Cultural and Heritage Tour of Ghana 2017

CULTURAL AND HERITAGE TOUR OF GHANA
10 DAYS/8 NIGHTS
MAY 17, 2017 – MAY 26, 2017

Ghana Cape Coast

Travel to Ghana and discover a land like no other. Take a voyage to another world with this exotic private guided adventure through Accra, Elmina, and Kumasi. Experience poignant reminders of the slave trade, friendly villages, artisan workshops, endless beaches, vibrant music and much more. You will see and experience captivating historical sites, lush forests, rolling beaches, craft workshops and awe-inspiring people. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to visit Ghana and witness the entoolment of Dr. Tracy O. Garrett (Nana Akosua Boafowaa). Make your deposit today!

Day 1 – Leave USA

Day 2 – ACCRA AND VICINITY

After breakfast there will be an orientation on Ghana’s history, culture and customs.
After orientation we begin the city tour of Accra visiting the National Museum of History and Ethnography to observe exhibits that reflect the heritage of Ghana through-out history to the present.

Visit Independence Square, Accra’s open-air ceremonial grounds where all national celebrations are held. Continue to visit the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and museum, a tribute to Ghana’s first President. This park, formally called the Polo grounds, is where Dr. Kwame Nkrumah declared the independence of Ghana.
This evening there is a welcome dinner. Tailors and dressmakers will be in attendance to take your orders.

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3 – KUMASI

After breakfast drive to Kumasi, the Capital of the Ashanti Kingdom of Gold. Drive past several scenic villages with fine examples of traditional Ghanaian building. Arrive in Kumasi by mid afternoon and proceed on a half day tour of Kumasi. Visit the Manhyia Palace Museum built in 1925 by the British to receive Asantehene (ruler of the Ashanti people) Prempeh I when he returned from exile in the Seychelles to resume residence in Kumasi. Drive past the Kumasi Central Market, the largest open-air market in West Africa, to visit the National Cultural Center which is home to Primped II Jubilee Museum. This museum was named after the former Asantehene, Nana Osei Agyeman Prempreh II. Exhibits in this museum include a replica of the famed Golden Stool, which is believed to have descended from the sky and is the spiritual symbol of unity for the Ashanti people.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast ,

Day 4 – KUMASI

After breakfast, visit the Ashanti craft villages, highlights will include:

The woodcarving village of Ahwiaa, known for the talented craftsmen who fashion royal stools, walking sticks and fertility dolls from wood. You will have the opportunity to purchase hand carved items of all kinds.

Ghana FabricsOur next stop is 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. You will learn how the black dye is made in the village from the bark of trees, and create 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. You will see the Kente weavers in process of creating Kente cloth in various styles, and have the opportunity to purchase souvenirs or gifts.

This evening visit the Kumasi Central Market (also known as Kejetia Market), the largest open-air market in West Africa, where more than 10,000 vendors sell their wares.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Day 5 – KUMASI – COMMUNITY SERVICE

An added tour attraction and once in a life time opportunity, we will depart for Bogyawe to witness the enstoolment of Dr. Tracy O. Garrett (Nana Akosua Boafowaa 1) The Aboafohemaa of Bogyawe in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.

After the entoolment we continue to the Kumasi Children’s Home – home to Children who have been abandoned by their parents.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Day 6 – KUMASI / CAPE COAST

After breakfast drive to Cape Coast with a 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. This evening go on a guided tour of The Ancient Town of Elmina through the ancient town of Elmina. At the harbor you will see the colorful fishing boats preparing to go to sea for another night’s task of fishing. This is a picture perfect opportunity for the photographers in the group.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Day 7 – CAPE COAST

This morning we will visit Cape Coast Castle and the Castle Museum for a guided tour. Cape Coast Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was one of the departure points for Africans being sent to slavery in Elmina Bay Resort the Americas. The castle is home to the infamous “Door of No Return.”

This evening attend “Return to the Homeland” ceremony called “fiankra”. This ceremony illustrates how Africans were taken from the homeland without bidding goodbye to their family. It is also an initiation rite for African returnees.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Day 8 – KAKUM NATIONAL PARK / CAPE COAST

After breakfast, visit 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, butterflies, 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.

This afternoon we will visit the Cape Coast School for the Deaf. You will be welcomed by the students with traditional cultural performance. The students at Cape Coast School for the Deaf have put their disability aside in keeping the African traditional cultural performances alive. They will excite you with African traditional drumming and dancing skills. You will have the opportunity to meet individual students.
You may make donations of school materials and other items to the students.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Day 9 – ACCRA / DEPART

After breakfast, return to Accra stop at The Village of Abandze, The Ancestral home of Louis Armstrong, the famous American jazz musician. Arrive Accra in time for last minute shopping and farewell dinner, those who ordered custom made clothing will go for fittings and adjustments. Transfer to airport for flight back home. Late evening you will be transferred to the airport for onward flight.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 10 – ARRIVE HOME – ARRIVE HOME WITH GREAT MEMORIES

Package Includes:
• International airfare from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Accra, Ghana
• Meet and Greet Welcome Dinner
• Meeting and assistance upon arrival and departure
• Roundtrip airport/hotel transfers
• Hotel accommodation in the indicated properties
• Transportation in private motor coach
• Experienced tour guide
• Admission to listed sites and events
• Meals indicated (8 breakfasts and 2 dinners)

Not included
• Cost of visa
• Meals not listed (lunches)
• Travel Insurance
• Gratuity to driver, guide and hotel staff

Hotels included in package
Golden Tulip Accra Accra (3 nights)
Golden Tulip Kumasi– Kumasi (3 nights)
Brenu Beach Resort – Cape Coast (2 nights)

RATE INFORMATION:
Rates are based on 10 persons travelling. All rates and deposits are per person. If group falls below ten (10) persons rates will be recalculated based on number of person travelling.

Double occupancy: $3365.00 Single occupancy: $3985.00 Deposit: $300 due 1/1/17 Balance due: 4/1/17
Insurance available Visa required – $160 p.p.

Deposit: Deposits accepted until sold out. $2000 per person must be on account by 2/15/17. Optional Insurance available and will provided once a deposit is received. Make checks payable to Colesville Travel. MasterCard and 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.

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS MADE BY COLESVILLE TRAVEL

Cynthia Amin-Hall
Colesville Travel, LLC
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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