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Duration: 10 days
Location: West Africa
Starting Price: $1,931
Single Supplement: $599
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Tour Highlights

  • Welcome greeting and dinner followed by brief orientation by tour operator
  • Accra city tour
  • Tour Cape Coast Slave Castle
  • Experience walking on a canopy bridge hanging 100 feet above the forest floor in West Africa's most noted tropical rainforest, Kakum National Park
  • An audience with an Ashanti traditional Chief
  • Visit the 3 craft villages including Bonwire for Kente weaving, Ahwiaa for wood carving and Ntonso for Adinkra cloth
  • Visit Ouidah, the cradle of African traditional religion, en-route to Cotonou, Benin
  • Visit Ganvie, the village on water known as the "Venice of West Africa"

(minimum group size of 10)

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 your hotel for a sightseeing city tour of Accra. You will drive through the administrative and economic districts of Accra, the capital of Ghana. This city is well over 100 years old and has a blend of colonial and modern architecture that summarizes 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 at a local Ghanaian restaurant, you will end your tour at the Arts Center.  At this open-air market, you will have an opportunity to use your bargaining skills as you shop for artifacts from Ghana and other countries in West Africa. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging:  Hotel in Accra
Meals: B, D

 

 

DAY 3:    KAKUM NATIONAL PARK  CAPE COAST CASTLE

After breakfast at your hotel, depart for a drive through the historic Denkyira Kingdom to Kakum National Park, one of the West Africa’s surviving tropical rain forests. Choose between a 2 kilometer nature walk through this forest to discover the wide variety of exotic floral species and the medicinal values they offer or traverse the canopy walkway which hangs 100 feet above the forest floor.

Enjoy a pleasurable lunch, then visit Cape Coast Castle. Built by the Swedes in 1653 and later taken over by the British, this castle also houses the West African Historical Museum. Experience the history of the slave trade, the impact of which is felt in Africa and beyond even today. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging:  Hotel in Elmina
Meals: B, D

 

 

DAY 4:    KUMASI CITY TOUR

After breakfast, check out and depart for a drive through the forest zone 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 5:    ASHANTI CRAFT VILLAGES

This day is devoted to visiting the three famous craft villages in Ashanti: Ahwiaa (the woodcarvers’ 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 for a scenic drive through the forest zone to Accra. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Kumasi
Meals: B, D

 

 

Day 6:    ACCRA – LOME, TOGO

Depart Accra for Lome, Togo.  Check into your Lome hotel and enjoy a restaurant lunch.  Visit the Grand Marche, Marche des Feticheurs, Musee National and Place de I’ Independence.  Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Lome
Meals: B, D

 

 

Day 7:     LOME  OUIDAH  COTONOU
After breakfast, depart for a visit to Ouidah, the cradle of African traditional religion, en-route to Cotonou. In Ouidah, tour the Temple dedicated to the sacred python, which is believed to give vitality and protection. You will also visit the sacred forest which houses many shrines dedicated to various deities.

Visit the historical Museum of Ouidah, located in a centuries-old Portuguese fort. This museum reflects Benin's role in the transatlantic slave trade. Later, visit the "Port of No Return," a monument built by the Benin government to commemorate the Africans taken from the Dahomey Empire during the slave trade. Continue your journey northward to Cotonou. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging:  Hotel in Cotonou
Meals: B, D

 

 

Day 8:    COTONOU – GANVIE

Today, be prepared for a sensational visit to Ganvie, a village built over water (and commonly referred to as the “Venice of West Africa”). Witness first-hand as the people of Ganvie carry out their daily routines in dugout canoes piled high with wares, transacting commerce with one another and with tourists. You will enjoy shopping on the floating market and taking a relaxing canoe ride on the waterways of this exotic village which is over 300 years old.  After lunch, view the many statues and monuments of Benin’s multicolored administrative and commercial capital on a driving tour. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging:  Hotel in Cotonou
Meals: B, D

 

Day 9:     COTONOU – ACCRA

After breakfast, depart Cotonou for Accra via Lome. Stop in Lome to enjoy lunch, then continue on to Accra.  Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Accra
Meals: B, D

 

 

DAY 10:   DAY AT LEISURE / 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.