Flora Jordan

Flo Knowles Travel

Glorious Ghana

Jan 1, 2022 to Nov 30, 2022
Ghana

This 8-day tour gets off the beaten track and explores Ghana a West African nation with a long history of warriors, unique art, and amazing nature. West Africa is still unspoiled by mass tourism and a trip to Ghana will not disappoint. 

Arrive in Accra, Ghana’s busy capital city. You will transfer to your hotel and enjoy a welcome group and orientation session. The next day gets your group out and about exploring the highlights of the city as well as an open aircraft market. 

The next day head to Cape Coast. Along the way, you will visit several castles and forts, many of which played a part in Ghana’s dark history with the slave trade. Millions of Africans were held in these forts before being forcibly shipped to other countries. Also visit the Elmina Castle, which was built by the Portuguese in 1482 and has fabulous views of the coast. 

A little inland, Ghana has some truly stunning rainforests. Spend a day at Kakum National Park and take the famous canopy walk over the forest or enjoy a 2km nature walk learning about the local flora and fauna. The next day you will head for Kumasi, the centre of the Ashanti Empire.

The Ashanti have a long history of craftsmanship in bronze and textiles and are also viewed as some of Africa’s most formidable warriors, successfully fighting back against British colonizers for two hundred years. Stops at the Manhyia Palace Museum and National Cultural Centre in Kumasi are an eye-opening experience. 

Over the next two days, you will visit several craft villages and the Besease Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site showcasing traditional Ashanti architecture. Each of the homes is said to be home to a spirit. You will then return to Accra. Your final morning will be spent at the School of the Deaf for a traditional dance performance.

Return to the airport for your onward travels.

 

 

What's included in this trip:

  • Return Airport Transfers
  • 7 Nights moderate class accommodation
  • Daily breakfast (x7)
  • Farewell dinner in Accra
  • Private guided touring as per itinerary

 

What's not included:

  • All International & domestic airfares
  • Personal Items
  • Meals unless listed in the itinerary
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Early check-in and late check-out of rooms
  • Travel insurance
 

 

Itinerary:

Day1

Akwaaba - Welcome

Arrive in Accra, Ghana and after the clearance of the immigration, you are kindly requested to proceed to collect your luggage. You will be met by your guide and then transfer by coach from the airport to your hotel. Check into your hotel. Welcome drink and orientation. 

Duration 2 Nights
Accommodation

Coconut Grove Regency Hotel

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Day2

Accra City Tour

After breakfast, you will be met by your guide for a city tour of Accra. You will drive through the administrative and economic districts of Accra, the capital of Ghana. This 139-year-old city has a blend of colonial and modern architecture that summarize her history. This refers us to the Christiansburg Castle in Osu, which originally belonged to the Danish before been sold to the Dutch. You will visit the W. E. B. Dubois Centre for Pan African Culture, Independence/ Black Star Square and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. Then again, continue your tour in visiting the Arts Centre where you will have an opportunity to use your bargaining skills to shop from an open-air market for artifacts from Ghana and West Africa.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day3

Cape Coast & Elmina Castles

After breakfast, check out of hotel in Accra and depart for Cape Coast. Upon arrival 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. This castle also houses the West African Historical Museum established by the Smithsonian Institute in collaboration with the Ghanaian Government in 1994. Visit the Elmina Castle built by the Portuguese in 1482 and is also known as St. George's Castle. This castle was the first European structure built in Sub - Saharan Africa. The colourful harbour nestled below the Elmina Castle, full of pirogues preparing to go to sea offers one of West Africa’s greatest photo opportunities.

After dinner participate in Kasa (Talk Time) - An opportunity to learn more about Ghanaian culture or simply talk to each other and share information about the experiences you are having on the tour. (This activity will be led by the tour guide).

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration 2 Nights
Day4

Kakum National Park & Posuban Shrine

Early morning departure for a drive through the historic Denkyira Kingdom to Kakum National Park, one of West Africa’s surviving tropical rain forests. Extending over 360sq km, Kakum is the home to over 40 large mammals and 400 bird species as well as many species of butterflies, flora and fauna. The most popular attraction is the Canopy walkway which is made up of seven bridges extending 330m, hanging 100 feet above the forest floor. Choose between a 2 km nature walk through this forest to discover the wide variety of exotic floral species and the medicinal values they offer or take a walk on the canopy walkway. After lunch, continue the tour to the Posuban Military Shrine where the Asafo companies, (Fanti traditional soldiers), prepare spiritually for war. These shrines are wonderful examples of how art is used in the daily lives of Ghanaians.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day5

Elmina, Assin Manso, and Kumasi

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and drive through the forest zone to Kumasi to the seat of the Ashanti Empire to explore the legends of the famous Ashanti’s, whose legacies are still evident today with a stop at Assin Manso, visit the site of “Donkor Nsuo”, the former Slave River and market, the final transit point for a large number of enslaved Africans. This is the final resting place for two ancestors whose mortal remains were returned from the USA and Jamaica and re-interred there.

