Ghana

 

During the Ghana Empire (c 300 until c 1200) Kings traded gold for salt. The Ghana Empire was one of the most influential Kingdoms of Africa. When the Empire fell to the rise of the Mali Empire, the Akan people migrated to what was referred to as the Gold Coast in present day Ghana.

When the Gold Coast got its independence from the British in 1957, they named the land Ghana in honor of the Ghana Empire from which the Akan people originated.

This is the land of the Kente cloth and glass beads. The food from Ghana is considered one of the best in Africa.

During our tour we will immerse ourselves in the culture of the food, the fashion and the traditions of this beautiful land.  In addition, we will travel with AnnaTeiko  who is arguably one of the best fashion designers out of Ghana.

Ghana Tour 2018

DAY 1: Arrive Kotoka International Airport, Accra, Ghana. Transfer to hotel for check-in, briefing, dinner and overnight.

DAY 2: ACCRA CITY TOUR

Visit: National Museum, old Accra for a walking tour which affords you the opportunity to learn the history and some cultural practices of the original settlers of Accra. Visit the Kenkey House, Light House, the old port, James and Ussher Forts, and Brazilian House. Continue to Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, arts and craft bazaar, Independence Square, and W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial Centre EVENING: Welcome dinner. Overnight Accra.

DAY 3: ACCRA – CEDI BEADS – HO

Beads play very important roles in the Ghanaian culture. Visit Cedi Beads to learn and participate in beads making. Continue to Ho, the capital of the Volta Region of Ghana, for an evening of traditional drumming and dancing. Overnight Ho.

DAY 4: A DAY IN A REGIONAL CAPITAL

Visit the Regional Museum. Continue to a batik maker to observe and participate in batik making. Depart for a kente weaving centre to learn the art of weaving Ghana’s royal cloth.  Spend the evening to interact with a host family and also dine with them. Overnight Ho.

DAY 5: HO - ODUMASE - ACCRA - KUMASI

AM:  Depart Ho for Odumase to spend time with a Krobo family to learn about the DIPO RITE which is performed once a year to initiate young Krobo girls into woman hood.

 

DAY 6: KUMASI CITY & CRAFTS VILLAGES TOUR

AM: Visit: a kente weaving village (briefly); an adinkra printing community to observe and participate in the intricate processes that go into the making of ‘adinkra’ cloth; and AHWIAA, where the famous Asante stools are made. Return to Kumasi.

PM: Visit the Palace Museum of Asante royalty. Spend part of the afternoon to explore the city centre on your own. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 7: KUMASI – CAPE COAST – ELMINA

After a tour of the Kumasi Cultural Centre, including Prempeh 11 Museum of Asante history, depart for Cape Coast with appropriate stops, including: some local industries, and “Donkosuo” (Slave River). Overnight Elmina.

DAY 8: HERITAGE TOUR OF CAPE COAST & ELMINA

Cape Coast was the administrative capital of the Gold Coast till 1876. After a brief walking tour, continue for a tour of the Castle. Continue to Elmina which was the first point of call by the early Europeans. It experienced three European influences. A walking tour offers you the opportunity to see how the locals adapted. Continue to the oldest and largest European building in sub-saharan Africa for a tour. Spend rest of day at your beach front hotel.  Overnight Elmina.

DAY 9: ELMINA – CAPE COAST – ACCRA

AM: Depart for Accra with village stops.

PM: You may use afternoon to do some shopping or relax. Overnight  Accra.

DAY 10: DEPART GHANA

 

 

 

The cost of this trip is $3600 (double occupancy) $3800 (Single)  The cost of the trip includes airfare from DC, transportation in Ghana, lodging and 2 meals per day. It does not include visa fee (http://www.ghanaembassy.org) and gratuity of $100pp which will be collected at the airport before departing the US.

A deposit of $500 is due within 10 days of registration. This deposit can be sent to Roots to Glory Tours P.O. Box 92, Stevenson, Maryland 21153. You may also pay using Paypal at a cost of 3%. If you choose Paypal, please send us an email at rootstoglorytours@gmail.com. The deposit is refundable within 30 days of the receipt only. There will be no refund after the 30 days.

Payment plan is available. Please send us an email at rootstoglorytours@gmail.com for additional information.

We look forward to having you on BOARD!!!! Akwaba!

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