Ghana, Africa 2014

 

Tour of Ghana October 14-22, 2014

Extended Tour of Amsterdam October 23-26, 2014

 

 

Day 1 – Oct. 14th

 Depart USA

Day 2 – Oct. 15th
Accra, Ghana

 On arrival in Accra, you will be met, assisted and transferred to your hotel. Meal(s) included: Breakfast and dinner. Overnight: Labadi Beach Hotel

Day 3 – Oct. 16th   Accra

 After breakfast you will be met by our representative at The hotel lobby for an orientation about Ghana and the places you will be visiting.

After orientation  begin the city tour of Accra visiting the National Museum of History and Ethnography to observe exhibits that reflect the heritage of Ghana through-out history to the present.

Kwame Nkrumah Statue

Kwame Nkrumah Statue

Visit Independence Square, Accra’s open-air ceremonial grounds where all national celebrations are held. Continue to visit the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and museum, a tribute to Ghana’s first President. This park, formally called the Polo grounds, is where Dr. Kwame Nkrumah declared the independence of Ghana. The remains of Dr Nkrumah as well as that of his wife rest on this premise. You will see various personal items used by Dr Nkrumah, as well as books he authored.

Visit the Arts and Crafts market where you could test you’re bargaining and trading skills against the vendors.

This evening there is a welcome dinner.  Tailors and dressmakers will be in attendance to take your orders for custom made outfits.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast , dinner.  Overnight: Labadi Beach Hotel

Day 4 – Oct. 17th
ACCRA to KUMASI 

After breakfast drive to Kumasi, the Capital of the Ashanti Kingdom of Gold.  Drive past several scenic villages with fine examples of

Manhyia Palace

Manhyia Palace

traditional Ghanaian building. Arrive in Kumasi by mid afternoon and proceed on a half day tour of Kumasi.  Visit the Manhyia Palace Museum built in 1925 by the British to receive Asantehene (ruler of the Ashanti people) Prempeh I when he returned from exile in the Seychelles to resume residence in Kumasi. Drive past the Kumasi Central Market, the largest open-air market in West Africa, to visit the National Cultural Center which is home to Prempeh II Jubilee Museum. This museum was named after the former Asantehene, Nana Osei Agyeman Prempreh II. Exhibits in this museum include a replica of the famed Golden Stool, which is believed to have descended from the sky and is the spiritual symbol of unity for the Ashanti people. Check into your hotel.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast , dinner. Overnight: Golden Tulip Kumasi

 

Day 5 – Oct. 18th – KUMASI 

Visit a few Ashanti craft villages starting with the woodcarving village of Ahwiaa, known for the talented craftsmen who fashion royal stools, walking sticks and fertility dolls from wood. You will have the opportunity to purchase hand carved items of all kinds. The next stop is the village of Ntonso where artisan’s hand-stamp patterns on cotton cloth to make Adinkra textiles.  Adinkra cloth is worn for funerals and other solemn occasions.

Weaving Kente cloth

Weaving Kente cloth

The final village is Bonwire, where the famous Kente cloth is handmade on looms in a time-honored tradition passed down through generations. You will see the Kente weavers in process of creating Kente cloth in various styles, and have the opportunity to purchase souvenirs expertly woven Kente.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast , dinner. Overnight: Golden Tulip Kumasi

 

 

 

Day 6 – Oct. 19th
KUMASI TO CAPE COAST 

This morning there is optional church service attendance.

Late morning depart to Cape Coast by driving past scenic villages and through the evergreen forests. On the way, you will stop at Assin Manso, the burial site of two former slaves from the U. S. and Jamaica whose remains were re-interred in August 1998 during Ghana’s first Emancipation Day Celebration. You will see the “Slave River” where captured Africans were washed before being confined in the Slave Castles to await shipment to the Americas and the Caribbean.

Coast of Ghana

Coast of Ghana

Arrive in Cape Coast where you may spend some time at the beach or your hotel’s poolside.

This evening, we will see the Mesomagor Bamboo Orchestra at their musical best. The orchestra has revived the traditional art, by performing with bamboo percussion instruments to music and dance. This is a contagious dance performance you have not seen anywhere else.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast , dinner. Overnight: Coconut Grove Beach Resort

 

 

Day 7 – Oct. 20th – Cape Coast 

This morning we will visit Cape Coast Castle and the Castle Museum for a guided tour. Cape Coast Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was one of the departure points for Africans being sent to slavery in the Americas. The castle is home to the infamous “Door of No Return.”

