Panafest 2021

This itinerary has been curated to coincide with the PANAFEST 2021 Celebrations, a cultural vehicle for bringing Africans on the Continent and in the Diaspora together to rise above and beyond the shadows of slavery and to celebrate the African spirit of resilience.
Theme: Securing The African Family: Our Soul, Our Health, Our Wealth

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$5,779

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Duration

11 days

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  • What's included :
    • 10x Breakfast
    • 1x Dinner
    • 9x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 10 nights
    • Fuel surcharge
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • WiFi on board
    • Private transportation
    • Parking Fees
    • Entry/Admission - Osu Castle
    • Entry/Admission - Independence Square
    • Entry/Admission - Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
    • Entry/Admission - W.E.B. DuBois Center
    • Entry/Admission - James Town Lighthouse
    • Entry/Admission - Artists Alliance Gallery
    • Entry/Admission - Center for National Culture
    • Entry/Admission - Kejetia Market
    • Entry/Admission - Prempeh II Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Kakum National Park
    • Entry/Admission - Cape Coast Castle
    • Entry/Admission - Elmina Castle
    • Entry/Admission - Cape Coast and Elmina Day tour
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities
    • Airport/Departure Tax

  • Day 1: Arrival in Accra

    Pass By: Greater Accra, Greater Accra
    Upon arrival at the Kotoka International Airport, a representative from Blastours will meet guests for a hotel transfer.

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Roots Apartment Hotel, a boutique hotel located in Accra

    Day 2: Accra City Tour

    Stop At: Makola Market, Kojo Thompson Rd, Accra Ghana
    In the morning, we visit the Makola Market, to experience the hustle and bussle of an African market. Visit the textile and bead section of this market for interesting purchases.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Osu Castle, Accra Ghana
    Continue to the Osu Castle (Christiansborg), which was originally built by the Danes was a trading entrepot during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The castle which is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site has been converted into a presidential museum, which houses artifacts, papers, waxworks of our presidents and also on display are personal possessions of past leaders like books, artworks and items of clothing to allow us to honor appropriately their memories.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Independence Square, Accra Ghana
    Stopover at the Independence square, the location where Ghana was first declared a free country. Here, we will see monuments dedicated to Ghana’s independence struggle.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, High St., Accra Ghana
    Visit to the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum (the final resting place of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first President). The Mausoleum is surrounded by water which is a symbol of life. Its presence conveys a sense of immortality for the name Nkrumah. It shows that even in death he lives on in the hearts and minds of generations here and generations yet to come.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: W.E.B. DuBois Center, 1 Circular Road, Cantonments just few meters from the US Embassy and close to Ghana International School, Accra Ghana
    After lunch, we visit the W.E.B Dubois Centre for Pan Africanism, a library to commemorate the late W.E.B DuBois. The Centre was established in 1985 by the Ghana government to encourage visitors to contemplate the ideals to Pan Africanism and to reflect upon the work of Dr. Du Bois. Here, we will join in a wreath laying
    ceremony with tributes to the Ancestors.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: James Town Lighthouse, Cleland Road, Accra Ghana
    In the evening, we can walk through the fishing village of James Town. Situated where the Gulf of Guinea sends tidings from the Atlantic Ocean, Jamestown happens to be one of the oldest settlements full of beautifully disheveled colonial buildings, clapboard houses and corrugated iron shacks – but it remains one of the most vibrant districts in the Accra.
    Here, we will spend the evening to a live band performance.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Roots Apartment Hotel, a boutique hotel located in Accra

    Day 3: Accra Arts & Traditional Tour

    Stop At: Artists Alliance Gallery, Labadi Road, Omanye House, Accra Ghana
    Start the day with a visit to the Artists Alliance Art Gallery for contemporary African art. This is a well-respected gallery of painting and sculpture by established and up-and-coming Ghanaian artists.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Nungua, Nungua, Greater Accra
    Continue to the Fantasy coffin makers, where caskets are made to highlight a person’s affiliation. In Ghana, funerals are about the celebration of a person’s life, rather than a bemoaning of their demise. As such, a themed coffin which comes in different sizes and shapes symbolizes an important part of a person’s life.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Center for National Culture, 28th February Rd Near Nkrumah Memorial Park & Mausoleum, Accra Ghana
    After lunch, attend a traditional religious service of the Afrikania Mission. A religious ceremony based on ancient African spirituality. Service will begin with an educational talk on the Afrikania Religion, pouring of libations to ancestors, sprinkling of water over people, healing rituals, drumming, and other activities characteristic of the Afrikania services. End the day at the Arts Centre for National Culture (Ghana’s biggest craft market).
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Roots Apartment Hotel, a boutique hotel located in Accra

    Day 4: Drive from Accra to Kumasi

    Stop At: Kumasi, Kumasi, Ashanti Region
    Depart for the Ashanti Region ‘the Kingdom of Gold’ with a legacy of fine craftsmanship and cultural traditions.
    On arrival, we visit the Asante Traditional Buildings, one of the World Heritage Sites in Ghana, comprising of 13 traditionally built buildings from the time of the Ashanti Empire in the area. The buildings were described as "home of men and gods", and are the last remains of the history and culture of the Asante people.
    End the day with a visit to a traditional Palace to meet a Queen mother and elders for an interaction.

