Day 1 - Accra
Arrive in Accra and transfer to your hotel. For those arriving early in the day, the rest of the day is free to explore. Overnight Accra City Hotel or similar.
Days 2-4 - Akossombo
We head north to the lands of the Krobo people to spend three days witnessing one of Ghana's most amazing celebrations, the Dipo festival. Taking place each year this traditional festival is held to mark the initiation of adolescent girls into
womanhood, and showcases the excellent traditional dress and crafts to be found here, with numerous rituals taking place to signify the coming of age. Overnight Afrikio Resort or similar. (BLD)
Day 5 - Kumasi
Drive to Kumasi, Ghana's second city and home of the old Ashanti Kingdom. Explore the city including a visit to the Ashanti Cultural Centre, with its rich collection of artefacts. If we are lucky we may also be able to attend a traditional Ashanti funeral - a colourful celebration of life at which visitors are welcome. Overnight Miklin Hotel or similar. (BLD)
Day 6 - Kumasi
Today is set aside for attending the traditional Ashanti royal festival of Awakudae, a unique opportunity to see a vibrant and colourful royal ceremony and see the customs and culture of the Ashanti, one of West Africa's most important ethnic groups. Spend the day mingling with the crowds, watching the various events and seeing how age old rituals still have meaning today. Overnight Miklin Hotel or similar. (BLD)
Day 7 - Elmina
We drive to the fishing town of Elmina, best known for St George's Castle, the
oldest European building in Africa and once used as holding centre for slaves. In the town itself we explore the old quarter with its unique Posuban shrines, made by the traditional 'asafo' societies which
were once responsible for local defence. Overnight Anomabu Beach Resort or similar. (BLD)
Day 8 - Cape Coast - Winneba
Visit Cape Coast Castle, dating back to the 17th century, as well as the colourful fishing port. We then head to Winneba to attend the start of the Aboakyer festival. Overnight Lagoon Lodge or similar. (BLD)
Day 9 - Winneba
A full day to experience the Aboakyer festival, held in honour of the tribal gods by the Tuafo and Dentsifo people. Overnight Lagoon Lodge or similar. (BLD)
Day 10 - Accra
Return to Accra and visit the National Museum and the old quarter of Jamestown, as well as the quarter where craftsmen design flamboyant coffins for the deceased - a uniquely Ghanaian experience. Evening transfer to the airport for your flight home. (BL)
Airport transfers - We include arrival and departure transfers regardless of whether you book flights yourself, or we book them for you. If you're booking them yourself, then please let us know the details so that we can arrange the transfers. Please note though that if you arrive earlier than Day 1 of the tour, and leave after the final day, we may need to make an additional charge for an airport transfer.
Accommodation - Accommodation as listed in the dossier. The nature of the destinations that we operate may sometimes mean that we need to change hotels, but we'll always endeavour to keep the same standards. Please be aware that as we operate in many countries where tourism is in its infancy, hotel standards may not be the same as you're used to elsewhere.
Guides - In most cases you will be accompanied by one guide from start to finish. However there may be occasions when this is not practical, for example if your trip covers a number of different countries. In these cases it often makes more sense to include different guides for each place, to take advantage of their specific knowledge of the destination.
Meals - As listed within the itinerary / dossier (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner). These will vary from trip to trip - in some areas it makes sense to include all meals while in others there is a good choice of restaurants and we feel people might like to 'do their own thing' now and again.
Entrance fees - Entrance fees are listed for those sites that we mention within the itinerary. If there are any other sites that you'd like to see, these would be at your own expense.
Visas - We don't arrange visas for our travellers, but if an invitation letter is necessary then we will arrange this for you. If you need any advice with visas then let us know.
Airport taxes - If there are any departure taxes to pay that are not included within the cost of your ticket, you'll need to pay these yourself.
International flights - Many of our travellers arrive from different destinations and so we don't include international flights in the cost of our tours. If however you would like us to book flights for you, then just let us know and we'll be happy to discuss your options.
Travel Insurance - If you need any assistance with this, then let us know - although we can't arrange it ourselves we can point you in the direction of a reputable provider that can assist.