Day 1: Home/ Accra. Depart your hometown today for Accra.
Day 2: Accra. On arrival at the Accra Airport, you will be met, assisted, and transferred to the Novotel Hotel in downtown Accra. Balance of the day is at leisure. Dinner at hotel. Includes: (D).
Day 3: Accra. This morning, you will go on Accra city tour visiting the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and Park, National Museum and W.E.B. Du Bois Centre for Pan Africanism. Drive past the Independence Archand Black Star Square – Accra’s ceremonial grounds. View in the distance Christiansborg Castle, office of the President of Ghana. Lunch is provided at a local restaurant. After lunch, you visit the Arts and Crafts Market where you can test your bargaining skills on the local vendors. Return to the hotel late this afternoon. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 4: Accra. Depart Accra for a visit to Aburi Botanical Gardens established in 1890 as a convalescent for the British Colonial officers governing – the then Gold Coast and present day Ghana – and relax under the shade of huge trees, some of which are over hundred years old. The Aburi Botanical Gardens were designed for scientific research and pleasure and is a habitat for plants from all over the world. Over the years, the Garden has cultured a variety of tropical plants which attract many birds and butterflies. Lunch at Aburi Gardens. Continue to the Mampong Herbal Centre famous for its research and cures for diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and baldness. Stop at the wood carvers shops along the route. Return to Accra by evening. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 5: Accra/ Elmina. Today, you depart for the Central Region. Drive along the coast through several fishing villages and coconut-lined beaches. Arrive in Cape Coasts and visit the Cape Coast Castle and the West African Historical Museum. Your guide will take you to the slave quarters and Negotiation Hall where slaves were bargained for and sold. Lunch at a seaside restaurant. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Elmina/ Kumasi. After breakfast, you visit Kakum National Park. Go on a morning walk of the “Kuntan Trail” with its countless trees with medicinal properties. For the young at heart, experience the “Canopy Walk” suspended 100 feet from the ground for a panoramic view of the flora and fauna of one of the remaining vestiges of the rain forest. Lunch in Elmina. Depart for the Ashanti Region, driving past Assin Mjanso, which was the last rest stops for slaves on their “one way” trek to the Coast for shipment into slavery. You will notice the change in vegetation from coastal shrub to forest as we drive north across the Driver Prah to the historic and cultural capital of Ashanti, Kumasi. Arrive in Kumasi late this afternoon. Check in to Royal Basin Resort. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Kumasi. You begin a city tour of Kumasi by visiting Manhyia Palace Museum, National Cultural Centre, Okomfo Anokye Sword, Prempeh II Jubilee Museum, driving past the School of Art of the University of Science and Technology and sculpture garden, the Military Museum and the Kumasi central market – the largest open-air market in West Africa. Lunch at a local restaurant. Next, you visit a few Ashanti craft villages where you can observe craftsmen at work and find souvenir gift items – Ahwiaa wood carvers’ village for Ashanti stools, fertility dolls and walking sticks, Ntonso for Adinkra cloth and tie-and-dye process, Bonwire for Kente cloth weaving. Return to Kumasi. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Kumasi/ Accra. This morning, depart Kumasi for Accra. Drive past several scenic villages and charming towns and through lush vegetation. Arrive in Accra by late afternoon. Late lunch in Accra. Balance of the day is at leisure. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 9: Home. Check out of the hotel at noon. After lunch at the hotel, you will be taken to the airport for your flights home.
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