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Into Africa: From Ghana’s Gold Coast to Cape Town

Program Number: 21040RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/30/2013 - 2/19/2013;
Duration: 20 nights
Location: Ghana/Togo/Benin/Sao Tome and Principe/Congo/Angola/Namibia/South Africa
Price starting at: $15,445.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Cruising Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 54; 19 Breakfasts, 18 Lunches, 17 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Experience a world unknown to even the most experienced travelers in West Africa. Led by an experienced team of expedition staff and study leaders, this voyage includes historic colonial cities, the tropical paradise of São Tomé and Príncipe, the oldest desert in the world and much more.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile per day on uneven, sometimes hilly terrain. Small boats used for disembarkation and re-embarkation.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Accra (Ghana), 1 night; aboard Corinthian, 17 nights; Cape Town (South Africa), 1 night.



Day 1: Overnight flight from the U.S.A.


Days 2-3: Arrival Accra (Ghana) / embark Corinthian:

In the bustling capital of Ghana, visit the excellent craft market and the National Museum. Lodging: Hotel overlooking beautiful beach.



Day 4: Lomé & Lake Togo (Togo):

Take in Lomé, one of West Africa’s most exciting cities. Explore Lake Togo’s traditional villages by pirogue boat.



Day 5: Porto-Novo (Benin):

An expert-led excursion to the historic capital city includes the Ethnography Museum and the restored palace of King Toffa.



Days 6-8: At Sea / São Tomé and Príncipe:

Experience this two-island nation, first visiting Príncipe’s charming colonial plantations then learning about the Portuguese-influenced culture of São Tomé.



Days 9-10: At Sea / Pointe-Noire (Republic of the Congo):

Journey through villages and countryside to Diosso Gorge, its red rock cliffs draped by the green of the jungle.



Day 11: Luanda (Angola):

Discover the Fortaleza de São Miguel, a fortress built by the Portuguese in 1576.



Day 12: Benguela:

Explore Benguela, a city that retains much of its Portuguese colonial architecture including the Pálacio do Governo.



Days 13-16: At Sea / Walvis Bay (Namibia):

See the Namib Desert Park’s incredible sand dunes and enjoy dinner among them. Encounter the flamingoes of the Walvis Bay wetlands.



Day 17: Lüderitz & Kolmanskop:

Experience the unmistakable Bavarian architecture of Lüderitz and the nearby ghost diamond mining town of Kolmanskop.



Days 18-21: At Sea / Cape Town (South Africa) / disembark / departure:

Venture to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. Board a catamaran for an excursion to Robben Island, famously used as a prison during the apartheid era. Lodging: Elegant waterfront hotel.




