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Ghana

April 7-14, 2023

Accra and Cape Coast

Ghana has largely flown under the radar for North American tourists. This is partially due to its geographic location next to Ivory Coast, Togo, and Burkina Faso in West Africa. But its relative obscurity ought to change. It’s one of the most stable democracies on the continent and a fascinating blend of attractive beaches, historically-rich cities, and verdant jungles.

There is a wealth of history to discover across the nation, from the coastal forts that were central to the slave trade to cities that uncover stories of Ghana’s independence from European colonial control—it was the first sub-Saharan Black African nation to achieve independence. The geography is split between the coast and the inland.

On the coast, beaches and trading ports abound, offering a lively environment with great seafood and colorful markets. Inland, the landscape completely changes to one of thick forest full of beloved animals. It’s relatively easy to get around the country and the people are friendly and generous, making it a good place to make friends.

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

-Welcome Home Dinner

-Accra City Tour

-Visit Traditional African Market

-Canopy Walk Way And Kakum Rain Forest 

-Slave Dungeon Experience

-Fishing Village Tour

-Receive Your African Name During Naming Ceremony

-Visit Cedi Bead Factory

-Visit The School Of Deaf

ITINERARY

The itinerary is tentative and subject to change.


DAY 1 AKWAABA-WELCOME (D)


Arrive in Accra, Ghana. Transfer from airport to your hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight.


Overnight at African Regent hotel in Accra


Meals Included: Welcome Dinner.


DAY 2 ACCRA CITY TOUR – VISIT A TRADITIONAL AFRICAN MARKET (BL)


After breakfast, depart for a sightseeing tour of Accra, the Capital of Ghana. Experience the city’s highlights during this Accra orientation. The capital of Ghana since 1877, Accra is also the capital of the Greater Accra Region. In addition, it’s the country’s most populous city. Travel through the administrative and economic districts of Accra. Also, see the Artiste Alliance Gallery, the W.E.B. Du Bois Center for Pan African Culture, the University of Ghana, the Independence/Black Star Square, and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. Learn about important events in Ghana’s history and the country’s first president who helped lead Ghana to independence.


End the day’s tour at the Arts Center, where participants can sharpen their bargaining skills to shop for goods from Ghana and West Africa in an open-air market. On display, you will see fabrics of different materials, designs, colors and textures to purchase from. Later in the evening, dressmakers will take measurements and sew cloths for interested participants.


Overnight at African Regent Hotel in Accra


Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch.


DAY 3  CANOPY WALK WAY AND KAKUM RAIN FOREST – SLAVE DUNGEON EXPERIENCE (CAPE COAST CASTLE) (BL)


After breakfast, check out of your hotel and depart to Cape Coast and drive through the historic Denkyira Kingdom to Kakum National Park, one of West Africa’s surviving tropical rain forests. Choose between a 2km nature walk through the rain forest to discover the wide variety of exotic flora and fauna species and the medicinal values they offer or take a walk on the canopy walkway hanging 40 meters above the forest ground.


After lunch, 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. Here, you would learn about the relationship between the western slave traders and the African tribes that made the trans-Atlantic slave trade possible. It is an opportunity to be up and close with history – to stand in the dark and stuffy dungeons, imagining the experience and conditions that millions of Africans endured. This castle also houses the West African Historical Museum.


Overnight at Ridge Royal Hotel.


Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch.


DAY 4  SLAVE DUNGEON EXPERIENCE (ELMINA CASTLE) AND FISHING VILLAGE TOUR (BD)


After breakfast, visit Elmina Castle, also known as St. George’s Castle, which was built by the Portuguese in 1482. Here, learn about the relationship between the western slave traders and the African tribes that participated in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Here participants will witness the dark and stuffy dungeons local people were forced to endure before being sent on a long and perilous passage across the Atlantic. To see the truth of these conditions in person is a powerful reminder of the inhumanity of the slave trade.


