Chale Wote Group Tour

Code: GHCW20
7 DAYS - 6 NIGHTS
  • Street paint
  • Graffiti work
  • Ghana: Elmina Castle World Heritage Site, History of Slavery
  • Independence Arch, Accra, Ghana

The Chale Wote Street Art Festival is when every form Ghana’s creative genius takes to the streets in explosions of art, music, theater, photography, dance and MUCH MORE. Young Ghanain artists and performers interact with their counterparts from across Africa and around the world.

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION  Washington-Dulles Intl Airport (IAD)
DEPARTURE TIME 5:40 pm Eastern. Please arrive at least 3 hours before flight.
INCLUDED
Airfare + airport transfers Ground transportation
Entrance fees Professional guide
NOT INCLUDED
Gratuities

Travel insurance is available and recommended. Contact us for a quote.

Price based on minimum of ten (10) travelers.

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Day 1: Departure

Depart USA via your international flight to Accra, Ghana.

  • Depart Washington-Dulles International Airport
  • BAGGAGE: Two (2) checked bags for Economy Class passengers, max 50 pounds each. Penalties apply for overweight bags.

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Day 2: Arrive in Ghana

Arrive at Kotoka International Airport Accra, Ghana. You will be met by a Trips by Greg 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. Overnight in Accra. DINNER

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Day 3: Tour the Capital

This morning take a tour of the century-old capital of Ghana, Accra.

  • The Dubois Centre for Pan African Culture.
  • Walking tour of Jamestown. the colonial section of Accra (Jamestown), site of the Ussher and James forts, both four centuries old,  and the Light House which used to guide ships to Accra Harbor in colonial days.
  • Visit the casket makers at Nungua/Teshie, who make fantasy coffins in the shape of vegetables, fruits, cars, aircraft,  et cetera, usually depicting the profession of the deceased. For example a fisherman might be buried in a coffin in the shape of a giant fish.
  • 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, then to the African fabrics shop. Overnight in Accra (BREAKFAST & LUNCH)

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Day 4: Living in Ghana & Chale Wote

Ghana has a large and growing community of African-American expats. For African-Americans interested in moving to Ghana,  a guest speaker will explain how to legally obtain the ‘Right to Abode/Dual Citizenship’ in Ghana.

After lunch, return to the Jamestown section of Accra  to enjoy the afternoon exploring the art, crafts, dance, music and more at the Chale Wote Street Art Festival.  Witness graffiti, photographic displays, live street performances, fashion parades, block parties, African film festival and a street food market. Return to your hotel in the evening. (BREAKFAST & LUNCH)

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Day 5: Chale Wote Street Art Festival

Today, we meet our second guest speaker, who will give insights on investing in Ghana. After lunch, return to the Chale Wote Street Art Festival. Return to your hotel to relax and freshen up. After dinner, we will have enjoy live band entertainment at +233 Jazz Club or the music festival at Chale Wote.  Return to your hotel in the evening.  Try to pack tonight, because tomorrow morning, we’re on the road. (BREAKFAST & LUNCH)

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Day 6: The Door of No Return

Today,  depart with your guides and drivers for Elmina, a 2-hour drive west along the coast. After hotel check-in and lunch, visit Elmina Castle, the oldest European monument in Ghana and the first departure port for the trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.   Both the Elmina and nearby Cape Coast Castle have been designated as UNESCO Heritage Sites. Both featured a dreaded gate through which its chained men, women and children were marched aboard waiting ships for a hellish months-long voyage into slavery in the Americas  — hence their name, the “Door of No Return.” 

Overnight in Elmina. Rest up, because tomorrow will be a workout. (BREAKFAST & LUNCH)

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Day 7: Kakum & Cape Coast 

This morning, drive to Kakum National Park, a tropical rainforest in the heart of the Assin Attandanso Resource Reserve, for an adventurous and breathtaking walk on the ‘Canopy Walkway’. It is composed of 1,150 feet of suspended bridges and six platforms 100 feet above the jungle canopy.

After lunch, pay a visit to Cape Coast Castle, the largest “slave fort” ever built, and tour its infamous dungeons, built in 1653 by the Swedes and later taken over by the British. This castle also houses the West African Historical Museum, where you’ll see a documentary entitled “Crossroads of Trade, Crossroad of People.” Overnight in Elmina. (BREAKFAST & DINNE

Return to Accra in the evening.

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Day 8: Slave River

After breakfast,  depart Elmina to Kumasi. Stop briefly 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 and in 2019 to mark the Year of Return an ancestor from Barbados.  Also visit “Slave River,”  the last rest stop for African captives on their one-way forced march trek to the coast for shipment into slavery.

Arrive in Kumasi and check in at your hotel. Overnight in Kumasi (BREAKFAST & DINNER)

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Day 9: Land of the Ashanti

After breakfast, take a tour of Kumasi, capital of the Ashanti kingdom. Visit Manhyia Palace Museum, home and office of former Ashanti Kings.

After lunch, tour the Ashanti craft villages for a chance to buy souvenirs directly from the craftsmen who make them:

  • Ahwiaa, where woodcarvers produce Ashanti stools, fertility dolls & walking sticks etc
  • Ntonso, where Adinkra cloth is processed with dyes made from tree bark
  • Bonwire, where world-famous kente cloth is woven. originally worn only by Ashanti royalty and still reserved for special occasions

(BREAKFAST & DINNER)

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Day 10: New Day,  New Name

Depart Kumasi through the forest belt to Nkawkaw and up the Kwahu mountain range to Aduamoah, a small town located in the Eastern Region. Meet with the chief, his elders and interact with people of the town. You will also take part in an Akan traditional naming ceremony in which you will be given an Akan name chosen specifically for you. Lastly, visit a high school in the village. Return to Accra.  (BREAKFAST & LUNCH)

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Day 11: FAREWELL

Spend the morning relaxing at your hotel or doing your last-minute shopping and packing for an evening departure. In the evening, check out of your hotel and depart to the airport for check-in. Depart late evening for a return flight home.

 

END OF TOUR