tour of Ghana including Akwasidae Festival

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Duration

10 days 9 nights

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English

Overview

The Akwasidae Festival is celebrated by the Ashanti people and chiefs in Ashanti, as well as the Ashanti diaspora. The festival is celebrated on a Sunday, once every six weeks. The festival marks the seasons and the timings for various agricultural activities.

Itinerary

DAY 1: ACCRA – GHANA
DAY 1: ACCRA – GHANA

Upon arrival at Kotoka International Airport, we will go through Immigration formalities, luggage reclaim, and clear Customs procedures before we meet our experienced tour guide who will be waiting for us at the Arrival Hall. Transfer to your hotel in our private air-conditioned luxury vehicle.

Upon arrival at the hotel, you will have our selection of refreshing welcome drinks before we are escorted to our pre-assigned room. Check-in, refresh, and prepare for the next day’s activities.

Meal (s): Welcome drinks

DAY 2: ACCRA
DAY 2: ACCRA

Experience the bustling city of Accra today which is a blend of modern buildings and old structures that existed during colonial times. This 120-year-old city has a number of historical things to offer as you set off after a sumptuous breakfast at your hotel, passing through the economic and administrative districts. We will first visit the popular Aunty Muni’s Kitchen where “Waakye”, a familiar sight to most Ghanaians is deliciously prepared and sold for some food tasting experience. “Waakye” is a simple but nutritious Ghanaian dish of cooked rice and beans served with tomato sauce and hot pepper sauce.

We continue to W.E.B Du Bois Centre honoring the life of the prominent Pan-Africanist who chose to live and work in Ghana. We shall continue to 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, the final resting place of Ghana’s first president. Set in attractive gardens, there is an adjoining museum, which contains photos, artifacts, and insight into Dr. Nkrumah’s life. Adjoining the park is the National Cultural Centre, which is Ghana’s largest outdoor arts and crafts market selling traditional crafts from all over West Africa.

Our tour of Accra will be incomplete without a visit to the Jamestown Community-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.

Prior to our return to the hotel, we will make a stop at the Fashionable Oxford street with its colorful stalls of Authentic African Prints, arts, crafts, and jewelry and the Woodin Shop for exclusive African designed prints for custom-made dresses.

At the hotel, we will have an experienced seamstress/tailor who will come and take our measurements for our custom-made dresses.

This evening, we will have dinner at the Afrikiko Leisure Centre (Ghanaian Buffet and more)

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Labadi Beach Hotel

DAY 3: ACCRA – DODOWA - KUMASI
DAY 3: ACCRA – DODOWA - KUMASI

We will drive through small villages to Kumasi, the seat of the Ashanti Empire to explore the legends of the famous Ashantis, whose legacies are still evident today.

En route, we stop at Dodowa to visit the TK beads, experts in making beautiful traditional beads using ancient methods. Your guide will talk you through the skilled process of making the beads. Beads are culturally a symbol of wealth and beauty here in Ghana and are still used during traditional durbars and festivals. After the demonstration, we can admire and purchase a wide selection of beads that have been made here in the onsite shop.

(There will be stops on the way for snack/lunch and bathroom breaks as coordinated by Tour Guide.

Arrive late afternoon in Kumasi and visit Manhyia Palace Museum to obtain firsthand information on the legacies of the Ashanti kingdom. A regal history that dates back to 1700 is told with relics and artifacts.

Transfer to the hotel; dinner will be at the hotel.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Golden Tulip Kumasi

DAY 4: KUMASI
DAY 4: KUMASI

After breakfast, visit the Ashanti craft villages starting with the wood carven village of Ahwiaa, known for the talented craftsmen who fashion royal stools, walking sticks, and fertility dolls from wood. You will also have the opportunity to purchase hand-carved items of all kinds. Our next stop is the village of Ntonso where artisan’s hand-stamp patterns on a 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.

Our final village is the village of Adanwomase, to explore the famous Kente cloth which is handmade on looms in a time-honored tradition passed down through generations. See the Kente weavers in the process of creating Kente cloth in various intricate styles and interact with the craftsmen.

Enjoy lunch (on your own account) at Ike’s Café located inside the National Centre for Culture. We will stop at the National Cultural Centre which features the Prempeh Jubilee Museum named after the former Asantehene (ruler of the Ashanti people) Nana Osei Agyeman Prempeh 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.

Late afternoon, you may visit the Kejetia Market, the largest open 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, and even large animals.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Golden Tulip Kumasi

DAY 5: KUMASI (AKWASIDAE FESTIVAL)
DAY 5: KUMASI (AKWASIDAE FESTIVAL)

After a good breakfast at the hotel, we will further explore the Kingdom which is rich in culture and traditions. Today will mark a well celebrated Festival of the Ashanti Empire.

There is an opportunity to attend a local church service before Akwasidae.

