Traveling – US departure city
Akwaaba – Welcome
On arrival at Kotoka International Airport in Accra, you will be met by your local tour guide for the transfer to the hotel. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner that will include orientation and entertainment. Professional tailors will also be on site for those interested in custom made traditional outfits. (Meals Included: Welcome Dinner)
Featured guests include Gracey Amey Obeng and the GAOFI board
Fiesta Royale (2 Nights)
Fiesta Royale Hotel raises the bar for business and leisure accommodation in Ghana by combining affordable luxury and modern facilities. Located only five minutes away from Ghana’s main airport, the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, and 15 minutes away from the Accra city centre, Fiesta Royale Hotel is the hotel of choice for the discerning traveler. The hotel has 100 luxuriously appointed and elegant rooms with contemporary decor. These include 10 chalets, and all the facilities you would expect from a first class hotel, such as swimming pool, a gym, business centre, conference rooms etc. Whatever your idea of indulgence, Fiesta Royale offers an unrivaled combination of hospitality, delightful amenities, efficient service and modern luxury.
Accra City Tour & African Cooking Class
After breakfast, you will be met by your guide for a city tour of Accra. There will be a radio interview at one of the prestigious stations. You will drive through the administrative and economic districts of Accra, the capital of Ghana. This 139-year-old city has a blend of colonial and modern architecture that summarize her history. This refers us to the Christiansburg Castle in Osu, which originally belonged to the Danish before been sold to the Dutch. You will visit the W. E. B. Dubois Centre for Pan African Culture, Independence/ Black Star Square and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. Then again, continue your tour in visiting the Arts Centre where you will have an opportunity to use your bargaining skills to shop from an open-air market for artefacts from Ghana and West Africa. Later in the day enjoy an African cooking meal with a professional chef
Overnight stay at Fiesta Royal Hotel (Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner)
Kakum National Park & Cape Coast Castle
After breakfast, check out of your hotel in Accra and drive to Cape Coast in the Central Region of Ghana; with a stop at Kakum National Park; one of West Africa’s surviving tropical rainforests. This provides an unforgettable “Jungle” experience amidst the tropical vegetation and wildlife. Extending over 360sq km, Kakum is the home to over 40 large mammals and 400 bird species as well as many species of butterflies, flora and fauna. The most popular attraction is the Canopy walkway which is made up of seven bridges extending 330m, hanging 30m (100 feet) above the forest floor. Enjoy a 2 km nature walk through this forest to discover the wide variety of exotic floral species and the medicinal values they offer.
After lunch, embark on a tour of the infamous Forts, Castles and Slave Dungeons of Ghana. History will unfold the story of the slave trade which the impact is still felt beyond the shores of Africa today. Visit the Cape Coast Castle built by the Swedes in 1653 and was later taken over by the British. This castle also houses the West African Historical Museum established by the Smithsonian Institute in collaboration with the Ghanaian Government in 1994. (Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch- Rainforest Lodge)
At the end of the day, depart for the small village called Atomkwa for an overnight village experience. This experience will be accompanied by a bonfire with old folk tales of the local communities by the elders and/or chief of the village.
Elmina Castle & Elmina Walking Tour
Devote this day to visiting the Elmina Castle built by the Portuguese in 1482 and is also known as St. George’s Castle. This castle was the first European structure built in Sub – Saharan Africa. The colourful harbour nestled below the Elmina Castle, full of pirogues preparing to go to sea offers one of West Africa’s greatest photo opportunities. At Elmina Castle, you will enjoy a brief “Door of Return” ceremony elaborated below.
DOOR OF NO RETURN
During the days of the slave trade, the door from which slaves exited the holding fort was known as the “Door of No Return”. It was known to all who passed through this door that they would never again see their homeland. There is a movement to now extend “Door of Return” ceremonies to our returning Diaspora. This is a ceremony where you are recognized as a descendant of an ancestor who passed through this door and are now returning, through this same door, to a homeland you have never known.
After lunch on your own, embark on a guided walking tour of Elmina, which was the first point of European contact in Sub-Saharan Africa. It was once the most cosmopolitan city in Tropical Africa. Climb the Jago Hill to Fort Saint Jargo, which was used by the Dutch as a post to snatch the Elmina Castle from the Portuguese. You will be thrilled by the various Colonial Dutch Cemeteries as well as the colourful Asafo (Fante Traditional Soldiers) Posts with their philosophical symbols. Overnight stay at Elmina Bay Resort (1 Night)
Elmina Bay is a fairly new hotel in the Cape Coast and Elmina area in the heart of the historic Central Region of Ghana. The resort, about 10 minutes drive from Elmina and 25 minutes from Cape Coast, is located on a beautiful, clean, palm-fringed beach, with cool and clean sea water great for bathing.
