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Duration: 10 days
Location: West Africa
Starting Price: $4,811
Single Supplement: $605
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Tour Highlights

  • Welcome greetings followed by brief orientation by tour operator
  • Accra city tour
  • Family reunion
  • Naming ceremony
  • An audience with an Ashanti traditional Chief and the chance to visit various craft villages
  • Tour of Cape Coast and Elmina castles and slave dungeons
  • A visit to Kakum National Park (try your feet on the treetop canopy walkway)
  • A visit to Aburi Botanical Garde

(minimum group size 10 pax)

Based on 3 Star Hotels

 

Day 1                            ARRIVAL IN GHANA

You will be greeted at the airport by representatives of Landtours who will transfer you to your hotel. At your hotel, you will be served a chilled welcome drink as you are given a brief orientation.  Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Accra
Meals: B

Day 2                            ACCRA CITY TOUR

After a hearty breakfast, depart for a sightseeing tour of Accra. Your drive will take you through the administrative and economic districts of Ghana’s city capital. Over 100 years-old, Accra has a blend of colonial and contemporary architecture that symbolize the cultural mix of the city.

You will visit the W. E. B. Dubois Center for Pan African Culture, where Dr. Dubois (an academic and civil rights champion) spent two years working on a Pan-African encyclopedia under the invitation Dr. Kwame Nkrumah (Ghana’s first President). There you will be treated to a guided tour through Dr. DuBois’ research library. You will also make stops at Independence/Black Star Square and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. The square marks the point where three ex-military men tried to present grievances to the colonial governor and were shot during a peaceful demonstration. Nkrumah Memorial Park was created to commemorate Ghana's founding father. To the east of the square you will also get a view of Osu (formerly Christiansborg) Castle, the previous seat of the Ghanaian Presidency.

For lunch, you will be given the opportunity to sample some local Ghanaian cuisine at one of our famous “chop bar” restaurants. A favorite for most tourists is the “fufu and light soup,” a starchy meal with a dough-like consistency. After lunch, you tour will take you to the Arts Centre – a large arts and crafts market where you can find handicrafts from all over Ghana and West Africa. Be prepared to use your bargaining skills as you browse the many artisan stalls.

The sightseeing tour will end with a visit to the Coffin Makers Shop at Teshie (a suburb of Accra). There you will see how wood coffins are carved by hand into exquisite designs, representative of the occupation, interest or hobby of the deceased. After a long day return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Lodging: Hotel in Accra
Meals: B D 
 

Day 3     FAMILY REUNION 

After breakfast, depart Accra for a journey through Ghana’s middle belt. You will travel through Ghana’s main forest zone en-route to “Ejisu,” a town in the Ashanti Region. Upon arrival you will be taken to meet the village Chief – the person who holds the leadership position in the village (nothing major takes place in the village without the approval of the Chief).

The Chief will then “adopt” you into a village family, making the necessary introductions between you and your “Abusuapani” (family head). With your new family, you will be given a narration of your family history along with folk stories (“Anansesem”) so you can be better informed of your roots and cultural heritage.

Later, depart for a tour of the village, ending at the Paramount Chief’s Palace. There, you will be introduced as one of the village citizens. After a long and emotional day, return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Lodging: Hotel in Kumasi
Meals: B D
 

 

Day 4                       NAMING CEREMONY 

This day will be spent in celebration by reclaiming your real and true African name. You will be led in a procession to the Paramount Chief’s Palace grounds where the whole village will have assembled. The Paramount Chief will perform the special naming ceremony after a round of hearty welcomes and speeches. No less than a few hundred locals will be present to participate.

The naming ceremony, a spiritual and memorable experience, begins with the drumming of the “frontomfrom” drums and dancing performed by local village dancers, who will also extend an invitation to the group to participate in the unique cultural dance. After the drumming and dancing, your family head and elders of your village will jointly select a name for you after a great personality in your family or community.

