Akwaaba

Welcome to Ghana

Join Queen Mother Valerie Papaya Mann in exploring the culturally rich rituals of her Akwamu Cultural Clan. Visit slave dungeons where ancestors were held before being shipped out to all parts of the world. Step into the home of W. E. B. Dubois. Marvel at the great memorial of Kwame Nkrumah. Learn how Kente cloth is woven and the Kdrinka cloth is made. Visit the colorful marketplaces where local folk art and other collectibles are sold.

what's included
  • Roundtrip airfare to and from Washington, DC Dulles International Airport
  • Extensive intra-country travel
  • Complimentary breakfast daily
  • Safely and professionally escorted by a trained, bonded & licensed reputable tour guide at all times
  • Visits to authentic African villages to mingle with the children, elders and others
  • Ground transportation on a comfortable, air-conditioned coach bus
  • Visits to monumental, landmark sites, events and shows
  • Stay in 3-4 star full-service hotels, one located on a beautiful sandy beach another on the lovely Volta River (all hotels have air-conditioned rooms, private baths, cable TV; telephone, restaurants and swimming pools)
  • Visit African Americans who relocated to Ghana and now have called Ghana their home
  • Exclusive planned audience with traditional African Royalty & Families
  • Shop in wood carving, crafts & clothing villages, buy direct from artisans
  • Cultural Arts Show with a traditional African Feast and live entertainment
  • Visit national parks, Historical castles, Artist Alliance Gallery
  • Visit the prestigious campus of The University of Ghana
  • Go dancing to live high-life and contemporary music bands
  • Have a home-cooked traditional meal at the residence of a friend
  • Attend a local church to worship on a Sunday, if you wish
  • Be wowed by a full day boat cruise on The Akosombo River, featuring an extensive bar-b-que food menu, a live hip-life band and dancing to the popular music with a lively Ghanaian crowd

Places of Interest

Black Star Square

Door of No Return

tour ghana 2023

Proposed Itinerary

(Arriving back in the US on Tuesday, September 19th at 7am)

Day 1 – Friday, September 8th

Details

Depart from DULLES International Airport 

Day 2 - Saturday, September 9th

Akwaaba (Welcome)
Accra To Akosombo

Details

Early morning arrival in Accra, Ghana, exchange money in the Capital City and then head for the Volta Region, by coach bus. Check into the prestigious Akosombo Volta Hotel. This first class facility is a 4-star Hotel with a huge pool, internet access and fantastic amenities. This hotel is owned by the Ghanaian Government, and is the Presidential Cabinet’s favorite retreat location. Visit a Bead Village en route.

Upon arrival check-in and participate in the official welcome session and orientation to Ghana. Relax and unwind that evening, enjoy a delicious meal, and then listen to a popular high-life or jazz band. Dance the night away at the hotel.

Day 3 - Sunday, September 10th

Akosombo

Details

Early morning free time. Enjoy a full breakfast and the hotel’s magnificent pool area or walk their lush grounds. Later we will spend the afternoon on The Dodi Princess Cruise Ship. The Princess cruises on the picturesque Volta Lake to Dodi Island and back. Disembark on the island to meet local residents. Dance to the rhythms of a live band, on board and enjoy a Barbecue lunch and drinks. The price of the cruise and lunch is included in your package deal.

Day 4 - Monday, September 11th

Accra City Tour

Details

Check out of our hotel in Akosombo and return to Accra. Check into our city hotel. Begin the Accra City Tour. See the administrative and economic capital of Ghana. Visit the W.E.B. Dubois Center for Pan African Culture, the University of Ghana campus, the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and Black Star Square. Go to the Art Center, a huge shopping pavilion that houses hundreds of vendors with all kinds of African art, clothing, drums, and artifacts.

Day 5 - Tuesday, September 12th

Accra

Details

Complete the Accra city tour. Travel by bus to Sankofa Beach House in Langma, Ghana. This beautiful boutique hotel and conference facility is owned and operated by two African-Americans who became expats in Africa long ago. They now enjoy dual citizenship and have fascinating stories to share about their being emigrants to the motherland, and raising their children outside of the USA. We will have lunch at Sankofa Beach house and relax by the seaside for the afternoon.

