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Emancipation Day Celebration

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Emancipation is an annual event organized in Ghana; the first country to celebrate Emancipation Day which began in 1998 and celebrated on August 1st every year. Explore the rich culture and history of Gold Coast (Ghana) as you journey your way through the solemn re-enactment of the slave passage through the “Door of No Return”. Learn about its struggle for independence, pay a courtesy call at a Chief’s Palace and interact with its hospitable people. Join the Reverential Night and Emancipation Day Durbar at Assin Manso and a traditional naming ceremony.


Arrive at Airport
Meet, assist and transfer to your hotel
Welcome dinner at your hotel
Overnight: 2 – 5* hotels in Accra

Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum           Du Bois Centre

 

 

 

 

Breakfast
Brief orientation by Sunseekers Tours staff.
Embark on a full day Accra city tour to: Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum; National Museum of History and Ethnography; W.E.B. Du Bois Center for Pan Africanism (with research library).
Lunch at a local restaurant
Drive past Independence Arch and Black Star Square; the Christiansborg Castle; the Arts Center and shop for Ghanaian handcrafted items at a bargain. Purchase ready-made clothes or place order for custom-made outfits. Book a hair stylist for any braid style of your choice.
Return to hotel
Dinner
Overnight: Hotel in Accra


Akosombo Dam              Cedi Beads

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast and hotel check out
Depart Accra for Akosombo in the Eastern Region. Stop enroute at Krobo-Odumase to visit the Cedi Bead Factory and workshop where beautiful African jewelry is made of clay, bones and glass. This will offer you the opportunity to see bead designing, firing, polishing and stringing. You may purchase already made beads for friends and family back home
Continue to visit the Akosombo Dam which generates electricity for Ghana and its Eastern neighbor.
Lunch in a local restaurant (on own account)
After lunch join a motorized mini boat for an idyllic cruise on the Volta River. Glide pass picturesque hamlets, local communities and fishermen engaged in their daily chores on the banks of the great river which traverses all of Ghana.
Dinner
Overnight Volta Hotel

Courtesy Call On Chiefs And Elders/Ejisu  Besease Shrine

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast and hotel check out
Depart to Kumasi drive past several scenic villages and charming towns and through the forests. Stop en route at a village, a typical cocoa farming community, to pay a courtesy call on the Chief and his elders. This would provide a unique opportunity to see traditional cultural performance and to meet and interact with the Chief and his People. Learn more about village life in Ghana and share experiences.
Lunch at a local restaurant (on your own)
Continue to Kumasi, the hub of the ancient Ashanti kingdom. Enroute stop to visit Ejisu Besease Shrine which Yaa Asantewaa, the courageous female war general consulted before leading the Ashanti army to war. In 1900, during the war with the British when the menfolk quaked with fear, Yaa Asantewaa led her army into battle. The building, an authentic Ashanti traditional architecture which houses the shrine is now a UNESCO-designated world heritage site.
Check into your hotel.
Dinner
Overnight: hotel in Kumasi

Ntonso Village          Manhyia Palace

 

 

 

 

Breakfast
Depart after breakfast and go on a city tour of Kumasi visiting the Manhyia Palace Museum which provides a good insight into Ashanti culture and traditions, and the history of the Ashanti Kingdom which is over 300 years old. It provides a good glimpse into the powerful ancient Ashanti Empire and its past Kings. National Cultural Centre and Prempeh II Jubilee Museum, Okomfo Anokye Sword. Drive past Kumasi Central Market, the largest open-air market in West Africa.
Lunch
Continue after lunch to visit some Ashanti craft villages to see ingenious craftsmen using simple tools and traditional technology to produce breathtaking artifacts and designs: (i) Anhwiaa— for exquisite carvings of Ashanti stools, fertility dolls and walking sticks etc.; (ii) Ntonso— for indigenous Adinkra cloth and tie-and-dye using traditional symbols expressing the spiritual, moral, political and socio-cultural philosophies of the Akan people and (iii) Bonwire— to see the intricate weaves of the world-famous kente. Traditionally, one-off special design for the exclusive use of Ashanti kings are made here. NO ONE replicates that pattern.
Return into your hotel
Rest of evening free
Dinner
Overnight: Hotel in Kumasi


