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Historical & Cultural Tour of Ghana, 12 Days
 
Historical & Cultural Tour of Ghana, 12 Days

Ghana (Accra, Elmina, Cape Coast, Kumasi, Busua Beach, Nzulezo Village)
Day 1: Arrive in Accra, Ghana
Upon arrival in Accra – you will be met assisted and transferred to your hotel.
This evening there will be a welcome dinner and orientation including a lecture/discussion on
Ghanaian history, culture and customs. Tailors and dressmakers will be in attendance for those
interested in custom made African outts
Meal(s) Included: Dinner
Overnight at Accra City Hotel
Day 2: Accra
After breakfast go on a full day tour of Accra highlights will include:
 Independence Square, see the enclosed ame of African liberation, which was lit by Dr. Kwame
Nkrumah in 1961.
 The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, nal resting place of Ghana’s rst 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.
 James Town—one of Accra’s most historic neighborhoods, where history resides on every corner.
Best known for its lighthouses (the rst 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.
 “Brazil House” 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, Dinner
Overnight at Accra City Hotel
Day 3: Accra/ Kumasi
After breakfast drive to Kumasi – the capital of the Ashanti Kingdom with a stop at Krobo to visit
Cedi’s Beads Factory to observe the intriguing bead making process. Watch the centuries old
process of bead making from start to nish. Arrive in Kumasi by late afternoon and check into your
hotel.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Noda
Day 4: KUMASI
After Breakfast, Visit The Ashanti Craft Villages visit
 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.
 The Village Of Ntonso Where Artisan’s 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 Adinkra Cloth
Handmade In The Village.
 Our Final Village Is Bonwire, Where The Famous Kente Cloth Is Handmade On Looms In A
Time-Honored Tradition Passed Down Through Generations. See The Kente Weavers In The
Process Of Creating Kente Cloth In Various Styles, And Have The Opportunity To Make Purchases.
This Evening Visit The Kumasi Central Market, The Largest Open-Air Market In West Africa, Where
More Than 10,000 Vendors Selling Their Wares.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Noda
Day 5: KUMASI – AKWISIDAE FESTIVAL
After breakfast visit Manhiya Palace, ofcial residence of Ashanti Kings (Asantehene) until 1974,
now a museum containing treasured items relating to the Ashanti Kingdom.
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.
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.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Noda
Day 6: KUMASI to BUSUA BEACH
After breakfast drive to Busua Beach a stop at Assin Manso, the burial site of two former slaves
from the America’s and Jamaica, visit the “Slave River” where captured Africans were washed
before being conned in the Slave Castles to await shipment to the Americas and the Caribbean.
Arrive Busua Beach in time for lunch. Afternoon at leisure.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Planters Lodge
Day 7: Nzulezo Village on Stilts/ Cape Coast
After breakfast visit Nzulezu, a traditional African village built entirely on stilts on Lake Amazuri.
Upon arrival at the sleepy town of Beyin board a canoe travel through channels encased on both
sides by marsh and palm thickets that open to Lake Amazuri. Upon arrival at the village, interact
with the villagers and hear their story of how their Ancestors came to settle on the lake. In late
afternoon drive to Cape Coast for overnight.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Elmina Beach Resort
Day 8: CAPE COAST
Morning at leisure.
In the afternoon go on a Tour of the town of Elmina continue on to the village of Mesomagor.
Enjoy a musical performance by the Bamboo Orchestra at their musical best. The youth at the
village have revived a traditional art, by performing with bamboo percussion instruments to music
and dance. This is a contagious dance performance not seen anywhere else.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Elmina Beach Resort
Day 9: ELMINA & CAPE COAST CASTLE
Tour of Cape Coast Castle and the Castle Museum, Cape Coast Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage
Site, one of the departure points for Africans being sent to slavery in the Americas. The castle is
home to the “Door of No Return”. Continue on to Elmina Castle another World Heritage site. Attend
a commemorative ceremony in the Cape Coast Castle Dungeons plus a naming ceremony– ALL
ARE REQUESTED TO WEAR WHITE.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Elmina Beach Resort
Day 10: CAPE COAST
Spend the morning at The Human Service Trust Orphanage in Cape Coast; travelers can bring
books; crayons or toys for the kids. Afternoon at leisure – enjoy time at the beach
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Elmina Beach Resort
Day 11: KAKUM NATIONAL PARK – ACCRA
After breakfast visit Kakum National Park, Ghana’s most famous parks. Take a brief walking tour on
the forest oor 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, a 1000 foot long and seven-bridge walkway with viewing
platforms that reach heights of over 150 feet above ground. Return to Accra stop at the village of
Abandze, the ancestral home of Louis Armstrong, the famous American jazz musician. Those who
ordered custom made traditional outts will go for tting and adjustments
FAREWELL DINNER
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Accra City Hotel
Day 12: ACCRA/DEPART
With the assistance of your driver and guide, decide on your excursions and activities.
You will be transferred to the airport for your onward ight.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast
ARRIVE HOME WITH PLEASANT MEMORIES
 
 
 
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