Historical & cultural tour of ghana,12 days, 11 nights

12 Days | Accra, Ghana
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DAY 1 : ACCRA – GHANA 

On arrival at Kotoka International Airport, our expert Cultural guide will meet, assist and transfer you to your hotel in our private air-conditioned vehicle.

Once you have checked in, your guide who will be with you throughout your stay, will brief you on what to expect during your time in Ghana

 Meal(s) Included:  Dinner


DAY 2ACCRA

Experience the bustling city of Accra today which is a blend of modern buildings and old structures that existed during the colonial times. This 120-year-old old city has a number of historical things to offer you as you set off after a sumptuous breakfast at your hotel, passing through the economic and administrative districts.

 The first place of visit will be the W.E.B DuBois Centre honoring the life of the prominent Pan-Africanist who chose to live and work in Ghana. We continue to the Independence Square where you will see the enclosed flame of African liberation, which was lit by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in 1961.

The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, final resting place of Ghana’s first president. Set in attractive gardens, there is an adjoining museum, which contains photos, artifacts and an insight into Dr. Nkrumah’s life. Adjoining the park is the National cultural center, which is Ghana’s largest outdoor arts and crafts market selling traditional crafts from all over West Africa.

Your day’s visit ends at James Town—one of Accra’s most historic neighborhoods, where history resides on every corner.  Best known for its lighthouses (the first of which was constructed in 1875 by the British) as a navigational aid for trading vessels sailing through the Gulf of Guinea. The original structure was ruined but a larger and more improved lighthouse completed in 1921 is still functioning today.

You may also visit “Brazil House” and learn about the seven Afro-Brazilians families who returned to settle in Ghana in 1836.  Familiar Brazilian/Portuguese last names such as De Souza, Palmares, Azumah, Amorin, Da Costa, Santos, De Medeiros, and Olympio are abundant in this section of Accra.

 Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Highlights :

W.E.B DuBois Centre

The Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum

Jamestown Fishing Community


DAY 3ACCRA-ABURI-AKOSOMBO

After breakfast and check out, we head further east to Akosombo.

Enroute, visit the Teshie Casket/Coffin Shop where uniquely designed caskets are made and this reflects the people’s belief in life after death. The shop was started by Seth Kane Kwei in the 1950s, almost by accident. He made palanquins also know as Litters or Sedan Chairs that are used to carry tribal chiefs at traditional festivals. One Chief, who had ordered a palanquin shaped as a cocoa pod, died unexpectedly before the festival, so he was buried in the palanquin. Soon after that, his grandmother who had planned her first overseas trip by flight died before the trip and she too was buried in a coffin-shaped like an airplane. “The third fancy coffin was for a chief fisherman who was buried in a canoe. Thus, the fancy coffin industry was started.

 We continue to Aburi Mountains where we visit the Botanical Gardens which has both aesthetic and educational experience. Look out for Rita Marley’s compound when coming up the mountain.

 How about trying your bargaining skills at the Koforidua Bead-making market? Visit the Woodcarving village too before continuing to Akosombo. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel.

 Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Highlights :

Teshie Coffin Place


DAY 4AKOSOMBO

After a refreshing night along the splendid Volta River and a sumptuous buffet breakfast,we will have a scenic drive to a small village called Krobo Odumase to witness the first-hand experience of beads making from specially crafted glasses- Cedi Beads Factory. We will have the opportunity to design our own beads using the traditional Krobo technique.

The bead-making craft has a long history in Ghana. Beads have been used in ceremonies of birth, coming of age, marriage, or death for the past 400 years. You will watch and participate in the whole bead-making process from beginning to end.

Enjoy a tour of the Akosombo Hydroelectric Dam. This is the cradle of electricity production in Ghana, a national landmark set in the midst of naturally beautiful surroundings. The rest of the evening is free.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast


DAY 5: AKOSOMBO-EJISU-KUMASI

Following breakfast and check out, we depart to Kumasi driving through the forest zone to the seat of the Ashanti Empire to explore the legends of the famous Ashanti, whose legacies are still evident today.

Upon reaching Ejisu, we will visit the three craft villages of the surrounding lush  countryside which is a sharp contrast of the modern-day Kumasi city:

Adanwomase will be our first craft village where we’ll see how the famous Kente Cloth is handmade on looms in a time-honored tradition passed down through generations. See the Kente styles and the opportunity to make purchases. We may pay a courtesy call to the paramount chief of this community amidst drumming and dancing or see their cocoa farms.