Meals and Lodgings
   Labadi Beach Hotel
  Aboard the Corinthian, At Sea 1 night
   Corinthian
  Aboard the Corinthian, At Sea 17 nights
   Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge
  Aboard the Corinthian, At Sea 1 night
 Labadi Beach Hotel
Type: Resort
  Description: Set amidst tropical landscaped gardens adjacent to one of Ghana's most popular beaches in the country's administrative, communications and economic centre in Accra, the Labadi Beach Hotel caters for the business and leisure traveller. The hotel has earned itself the reputation of being the most sought after business venue in the country. The hotel enriched its resort status with a plush beachfront facility for its guests. The beach has exotic loungers and offers snacks and assorted drinks, waiter service and permanent security to keep the nuisance factor of the entrepreneurs in check. The beach is mechanically cleaned twice daily with an imported cleaning machine that sifts the sands to remove unwanted debris. This is surely the cleanest sand above the high watermark in Accra. The hotel has a gymnasium which offers the use of the sauna, swimming pool and tennis courts. There are plenty rooms for guests including two Accessible Rooms. The hotel also offers two bars and two restaurants, a curio and gift shop, a business centre, conference and banqueting facilities for up to 180 delegates, a swimming pool with an adjacent children's pool, a health club offering a fully equipped gymnasium, sauna and massage facilities, as well as a volleyball court and two floodlit tennis courts.
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: 1 Laby Pass
Accra,   Ghana
phone: +8665390036
  Room amenities: - Air conditioning - Coffee/tea maker - Balcony - Ceiling fan - Direct-dial phone - Minibar - Daily housekeeping - Extra towels/bedding - Turndown service - Designer toiletries - Private bathroom - Hair dryer - Extra towels/bedding in room - Makeup/shaving mirror - Separate bathtub and shower - Bathrobes (on request) - Electronic/magnetic keys - Satellite television service - In-room safe - Desk - Iron/ironing board (on request) - Free Wi-Fi
  Facility amenities: - Sauna - Concierge desk - 24-hour front desk - Health club - Air-conditioned public areas - Room service (24 hours) - Airport transportation (surcharge) - Business center - Safe-deposit box at front desk - Medical assistance available - Swimming pool - outdoor - Hair salon - Gift shops or newsstand - Tennis on site - Bar/lounge - Coffee in lobby - Free breakfast - Currency exchange - Dry cleaning/laundry service - Fitness facilities - Computer station - Beach/pool umbrellas - Massage - spa treatment room(s) - Patio - Garden - Beach bar - Private beach - Outdoor tennis court - Pool sun loungers (chaise longues) - Security guard - Piano - Free Wi-Fi
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Corinthian
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: This private yacht-like cruise ship accommodates only 100 guests in 50 suites.
  Ship Information: Gross Tonnage: 4,077 Overall Length: 290 feet Beam: 50 feet Draft: 12 feet Flag Malta
  Contact info: 132 East 70th Street,
New York ,, NY 10021 USA
phone: 800-257-5767
web: www.traveldynamicsinternational.com/
  Room amenities: All accommodations aboard the Corinthian are suites. And include a bedroom with two twin-sized beds or one queen sized bed, sitting area, mini bar, VCR/DVD/CD player, color TV, Marble appointed bathroom with spacious shower and other amenities.
  Facility amenities: Public facilities include a restaurant tha accomodates guests at a single, unassigned seating, two lounges, expansive library with Internet access, state-of-the-art gym/spa, beauty salon, boutique,Jacuzzi, hospital and ample deck areas for sunbathing and relaxing.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Just minutes away from restaurants, pubs, theatres and shops, the Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge is premier Cape Town hotel accommodation, ideally positioned in the heart of Cape Town's V & A Waterfront development. Once a 19th Century prison, the Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge today provides comfortable and affordable Cape Town hotel accommodation in a spectacular setting that looks over the bay and up onto Table Mountain. Neighbouring Cape Town's CBD, the Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge lies within easy reach of the main routes to the beaches, mountain walks and city hotspots, not to mention the airport. So whether you're in Cape Town for business reasons or for a leisurely and relaxing holiday, the Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge will provide you with comfort and convenience during your stay.
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: Portswood Road, V&A Waterfront
Cape Town,   South Africa
phone: +27 21 4061911
web: www.proteahotels.com/protea-hotel-breakwater-lodge-waterfront.html
  Room amenities: The rooms are all elegant and stylishly decorated with comfortable furnishings as well as being equipped with mini fridges, 22 inch LCD Television sets with an 11 channel DSTV package, radio and a direct-dial telephone. If you need a little refreshment, a welcome tray with biscuits and tea/coffee making facilities is supplied.
  Facility amenities: ◦Stonebreakers Buffet restaurant ◦Time Out Café ◦Bar ◦Wireless hotspots throughout the hotel ◦Conference facilities accommodating up to 220 delegates ◦Transit business lounge ◦Prokidz play room ◦In house Gym ◦Secure parking for cars and coaches
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
The program begins in the evening on Day 2 in Accra, Ghana. You will be staying at Labadi Beach Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
After breakfast at the hotel in Cape Town. You will be staying at Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. **A Yellow Fever vaccine is required**
  Required innoculations:
Yes: A Yellow Fever Vaccination is required for some of the countries visited on this itinerary. It is recommended that you update routine vaccinations against hepatitis, tetanus, and measles and consult a travel clinic for specific vaccinations for the countries being visited.
  Parking availability:
n/a
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Aboard the Corinthian
  Transportation to site: The Labadi Beach Hotel is located approximately 6.5 km (4mi) from the Kotoka International Airport in Accra. All participants arriving on Day 2 will be met at the airport and provided with a transfer to the hotel. Metered taxis are available at the airport.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Cape Town
  Transportation from site: The Cape Town International Airport is located approximately 20km from the Protea Breakwater Lodge. The transfer will take approximately 20-30 minutes.