Door of No Return

Door of No Return

This afternoon we will visit the Cape Coast School for the Deaf. You will be welcomed by the students with traditional cultural performance. The students at Cape Coast School for the Deaf have put their disability aside in keeping the African traditional cultural performances alive. They will excite you with African traditional drumming and dancing skills. You will have the opportunity to meet individual students.

You may make donations of school materials and other items to the students. Dinner will be at your hotel.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast , dinner. Overnight: Coconut Grove Beach Resort

 

Day 8 – Oct. 21st
Cape Coast to Accra 

After breakfast, visit Kakum National Park, one of Ghana’s most famous parks. Take a brief walking tour on the forest floor where you will learn cultural and medicinal purposes of the flora and fauna. Proceed to the canopy walk. Kakum is home to Africa’s only aerial walkway through the tree canopy, a 1000

Kakum National Park

Kakum National Park

foot long and seven-bridge walkway with viewing platforms that reach heights of over 150 feet above ground. In the afternoon, visit Elmina Castle, another UNESCO World Heritage Site built in 1482.

Continue to Accra with a brief stop   to visit the village of Abandze, the ancestral home of Louis Armstrong, the famous American jazz musician. Arrive in Accra by late afternoon. Those who have ordered outfits will have the time to get fittings and adjustments before it is time for this evening’s farewell dinner with entertainment.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast , dinner. Overnight: Labadi Beach Hotel

 

Day 9 – Oct. 22nd 
ACCRA / AMSTERDAM  

After breakfast, the day is reserved for shopping and leisure activities.  Late evening you will be transferred to the airport for flight to Amsterdam. Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Day 10 – Oct. 23rd AMSTERDAM  
Amsterdam canal

Amsterdam Canal

Arrive Amsterdam; meet assist; breakfast  – own expense

Go on a City Cruise of Amsterdam, be amazed by the beautiful views on canals and bridges, merchant’s houses, 17th century gables, houseboats and the old harbour. A computerized audio system will guide you through the canals, check in after 3pm.

 

 

 

Day 11 – Oct. 24th 
AMSTERDAM
 COMBINATION CITY TOUR +  WINDMILLS + SMALL CHEESE FARM

Visit the picturesque fishing villages of Volendam and Marken. Drive through typical Dutch polders and along narrow dykes and to the Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans Windmills

Zaanse Schans Windmills

to see the unique windmills.

Amsterdam Royal Palace

Amsterdam Royal Palace

In the afternoon go on a City Tour of of Amsterdam; highlights will include – the Royal Palace, the National Monument, the Skinny Bridge, the Albert Cuyp market the beautiful houses along the canals. We will also visit a windmill on the river Amstel and a stop will be made at a diamond factory where you will see the traditional way of polishing.

 

 

Day 12 – Oct. 25th AMSTERDAM DELFT, THE HAGUE AND MADURODAM 

Three Dutch cities, each with their own charm are central to this tour!

Madurodam - Mini City

Mini City – Madurodam

First stop will be Delft where the Delft Blue Pottery has been made for more than 350 years. We will continue to The Hague where the Dutch government recides. During your tour you willl learn more about this so called capital and its buildings. Finally destination will be the smallest  city Madurodam. In this miniature city you will see Holland in one blink of an eye.

 

 

 

Day 13 – Oct. 26th 
AMSTERDAM / USA
 

Transfer to airport for flight back home.

 

      Tour cost per person in Standard Rooms- Movenpick

Price Per Person,

One Per Room

Single Room Supplement

$ 2560

$715

 To upgrade to Superior rooms add $ 235 per person

Included

  • Meeting and assistance upon arrival and departure
  • Roundtrip airport/hotel transfers
  • Hotel accommodation in the indicated properties
  • Transportation in private motor coach.
  • Experienced tour guide
  • Admission to listed sites and events
  • Meals indicated (7 breakfasts and 6 dinners)

Not included

  • Flight to/from Ghana (can be arranged)
  • Cost of visa
  • Meals not listed
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuity to drivers and guides
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