OVERVIEW:

The forts and castles along the coast of Ghana date back to the 15th Century and were built and occupied at different times by the European traders and adventurers from Portugal, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Holland, Germany and Britain to safeguard trading posts. Go on a journey with us as we explorer the impact of these European traders in Ghana.


DAY 1     

Arrive at AccraAirport

Meet, assist and transfer to your hotel.

Welcome dinner in your hotel

Overnight: Hotel in Accra

Meals: D


DAY 2

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Breakfast

Take a city tour of Accra,visit the Artists’ Alliance Gallery and unusualcasket shops. These caskets are uniquely designed to reflect the belief of the localsin life after death. Thus a driver may be buried in a bus, a waiter in a beer bottle, a teacher in a book etc.

Lunch in a local restaurant (on own account)

Proceed to the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and the National Museum. Drive past the Independence Arch and Black Star Square. View in the distance,the Christiansborg Castle, (for a long time office of the Presidents of Ghana).  Continue the drive through Old Accra with its contrasts of Victorian, Dutch and post-colonial architecture. Drive past James Fort built in 1673, Old Accra Square and the Post Office. Stop to visit the Ussher Fort, one of three European forts in Accra which have survived the times. Built as Fort Crêvecoeur by the Dutch in 1642, the name changed to Ussher Fort when it was sold to the English in 1668.

End your tour at the arts and crafts market where you may haggle and make good purchases to your heart’s content.

Dinner and interaction with a cross section of the Dutch community in Ghana.

Overnight: Hotel in Accra

Meals:  B/D


DAY 3

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Breakfast and check-out

Depart Accra for Axim in the Western Region, the region of      ancient forts and splendid beaches as well as oil palm and rubber plantations. Stop en route at Abandzeand go on a guided tour of Fort Amsterdam which was first built as an English trading post in 1631 and rebuilt in 1638.In 1665the Dutch took it over and named it Fort Amsterdam.

Lunch(on own account)

Continue to Axim, stopping atShama to visitFort St. Sebastian,a prime example of both Portuguese and Dutch influences, bearing similar characteristics of manya fortin the Caribbean. This was built as a Dutch lodge in 1526 and became a Portuguese fort in 1590. Abandoned in 1600 and later restored and altered by the Dutch in 1638, it was enlarged in 1640-42. Learn more about Dutch and Portuguese influences.

Arrive in Axim/Busua by late afternoon and check into your hotel.

Rest of day free to relax at the beach.

Dinner

Overnight: Beach Resort

Meals:  B/D

 


DAY 4

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Breakfast

Depart Axim/ Busua for Beyin to visit by foot and by hand-paddled canoe,Nzulezo, the village on stilts built entirely on Lake Amansure. Interact with the villagers who live on this large lake.Return to mainland.

Lunch at Beyin Beach Resort.

Proceed to Fort Appolonia, a Dutch lodge built in 1660. The British later re-built it between 1750 and 1770 and abandoned it in 1820. It was transferred back to the Dutch in 1868and renamed Fort William III for their king and occupied until 1872.

Return to hotel.

Rest of day free to relax at the beach.

Dinner(on own account)

Overnight: Beach Resort

Meals: B/L

 


DAY 5

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Breakfast and check-out

Depart for Elmina. Drive through Dutch Sekondi tosee the old colonial buildings;the high court;commercial andresidential buildings, and the old railway station. Visit Fort Orange built by the Dutch in 1640 and seized by the local Ahanta people in 1694.Abandoned in 1840, it was later re-built and re-occupied by the Dutch.

Arrive in Elmina by early afternoon.

Lunch (on own account)

Continue for a comprehensive guided tour of the Elmina Castle with its distinctive architectural features. It was the first European structure in sub-Saharan Africa built by the Portuguese in1482 and later captured by the Dutch in 1637.

Check into hotel

Rest of day free to relax at the beach.

Dinner

Overnight: Beach Resort in Elmina

Meals: B/D

 


DAY 6

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Breakfast

Take awalking tour of Elmina’s fascinating historictownscape: from the forecourt of the Elmina Castle through Liverpool Street, the waterfront and central business area. View Fort St. Jagoin the distance, built as a chapel between 1555 and 1558 by the Portuguese.In 1666 the Dutch converted it into a lodge and a watch tower.Visit the 19th centuryDutch Cemetery, containingthe graves of former residents of the Elmina Castle.The imposing mausoleum and grave markers tell the stories of European and African celebrities.

