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Duration: 10 days
Location: West Africa
Starting Price: $1,660
Single Supplement: $553
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Tour Highlights

  • Welcome greetings and dinner followed by brief orientation by tour operator
  • Accra city tour
  • Tour of Cape Coast and Elmina castles and slave dungeons
  • Walk on a canopy bridge 100 feet above the forest floor in West Africa's most noted tropical rainforest
  • Visit a Fanti Asafo Posuban  (a traditional military shrine)
  • An audience with an Ashanti traditional Chief and the chance to visit the various craft villages
  • Enjoy a cruise on the Volta River
  • Enjoy a day at leisure in Accra, you can opt to try your bargaining skills at the open air marke
(minimum group size 10 pax)Based on 3 Star Hotels
Day 1           AKWAABA – WELCOME
Arrive in Accra, Ghana. Transfer from airport to your hotel for a welcome drink and orientation. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Lodging: Hotel in Accra
Meals: D
Day 2 (Monday)       ACCRA CITY TOUR                   

After breakfast, depart your hotel for a sightseeing tour of Accra.  You will drive through the administrative and economic districts of the capital city, well over 100 years old and filled with a blend of colonial and modern architecture that reflects its rich history.  Accra is the home of the W. E. B. Dubois Center for Pan African Culture, Independence/Black Star Square and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park.  After lunch at a local Ghanaian restaurant, the driving tour will continue through some of Ghana’s prestigious neighborhoods en-route to the University of Ghana, at Legon. End your day at the Arts Center where you will have an opportunity to use your bargaining skills to shop for artifacts from Ghana and West Africa in an open-air market.  Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging:  Hotel in Accra
Meals: B, D

Day  3 (Tuesday)     CAPE COAST CASTLE – ELMINA CASTLE

Depart for a drive to the Central Region to explore 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. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

 

Lodging:  Hotel in Elmina
Meals: B, D
Day  4 (Wednesday)     KAKUM NATIONAL PARK – POSUBAN SHRINE After breakfast depart for a scenic drive through the historic Denkyira Kingdom to 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.

Enjoy a pleasurable lunch then visit the Posuban Military Shrine, where the Asafo companies (Fanti traditional soldiers) prepare spiritually for war. These shrines are wonderful examples of how art is used in the daily lives of Ghanaians.  Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Elmina
Meals: B D
Day  5 (Thursday)         ASANTEMAN (Ashanti Empire)

Check out of your hotel and depart for a drive on the former slave route to Assin Manso.  Visit the site of “Donkor Nsuo” (the former Slave River and market), the final transit point for enslaved Africans.  This is the final resting place of two ancestors whose mortal remains were returned from the USA and Jamaica and re-interred in Ghana. Continue the drive further north to Kumasi, the seat of the legendary Ashanti Empire.

After lunch, visit 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  6 (Friday)     ASHANTI CRAFT VILLAGES

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.  Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Kumasi
Meals: B D
Day  7 (Saturday)          AKOSOMBO

After breakfast, check out and depart the hotel for a scenic drive to Akosombo in the Eastern Region.  After check-in, enjoy a relaxing lunch at your hotel.  Later, depart for a tour of Akosombo Dam.  Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging:  Hotel in Akosombo
Meals: B D
Day 8 (Sunday)       VOLTA RIVER BOAT CRUISE (Saturdays and Sundays only)

After breakfast, check out and depart your hotel for a drive to Akosombo Port. There you will cruise on the largest man-made lake in the world, the Lake Volta. While cruising, you will dance to the sweet sounds of live highlife music played by the ship’s resident band. Enjoy the calm of the lake and bask in the beauty of the mountain scenery and surrounding. Lunch will be served on board.  Return to Accra in the late afternoon.  Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging:  Hotel in Accra
Meals: B D
Day 9 (Monday)   DAY AT LEISURE / SHOPPING

After breakfast, spend the rest of the day at leisure or enjoying Accra’s many shopping destinations in preparation for your journey back home. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging:  Hotel in Accra
Meals: B D
Day10 (Tuesday)      FAREWELL / DEPARTURE

Spend the day at leisure or doing last minute shopping. Check-out of your hotel and transfer to the 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.