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Duration: 10 days
Location: West Africa
Starting Price: $1,877
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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
  • Enjoy a visit to Ghana's main source of electricity supply (Akosombo Dam) and enjoy a boat cruise on the Volta
  • Bakatue regatta boat race
  • Durbar of Chiefs
  • Farewell dinner and departure
  • Receive a traditional West African name and become a member of a Ghanaian village
(minimum group size 10 pax)

Based on 3 Star Hotels

This Cultural Festivals of Ghana tour starts on July 2nd

Day 1 (July 2nd) ARRIVE IN ACCRA

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

Lodging: Hotel in Accra
Meals: D

Day 2 (July 3rd) 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.

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. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Accra
Meals: B, D

Day 3 (July 4th) ACCRA – ELMINA, BAKATUE FESTIVAL

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Early morning departure for a scenic drive from Accra to Elmina. Upon arrival, you will be amazed by the festivities that will be underway for the Bakatue Festival. Your guide will take you to the heart of the festival, as you feel the beat of powerful “fontonfrom” drums.

As part of the celebrations, observe the exciting traditional boat race that draws a large crowd of supporters and observers, with lots of unique photo opportunities. There will also be a cultural Durbar, which will include a parade of Chiefs and traditional leaders accompanied by drumming, dancing and other festivities. After this exciting experience, check in to your Elmina hotel. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Elmina
Meals: B, D

Day 4 (July 5th) CAPE COAST CASTLE – ELMINA CASTLE

After breakfast, depart 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.

Enjoy the rest of this day at leisure, relaxing on the beach, or exploring the bustling town of Elmina. Dinner served in local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel in Elmina
Meals: B, D

Day 5 (July 6th) KAKUM NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast at your hotel, 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 an 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 the rest of this day at leisure. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Elmina
Meals: B, D

Day 6 (July 7th) ELMINA – 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.

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 will be served in a local restaurant, after which you will be transferred to your hotel for overnight.

Lodging: Hotel in Kumasi
Meals: B, D

Day 7 (July 8th) ASHANTI CRAFT VILLAGES

This day is devoted to visiting the three famous craft villages in the Ashanti Region:  Ahwiaa (the woodcarvers’ village), Ntonso (the home of Adinkra) and Bonwire (the Kente weaving village).  You will have the opportunity to see how West 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 8 (July 9th) AKWASIDAE FESTIVAL

After breakfast, participate in the Akwasidae festival. The Akwasidae is a religious festival of the Ashantis which is celebrated every six (6) weeks or 42 days. On that day, the Asante king comes out of the palace on a palanquin adorned in gold ornaments to receive the homage of his sub-chiefs and people. It is a very colorful ceremony that lasts the whole day and it is held at the Manhyia Palace, which is the Asantehene’s residence. The celebration marks a period of personal stock-taking and fervent assessment of events in the lives of the Ashanti people. It serves as a period to propitiate the ancestors through whom the Ashanti unity gains its grounds. Overnight at your hotel in Kumasi.

Lodging: Hotel in Kumasi
Meals: B

Day 9 (July 10th)  KUMASI – ACCRA

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Depart for the drive to Accra, stopping en-route for lunch on your own. Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel and relax. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Accra
Meals: B, D

Day 10 (July 11th) SHOPPING / DEPARTURE

After breakfast, spend the remainder of the day at leisure or depart for a visit to Ghana’s unique shopping destinations. Visit Aid to Artisan Ghana (ATAG) and SunTrade for crafts, Mawuli Okudzeto for beautiful unisex African clothing, or one of the new shopping malls for a shopping spree! For those who would prefer to relax, spend the day by the swimming pool soaking up the African sun. Later, transfer to the airport for check-in and departure.

Meals: B
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