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Historic Egypt & Ghana, 12-Days

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Historic Egypt & Ghana, 12-Days

Egypt (Cairo, Alexandria, Pyramids & Sphinx, Egyptian Museum, Khan El-Khalili) Ghana (Accra, Kumasi, Cape Coast, Elmina)

Explore famous historic sites in Egypt and Ghana. Visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquites in Cairo, The Great Pyramids in Giza, and the ancient city of Alexandria. Tour the slave castles in Cape Coast and the ancient Ashanti Kingdom in Ghana.

Day 1: Arrive Cairo, Egypt- March 30, 2018

Arrive Cairo; meet assist and transfer to Hotel.

Meal(s) Included: No
Overnight at Safir Hotel or Similar

Day 2: Cairo- March 31, 2018

Visit The Egyptian Museum of antiquities where a vast treasure of numerous objects made of gold, bronze, alabaster, silver from Egypt’s most glamorous times are exhibited including the new mummy room and the objects from the tomb of Tutankhamun. Continue to Old Cairo, the Coptic area of Cairo where the Romans constructed the fortress of Babylon. You will see the ruins of the fortress towers of the church of St. Mary, more commonly known as the Hanging Church.  Dinner at a local restaurant.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Safir Hotel or Similar

Day 3: Cairo/Alexandria/Cairo- April 1 , 2018

In the morning, drive to Alexandria, “The Pearl of the Mediterranean,” built by Alexander the Great in 331 B.C. The highlights of the tour include the Greco-Roman Museum, which showscases the history and archaeology during the Roman Era; Fort of Qaitbey, which was built in the 1480’s by Sultan Qaitbey, houses the Lighthouse of Pharos, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; the Pillar of Pompey which is the tallest ancient monument in Alexandria; and the Ancient Catacombs of Kom El-Shuqafa which dates back to the first century AD.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Safir Hotel or Similar

Day 4: Cairo/Pyramids & Sphinx/Egyptian Museum/Khan el-Khalili – April 2, 2018

After breakfast, you will go on a tour of the pyramids of Giza, you will see the 3 gigantic pyramids; the Sphinx which dates back to 3000 years B.C.  You will also visit the Solar Boat Museum. After lunch you will visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities; you will get a  guided tour of the artifacts  from Ancient Egypt dating back to 5000 BC. Including the Tut-Ankh-Amen collection. Have dinner on the Citadel Cruise along The Nile.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Safir Hotel or Similar

Day 5: Cairo/Ghana – April 3, 2018

Depart Cairo early afternoon to Accra, Ghana. Arrive in Accra late evening. You will be assisted and transferred to your hotel, where you have the evening to your leisure.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast
Overnight at Accra City Center Hotel or Similar

Day 6: Accra- April 4, 2018

After breakfast go on a full day tour of Accra highlights will include:

  • Independence Square, see the enclosed flame of African liberation, which was lit by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in 1961.
  • The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, final resting place of Ghana’s first president. Set in attractive gardens, there is an adjoining museum, which contains photos, artifacts and an insight into Dr. Nkrumah’s life. Adjoining the park is the National cultural center, which is Ghana’s largest outdoor arts and crafts market selling traditional crafts from all over West Africa.
  • James Town—one of Accra’s most historic neighborhoods, where history resides on every corner. Best known for its lighthouses (the first of which was constructed in 1875 by the British) as a navigational aid for trading vessels sailing through the Gulf of Guinea. The original structure was ruined but a larger and more improved lighthouse completed in 1921 is still functioning today.
  • “Brazil House” learn about the seven Afro-Brazilians families who returned to settle in Ghana in 1836. Familiar Brazilian/Portuguese last names such as De Souza,    Palmares,   Azumah, Amorin, Da Costa, Santos, De Medeiros, and Olympio are abundant in this section of Accra.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Accra City Center Hotel or Similar

