B -- Breakfast L -- Lunch D -- Dinner
Day 1: [Tues Oct 30, 2018) USA – the Netherlands
Depart from JFK International Airport, New York City.
Day 2: [Wed Oct 31, 2018] Amsterdam, NL – Accra, Ghana
Arrive Schiphol International Airport, Amsterdam. Board NS train to Amsterdam Centraal Station. Meet a representative of Black Heritage Tours for a private morning tour of Amsterdam via canal boat, focusing on the city’s Black presence and the Dutch role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Continental breakfast on board included. Return by train to Schiphol to board our connecting flight to Accra, Ghana.
Arrive at Kotoka International Airport Accra, Ghana. Upon clearing immigration and customs, you will be met outside the terminal by our local representatives and transferred to your hotel for a welcome drink and check-in. Overnight in Accra.
Day 3: [Thurs Nov 1, 2018] Accra City Tour
This morning after breakfast we will have a short orientation. After which we take a tour of the century-old capital of Ghana, Accra. Start with a visit to the W.E.B. Dubois Centre for Pan African Culture. After this, take a drive/ walking tour of the colonial section of Accra (Jamestown) and Brazil House. Drive through the main street of this colonial section and view the Ussher and James forts built by the Dutch (1650) and British (1673) respectively, and also the lighthouse which used to guide ships to Accra Harbor in colonial days. Later, visit the intriguing craftsmen at Nungua/Teshie who make fantasy coffins in the shape of vegetables, fruits, cars, aircraft, etc., usually depicting the profession of the deceased. For example, a fisherman might be buried in a coffin in the shape of a giant fish. Lunch will be at one of Accra’s finest Ghanaian restaurants.
After lunch, visit the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and Museum, a monument dedicated to Ghana’s first post-independence President. Visit the Arts and Crafts market where you can find all kinds of products from West Africa and finally Woodin (African fabrics shop) where we will meet the dressmaker, choose, buy fabrics, take your measurements and custom make clothes for you. Overnight in Accra (B & L)
Day 4: [Fri Nov 2, 2018] Accra – Aduamoah – Obo (Naming ceremony & Cooking lessons)
Depart Accra through the forest belt to Nkawkaw and up the Kwahu Mountain range to Aduamoah, a small town located in the Eastern Region. We will have the opportunity to interact with the chief, his elders and people of the town. We will also take part in an Akan traditional naming ceremony where we will be given Akan names. We then visit Presbyterian Junior High School, where we will make donations of books to the library and cash donation. After lunch, take a drive around several nearby towns and you will witness huge mansions belonging to the indigenes, quite in contrast to the size of the towns. At sundown, we get together with one of the local women to learn how to cook a few Ghanaian dishes. Overnight in Obo. (B & L)
Day 5: [Sat Nov 3, 2018] Obo – Kumasi
After breakfast depart Obo for Kumasi, Ghana's second largest city. We take a tour of this city, once the seat of the Ashanti Empire. This kingdom was built on similar basis as the Dahomey Empire (now Benin), i.e., through wars. We visit the Ashanti craft villages to observe craftsmen at work and to purchase souvenirs. These villages are Ahwiaa; where woodcarvers produce Ashanti stools, fertility dolls & walking sticks; Ntonso, where Adinkra cloth is printed (Dyes are extracted from the bark of the tree called Badie) and Bonwire, where kente cloth is woven. Kente is a colorful cloth originally worn only by Ashanti royalty. Today, it is worn by everyone, but on special occasions. Later, we visit the cultural center that features various studios of brass makers, potters, drum carvers and batik makers. Overnight in Kumasi (B & D)
Day 6: [Sun Nov 4, 2018] Akwasidae Festival – Assin Manso - Elmina
This morning, we visit Manhyia Palace Museum, home and office of former Ashanti kings. A regal history that dates back to 1700 is told with relics and artifacts. We then cross over to the courtyard of the palace to witness Akwasidae Festival. This takes place every six weeks. You will see the Ashanti king, Nana Osei-Tutu II, arrive in his palanquin and preside in state while all his sub-chiefs re-affirm their oath of allegiance to the King.The King also receives very important guests, who present gifts to him. The King and all his sub-chiefs come dressed in all their traditional regalia, while the general public attending the festival wear black and white. There will be lots of traditional drumming and dance to grace the occasion.
That afternoon, depart Kumasi through the countryside to Elmina. Stop over at Assin Manso, burial site of two former slaves exhumed from New York’s Wall Street and re-interred on Emancipation Day in 1998. Also visit the “Slave River,” which was the last rest stop for slaves on their one-way trek to the coast for shipment into slavery. Continue to Elmina and check in at your resort. Overnight in Elmina (B & D)
Day 7: [Mon Nov 6, 2018] Kakum National Park & Elmina Castle
After breakfast, depart to visit Kakum National Park, a tropical rainforest in the heart of the Attandaso reserve, for an adventurous and breathtaking walk on the 'Canopy Walkway', it is composed of 350 meters of suspended bridges and six platforms at a height of 60 meters (100ft). After lunch, visit the Elmina Castle, the oldest European monument in Ghana, built in 1482 by the Portuguese. First established as a trade settlement, the castle later became one of the most important stops on the route of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Take part in a brief remembrance and wreath-laying ceremony at the original ‘Door of No Return’ After this tour, take a short walk around the colorful fishing harbor next to the castle to see the traditional dugout canoes the local people use for their livelihood. Afterward, we stop over at Akuma Village and learn how to drum and dance Ghanaian dance forms. Overnight in Elmina (B & D)
Day 8: [Tues Nov 7, 2018] Cape Coast Castle – Accra
After breakfast and check out, visit Cape Coast Castle and take a tour of these infamous slave dungeons, built in 1653 by the Swedes and later taken over by the British. This was used during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade as a holding point for captives. It also houses the West African Historical Museum. The guide will conduct you to the slave quarters and Negotiation Hall, where captives were bargained for and sold. Both the Elmina and Cape Coast castles have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites. We later return to Accra. Overnight in Accra (B & D)
Day 9: [Wed Nov 8, 2018] Farewell, Ghana
Spend the day relaxing, packing or last-minute shopping. Depart your hotel in the early evening (6pm) and go check in at the airport, where we will have our farewell dinner together. Depart on a late-night flight back to the USA. (B & D)
Day 10 [Thu Nov 9, 2018]
Fly overnight back to JFK, arrive mid-day. Connect with your homebound flights on your own.
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COSTS & TERMS
10 or fewer travelers: $1,800
11-13 travelers: $1,700
14-16 travelers: $1, 600
16+ travelers: $1,500
NOTE: Prices are per person, doublr occupancy. Single supplement: $395.
Tour includes the following
* Midindi Hotel, Accra
* Nyarkoa Ba Nyarko Hotel, Obo
* Golden Tulip Hotel, Kumasi
* Coconut Grove Beach Resort – Elmina
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