Day 1: Arrival – Woezor. Rylax Travel & Tours’ staff will meet you upon your arrival and offer transfer from the airport to your hotel. Overnight is at your hotel in Accra. Includes: (B).
Day 2: City Tour of Accra
We start our day with breakfast at your hotel. After breakfast we will spend an hour discussing tour details and general information on Ghana and her culture. We depart hotel to enjoy a drive through former British colonial homes to the W.E.B. Dubois Centre for Pan African Culture. Here we shall appreciate the life and works of this early African-American scholar and Pan-Africanist. This afternoon, we will drive through portions of the historical city of Accra where every statue and cenotaph has a story to tell. This will bring us to the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, final resting place of the mortal remains of Ghana’s first president. A guided tour of the facility is a summary of our fight for independence. Spend the rest of the afternoon at the arts and craft market located at the Centre for National Culture in Accra. Enjoy shopping from a wide range of Ghanaian and African artifacts and antiques while testing your bargaining skills. Return to your hotel for overnight in Accra. Includes: (B).
Day 3: Heritage Tour – Cape Coast & Elmina
After breakfast, we shall check out at your hotel, and drive further west to Cape Coast. Upon arrival, experience the tour of the Cape Coast Castle originally constructed by the by the Swedes in 1653 and later ceded to the British who reconstructed it with dungeons and further fortified it by 1665 to be used in the gruesome Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Next, we will tour the St George’s Castle in Elmina, the first prominent European building in tropical Africa constructed by the Portuguese by 1482. The largest of all the European fortifications along the Gold Coast, this world heritage monument was put to various uses at different times including the slave trade. Finally we will check in at one of our partner hotels in Elmina. Overnight is at your hotel in Elmina. Includes: (B).
Day 4: Natural Resources Kakum Rainforest – Obuasi Gold – Kumasi
Breakfast is served at your hotel. Depart your hotel and enjoy the drive to Kakum National Park where we spend part of the morning either trekking through or experiencing a bird’s eye view of this beautiful tropical rain forest from the canopy walkway 60 metres above the forest floor. From here, drive northward to Obuasi, the site of one of the richest gold reserves in Africa. Drive through portions of the mining area to acquaint ourselves with the wealth we possess in Gold. We continue even further north of Obuasi to Kumasi, the capital of the Asante Empire. Visit the Manhyia Palace, home of the present and previous Asante kings. We shall visit the Palace Museum where every relic is a story of an empire that was built on gold. We shall check in at our hotel and spend the rest of the evening at leisure in Kumasi. Includes: (B).
Day 5: Asante Culture & Craft
We shall check out at your hotel after breakfast and visit craft villages near Kumasi to afford you the opportunity to have an insight into how our crafts are made. We shall begin with a visit to Ahwiaa the wood carving village, Ntonso the Adinkra cloth village and Bonwire the kente cloth village. In each of these places the experts will explain and demonstrate how the craft is made. Depart Kumasi for Accra. Once in Accra the rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Overnight is at your hotel, Accra. Includes: (B).
Day 6: Accra – Lome, Togo
Check out at hotel and depart for a drive east to the Aflao border. After immigration formalities, continue to Lome for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, enjoy a drive through the city of Lome to view the Independence Square. For a summary of Togolese history we will visit the National Museum where relics and artefacts will tell us the story. We will then visit the Fetish Market to see witch doctors at work with fascinating items as their stock in trade. Finally we will visit the Art Street and Lome central market with its famous “Nana Benz”. Drive from market to your hotel for overnight in Lome, Togo. Includes: (B).
Day 7: Lome-Glidji-Ouidah-Cotonou
After breakfast, check out of hotel and depart for Cotonou. En route, visit Glidji, the spiritual capital city of the Guen tribe of Togo; meet chief priest of the sacred forest and learn about the ceremony of the raising of the sacred stone. We will continue to Hila Condji to go through immigration formalities once again as we cross over to Benin. After crossing, we will head further east to Ouidah to first visit the historical museum, a former Portuguese slave fort. We shall go through the footprints of their ancestors to experience the slave route which ends at the Door of No Return. Upon returning we will visit the Temple of the Sacred Pythons. Next, we will continue to enjoy our drive eastward to Cotonou, the capital of the Republic of Benin, our third African Country. Upon arrival in the city, we will check-in at one of our partner hotels. Overnight is at our hotel in Cotonou, Benin. Includes: (B).
Day 8: Cotonou-Abomey-Ganvie-Cotonou
Depart from hotel in Cotonou after breakfast for Abomey the capital city of the great Kingdom of Dahomey. En route, stop at Toussaint Louverture, the liberator of Haiti’s memorial and continue to Abomey. At Abomey, visit Goho historical square and proceed to the historic museum, and ancient palaces of the kings of Dahomey. Visit the museum and interact with palace artisans. Continue with a drive to Abomey-Calavi where we will enjoy a boat ride over the Nokoue Lake to Ganvie, the biggest stilt village in Africa. While in Ganvie we will visit the village craft centre and ride past the homes to see locals attending to their daily chores. After this, we will once again enjoy the boat ride back to Abomey-Calavi. Return to our hotel for overnight in Cotonou, Benin. Includes: (B).
Day 9: Cotonou – Lome – Accra. After breakfast, check out and depart hotel for a drive from Cotonou through Hila Condji border to Togo. Continue to Aflao border to go through immigration formalities one final time as we return to Accra. Check in and overnight at our hotel in Accra. Includes: (B).
Day 10: Day At Leisure/ Departure. After breakfast, spend the day at leisure finalizing your shopping, packing and preparing for departure. Check out at hotel and transfer to airport for departure formalities. Includes: (B).
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