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December 22 - 30, 2022

Ghana Heritage + Afrochella Optonal

Travel Back To Where It All Began!

About Ghana

The Republic of Ghana is a bustling country found in West Africa between Cote d’Ivoire, Togo and Burkina Faso, and it borders the stunning Gulf of Guinea

Ghana was the first place in sub-Saharan Africa where Europeans arrived to trade - first in gold, later in slaves. It was also the first black African nation in the region to achieve independence from a colonial power, in this instance Britain.

passport

You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel with at least 2 blank visa pages.

Visa & Vaccinations

VISA  Yes, a tourist visa is required. You can apply for an eVisa here https://ghanaembassydc.org/

Vaccination Proof of Yellow Fever vaccination is required upon arrival in Ghana for anyone over nine months of age.

Money

The Ghanaian Cedi is the currency of Ghana.  Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Ghana, especially at large hotels and restaurants. Visa cards have wider acceptance, followed by Mastercard and American Express

weather

Ghana has a tropical climate with daily temperatures ranging between 25 and 35 degrees Celsius (77 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit

power

In Ghana the power plugs and sockets are of type D and G. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz

Tour Summary

While in Ghana we will explore our ancestral history while experiencing some authentic culture!

 

Visit Accra, Kumasi, and Elmina/Cape Coast!

WHAT'S INCLUDED

WHAT'S EXCLUDED

Duration: 9-days / 8-nights

Dates: December 22 - 30, 2022

Accommodations 

  • 7 nights of accommodations

  • All prices are per person based on double occupancy

  • 4 nights hotel in Accra

  • 2 nights hotel in Kumasi

  • 3 nights hotel in Cape Coast

 

Transportation

  • Round trip airport transfers to/from hotel

  • Local English-speaking tour guide 

  • Tour via private vehicle

 

Experiences

  • Welcome Dinner

  • Accra City Tour

  • Visit Ashanti Village

  • Visit Cape Coast & Elmina Castle

  • Visit Kakum National Park

  • Visit African Craft & Food Markets

  • Experience Authenticate Meals

  • Experience a Naming Ceremony

  • Experience bead making

  • Create an adinkra cloth

  • Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Black Leisure Travel Thank You Gift

 

Costs

  • All entrance fees to sites/experiences noted in itinerary

  • All service charges and taxes

  • International Airfare

  • Entry visa

  • Passport fees, immunization costs, and local departure taxes (when applicable)

  • Early check-in or late check-out fr om hotels (unless otherwise specified)

  • Travel insurance, which we offer and can be purchased after you’ve booked your tour

  • Additional sightseeing, activities and experiences outside of your itinerary

  • Optional enhancements like room or flight upgrades, or local camera or video fees

  • Personal charges or expenses such as laundry, phone calls, SIM cards or room service

  • Tips for services and experiences

  • Beverage(s) during meals

  • Meals except where noted.

 

EXTRA AND OPTIONS

 

Suggested Gratuities

  • Tour Guide ($10-$20 per day)

  • Driver ($5-$10 per day)

  • Waiters/waitress ($2 per person)

 

Optional Trip Extension

  • NYE Afrochella Extension - 2 additional nights

  • December 30th - January 1, 2023

Optional Activities

  • Hot Air Balloon

  • Spa Treatments

Why Wait?  If You Are Ready To Take This Journey Then Click on Book Now!

Tour Summary

DAY 1

Arrival Day Akwaaba! Welcome to Ghana. Africa is special and over the coming days your senses will go into overload with experiences that will help cement your connection to your culture and heritage. Your guide and driver will meet you on your arrival at the Kotoka International Airport Accra to transport you to your hotel.

DAY 2

Your first full day in Ghana.  After breakfast an exciting day lies ahead as we set off for our tour of Accra visiting National Museum, Black Star Gate, Independence Square, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and James Town.

 

When we break for lunch you will be taken to a local restaurant serving a selection of West African and continental dishes. There will also be time to visit some of the surrounding markets that have beautiful African fabrics for sale, and you can arrange to have custom clothes made from a wide selection of designs.

DAY 3

We check out of our hotel after breakfast and set off Northwards towards the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Our journey today will take us into the beautiful Akuapem Hills, however before we head out of this bustling city, we visit TK beads, experts in making beautiful African beads using traditional methods.

 

Our journey continues, to the Aburi botanical gardens, set in a beautiful location that were founded by the British in 1890. A short distance from the gardens we find the relaxed and friendly Aburi craft village, where traditional African drums, sculptures and other crafts have been carved for generations. Our lunch will be taken in the Eastern Region of Ghana before we continue our journey to Kumasi arriving in the early evening.

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DAY 4

After a well-deserved relaxing breakfast this morning, a day of exploring culture and history awaits you as we set off to explore Kumasi, heading to the Manhyia Palace, home of the Asantehene, King of the Ashanti's and ruler of the Asanteman Kingdom.