Lunch (on own account)

After lunch visit the Cape Coast Castle which was originally started by the Swedes in 1652. It served as the headquarters and seat of the British colonial government until 1877. Go on a comprehensive tour of the Castle, the Slave Dungeons and the West African Heritage Museum. The guide will lead you to the slave quarters and Negotiation Hall where our ancestors were bargained for and sold into slavery

Return to your hotel

Dinner

Overnight: Beach Resort in Elmina

Meals:  B/D

 


DAY 7

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Breakfast

Visit the Kakum National Park. Go on a morning walk of the Kuntan Trail with its countless medicinal trees. For the young at heart experience the Canopy Walkway suspended 100 feet above the forest floor for a panoramic view of the flora and fauna of the remaining vestiges of the rainforest.

Lunch at Hans Cottage Botel. View the resident crocodile as you enjoy your meals.

Visit Fort Vredenburg in Komenda, an English trading post built in 1663 and abandoned because of localhostilities. Later,the Dutch re-built it in 1688-89. Learn about the effects of the contact with the Dutch. Continue to visit the Afro-Dutch Museum (Java Museum) which has a collection of artefacts of Black Dutch men who distinguished themselves in the Anglo-Dutch war in Indonesia.

Return to your hotel late afternoon.

Rest of evening free

Dinner (on own account)

Overnight: Beach Resort in Elmina

Meals:  B/L

 


DAY 8

Breakfastand check-out

Depart Elmina for Kumasi in the Ashanti Region. Stop en route to visit rustic distilleries used for brewing local alcoholic beverages from the oil palm tree. Drive through AssinManso to see the“Slave River” and the burial site of the remains of two former slaves exhumed from New York’s Wall Street.

Arrive in Kumasi by early afternoon.

Lunch (on own account)

Check into hotel

Rest of day free

Dinner

Overnight:Hotel in Kumasi

Meals:  B/D

 


DAY 9

 

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Breakfast and check-out

Take a city tour of Kumasi visiting: the Manhyia Palace and Palace Museum, National Cultural Centre,Prempeh II Jubilee Museum, the Okomfo Anokye Sword and the Kumasi Central Market – the largest open-air market in West Africa.

Lunch

Visit a few Ashanti craft villages to observe craftsmen at work and purchase souvenir gift items from source:(i) Anhwiaa — the woodcarvers’ village specializing in Ashanti stools, fertility dolls and walking sticks; (ii) Ntonso— Adinkra cloth and tie-and-dye processing center and (iii) Bonwire — home of the world-famous kente cloth.

Dinner (on own account)

Overnight: Hotel in Kumasi

Meals: B/L


DAY 10

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Breakfast and hotel check-out

Depart for Accra with a stopover to view a rare surviving example of the unique architecture of an Asantetraditional building at Ejisu-Besease. This building has been declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco and hosts an exhibition which provides both historical and technical information on traditional Asante architecture.

Lunch(on own account)

Arrive late afternoon

Check into hotel.

Dinner

Overnight: Hotel in Accra

Meals: B/D


DAY 11

 

Breakfast

Day at leisure

Lunch (on own account)

Rest of day free to relax at beach

Dinner (on own account)

Overnight: Hotel in Accra

Meals: B

 


DAY 12

Breakfast

Morning at leisure for last minute shopping and packing

Lunch

12:00noon:    Hotel check-out.

Transfer to the airport for check-in and departure.

Meals:  B/L


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Meet and transfer to you hotel for welcome dinner
  • An experience of old and new Accra City
  • A tour of Fort Amsterdam and Fort St. Sebastian
  • A visit to the village built on stilts and proceed for a tour at Fort Appolonia
  • A comprehensive guided tour of the Elmina Castle and Cape Coast Castle.
  • An adventure at the Kakum forest and a visit to the Afro-Dutch Museum
  • Stop en route to see the “Slave River” as you arrive in Kumasi
  • Visit the Palace of the Ancient Ashanti Kings and the three famous craft villages.
  • A stopover to view a unique architecture of an Asante traditional building at Ejisu-Besease
  • Relaxation at the beach and last minute shopping and packing
 

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