After lunch on your own, explore Elmina, a fishing village that’s both picturesque and gritty, charming and though-provoking. What better way to appreciate it than to immerse oneself in its main industry – fishing! Meet with local fishermen to learn the intricacies of their trade and the challenges they face in their day-to-day work. Next, meet the fish mongers in the village who will demonstrate the various stages of smoking the fish in earthenware ovens. This is a unique way to experience one of Ghana’s oldest and important trades.


Overnight at Ridge Royal Hotel.


Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner.


DAY 5  ELMINA – ACCRA (B)


After breakfast, spend the morning at leisure. After lunch on your own, check out of your hotel and depart to Accra for overnight.


Overnight at African Regent Hotel in Accra


Meals Included: Breakfast.


DAY 6 LIVING HERITAGE CEREMONY (TORGORME VILLAGE) – CEDI BEADS (BLD)


After breakfast, depart Accra to a beautiful village located on the lower course of the splendid Volta River. You will pay a courtesy call on the chief and elders amidst traditional drumming and dancing by the villagers. The group will participate in a naming ceremony of recognition, where a Ghanaian name is given to participants, and a gift presented as part of celebrating a new identity as a Ghanaian and a member of the local community.


After lunch, you will visit cedi beads factory and market. Beads play a very important role in the life and culture of the Krobo people of Ghana. Beads are used to mark family status, special occasions, and the important rite of passage of girls into puberty, called the Dipo. Participants will be shown around the factory and observe the making of beads in a traditional manner. The beads come in every imaginable color, shape, and size and are made from recycled glass, beer and wine bottles, and broken windows. They are pounded and crushed with a mortar and pestle and then poured into molds and heated individually in ovens. These ovens are made from termite soils, which are able to withstand high temperatures. After sizzling in a special oven for about 45 minutes, the beads are smoothed while still warm. A cassava stick is put in the center of the bead while it melts into shape. The beads are cooled and hand polished with sand and water and then strung. Participants will even have the opportunity to make their own beads to take home!


Overnight at African Regent Hotel in Accra


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


DAY 7 SCHOOL OF THE DEAF – DEPARTURE (B)


After breakfast, visit the school of the deaf in Tema. Over here, the students have put their disability aside and keep the African art which is a part of Ghanaian culture and see how these unique students express themselves through this art, cultural dancing and painting. During your visits, you can also have the opportunity to learn about sign language or play football or other forms of interaction with the students. Return to Accra afterwards. Later in the evening, depart to the airport for check in and fly back home. (Late checkout not included)


PACKAGE INCLUDES:

-5 nights accommodations at the following hotels or similar

  -4 nights at Africa Regent Hotel Accra

  -2 nights at Coconut Grove Beach Resort

-6 Breakfast, 3 Lunch and 3 Dinner

-Private Transfers on Minibuses

-English Speaking Guide

-Welcome Home Dinner Party 

-Accra City Tour

-Visit a traditional African Market

-See Arise Alliance Gallery

-W.E.B Du Bois Center

-University of Ghana

-Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park

-Denkyira Kingdom

-Kakum National Park

-Cape Coast Castle

-Slave Dungeions of Ghana

-West African Historical Museum

-Visit Elmina Castle

-Fishing Village Tour

-Receive African name during a Naming Ceremony

-Visit Cedi Beads Factory

-Visit School of Deaf

-Entrances fees as per itinerary

-JEK Staff Onsite

-Government / local taxes at existing rates



ACCOMMODATIONS

AFRICAN REGENT HOTEL ACCRA

The African Regent has gained recognition as the hotel of choice for both international travelers and savvy locals. Our tagline – Simply ‘Afropolitan’- African and cosmopolitan, gives you a sense of what we represent.


Understanding the strong link between business and tourism, the African Regent provides an atmosphere to experience Africa and its rich culture right here at the hotel, making it a tourism destination in itself. 


Our luxurious rooms and suites are not only world class standard, they are also tastefully designed with fabric, colors and etchings of ‘Adinkra’ symbols that symbolize everything good there is about Africa.



