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Day 1: ARRIVE IN ACCRA – Thursday, December 24

Christmas is a magical season of the year and while there’s truth to the notion that there’s no place like home for the holidays, Ghana offers you the unique experience of Christmas at home away from home. This trip offers an unforgettable holiday experience.

Upon arrival in Accra, you will be welcomed, ushered through immigration and customs and transported in a private A/C vehicle to your hotel in Accra. Check in at your hotel, relax and prepare for a memorable night of delicious meal and soothing music.

Overnight at Accra City Hotel

 

Day 2: ACCRA CITY TOUR – Friday, December 25

Experience the bustling city of Accra, which has a blend of modern buildings and old structures constructed during the colonial times. This 120 years old city has an abundance of historical landmarks including New Tow, Ga Mashie and, Jamestown area.

Visit the popular Aunty Muni’s Kitchen where “Waakye”, a familiar delicacy for most Ghanaians is deliciously prepared and sold. “Waakye” is a simple but nutritious Ghanaian dish of cooked rice and beans served with tomato sauce and hot pepper sauce (optional).  Drive past Independence Square where Ghana hosts most of her national ceremonies on our way to visit the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, final resting place of Ghana’s first president. Drive past Independence Square where you will see the enclosed flame of African liberation, which was lit by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in 1961. The Memorial Park is set in attractive gardens and has a museum which contains historical artifacts and an insight into Dr. Nkrumah’s life.

We will have time for lunch (on your own account) at Frankies Restaurant.

After lunch we continue to Jamestown- one of Accra’s most historic neighborhoods, where history resides on every corner. Best known for its lighthouses and the Usher Fort) first 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 192 is still functioning today.

Tonight enjoy Accra’s vibrant nightlife after dinner.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Overnight at Accra City Hotel

 

Day 3: ACCRA AND VICINITY (AFROCHELLA FESTIVAL) – Saturday, December 26

After breakfast, you will visit the following places:

  • Visit the W.E.B. DuBois former home, now a museum and Center for the study of Pan Africanism
  • Drive through Flagstaff House, official residence and administrative offices of the president (Ghana’s Whitehouse).

This afternoon after lunch (on your own account) at the Buka Restaurant, we will return to the  hotel to freshen up before we attend Afrochella festival designed to elevate and highlight the thrilling and thriving millennial  African talent. The day will feature a festive celebration of African culture in the form of Arts and Fashion Installations, Live painting, the best of African music and Live performances.

Return to the hotel with beautiful memories of a truly authentic African experience.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Overnight at Accra City Hotel

 

Day 4: ACCRA – ASSIN MANSO – CAPE COAST – Sunday, December 27

Following breakfast, we depart to Cape Coast in Ghana’s Central Region.

This region has had the most significant impact on the lives of Africans in the diaspora. We will pass through small villages and arrive at Assin Manso, the burial site of two former slaves from Jamaica and the US whose remains were reinterred here in August 1998 during Ghana’s first Emancipation Day Celebration.

You will see the “Slave River:” where the ancestors were washed before confinement in the slave dungeons to await shipment to the Americas. We arrive in Elmina and check into our hotel.

After lunch (on your account) at the Coconut Grove Beach Resort, we will embark on a guided walking tour of Elmina, which was the first point of European contact in Sub-Saharan Africa. It was once the most cosmopolitan city in tropical Africa.

At the harbor see the colorful fishing boats getting ready to go to sea for another night’s task of fishing. This is a picture-perfect opportunity for photographers.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Overnight at Ridge Royal Hotel

 

Day 5: ELMINA & CAPE COAST CASTLES – Monday, December 28

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After breakfast, we will travel the short distance to Elmina Castle, originally called Fort Sao Jorge de Elmina – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, completed in 1486 and was the first European made structures built in sub-Saharan Africa.

After this visit, we continue to Cape Coast to see the Cape Coast dungeon, where you will experience the emotional journey of going in the opposite direction of our ancestors, through the infamous “door of no return”.

Lunch (on your own account) at the One Africa Restaurant.

This evening, you will experience the traditional Fihankra Ceremony– “Restore to Diasporans the Cultural and Spiritual connections that were denied them for centuries”. The Fihankra Ceremony will include a traditional Naming Ceremony where you will receive your Ghanaian name and certificate of authentication.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Overnight at Ridge Royal Hotel

 

Day 6: CAPE COAST-KAKUM-ACCRA -Tuesday, December 29

After breakfast and check out, you will visit Kakum National Park, which has one of Africa’s famous rainforest canopy walkways. This canopy walkway will be one of the highlights of your time in Ghana. Prepare to take a deep breath as you walk the suspended bridge and marvel at the breathtaking views that stretch for miles across the rainforest.

Continue to Accra arriving early afternoon.

We will stop to visit West Hills Mall before checking in to your hotel.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Overnight at Accra City Hotel

 

Day 7: ACCRA-ADA FOAH – Wednesday, December 30

Following a leisurely breakfast and check out, we depart for a real African experience.

We visit the Makola Market which is the biggest open air market in Accra. This fascinating market has been compartmentalized into various sections to make shopping easy for buyers. You will have the chance to walk through this unusual busy market and even get the chance to bargain for merchandise.

After lunch (on your own account) at It’s my Kitchen Restaurant, we depart to Ada Foah. Arriving in time for dinner.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Overnight at Aqua Safari Resort

 

Day 8: ADA FOAH – Thursday, December 31 

After breakfast, morning at Leisure sunbathing along the Atlantic Ocean.

You may take walk around the resort which reminds most like a walk through an episode of Discovery Channel. If the well-mannered donkeys don’t amuse you, the friendly midget ponies will definitely get you posing for pictures.

A must-do at Resort is bird watching. From Flamingoes to Pelicans to all-white and colored peacocks to black swans and several other exquisite bird species, experience the calming effect of bird watching. You can even feed the flamingo!

Later in the afternoon, enjoy a boat trip to the Mangroves and Island to explore the work of the local gin producers on the Island who are committed to responsible tourism and environment protection. Tonight, ring in the New Year in Style at your hotel.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Overnight at Aqua Safari Resort

 

Day 9: ADA FOAH-DODOWA-ACCRA -Friday, January 1, 2021

After breakfast, we depart to Accra. Enroute, enjoy a scenic drive to T.K Beads, experts in making beautiful traditional beads using ancient methods. Your guide will take 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 at the onsite shop.

The bead-making craft has a long history in Ghana. Beads have been used in ceremonies of birth, coming of age, marriage, or death for the past 400 years. You will watch and participate in the whole bead-making process from beginning to end.

Upon arrival in Accra, transfer to your hotel. You may choose to enjoy Accra’s Night life this evening.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Overnight at Accra City Hotel

 

Day 10: ACCRA-DEPART – Saturday, January 2, 2021

The day is at leisure for relaxation and individual activities. There is also the opportunity to do last minute shopping before you are transferred to the airport for the onward flight

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Price per Person $2375

2020 Tour Dates

  • December 24-January 2,2021

Tour 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
  • VIP Admission to Afrochella on 12/26/2020
  • Meals indicated (breakfast daily and 7 dinners)
  • Assistance with visa application

Tour Doesn’t Include

  • Flight to/from Ghana
  • Cost of visa
  • Meals not listed
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuity to driver and guide
  • Personal items such as laundry, internet and telephone