Afterwards, continue your drive to Kumasi. Upon arrival, visit the Manhyia Palace Museum to obtain first-hand information on the legacies of the Ashanti kingdom. A regal history that dates back to 1700 is told with relics and artifacts. Enjoy a drive through the city with monuments dedicated to the memory of the great Ashanti people. End the day’s tour at the National Cultural Center which features the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum and various studios of the brass makers, potters, and batik makers.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration 2 Nights
Day6

Ashanti Craft Village

This day is devoted to visiting the three famous Ashanti craft villages. After breakfast depart for
Ahwiaa, the wood carvers’ village, Ntonso, the home of Adinkra cloth, and Bonwire, the Kente weaving village. You will have an opportunity to see how African crafts are made and to buy directly from the artisans who make them.

After dinner on your own, participate in Kasa (Talk Time) - An opportunity to learn more about Ghanaian culture or simply talk to each other and share information about the experiences you are having on the tour. (This activity will be led by the tour guide).

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day7

Besease Shrine to Accra

After breakfast, check out of your hotel. En route to Accra stop on the way at Besease shrine a world heritage site. The Besease Shrine is a traditional fetish shrine, near the town of Ejisu. Each of these shrines is a home for a particular spirit, called obosom that mediates between mortals and the supreme god Nyame. Observe the unique architecture and experience the mode of ancestral worship to the ancient.

After your tour, drive to Accra and check in to our hotel. Tonight we will enjoy a special farewell dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration 1 Night
Accommodation

Coconut Grove Regency Hotel

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Day8

School of the Deaf and Departure

After breakfast, check out your hotel to visit the School of the Deaf in Tema. Over here, the students have put their disability aside and keep the African traditional cultural performances alive. Take part in this African art which is a part of the Ghanaian culture and see how these unique students express themselves through this art, music, 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. After lunch on your own, Transfer to airport for check-in and final departure back home.

Meal Plan Breakfast

TERMS AND POLICIES

 
A minimum of 10 paying passengers must travel together for the duration of the tour. All prices are “from” per person costs based on twin share and subject to change depending on dates and availability. 
 
Passengers are responsible for ensuring that they have the proper travel documents. 
 
Passengers must make reservations in your FULL NAME as it appears on your passport. Your name on your invoice MUST match your passport.
 
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL: To travel internationally, a passport is required. The passport should not expire six (6) months after the travel departure date and should have at least two (2) blank pages. Children need to have valid passports as well. For more information, please go to the US Department of State website at www.travel.state.gov.
 
 
PAYMENTS: Flo Knowles Travel only accepts payments in United States Dollars. Payments can be made via major debit and credit cards. Accepted cards are Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and American Express. If alternate payment forms are required, please get in touch with Travel Agency at payment@floknowlestravel.com.
 
DEPOSIT: All deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE. Travel reservations are not confirmed until a deposit is made. Your travel proposal will reflect the amount needed to confirm your vacation. Unless stated otherwise, prices may fluctuate between the time a quote is rendered and when the deposit is furnished.
 
PAYMENT PLANS: We are pleased to offer, for your convenience, a monthly payment plan for your travel plans. No payment plan is available for reservations made sixty (60) days or less from the date of travel.
 
FINAL PAYMENT: Reserved travel plans must be paid in full on or before the final payment date. Any reservations not paid in full on or before your final payment date is subject to cancellation, with no notice and no refund of payments made.
 
LATE PAYMENT: If your travel itinerary is not paid in full by the Final Payment Due, a late fee of $50.00 will automatically be assessed one day after your final payment date. This fee is non-refundable and non-negotiable.
 
RESERVATION CHANGES: Changes to an existing reservation, whatever the cause, will incur a $50.00 charge plus any additional supplier fees. This includes name changes* and removal of any services such as optional tours and transfers.
 
CANCELLATIONS: To cancel your vacation, Flo Knowles Travel charges a  non-refundable fee of $100.00. This fee is payable at the time of the cancellation request, and the vacation will not be canceled until this fee is paid. All cancellations must be in writing to cancellations@floknowlestravel.com Cancellations received prior to final payment will incur a loss of non-refundable deposit.

After the final balance is paid, the following cancellation schedule will apply based on the current accredited supplier and is subject to change. 

 

Destination

Cancellation Penalties

Europe

Cancellation:
0-30 days before departure: 100% cancellations
31-44 days before departure: 50% cancellation fees
45-60 days before departure: 25% cancellation fees

TRAVEL INSURANCE:  Protect your investment by securing travel insurance. Travel insurance can assist with reimbursing you for the cost of your vacation due to events out of your control, such as illness, injury, or death of you or a close family member. It can also assist if you become ill while traveling or are quarantined. Travel Agency is not responsible for any costs associated with the risks of traveling or having to cancel your vacation for reasons within or outside of your control. Travel insurance is not a requirement but is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

FORCE MAJEURE: There may be times when either party is unable to perform, or complete performance, under the travel contract for reasons out of each other’s control. These are called force majeure events and, if they occur, make performing under the contract inadvisable, commercially impracticable, illegal, or impossible. Events that may trigger this provision include, but are not limited to, acts of God, acts of government, acts of war or civil unrest, insurrection or revolts, military action, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind, or the threat thereof, pandemics, epidemics, illnesses or health conditions prevalent in the area of travel, earthquakes, hurricanes, lightning, and explosions, unexpected legislation, or any other event outside the reasonable control of either party. In the event that a force majeure event occurs, the parties will look to and follow the cancellation policies of the suppliers, what is stated in the travel proposal, and these terms & conditions. Any changes to those policies are at the supplier's sole discretion (if applicable) and Flo Knowles Travel. Passengers will be informed of their options if a force majeure event occurs.

