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HISTORIC RETURN OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA

THROUGH THE 'DOOR OF NO RETURN' IN GHANA AFTER 400+ YEARS IN THE AMERICAS · AUGUST 5 -14, 2019

In August 2019, exactly 400 years after the arrival of the first recorded landing of a slave ship in Virginia, which saw the acceleration of the horrendous Middle Passage, hundreds of descendants of former enslaved Africans will make a triumphant return to the land of our ancestry. The trip will take us to Ghana: the land of Kwame Nkrumah-the father of Ghana’s independence and a co-founder of the Organization of African Unity; the country where the great pan-Africanist Dr. W. E. B. DuBois spent his final years; the land where Ashanti Kings still hold court and mediate disputes in time-honored traditions passed down through generations; the land that has preserved more slave dungeons used in the transatlantic slave trade than any other country on the continent. Ghana was the first sub-Saharan African country to gain its independence from Europeans, and is today a thriving democracy, yet its traditions, customs and culture are almost undiluted. Ghana is now a 29-million consumer market with a growing, educated middle class eager for consumer goods, services and technology.

We will be welcomed by the government and people of Ghana, and will RETURN through the infamous “door of no return” at Cape Coast Slave Dungeon. Returnees will arrive from the America’s including the USA and Canada; the Caribbean, including Jamaica- the birthplace of the great pan Africanist- Marcus Garvey; Central and South America including Brazil-which has the largest Black population outside of Africa. Participants will include seasoned travelers familiar with Ghana and the continent; first time visitors to the continent; great grandparents as well as teenagers, highly acclaimed academicians, entrepreneurs, religious leaders as well as students. This historic pilgrimage to Ghana will be a triumphant homecoming to the land of our ancestors. We will return with mixed yet happy emotions.

Day 1 Monday August 5: DEPART USA ON OVERNIGHT FLIGHT TO GHANA

DEPART USA ON OVERNIGHT FLIGHT TO GHANA

Hotels: inflight

Day 2 Tuesday August 6: ARRIVE IN ACCRA

Upon arrival in Accra, we will be welcomed by an official government delegation, accorded VIP status through immigration and customs and transported in luxury A/C motor coach to our hotel in Accra. Upon arrival at the hotel, we will have our selection of refreshing welcome drinks before we are escorted to our preassigned room. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax, refresh and recuperate from the overnight flight.

Meal(s) : Welcome refreshments
Hotels: La Palm Royal

Day 3 Wednesday August 7: ACCRA AND VICINITY

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast at your hotel (Enjoy a fully set-up breakfast buffet with lots of fresh fruit, variety of bread and pastries, cheeses, cold cuts plus a variety of Ghanaian specialties you will enjoy. Included will be fresh coffee, tea and fresh juices of every kind). After breakfast and a brief orientation by your tour manager, each group will visit the following sites:

  • Short visit to Ghana’s parliament house to witness proceedings in parliament.
  • We will drive past the Independence Square on our way to visit the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
  • Visit the W.E.B. DuBois former home , now a museum and Center for the study of Pan Africanism
  • Drive through Flagstaff House, official residence and administrative offices of the president (Ghana’s Whitehouse).

Late afternoon we will be transferred to the National Theater for a cultural performance by the Ghana Dance Ensemble, Ghana’s most accomplished dance troupe. You will have the opportunity to display your skills while the group performs, and you may even be selected to join them impromptu.

This evening’s buffet dinner will be at your hotel.

Meal(s) : Breakfast & Dinner
Hotels: La Palm Royal

Day 4 Thursday August 8: OFFICIAL WELCOME HOME BY THE GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE OF GHANA

 

Buffet breakfast at your hotel. After breakfast we will be transferred to the National Theatre where we will be welcomed by the government and people of Ghana. Messages will be delivered by the president of Ghana, selected members of the Diplomatic Corps, and Government Ministers representing Diasporan Affairs, Investments and Trade.

