Enjoy six (6) days sampling Ghana’s rich history and culture. Learn about the people through visits to unique monuments such as castles, slave dungeons and museums.
Depart Accra for Cape Coast in the Central Region. The road of this three-hour drive along the coast follows the Atlantic Ocean, meandering through farms and villages with glimpses of fishing activity and coconut tree-lined beaches.
Arrive at Cape Coast Castle for a conducted tour,including the West African Historical Museum. Continue to visit the Elmina Castle, the first Portuguese-built structure in sub-Saharan Africa (1482), for another comprehensive guided tour. Evidence of the infamous Slave Trade can be seen in the several colonial-era forts and castles which are now designated Unesco World Heritage Sites. Visitors cannot fail to feel the horror of this dark chapter in Ghana’s history.
Lunch(on own account)
A leisurely check-in to beach front hotel.
Spend a relaxed afternoon at the beach or the hotel pool.
Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Beach Resort in Elmina
Depart for the Ashanti Region stopping en route to visit Kakum National Park, a pristine rainforest featuring nature trails and an aerial walkway above tree canopies. Enjoy a short but informative hike where a ranger educates you about the medicinal uses of plants and trees. The more adventurous may want to try the aerial walkway which reaches a height of 120 feet, affording a panoramic view of the flora and fauna of the rainforest.
Lunch (on own account)
Continue to Kumasi. Pass through tropical forests and enter the region of Ghana’s vast gold reserves, home to AngloGold Ashanti, one of the richest gold mines in the world.
Arrive in Kumasi, check in and relax.
Overnight: Hotel in Kumasi
Take a city tour of Kumasi, regional capital and home to the Ashanti King. Tour the king’s Manhyia Palace and the Palace Museum. Check out the National Cultural Centre and the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum. See creative craftsmen working with wood, ceramics and other materials;see a master drum maker in his element. Visit the famous Okomfo Anokye Sword, whose mythology is not unlike Excalibur, the sword of King Arthur of England. Take a trip to the College of Art at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to see a blend of the academic and traditional in fine art, textiles, metal works etc. End the tour at the bustling Kumasi Central Market – the largest open-air market in West Africa.
Lunch (on own account)
Spend a leisurely afternoon on your own.
Overnight: hotel in Kumasi
Breakfast and check-out.
Embark on a tour of famous Ashanti craft villages to:(i) Anhwiaa – the woodcarvers’ village specializing in the carving of Ashanti stools, fertility dolls and walking sticks; (ii) Ntonso – the traditional textile printing village,see Adinkra cloth and tie-and-dye processing. Get a demonstration of how intricate designs are applied to this sacred mourning cloth; (iii) Bonwire – home of the world famous kente cloth, worn by all including royals,but custom-designed for the King’s exclusive use.
Depart for Accra, taking in the large lush tracts of forest as you traverse one of Ghana’s large cocoa growing regions.
Arrive in Accra, check into hotel and enjoy dinner in the city.
Overnight: Hotel in Accra
This last day in Ghana, relax at the beach, go sightseeing in the city, or shop at one of the many markets. Hire a taxi from hotel and visit the sprawling artmarket located on High Street and shop to your heart’s content for souvenirs and gifts.You may take a quick trip to nearby Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum. Notice the Independence Square next to the Independence Arch, two of Accra’s most famous monuments.
Farewell dinner before trip to the airport for flight back home.
- Welcome and transfer to your hotel with a welcome dinner and brief orientation by guide
- Tour of Cape Coast and Elmina Castle designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites
- Go on the Kakum Canopy walkway and journey to the land of gold, culture and history
- Take a city tour of Kumasi, visit the mysterious Okomfo Anokye Sword and the bustling Kumasi Central Market
- Visit to the famous three craft villages specialized in wood carvings, Adinkra textiles printing and the kente weaving.
- Relaxation at the beach or go shopping at the crafts market in Accra.