Arrive in Accra, Ghana. Transfer from airport to your hotel. Check into your hotel. Overnight at Coconut Grove Regency Hotel. Meals Included: Dinner.
Fancy Coffin Makers – Art Galleries
After breakfast, depart your hotel andvisit the Coffin Makers Shop at Teshie (a suburb of Accra). There you will see how wood coffins are carved by hand into exquisite designs, representative of the occupation, interest or hobby of the deceased.
Afterwards, visit the Omanye art gallery, one of the most renowned art venues in Accra. There are three expansive floors of art displayed in cool marble galleries established by artists such as Owusu Ankomah and George Hughes, whose paintings are reminiscent of Jean Michel Basquiat and Willem De Kooning. Visit Gallery 1957, named after the year Ghana gained independence, the gallery offers contemporary art with a focus on West Africa. Overnight at Coconut Grove Regency Hotel. Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner.
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and a visit the Kokrobitey Institute, which supports development in Ghana by facilitating projects and programs that demonstrate the intersections between art, culture, design, health, sustainability, literacy, and development through education. Kokrobitey Institute creates opportunities for international groups to live and learn, experiencing the challenges and excitement of navigating between the worlds of the traditional cultures and that of the emerging market economy.
Participants explore ways in which art, design and the environment support development through product, performance, and discourse.Renee, the organization’s founder, will tell the group about the impressive work they do and participants will get hands-on experience with some of their initiatives – learning step-by-step how to make one of the following; recycled glass items using innovative techniques, batik, tie & dye, basket weaving, drum & dance, plastic & wooden art and jewellery. Overnight at Kokrobitey Institute. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Cape Coast Castle – Elmina Castle
After breakfast, depart the Kokrobitey Institute and drive to Cape Coast. Upon arrival, embark on a tour of the infamous Forts, Castles and Slave Dungeons of Ghana. History will unfold the story of the slave trade which the impact is still felt beyond the shores of Africa today. Visit the Cape Coast Castle built by the Swedes in 1653 and was later taken over by the British. This castle also houses the West African Historical Museum established by the Smithsonian Institute in collaboration with the Ghanaian Government in 1994.
Afterwards, visit the Elmina Castle built by the Portuguese in 1482 and also known as St. George's Castle. This castle was the first European structure built in Sub - Saharan Africa. The colourful harbour nestled below the Elmina Castle, full of pirogues preparing to go to sea offers one of West Africa’s greatest photo opportunities. Overnight at Coconut Grove Regency Hotel. Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner.
Global Mamas (Culinary Experience & Batik Making)
After breakfast, depart your hotel and visit the Global Mamas Cultural Workshop. Explore the fragrant and exotic flavours of West African cuisine in Auntie Esi’s kitchen. Esi will introduce you to an array of new tastes and flavours as you learn how to create authentic Ghanaian dishes. Using African cooking techniques, during this workshop you will create traditional dishes like jollof, fufu, groundnut soup, fried plantain, palava sauce and red red. After learning the recipes, you will enjoy eating the feast you’ve helped to prepare.
Afterwards, discover the art and beauty of African batik and get a glimpse into the life of a local artisan as you work side-by-side during this four-hour class. You’ll join a Global Mamas’ batiker in her workshop to learn the traditional techniques of batik production using wax and dye to create colorful patterns – to make your own one-of-a-kind fabric. Afterwards, take your two yards of handiwork home to sew into a finish product that will always have a special place in your home or wardrobe. Overnight at Coconut Grove Regency Hotel. Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner.
Elmina –Assin Manso– Kumasi
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and drive through the forest zone to Kumasi, the seat of the Ashanti Empire to explore the legends of the famous Ashantis, whose legacies are still evident today.En route, stop at Assin Manso. Visit the site of “Donkor Nsuo”, the former Slave River and market, the final transit point for a large number of enslaved Africans. This is the final resting place for two ancestors whose mortal remains were returned from the USA and Jamaica and re-interred there. Continue your drive to Kumasi. Overnight at Miklin Hotel. Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner.
Ashanti Craft Villages
After breakfast, depart your hotel and devote this day to visiting the three famous Ashanti craft villages. After breakfast, depart for Ahwiaa, the wood carvers’ village, Ntonso, the home of Adinkra cloth, and Bonwire, the Kente weaving village. You will have an opportunity to see how African crafts are made and to buy directly from the artisans who make them. Overnight at Miklin Hotel. Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner.
Kumasi – Accra
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and depart to Accra. Upon arrival, visit the Arts Centre where you will have an opportunity to use your bargaining skills to shop from an open-air market for artifacts from Ghana and West Africa. Overnight at Coconut Grove Regency Hotel. Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner.
After breakfast, spend the day leisure. Soak up some rays by the pool or cool down in the outdoor swimming pool. In the afternoon, depart your hotel and city take a drive through the city to the Afrochella Festival. Afrochella is a festival designed to highlight & elevate thrilling and thriving millennial talent from and within Africa. The festival is an interactive event that encourages collaboration, explains and explores culture with a pioneering approach.
This day features a festive celebration of our culture in the form of: Art & Fashion Installations, Live painting, The Best of African Cuisine and Live performances. The festival’s purpose is to tell the New Africa story from a native’s perspective. All aspects of the festival from the theme to the production are an ode to the ingenuity and available services in Africa. Overnight at Coconut Grove Regency Hotel. Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner.
After breakfast, spend the remainder of the day packing and doing last minute shopping. Transfer to airport for check-in and final departure back home.