Historic Tour of Egypt and Ghana

Historic Tour of Egypt and Ghana
10 Days/9 Nights
May 17 – 26, 2019

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

Day 1: Friday, May 17 – Depart USA

Day 2: Saturday, May 18
Arrive in Cairo, Egypt. Meet tour assistant and transfer to the hotel.
This evening, enjoy on a Nile Cruise and enjoy an Egyptian buffet dinner and cultural performance. After the cruise return to your hotel.
Meal(s) Included: Dinner
Hotel: Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa

Day 3: Sunday, May 19 – Cairo
After breakfast go on a full day tour of the Giza Pyramids, Memphis and Saqqara. We will visit the towering pyramids, the ruins of Memphis in the village of Mit Rahina, and the Saqqara Necropolis, where the step pyramid of Zoser stands. After lunch return to the hotel where you will have the rest of the day to relax or pursue other activities.|
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa

Day 4 – Monday, May 20 – Cairo
After breakfast enjoy a Full Day tour of Cairo including the Cairo Museum, in Tahreer Square. The museum is the house of magnificent ancient Egyptian Antiquities from different periods throughout the ancient Egyptian history, including the magnificent treasure of King Tutankhamen, whose tomb was recently discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter, and all his treasures had been moved to this museum along with the famous 11 kg mask of gold. After lunch head to the citadel of Salah al Deen and visit Mohamed Ali Mosque followed by a visit to the oldest Bazar in Africa (Khan El Kalili Bazaar)
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa

Day 5 – Tuesday, May 21 – Cairo/Ghana
Your flight departs from Cairo early morning for Accra. Arrive in Accra early afternoon. You will be met, assisted and transferred to your hotel, where you have the evening to your leisure.
COST OF FLIGHT WILL BE INCLUDED
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast
Hotel: Accra City Center Hotel

Day 6 – Wednesday, May 22 – Accra
After breakfast go on a full day tour of Accra highlights will include:
• Independence Square, 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.
• 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.
• “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
Hotel: Accra City Center Hotel

Day 7 – Thursday, May 23 – Accra/Cape Coast
Travel to Cape Coast in Ghana’s historic Central Region. En-route you will stop at Assin Manso, the burial site of two former slaves from the U.S. and Jamaica whose remains were re-interred in August 1998 during Ghana’s first Emancipation Day Celebration. You will see the “Slave River” where captured Africans were washed before being confined in the Slave Castles to await shipment to the Americas and the Caribbean. Continue to Cape Coast where the evening is at leisure.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel: Coconut Grove Beach Resort

Day 8 – Friday, May 24 – Cape Coast/Elmina
“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 pre­ independence era. It serves as a central point for all trade in the region and it is hotspot for economic activity as most major activities in the city takes 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, Dinner
Hotel: Coconut Grove Beach Resort

Day 9 – Saturday, May 25 – Cape Coast
Early morning drive to Kakum National Park, one of West Africa’s surviving tropical rain forests. 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.

Choose between a 2 km nature walk through this forest to discover the wide variety of exotic floral species and the medicinal values they offer or take a walk on the canopy walkway. This afternoon we will visit Cape Coast Castle which also houses the West African Historical Museum established by the Smithsonian Institute in Coconut Grove Beach Resort collaboration with the Ghanaian Government in 1994. Cape Coast Castle is another restored UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Castle was one of the embarkation points for Africans being shipped to slavery in the Americas. Cape Coast was the capitol of Ghana during the Colonial Era
Meal(s): Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel: Coconut Grove Beach Resort

Day 10 – Sunday, May 26 – Cape Coast/Accra/Depart
After breakfast, you will return to Accra. Enjoy a day at leisure for shopping until you are transferred to the airport for your return flight home.
Depart Ghana with fond memories of your journey.
Meal(s): Included: Breakfast

Package Includes:
Hotels as indicated in the itinerary – 4 star
Breakfast daily. 2 lunches, 7 dinners,
Meals as included in itinerary
Meeting and assistance upon arrival and departure
Roundtrip airport/hotel transfers
Transportation in private motor coach
Experienced tour guide
Admission to listed sites and events

Not included
Cost of visa
Travel Insurance (will be provided)
Gratuity to driver, guide and hotel staff

Hotels included in package:
Egypt – Cairo (May 18 – 21) – Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa
Ghana – Accra (May 21 – 23) – Accra City Center Hotel
Ghana – Gold Coast (May 23 – 26) – Coconut Grove Beach Resort

VISA INFO: US citizens must have a valid passport and a visa to travel to Ghana. … In addition to a visa, travelers to Ghana should make sure their passports have 6 months of validity after the planned date of departure from Ghana and a blank visa page for the entry and exit stamp. The cost of the visa is $160.

RATE AND DEPOSIT INFORMATION:

Airfare to Egypt and Ghana – airfare will be provided shortly
Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance quote will be provided once your registration form and deposit is received.

Airfare from Washington, DC

Rate includes airfare from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Cairo, Egypt
Cairo, Egypt to Accra, Ghana
Accra, Ghana to Washington, Dulles
Airfare from other cities can be arranged
Rate per person:  $1485 per person

Land package rates:  (land only rates)

Single occupancy:  $3330 (single) 
Double occupancy: $2670 (based on 2 persons in the room)

Airfare and land package rates: 

Single occupancy:  $4815 per person based on single occupancy
Double occupancy:  $4155 per person based on double occupancy

Deposit information:  

Deposit:  $200 due by 7/1/18 to confirm hotel and tours. Deposits accepted until sold out.  

Balance due:  3/15/19.  Deposits accepted until sold out.  Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.  Deposits can be made in any amounts as long as balance is paid on time.  Suggested payment schedule $500 per month.  Insurance quote will be provided once registration form is received. Make checks payable to Colesville Travel.  MasterCard, Visa accepted.  Returned checks subject to $30 fee. Deposits are nonrefundable and nontransferable.  Not included: tips for driver and tour guides, items of a personal nature. Passport, yellow fever immunization and visa required. Passport must be valid for 6 months past departure date. 

ALL TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS MADE BY COLESVILLE TRAVEL

Cynthia Amin-Hall
P.O. Box 4844
Silver Spring, MD 20914
Phone: 301.989.1654
Fax: 301.989-8473
Email: cindy@colesvilletravel.com
Website: www.colesvilletravel.com

 

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