Each returnee will be presented with an official proclamation welcoming you as a Ghanaian in the Diaspora.
After the welcome activities you will have the option to choose from the following activities:

  1. Visit designated booths to get expert advice and information from government and approved private sector experts on: Investment Opportunities including Real Estate Development, Retirement Housing, and “Right of Abode/Dual Citizenship” which grants residency and visa-free travel to Ghana.
  2. Tour of Historic 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 navigational aid for trading vessels sailing through the Gulf of Guinea. The original structure was ruined; however, a larger and more improved lighthouse completed in 1921 is still functioning today. James Town is also known as Ghana’s boxing incubator, the home of Africa’s most accomplished boxer, Azumah Nelson. You will also visit “Brazil House” and learn about the seven Afro-Brazilians families who returned to settle in James Town in 1836 after slavery was abolished in Brazil.
  3. Experience some of Accra’s most authentic shopping opportunities including Crafts, Carvings, Authentic African Art, exquisite fabrics and custom made clothing.

Dinner will be at your hotel.
Meal(s) : Breakfast & Dinner
Hotels: La Palm Royal

Day 5 Friday August 9: TRAVEL TO THE ASHANTI KINGDOM

After breakfast, we will depart to Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti Kingdom. On arrival in Kumasi, you will check into your hotel and have lunch on our own. After lunch, we will begin to explore this historic city.
Visits will include:

  • The woodcarving village Of Ahwiaa, known for the talented craftsmen who fashion royal stools, fertility dolls and other crafts from wood.
  • The village of Ntonso, where artisan’s hand-stamp patterns on cotton cloth to make Adinkra textiles. Adinkra textiles are worn for funerals and other solemn occasions. Learn how the black dye is made from the bark of trees, and create your own Adinkra sash to take home.
  • The village of Bonwire, where the famous Kente cloth is handmade on looms in a time-honored tradition passed down through generations. See the Kente weavers in the process of creating Kente cloth in various intricate styles.

Meal(s) : Breakfast & Dinner
Hotels: Golden Tulip

Day 6 Saturday August 10: EXPLORING THE RICH ASHANTI CULTURE

After breakfast we will visit National Cultural Center which features the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum and various studios of brass-makers, potters and batik makers. 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.

Next stop will be Manhyia Palace Museum to obtain firsthand information on the legacies of the Ashanti kingdom, a regal history that dates back to 1700 and is told with relics and artifacts.

After the visit to Manhyia Palace Museum, we will be officially welcomed to the Ashanti Kingdom by the Ashanti King, Asantehene Otumfuo Nana Ossie Tutu II. The reception will include a colorful Grand Durbar where the King and his Paramount Chiefs will welcome us.

The durbar will be followed by a welcome address and cultural performances by the most accomplished cultural groups in the Ashanti region including KONTOKYI Cultural group.

You will have the opportunity to join in and display your artistic skills.

Meal(s) : Breakfast & Dinner
Hotels: Golden Tulip

Day 7 Sunday August 11: DEPART TO ELMINA AND CAPE COAST

Following breakfast we depart to Cape Coast in Ghana’s central Region.

This region has had the most significant effect on the lives of Africans in the diaspora. We will pass through small villages and arrive at Assin Manso, the burial site of two former slaves from Jamaica and the US whose remains were reinterred here in August 1998 during Ghana’s first Emancipation Day Celebration.

You will see the “Slave River:” where our ancestors were washed before confinement in the slave dungeons to await shipment to the Americas. We arrive in Cape Coast and check into our hotel.

This evening you will be the guest at the performance of the local bamboo orchestra, Mesomagor. The group consists of young villagers who have revived a traditional art by performing with bamboo percussion instruments to music and dance. This is a contagious music and dance performance you will not find anywhere else.

Meal(s) : Breakfast & Dinner
Hotels: Elmina Beach Resort

8 Monday August 12: THE EMOTIONAL CAPE COAST EXPERIENCE

After breakfast, we will travel the short distance to Cape Coast dungeon, where we will experience the emotional journey of going in the opposite direction of our ancestors, through the infamous “door of no return”. RETURNING through the “door of no return” be prepared to console your traveling companions as this is always an emotional experience.