Join the celebration of the Akwasidae Festival; the pomp and pageantry of the Ashanti Kingdom. The King riding in a palanquin and adorned with all his gold ornaments comes out to receive the homage of his sub-chiefs and people, it is a spectacular sight to watch the colorful canopies and umbrellas, the skillful drummers, dancers, horn-blowers, and praise-singers at these regular festivals, held in honor of their ancestral spirits.

This evening, we will have the opportunity to visit the ancient Ejisu Ashanti Shrine, a World Heritage Site where people visit for healing, consultations on problems relating to spiritual beliefs. Witness some of the traditional practices of the Ashanti people.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Golden Tulip Kumasi

DAY 6: KUMASI-ASSIN MANSO-ELMINA
DAY 6: KUMASI-ASSIN MANSO-ELMINA

Highlights: · Assin Manso Slave River · Elmina Township

Today, we depart for yet another adventure of the Coastal lands of Ghana- Elmina & Cape Coast. En route, we will make a stop at Assin Manso, the burial site of two former slaves from the USA and Jamaica whose remains were re-interred in August 1998 during Ghana’s first Emancipation Day Celebration. A visit to “the Slave River or “Donkor Nsuo” offers the chance to see the place where captured Africans were washed before being conned in the Slaves Castles to await shipment to the Americas and Caribbean.

(There will be stops on the way for snack/lunch and bathroom breaks as coordinated by Tour Guide)

Arrive in Elmina, enjoy the sights of the many colourful fishing boats bringing their daily catch into the harbour and take the opportunity to mix with the locals at the nearby market. A short distance from the market we visit the boat builders, still building colourful fishing boats using traditional tools and methods spanning centuries.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Lemon Beach Resort

DAY 7: CAPE COAST & ELMINA
DAY 7: CAPE COAST & ELMINA

Highlights: · Elmina/St. George’s Castle · Cape Coast Castle

Today we will visit Cape Coast Castle, a UNESCO world heritage site. The castle is a thought-provoking monument to a harrowing period in the region’s history. You will take an emotional journey through the castle which held more enslaved Africans than any other in the region, viewing the dungeons and the infamous “Door of no return”. There is a significant historical museum inside, which explains the history of the castle and of Cape Coast itself. You can purchase literature on Ghana’s forts and castles, as well as the cultural history and traditions of Ghana. Next, we visit Elmina Castle another World Heritage site.

Late afternoon you will go through the “Fihankra” Fihankra is a ceremony that seeks to reconnect people of African descent, who have been lost due to the transatlantic slave trade, to the motherland. This ceremony reconnects returnees with the cultural and spiritual ties that had been denied them for centuries. The final part of Fihankra includes a naming ceremony.

This evening, enjoy dinner at the One Africa Resort.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Lemon Beach Resort

DAY 8: ELMINA
DAY 8: ELMINA

Enjoy the morning at leisure; you may enjoy a dip in the cool swimming pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean or swim in the Atlantic Ocean or just relax by the beach sunbathing.

Late afternoon, explore the fragrant and exotic flavors of West African cuisine in Esi’s Kitchen. Esi will introduce you to an array of new tastes and flavors as you learn how to create authentic Ghanaian dishes. Using African cooking techniques during the workshop, you will create traditional dishes like peanut butter soup with rice, fried plantain, palava sauce, and Yam.

There will be a beach party with traditional drumming and dancing this evening.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Lemon Beach Resort

DAY 9: ELMINA-KAKUM-ACCRA
DAY 9: ELMINA-KAKUM-ACCRA

Following a leisure breakfast and check-out, you will take a tour of Kakum National Park, one of Ghana's most famous parks. The park is an undisturbed rain forest, extending over an area of 357km square with some of the trees as high as 65 meters. Take a brief walking tour on the forest floor where you will learn how our ancestors lived in the forest. See birds, butteries, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the forests of over 40 species of mammals including monkeys and the reclusive forest elephant. Proceed to the canopy walk. Kakum is home to Africa’s only aerial walkway through the tree canopy, 1000-foot-long and even-bridge walkway with viewing platforms that reach heights over 150 feet above the ground.

(There will be stops on the way for snack/lunch and bathroom breaks as coordinated by Tour Guide)

Continue to Accra arriving early evening. Transfer to the hotel for check-in and freshen up for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. The seamstress/tailor will be at the hotel for us to do fittings and if any alterations need to be done on our custom-made dresses.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Labadi Beach Hotel

DAY 10: ACCRA – DEPART
DAY 10: ACCRA – DEPART

This day will be dedicated to last-minute shopping before you’re transferred to the airport for your flight back home.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

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  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfers
  • Hotel accommodation in the indicated properties
  • Transportation in private vehicle
  • Experienced tour guide
  • Admission to listed sites and events
  • Meals indicated
  • Assistance with visa application
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  • International flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuity to driver and guide
  • COVID-19 tests where required

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