About this trip
Aug 25 - Sep 3, 2018
Pay in full at time of deposit and receive $100 discount.
Chicago Austin Youth Travel Adventures, NFP is starting our journeys to West Africa to the following cities of Ghana. Accra, Elmina, Kumasi and Akosombo. Our discoveries of black history at home and connecting to the motherland will help families explore history together. Our journey is a combination of volunteerism, adventure and history.
Rates Are Based On Double Occupancy.
Triple And Quad Occupancy Minus $200 each from cost bases.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT $420 ADDITIONAL
- Deposits are non-refundable once trip is confirmed..
- Airfare is 100% non-refundable and refunds are per airline regulations
- If you cancel your booking more than 46 days prior to departure, the penalty is 50% of the trip price.
- Within 45 days of departure, the penalty is 100%.
To minimize any loss and to protect yourself during the trip, we highly recommend taking out a comprehensive insurance policy that covers cancellation. TRAVEL INSURANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
✓ Airfare Roundtrip — Chicago, IL
✓ Accommodations — Full list will be distributed at final payment, all ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ properties
✓ All tours listed — Full description listed
✓ Most Meals — As Indicated by B,L,D
✓ Ground Transportation — Air conditioned bus by licensed driver
✓ All Entry Fees — National parks and attractions
✓ Tour Guide — Licensed english speaking guide
χ Visa — Ghana Visa http://www.ghanaembassy.org/index.php?page=visas
χ Yellow Fever Shot — https://www.passporthealthusa.com/vaccinations/
Travel Insurance $150
Day 1 Saturday, August 25.
The African Adventure to Ghana begins with departure from Chicago O'Hare Airport to Accra Ghana
Day 2. Sunday, August 26.
Accra - Arrival Ghana
Upon arrival at the Kotoka International airport, a representative will meet group. Depending on the time of arrival, we can visit the fishing village of James Town for a walking tour with a brief stopover at the James town Café and the Brazil house the ancestral home of a group of Afro-Brazilian returnees, now an art space and gallery. Join in the celebrations of the Chale Wote Art festival in Jamestown, the ‘original Accra’ with its old streets.
Day 3. Monday, August 27.
Pan Africanism and the Diaspora African Forum
Start the day with a drive by the Osu Castle (Christiansborg), which was originally built by the Danes, then pass by the Independence square to the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum (the final resting place of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and also contains personal items like books, pictures, etc of Ghana’s first President). After lunch at the National Museum, we visit the W.E.B. Dubois Centre for Pan Africanism and the Diaspora African Forum (DAF).
Day 4. Tuesday, August 28.
Visit an orphanage, where group can make a donation, play games, read books with the children. Continue trip to Akosombo, where we experience a boat ride along the Volta River.
Day 5. Wednesday, August 29.
Ashanti Region Bead Market
Set off for the Ashanti Region through the picturesque mountainous region of the Eastern Region with a stopover at a bead market and factory in Agomanya/Somanya. Learn the process of bead making at the village. Continue to the Cocoa Research Institute. On arrival, we visit the Asante Traditional Buildings including the Asemaso Traditional Shrine.
Day 6. Thursday, August 30.
Kumasi - School Visit and Palace Tour
Spend the morning at a school interacting with pupils during and outside school Hours. Continue to the Manhyia Palace, seat of the Ashanti Kingdom. Also visit the crafts villages of Ntonso, famous for adinkra design and Ahwiaa for carving. Also visit the village of Adanwomase (Kente) to interact with locals and to learn traditional skills like kente weaving, palmwine tapping, farming, etc.
Day 7. Friday, August 31.
Kumasi - Kejetia Market
Early morning visit to the Kejetia Market, the largest open air market in West Africa. Set off for the Central Region with a stopover at Assin Manso, where slaves were kept, had a last bath in the "Donko Nsuo" before shipment to the New World. On arrival, we visit the Elmina Castle overlooking the nearby Fort Jago, for an insight into the history of slavery. Take a walk through the Elmina township and fish market to view some homes built in colonial style and also to experience the lifestyle of the Fantis.
Day 8. Saturday, September 1.
Elmina - Kakum National Park
Early morning visit to the Kakum National Park, which comprises of undisturbed virgin rainforest to experience a walking tour on the longest and highest canopy walkway in West Africa. We make a brief stopover at the Hans Botel, a resort partly built on stilts on a river with crocodiles and lots of bird life. Join in the celebrations of the colorful Fetu Afahye Festival celebrated by the Oguaa of Cape Coast. Experience night life in Elmina.
Day 9. Sunday, September 2.
Cape Coast Castle
Group has the option to attend a traditional church service this morning. Continue to the Cape Coast Castle, declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site and its West African Historical Museum. Depart for Accra with a stopover at the Challenging Heights, home to children who have been freed from modern day slavery. This organization supports communities at risk to ensure that vulnerable children are protected from modern day slavery.
Day 10. Monday, September 3.
Accra - Departure
Start the day with last minute shopping including a visit to the Makola market. Also visit to the Arts Centre for National Culture (Ghana’s biggest craft market). There is a great chance of discovering old antiques by strolling into the deep interior of the crafts market. Explore Ghana’s Oxford street and shops. After dinner, we check into airport for departure.