    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Overnight stay at the Golden Bean Hotel, a 4-star hotel in Kumasi

    Day 5: Kumasi Cultural Tour

    Stop At: Kejetia Market, Kumasi Ghana
    Start the day with a visit to the Kejetia Market, the largest open air-market in West Africa with women at the helm of affairs. Also known as the Kumasi Central Market, this mammoth market spans a head-spinning 11,000 stalls and runs the gamut from kente, food stuffs, sandals, batik, bracelets, beads, and second-hand clothing among other things. Kejetia is a great space to see a slice of everyday Kumasi life and indulge. The sounds, smells, sights and atmosphere sums up the community that spreads into the margins of the Ashanti region.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Manhyia, Kumasi, Ghana
    Continue to the Manhyia Palace, the seat of the Ashanti Kingdom. Its large compound holds statues of past Kings and Queens of the Ashanti Kingdom. This palace remains in use today and houses an interesting history museum.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Prempeh II Museum, Bantama High St, Kumasi Ghana
    After lunch, we visit the Kumasi Cultural Centre, which offers a good account of the rich Ghanaian culture, provides evidence of the Ashanti Kingdom's eminent past. It houses the Prempeh II Jubilee museum, which provides a fascinating collection of Asante’s history.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Overnight stay at the Golden Bean Hotel, a 4-star hotel in Kumasi

    Day 6: Drive from Kumasi to Cape Coast

    Stop At: Assin Manso, Assin Manso, Central Region
    Set off for the Central Region the former seat of government of the Gold Coast and known for its Slave forts
    and castles. The Ancestral River Park in Assin manso, where people from the northern parts of Africa and
    Ghana, were taken for a last bath in the "Donko Nsuo" slave river, before being sent off to the dungeons of our coastal slave castles for shipment to the "New World". This is also the venue of the annual Emancipation Day celebrations, held in remembrance of the gallant Africans who died during the trans-Atlantic slave trade,
    and to immortalise their souls.

    Duration: 5 hours

    Stop At: Adanwomase, Ghana
    Stopover at the craft villages of Ntonso, a village famous for adinkra design and Ahwiaa for carving. Also visit the village of Adanwomase (Kente) to interact with locals and to learn the art and history of the craft.

    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Overnight stay at the Ridge Royal Hotel, a 4-star hotel in Cape Coast

    Day 7: Kakum & Cape Coast Tour

    Stop At: Kakum National Park, Cape Coast Ghana
    Visit the Kakum National Park, is home to endangered species such as the forest elephant, the bongo antelope and the Diana monkey. The forest also provides an opportunity to spot much of Ghana's indigenous plant life, as well as its rare butterflies and birds. The canopy walkway is the longest and highest of its kind in West Africa.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Cape Coast Castle, Cape Coast Ghana
    Join Esi Kitchen for a cooking class, where we will have our own cooked lunch.

    Continue to the Cape Coast Castle (Fort Carlsborg), which was under Swedish administration. Experience a walk through the Door of No Return. Marking the beginning of a perilous journey of our ancestors. Only this time we will also experience a return through the same doors. Take a walk through the ancestral Cape Coast
    township.

    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Overnight stay at the Royal Ridge Hotel, a 4-star hotel in Cape Coast

    Day 8: Sekondi/Takoradi City Tour

    Stop At: Essikado, Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana
    Depart for the Western Region along a coastline marked with Slave Forts and castles.
    On arrival, we visit the Bisa Aberwa Museum, dedicated to promoting African values and celebrating Pan-African heroes.
    Participate in a naming ceremony amidst traditional drumming and dancing by the villagers and also be given traditional African names.

    Return to Cape Coast in the late afternoon.

    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Overnight stay at the Ridge Royal Hotel, a 4-star lodging in Cape Coast

    Day 9: Elmina City Tour & Midnight Declaration of Emancipation Day

    Stop At: Elmina Castle, Elmina Ghana
    Experience a guided tour of the Elmina Castle, declared as a UNESCO World heritage site, was built by the Portuguese in 1482 as São Jorge da Mina (St. George of the Mine). It is a well preserved castle with an incredible history and infamous for its pivotal role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Cape Coast and Elmina Day tour, 40 Sarbah road Cape coast St Johns Lodge, Cape Coast 03320 Ghana
    Continue with a walking tour through the Elmina township to view some houses built in colonial style, including the Dolphin house, Churches and the Dutch Cemetery. Also visit the Asafo Shrines, where warriors prepared mentally and spiritually before going to war.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Cape Coast Castle, Cape Coast Ghana
    In the evening participate in the reverential night at the Cape Coast Castle; candle light processions and vigil to commemorate the Africans who died in the slave trade. There will be a ceremony and re-enactment of the slave passage through the “Door of No Return”. Midnight Declaration of Emancipation Day. This is the
    highlight of PANAFEST CELEBRATIONS.

    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Overnight stay at the Ridge Royal Hotel, a 4-star hotel in Cape Coast

    Day 10: Emancipation Day Celebrations and Grand Durbar

    Stop At: Assin Manso, Assin Manso, Central Region
    Set off to participate in an Emancipation Day celebration, which will be opened with a Grand Durbar of Traditional Chiefs. Witness this grand ‘colorful’ and spectacular event that showcases the pomp and pageantry of Ghana’s traditional rulers. These festivities are held at Assin Manso, the site of the “last bath” where slave are taken for bath before being shipped to the new world. Return to Accra in the late afternoon.
    End the day with a farewell dinner at the Fulani Kitchen.

    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight stay at the La Villa Boutique in Osu

    Day 11: Free day in Accra for departures

    Pass By: Osu Oxford Street, Oxford St No 22, Accra Ghana
    Spend the morning free before departure

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Kotoka International Airport, Airport Rd, Accra, Ghana
    Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Blastours Ghana

Activity ID: V-66673P11

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