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  • Departs: Washington DC | 6th April – 15th April 2018

Discovering Ghana in 10-Days

Officially the Republic of Ghana, is a country in West Africa. It is bordered by Ivory Coast to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea to the south. The word Ghana means “Warrior King” and is derived from the ancient Ghana Empire.


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Day 1: Washington

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After the completion of all of your preparations, we will meet for the first flight of our journey. Our flight will depart from the Washington Dulles International Airport for Accra, Ghana via London. You are requested to arrive at the airport THREE HOURS in advance of the departure time for a group check-in. You will pack your carry-on with all the things needed for quite a few hours. PLEASE BE SURE TO ADHERE TO THE AIRLINE’S STRICT LUGGAGE WEIGHT REQUIREMENTS (detailed in “IMPORTANT NOTES” attached). Also, please be sure that you do not have any “restricted” items in your carry-on that would impede the check-in procedure.

22h30 Depart for Ghana via London on British Airways flight BA292. Dinner and refreshments will be served on board.

Overnight: In Flight.
Meals: Dinner on board



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10h35 Arrive at London’s Heathrow International Airport. TERMINAL 5. You will remain in transit for your flight to Accra. Upon arrival please make your way accross the airport to TERMINAL 1 for your flight to Accra.

13h20 Depart for Accra on flight BA81.
19h10 Arrival at Accra’s Katoka International Airport. Akwaaba!! (Welcome) to Ghana! Your journey to Africa begins when you are met at the airport by a Yates Tours Representative who will be with you for the duration of your tour. We will board our luxury coach and transfer to the 4 Star Novotel Hotel, Address: Barnes Road Accra Ghana, Tel (+233)302/63 38 63, Fax (+233)302/667533

Upon arrival at the hotel we will check in and receive a brief orientation.

21h30 We will meet in the hotel’s main restaurant for a “Welcome dinner”.

Overnight: Novotel Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and snack lunch on board. Dinner.



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06h30 Buffet breakfast in the main hotel restaurant.

07h30 Depart Accra after breakfast to Akosombo in the Eastern Region to join a scheduled cruise of the Volta Lake aboard the Dodi Princess Cruise boat. Enjoy music and a barbeque lunch on board as we glide past the scenic villages along the banks of one of the largest manmade lakes in the world.

Return to Accra late afternoon.

18h30 After freshening up, we will meet in the lobby for transfer to The Afrikiko Restaurant for dinner. Late evening transfer to our hotel.

19h00 Dinner at Afrikiko.

Overnight: Novotel Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.



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07h30 Buffet breakfast at your hotel.

08h30 This morning we will depart on a city tour of Accra, visiting the National Museum of History and Ethnography with exhibits that reflect the heritage of Ghana throughout history to the present. This Museum houses a varied collection of Ghanaian artifacts. Continue to visit the W.E.B. Du Bois Centre for Pan Africanism which houses a cultural Pan African Center, as well as a research library and gallery full of manuscripts.

Lunch will be at Jofel Accra Restaurant (for your own account).

After lunch the tour continues to visit Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and Park, final resting place of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana. The Mausoleum has been visited by many world dignitaries. From the Mausoleum, we will stop at the Independence Arch and Black Star Square, Accra’s ceremonial grounds, from here we will be able to view the Christiansborg Castle, office and residence of the President of Ghana in the distance.

Late afternoon return to your hotel.

19h00 Dinner will be the main restaurant in the lobby of our hotel.

Overnight: Novotel Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner



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07h00 Buffet breakfast at the hotel and check out.

08h00 Today we will board our coach and depart for the city of Kumasi in The Ashanti Region; the Kingdom of Gold, History and Culture.

11h00 After Driving past several scenic villages and charming towns, we will stop in and pay a courtesy visit to the chief and people of Potroase, a typical Cocoa farming community. Here we will have the unique opportunity of witnessing a traditional cultural performance, as well as to interact with the local people. After the performance, we will go through a traditional naming session where we will be given our very own traditional names.

13h00 The tour then continues to visit The Asiakwa SOS Children’s Village which was established in November 1993 to cater for orphans and abandoned children in rural areas of Ghana. Here you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with
Housemothers and Children, so Please remember to bring your gifts for the children at the orphanage.

Lunch will be catered for at the Asiakwa SOS Children’s home by Linda Dor Restaurant. (For your own account.)

15h00 After the orphanage we continue to Kumasi driving past many beautiful villages with fine examples of traditional housing. Note the change in vegetation from

coastal shrub to forest as you drive northwards past several charming farming communities to Kumasi, the historic and cultural capital of the Ashanti people.
18h00 We arrive in Kumasi and check into The Noda Hotel, Address: Fumesua-Kumasi, TEL: +233 03220 612 70/3, FAX: +233 03220 642 46 where you will stay for the next 2 nights.
19h00 Dinner will be at the Hotel in the main restaurant.

Overnight: Noda Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.



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07h00 Buffet breakfast at your hotel.

08h00 Our coach departs for the Kumasi Central Market – the largest open-air market in West Africa – where we will have some time to shop amongst the many stalls. After our shopping time, we will visit a few Ashanti crafts villages including, Ahwiaa – the woodcarver’s village specializing in woodcarving such as the Ashanti stools, fertility dolls and walking sticks and Ntonso – noted for its indigenous artisans whose expertise lie in Adinkra textile printing using traditional symbols that express the spiritual, moral, political and socio-cultural philosophies of the Akan people. In the Ntonso Adinkra village you will be able to try your hand at creating your own designs. From here we will visit Bonwire famous for their Kente cloth production, where you will have the opportunity to observe weavers exhibiting their age old skills in producing the clothes adorned, some of which are a preserve for the Ashanti Kings.

