Adventures in Ghana

8 days from $4,072 per person*
  • Participate in a traditional African naming ceremony in Torgorme.
  • Visit Elmina Castle, the first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Head above the trees on the canopy walk at Kakum National Park.
  • Watch how African sculptures are carved at famous craft villages.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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In Ghana, the only things more ubiquitous than the Shea trees are the smiles from the people who welcome you.

Ghana’s picturesque landscape, with its beautiful beaches, tropical mangroves, vast grasslands and meandering rivers is almost dizzying to behold. Spend your days exploring the many small towns and villages where the people take to the streets at night to dance to traditional drumming. Trek through tropical rainforests in search of vibrant birds and butterflies, and visit Cape Coast for a behind the scenes look at Ghana’s turbulent past and the harsh reality of the slave trade. In the evenings, relax in well appointed accommodations that offer modern amenities and all the comforts of home.

Tour the bustling fishing town of Elmina and visit the castle built by the Portuguese in 1482. Experience a canopy walk high above Kakum National Park to discover the wide variety of exotic floral species as well as colorful birds and butterflies that imbue the skies with dazzling colors. Spend time at the West African Historical Museum which is located in the Cape Coast Castle that was once used to house slaves before they were shipped off to other parts of the world. Discover the regal legacies of the Ashanti kingdom by visiting the Manhyia Palace Museum and the National Cultural Center. Visit famous craft villages to watch local artisans create works of beauty, then take part in a traditional drumming ceremony and receive your African name from the village elders! Your journey through Ghana promises to be wonderfully memorable. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Accra
    Accra
    • Airport - Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Accra to Elmina
    Accra to Elmina
    • Accra - Elmina [Drive (3.5hrs)] - 4x4/Guide(3)
    • Lunch - Included
    • Private - Elmina Castle and City tour - Entrance Fee
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Elmina
    Elmina
    • Kakum Rain Forest Walk - Entrance/Guide
    • Transfer - Private Vehicle/Guide - 4x4/Guide(3)
    • Lunch - Included
    • 1/2 Day Cape Coast Castle Tour - Entrance Fee
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Elmina to Kumasi
    Elmina to Kumasi
    • Elmina - Kumasi [via Assin Manso - 4hrs] - 4x4/Guide(3)
    • Lunch - Included
    • Private - 1/2 Day City Tour - Guided
  • Day 5 Kumasi
    Kumasi
    • Ashanti Craft Villages Tour - Guided
    • Transfer - Private Vehicle/Guide - 4x4/Guide(3)
    • Lunch - Included
  • Day 6 Kumasi to Accra
    Kumasi to Accra
    • Kumasi - Accra [via Besease - 6hrs] - 4x4/Guide(3)
    • Optional Activities
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Accra
    Accra
    • Torgorme - Naming Ceremony - Entrance/Guide
    • Private Vehicle/Guide - 4x4/Guide(3)
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Accra
    Accra
    • City Tour, Sites & Markets - Entrance/Guide
    • Private Vehicle/Guide - 4x4/Guide(3)
    • Airport - Guide
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Day 1: Accra

Enjoy a private transfer to/from the airport with your private vehicle and driver.

Accommodation: Golden Tulip Accra

Welcome to Golden Tulip Accra, a four-star Superior First Class Hotel, situated in Accra, the capital city of Ghana. This African-style hotel with 238 rooms is delightfully landscaped over spacious grounds with extensive tropical gardens and lush vegetation.  The hotel is a safe haven for both business and leisure travelers. The hotel's central location makes it easily accessible to the city centre and other commercial areas of the city of Accra. It is also within easy reach of nightclubs, shops, museums and beaches.

Accra
Accra
Golden Tulip - Accra
Golden Tulip - Accra

Day 2: Accra - Elmina

Drive through Ghana's hilly countryside between Accra and Elmina. Take in the sights and sounds as you pass through small towns and villages. This drive takes approximately 3.5hrs.

Enjoy a meal with your guide at a local restaurant. Each meal includes one water or soda per person.

Visit Elmina Castle. Built by the Portuguese in 1482 it is also known as St. George's Castle.  This castle was the first European structure built in Sub – Saharan Africa.  The colorful harbor nestled below the Elmina Castle, full of pirogues preparing to go to sea offers one of West Africa’s greatest photo opportunities. Embark on a walking tour of Elmina, to experience for yourself the bustling fishing town.

