Friday, 03. December 2021, Online, BEYOND THE RETURN 2021: An ABTF Pilgrimage to Ghana
About this Event
Join the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival Delegation of Artists on a Pilgrimage to Ghana!
Beyond the Return: An ABTF Arts and Cultural Pilgrimage to Ghana
Join our official delegation of artists (and art enthusiasts) for a curated experience based on the quality/standards you trust and expect from the ABTF!
For more information visit: https://atlantabtf.org/travels
Day 1: Breathtaking Gold Coast - Central Region, Ghana
Arrival at Kotoka International Airport for scenic transport to the spectacular Gold Coast of West Africa in the Central Region of Ghana:
Check-in and relax at the beach resort as you adjust to the time change. Then enjoy a welcome reception. You will then receive an introduction to African culture, beliefs, and customs of Ghana life while enjoying a traditional African food tasting.
Day 2: Historical Cape Coast Tour - Central Region, Ghana
Embark on a tour of the famous Castle, one of forty commercial forts built by European traders. Relive the heart-wrenching accounts of the last days of enslaved Africans before entering the "gate of no return" bound for the Americas and Caribbean, never to be seen again.
Day 2: Kakum National Park Tour - Central Region, Ghana
Unwind as we travel through the historic villages of Ghana’s Central Region to one of Africa’s only surviving tropical rain forests and UNESCO World Heritage site, Kakum National Park. The forest is home to many endangered and rare mammals such as the Diana Monkey, Bongo, Yellow-backed Duiker, and elephant. You can test your wits on the 1150 ft Canopy Walk, one of only three in Africa, which provides privileged access to the forest.
Day 3: Ghanaian Village Experience - Central Region
Become enthralled in the warmth of rural Ghanaian culture. We’ll visit the beautiful village of Mankissem where we’ll courtesy the Chief and Elders, experience a traditional ceremony, and enjoy drumming and dancing by the villagers. Savor the adulation of presenting gifts to the children of the village while taking photos to preserve this memorable occasion.
Day 4: Accra City Sightseeing Tour - Greater Accra Region
Unlock the secrets of Accra, an extraordinary 137-year old capital city. We will uncover the rich history and unique blend of colonial and modern architecture. On this sightseeing tour, we will visit the Jamestown Lighthouse, one of the most historic landmarks of our heritage, a journey to the WEB Dubois Center for Pan African Culture, Independence/Black Star, and the Kwame Nkrumah National Park.
Day 5: Real Estate Investment Tour - Greater Accra Region
Projections for profitable returns have the attention of the savviest international speculators as Ghana recently discovered gold and oil and braces itself for a vibrant growing economy. For those interested in a permanent piece of the motherland for retirement, vacation, investment returns, or legacy; we invite you to engage on this tour. where we will explore opportunities to invest in very affordable prime Ghanaian real estate.
Day 6: Kumasi Heritage Legacy Tour - Ashanti Region
This long but exciting day will begin with a journey to the Ashanti Region where we'll explore the vibrant city of Kumasi, one of the largest metropolitan areas in Ghana. We will learn about the great Ashanti Empire and the legacy of the Ashanti Kingdom. We'll uncover the stories of the makers of original indigenous fabrics and the famous Kente cloth. We'll also learn Ghanaian shopping etiquette and bartering techniques from a local guide while gaining valuable insight into the importance of market life in Kumasi.
We'll then practice our new bartering skills in the bustling Kejetia Market, among 10,000+ vendors of handcrafted treasures, glass beads, batik fabrics, wood carvings, etc.
Day 7: A VIP Afternoon at the National Theatre of Ghana
Prepare for a first-class treatment at the National Theatre of Ghana. We will submerge ourselves in a spectacular VIP private performance by Ghana’s National Dance and Theatre Companies. Immediately following this privileged performance, we'll fully immerse ourselves in native rhythms with drumming and dance lessons exclusively tailored for the ABTF delegation.
As a grand finale, we'll end the day with an elegant seafood buffet and live jazz in Accra!
Day 8: Scenic River Cruise - Volta Region, Ghana
We will set out early for a scenic ride to the breathtaking Volta Region. There we will board a yacht for a captivating aqua tourism experience. We set sail along the scenic Volta River, the second-largest man-made, freshwater lake in the world. We’ll enjoy live music, amazing cocktails, and a sumptuous buffet. On our excursion, we will make a stop on Dodi island for authentic entertainment and a warm welcome from the locals before a relaxing return trip while dancing under the stars.
Day 9: Day on Your Own
May we suggest a second round at your favorite restaurant or last-minute shopping to spend leftover Ghana Cedis or libations on Labadi Beach. Whichever you decide, we know it will ceremoniously bitter/sweet as you prepare to leave the Motherland-- your HOME.
Return: Evening Departure from Accra back to the U.S.A.
As a part of this delegation, you agree to itinerary modifications and substitutions provided we receive official invitations as a delegation to events. You also understand that changes can occur due to circumstances beyond our control. We will always defer to ABTF's high standard of satisfaction and value. This will always be our number one priority.
- Accommodations (2 nights): Beach Resort (2 nights)
- Accommodations (6 nights): Luxury 3-4 star Hotel or Guest House (6 nights)
- Three Delicious Meals
- Tours, Excursions, Arts and Cultural Experiences
- Air Conditioned Mini-buses for Tours, Arts, and Cultural Excursions
Choice of Two Plans:
1. Americana Plan: A contemporary experience with 3-4 star hotel or equivalent luxury accommodations. Pricing will be available in January 2020. Rates: $2450 - $2750 plus air travel. The exact cost will be available in the Spring of 2021.
2. Heritage Plan: Live like the locals with accommodations in Guest Houses! Clean and comfortable private rooms with shared common areas. Rates: $1950 - $2050 per person plus air travel. The exact cost will be available in the Spring of 2021.
Prepare for Travel:
Delegates are responsible for having the following in hand 30 days prior to travel:
- Travel vaccinations: Yellow Fever and Anti-malaria (antibiotics) are the minimum required
- United States Passport
- Ghana entry Tourist Visa.
- Medical clearance for travel overseas. Must be physically fit and able to lift 50 lbs (your luggage) and walk at least one mile without stopping or needing assistance.
If you need a roommate, first reserve your space. You will have time to find one or we'll be happy to find a match for you. This match is based on same-gender availability for the Heritage Plan ONLY.
Payments and Refunds:
- Deposits will be accepted in December 2020.
- A deposit of $100 per person will hold your space. You will then receive an invoice via email detailing all remaining payments due.
- 1/2 of the balance will be due by June 15th, 2021.
- The remaining balance will be due in full by September 1st, 2021. SORRY, NO EXCEPTIONS OR EXTENSIONS.
- A processing fee of 10% to 20% will be deducted for refunds requests before Sept. 1st.
- Refund requests will NOT be honored after Sept. 1st, 2021.