The Black Travel Club

Afrochella

Sale price Price $1,725.00 Regular price $221.40

Accra, Ghana

December 27, 2019 - January 3, 2020

Trip type: Party/Cultural/Explorer
 

*This tour is operated by Palace Travel.  Book through The Black Travel Club and save on transaction fees in addition to getting a free limited edition Black Travel Club shirt.

While there is some truth to the notion that there's no place like home for the holidays, in this, the Year of Return, it is time for all of us to go to our original home...Africa.  And what better way to do this than with a tour across Ghana starting with one of the most anticipated festivals of the year!  This tour truly offers an unforgettable holiday.

 

Included

Not Included

Meals Flights
Airport Transfers Cost of Visa
Hotel Accommodations Travel Insurance
Transportation Driver/Guide Gratuity
Tour Guide Personal Expenses
Admission Tickets
Visa Assistance

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Accra | Friday, Dec 27, 2019

Arrive in Accra, meet up and transfer to the hotel.  Check into hotel and relax after your journey.  Welcome to the motherland!

Overnight at Best Western Plus Accra Beach

Day 2: Afrochella Festival | Sat, Dec 28, 2019

After breakfast and a brief orientation by your tour guide, you will visit the following places:

  • The W.E.B. DuBois former home, now a museum and center for the study of Pan Africanism.
  • Drive through Flagstaff House, official residence and administrative offices of the President (Ghana's Whitehouse).
  • Drive past the Independence Square on the way to visit the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
  • Tour Historic James Town - one of Accra's most historic neighborhoods, where history resides on every corner.  Best know for its lighthouses (the first of which was constructed in 1875) as a navigational aid for trading vessels sailing through the Gulf of Guinea.  The original structure was ruined, however, a larger and more improved lighthouse completed in 1921 is still functioning today.  James Town is also known as Ghana's boxing incubator, the home of Africa's most accomplished boxer, Azumah Nelson.

Attend the popular and exuberant Afrochella festival, designed to elevate and highlight the thrilling and thriving millennial talent from Africa, the Caribbean, and beyond.  The day will feature a festive celebration of Ghanaian culture in the form of Arts, Fashion, Live painting, plus the best of Diasporan cultures and Live performances.

Return to the hotel with beautiful memories of a truly authentic African experience.

Overnight at Best Western Plus Accra Beach

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Accra - Kumasi | Sun, Dec 29, 2019

After breakfast depart for a scenic drive to Kumasi the capital of the cradle of African culture - Ashanti Region.  Kumasi may surprise you, being the most dynamic marketplace in West Africa and the second largest city in Ghana with a population of almost three million.

At the outskirts of Kumasi, visit the Ashanti craft villages including:

-The village of Bonwire, where the famous Kente cloth is handmade on looms in a time-honored tradition passed down through generations.  See the Kente weavers in the process of creating Kente cloth in various intricate styles.

-The village of Ntonso, where artisan's hand-stamp patterns on cotton cloth to make Adinkra textiles.  Adinkra textiles are worn for funerals and other dolemn occasions.  Learn how the black dye is made from the bark of trees, and create your own Adinkdra sash to take home.

-The woodcarving village of Ahwiaa, known for the talented craftsmen who fashion royal stools, fertility dolls and other crafts from wood.

Overnight at Golden Tulip Kumasi

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Kumasi | Mon, Dec 30, 2019

After breakfast, optional Christmas service at a local church, before visiting the National Cultural Center which features the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum and various studios of brass-makers, potters and batik makers.  Exhibits in this museum include a replica of the famed Golden Stool, which is believed to have descended from the sky and is the spiritual symbol of unity for the Ashanti people. 

Next stop will be Manhyia Palace Museum to obtain firsthand information on the legacies of the Ashanti Kingdom, a regal history that dates back to 1700 and is told with relics and artifacts.

Excitement mounts all through the Christmas period when many families get together for a special meal.  Neighbors and even strangers are invited too; such is the nature of the famous Ghanaian hospitality.

