Ghana’s climate is pleasantly tropical with yearround average temperatures between 75 and 85 ,with uninterrupted sunshine from November toMay and a short rainy season between the monthsof April to June, when sudden but spectacularshowers can punctuate the hot sun.
DAY 2: ACCRAAfter breakfast there is orientation.Afterwards begin the city tour of Accra visitingthe National Museum of History andEthnography to observe exhibits that reflect theheritage of Ghana through-out history to thepresent. Visit Independence Square, Accras open-airceremonial grounds where all nationalcelebrations are held. Continue to visit theKwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and museum, atribute to Ghanas first President. This park,formally called the Polo grounds, is where Dr.Kwame Nkrumah declared the independence ofGhana. The remains of Dr Nkrumah as well asthat of his wife rest on this premise. You will seevarious personal items used by Dr Nkrumah, aswell as books he authored.Visit the Arts and Crafts market where you couldtest you’re bargaining and trading skills againstthe vendors. This evening there is a welcomedinner. Tailors and dressmakers will be inattendance to take your orders for custom madeoutfits.
Day 3: Depart Accra for the Ashanti Kingdom of Gold
After breakfast drive to Kumasi, the Capital of the Ashanti Kingdom of Gold. Drive past several scenic villages with fineexamples of traditional Ghanaian buliding. Arrive in Kumasi by mid afternoon and proceed on a half day tour ofKumasi. Visit the Manhyia Palace Museum built in 1925 by the British to receive Asantehene (ruler of the Ashantipeople) Prempeh I when he returned from exile in the Seychelles to resume residence in Kumasi. Drive past theKumasi Central Market, the largest open-air market in West Africa, to visit the National Cultural Center which is hometo Prempeh II Jubilee Museum. This museum was named after the former Asantehene, Nana Osei Agyeman PremprehII. Exhibits in this museum include a replica of the famed Golden Stool, which is believed to have descended from thesky and is the spiritual symbol of unity for the Ashanti people. Overnight: Golden Tulip Kumasi
This morning there is optional church service attendance. After church service, visit a few Ashanti craftvillages starting with the woodcarving village of Ahwiaa, known for the talented craftsmen who fashionroyal stools, walking sticks and fertility dolls from wood. You will have the opportunity to purchasehand carved items of all kinds. The next stop is the village of Ntonso where artisans hand-stamppatterns on cotton cloth to make Adinkra textiles. Adinkra cloth is worn for funerals and other solemnoccasions. The final village is Bonwire, where the famous Kente cloth is handmade on looms in a time-honored tradition passed down through generations. You will see the Kente weavers in process ofcreating Kente cloth in various styles, and have the opportunity to purchase souvenirs expertly wovenKente.
Day 5:KUMASI TO CAPE COASTMorning at leisure. Late morning depart to CapeCoast by driving past scenic villages andthrough the evergreen forests. On the way, youwill stop at Assin Manso, the burial site of twoformer slaves from the U. S. and Jamaica whoseremains were re-interred in August 1998during Ghana’s first Emancipation DayCelebration. You will see the “Slave River”where captured Africans were washed beforebeing confined in the Slave Castles to awaitshipment to the Americas and the Caribbean.This evening go on a have a guided tour throughthe ancient town of Elmina. At the harbor youwill see the colorful fishing canoes getting readyto go to sea for another night’s task of fishing.This is a perfect opportunity for thephotographers in the group.
This morning we will visit Cape Coast Castle and the Castle Museum for a guided tour.Cape Coast Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was one of the departurepoints for Africans being sent to slavery in the Americas. The castle is home to theinfamous "Door of No Return."
We want you to experience a peaceful, safe,natural setting, with only one thing to thinkabout - relaxing and enjoying your stay inGhana! Elmina Bay hotel will offer you awarm welcome, and luxurious rooms allwith stunning sea views.
Day 7: Cape Coast – Kakum – Cape CoastAfter breakfast, visit Kakum National Park, one of Ghanas most famous parks. Take a briefwalking tour on the forest floor where you will learn cultural and medicinal purposes of the floraand fauna. Proceed to the canopy walk. Kakum is home to Africas only aerial walkway throughthe tree canopy, a 1000 foot long and seven-bridge walkway with viewing platforms that reachheights of over 150 feet above ground.
This afternoon we will visit the Cape Coast School for the Deaf. You will be welcomedby the students with traditional cultural performance. The students at Cape CoastSchool for the Deaf have put their disability aside in keeping the African traditionalcultural performances alive. They will excite you with African traditional drummingand dancing skills. You will have the opportunity to meet individual students. Youmay make donations of school materials and other items to the students.
