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Day 1: Washington

 

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After the completion of all of your preparations, we will meet for our flight which will depart from the Washington Dulles International Airport for Accra, Ghana. 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.

 

Depart for Ghana. Dinner and refreshments will be served on board.

 

Overnight: In Flight.

Meals: Dinner on board

 

 

Day 2:  ACCRA

 

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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 (or similar),

 

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

 

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

 

Overnight: Novotel Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast and snack lunch on board. Dinner.

 

 

Day 3: ACCRA / EASTERN REGION

 

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Buffet breakfast in the main hotel restaurant.

 

Depart Accra after breakfast to Akosombo in the Eastern Region to join a scheduled cruise of the Volta Lake. 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.

 

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

 

Dinner at Afrikiko. A local Restaurant that serve Ghanaian dishes.

 

Overnight: Novotel Hotel. (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

 

 

Day 4: ACCRA CITY TOUR

 

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Buffet breakfast at your hotel.

 

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.

 

Dinner will be at the hotel.

 

Overnight: Novotel Hotel. (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

 

 

Day 5: KUMASI

 

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Buffet breakfast at the hotel and check out.

 

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

 

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.

 

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.)

 

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.

We arrive in Kumasi and check into The Fredericks Hotel (or similar) 2 46 where you will stay for the next 2 nights.

Dinner will be at the Hotel in the main restaurant.

 

Overnight: Fredericks Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

 

 

Day 6: KUMASI

 

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Buffet breakfast at your hotel.

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

After dinner we will be transferred back to our hotel.

 

Overnight: Fredericks Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

 

 

Day 7: KUMASI – CAPE COAST

 

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Buffet breakfast and hotel check out.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Depart Assin Manso to Cape Coast.

 

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

 

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.

 

Check in to the Coconut Grove Beach Resort. Hotel (or similar).

 

Dinner will be at the hotel restaurant.

 

Overnight: Coconut Grove Beach Resort. (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

 

 

Day 8: CAPE COAST

 

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Leisurely buffet breakfast at the hotel.

 

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

 

Lunch at your hotel

 

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 (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

 

 

Day 9: CAPE COAST

 

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Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

 

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.

 

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).

 

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.

 

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.

 

Dinner at One Africa Restaurant

 

Overnight: Coconut Grove Beach Resort. (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

 

 

Day 10: CAPE COAST / ACCRA

 

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Leisurely breakfast at the hotel.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

Depart on flight to Washington DC.

 

Overnight: In Flight.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch, Dinner on board.

 

 

Day 11: WASHINGTON DC

 

Arrive at Washington Dulles International Airport.

 

 

For more information,

contact Brenda Cox, tel: (703) 403-0748,

or e-mail brenda@yatestours.com

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