Choose between celebrating with Local Ghanaian families to have a true experience of Ghanaian Christmas season celebration, or enjoy group dinner at a selected restaurant.

Overnight at Golden Tulip Kumasi

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Kumasi - Assin Manso - Elmina | Tue, Dec 31, 2019

After breakfast, depart to Cape Coast in Ghana's Central Region.  This region has had the most significant effect on the lives of Africans in the diaspora.  We will pass through small villages and arrive at Assin Manso, the burial site of two former slaves from Jamaica and the US whose remains were re-interred here in August 1998 during Ghana's first Emancipation Day Celebration.

See the "Slave River" where our ancestors were washed before confinement in the dungeons to await shipment to the Americas.

On arrival in Elmina visit the harbor to enjoy the sights and sounds of the many colorful fishing boats bringing their daily catch and take the opportunity to interact with the locals at the nearby market.  A short distance from the market, visit the boat builders, a still building colorful fishing boats using tradtional tools and methods spanning centuries.

Here you will find the perfect photo opportunities before continuing to your hotel where the rest of the evening is at leisure.

Overnight at Elmina Beach Resort

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Elmina - Cape Coast | Wed, Jan 1, 2020

After breakfast, we will travel the short distance to Cape Coast dungeon, where we will experience the emotional journey of going in the opposite direction of our ancestors, through the infamous "door of no return."  Returning through the "door of no return" be prepared to console your traveling companions as this is always an emotional experience.

Continue to visit Elmina Castle/Slave Dungeon - originally called Fort Sao Jorge de Elmina - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, completed in 1486 and was the first European made structure build in sub-Saharan Africa.

This evening you will experience the traditional Fihankra Ceremony to "restore to Diasporans the cultural and spiritual connections that were denied them for centuries."  The Fihankra Ceremony will include a traditional Naming Ceremony where you will receive your African name and certificate of authentication.

Overnight at Elmina Beach Resort

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

Day 7: Elmina (Edina Bronya - Ghanaian Christmas) | Thurs, Jan 2, 2020

Morning at leisure.  Early afternoon, enjoy an authentic Christmas celebration the way the locals do as you join in the celebration of Edina Bronya, which translates to "Elmina Christmas" and was introduced to the people of this region centuries ago as a time for purification, sacrifices to the gods, remembrance of the ancestors and the welcoming of a new year.  Families pour libations and invite friends and neighbors to participate in dining and celebration throughout the region.  This evening dinner will be with a local family.

Overnight at Elmina Beach Resort

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Elmina - Kakum - Depart Accra | Fri, Jan 3, 2020

After breakfast before you return to Accra, you will visit Kakum National Park, which has one of Africa's famous rain forest canopy walkways.  This tropical rain forest and the canopy walkway are sure to be one of the highlights of your time in Ghana.  The walkway consists of a series of 7 bridges, attached to 7 emerging trees, 40 meters above the rain forest floor.  Prepare to take a deep breath as you walk the suspended bridges.  Marvel at the breathtaking views that stretch for miles across the rain forest as you rest on the tree platforms.  This is an exciting excursion never to be forgotten.

Upon arrival in Accra, experience some of Accra's most authentic shopping outlets including crafts, carvings, authentic African art, exquisite fabrics and custom clothing.The rest of the day will be at leisure until you are transferred to the airport for you onward flight

 

Meals: Breakfast

 

Cost

Up Front: $1,725 double occupancy, $2,245 single (no transaction fees; save 1-3%); cancellation fee of $475 until Oct 27, 2019, no refunds after that date.

Payment Plan: $207 double / $269 single Deposit (50% refundable until July 1, 2019), plus 3 equal, non-refundable payments for the remainder up until the final payment due Oct 27, 2019.  CLICK HERE to choose the payment plan option.

NOTE: You will be responsible for your own travel insurance, which may cover some or all of any cancellation fees if necessary.