Accommodation: Elmina Bay Resort

Elmina Bay is a brand new hotel in the Cape Coast/Elmina area in the heart of the historic Central Region of Ghana. The resort, about 10 minutes drive from Elmina and 25 minutes from Cape Coast, is located on a beautiful, clean, palm-fringed beach, with cool and clean sea water, great for bathing. The hotel has 18 rooms comfortably finished with stunning views and glowing sunsets. Built on an 8 acre plot which was once a coconut plantation the hotel has tried to keep much of the natural environment.

Elmina
Elmina
Elmina Bay Resort
Elmina Bay Resort

Day 3: Elmina

Drive through the historic Denkyira Kingdom to Kakum National Park, one of West Africa’s surviving tropical rain forests. Extending over 360sq km, Kakum is the home to over 40 large mammals and 400 bird species as well as many species of butterflies, flora and fauna. The most popular attraction is the Canopy walkway which is made up of seven bridges extending 330m, hanging 30m (100 feet) above the forest floor. Choose between a 2 km nature walk through this forest to discover the wide variety of exotic floral species and the medicinal values they offer or take a walk on the canopy walkway.

Includes private guide and vehicle for the day.

Enjoy a meal with your guide at a local restaurant. Each meal includes one water or soda per person.

Embark on a tour of Cape Coast Castle. Built by the Swedes in 1653 the castle was later taken over by the British. This is the largest castle to house slaves before they were shipped off to other parts of the world. This castle also houses the West African Historical Museum established by the Smithsonian Institute in collaboration with the Ghanaian Government in 1994. This museum is filled with historical pictures, facts, stories and more. Afterward check out the castle's local market.

Accommodation: Elmina Bay Resort
Cape Coast Castle
Cape Coast Castle
Canopy Walk
Canopy Walk

Day 4: Elmina - Kumasi

Drive from Elmina to Kumasi. Drive through the forest zone to Kumasi, the seat of the Ashanti Empire to explore the legends of the famous Ashantis, whose legacies are still evident today. En route visit Assin Manso, the site of the “last bath” where slaves were taken for bathing before being shipped to the new world. It is also the burial place of two former slaves whose remains were returned to Ghana from the US and Jamaica. Then continue on to Kumasi. This transfer takes approx. 4hrs, but can take more time depending on how long you spend at Assin Manso and stops made along the way.

Enjoy a meal with your guide at a local restaurant. Each meal includes one water or soda per person.

Visit the Manhyia Palace Museum, to obtain firsthand information on the legacies of the Ashanti kingdom. A regal history that dates back to 1700 is told with relics and artifacts. Enjoy a drive through the city with monuments dedicated to the memory of the great Ashanti people. End the day’s tour at the National Cultural Center which features the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum and various studios of the brass makers, potters and batik makers.

Accommodation: Golden Tulip Kumasi City

Golden Tulip Kumasi City is the only four star hotel of international standards in Kumasi, only 20 minutes away from the airport and located close to the city center of the second biggest city of Ghana. This remarkable hotel, the Golden Tulip Kumasi is set in extensive tropical gardens in the central business district. This magnificent hotel has 160 rooms with various room types, a well equipped Business Centre, a Forex Bureau for your finanacial transactions, a swimming pool specially designed for adults and another one for children. Enjoy this first class African style experience.

Kumasi
Kumasi
Golden Tulip Kumasi
Golden Tulip Kumasi

Day 5: Kumasi

This day is devoted to visiting the three famous craft villages in Ashanti: Ahwiaa - the wood carvers’ village, Ntonso - the home of Adinkra, and Bonwire - the Kente weaving village.  You will have the opportunity to see how African sculptures are craved, how Adinkra wax prints are made and how the famous kente cloth is woven using an amazing local technology. You will also have the opportunity to buy directly from the artisans who make each craft.

Includes private guide and vehicle.

Enjoy a meal with your guide at a local restaurant. Each meal includes one water or soda per person.

Accommodation: Golden Tulip Kumasi City
Ntonso Craft Village
Ntonso Craft Village

Day 6: Kumasi - Accra

Drive from Kumasi to Accra. En route stop at Besease to visit the traditional shrine of the Ashantis. Explore the beliefs, history and bravery of the Ashantis. You will be captivated by the Ashanti historic oral account as it is told by an old and knowledgeable Ashanti traditional linguist. From here, continue on to Accra. This transfer takes approx. 6hrs, but can take longer depending on time spent at Besease and any stops made along the way.

