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Duration: 10 days
Location: West Africa
Starting Price: $2,407
Single Supplement: $433
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Tour Highlights

  • Traditional African welcome
  • Accra city tour
  • An audience with the Chief of the clan
  • Visit Ashanti Region and the various craft villages
  • Enjoy a visit to Tamale capital of the Northern Region of Ghana
  • Receive the atonement at Salaga
  • Tour of Cape Coast and Elmina  castles and slave dungeons
  • Visit the slave markets of Assin Manso and Salaga
  • Experience the "Door of No Return"

(minimum group size 10 pax)

Based on 3 Star Hotels

Day 1  ARRIVE IN ACCRA  

Arrive in Accra, Ghana. Transfer from the airport to your hotel for a fantastic traditional welcome ceremony, including cultural drumming and dancing (for daylight arrivals only), pouring of libations, welcome drink and orientation. Spend the rest of the day at leisure or by the pool soaking up the African sun. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Accra
Meals: D
 

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 Center– 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 your tour, depart for a drive to Kumasi, capital of the Ashanti Kingdom. Upon arrival at your hotel check-in and have dinner and overnight.

Lodging: Hotel in Kumasi
Meals: B D
Day 3  KUMASI – TAMALEAfter breakfast at hotel, depart for Tamale. En-route, stop at Kintampo and Assin Bono. Both areas were former slave markets. Enjoy the scenic but haunting drive through the land where the slave trade took place. Notice the change in climate and terrain, which had a direct bearing on the population of Africans targeted by slave traders. Late afternoon arrival in Tamale. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Lodging: Hotel in Tamale
Meals: B D
 

Day 4  RECIEVE ATONEMENT AT SALAGA

In the early morning, depart for a scenic drive to Salaga, one of the towns used as a major slave market during the slave trade. Meet with the traditional leader and tour the site where the slave trade started in the former Gold Coast. In Salaga, you will find families whose ancestors were slave raiders, slave chains and shackles are still kept in some of the family homes. The atonement will be sealed by villagers washing the feet of participants as an act of humility and a plea for forgiveness. This ceremony, designed by the villagers themselves, is a symbolic apology for the acts of their ancestors.

Continue to the market site where the slaves were sold, known as the “Salaga Slave Market.” Lay a wreath at the grave site commemorating those who did not survive the slave trade. The day will end with joyous celebration, including traditional drumming, dancing and a healing feast that includes the sharing of food between the descendants of the slave raiders and of the slaves who were taken to the new world. Drive back to your hotel in Tamale for overnight.

Lodging: Hotel in Tamale
Meals: B D

Day 5  TAMALE – KUMASI

Enjoy breakfast in your hotel. Tour the city of Tamale before departing for Kumasi, seat of the Ashanti Empire. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Kumasi
Meals: B D
Day 6   NAMING CEREMONY / KUMASI CITY TOURThis 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.

Afterwards, explore Kumasi and pay a visit to Manhyia Palace Museum to obtain firsthand information on the legacies of the Ashanti Kingdom. The Ashanti’s have a famously regal history which dates back to 1700 and is evidenced by extraordinary relics and artifacts. Enjoy a drive through the city of Kumasi and see the many monuments dedicated to the memory of great Ashanti people.  End the day’s tour at the National Cultural Center which features the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum and is home to the dazzling studios of traditional potters, brass and batik makers.  Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Kumasi
Meals: B D

Day 7     ASHANTI CRAFT VILLAGES – ELMINA

This day is devoted to visiting the three famous craft villages in Ashanti - Ahwiaa (the wood carvers’ village), Ntonso (the home of Adinkra) and Bonwire (the Kente weaving village).  You will have the opportunity to see how African crafts are made and buy directly from the artisans who make them. After lunch depart to Elmina. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Elmina
Meals: B, D
 

Day 8     MEMORIAL AT ELMINA CASTLE

After breakfast, prepare for a visit to the Elmina Castle. Another infamous castle and slave dungeon, Elmina was built by the Portuguese in 1482 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 pilgrim will throw bread into the waters in remembrance of ancestors. A wreath with a candle will be solemnly pushed out to sea as a respectful moment of silence is observed in remembrance of those who died in the middle passage.

After lunch, enjoy a walking tour of the colonial town of Elmina. Elmina’s rich history is captured in its buildings. They tell the stories of the people of Elmina and their interaction with those who came from outside West Africa. Visit the colorful Asafo houses, which were used as a place for warriors to prepare mentally and spiritually before going to war. They are wonderful examples of how art is used in daily lives of Africans.

After dinner depart for Cape Coast Castle to join other pilgrims for Panafest’s midnight vigil. Return for overnight at your hotel in Elmina. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Elmina.

Lodging: Hotel in Elmina
Meals: B D
 
Day 9       THE DOOR OF RETURN AT CAPE COAST CASTLE – ASSIN MANSOAfter breakfast at your hotel, embark on an emotional boat trip to the Cape Coast Castle. Commemorate the departure and middle passage of Africans more than 200 years ago, when they were transported via slave ships to the Americas. Upon landing on the shores of Cape Coast, make your way to the castle where your will enter through the “Door of No Return.” That was the last door African ancestors passed through on their way to board the ships to the new world. During the slave trade, that door was a symbol of hopelessness. To modern pilgrims, it is a “Door of Return,” a symbol of hope and healing.

You will explore the grounds of this infamous castle, including its slave dungeons. Every part of the castle has historical significance, as it also houses the West African Historical Museum, established by the Smithsonian Institute in collaboration with the Ghanaian government in 1994. Tour the museum and watch the film ‘Crossroads of People, Crossroads of Trade.’

After lunch for a drive through the former slave route to Assin Manso. Visit the site of “Donkor Nsuo,” the former slave river, market and final transit point for enslaved Africans.  You will also have the opportunity to visit the final resting place of two ancestors whose mortal remains were returned from the USA and Jamaica and re-interred in Ghana. Drive back from Assin Manso to Elmina for farewell dinner and overnight at your hotel.

 

Lodging: Hotel in Elmina
Meals: B, D
 
DAY 10     ELMINA – ACCRA CITY TOUR – DEPARTUREAfter breakfast, depart for a scenic drive back to Accra Following lunch you will have the opportunity to visit the National Center for the Arts where you will have an opportunity to use your bargaining skills to purchase artifacts from Ghana and West Africa. Transfer to the airport for departure home.

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.