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Historical & Cultural Tour of Ghana, 12 Days

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Historical & Cultural Tour of Ghana, 12 Days

Day 1: Arrive 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 will brief you on what to expect during your stay here in Ghana.

This evening there will be a welcome dinner and orientation including a lecture/discussion on Ghanaian history, culture and customs. Tailors and dressmakers will be in attendance for those interested in custom made African outfits

Meal(s) Included:  Dinner

Overnight at Accra City Hotel

 

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  Accra City Hotel

 

Day 3: Accra to Kumasi

After breakfast drive to Kumasi – the capital of the Ashanti Kingdom with a stop at Krobo to visit Cedi’s Beads Factory to observe the intriguing bead making process. Watch the centuries old process of bead making from start to finish. Arrive in Kumasi by late afternoon and check into your hotel.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Golden Bean Hotel

 

Day 4: KUMASI

After Breakfast, Visit the Ashanti Craft Villages visit

  1. The Woodcarving Village Of Ahwiaa, Known For The Talented Craftsmen Who Fashion Royal Stools, Walking Sticks And Fertility Dolls From Wood; With The Opportunity To Purchase Hand Carved Items Of All Kinds.
  2. The Village Of Ntonso Where Artisan’s Hand-Stamp Patterns On Cotton Cloth To Make Adinkra Textiles. Black-On-Black And Black-On-Red Adinkra Cloth Is Worn For Funerals And Other Solemn Occasions; Learn.  How The Black Dye Is Made In The Village From The Bark Of Trees, And Creates Your Own Adinkra Sash To Take Home. You May Also Purchase Large Pieces Of Adinkra Cloth Handmade In The Village.
  3. Our Final Village Is Bonwire, Where The Famous Kente Cloth 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 Styles, And Have The Opportunity To Make Purchases.

This Evening Visit The Kumasi Central Market, The Largest Open-Air Market In West Africa, Where More Than 10,000 Vendors Selling Their Wares.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner       

Overnight at Golden Bean Hotel

 

Day 5: KUMASI – AKWISIDAE FESTIVAL

After breakfast visit Manhiya Palace, official residence of Ashanti Kings (Asantehene) until 1974, now a museum containing treasured items relating to the Ashanti Kingdom.

Join the celebration of 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.

Visit the Okomfo Anokye sword site, an important symbol of Ashanti unity that marks the spot where the golden stool “descended from the sky” and has been in place for 300 years. legend says the Ashanti kingdom would collapse should the sword ever be removed.

 Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Golden Bean Hotel

 

Day 6: KUMASI to BUSUA BEACH

After breakfast drive to Busua Beach a stop at  Assin Manso, the burial site of two former slaves from the America’s  and Jamaica, visit  the “Slave River” where captured Africans were washed before being confined in the Slave Castles to await shipment to the Americas and the Caribbean. Arrive Busua Beach in time for lunch. Afternoon at leisure.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast,  Dinner

Overnight at  Planters Lodge

 

Day 7: Nzulezo Village on Stilts/ Cape Coast

After breakfast visit Nzulezu, a traditional African village built entirely on stilts on Lake Amazuri. Upon arrival at the sleepy town of Beyin board a canoe travel through channels encased on both sides by marsh and palm thickets that open to Lake Amazuri. Upon arrival at the village, interact with the villagers and hear their story of how their Ancestors came to settle on the lake. In late afternoon drive to Cape Coast for overnight.

 Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at  Elmina Bay Hotel

 

Day 8: CAPE COAST

Morning  at leisure. In the afternoon go on a Tour of the town of Elmina continue on to the village of Mesomagor.  Enjoy a musical performance by the Bamboo Orchestra at their musical best. The youth at the village have revived a traditional art, by performing with bamboo percussion instruments to music and dance. This is a contagious dance performance not seen anywhere else.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at  Elmina Bay Hotel

 

Day 9: ELMINA & CAPE COAST CASTLE

Tour of Cape Coast Castle and the Castle Museum, Cape Coast Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the departure points for Africans being sent to slavery in the Americas. The castle is home to the “Door of No Return”.  Continue on to Elmina Castle another World Heritage site.  Attend a commemorative ceremony in the Cape Coast Castle Dungeons  plus a naming ceremony– ALL ARE REQUESTED TO WEAR WHITE.

 Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at  Elmina Bay Hotel

 

Day 10: CAPE COAST

Spend the morning at The Human Service Trust Orphanage in Cape Coast; travelers can bring books; crayons or toys for the kids.

Afternoon at leisure – enjoy time at the beach

 Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at  Elmina Bay Hotel

 

Day 11: KAKUM NATIONAL PARK –  ACCRA

After breakfast visit Kakum National Park, Ghana’s most famous parks. Take a brief 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. Proceed to the canopy walk. Kakum is home to Africa’s only aerial walkway through the tree canopy, a 1000 foot long and seven-bridge walkway with viewing platforms that reach heights of over 150 feet above ground. eturn to Accra stop at the village of Abandze, the ancestral home of Louis Armstrong, the famous American jazz musician.  Those who ordered custom made traditional outfits will go for fitting and adjustments

FAREWELL DINNER

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast,  Dinner

Overnight at  Accra City Hotel

 

Day 12: ACCRA/DEPART

Spend the day shopping last minute shopping – transfer to airport for 1140pm flight back home

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

2017 Tour Dates

  • August 6-17
  • October 7 – 18
  • November 5 – 16

2018 Tour Dates

  • February 11-22
  • April 8-19
  • August 5-16
  • October 7-18

 

TOUR INCLUDES

  • Meeting and assistance upon arrival
  • Assistance at departure on final day
  • Roundtrip airport/hotel transfers
  • Cost of visa
  • Hotel accommodation in the indicated properties for 11 nights
  • Transportation in private vehicle to suit the size of the group and luggage
  • Experienced English-speaking  Tour Guide
  • Admission to all listed sites and events
  • Meals indicated (breakfast daily and 11 dinners)
  • Gratuity to driver and guide

 TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Meals not listed
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal items such as laundry, internet and telephone