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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Depart from Dulles International Airport via South African Airways 210 at 5:40 p.m.
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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Akwaaba Arrival

Arrive in Accra, Ghana at 7:40 a.m. You will be met at the airport by our Representatives and transferred from airport to your hotel. Check into Coconut Grove Regency and relax. Welcome drink and orientation.

Coconut Grove Regency (2 nights)

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Accra City Tour

Depart after breakfast for a sightseeing city tour of Accra. You will drive through the administrative and economic districts of Accra, the capital of Ghana. This 137-year-old city has a blend of colonial and modern architecture that summarize her history. You will visit the W. E. B. Dubois Center for Pan African Culture, Independence/ Black Star Square and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. Visit La Teshie, a suburb of Accra to see the shop of a coffin maker. Ghana is known for its artistry and creativity in coffin design that tells a story. End your tour at the Arts Centre where you will have an opportunity to use your bargaining skills to shop from an open air market for art and artefacts from Ghana and West Africa.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Elmina and Cape Coast Castle

After breakfast depart for Elmina Castle, built by the Portuguese in 1482 and known as St. George’s Castle. This castle was the first European structure built in Sub – Saharan Africa. View 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. Then embark on a tour of the infamous Forts, Castles and Slave Dungeons of Ghana at the Cape Coast Castle. History will unfold the story of the slave trade, the impact of which is still felt beyond the shores of Africa today.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Kakum National Park and Posuban Shrine

After breakfast depart for Kakum National Park. Drive through the historic Denkyira Kingdom in route 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 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. Enjoy a pleasurable lunch then visit the Posuban Military Shrine, where the Asafo companies (Fanti traditional soldiers) prepare spiritually for war. These shrines are wonderful examples of how art is used in the daily lives of Ghanaians. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Asanteman (Ashanti Empire)

Check out of your hotel and depart for a drive on the former slave route to Assin Manso. Visit the site of “Donkor Nsuo” (the former Slave River and market), the final transit point for enslaved Africans. This is the final resting place of two ancestors whose mortal remains were returned from the USA and Jamaica and re-interred in Ghana. Continue the drive further north to Kumasi, the seat of the legendary Ashanti Empire. After lunch, visit Manhyia Palace Museum, to obtain firsthand information on the legacies of the Ashanti Kingdom. The Ashanti’s have a famously regal history which dates back to 1700 and is evidenced by extraordinary relics and artifacts. Enjoy a drive through the city of Kumasi and see the many monuments dedicated to the memory of great Ashanti people. End the day’s tour at the National Cultural Center which features the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum and is home to the dazzling studios of traditional potters, brass and batik makers. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Miklin Hotel Kumasi (1 night)

Miklin Kumasi located in the heart of 60 rooms with excellent facilities. It includes a large events center, huge pool bar and restuarant. The hotel seeks to provide a real welcome away from home for guests.

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Ashanti Craft Village

After breakfast, spend the day devoted to visiting the three famous Ashanti craft villages. After breakfast depart for Ahwiaa, the wood carvers’ village, Ntonso, the home of Adinkra cloth, and Bonwire, the Kente weaving village. You will have an opportunity to see how African crafts are made and to buy directly from the artisans who make them. Drive back to Accra after lunch.

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Farewell/Departure

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and spend the day at leisure—shopping, relaxing or sightseeing on your own. You will be met and transfer red to the airport in the evening for final departure back home. Depart via South African Airways 209.

Additional information

LocationAccra, Ghana
Duration17 Days
Physicality10/10
Age16+
DatesDec-Apr

Nestled between Côte d’Ivoire and Togo on the West African Atlantic coast, Ghana has earned the title, “The Friendliest Country in Africa”. With both a low crime rate and a very stable government, Ghana has become the envy of other African countries. Tourism has received a boost over the past decade as more Americans and Europeans visit this former English colony to experience its ecological wonders, tour historic monuments and soak up local cultures. Accra, the capitol, has seen major growth in its hotels and tourist facilities. It now ranks as one of West Africa’s most important Gateway cities.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Dulles International Airport
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive by 8:15 AM for a prompt departure at 8:30 AM.
RETURN TIME Approximately 6:30 PM.
WEAR Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
INCLUDED
Professional Tour Guide Meals
Double-Occupanc Transportation in mini-coach
NOT INCLUDED
Surfing equipment
Instructor gratuity

Before leaving Accra, visit the National Arts Center for more shopping, where you can find bargains on tie-dye and batik, baskets, carvings, masks, beads, jewelry, bronze and pottery.

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