Ghana: A Journey to the Gold Coast
Day 1. Arrival
Arrive in Accra airport
Meet, assist and transfer to hotel.
Hotel check in is at 3:00pm
Rest and recuperate.
Evening: Meet Tailors and dressmakers featuring casual wear and formal garments made from local fabric and textile will visit your hotel. You may purchase ready-made clothes or place an order for a custom-made outfit. Hair braiders will also be available to showcase a wide range of hairstyles.
Day 2. Accra Tour
City tour of Accra visiting the University of Ghana Campus which was founded in 1948; it is the oldest and largest of the six Ghanaian public universities. Of interest is its distinct Japanese architecture.
Continue to visit the National Museum of History and Ethnography with exhibits that reflect the heritage of Ghana through-out history to the present. This Museum houses a varied collection of Ghanaian artifacts. Visit W.E.B. Du Bois Centre for Pan Africanism, it is a Pan African Centre for culture and it also has a research library and gallery full of manuscripts.
Proceed after lunch to visit Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, burial place of the first President of Ghana. This Mausoleum has been visited by many world dignitaries.
Drive past the Independence Arch and the Black Star Square, Accra’s ceremonial grounds, to visit the Arts and Crafts market.
View from the distance, Christiansburg Castle, former office and residence of the President of Ghana. Your last stop for the tour will be at the Arts and Crafts market where you may try out your bargaining skills on the local vendors and to “shop till you drop”.
DAY 3. CAPE COAST - ELMINA CASTLE & DUNGEONS
Depart for Cape Coast. Visit the Elmina Castle, the first and oldest European structure built of any substance on African soil. This was built by the Portuguese in1482 and later used as an auction market for a comprehensive guided tour. See the slave dungeons and condemn cells where slave who attempted to escape were incarcerated. View its utterly distinct architecture.
DAY 4. KAKUM PARK - CAPE COAST CASTLE
Depart after breakfast to visit the pristine Kakum National Park. Go on a morning walk of the ‘Kuntan Trail’ with its countless trees with medicinal properties. For the young at heart experience the “Canopy Walk” suspended 100 feet from the ground for a panoramic view of the flora and fauna of one of the remaining vestiges of the rain forest.
Proceed after lunch to visit Cape Coast Castle and the West African Historical Museum. The guide will conduct you to the slave quarters and Negotiation Hall where our ancestors were bargained for and sold.
Visit Assin Manso burial site of the remains of two former slaves exhumed from NYC's Wall Street and Kingston Jamaica, re-interred on Emancipation Day1998. And the "Slave River" which was the last rest stop for slaves on their "one-way" trek to the slave dungeons and the Door of No Return. Visit the last Slave River and last bath where our Ancestors took their last bath in the river before their transfer to the Elmina and Cape Coast Dungeons.
Day 5. KUMASI- Ashanti Craft Village Tour
Travel to Kumasi, home of the “Golden Stool”, Capital of the Ashanti Kingdom and cultural capital of Ghana.
Visit a few Ashanti crafts villages - Bonwire famous for Kente cloth production. Observe weavers exhibit their skills in producing the clothes adorned some of which are a preserve for the Ashanti Kings Ntonso- noted for its indigenous artisans whose expertise lies in Adinkra textiles printing using traditional symbols that express the spiritual, moral, Political and socio-cultural philosophies of the Akan people. The Ntonso Adinkra village offers you opportunity to create your own designs. Ahwiaa – the woodcarver’s village specializing in woodcarving such as the Ashanti stools, fertility dolls and walking sticks.
DAY 6. KUMASI CITY TOUR
City tour of Kumasi visiting the Manhyia Palace and Palace Museum, National Cultural Centre, Prempeh II Museum. For the adventure lovers venture into the Kumasi Central Market – the largest open-air market in West Africa. Interact with the Market Mummies and learn some bargaining process involved.
Depart for Accra. Stop enroute to visit a local community and pay a courtesy call on the chief and the Villagers. Visit and interact with Teachers and Pupils of a local school. This will offer you the opportunity to see the process of assembly, recitation of Ghana’s National anthem and marching in their classrooms.
DAY 7. EXPLORE ACCRA
Final meet with seamstress.
Farewell Group Dinner.
DAY 8. HOTEL - AIRPORT TRANSFER
Day at leisure for last minute shopping and packing.
Transfer to airport for departure