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Panafest Celebration in Ghana, 10 Days

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Panafest Celebration in Ghana, 10 Days

Day 1:  Accra, Ghana- July 26, 2017

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 or Similar

Day 2: Accra- July 27, 2017

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 or Similar

Day 3: Accra / Kumasi- July 28, 2017

Depart early morning to Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti Region. The Ashanti forms the biggest Akan ethnic group in Ghana. For centuries they were the rulers in this region because of their well organized society. En-route stops at Agogo to visit the Hwidiem Waterfalls. Continue to Kumasi arriving late afternoon.   You will visit the Prempreh II Jubilee Museum, named for the former Asantehene (ruler of the Ashanti people). Exhibits include 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.

Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Noda Hotel

Day 4: Kumasi – July 29, 2017

Today you will visit Ashanti craft villages. Learn about woodcarving in the 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 a variety of hand-carved items.

Your next stop is the village of Ntonso, where artisan’s hand-stamp patterns on cotton cloth to make Adinkra textiles.

Later, visit Bonwire, where the famous Kente cloth is handmade on looms in a time-honored tradition passed down through generations. Observe the Kente weavers creating the traditional Kente cloth.

Late afternoonvisit Manhiya Palace, official residence of Ashanti Kings (Asantehene) until 1974, now a museum containing treasured items relating to the Ashanti Kingdom.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Noda Hotel

Day 5: Kumasi/Cape Coast – July 30, 2017

After breakfast, we will complete the tour of Kumasi before departing late morning for Cape Coast. You will pass through the rich Gold mine town of Obuasi.  You will then 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 evening you will have a guided tour through the ancient town of Elmina. At the harbor you will see the colorful fishing canoes getting ready to go to sea for another night’s task of fishing. This is a picture perfect opportunity for the photographers in the group.

Attend  scheduled PANAFEST activities accompanied by your guide.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Coconut Grove Beach Resort

Day 6: Cape Coast – July 31, 2017

After breakfast, you will have a choice of the following  two activities:

1. Relax at your hotel pool or take a dip in the ocean

2. Visit Kakum National Park which is one of Ghana’s most visited parks. Here you can take a 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.  The highlight of the visit to Kakum is a walk on the canopy walkway- this is a  1000 foot long , seven-bridge walkway with viewing platforms that reach heights of over 150 feet above ground.

This evening attend any scheduled PANAFEST activities accompanied by your guide.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Coconut Grove Beach Resort

Day 7:  Cape Coast- August 1, 2017

This morning you will visit Elmina Castle, originally known as St. George’s Castle. This castle was the first European structure built in Sub-Saharan Africa. Explore the grounds and rooms full of haunting history. Stroll down to the beach for a memorial ceremony where each of us will throw bread into the waters in remembrance of our ancestors. A wreath with a candle will be solemnly cast out to sea and a respectful moment of silence will be observed in remembrance of those who died in the middle passage.

Attend any scheduled PANAFEST activities accompanied by your guide.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Coconut Grove Beach Resort

Day 8: Cape Coast- August 2, 2017

This morning we will again visit Assin Manso. This was the final transit point for enslaved Africans before being washed and  stored in the slave castles to await shipment to unknown lands

Attend scheduled PANAFEST activities accompanied by your guide.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Coconut Grove Beach Resort

Day 9: Cape Coast Emancipation Day – August 3, 2017

This morning we will again visit Assin Manso. This was the final transit point for enslaved Africans before being washed and   stored in the slave castles to await shipment to unknown lands
This will be followed by the opening of Emancipation Day Celebration with a Grand Durbar of traditional Chiefs and people of the Central Region. This will be a grand, colorful and spectacular event that showcases the pomp and pageantry of Ghana’s traditional rulers, dressed in fine ceremonial traditional clothing adorned in glittering gold jewelry. You will the African rhythm in you as you dance to the beat of the ‘fromtomfrom’ drums. The evening is capped off with a farewell dinner at your hotel.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Coconut Grove Beach Resort

Day 10: Accra/Depart – August 4, 2017

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and say goodbye to your new found friends as you return to Accra. Arrive in Accra early afternoon. Your driver and guide will assist you with last minute shopping including collecting your custom made outfits. You will have a day-room to relax before you are transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

 

Price per Person Sharing: $2170.00 now $1995.00

Single Room Supplement: $490.00

 

 Included

  • 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 by Breakfast, Dinner

Not Included

  • Round trip International flight
  • Cost of visa
  • PANAFEST events
  • Meals not listed
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuity to driver and guide