what’s included in
A Trip Off The Old Block to New Years in Ghana! ($1999, $199 Deposit)

11 Days / 10 Nights
Dec 26 - Jan 05, 2020

Airport Transfers

Relaxation Time

Accommodations Based on Single Occupancy

Select Meals (Breakfasts, Welcome & Farewell Dinner)

Welcome & Farewell Celebration

Welcome Dinner

Tours and Transportation

Accommodations Based on Double Occupancy

About this trip

Akwaaba! Welcome to A Trip Off The Old Block to Ghana, West Africa for the 10th Year Anniversary of the Chale Wote Festival, an international celebration of the arts, history, culture and people of Jamestown, Ghana and the entire African Diaspora! And welcome to our partnership with Dating the African Diaspora in Ghana and our Artist in Residency Program!

Officially noted from the year 1619 in Virginia, 2019 was the 400th Anniversary of the TransAtlantic slave trade in North America. Many African Diasporans' ancestors walked through “The Door of No Return” and boarded slave ships, barely surviving the Middle Passage; but many did survive and now, we are returning to reconnect with the Motherland, to remember an ancient past, far beyond the tragedy of the slave trade, and to share our own brilliant, creative stories of survival, resilience and even joy on foreign shores. Our ancestors may have left Africa but Africa never left us!

The Chale Wote Festival originated in Jamestown, Ghana, and is a wonderful, multi-day event filled with activities including digital labs, headwrapping workshops, theatre, film, dancing, a Grand Durbar (the procession of the Kings and Royal families where you will see gold like never before), fabulous food and so much more!

We will attend a number of the festivities of the Chale Wote Festival and we will also be exploring places such as Osu, Independence Square, the National monument honoring Ghana’s first President, Kwame Nkrumah, the W.E.B. DuBois Center (his final resting place), Cape Coast and Elmina Slave Castles and surrounding Villages, including the "last bath" where those enslaved were bathed in a river in Assin Manso. You will also test your fears on the Kakum National Park canopy walk! We will visit Kumasi - the capital city of the Ashanti Kingdom where many artists live and create kente cloth, Adinkra stamps and cloth, djembe drums, royal stools tie dye fabric, etc., the Volta River Region and the Akwamu Kingdom and Palace Museum, and the great, modern clubs, nightlife, beaches and malls in Ghana!

Come with us to not only one of the most beautiful, ancient and creative civilizations in the world; but also one of the best, artistic and cultural celebrations on the planet!

*** Please note: You MUST be physically healthy enough to stand and walk during tours, outings and excursions. This trip would not be comfortable and we are not equipped to handle persons with physical challenges that would hamper breathing, climbing steps, standing, kneeling, walking for 10 minutes straight or more, etc. It would not be fair to you, the host or the rest of the group. Ghana is still a developing country and would not be able to properly accommodate you. We regret the lack of capacity at this time. 

TRAVEL INSURANCE IS REQUIRED for all participants!

You will receive a Personal Group and Private Concierge to assist you with items NOT INCLUDED, such as flight deals, the visa process, your immunizations (Yellow Fever is required) and any other issue that may arise.
Thursday, December 26, 2019

Day 1

Akwaaba! Welcome to Ghana!

  • Arrival in Accra, Ghana and it's okay to arrive late!
  • Welcome Dinner
Friday, December 27, 2019

Day 2

I Am Because We Are

  • Visit to Independence Square, Kwame Nkrumah National Memorial and Museum
  • Tour the W.E.B. DuBois Center and Mausoleum
  • National Centre for Arts and Culture
Saturday, December 28, 2019

Day 3


  • Party, Party, Party from Noon 'til All Night Long!
  • It's Dec. 28, so depending upon your arrival, it's Day 2 or 3!
Sunday, December 29, 2019

Day 4

Sacred Journey to Cape Coast and Elmina

  • Sacred Journey to Assin Manso "Slave River" and Cape Coast Castle
  • Dinner at Oasis Beach Resort
Monday, December 30, 2019

Day 5

Elmina Castle and Village

  • Kakum Canopy Walk in the morning
  • Visit to Elmina Castle
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Day 6

Kumasi, Capital City of the Ashanti Kingdom

  • Explore Ashanti Culture
  • Visit Manhiyah Palace and Museum
  • Learn about gold, kente cloth, adinkra symbols, tie dyeing and more!
Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Day 8

Boti Waterfall and Beads!

  • Visit the Boti Waterfall
  • Visit a Beadmaking Factory
  • Travel to Senchi
Thursday, January 02, 2020

Day 9

Relax in Senchi

  • Tour Volta Region
  • Visit Akwamufie Palace Museum
Friday, January 03, 2020

Day 10

Relax in Senchi, Visit the Volta Region

  • Relaxation
  • Prepare for Departure
Saturday, January 04, 2020

Day 11

Departures / Last Day in Accra

  • Last Chance for Romance!
  • Flight Departures! Book the LATEST flight you can take on this day, and those 11pm ones are PERFECT!
  • See You on the Next Trip Off The Old Block
  • This itinerary is subject to change!