After receiving an African name and an official welcome into a clan, the village elders (men and women) will take you through some cooking and dressing lessons. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Kumasi
Meals: B D
 
Day 5           KUMASI CITY TOUR – ASHANTI CRAFT VILLAGESAfter breakfast, visit the Manhyia Palace Museum to get the sense of a day in the life of an Ashanti ruler (Asantehene). At the museum, you will also obtain firsthand information on the legacies of the Ashanti kingdom, a regal history that dates back to 1700 and is told with relics and artifacts.

Enjoy a drive through the city of Kumasi to view monuments dedicated to the memory of the great Ashanti people.  Your next stop will be the National Cultural Center, featuring the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum and the studios of various potters, brass and batik makers. After your tour, depart for a drive to Elmina City located in the Central Region. En-route, visit the craft villages of Ahwiaa (known for its woodcarving) and Bonwire (which specializes in “Kente” weaving). Unwind and relax after arrival in Elmina. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Elmina
Meals: B D
  

 

 

Day 6                   CAPE COAST AND ELMINA SLAVE CASTLES Today’s tour will highlight the infamous forts, castles and slave dungeons of Ghana. On this tour you will experience the physical history of the slave trade, the impact of which is still felt beyond the shores of Africa today.

Visit the Cape Coast Castle, which was built by the Swedes in 1653 and later taken over by the British. The castle also houses the West African Historical Museum, established by the Smithsonian Institute in collaboration with the Ghanaian government in 1994.

After lunch, visit the Elmina Castle built by the Portuguese in 1482 and also known as St. George's Castle.  This castle was the first European structure built in Sub – Saharan Africa. Spend a moment admiring the colorful harbor nestled just below Elmina Castle. Full of pirogues preparing to go to sea, this site offers one of West Africa’s greatest photo opportunities.

Upon return to your hotel, participate in “kasa” (talk time) which gives you the opportunity to share impressions of the tour as well as life experiences. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Elmina
Meals: B D
 
Day 7                            KAKUM NATIONAL PARKAfter check-out and a hearty breakfast, depart to explore the historic Denkyira Kingdom, particularly Kakum National Park. Kakum is one of West Africa’s surviving tropical rain forests, spanning over 360sq km and filled with diverse and dense vegetation. A blend of true rainforest and semi deciduous forest, Kakum is the home to over 40 large mammals, 400 bird species and a breathtaking array of butterflies, flora and fauna.

The most popular attraction in the forest is the Canopy walkway which is made up of seven bridges extending 330m and hanging 40m above the forest floor. You will be given the choice to walk the canopy or enjoy a 2km nature walk through the forest to discover the wide variety of exotic floral species and the medicinal values they offer. After your day hike, stop at the Kakum Rainforest Café for lunch or a snack. Following lunch, depart Kakum for your return to Accra. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

 

Lodging:Hotel in Accra
Meals: B D
 
Day 8    ABURI BOTANICAL GARDENS – KOKROBITEY (Sundays Only)After breakfast, depart for a drive to Aburi Botanical Gardens. This eco-paradise was created in 1890 and is home to a variety of tropical and sub-tropical plants and trees. The oldest tree on the grounds is older than 155 years old, and has survived through the British Colonial Era. You can opt to have lunch on the grounds of the garden, which has served as a beautiful picnic location to many a tourist.

After lunch, your tour will take you to the wonderful Woodcarvers’ Village, a great place to pick up a special souvenir from your trip. On your return to Accra, pay a visit to the Kokrobitey African Arts and Music Academy and take in a wonderful performance by some of Ghana’s best traditional drumming and dance ensembles. They will soothe and excite you with their music, entertain you with their dance and thrill you with their acrobatic stunts. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Accra
Meals: B D
 
DAY 9                         DAY AT LEISUREAfter breakfast, spend the remainder of the day at leisure in preparation for your journey back home. You can opt to do some last minute shopping on this day.  Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Lodging: Hotel in Accra
Meals: B D
 
DAY 10                    DEPARTURESpend the day at leisure and last minute shopping. Check-out of your hotel and transfer to airport for check-in and departure.
Meals: B 
** DISCLAIMER: The cost of package will increase if hotel and transportation costs increase. Quote will be reviewed 3 months before your tour begins; and you will be notified accordingly.