After Cape Coast dungeon, we will be the guest of the Paramount Chief of Elmina, Nana Kojo Conduah IV, who will welcome you with a Grand Durbar attended by him and his sub chiefs.

There will be speeches of atonement followed by traditional performances in which you will be encouraged to join and show your artistic skills, still intact, but hopefully enhanced after over 400 years in exile.

This evening you will experience the traditional Fihankra Ceremony– “Restore to Diasporans the Cultural and Spiritual connections that were denied them for centuries”. The Fihankra Ceremony will include a traditional Naming Ceremony where you will receive your certificate of authentication.

Meal(s) : Breakfast & Dinner
Hotels: Elmina Beach Resort

Day 9 Tuesday August 13: RETURN TO ACCRA

 

After breakfast and before you return to Accra you may select any of the following activities:

1. Visit Kakum National Park, which has one of Africa’s famous rainforest canopy walkways. This tropical rainforest and the canopy walkway are sure to be one of the highlights of your time in Ghana. The walkway consists of a series of 7 bridges, attached to 7 emerging trees, 40 meters above the rainforest floor. Prepare to take a deep breath as you walk the suspended bridges. You will marvel at the breathtaking views that stretch for miles across the rainforest as you rest on the tree platforms. We are sure you will agree that this is an exciting excursion never to be forgotten.

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2. Visit Elmina Castle/Slave Dungeon- originally called Fort Sao Jorge de Elmina – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, completed in 1486 and was the first European made structures built in sub-Saharan Africa.

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3. Visit a thriving pineapple plantation, for those who are considering investments in agriculture or if you’re just interested in observing large scale pineapple farming.

Arrive in Accra early enough to visit the markets, craft centers and custom clothing designers for fittings and last minute adjustments.

Late evening, you will be transported to our gala farewell including a Gala Dinner. Here, you will have the opportunity to wear your newly tailored Ghanaian clothing including Smocks and Kente.

The best of Ghana’s cultural entertainment will be on display by the Wulomei live band that will entertain with enduring local selections some that were composed by the most accomplished Ghanaian and African composers.

After dinner you will be transported back to your hotel.

Meal(s) : Breakfast & Dinner
Hotels: La Palm Royal

10 Wednesday August 14: DEPART ACCRA

Breakfast will be at your hotel. The rest of the day will be at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for your flight home.

After this trip you will forever view the motherland in the positive light it deserves.

Meal(s) : Breakfast
Hotels: inflight

Complete 10 DAY Tour Package

Hotel Group Price Per Person, Two per Room Single Room Supplement**
Standard $ 4895 $ 740
Upgrade to 5-star Hotel in Accra for 4 nights Added cost– $ 490 per person $ 195
**SRS: added cost if only one person is occupying the room

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TOUR PRICE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip  airfare departing from JFK, Dulles, Atlanta and O’Hare
  • (Add-on airfare available from all cities  to the 4 US departing  gateways)
  • Airport Meet and Greet, VIP Access through immigration and customs, and transfer to your hotel
  • 8 night’s hotel accommodation in the indicated properties.
  • Transportation in private Motor Coach
  • One experienced Tour Manager per motor coach
  • Admission to all listed sites and performances
  • Admission to and participation in official government welcome events and activities
  • Full buffet breakfast daily at your hotel, 7 dinners including the Gala Farewell
  • Assistance with visa application
  • Gratuity for drivers and guides
  • Workshops on:
  • Right of Abode/Ghanaian citizenship
  • Investment Opportunities in Ghana

TOUR PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

  • Cost of  visa  (visa  service available)
  • Meals not listed
  • Travel Insurance
  • Add-on airfare  to any of the 4 US departure cities
  • Upgrade to business class flights
  • Upgrade to 5-star hotel in Accra
  • Tips to service providers
  • Extended tours  and excursions after August 14 (several extensions available)
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