The hotel’s restaurant – ‘Mukyia’, hosts the best African themed Sunday brunch in the capital, prepared by our team of recognized chefs.


Located less than 5 minutes from the Kotoka International Airport, Accra polo club , the Accra Mall and the Tetteh Quarshie Art Market, the hotel provides every traveler into the city, be it for business or leisure, the opportunity to explore and experience Accra in the most convenient way possible.


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RIDGE ROYAL HOTEL

Ridge Royal Hotel is located in Cape Coast, the capital of the Central Region. While in Cape Coast, there are lots of traditional, historic and tourist sites.






Spacious layouts, Standard Single/Double Rooms with either picture-perfect views of the hotel or, the heart of the hotel’s wide-ranging entertainment Centre.



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LAND ONLY PACKAGE 

SINGLE: $3505 per person | DOUBLE: $2700 per person 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

Flight to Ghana 


Travel Insurance - This is an additional cost and is highly recommended to protect your investment if you need to cancel, need medical coverage.


Gratuities For Driver and Tour Guide


Personal Items


Additional excursions or activities offered by tour guide


Meals except where notedBeverage during meals


Gratuities for Tour Guide (suggested $5-$15 per day)


Gratuities for Driver (suggested $5-10 per day)


Gratuities for Waiters/Waitress (suggested $2 per person)


Changes in government / local taxes


Early check-in & late check out of rooms (standard check-in time is 2pm and check out at 10am)


Visa / Passport handling fees


All Covid19 tests and its related expenses


Please Note: Additional Bio-Security requirements may be implemented by the destination (s) after you have booked. Should we learn of any such requirements between now and the group’s departure we will inform you. Any extra costs associated will be passed on to you and included in the final invoice. 


TRAVEL INSURANCE

Missing a vacation is bad enough… losing the money you paid for your vacation is even worse. Travel insurance is therefore highly recommended.


TRAVEL GUARD

ALLIANZ


FLIGHT SCHEDULE

Flight itinerary - TBA Flight schedule is subjected to change



TRAVEL NOTES

A valid U.S. passport is required to travel abroad and must be valid 6 months beyond travel dates. For this tour, your passport should not expire before Aug 27, 2023. 


All prices are based on the exchange rate in effect at the time of price quotation. In the event the US dollar devalues, JEK Travels LLC reserves the right to increase prices accordingly. Your final invoice will reflect increases resulting from currency devaluation.


When making your reservations, you can choose to pay in full or make monthly payments.


If you choose monthly payments, you will receive monthly invoices when your payment is due.


Full travel documents will be be sent via emailed 45 days in advance. 


The group flight will leave US on April 7, 2023 and arrive in Accra on April 8 2023. Check-in into the hotel is April 8, 2023. If you are purchasing your own flight make note of these dates and plan your flight and airport transfers accordingly. If you want to take the transfers with the group to the hotel make sure your flight arrives on April 8 by 10am and depart onApril 14 in the late evening.


Full travel documents will be be sent via emailed 45 days in advance.




AUTOMATIC BILLING PLAN


You have the option to enroll in our automatic billing and remain stress free knowing that your future payments will be made automatically.


When you book, your invoice will show the calculations evenly divided for you. The automatic billing plan will show the dates that your payments will automatically be processed in advance every month. 


Your initial deposit is due at the time of booking, and your future payments will be charged according to the schedule you see on your invoice. Automatic billing is available at no charge, you will need to select the box for automatic billing.April


IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19 AND IMPACT ON TRAVEL

Please be advised that you are considering, or intending to proceed with, international travel at a time when COVID-19 is a known global risk. Any person choosing to proceed with travel with that in mind, does assume and accept responsibility accordingly for the risks, potential loss and limitations that may apply. 


JEK Travels LLC, advises that COVID-19, and the health and security measures around COVID may impact parts of your trip and may affect the operation of some travel services. Any country you travelling to, from or via, and the airline(s) you are travelling on, may all have strict requirements to limit the spread of COVID-19. 