Continue to Accra with a brief stop to visit the village of Abandze, the ancestral home of LouisArmstrong, the famous American jazz musician. Arrive in Accra by late afternoon. Those whohave ordered outfits will have the time to get fittings and adjustments before it is time for thisevening’s farewell dinner with entertainment. Last minute shopping at the Arts and Craftsmarket where you could test your bargaining and trading skills against the vendors or visit oneof Ghana’s best known fabric stores where there is a wide selection of African fabrics. Afterreturning to your hotel with the great bargains you have secured, refresh and relax before thisevening’s farewell dinner. Transfer to airport for flight back home
After returning to your hotel with the great bargains you have secured, refresh and relax before this evening’s farewell dinner. Transfer to airport for flight back home
Ghana What You Need To Travel1. A current passport which must be valid for a minimum of six months after scheduled return date and must have as least two blank pages for immigration stamps.2. All travelers must have a visa to enter Ghana.3. Travelers visiting Ghana must show proof of immunization against yellow fever.4. Malaria prophylactics is highly recommended.5. Palace Travel will provide a visa support letter which helps to expedite the visa processing without the need to show evidence of financial support.
PricingPRICE PER PERSON SINGLE ROOM TWO PER ROOM SUPPLEMENT $3990.00 $460.00
Tour Price Includes• Roundtrip airfare from Atlanta• Meeting and assistance upon arrival and departure• Roundtrip airport/hotel transfers• Hotel accommodation in the indicated properties• Transportation in private motor coach.• Experienced tour guide• Admission to listed sites and events• Meals indicated (7 breakfasts and 6 dinners)
Tour Price Does Not Include• • Cost of visa • Meals not listed • Travel Insurance • Gratuity to drivers and guides
Ghana Travelers Guide• Do spend some time reading up and learning about the •Dont display your wealth, dont wear expensive jewelry, country you are visiting - you will get a far better wear a cheap watch. reception if you take an interest in the people, respect •Dont be surprised if things happen less quickly or less their culture, learn their social etiquettes and at least the efficiently than you are accustomed to at home. After all basics of the local language. A simple "hello", "please" or that is the reason you travel--to experience different "thank you" goes a long way. cultures.• Do show respect for local cultures, traditions and holy •Don’t take photos of military bases, police offices, or places and always dress modestly. airports.• Do carry tissues/toilet paper and hand sanitizer with you •Don’t be surprised if you encounter police checkpoints or every day; outside of your hotel room you may not find traffic police. These are common in Africa and are used to toilet facilities that are what you are familiar with. look for stolen or overweight vehicles, and other law enforcement procedures.• Do use water sparingly - it is precious in many countries •Do carry your passport with you, but in a secure method, and the local people may not have sufficient clean water. protected from pickpockets.• Do be prepared for "tourist touts"—young men who •Do expect a culture shock in very many ways. No matter generally have a sad story that requires you to part with how much traveling you’ve done or how many multi- your money. cultural events/activities/persons you’ve been exposed to,• Do be careful with your belongings, particularly in nothing will prepare you for what you’ll experience. crowded areas. •Accept people for who they are, even if their cultural• Do support the local economy by buying local fabric, practices seem antiquated/foreign to you. You don’t have clothing and crafts. to want to live in a place to enjoy being there.• Do look out for quality products--there is a lot of junk •Do remember- you are America’s representative. just waiting for the unsuspecting traveler. Regardless of your political beliefs, you may be one of the few Americans that someone you interact with has met.• Dont become so worried about crime that you forget to You have the ability to affect how that person views enjoy your trip. Its easy to fall into the habit of worrying Americans and you may better that perspective. so much that the real pleasures of the country pass you
ELECTRICITYVoltage: First is the voltage. The type of electricity that comes out of the wall is different than inthe United States. Thus, you cannot directly use a U.S. electrical appliance UNLESS it is dualvoltage. The Ghana electricity is 220 volts/50 cycles. To see if your appliance is dual voltage lookon the plug or power box to see if it reads only 110 volts or if there is a range of 110-220v (orsomething very close).Converter: If there is a range of 110-220v you can use the appliance without a converter. You mayneed to move a screw from one indicator to the other, though. If your appliance is only good for110v, you’ll need a converter. There are different types of converters, depending on the wattage ofthe appliance. Be sure to get the right kind.Adapter Plug: Regardless of what voltage your appliance is, you will not be able to plug it directlyinto the wall. You will need an adapter plug. Depending on whether your appliance is a two-prongor three-prong item, you need an adapter plug that works with your appliance. You may need twoplugs—one with two prongs and one with three. Here is what the outlet plug will look like.← The Plug types used are Rectangular blades.Power strips: If you have multiple things to charge, you may want to purchase a power strip. Thatway you can charge several camera batteries, your cell phone, etc. at once.Note: throughout the world electrical outlets in bathrooms are ONLY for shavers. Do NOT pluganything else in, including hairdryers.
What to Wear Ghana•Lightweight or tropical for most of the year with rainwear for the rainyseason.•Long sleeves at nights.•An umbrella or light rain coat for occasional shower.•Casual wear is suitable although beachwear should only be worn at thebeach or at the poolside.• Only the most exclusive dining rooms encourage guests to dress fordinner.•Good comfortable walking shoes are a must.