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Return of the African Diaspora Continues – July 2020

THROUGH THE 'DOOR OF NO RETURN' IN GHANA AFTER 400+ YEARS IN THE AMERICAS · JULY 23 - AUGUST 1, 2020

Return of the African Diaspora Continues

Following the inaugural sojourn in August 2019, this will be the second annual (HRAD) Historic Return of the African Diaspora trip to Ghana.

The  2019 trip presented amazing, thought-provoking moments for Diasporans as they went home to the land of their ancestors and interacted with long last relations. The  2020 trip will be a continuation  of the 2019 events  that took place 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 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 people of Ghana, and will RETURN through the infamous “door of no return” at Cape Coast Slave Dungeon. Returnees will arrive from throughout the Diaspora 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, elected officials, religious leaders as well as students. This historic pilgrimage to Ghana will be another triumphant homecoming to the land of our ancestors. We will return with mixed yet happy emotions.

Day 1: DEPART USA ON OVERNIGHT FLIGHT TO GHANA – Thursday, July 23, 2020

DEPART USA ON OVERNIGHT FLIGHT TO GHANA

Hotels: inflight

Day 2: ARRIVE IN ACCRA – Friday, July 24, 2020

Upon arrival in Accra, proceed through immigration and customs, reclaim your luggage and you will be met by our experienced tour manager who will welcome and assist you to be transported in luxury A/C motor coach to your hotel in Accra.

Upon arrival at the hotel, there will refreshments before you are escorted to our preassigned rooms. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax, refresh and recuperate from the overnight flight.

Meal(s) : Welcome refreshments
Hotels: Labadi Beach Hotel

Day 3 : OFFICIAL WELCOME HOME BY PEOPLE OF GHANA – Saturday, July 25, 2020

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, we shall be transferred to this morning’s welcome reception by the local people of Ghana.

Messages will be delivered by traditional leaders including those representing Tourism, Culture, Investments and Trade, Medicine, Education, Mining, Import/Export, Agriculture & Banking.

In attendance, will be the Ghana Dance Ensemble, Ghana’s most accomplished Dance troupe, who will entertain us to splendid local performances. You will have the opportunity to display your skills while the group performs, and you may even be selected to join them impromptu.

After the welcome activities, we will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (on your own account) before visiting the following  important sites:

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

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

Meal(s) : Breakfast & Dinner
Hotels: Labadi Beach Hotel

Day 4: ACCRA SHOPPING & CULTURAL EXPERIENCE – Sunday, July 26, 2020

Buffet breakfast at your hotel.

After breakfast, we will travel a short distance to a small neighboring village of Accra called Dodowa to visit the T.K. Beading Centre- experts in making beautiful traditional beads using ancient methods. An expert Artisan will l walk you through the skilled process of bead-making. Beads are cultural symbols of wealth and beauty here in Ghana and are still used during traditional durbars and festivals. After the demonstration, try your hand at bead-making. You can purchase a wide selection of beads that have been made here onsite.

We return to Accra, visiting the following places:

  • 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.
  • Experience some of Accra’s most authentic shopping opportunities including Crafts, Carvings, Authentic African Art, exquisite fabrics and custom-made clothing.

During dinner this evening, expert tailors will be on hand from whom you  can order one-of-a-kind custom made outfits from a wide selection of fabrics

Meal(s) : Breakfast & Dinner
Hotels: Labadi Beach Hotel

Day 5 : TRAVEL TO THE ASHANTI KINGDOM – Monday, July 27, 2020

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 Adanwomase 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 :EXPLORING THE RICH ASHANTI CULTURE – Tuesday, July 28, 2020

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 lunch, we will travel 10 minutes to the historic village of Nkwantakese  for a grand durbar of Chiefs. We shall be officially welcomed to the Ashanti Kingdom by Nana Boakye Yaw Ababio Obrempong , who will lead the colorful Durbar of eminent chiefs and elders.   The reception will include a colorful Durbar where the chief and his elders will welcome us.

The pageantry will be welcome addresses and cultural performances by the most accomplished cultural groups in the Ashanti region.

You will be encouraged and given the opportunity to join in and display your artistic skills.

Dinner tonight will be at your hotel.

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

Day 7 : DEPART TO ELMINA AND CAPE COAST – Wednesday, July 29, 2020

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. You 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.  Arrive in Cape Coast and check into our hotel.

Late afternoon we will visit Elmina Castle, built by the Portuguese in 1482 and is also known as St. George’s Castle. This castle was the first European structure built in Sub-Saharan Africa. The colorful harbor nestled below Elmina Castle, full of pirogues preparing to go to sea offers one of West Africa’s greatest photo opportunities.

Meal(s) : Breakfast & Dinner
Hotels: Coconut Grove Beach Resort

Day 8: THE EMOTIONAL CAPE COAST EXPERIENCE – Thursday, July 30, 2020

After breakfast, we will travel a 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.

This afternoon after lunch at the Castle Restaurant, you will experience the traditional Fihankra Ceremony– “Restore to Diasporans the Cultural and Spiritual connections that were denied them for centuries”.  The final part of Fihankra includes a naming ceremony.
There evening you can visit the Kotokoraba Market. “Kotokoraba” the cradle of Cape Coast, is the economic hub of the region, with major trading stores located in the area. The market has existed for many decades, and was a major trading site during pre-independence era. It serves as a central point for all trade in the region and it is hotspot for economic activity.

Meal(s) : Breakfast & Dinner
Hotels: Coconut Grove Beach Resort

Day 9: RETURN TO ACCRA – Friday, July 31, 2020

After breakfast and before you return to Accra you will visit the Kakum National Park, which has Africa’s most famous rainforest canopy walkway. 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 t as you rest on the tree platforms. We are sure you will agree that this is an exciting excursion never to be forgotten.

This evening, we will have our Gala Farewell Dinner. Here, you will have the opportunity to wear your newly tailored Ghanaian clothing including Smocks and Kente.

A highlight is always hearing for the first time what the experiences here in Ghana have meant to fellow travelers who are first time returnees from the Diaspora.

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.

Meal(s) : Breakfast & Dinner
Hotels: Labadi Beach Hotel

Day 10: DEPART ACCRA – Saturday, August 1, 2020

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 are certain to view the motherland with the respect and reverence it deserves.

Meal(s) : Breakfast
Hotels: inflight

Complete 10 DAY Tour Package

Price Per Person, Two per Room Single Room Supplement**
$ 4695 $ 760
**SRS: added cost if only one person is occupying the room

TRAVEL INDUSTRY COMMISSION PROTECTED

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip airfare departing from JFK
  • Add-on airfare from most other gateways available
  • Airport Meet and Greet and expedited Access through Ghana immigration and customs.
  • 8 night’s hotel accommodation in Deluxe properties
  • Transportation in Luxury Motor Coach
  • Experienced on-location Tour Manager and guides
  • Admission to all listed sites, events and performances
  • Full buffet breakfast daily at your hotel, 7 dinners including the Gala Farewell
  • Assistance with visa application

TOUR PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

  • Cost of visa  (visa service available)
  • Meals not listed
  • Travel Insurance
  • Add-on airfare to JFK
  • Upgrade to business class flights
  • Tips to service workers
  • Extended tours and excursions after 1st August
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