Required innoculations:

Yes: A Yellow Fever Vaccination is required for some of the countries visited on this itinerary. It is recommended that you update routine vaccinations against hepatitis, tetanus, and measles and consult a travel clinic for specific vaccinations for the countries being visited.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Flights depart North America
(Wednesday, January 30)
   
 In Transit: Flights depart North America for Accra, Ghana

Day 2: Accra, Ghana
(Thursday, January 31)
   
 Arrive To: Flights arrive in Accra, Ghana.
 Evening: Meet a representative from the ship at the airport and transfer to the Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra (approxiamtely 4 miles from the airport). Relax among the landscaped gardens, or on the private beach.
   
Accommodations: Labadi Beach Hotel

Day 3: Tema / Accra, Ghana
(Friday, February 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Explore Accra this morning, including the excellent crafts market and the National Museum, with its fine collections.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Accra
 Afternoon: Drive to nearby Tema- the city's port- and embark the Corinthian to meet your group leader. The ship will set sail this evening.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner on board the ship.
 Evening: Join your group leader for introductions and program orientation
   
Accommodations: Corinthian
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Lome / Agbodrafo / Lake Togo / Lome, Togo
(Saturday, February 2)

Note: The field trip to Lake Togo will require getting in and out of small boats, similiar to a dugout canoe.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: For centuries Togo was part of several empires. Tour Lome, Togo's friendly capital and one of West Africa's most exciting cities, including the handicraft markets with traditional goods from all over West Africa and noted especially for sculpture and batiks.
 Lunch: Lunch served on board the ship, or at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Drive to Agbodrafo, formerly known as Porto Seguro, set on the shores of Lake Togo, from where we will explore the lake's traditional villages by local pirogues.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: Corinthian
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Cotonou / Porto-Novo / Cotonou, Benin
(Sunday, February 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: The small country of Benin, home to an ancient sophisticated culture, is emerging as a popular travel destination. From the port of Cotonou, drive to the nearby capital, Porto-Novo, set on green hills surrounding a large lagoon. Formerly the center of an indigenous prosperous kingdom, it later became the capital of the French colony of Dahomey. Explore this pleasant city, including visits to the Ethnography Museum and the restored palace of King Toffa.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship or at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch board local motorboats for a ride across Lake Nokoue to the picturesque fishing village of Ganvie, built on stilts.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: Corinthian
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: At Sea
(Monday, February 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: At Sea
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: At Sea
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Corinthian
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Principe, Sao Tome and Principe
(Tuesday, February 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: The smaller of the two-island nation of Sao Tome and Principe, tiny Principe features an impressive landscape of soaring volcanic peaks covered with dense forest. Beautiful beaches with incredibly clear water line this tropical paradise. Wander in the charming colonial town of Santo Antonio, walk through the abandoned plantation of Porto Real, watch villagers make palm oil, or hike through the pristine rain forest.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship or at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continued exploration of the island of Principe
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: Corinthian
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Sao Tome
(Wednesday, February 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Sao Tome was the prized island of the Portuguese, who possessed it from the 15th century until 1975. That year, Sao Tome and the nearby island of Principe gained independence and formed the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe. Call at the island's capital and main port, also called Sao Tome, a picturesque and friendly town featuring colonial architecture.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant or on board the ship
 Afternoon: Explore the island's lush interior, known for its rich biodiversity, and visit an active coffee plantation wehre you'll observe a lifestyle largely unchanged since the colonial era and where you'll also sample some of their coffee.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: Corinthian
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: At Sea
(Thursday, February 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: At Sea
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: At Sea
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: Corinthian
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Pointe-Noire, Congo
(Friday, February 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Congo's main port, Pointe-Noire is an appealing city, thanks primarily to the wealth generated by offshore oil. Drive through typical villages and scenic countryside to visit the Diosso Gorge, with its red rock cliffsd raped by the green of the jungle.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship or at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Explore a nearby museum, exhibiting objects relating to Congolese history, archaeology and culture
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: Corinthian
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Luanda, Angola
(Saturday, February 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Arrive in Luanda, Angola's capital, founded by the Portuguese in the late 16th century. Guarding the entrance to the port is the Fortaleza de Sao Miguel, a fortress built in 1576, which we will visit during our time in the city (the fortress now houses a museum) , along with other sites. Alternatively, take a full day excursion to the Kissama National Park, a large area of coastal savannah that is home to a rich wildlife.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship or at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Field trip to Kissama National Park continues
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: Corinthian
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Lobito / Benguela / Lobito
(Sunday, February 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Take a field trip to Benguela, known as Angola's cultural capital. Founded by the Portuguese in 1617, Benguela retains much of its colonial architecture, including the church of Nossa Senhora do Populo, built in 1748, and the Palacio do Governo, facing the sea.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship or at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continued exploration of the Angola coast
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: Corinthian
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: At Sea
(Monday, February 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: At Sea
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: At Sea
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: Corinthian
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: At Sea
(Tuesday, February 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: At Sea
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: At Sea
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: Corinthian
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Walvis Bay, Namibia
(Wednesday, February 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: From Walvis Bay, explore the Namib Desert Park, with its incredibly beautiful sand dunes, home to some of the oldest desert landscapes in the world. Learn about the natural life of the desert .
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant or on board the ship
 Afternoon: Exploration of Walvis Bay continues.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
 Evening: Ship overnights in Walvs Bay
   