Accra has a little of everything. Enjoy time at leisure to explore on your own, sign up for tours, or simply relax. Visit Labadi Beach where you can relax on the beach, listen to local musicians, or visit a local beachside restaurant. Visit one of the many shops in town whether at one of the malls, local shops or markets - like the Arts Centre, Accra's largest open air market which has different sections for fabrics, clothing, wooden carvings, jewellery and more. If you like, you could even sign up for a Ghanaian dance lesson or we could arrange for you to enjoy a drumming and dancing ceremony when you arrive!

Or sign up for tours like: Accra landmarks tour through the city with stops including W. E. B. Dubois Center for Pan African Culture, Independence / Black Star Square and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. Explore the Aburi Botanical Gardens, Kokrobite Beach & drumming, Teshie/Nungua Coffins, Shai Hills Nature Reserve, Boti Falls, and more. Tours can be arranged in advance or sign up on-site through our local office or sign up for tours offered by your hotel.

Accommodation: Golden Tulip Accra
Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
Country Road
Country Road

Day 7: Accra

Depart for a scenic drive along the Accra plains to the beautiful village of Torgorme located on the lower course of the splendid Volta River. You will have the opportunity to pay a courtesy call on the paramount chief and elders amidst traditional drumming and dancing by the villagers and also participate in a naming ceremony, where you will be given traditional African names. After the sensational naming ceremony amidst drumming and dancing in your honor, choose among embarking on an event village tour of Torgorme, participate in a passionate do-it session on pottery making or an educative kente weaving session. Transfer time approx. 1.5hrs from Accra.

Includes private guide and vehicle.

Accommodation: Golden Tulip Accra
Outdoor Pottery Market
Outdoor Pottery Market

Day 8: Accra

Relax as your guide navigates you through the administrative and economic districts of Accra, the capital of Ghana. This 131 year-old city has a blend of colonial and modern architecture that summarize Ghana's history. You will visit the W. E. B. Dubois Center for Pan African Culture and the Independence / Black Star Square and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. The mausoleum and monument provide visitors with information about the prominent Ghanaian leader Kwame Nkrumah, who spearheaded Ghana's independence in 1957; leading Ghana to become the first independent country in sub-Saharan Africa. Then visit the Arts Centre where you will have the opportunity to use your bargaining skills to shop from an open-air market. This is Accra's largest open air market which has different sections for fabrics, clothing, wooden carvings, jewellery and more - from Ghana and West Africa.

Includes private guide and vehicle.

Enjoy a private transfer to/from the airport with your private vehicle and driver.

Accommodation:
Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
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Golden Tulip Accra: Accra

Welcome to Golden Tulip Accra, a four-star Superior First Class Hotel, situated in Accra, the capital city of Ghana. This African-style hotel with 238 rooms is delightfully landscaped over spacious grounds with extensive tropical gardens and lush vegetation.  The hotel is a safe haven for both business and leisure travelers. The hotel's central location makes it easily accessible to the city centre and other commercial areas of the city of Accra. It is also within easy reach of nightclubs, shops, museums and beaches.

Golden Tulip - Accra
Golden Tulip - Accra

Elmina Bay Resort: Elmina

Elmina Bay is a brand new hotel in the Cape Coast/Elmina area in the heart of the historic Central Region of Ghana. The resort, about 10 minutes drive from Elmina and 25 minutes from Cape Coast, is located on a beautiful, clean, palm-fringed beach, with cool and clean sea water, great for bathing. The hotel has 18 rooms comfortably finished with stunning views and glowing sunsets. Built on an 8 acre plot which was once a coconut plantation the hotel has tried to keep much of the natural environment.

Elmina Bay Resort
Elmina Bay Resort

Golden Tulip Kumasi City: Kumasi

Golden Tulip Kumasi City is the only four star hotel of international standards in Kumasi, only 20 minutes away from the airport and located close to the city center of the second biggest city of Ghana. This remarkable hotel, the Golden Tulip Kumasi is set in extensive tropical gardens in the central business district. This magnificent hotel has 160 rooms with various room types, a well equipped Business Centre, a Forex Bureau for your finanacial transactions, a swimming pool specially designed for adults and another one for children. Enjoy this first class African style experience.

Golden Tulip Kumasi
Golden Tulip Kumasi
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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