Breakfast and hotel check out
Depart Kumasi for Cape Coast in the Central Region. Drive through the forest and several farming villages. Note the change in vegetation from forest to coastal shrub as you journey southwards across the River Prah.
Lunch
Continue to arrive in Cape Coast and visit the Cape Coast Castle which was originally started by the Swedes in 1652. It served as the headquarters and seat of the British colonial government until 1877. Go on a comprehensive tour of the Castle, the Slave Dungeons and the West African Heritage Museum. The guide will lead you to slave quarters and Negotiation Hall where our ancestors were bargained and sold.
Check into your hotel and rest of day free to relax
Dinner
Overnight: Hotel in Elmina

Breakfast.
Choose how to spend the day— relax at the beach or by the swimming pool; explore the bustling seaside town of Elmina, the first point of European contact in Sub-Saharan Africa, and once the most cosmopolitan city in tropical Africa
Lunch (own account)
Participate in a traditional Ghanaian naming ceremony, where you will be given Ghanaian names with attributes. (Compare your given attributes with who you are today).
Evening: Dinner at One Africa, a restaurant owned by an African American family who have relocated to Ghana. Visit the family’s Historical Diaspora Museum. Enjoy a selection of poetry by “The Last Poets,” the original rappers; re-visit the horrific period of Italy’s war crimes against Ethiopia, the only African nation that was never colonized; witness firsthand the truth of the African presence in the Bible.
Check into your hotel
Overnight: hotel in Elmina

Breakfast
Visit Elmina Castle built by the Portuguese in 1482. Originally known as St. George’s Castle, it was the first European structure in Sub-Saharan Africa. Explore the grounds and rooms full of haunting history. Stroll down to the beach for a memorial ceremony where each participant will throw bread into the waters in remembrance of ancestors. A wreath with a candle is solemnly cast out to sea as a respectful moment of silence is observed in remembrance of those who died in the Middle Passage.
Lunch
After lunch, savor a walking tour of Elmina. The rich history of this ancient town is captured in its buildings, evidence of the people’s interaction with foreigners. Visit the colorful Asafo houses where warriors camped to prepare mentally and spiritually before going to war. They showcase a wonderful example of the functionality of art in the daily life of the African.
Dinner
Participate in a “Reverential Night.” There will be a candle light procession and a vigil in memory of the Africans who died during the slave trade. There will also be a solemn re-enactment of the slave passage through the “Door of No Return,” followed by a midnight declaration of Emancipation Day.
Overnight: hotel in Elmina

Breakfast.
Follow the former slave route from Elmina to Assin Manso. This was the final transit point for enslaved Africans before being shipped off to the New World. See the slave dungeons as well as the final resting place for two ancestors whose remains were returned from the USA and Jamaica and re-interred in Ghana.
The Emancipation Day Celebration is opened with a grand durbar of traditional chiefs and people of the Central Region. Witness this colorful and spectacular event showcasing the pomp and pageantry of Ghana’s traditional rulers, clad in rich kente and adorned in glittering gold jewelry. Dance in rhythm to the beat of the fontomfrom drums.
Return to your hotel for farewell dinner.
Overnight: hotel in Elmina


Breakfast
Day at leisure for last minute shopping and packing.
Check out at 12:00 noon.
Evening:Transfer to airport for departure

HIGHLIGHTS
•Meet, assist and transfer to your hotel with welcome dinner on arrival
•Brief orientation by tour operator with a full day city tour
•Pay a courtesy call at a Chief’s Palace and stop at the land of history, culture and gold.
•Day at leisure and get your own local Ghanaian names.
•Participate in the candle light procession and emancipation memorial held in Elmina
•Grand durbar of the Emancipation Day Celebration.


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