Day 7: Accra/Kumasi – April 5, 2018

After breakfast, depart to Kumasi, en route stop at Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa Farm, which is the first commercial cocoa farm in Ghana. You will touch the actual Cocoa pods. Cocoa is Ghana’s largest export and is used to blend some of the world’s finest chocolates. Continue to Kumasi arriving late afternoon. This evening visit the Kumasi Fort, completed by the British in 1897 and the site of the Ashanti Rebellion initiated by Queen Mother Yaa Asantewaa in 1900. View a collection of the weapons used by the Ashanti Army, photos, and other memorabilia
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Miklin Kumasi or Similar

Day 8: Kumasi- April 6, 2018

After breakfast, visit Kumasi Central Market (also known as Kejetia Market), the largest open-air market in West Africa where more than 10,000 vendors sell just about everything imaginable. Late morning you will visit the Prempreh II Jubilee Museum, named for the former Asantehene (ruler of the Ashanti people) Nana Osei Agyeman Prempreh II. Exhibits include what is said to be a replica of the famed Golden Stool, which is believed to have descended from the sky and is the spiritual symbol of the Ashanti people. After lunch your tour of the Ashanti Region continues with visits to the Ashanti craft villages starting with the Woodcarving Village of Ahwiaa, known for the talented craftsmen who fashion royal stools, walking sticks and fertility dolls. Your second stop is the village of Ntonso where artisans hand-stamp patterns on cotton cloth to make Adinkra textiles that are worn for funerals and other solemn occasions. The third village is Bonwire where the famous Kente cloth is handmade on looms, in a time-honored tradition passed down through generations.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at Miklin Kumasi or Similar

Day 9: Kumasi/Cape Coast – April 7, 2018

Travel to Cape Coast in Ghana’s historic Central Region. En-route 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. Continue to Cape Coast where the evening is at leisure.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at The Coconut Grove Beach Resort or Similar

Day 10: Cape Coast/Elmina- April 8, 2018

Visit (Elmina Castle) Fort Sao Jorge de Elmina – the site of the first European contact with West Africans when the Portuguese landed here in 1471. Elmina Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was built in 1482 and is the first European structure in sub-Saharan Africa. The castle was also used as a Slave Prison. Impress your friends and family for years to come with the traditional recipes you will learn in your Ghanaian Cooking Workshop. Learn to make fufu, ground nut soup, and palava sauce. Sample some of Ghana’s most popular foods. *NOTE: All dishes are made with purified water
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at The Coconut Grove Beach Resort or Similar

Day 11: Cape Coast – April 9, 2018

Early morning drive to Kakum National Park, one of West Africa’s surviving tropical rain forests. Extending over 360sq km, Kakum is the home to over 40 large mammals and 400 bird species as well as many species of butterflies, flora and fauna. The most popular attraction is the Canopy walkway, which is made up of seven bridges extending 330m, hanging 30m (100 feet) above the forest floor.  Choose between a 2 km nature walk through this forest to discover the wide variety of exotic floral species and the medicinal values they offer or take a walk on the canopy walkway. This afternoon we will visit Cape Coast Castle which also houses the West African Historical Museum established by the Smithsonian Institute in collaboration with the Ghanaian Government in 1994. Cape Coast Castle is another restored UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Castle was one of the embarkation points for Africans being shipped to slavery in the Americas. Cape Coast was the capitol of Ghana during the Colonial Era.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight at The Coconut Grove Beach Resort or Similar

Day 12: Cape Coast/Accra/Depart – April 10, 2018

On the return drive to Accra visit the village of Abandze, the home the famous Jazz musician Louis Armstrong. Arrive in Accra early afternoon where you will have a day room to refresh and relax until you are transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Tour Dates 2017

  • December 23 – January 3, 2018

Tour Dates 2018

  • March 30 – April 10
  • August 17-28
  • November 16-27
  • December 22 – January 2, 2019

Tour Dates 2019

  • March 29 – April 9
  • August 10-21
  • November 9-20
  • December 29 – January 9, 2020

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES

  • Meeting and assistance upon arrival and departure
  • Roundtrip airport/hotel transfers
  • Hotel accommodation in the listed properties
  • Transportation in private vehicle
  • Experienced tour guides
  • Meals indicated
  • Admission to sites listed

TOUR PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Cost of Visa
  • Gratuity for drivers and guides
  • Meals not indicated
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