Explore Ghana, Togo & Benin 11-Days

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Explore Ghana, Togo & Benin 11-Days

Day 1: Wednesday, May 21-  Arrive in Accra

 

On arrival in Accra, you will be met, assisted and transferred to your hotel.

 Overnight at Novotel Accra

Day 2: Thursday, May 22- ACCRA

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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. 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  and Dinner

Overnight at Novotel Accra

Day 3: Friday, May 23- KUMASI

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 After breakfast drive to Kumasi, the Capital of the Ashanti Kingdom.  Drive past several scenic villages with fine examples of traditional Ghanaian building. Arrive in Kumasi by mid afternoon and proceed on a half day city 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  and Dinner

Overnight at Golden Tulip Kumasi

Day 4: Saturday, May 24- KUMASI

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This morning there is optional church service attendance.

Your guide and driver will accompany the group.

After church service, 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.

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  and Dinner

Overnight at Golden Tulip Kumasi

Day 5: Sunday, May 25- KUMASI to  CAPE COAST

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After breakfast depart to Cape Coast by driving past scenic villages.

On the way to Cape Coast we 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.

Arrive in Cape Coast and visit Cape Coast Castle and the West African Historical Museum for a guided tour. Cape Coast Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, 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."

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  and Dinner

Overnight at Coconut Grove Beach Resort

Day 6: Monday, May 26-CAPE COAST

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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 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.

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.

The visit to the School for the Deaf  may  be substituted  for a  visit to another needy institution or school in the same Region

 Meal(s) Included: Breakfast  and Dinner

 Overnight at Coconut Grove Beach Resort

Day 7: Tuesday, May 27- CAPE COAST to   LOME, TOGO

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 After breakfast travel through Accra to Lome, Togo, stopping at points of interest.   Arrive in Lome and visit Independence Square, the national Museum, Lome craftsmen village, Lome Central market- realm of the famous Nana Benz, the fishing harbor, the fetish market – the traditional drugstore for the locals.  Visit also the Lomé central market, or Grand Marche, where pearls, baskets, pottery and other products including “sacred” items are on display.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast  and Dinner

Overnight at Mercure Sarakawa

 

Day 8: Wednesday, May 28-   LOME to OUIDAH to  COTONOU

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 Drive to Ouidah, the former slave trading post and birthplace of Voodoo. Visit Voodoo Museum, the Sacred Forest, the Cathedral and the Temple of the sacred Pythons.  Continue to the place of the common grave, the tree of forgetfulness and the “Gate of no Return”.

 Meal(s) Included: Breakfast  and Dinner

Overnight at Ibis Cotonou

 

Day 9: Thursdays, May 29- COTONOU

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Visit the Government district, the Ganvie market zone including the international Dantokpa market with its exuberant traders and the handicraft center. In the afternoon, depart to the lake village – Ganvié, the "Venice of Africa" with its houses built on stilts. Visit the fishers’ street, the lovers’ lane and the Francophonie villa. In the evening visit the Arts and Crafts market.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast  and Dinner

Overnight at Ibis Cotonou

 

Day 10: Friday, May 30- COTONOU, LOME, ACCRA

After breakfast, return to Accra stopping in Lome for lunch.

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  and Dinner

Overnight at Novotel Accra

Day 11: Saturday, May 31- ACCRA/DEPART

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After breakfast, the day is reserved for shopping and leisure activities.  Each group may select one of the following three activities,  or all groups  may select the same activity:

You may  again visit the Arts and Crafts market where you could test your bargaining and trading skills against the vendors or visit one of Ghana’s best known fabric stores where there is a wide selection of African fabrics.

OR

This morning   we will visit the University of Ghana, Legon. It is Ghana’s premier centre of higher education. The distinctive buildings of Japanese architectural design are set amongst elegant tree-lined gardens. You would be taken to the great hall area of the University and have a panoramic view of the city of Accra popularly referred to by students as Accra by night.

OR

This  morning visit James Town, a section of  Accra featuring colonial era architecture including a 30 m high lighthouse and Fort James. Continue to Usher Town, where you will see Fort Usher, a former prison where Ghana’s  first  president  Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was once imprisoned.

After  the  morning activities you will return to the hotel, check out and transfer  to the restaurant for early evening farewell dinner. After dinner you will be transferred to the airport for onward flight.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast,  Dinner

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Tour Info

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 guides
• Admission to listed sites and events
• Meals indicated (breakfast daily, 10 dinners)

 

Not included

• Flight to/from Africa

• Cost of visas
• Meals not listed

• Beverages with dinner
• Travel Insurance
• Gratuity to drivers and guides

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PRICING

Tour cost per person

Price Per Person,

Two  Per Room

Single Room Supplement

$ 2695

$ 760