Rita Ricks is going International!

The Republic of Ghana 2023

West Africa

October 10, 2023 – October 19, 2023

October 10-19, 2023

Information Meeting: February 28th at 7pm EST via Zoom


  • Round trip economy airfare Washington/Accra
  • Seven (7) nights mid-range accommodations and seven (7) breakfasts
  • All transfers, sightseeing per itinerary, English speaking guide, taxes & service charges

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Check-in at the airline ticket counter three hours prior to departure

Arrive Accra, meet assist and transfer to the hotel. Have a brief orientation by Spector Travel, then take a rest and recuperate

Accommodations: Labadi Beach or Sim.

Depart Accra and head to Kumasi in the Ashanti Region. Drive past several scenic villages and charming towns in the evergreen forest. Witness the change in vegetation from a coastal savannah to a forest zone. In the afternoon tour Manhyia palace museum and learn about the Ashanti Kingdom. The journey ends with a tour at the national cultural center which contains the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum and the studios of brass makers, potters and batik designers.

Accommodations: Lancaster Kumasi City Hotel or Sim. (b)

In the morning visit several Ashanti craft villages and observe the local craftsmen who use simple tools and traditional technology to produce breathtaking artifacts and designs from which you may buy souvenirs. Visit Ahwiaa the woodcarver’s village specializing in Ashanti stools, fertility dolls and walking sticks.

Proceed to Ntonso the adinkra cloth processing village where you will have an opportunity to create your own designs. The last stop is the village of Adanwomase where the famous kente cloth is produced. Rest of the day is free to explore Kumasi on your own.

Accommodations: Lancaster Kumasi City Hotel or Sim. (b)

Depart Kumasi and journey to Elmina in the central region. Drive past several farming communities and notice the change in vegetation from forest belt to coastal shrub as you drive southwards across river Prah.

Enroute stop at Assin Manso and visit the burial site of Samuel Carson from New York and Madame Crystal from Jamaica. Their remains were exhumed from New York and Jamaica and were re-interred in Ghana on Emancipation Day 1998. A visit is then made to the “Enslaved African River.”

Continue with a visit to Elmina Castle and take a tour of St. George’s castle, the first and oldest European structure built of any substance on African soil. This was built by the Portuguese in 1482 and later used as an auction market. See the slave dungeons and the condemned cells where slaves who attempted to escape were incarcerated. In the evening visit the city of Elmina.

Accommodations: Lemon Beach Resort or Sim. (b)

The day starts with a lecture at Cape Coast Castle and a visit to the slave dungeons and negotiation hall where slaves were bargained and sold. The journey continues with a tour of the West African Heritage Museum. Proceed towards Accra. Eat lunch at a local restaurant (pay on own) and then continue to the hotel.

Accommodations: Labadi Beach or Sim. (b)

Free on your own (No vehicle and no guide).

Accommodations: Labadi Beach or Sim. (b)

Free on your own (No vehicle and no guide).

Host reception with Ghanaian women business owners & dignitaries.

Accommodations: Labadi Beach or Sim. (b)

Depart for a full day city tour of Accra. Visit the W.E.B. du Bois Centre for Pan Africanism; this is the final burial place and home of the prominent American Pan Africanist Dr. W.E.B. du Bois, who led the Pan-African Congress between 1919 and 1927.

It is currently a Pan African center for culture and it also has a research library and gallery full of manuscripts. Continue to Ga Mashie-old Accra, drive past James Fort built in 1673, old Accra Square, the post office and Ussher Fort, one of three European forts in Accra which have survived the times. Interact with the local people at the Accra Harbor, view the light house built by the Gritish to guide commercial ships into the Accra harbor.

After lunch, visit Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, which is named in honor of Ghana’s first president. Stop at the artist alliance gallery. Here you will find a wonderful collection of modern art and top-quality souvenirs that you can purchase.

Later in the evening transfer to the airport for the flight back home. (b)

Arrive back in America

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The Republic of Ghana, West Africa

October 10 – 19, 2023

February 28th at 7pm EST via Zoom

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