We will continue to the village of Ntonso where Artisans hand-stamp patterns on Cotton cloth to make Adinkra Textiles. Black-on-Black and Black-on-Red Adinkra Cloth is worn for funerals and other solemn occasions; learn how the Black Dye is made in the village from the bark of trees and creates your own Adinkra sash to take home. You may also purchase large pieces of the Adinkra Cloth handmade in the village.

 Our final village will be The Woodcarving Village of Ahwiaa, known for the talented craftsmen who fashion Royal stools, walking sticks and Fertility Dolls from wood; with the opportunity to purchase hand carved items of all kinds.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Highlights :

Ashanti Craft Villages


DAY 6KUMASI(AKWASIDAE FESTIVAL)

After a good breakfast at the hotel, we will further explore the Kingdom which is rich in culture and traditions. Today will mark a well celebrated Festival of the Ashanti Empire.

First, we visit the Manhyia Palace, the official residence of Ashanti Kings (Asantehene) until 1974, now a museum containing treasured items relating to the Ashanti Kingdom. This is where you obtain first-hand information on the legacies of this unified monarchy.

Join the celebration of Akwasidae Festival; the pomp and pageantry of the Ashanti Kingdom. The King riding in a palanquin and adorned with all his gold ornaments comes out to receive the homage of his sub-chiefs and people, it is a spectacular sight to watch the colorful canopies and umbrellas, the skillful drummers, dancers, horn-blowers and praise-singers at these regular festivals, held in honor of their ancestral spirits.

This evening, we will have the opportunity to visit the ancient Ejisu Ashanti Shrine, a World Heritage Site where people visit for healing, consultations on problems relating to spiritual beliefs. Witness some of the traditional practices of the Ashanti people.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Highlights :

Akwasidae Festival

Manhyia Palace Museum


DAY 7KUMASI & VICINITY

 Kumasi has quite a collection of British colonial buildings and it is the heart of the Ashanti culture. We enjoy a drive through the city with monuments dedicated to the memory of the great Ashanti people on our way to visit the Okomfo Anokye sword site, an important symbol of Ashanti unity that marks the spot where the golden stool “descended from the sky” and has been in place for 300 years.  Legend says the Ashanti kingdom would collapse should the sword ever be removed.

 We will also visit the village of Sokoban Krofrom where traditional brass casting has been the main source of income for generations. Wide selections of items ranging from beads and jewellery to traditional statues are made here. The methods used to produce these intricate brass works have not changed in centuries and during our time here we will see a demonstration of the skilled process. Return to your hotel for overnight.

 Meal(s) Included: Breakfast


DAY 8KUMASI-LAKE BOSOMTWE-ASSIN MANSO-ELMINAHighlights:

Today, we depart for yet another adventure of Coastal lands of Ghana- Elmina & Cape Coast.

En route, we will visit Lake Bosomtwe, the largest natural freshwater body in Ghana. Here you will enjoy peace and serenity and an encounter with nature.  A walk on the beach gives you the opportunity to meet and interact closely with the local fishing folks and get an insight into their way of life. Considered sacred by the Ashanti, Lake Bosomtwe is an economic and popular resort area with Ashanti people due to the opportunities for fishing, swimming and water sports.

After the relaxing activities and lunch, we continue to Elmina with a stop at Assin Manso, the burial site of two former slaves from the USA and Jamaica whose remains were re-interred in August 1998 during Ghana’s first Emancipation Day Celebration.  A visit to “the Slave River or “Donkor Nsuo” offers the chance to see the place where captured Africans were washed before being conned in the Slaves Castles to await shipment to the Americas and Caribbean.

 Arrive in Elmina late evening and check in your hotel.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Highlights : 

Lake Bosomtwe

Assin Manso Slave River


DAY 9: ELMINA & CAPE COAST

Kotokoraba” the cradle of Cape Coast. The Kotokoraba “market “is the economic hub of the region, with vibrant trading stores located around it. The market has existed for many decades and was an important trading site during the pre-independence era. It serves as a central point for all trade in the region and it is a hotspot for economic activity as most major activities in the city take place in and around the area.

