Dr. William Watley 10-Day Journey to Ghana, July 8 - 17, 2024
- Duration: 10 Days
- Location: Accra
- Product code: Watley24
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I want to invite you to join me on this incredible journey to Ghana in July 2024. This expedition will take you on an ancestral trail through black heritage. Revisit history as you visit in the same waters the ancestors took their last baths and tour the slave dungeons where they spent their final days before embarking to the new world. Pay homage to some prominent figures in Black History by visiting monuments and relics built in their memory, including the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park—constructed in honor of Ghana’s first president. Reclaim your African name in a Traditional naming ceremony amidst the elders and people of an entire village. Explore the legend of the famous Ashanti Kingdom at the Palace Museum and learn about their amazing history that dates back to 1700. Sign up immediately, as space is limited. I look forward to being with you and sharing this wonderful experience in these historic places.
- Dr. William Watley
10-Day Journey to Ghana
DAY 1 (JULY 8): DEPART USA Leave Atlanta and begin the journey of a lifetime to Ghana in West Africa.
DAY 2 (JULY 9): ARRIVAL ACCRA Upon arrival in Accra, Ghana you will be greeted, assisted with your luggage, and taken to your hotel.
DAY 3 (JULY 10): ACCRA CITY TOUR — JAMES TOWN WALKING TOUR Begin the day by meandering through the administrative and economic districts of Accra, the capital of Ghana, on a sightseeing tour of the city. This 137-year-old city has a unique blend of colonial and modern architecture summarizing her distinct history. Visit the W.E.B. Dubois Centre for Pan African Culture, Independence Arch in Black Star Square, and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. Use your bargaining skills to shop for artifacts from Ghana and West Africa as you peruse the open-air market at the Arts Centre. End the day with a visit to the vibrant neighborhood of James Town comprised of the Tabom people, the Afro-Brazillian descendants of former slaves who returned to Africa after the abolition of slavery in Brazil. About seventy Afro-Brazilians of seven different families arrived in South Ghana and Accra in the old port region of James Town in 1836. See Brazil House, the former home of the Tabom people that has been transformed into a museum honoring their history. Dinner and overnight in Accra. Lunch provided.
DAY 4 (JULY 11): NAMING CEREMONY & ELMINA CASTLE: Following breakfast, experience a traditional naming ceremony, a cornerstone of Ghanaian cultural heritage. During the naming ceremony, you will be captivated by the customary drumming and dancing and bestowed with a traditional African name as you are welcomed into the local community by the chiefs and townspeople. Watch a pottery-making demonstration where you will learn more about the main occupation of the women in the village. Depart for Cape Coast to embark on a poignant tour of Elmina Castle, also known as St. George’s Castle, built by the Portuguese in 1482. Designated as an ofﬁcial UNESCO World Heritage Site, Elmina Castle is an important symbol of the traumatic history of the Trans–Atlantic slave. While exploring the castle, learn how the legacy of the slave trade has shaped Africans and the African Diaspora for generations. View the colorful harbor nestled below Elmina Castle, full of pirogues preparing to go to sea. Take advantage of one of West Africa’s greatest photo opportunities. Dinner and overnight in the port city of Elmina. Lunch provided.
DAY 5 (JULY 12): KAKUM NATIONAL PARK & CAPE COAST CASTLE Journey to Kakum National Park, one of West Africa’s surviving tropical rain forests. Extending over 360sq km, Kakum is home to over 40 large mammals and 400 bird species, as well as many species of butterﬂies, ﬂora, and fauna. Get a birds’ eye view of the exquisite jungle by traversing the Canopy Walkway, made up of seven bridges extending 330m, suspended 30m (100 feet) above the forest ﬂoor. Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring forest as you enjoy a nature walk through the wide variety of exotic ﬂoral species and discover the medicinal values they offer. Next, visit Cape Coast Castle, built by the Swedes in 1653 as a trading post and later taken over by the British and used to imprison slaves before their journey across the Atlantic. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a somber memorial to the millions of Africans who were victims of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. The castle also houses the West African Historical Museum established by the Smithsonian Institute in collaboration with the Ghanaian Government in 1994. Dinner and overnight in Elmina. Lunch provided.
DAY 6 (JULY 13): ELMINA – ASSIN MANSO Visit Assin Manso, the location of Donkor Nsuo (Slave River), a riverbank that functioned as a slave market and ﬁnal transit point for a large number of enslaved Africans during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Assin Manso serves as the ﬁnal resting place for four ancestors whose mortal remains were returned from Barbados, Jamaica and the USA to be reinterred in Ghana. Dinner and overnight in Elmina. Lunch provided.
DAY 7 (JULY 14): ACCRA Enjoy the landscape on a return drive to Accra. After checking in to the hotel, have an afternoon to rest and reflect on the journey. Dinner and overnight in Accra.