Day 6 - Wednesday, September 13th

Kumasi

Details

Travel to Kumasi, stopping along the way in a traditional village area for a cultural program of authentic drumming and traditional dancers. Boxed lunch on the bus. After arriving in Kumasi check into our hotel. Have dinner, and later be visited by several, pre-selected vendors who will come to the hotel to display their African wares. This is the place to shop for mud cloth and various other textiles and art created in this area.

Day 7 - Thursday, September 14th

Kumasi City Tour

Details

Tour the famous Ashanti Kingdom. Begin the tour with a stimulating visit to The Famous and ancient Manhyia Palace and the Center for Ashanti National Culture. Then visit the famous Ashanti Craft Villages: Ahwiaa – the wood carver’s village; Ntonso – the home of Adinkra and Bonwire – the Kente weaving village. Have dinner and stay overnight in Kumasi.

Day 8- Friday, September 15th

Elmina & Cape Coast Castles

Details

We will check out of our hotel and our bus will travel to the sea coast to visit famous forts and castles in central Ghana. We will see the Cape Coast Castle, historical museums and the infamous Elmina Castle. The group will check-in for a stay at a peaceful beachside resort. Coconut Grove hotel, owned by a wealthy and politically prominent Ghanaian, is one of the finest hotels in all of Ghana. Enjoy sitting on the stunningly beautiful beach, swimming, and traditional African food seaside. Visit a traditional village, within walking distance to donate clothing and school supplies.

Day 9 - Saturday, September 16th

Accra

Details

Check out of our hotel and return to Accra. Check in to our hotel. Go to the Artist Alliance to shop and to the lively Arts and Crafts Center for shopping. That evening we have a night out on the town. Visit a popular night club to turn it up with our African sisters and brothers, and get your groove on African style.

Day 10 - Sunday, September 17th

Accra

Details

Attend a local church to worship with their members and congregants. Then enjoy a delicious lunch at the pastor’s house, following the service. If you aren’t interested in the church experience, this can be a free day to do whatever you decide, including last minute shopping or just relaxing at the hotel.

Upon arrival check-in and participate in the official welcome session and orientation to Ghana. Relax and unwind that evening, enjoy a delicious meal, and then listen to a popular high-life or jazz band. Dance the night away at the hotel.

Day 11 - Monday, September 18th

Accra/Aburi Gardens

Details

This is our final day in Ghana. You are invited to go to nearby Aburi Botanical Gardens. Spend time in the well- maintained gardens viewing the indigenous flora and fauna gifted from heads of state from around the world to Ghana. Enjoy a delicious lunch in the gardens. Later relax and then enjoy a farewell dinner feast oceanside oceanside. Prepare for our late evening departure. Go to the airport and depart from Accra International Airport to DULLES International in the Washington, DC area.

Arrive back in Washington, DC early Tuesday morning September 19th at 6 am.

Early Bird Special Offer!

Renaissance Productions & Valerie Papaya Mann invite you to journey with us to.. GHANA, AFRICA

Join us in 2023, with a multi-generational, multi-cultural group of folks as we journey together to Ghana, West Africa. We will reclaim, rebuild, renew and reflect on African heritage. Limited to no more than 20-25 travelers, this 11-day trip is a bargain-priced, life-changing experience.

Contact

Get In Touch

If you wish to get a customized payment plan please contact me at vpapayamann@gmail.com or 202-486-8888.

The tour organizer, Valerie Papaya Mann has traveled to Ghana for the past 22 years, and lived there for almost 5 years. Having organized numerous tour groups over the years, she has taken more than 300 people to The Motherland. She is enstooled (been ceremoniously bestowed a royal family title and responsibilities) as a Queen Mother amongst The Akwamu Traditional Indigenous People. She has spearheaded many philanthropic projects that included building toilets for a school; led medical missions of doctors and nurses to Ghana who treated almost a thousand patients; has personally and through groups donated thousands of dollars’ worth of school supplies, computers and clothing to those in need.

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