These requirements may include, but are not limited to: 


-Wearing of masks at airports, while on an aircraft, and when out in public. 

-Compulsory requirements to have adequate health & travel insurance coverage. 

-Requirement to be fully vaccinated before being allowed to enter or transit a country. 

-Being fully vaccinated or be tested for COVID-19, before being allowed to board any flight. 

-Subject to pre-screening or screening to enter your destination country or any transit countries. 

-Subject to quarantine/isolation periods in any country subject to screening results. 

-Having proof of vaccination or health status, when staying in hotels, dining, sightseeing, etc. 

-Changing restrictions on sightseeing, due to closures or other public health concerns. 

-Limitation/restrictions on travel to your destination by your country of residence/citizenship. 

-Possible compulsory quarantine on return to your country of residence/citizenship. 


NOTE! For ALL TRAVELERS flying to (including returning to) the USA - Effective Dec 2021, until further notice 


All passengers over 2 years must present a negative COVID-19 viral test result, or proof of recovery from COVID in the past 90 days, to the airline prior to boarding USA bound flights, or boarding will be denied. This is regardless of vaccination status. Currently, the test must be taken no more than 1 day before the flight to the USA. These requirements may change at any time. Passengers may still have to complete any mandated quarantine requirements, if applicable. Locating and accessing COVID testing sites in destination, and paying the costs for COVID tests are the full responsibility of the traveler. These costs can be up to $300, as a guideline. 


COVID-19 is causing constant & ongoing changes in the application of the above types of measures. The way a country, government, airline or airport chooses to deal with the threat of COVID is constantly changing. 


It is your responsibility to keep yourself and members of your traveling party (travel companions) informed of, and meet, all requirements in relation to your trip and any COVID based restrictions, and we suggest these are constantly monitored until your trip is complete, as they can change at any time even while travelling overseas. 


Any additional expenses or fees incurred, or any loss (including missed or non-refundable trip components), resulting from airline or government requirements & restrictions, will be the sole responsibility of the traveler. 


JEK Travels LLC, is not liable for any loss due to failure to read and understand this information, as the considerations included in this document may be critical to your upcoming trip. JEK Travels LLC, regular booking conditions and policies also apply. 



TERMS & POLICIES

Making reservations for this package signifies your acceptance of our terms and conditions.


Payments made to JEK Travels are non refundable.This is because JEK Travels has contractual agreements with hotels, airlines and other vendors that will not allow us to obtain any refunds. This way we can keep our package prices low and allow you to make monthly payments on your vacation.


Passengers are responsible for ensuring that they have the proper travel documents and MUST CHECK with the respective consulate(s) or visa agency to determine whether any visas or passports are required.


Passports are required to be valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Some countries require a full blank “VISA” page in the passport for stamping purposes. Any information provided on travel description pertains to US citizens only. Non-US citizens should check with the respective consulate of the country(s) to be visited for current entry requirements. 


Reservations must be made in your FULL NAME as it appears on your passport.


Missing a vacation is bad enough. Losing the money you paid for your vacation is even worse; therefore, we recommend Travel Insurance that helps provide coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Delay, Loss of Baggage, Medical Care, plus more. We have travel insurance vendors that we work. View the insurance vendors  here . 


 

Seat assignments are at the discretion of the airline. Seats for this group trip are located in economy class section. If you require a certain seat, we recommend booking the land only package


Prices are subject to change without notice. Please make your reservations today at this low price to be get locked in


Monthly payments are required to keep your reservations current. Your invoice will clearly note your payment plan. 


You must ensure your roommate, if applicable, is also making timely monthly payments


Name changes are allowed with a $200 name change fee up until the final payment date and $100 after final payment date plus any vendor fees.


Late payment of $250 per person is required after final due date listed on your payment plan. 


Late payment fees are automatically added to your reservation the day after your final due date.


All late payment requests must be approved by management before the final payment deadline on your invoice


You are responsible to keep JEK Travels informed of email address changes as this is how we will  communicate with you.