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Duration: 21 days
Location: West Africa
Starting Price: $5,902
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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 hanging 100 feet above the forest floor in West Africa's most noted tropical rainforest
  • Visit a traditional Fanti military shrine
  • 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
  • Visit Ganvie, the village on water known as the “Venice of West Africa”
  • Visit the Koutammakou region, home to the Batammariba (Takienta tower-houses)
(Per Person Land Package and Intra Flight Only)

(minimum group size of 10)

Based on 3 Star Hotels

DAY 1 (Tuesday)                         AKWAABA – WELCOME

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

Lodging: Hotel in Accra Meals: D

 

 

DAY 2 (Wednesday)    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, end your tour 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 (Thursday)   CAPE COAST CASTLE – ELMINA CASTLE  

Depart for a drive to the Central Region to visit 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 in Elmina.

Lodging: Hotel in Elmina Meals: B, D

 

 

DAY 4 (Friday)           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 your day hike, stop at the Kakum Rainforest Café for lunch or a snack. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

 

Lodging: Hotel in Elmina Meals: B, D

 

 

DAY 5 (Saturday)   ASHANTI EMPIRE AND KUMASI CITY TOUR

After breakfast, visit the Manhyia Palace Museum to get the 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 the great Ashanti people.  Your next stop will be 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 (Sunday)   TAMALE CRAFT SHOPPING

After breakfast, check out and depart Kumasi for a drive throught the savanna zone 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 sewed 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 lunch, visit Kukuo a suburb of Tamale to learn more about the pottery making and dying process. Dinner and overnight at your Tamale hotel.

Lodging:  Hotel in Tamale Meals: B, D

DAY 7 (Monday)       TAMALE – OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO

Check out and depart for a scenic drive through the savanna zone to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. After a late afternoon arrval in Ouagadougou, check in at your hotel and have lunch at a local restaurant. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Lodging: Hotel in Ouagadougou Meals: B, D

 

 

DAY 8 (Tuesday)    OUAGADOUDOU CITY TOURAfter breakfast, 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, jewelry (including desert crosses and terracotta beads) as well as leather Tuareg boxes. End the day by visiting the Musee National. The museum features primarily ethnographic collections, such as clay pottery, basket making and weaving exhibits, regional costumes (including the Mossi Chief’s regalia) and ancestral statutes of the Bobo, Mossi, Lobi and Gourounsi people. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Ouagadougou.
Lodging: Hotel in Ouagadougou Meals: B, D

DAY 9 (Wednesday)      OUAGADOUGOU – DOGON COUNTRY

After breakfast, prepare for an early morning departure and drive 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.  Dogon Valley features a stunning landscape called “the Falaise,” comprised of cliffside houses, granaries, altars, sanctuaries and “Togu Na” (communal meeting places). Several age-old social traditions live on in the region, which include masks, feasts, rituals, and ceremonies involving ancestor worship. The geological, archaeological and ethnological richness of the area, together with the architechture and landscape, make Dogon Valley one of West Africa's most impressive sites. Dinner and overnight at an encampment in Dogon Country.

Lodging: Encampment in SanghaMeals: B, D

DAY 10 (Thursday)    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 (Friday)    MOPTI – DJENNE

Depart for an early morning drive to visit Djenne and tour the ancient city that dates back to 800 AD and is unquestionably the most beautiful in all the Sahel. After crossing the Bani River on a barge to arrive in Djenne, visit beautiful two story mud houses featuring Sudanic architecture and the Grande Mosque, the largest and oldest in the Sahel. This architectural masterpiece is said to hold 5000 people and the building’s rounded façade is dominated by three towers each eleven meters high and topped with an ostrich egg. Visit the weekly market (on Mondays only) to witness the colorful spectacle as traders from throughout the region spread out their wares for sale in the same manner described by the French explorer Rene Caillie in his writings.  Later, return to Mopti for the dinner and overnight.

Lodging: Hotel in Mopti Meals: B, D
DAY 12    MOPTI – TIMBUKTU (Flight)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, the 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                              Mali Express (Sat 8:45am- 9:45am)

Meals: B, D

DAY 13     TIMBUKTU – BAMAKO (Flight)

Check out and depart Timbuktu for Bamako. After arrival and hotel check in, depart for a tour of the capital of Mali, Bamako. 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 the 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. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Bamako.

Lodging: Hotel in Bamako                              Mali Express (Sun 8:00am - 10:35am)

Meals: B, D

 

DAY 14    BAMAKO – COTONOU, BENIN (Flight)

After breakfast depart by air to Cotonou, Benin. Check in at your hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.  Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Cotonou.

Lodging: Hotel in Cotonou                             Air Iviore (Monday)

Meals: B, D

 

 

DAY 15 (Tuesday) COTONOU – GANVIE                               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 GanvieMeals: B, D

 

 

DAY 16 (Wednesday)          ROYAL PALACE OF ABOMEYDepart for a drive to Ouidah, the cradle of African traditional religion. Tour the temple dedicated to the sacred python, which gives vitality and protection, and visits the sacred forest which houses many shrines dedicated to various gods. Visit the Port of No Return, which commemorates Africans that were taken from the Dahomey Empire during the slave trade. After lunch, depart for a drive north to Abomey, the historical capital of the kingdom of Dahomey. Visit the Royal Palace and its museum, featuring relics that tell the story of this centuries-old Kingdom. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Lodging: Hotel in Abomey Meals: B, D

 

DAY 17 (Thursday)  ABOMEY – SOKODEEarly morning departure for Sokode. Check in and spend the remainder of the day exploring this traditional African town of fifty thousand inhabitants.  Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Sokode.
Lodging: Hotel in Sokode Meals: B, D

 

Day 18 (Friday)     SOKODE – KOUTAMMAKOU       Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Depart for a drive to the Koutammakou region, home to the Batammariba people whose remarkable mud Takienta (tower-houses) have come to be seen as a symbol of Togo. The Koutammakou region is an eloquent testimony to the strength of the spiritual connection between people and landscape, manifested in the harmony between the Batammariba and their natural surroundings. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Sokode.
Lodging: Hotel in Sokode Meals: B, D

 

Day 19  (Saturday)    SOKODE – LOMEEarly morning departure to Lome. Enroute, stopover in Atakpame to visit this charming colonial town situated atop of seven hills.  After an afternoon arrival in Lome, check into your hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisureDinner and overnight at your hotel in Lome.
Lodging: Hotel in LomeMeals: B, D

 

Day 20 (Sunday)     LOME – ACCRAAfter breakfast, depart for a city tour of Lome. Visit the Grand Marche de Asigame, Marche des Feticheurs, Musee National and Place de I’ Independence. After lunch, depart for a scenic drive through the coastal plains to Accra. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Accra.
Lodging: Hotel in Accra Meals: B, D 
DAY 21 (Monday) DAY AT LEISURE / DEPARTUREThe last day is spent at leisure and last minute shopping. Early evening transfer to the airport for check-in and departure.
Meals: B 
** DISCLAIMER: The cost of package will increase if hotel and transportation cost increases. Quote will be reviewed 3 months before your tour begins and you will be notified accordingly.