Later in the day, continue to Elmina Castle – another World Heritage site. Attend a Memorial service for family members & friends all are requested to wear white – Time to be advised. Overnight: Elmina Bay Resort
(Meals Included: Breakfast, Cup Cakes, and Dinner)
Elmina – Assin Manso – Kumasi
After breakfast, check out of your hotel. Enroute visit Assin Manso, the site of “Donkor Nsuo”, the former Slave River and market, as well as the final transit point for a large number of enslaved Africans. This is the final resting place for two ancestors whose mortal remains were returned from the USA and Jamaica. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant on your own then drive through the forest zone to Kumasi. Check in to your hotel and relax
(Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner) Overnight at Golden Tulip Kumasi (2 Nights) Welcome to the Golden Tulip Kumasi City! This remarkable hotel, the Golden Tulip Kumasi City is a first class African style business hotel set in extensive tropical gardens in the central business district of the Ashanti regional capital in Kumasi. This elegant hotel has 160 luxuriously furnished air-conditioned rooms with a variety of lodging accommodation like apartments, suites, executive, deluxe, superior and standard rooms. Our restaurant also offers a la carte style menu and buffets with international standards and local flavour. The hotel is equipped with facilities such as a forex bureau, lounge bar, Drive VIP bar, swimming pool, tennis courts, a shop and casino.
Kumasi City Tour & Ashanti Craft Village
After breakfast, explore the legends of the famous Ashantis, Kumasi where you will visit Manhyia Palace Museum, to obtain firsthand information on the legacies of the Ashanti kingdom. A regal history that dates back to 1700 is told with relics and artefacts. Enjoy a drive through the city with monuments dedicated to the memory of the great Ashanti people.
Afterwards, make your way to the National Cultural Centre which features the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum and various studios of the brass makers, potters and batik makers. Later in the day, depart for Ahwiaa, the wood carvers’ village, Ntonso, the home of Adinkra cloth, and Bonwire, the Kente weaving village. Here, you will have an opportunity to see how African crafts are made and to buy directly from the artisans who make them.
Later in the day, continue on to the Okomfo Anokye Sword, 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
(Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner)
Kumasi – Torgorme Naming Ceremony
Check out of your hotel and depart for a scenic drive to a beautiful village located on the lower course of the splendid Volta River. You will have the opportunity to pay a courtesy call on the paramount chief and elders amidst traditional drumming and dancing by the villages and also participate in a naming ceremony, where you will be given a traditional African name. Sleep over in Akosombo.(Meals Included: Breakfast)
Volta Hotel (1 Night) – The natural beauty and tranquillity of this location is the view from each of the 35 elegant rooms of Volta Hotel. Also, the hotel has 4 suites and a private villa – originally built to accommodate Ghana’s first president Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, while he supervised the construction of the Akosombo Hydro Electric Dam, nestled in a beautiful ecological environment overlooking the world’s second largest man-made lake, the Volta Lake. The hotel, as part of its recreational facilities has a large outdoor swimming pool, a double tennis court, table tennis and two cruise boats.
Akosombo – Accra Volunteer Project GAOFI
Early morning departure as you check out of your hotel in Akosombo and depart for Accra for your volunteer project. The Day is dedicated to volunteering with the girls of the GAOFI Tutsi project – Grace Amey Obeng Foundation. There will also be a radio interview at one of the prestigious stations. At the end of the day you will also be having a dinner at +233 where you will dance the night away to some live music.
GAOFI was founded in 2007 by CEO of FC Group of Companies, Mrs. Grace Amey-Obeng, a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist. Their goal is to assist vulnerable young girls who sell sex through education and skill development. In the past, GAOFI embarked on an initiative to equip young girls who sell sex with vocational skills in the area of beauty therapy at the FC Beauty College. Though successful, there is the need to completely prevent young girls from resorting to sex for money as a source of livelihood hence, the new and exciting “Tutsi” initiative. (Meals Included: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner)
DAY 10 Sat 10 Feb, 2018
Accra – Evening Departure for US
The morning will be for last minute shopping at the Arts Centre Market. Evening transfer to the airport for your onward flight back home.
(Meals Included: Breakfast)
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