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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

Arrive Cairo; meet assist and transfer to Hotel.

In the evening, go on a Nile Cruise and enjoy an Egyptian buffet dinner and cultural performance. After the cruise return to your hotel.

Meal(s) Included: Dinner
Overnight at Grand Pyramids Hotel or Similar

Day 2: Cairo

After breakfast go on a full day tour of the Giza Pyramids, Memphis and Saqqara. We will visit the towering pyramids, the ruins of Memphis in the village of Mit Rahina, and the Saqqara Necropolis, where the step pyramid of Zoser stands. After lunch return to the hotel where you will have the rest of the day to relax or pursue other activities.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight at Grand Pyramids Hotel or Similar

Day 3: Cairo

After breakfast enjoy a Full Day tour of Cairo including the Cairo Museum, in Tahreer Square. The museum is the house of  magnificent ancient Egyptian Antiquities from different periods throughout the ancient Egyptian history, including the magnificent treasure of King Tutankhamen, whose tomb was recently discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter, and all his treasures had been moved to this museum along with the famous 11 kg mask of gold. After lunch head to the  citadel of Salah al Deen and visit Mohamed Ali Mosque followed by a visit to the oldest Bazar in Africa (Kan El Kalili Bazar)

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight at Grand Pyramids Hotel or Similar

Day 4:Cairo/Alexandria/Cairo

After breakfast drive from Cairo to Alexandria. In Alexandria, visit the Library of Alexandria, the fort of Quaitbay (built on the original site of the famous Lighthouse of Alexandria and from the lighthouse ruins), the Catacombs of Kom El Shokafa (a series of Alexandrian tombs, statues and other artifacts influenced by the Hellenistic and Roman funeral cult), the Pompey’s Pillar and the Roman theatre.  We will stroll through Montazah Gardens on the grounds of the Montazah Palace.  This evening return to your hotel in Cairo.

Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight at Grand Pyramids Hotel or Similar

Day 5: Cairo/Ghana

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

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

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 Noda Hotel or Similar

Day 8: Kumasi

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 Noda Hotel or Similar

Day 9: Kumasi/Cape Coast

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

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

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

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 2018

  • 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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