2018 Ghana Freedom Tour

24 feb - 7 march

 

B -- Breakfast   L --  Lunch   D -- Dinner

Day 1: [Depart USA]

Depart USA via an overnight international flight to Accra, Ghana

Day 2: [Arrive Accra, Ghana]

Arrive at Kotoka International Airport Accra, Ghana. You will be met by a Sunset African Tours representative, transferred to your hotel for a welcome drink and orientation. Please note that check out is at midday and check in 2pm, so your rooms may not be ready if you arrive on a morning flight. (After a suitable rest, we go to the African fabrics shop with the dressmaker to choose and buy fabrics, take your measurements and custom make clothes for you - OPTIONAL). Overnight in Accra (D)

Day 3: [Accra City Tour]

This morning take a tour of the century old capital of Ghana, Accra. Start the day with a visit to the 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 Light House which used to guide ships to the Accra Harbour in colonial days. Later, visit the intriguing craftsmen at Nungua/Teshie who make fantasy coffins in the shape of vegetables, fruits, cars, aircrafts 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 restaurant. After lunch, visit the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial park and museum, a monument dedicated to Ghana’s first post-independence President. Finally, visit the Arts and Crafts market where you can find all kinds of products from West Africa. Overnight in Accra (B & L)

Day 4: [University of Ghana – African Studies Dept]

Today we will spend time at the University of Ghana and interact with students & lecturers of the Dept of African Studies. We will have an interactive lecture on the topic; “The Slave Trade and Africa” delivered by one of the lecturers at the department. After lunch, we move over to the dance and music studio at the faculty and learn how to drum and dance to Ghanaian traditional dance forms. We return late in the afternoon to our hotel and take the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Accra (B & L)

Day 5: [Accra – Aduamoah - Obo]

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. Lastly, visit Presbyterian high school where we will make donations of books to the library and cash for the repairs of their roof. Overnight in Obo (B, L & D)

Day 6: [Obo – Kumasi]

After breakfast depart Obo to Kumasi. Arrive in Kumasi and take a tour of this city which used to be the seat of the former Ashanti Empire. This kingdom was built on similar basis as the Dahomey Empire (now Benin), i.e. through wars. Visit the Royal Manhyia Palace Museum, home and office of former Ashanti Kings. A regal history that dates back to 1700 is told with relics and artifacts. Later visit the cultural center that features the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum and various studios of brass makers, potters, drum carvers and batik makers. Overnight in Kumasi (B & D)

Day 7: [Full day in Kumasi]

Today, visit the Ashanti craft villages to observe craftsmen at work and to purchase souvenir gift items. These villages are Ahwiaa; where woodcarvers produce Ashanti stools, fertility dolls & walking sticks etc, Ntonso where Adinkra cloth is processed (Dyes are extracted from the bark of the tree called Badie) and Bonwire, where kente cloth is woven. Kente is a colourful cloth originally worn by people from the royal family. However, in modern times it is worn by everyone but on special occasions.

[1st Group Discussions]

This evening, get together with your Tour Leader and Guide to discuss/share amongst ourselves our experiences so far on the tour. Focus will be on Ghanaian culture. Overnight in Kumasi (B & D)

Day 8: [Kumasi – Assin Manso – Elmina]

This morning depart Kumasi through the country side to Elmina. Stop over at Assin Manso, burial site of the remains 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. Check in at your resort and spend the afternoon at leisure. In the evening, (if it is a weekend) we will go to the Goil square in Cape Coast for a night of live highlife music, barbeque and drinks whilst we dance the night away, a great opportunity to interact with the locals. Overnight in Elmina (B & D)

Day 9: [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 bridge 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 Atlantic Slave Trade. Take part in a brief remembrance and wreath laying ceremony at the ‘Door of No Return’ After this tour, take a short walk around the colourful fishing harbor next to the castle to see the traditional dugout canoes the local people use for their livelihood.

[2nd Group Discussions]

This evening, we will get together a second time for more discussions. Our focus will be on all aspects of Slavery. Overnight in Accra Overnight in Elmina (B & D)

Day 10: [Cape Coast Castle – Accra]

After breakfast and check out visit Cape Coast Castle and take a tour of this infamous slave dungeon, 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 group will watch a documentary titled “Crossroads of Trade, Crossroad of People” at the Cape Coast Castle. Visit 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 Heritage Monuments. After lunch we take a return trip to Accra. After dinner, we go out to one of Ghana’s finest Jazz clubs +233 Jazz Club where we will enjoy not only jazz, but highlife and Afro pop music performed by a live band. Overnight in Accra (B & L)

Day 11: [Free Day in Accra]

Spend the day at leisure at your hotel or explore the city on your own. Overnight in Accra (B)

Day 12: [Departure Day]

Spend the day packing or doing your last minute shopping. Check out of your hotel in the early evening and go check in at the airport. We will have our last dinner together. Depart on a late night flight back to the USA (D)

Day 13 -- Return to the USA

END OF TOUR

Tour includes the following:
  • International Airfare to/from Accra, Ghana (at the $3,300 rate)
  •  Hotel accommodation – or Similar
  •  African Regent Hotel, Accra
  •  Nyarkoa Ba Nyarko Hotel, Obo
  •  Golden Tulip Hotel, Kumasi
  •  Coconut Grove Beach Resort – Elmina
  • Ground Transportation in an air-conditioned coach
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Entry fees to tour attractions
  • English speaking Tour Guide Services
Not Included:
  • International Airfare to/from Accra, Ghana (at the $2,200 rate)
  • Entry visa to Ghana
  • Beverages/drinks at meals
  • Non included meals
  • Tips to guide, drivers and other service providers
  • Items of personal nature such as telephone calls, laundry, room service etc

Group Size:

  • Cost per person is applicable to a minimum group size of 15pax

Payments & Deposits: -

  • You need a 40% deposit of the total cost of the tour, Four (4) months before departure date to confirm a seat for your tour.
  • Final payment should be made 30 days before departure date. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in cancellation of reservation. In the case where reservation of your tour is made within 30 days before departure full payment must be made immediately upon confirmation.

Cancellation policy:-

  • Cancellations of your reservations must be done in writing. We do not accept cancellations made over the telephone.
  • A full refund of your deposit less $250.00 administrative cost will be issued for any cancellations made after deposit has been paid
  • Also cancellations made within the following dates will attract the penalties below
    • 28 days before departure date – 50% of the entire tour cost
    • 21 days before departure date – 75% of the entire tour cost
    • 14 days before departure date – 100% of the entire tour cost (also includes no shows)
  • In the event of premature departure or end of tour, the full extent of stay or tour as originally booked and confirmed will be charged.
  • Refunds and waiver of cancellation policies are at the discretion of management and the ability to re-let the rooms.