13h00 Lunch will be at Jofel Kumasi Restaurant. (for your own account).

14h00 After lunch we continue on a city tour of Kumasi visiting the Manhyia Palace – residence of the Ashanti King and Palace Museum, as well as The
National Cultural Centre, before driving past the School of Art and Sculpture.

18h30 We will have an evening encounter with an elder who will give a lecture on Ashanti tradition and culture. This will offer you the opportunity to observe wrapping of the traditional cloth in different styles for which occasion and their meanings.

20h30 After the lecture we will be transferred to The Chinese Restaurant for dinner.

21h30 After dinner we will be transferred back to our hotel.

Overnight: Noda Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.



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07h00 Buffet breakfast and hotel check out.

08h00 Depart Kumasi for Cape Coast in the Central Region. Note the changes in vegetation for forest to coastal savannah as you drive south-west wards. Stop on the way to observe Palm Wine tapping and Akpeteshie distillation. We will drive for approximately 3 hours before arriving at Assin Manso.

11h00 Arrive at Assin Manso (home of The Enslaved River) to visit the burial site of the remains of the two ancestors exhumed from New York’s Wall Street and Jamaica Kingston (Samuel Carson from New York & Crystal from Jamaica) and re-interred on the Emancipation Day 1998. This will be followed by a visit the “Enslaved African River”, where you will see the area that the slaves were allowed their final wash before continuing on to one of the slave castles on the coast.

12h30 Depart Assin Manso to Cape Coast.

13h00 Upon arrival in Cape Coast we will have lunch ata local restaurant (for your own account).

14h30 After lunch, we will proceed to the Elmina Slave Castle for a comprehensive guided tour of the living quarters of the slaves and their “masters.” The first and oldest European structure built of any substance on African soil; the castle was built by the Portuguese in1482 and later used as an auction market. See the slave dungeons and condemn cells where enslaved Africans who

attempted to escape were incarcerated. View its utterly distinct architecture.

16h30 Check in to the Coconut Grove Beach Resort. Address: Mmoframa Akyinim
Elmina, Tel: 033 2140100, Fax: 033 2133646

19h00 Dinner will be at the hotel restaurant.

Overnight: Coconut Grove Beach Resort.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.



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08h00 Leisurely buffet breakfast at the hotel.

09H30 Visit a local primary school and interact with the teachers and students.

13h00 Lunch at your hotel

14h00 Depart to visit The University of Cape Coast. Established in 1962, this university was the 3rd public university in Ghana. It was initially established to train graduate professional teachers for the second cycle schools, but with the expansion of faculties and diversification of programs, the university now has the capacity to meet the manpower needs of other ministries and industries. The mandate of the Institute is to conduct research and teaching on the peoples and cultural heritage of Africa and to disseminate the findings.

After visiting the university, we will return to hotel where the rest of the afternoon is at leisure to walk on the beach, do some horse riding, or relax around the pool (your tour leader will be on hand to discuss some activities in the area).

19h00 Tonight’s dinner will be in the form of a barbeque with a bon fire on the beach in front of the Coconut Grove Beach Resort.

Overnight: Coconut Grove Beach Resort.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.



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07h00 Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

08h30 Board the coach to visit a typical Fante village. On arrival we will pay a courtesy call on the elders. Join the Queen mother and other women in the preparation of local dishes and learn more about village life and the challenges they are confronted with in their daily life.

13h00 Lunch will be at Hans Cottage where you can view (and have your photo taken with) some of the 40 resident crocodiles (lunch for your own account).

14h30 After lunch we will continue on to the Cape Coast Castle. Originally started by the Swedes in 1652. It served as the headquarters and seat of the British colonial government until 1877. Here we will embark on a comprehensive tour of the Castle, the Slave Dungeons and the West African Heritage Museum. The guide will lead us to the slave quarters and Negotiation Hall where slaves were bargained for and sold. Drive through the Cape Coast Township with its narrow streets modeled on the Yorkshire Districts of England. Late afternoon transfer to our beach hotel, The Coconut Grove Beach Resort, tel xxx xxx for check-in where you will have a few hours to relax and freshen up.

18h45 Meet in the hotel lobby where we will board our coach for transfer to our dinner venue, One Africa Restaurant – this is a Guest House run by an African-American couple who have return to the Motherland over 20 years ago. Late evening transfer to your hotel.

19h00 Dinner at One Africa Restaurant

Overnight: Coconut Grove Beach Resort.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.



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08h00 Leisurely breakfast at the hotel.

11h00 You will have a few hours at leisure before checking out of our hotel and boarding the coach for departure to Accra, driving along coastal fishing villages and coconut lined beaches.

14h00 We will arrive in Accra where we will be transferred to the local market where we will be able to do some last minute souvenir

shopping after which we will have a “farewell” lunch at a local restaurant as guests of Yates Tours.

16h30 After our late lunch, we will transferred to the Kotoko International Airport for check in and departure to Washington DC via London.

22h45 Depart on British Airway flight BA78 to London.

Overnight: In Flight.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch, Dinner on board.



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06h25 You will arrive at London’s Heathrow International Airport at TERMINAL 5. You will once again remain in transit for your onward flight to Washington DC.

10h10 Depart from TERMINAL 5 on British Airways flight BA217 for Washington DC.

13h05 Arrive at Washington Dulles International Airport.