DAY 8 (JULY 15): ASHANTI & AKAN HISTORY: Travel to the Akuapem Hills to explore the picturesque Aburi Botanical Gardens. Marvel at the artistry of the “Tree of Life” and take in the splendor of Ghana’s native beauty. Next, immerse yourself in the beautiful culture of Ghana discussing Akan tribal history. Learn of ancient African cultures, customs, and traditions. Soak in the legacy of the Ashanti Kingdom, dating back to 1700, through a compelling story told with relics and artifacts. Visit the Shrine to explore the spiritual beliefs and practices of the Akan people. Dinner and overnight in Accra. Lunch provided.
DAY 9 (JULY 16): TEMA The day begins with a visit the Tema Cocoa Processing Company. Established in 1965, Tema Cocoa Processing Company is situated in the picturesque port city of Tema on the Greenwich Meridian (Longitude 0°). The company produces a variety of products using premium Ghana cocoa beans, as well as semi-finished commodities used in the production of chocolate and other cocoa-based food products. Dinner and overnight in Accra. Lunch provided.
DAY 10 (JULY 17): DAY OF LEISURE – RETURN TO USA Enjoy a day of leisure to rest, relax and shop before your journey back to the USA. In the evening, transfer to Accra Airport for your return flight with your heart full of memories from the unforgettable experiences of your heritage tour.
DAY 11 (JULY 18): USA - Arrive early afternoon in Atlanta.
NOTE: Schedule is subject to change due to various factors and the tour guide’s discretion.
- $5495 per person based on double occupancy.
- Single room supplement $1295
- $500 per person with registration to secure space.
- 50% of the total amount is due on or before February 8, 2024
- Balance due on or before May 8, 2024
* Flight times, flight numbers, equipment, gates, and seats are subject to change. For the most current information check the airline website.
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE REGISTERING
PASSPORTS: Passports must be valid with an expiration date of at least six months beyond the return home date of the tour. Participants with non-US passports are responsible for country-specific entry requirements. If you do not have a valid passport or need to renew your passport, enter "RENEWING" or "APPLIED FOR" when completing registration.
CANCELLATION POLICY: The $500 per person deposit is nonrefundable. Other payments exceeding the $500 per person are refundable in full up to sixty days prior to departure. After this date, refunds for unused accommodations and services will be limited to the amount received from and/or credited by all carriers, sightseeing operators, and hotels. All funds, including the deposit, are non-transferable.
AIR: The Standard Tour includes round-trip, economy-class airfare from the international departure city listed in the itinerary. Group airfares are based on contracted rates and are highly restrictive. Seats will be assigned by the airline at check-in, and specific seat requests cannot be guaranteed. Upgrades such as Comfort, Premium, Business, or First Class are not available with the standard tour. Participants who wish to upgrade or purchase a specific seat should choose the Land Only option when registering. Participants are responsible for providing frequent flyer numbers, TSA PreCheck, and Global Entry information upon check-in. Group fares do not permit schedule deviations. Participants who wish to deviate from the group schedule should choose the Land Only option.
LAND ONLY: Participants who wish to arrange their own air should choose the Land Only option. $1000 will be deducted from the standard tour price when selecting this option. Participants arranging their own air should notify Signature Tours prior to the second payment date listed on the payment schedule.
GROUND/TRANSFERS: The group will be met by a Signature Tours representative and transferred to the hotel/airport. Land Only participants are responsible for scheduling ground transfers.
HOTELS: Superior first-class hotels throughout. Priced based on two people per room with a private bath and shower.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: A limited number of single rooms are available at additional supplement prices. Signature Tours and/or the group leader will make every attempt to pair single participants requesting a roommate. However, the single supplement fee will be charged for each person occupying a single room, whether by choice or circumstance.
MEALS: Breakfast and dinner are provided daily. Lunch is provided on days as noted in the itinerary.
SIGHTSEEING: Entrance fees to all places listed in the itinerary are included, as well as an expert English-speaking guide.
LUGGAGE: Space is limited on the tour buses. Participants are allowed one suitcase weighing 50lbs or less and will be transported in storage under the bus. Participants are allowed one backpack/daypack or personal bag to carry on the bus during the tour. These requirements will meet most airline carrier restrictions. See the carrier website for airline-specific baggage restrictions and requirements. Medical devices are not included in these restrictions.
TIPS, SERVICE CHARGES, AND TAXES: Tips, service charges, and taxes ARE INCLUDED in the selling price. Taxes, as imposed by national and/or local governments, that are not included at the time of booking are the responsibility of the participant.
NOT INCLUDED: Excess baggage fees, passport fees, visa fees, food or drink items not listed on the regular table menu for included meals, and items of a personal nature such as room service, laundry, etc. Any service not indicated in the itinerary and/or the above list of included features.
HEALTH REQUIREMENTS: This tour requires a substantial amount of walking. Many of the sites are not accessible by wheelchair, and the uneven terrain is not feasible for rollators. Signature Tours reserves the right to refuse individuals who may require special attention beyond what the tour guide and tour host can provide.
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