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Duration: 14 days
Location: West Africa
Starting Price: $4,475
Single Supplement: $685
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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
  • Experience walking on a canopy bridge hanging 100 feet above the forest floor in West Africa's most noted tropical rainforest
  • An audience with an Ashanti traditional Chief and the chance to visit the various craft villages
  • Visit Tamale, the largest city in northern Ghana
  • Ouagadougou city tour
  • Visit Dogon Country in Mali, mingle with the natives and observe the unique architecture of their buildings
  • Visit the ancient city of Timbuktu, known since 1100AD as the first center of learning for mankind
(Land Package and Intra Flight Only)

(minimum group size 10 pax)

Based on 3 Star Hotels

DAY 1         AKWAABA – WELCOME

Arrive in Accra, Ghana. Transfer from the airport to your hotel for a welcome drink and orientation. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Accra
Meals: D
 

DAY 2          ACCRA CITY TOUR

After breakfast depart hotel for a sightseeing city tour of Accra. You will drive through the administrative and economic districts of Accra, the capital of Ghana. Over 100 years old, this city has a blend of colonial and modern architecture which summarize her history.  You will visit the W. E. B. Dubois Center for Pan African Culture, Independence/Black Star Square and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. After lunch in a local Ghanaian restaurant, you will end your tour at the Arts Centre where you will have an opportunity to use your bargaining skills to shop from an open-air market for artifacts from Ghana and West Africa. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Accra
Meals: B, D
 

DAY 3         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 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. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Lodging: Hotel in Elmina
Meals: B, D
 

DAY 4     KAKUM NATIONAL PARK 

After 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 lunch, spend the remainder of the afternoon at the beach. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Elmina
Meals: B, D
 

DAY 5        KUMASI CITY TOUR

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and depart for a drive through the forest zone to Kumasi, the seat of the Ashanti Empire. Explore the legend of the famous Ashantis at the Manhyia Palace Museum. There you will get a 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. Next, enjoy a drive through the city of Kumasi to view monuments dedicated to the memory of great Ashanti people.  End the day’s your at the National Cultural Center, featuring the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum and the studios of various potters, brass and batik makers. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Kumasi
Meals: B, D
 

DAY 6    TAMALE CRAFT SHOPPING

After breakfast, check out and depart Kumasi for a drive to Tamale, the capital of the Dagomba State.  Visit the Center for National Culture to see how Northern Culture evolved.  There you will find the well known Northern traditional attire known as the “fugu” (or smock) being designed, dyed and sewn by hand. At the main handicraft market you will be able to shop for straw products, leather goods, and carvings from the Mossi people. After your lunch, visit Kukuo, a suburb of Tamale. See first-hand the mastery and craftsmanship involved in the pottery making and dying process.  Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Tamale
Meals: B, D
 

DAY 7       TAMALE – OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO

Check out and depart for a scenic drive through the savanna zone to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Check in at your hotel and have lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, depart for a sightseeing tour of Ouagadougou, the traditional capital of the Mossi Empire. Visit the Artisan Center to shop for bronze castings, carvings, masks, Tuareg leather boxes, and jewelry (including desert crosses and terracotta beads). End the day by visiting the Musee National. The museum consists primarily of ethnographic collections such as clay pots, basket making and weaving exhibits, regional costumes including the Mossi chiefs regalia, and ancestral statutes of the Bobo, Mossi, Lobi and Gourounsi people. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Ouagadougou
Meals: B, D

DAY 8       OUAGADOUGOU – DOGON COUNTRY

After breakfast, prepare for an early morning departure to Bandiagara, the entrance to the Dogon Valley. Explore stone and mud villages built on top, alongside and at the base of a 150 kilometer escarpment locally referred to as “Tellem” houses. Take in the picturesque architecture and location of these stunning Dogon cliff villages. Dinner and overnight at an encampment in Dogon Country.

Lodging: Encampment in Sangha
Meals: B, D
 

DAY 9       DOGON COUNTRY 

This day is devoted to discovering the mysteries of the Dogon people. Take a trek through the villages of Banani, Ireli, and Tireli. Ireli has the best preserved habitats of Dogon ancestors and Tireli is famous for its masked dance ceremonies. After lunch, visit the spiritual Chief’s house called “Guinna” or “Songo” for its famous rock paintings. Then, take a tour of Sangha, a striking example of a Dogon village, with its traditional homes and granaries.  Dinner and overnight at encampment in Dogon Country.

Lodging: Encampment in Sangha
Meals: B, D

DAY 10       DOGON – MOPTI

After breakfast, depart for Mopti. Known as the crossroads of Mali, Mopti is where the people of Mali (Bamana, Songhai, Fula, Tuareg, Moor, Bozo and Dogon) intersect. After lunch, take a tour of the city of Mopti, which includes Mopti’s Grande Marche, Petit Marche, bustling harbor and fish markets. You will find variety of items including earthenware pottery and calabashes. Visit the Grand Mosque and old town with its narrow pedestrian streets and gray banco houses. Dinner and overnight your hotel in Mopti.

Lodging: Hotel in Mopti
Meals: B, D
 

DAY 11         MOPTI – TIMBUKTU (Tuesdays and Saturdays)

Depart early on a morning flight to discover the ancient city of Timbuktu. Explore the city that is best known as the first center of learning for mankind. Experience its impressive history and unique architecture. Check into your hotel and enjoy lunch. After lunch, make stops at the local mosques, explorers’ houses and the market. Visit the Ethnological Museum, which houses a collection of ancient books on religion, science, history and mathematics. End the day’s tour with an excursion into the desert for an evening camel ride led by the local Tuaregs.  Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Timbuktu
Meals: B, D
 
DAY 12     TIMBUKTU – BAMAKO (Wednesdays and Sundays)Check out and depart Timbuktu for Bamako. After lunch, spend the remainder of your day at leisure. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Lodging: Hotel in Bamako
Meals: B, D
 

DAY 13       BAMAKO CITY TOUR

After breakfast, visit the National Museum to see the beautiful artifacts on display, including tools used in forging and weaving. Other museum highlights include the stylized antelope mask of Bamana, various Senoufo statues and, of course, the world-renowned antique Dogon sculptures. Visit Point G, where you will have a panoramic view of the city and cliff dwellings featuring old rock paintings. The Artisan Center houses an abundance of shops and stalls selling crafts and ornaments such as leatherwork, fabric, silverware, masks, carvings and bronze figurines. There are also the artisan’s workshop where you can watch woodcarvers, silversmiths, drum makers and other craftspeople at work. Enjoy dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Bamako
Meals: B, D
 
DAY 14       DAY AT LEISURE / DEPARTUREAfter breakfast, spend the remainder of the day at leisure, packing or last minute shopping. Transfer to the airport for check-in and departure.
Meals: B 
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