 

After the Palace Museum we visit a wonderful craft market here and during our leisurely tour we can visit the Prempeh II Jubilee museum which offers an excellent overview of Ashanti history and houses some wonderful ancient artifacts.

 

A short distance from the palace is Kejetia gives you a wonderful opportunity to experience everyday life and pick up a few bargain souvenirs.

DAY 5

A morning visit to the last material remains of the great Asante Empire as we visit the traditional Asante buildings that are now recognized as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

 

We continue our journey through Ashanti history by visiting the traditional villages of Adanwomasie the birthplace of Ghana's rich colorful Kente cloth and Ntonso where adinkra cloth and symbols originate. You will have the option to make your own strip of adinkra cloth using symbols with personal significance. 

 

After lunch we visit the village of Sokoban Krofrom where traditional brass casting has been the main source of income for the community for generations

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DAY 6

This morning you will have a leisurely breakfast before setting off Southwards to Elmina in the central region of Ghana.  An emotional stop at Assin Manso will be made; this a prominent town along the enslaved African trade route where so many of our ancestors from the northern parts of Ghana, Burkina Faso and Niger were marched bare foot in shackles heading towards the coast. 

 

Our afternoon will be spent dedicated to honoring our ancestors at arguably the most significant edifice remaining along the West African coastline…Cape Coast Castle. Time will be spent on this spiritual journey visiting all corners of this castle that kept more enslaved Africans captive than any other in West Africa and led through the infamous "Door of no return" to waiting ships.

DAY 7

An action-packed day lies ahead and an early start for us as we enjoy the sunrise and our breakfast on arguably Ghana's finest beach front location. Africa's world-famous rainforest canopy walkway awaits us as we set off to Kakum National Park which is a semi-deciduous upper guinea rainforest. This is an incredibly beautiful, tropical guinea rainforest and the canopy walkway is sure to be one of the highlights of your time.  The walkway consists of 7 bridges, attached to 7 emerging trees, 40 metres above the rainforest floor. Prepare to take a deep breath as you walk the suspended bridges.

 

After lunch we set off for your official Naming ceremony by visiting a local village to pay a courtesy call on the chiefs, queen mothers and community elders. As tradition dictates, they start with the pouring of libation to officially welcome you home, to the land your ancestors and celebrate the what possibly would have been your actual name if you were born in Ghana and has an emotional attachment to many when they receive them. A major highlight of your time here, after an afternoon of celebrations we return to your hotel to relax.

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DAY 8

A relaxing morning enjoying the facilities of our accommodation, maybe go for a swim, relax on the beach, or just enjoy our final morning at this beautiful location. Prior to lunch we will freshen up and re-pack our bags, your guide and driver will collect them from your room and bring them to our vehicle to load. Before setting off back to Accra we enjoy our lunch overlooking the beautiful Gold Coast of West Africa.

 

During our time in Elmina town, we visit the Castle of St. George, the oldest extant colonial building in sub-Saharan Africa, dating from 1482. This castle is steeped in history and played a prominent part during the tragic, transatlantic slave trade era.  After a tour we visit the local fishing market and walk the short distance to visit the boat builders in this community.

Our journey continues and on arrival back in Ghana's capital Accra, we check into our accommodation with your final evening here in Ghana free time to relax or hit the town

DAY 9

After a leisurely breakfast we will set off on our final city tour of Accra, our first visit this morning will be the DuBois Center. This is the final burial place and former home of the prominent American Pan-Africanist Dr William W Burghardt DuBois.  Next, we visit the Artist Alliance Gallery on the beach front in Accra to experience traditional and contemporary art and artifacts ranging from paintings, carvings, furniture, jewelry, fabrics, and photography from all of Ghana and our neighboring countries.  Time for some last-minute shopping in Accra as we head to the Accra Mall giving you an insight into modern day Ghana.

Our early evening meal will be taken at a locally owned restaurant serving an excellent selection of local and international dishes before we head to the airport for our departure home!

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Afrochella

Optional 2-night

Extension

The El Wak Stadium in Accra will be buzzing with Ghana's best artists from a wide range of music including Hiplife, Ragga and many more. Some of the best DJ's from all over the country and continent will also be on hand to ensure we keep moving to the beat.

 

A captivating experience in the heart of West Africa, you can also enjoy the many artists, fashion outlets and traditional cuisine during an epic day in Ghana's capital.

Flexible Payment Options

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AIR + LAND PACKAGE - INCLUDES FLIGHT FROM NEW YORK

SINGLE: $7,899 per person   |   DOUBLE: $5,899 per person

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SINGLE: $6,799 per person   |   DOUBLE: $4,799 per person

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Reserve Your

Ghana Heritage + NYE Afrochella Spot Now!

AIR + LAND PACKAGE - INCLUDES FLIGHT FROM NEW YORK

SINGLE: $8,899 per person   |   DOUBLE: $6,899 per person

LAND ONLY - NO FLIGHT FROM NEW YORK

SINGLE: $7,799 per person   |   DOUBLE: $5,799 per person

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