Accommodations: Corinthian
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Walvis Bay, Namibia
(Thursday, February 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Explore the wetlands around Walvis Bay, which comprise perhaps the most important bird sanctuary in Southern Africa. Over 150,000 birds are found here, including large numbers of flamingoes, chestnut-banded plovers, curlew sandpipers, and others.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Exploration of Walvis Bay continues before the ship sets sail for Luderitz, Namibia.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: Corinthian
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Luderitz / Komanskop / Luderitz
(Friday, February 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: The first recorded European visitor was the great Portuguese explore Vasco da Gama who sought shelter here in 1487. Later Luderitz became a thriving German colony, and today, the Bavarian architecture is unmistakable. Drive through the desert to the ghost diamond mining town Komanskop, whose standing buildings give an insight into the area's diamond boom years.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship or at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Continue exploration of the Luderitz area
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: Corinthian
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: At Sea
(Saturday, February 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: At Sea
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: At Sea
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: Corinthian
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Cape Town / Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, South Africa
(Sunday, February 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: The striking combination of coastal and mountain geography of the famed Cape Peninsula, on which the city is built, make Cape Town one of the world's most attractive cities. Travel through rolling hills to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and the lovely Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Alternatively, explore South Africa's celebrated wine lands, including charming Stellenbosch, with its historic buildings and oak-lined streets.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Field trip to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve (or South Africa's wine lands) continues
 Dinner: Farewell dinner on board the ship
 Evening: Ship overnights in port, conveniently docked near the center of the city.
   
Accommodations: Corinthian
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Cape Town / Disembark / Transfer to Hotel
(Monday, February 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Disembark the ship. Transfer from Cape Town Harbour to Robben Island. From Nelson Mandela Gateway in the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, board a catamaran for the half-hour crossing to Robben Island, which was used as an isolation prison for poltical prisoners. During the crossing, view a video giving you an overview of this island. Take a guided visit of the prison which includes seeing the cell wehre Nelson Mandela spent most of his incarceration.
 Lunch: Lunch at the home of a local Bo-Kaap family. Bo-Kaap is multicultural part of Cape Town, rich in history and situated on the slopes of Signal Hill. The area is known for its romantic cobble stoned streets.
 Afternoon: After lunch, visit the District Six Museum. District Six is the name of a former inner-city residential area in Cape Town, most known for it's forced removal of 60,000 inhabitants during the 1970's by the apartheid regime. The museum, established in 1994, serves as a remembrance to the events of the apartheid era as well as the culture and history of the area before the removals.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
   
Accommodations: Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 21: Cape Town
(Tuesday, February 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Transfer to the airport for flights returning to the US. Or continue on to program extension #21042: Johannesburg Safari
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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