Panafest And Emancipation Celebrations

Detailed Itinerary

“Emancipation, Our Heritage, Our Strength and Re-uniting the African Family for Development”
 

Panafest And Emancipation Celebrations1 week Price : $1488.00 per person
Duration on demand : 3 – 11days
Groups and individuals are welcome
Minimum group size of 10 or more get discount and special discount for students
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Day 1 ARRIVE IN ACCRA

Lodging : Hotel in Accra.
Meals: D
Arrive in Accra, Ghana, you will be met and pick-up from airport and transfer to your hotel.
A fantastic traditional welcome ceremony, including cultural drumming and dancing (for group arrivals only) and orientation. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Panafest And Emancipation CelebrationsDay 2 ACCRA CITY TOUR
Lodging : Hotel in Kumasi.
Meals : B L & D
After a breakfast, sightseeing tour of the capital of Ghana, Accra.
Visit to (an academic and civil rights champion) W. E. B. Dubois Center for Pan African Culture, he spent two years working on a Pan-African encyclopedia under the invitation Dr. Kwame Nkrumah (Ghana’s first President). There will be a guided tour through Dr. DuBois’ research library.

Next stop: Independence/Black Star Square. The square marks the point where three ex-military men tried to present grievances to the colonial governor and were shot during a peaceful demonstration. Visit to Nkrumah Memorial Park (Mausoleum), was created to commemorate Ghana’s founding father. There will be a guided tour and you will see the most significant materials he used through his days as president of Ghana.

After lunch, visit to the Arts Center: a large arts and crafts market where you can find handicrafts from all over Ghana and West Africa. Finally, depart for a drive to Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti Kingdom for a night. Upon arrival at your hotel, have dinner and overnight.

Day 3 TAMALE
Lodging : Hotel in Tamale.
Meals : B, L & D
After breakfast at hotel, depart for Tamale. First stop at Kintampo and Assin Bono. Both areas were former slave markets. Afternoon arrival in Tamale, relax and enjoy the new environment. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 4 ATONEMENT AT SALAGA
Lodging : Hotel Tamale.
Meals : B, L & D
After breakfast, depart for a breathtaking drive to Salaga, one of the towns used as a major slave market during the slave trade.
Introduction to the traditional leader and tour the site where the slave trade started. In Salaga, you will find families whose ancestors were slave raiders, slave chains and shackles are still kept in some of the family homes. As an act of humility and a plea for forgiveness, villagers will wash the feet of participants. This ceremony, is a symbolic apology for the acts of their ancestors.

Next visit “Salaga Slave Market”, is the market place where slaves were sold in the formal Gold Coast, Lay a wreath at the grave site commemorating those who did not survive the slave trade. For group tour only, there will be cultural performance, including traditional drumming, dancing etc. Drive back to your hotel in Tamale for dinner and overnight.


Day 5 TAMALE – KUMASI

Lodging : Hotel in Kumasi.
Meals : B D
The day of reflection on your atonement journey. Enjoy breakfast in your hotel, enjoy a walking tour and get ready to depart for Kumasi. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 6 KUMASI CITY TOUR
Lodging : Hotel in Kumasi.
Meals : B, L & D
Explore Kumasi the home of one of the richest cultures in Africa.
A walking tour to view Kajetia market with a visit to Manhyia Palace Museum to obtain from source information on the legacies of the Ashanti Kingdom. The Ashanti’s have a famously regal history which dates back to 1700 and is evidenced by extraordinary relics and artefacts. You will enjoy a drive through the city of Kumasi and see the many monuments dedicated to the memory of great Ashanti people. Also, to the spot of the Okomfo Anokye Sword. The site is believe to be where the Golden Stool ascended. The stool represents the unity of the Ashanti Kingdom. Finally, at the National Cultural Center which features the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum and is home to traditional potters, brass and batik makers. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 7 ASHANTI CRAFT VILLAGES
Lodging : Hotel in Kumasi.
Meals : B & L
After breakfast, we will visit to the three famous craft villages in Ashanti:
Bonwire (Kente weaving village).
Ahwiaa (wood carvers’ village).
Ntonso (home of Adinkra).
You will have the opportunity to see the artisans who makes them, how they are made and buy from them. After lunch depart to Cape Coast. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 8 CAPE COAST & ELMINA CASTLE
Lodging : Hotel in Cape Coast.
Meals : B, L & D
After breakfast, a drive to the Elmina Castle formally known as St. George Castle and slave dungeon, built by the Portuguese in 1482. This castle was the first built in Sub – Saharan Africa by the Europeans. Explore the grounds and rooms full of haunting history.

After lunch, enjoy a walking tour of the colonial town of Elmina. Elmina’s rich history is captured in its buildings. They tell the stories of the people of Elmina and their interaction with those who came from outside West Africa. Experience the wonderful examples of how art is used in daily lives of Africans. Wreath laying as a sign of respect and moment of silence is observed in remembrance of those who died in the middle passage. Finally, depart for Cape Coast. Dinner and overnight at hotel.


Panafest And Emancipation CelebrationsDay 9 THE DOOR OF NO RETURN AT CAPE COAST CASTLE & EMANCIPATION DURBAR AT ASSIN MANSO

Lodging : Hotel in Cape Coast.
Meals : B, L & D
After breakfast, a visit to the Cape Coast Castle. Commemorate the departure and middle passage of Africans more than 200 years ago, when they were transported via slave ships to the Americas. In the castle, you will enter through the “Door of No Return.” That was the last door African ancestors passed through on their way to board the ships to the “new world.” During the slave trade, that door was a symbol of hopelessness. To modern pilgrims, it is a “Door of Return,” a symbol of hope and healing. You will explore the grounds of this castle, including its slave dungeons. Every part of the castle has historical significance and it also houses the West African Historical Museum, established by the Smithsonian Institute in collaboration with the Ghanaian government in 1994.

The final visit, the former slave route to Assin Manso. Visit the site of “Donkor Nsuo,” the former “Slave River”, bath, market and final transit point for enslaved Africans into the castle. You will also have the opportunity to visit the final resting place of two ancestors whose mortal remains were returned from the USA and Jamaica and re-interred in Ghana.

The Emancipation Day event is a colourful and spectacular celebration opened with a Grand Durbar of Traditional Chiefs and people of the Central Region. Witness this grand event that showcases the pomp and pageantry of Ghana’s traditional rulers, dressed in rich Kente and adorned in sparkling gold jewellery. Discover the African rhythm in you as you dance to the beat of the ‘fromtomfrom’ drums. Drive back from Assin Manso to Cape Coast with much information’s from the source, dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Panafest And Emancipation CelebrationsDAY 10 KAKUM NATIONAL PARK
Lodging : Hotel in Cape Coast.
Meals : B, L & D
Breakfast at your hotel and early departure to explore the historic Kakum National Park. Kakum National Park is one of West Africa’s surviving tropical rain forests, is the home to over 40 large mammals, 400 bird species and an array of butterflies, flora and fauna. It covers 360sq km and filled with diverse and dense vegetation. A blend of true rainforest and semi deciduous forest.

The Canopy walkway is the most popular attraction in the forest which is made up of seven bridges extending 330m and hanging 40m above the forest floor. You will be given the opportunity to experience a 2km nature walk through the forest on the canopy to discover the wide variety of exotic floral species and the medicinal values they offer. Enjoy the rest of this day at leisure. Farewell dinner and overnight at your hotel.

DAY 11 CAPE COAST – ACCRA – DEPARTURE
After breakfast at hotel, enjoy a drive back to Accra. Free day and transfer to the airport for your departure.