OVERVIEW:

Explorer the rich culture and history of Gold Coast (Ghana) as you journey your way through the solemn re-enactment of the slave passage through the “Door of No Return”. Learn about its struggle for Independence, pay a courtesy call at a Chief’s Palace and meet and interact with its hospitable people.


DAY 1                        ARRIVE IN ACCRA

Arrive at Accra Airport

Meet, assist and transfer to your hotel

Welcome dinner in your hotel

Lodging: hotel in Accra

Meals:  D


DAY 2                        ACCRA CITY TOUR

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Breakfast

Brief orientation by Sunseekers Tours staff.

Depart for a full day city tour of Accra visiting the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and Park, final resting place of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana. Continue to the National Museum of History and Ethnography. This Museum houses a varied collection of Ghanaian artifacts.  Visit W.E.B. Du Bois Center for a lecture on Pan Africanism and culture; it has a research library and a gallery full of manuscripts.

Lunch at a local restaurant (on own account).

Drive past the Independence Arch and Black Star Square, Accra’s ceremonial grounds.  View from a distance the Christiansburg Castle which until recently was the official residence of the President of Ghana. Continue to the National Art and Cultural Center for shopping, view a varied collection of Ghanaian hand-crafted items on sale. You may try out your bargaining skills with the local vendors.

Return to hotel

Dinner                                                                                               

Lodging:hotel in Accra

Meals: B/D


DAY 3                        ACCRA — KUMASI

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Breakfast and hotel checkout.

Depart Accra for Kumasi. Drive past several scenic villages and charming towns with long stretchesof lush green vegetation. Stop en route at a typical cocoa farming community, to pay a courtesy call on the Chief and his elders. This would provide a unique opportunity to see traditional cultural performance and to meet and interact with the people. Learn more about village life in Ghana and share experiences.

Lunch at a local restaurant (on own account).

After lunch, continue to Kumasi, the hub of the ancient kingdom of the Ashantis.

Visit the Manhyia Palace – residence of the Ashanti King and the Palace

Museum, as well as the National Cultural Centre, Prempeh II Jubilee Museum and the Kumasi Central Market – the largest open-air market in West Africa.

Check into your hotel.

Dinner

Lodging:hotel in Kumasi

Meals: B/D


DAY 4                        ASHANTI CRAFT VILLAGES — ELMINA

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Breakfast.

Depart after breakfast to visit a few Ashanti craft villages including, Anhwiaa – the woodcarvers’ village specializing in carving of such items as Ashanti stools, fertility dolls and walking sticks and Ntonso, noted for indigenous artisans whose expertise lie in Adinkra textile printing using traditional symbols that express the spiritual, moral, political and socio-cultural philosophies of the Akan people. In the Ntonso Adinkra village you will be able to try your hands at creating your own designs. From here we will visit Bonwire, famous for their kente cloth production, where you will have the opportunity to observe weavers exhibiting their age-old skills in producing intricate designs of the kente. From of old, specially designed patterns are made as one-offs for the exclusive use of Ashanti kings; NO ONE replicates the pattern.

Lunch (on own account).

Dinner

Lodging: hotel in Kumasi

Meals:  B/D


DAY 5                        ELMINA — DAY AT LEISURE AND NAMING CEREMONY

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Breakfast and hotel checkout

Depart Kumasi after breakfast to the Central Region. Note the change in    vegetation from forest to coastal shrub as you journey southwards across the River Prah

Lunch(own account)

After lunch participate in a traditional Ghanaian naming ceremony. Participants will be given Ghanaian names with attributes. It would be interesting to compare your given attributes with who you are today.

Evening           Dinner at One Africa, a restaurant owned by an African American family who have relocated to Ghana. After dinner, visit the family’s Historical Diaspora Museum toexperience a display African people in the diaspora and on the continent.

Enjoy a selection of poetry by “The Last Poets,” the original rappers; re-visit the horrific period of Italy’s war crimes against Ethiopia, the one African nation that was never colonized; witness firsthand the truth of the Africanpresence in the Bible.

Check into your hotel

Lodging: hotel in Elmina

Meals: B/D


DAY 6                        MEMORIAL AT ELMINA CASTLE, REVERENTIAL NIGHT

This morning you will visit Elmina Castle, built by the Portuguese in 1482 and originally known as St. George’s Castle. This castle was the first European structure built in Sub-Saharan Africa. Explore the grounds and rooms full of haunting history. Stroll down to the beach for a memorial ceremony where each participant will throw bread into the waters in remembrance of ancestors. A wreath with a candle is solemnly cast out to sea as a respectful moment of silence is observed in remembrance of those who died in the Middle Passage.

Lunch (own account)

After lunch, savor a walking tour of Elmina. The rich history of this ancient town is captured in its buildings, evidence of the people’s interaction with foreigners. Visit the colorful Asafo houses where warriors camped to prepare mentally and spiritually before going to war. They showcase a wonderful example of the functionality of art in the daily life of the African.

Dinner

Participate in a “Reverential Night.” There will be a candle light procession and a vigil in memory of the Africans who died during the slave trade. There will also be a solemn re-enactment of the slave passage through the “Door of No Return,” followed by a midnight declaration of Emancipation Day.

Lodging: hotel in Elmina

Meals: B/D


DAY 7           EMANCIPATION DURBAR AT ASSIN MANSO

Breakfast.

Follow the former slave route from Elmina to Assin Manso. This was the final transit point for enslaved Africans before being shipped off to the New World. See the slave dungeons as well as the final resting place for two ancestors whose remains were returned from the USA and Jamaica and re-interred in Ghana.

The Emancipation Day Celebration is opened with a grand durbar of traditional chiefs and people of the Central Region. Witness this colorful and spectacular event showcasing the pomp and pageantry of Ghana’s traditional rulers, clad in rich kente and adorned in glittering gold jewelry. Dance in rhythm to the beat of the fontomfrom drums.

Return to your hotel for farewell dinner.

Lodging: hotel in Elmina

Meals: B/D


DAY 8                        ELMINA — ACCRA, DEPARTURE      

Breakfast

Day at leisure for last minute shopping and packing.

Check out at 12:00noon.

Evening:         Transfer to airport for departure                                                                                 B

 

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Meet, assist and transfer to your hotel with welcome dinner on arrival
  • Brief orientation by tour operator with a full day city tour
  • Pay a courtesy call at a Chief’s Palace and stop at the land of history, culture and gold.
  • Day at leisure and get your own local Ghanaian names.
  • Participate in the candle light procession and emancipation memorial held in Elmina
  • Grand durbar of the Emancipation Day Celebration.
 

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