This afternoon, enjoy the sights of the many colorful fishing boats bringing their daily catch into the harbor and take the opportunity to mix with the locals at the nearby market. A  short distance from the market we visit the boat builders, still building colorful fishing boats using traditional tools and methods spanning centuries

Meal (s) Included: Breakfast

Highlights :

Kotokoraba Market

Elmina Township


DAY 10 :  ELMINA & CAPE COAST CASTLES

 Today we will visit Cape Coast castle, a UNESCO world heritage site. The castle is a thought-provoking monument to a harrowing period in the region’s history. You will take an emotional journey through the castle which held more enslaved Africans than any other in the region, viewing the dungeons and the infamous “Door of no return”. There is a significant historical museum inside, which explains the history of the castle and of Cape Coast itself. You can purchase literature on Ghana’s forts and castles, as well as the cultural history and traditions of Ghana.

Next, we visit Elmina Castle another World Heritage site.

Late afternoon you will go through the “Fihankra” Fihankra is a ceremony which seeks to reconnect people of African descent, who have been lost due to the transatlantic slave trade, to the motherland. This ceremony reconnects returnees with the cultural and spiritual ties that had been denied them for centuries. The final part of Fihankra includes a naming ceremony.

 Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Highlights :

Elmina/St. George’s Castle

Cape Coast Castle


DAY 11KAKUM NATIONAL PARK- ACCRA

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel for a visit to the Kakum National Park, Ghana’s most famous parks. Take a brief walking tour on the forest floor where you will learn how our ancestors lived in the forest. See birds, butteries and perhaps catch a glimpse of the forests over 40 species of mammals including monkeys and the reclusive forest elephant. Proceed to the canopy walk. Kakum is home to Africa’s only aerial walkway through the tree canopy, 1000-foot-long and even-bridge walkway with viewing platforms that reach heights over 150 feet above the ground.

You will stop briefly at Abandze, the ancestral home of Louis Armstrong, the famous American Jazz Musician. OR Visit ‘Global Mama’s’ –an inspiring non-profit and Fair-trade organization, assisting women in Ghana to become economically independent. During this visit you can learn about the challenges and rewards of operating these economic uplifting projects. Here you can get also Crafty and participate in the traditional West African art of Batik making.

Continue to Accra arriving early evening; transfer to your hotel and check in.

Meal (s) Included: Breakfast

Highlights :

Kakum National Park

Abandze Village


DAY 12ACCRA

Today is at leisure but with the assistance of your driver and guide, decide on your excursions and activities. Time permitting, you can visit the sites in Accra and vicinity that you have not yet seen.

 

Places to consider include:

The famous Oxford Street in Osu where you can shop for unique, colorful and beautiful African wear, handcrafted jewelry, and accessories

OR

 The always bustling Makola Market, the biggest open market in Accra. This fascinating market has been compartmentalized into various sections to make bargain-hunting easier. You will have the chance to walk through this unusually busy market and event get the chance to sharpen your bargaining skills.

 This evening, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

 Meal(s) Included: Breakfast


Useful informations

Details

Minimun of 2 participants is required
Available Languages
English
Strict: Partial refund if cancellation is within 1 week of booking

Good to know

CANCELLATION POLICIES

  - Cancellation made 45 days or more prior to the start of the tour will be charged a cancellation fee of 15% of tour cost with a minimum payment of $400 per traveler.

  -  Cancellations made 44 to 30 days to the start of the tour will be charged as a cancellation fee of 20% of tour cost with a minimum payment of $475 per traveler.

   - Cancellations made 29 to 17 days prior to the tour start date will be charged a cancellation fee of 25% of tour cost with a minimum payment of $700 per traveler.

    -Cancellations made 16 days or less prior to the tour start date will be charged cancellation fee of 100% of tour cost, No refund.

  - We reserve the right to impose additional penalties as imposed by hotels and other suppliers for peak periods such as but not limited to, Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, New Year and such other periods which are high season for a particular destination or property.

 

Claims & Refund Policy

 - Except for verifiable documented extenuating circumstances, there are no refunds whatsoever, for any unused tour services, including, but not limited to, accommodations, meals, internal flights or sightseeing.

As our prices are based on contract rates, if the traveler cancels while the trip is in progress, there will not be any refund for the unused portion.


TOUR INCLUDES

         Meeting and assistance upon arrival and departure

         Roundtrip airport/hotel transfers

         Hotel accommodation in the indicated properties

         Transportation in private vehicle 

         Experienced tour guide

         Admission to listed sites

         Meals indicated

 

 

TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE

         Flight to/from Ghana (can be arranged)

         Cost of visa

         Meals not listed

         Travel Insurance

         Gratuity to driver and guide

         Personal items such as laundry, internet and telephone 


Meeting Point

Pick up at your hotel

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