 
 

GHANA ENTRY REQUIREMENT (CURRENT AS OF August 13, 2021)  

(SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

 
 

1. ARRIVING PASSENGERS

MUST READDIGITIZATION OF COVID-19 TEST RESULTS FOR EASE OF VERIFICATIONRead more


Pre-pay for COVID-19 Testing in Ghana

All international arriving passengers, including those from the ECOWAS region, will be required to meet the following health requirements prior to admission into Ghana:
(a) Passengers must not have symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 including body temperature ˃38C.
(b) Passengers must possess a COVID – 19 negative PCR test from an accredited laboratory in the country of origin.
(c) The test should have been done not more than 72 hours or not more than 3 calendar days before the scheduled departure time from the country of origin.
(d) Airlines who board passengers without PCR test results or transport and disembark passengers with Positive PCR test results into Accra will be fined US$3,500 per passenger.

Non-Ghanaians may be refused entry and returned to the point of embarkation at a cost to the Airline.
 Ghanaians will be allowed entry but subject to 14 days of mandatory quarantine at a facility approved by the Government and at a cost to the passenger.

(e) Arriving passengers will undergo temperature screening.
(f) Ghanaians residents who depart Ghana and return within one (1) week will not be required to present a COVID-19 result from the country of departure. They will, however, undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing upon arrival in Ghana.
(g) Passengers will be subjected to a mandatory COVID-19 test at the airport terminal at a cost of $150 to be borne by the passenger. Payment can be made online at https://myfrontierhealthcare.com/Home/Ghana. Any passenger who is unable to pay online will be required to make payment on arrival for the test.
(h) Any passenger who refuses to pay to undergo the COVID-19 test will be subjected to the following:
 Passenger’s passport will be seized, and passenger handed over to State Security Agencies.
 Passenger will be taken into a fourteen (14) day quarantine at a designated location at the passenger’s cost.
(i) Passengers who test positive upon arrival will receive further clinical assessment and treatment.
(j) Passengers who test negative will be advised to continue to observe COVID-19 safety precautions following arrival in Ghana.
(k) For passengers who transit through other countries before arriving in Ghana, the first country of departure will be the reference point.
(Connecting flights should not deny passenger boarding, as long as the journey has not been terminated in any of the transit countries)


2. TRANSIT PASSENGERS


(a) Passengers transiting and transferring through Accra will not be required to take the COVID-19 test in Accra.
(b) Transit passengers will be required to adhere to COVID-19 testing requirements for the destination countries.


3. EXEMPTIONS


(a) Airline crew are exempted from the pre-departure and arrival COVID-19 testing and should follow the Airline policy for testing.
(b) Children under 5 years of age will not be required to undergo testing on Arrival at the Kotoka International Airport.
(c) Passengers who arrive under emergency circumstances such as diverted flights will not be required to undergo testing if they do not leave
the airport or remain In isolation in their room.
Passengers must wear face mask appropriately (extending from the middle nasal bridge to halfway between the chin and the neck) and are
advised to regularly use any of the hand sanitizing stations provided in the terminal.


4. TRAVELLING WITH PETS


Travelling with pets into Ghana is allowed in line with the guidelines of the Veterinary Services Directorate of the Ministry of Food & Agriculture.


5. DEPARTING PASSENGERS


All international departing passengers will be required to meet the following guidelines prior to departure:
(a) Passengers will be required to adhere to COVID-19 testing requirements for the destination countries.
(b) Departing passengers will undergo temperature screening at the entrance of Terminal 3 departures.
(c) Only passengers and persons with business in the terminal will be allowed entry.
(d) Online check-In or the use of self-service kiosks Is strongly encouraged to reduce physical contact at the airport.
(e) Passengers are advised to arrive at the airport at least 4 hours before the scheduled departure time.


6. VACCINATIONS


Travellers who have been fully vaccinated are NOT EXEMPTED from the required PCR testing before traveling.
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Passengers must wear face mask appropriately (extending from the middle nasal bridge to halfway between the chin and the neck) and are advised to regularly use any of the hand sanitizing stations provided in the terminal. 

 
 

Available Packages

Double Occupancy
Available until October 31, 2022

$2,079.00
Deposit: $60.00

Double Occupancy – 2 persons in a room and each person pays the double occupancy rate. The deposit is $60 per person.