(Accra, Elmina, Kumasi)
This relaxed tour features all the top highlights and sights that Ghana offers. Head out each day to explore with your private guide, driver and vehicle as you travel through this diverse land. Formerly known as the Gold Coast, Ghana was a main hub in historic slave trade routes and continues to draw the best artisans from across West Africa. The country combines rich architecture, food, and history - particularly that of the slave trade, unique textiles and artwork only found in West Africa. Learn about the language of Kente cloth, drumming, dancing, and soak up the vibrant culture of these incredibly warm people. Explore the famous slave trade castles in Cape Coast and Elmina, visit the Ashanti kingdom, cultural villages, view natural wonders and more on this dramatic trip. Its turbulent history, amazing scenery and warm people provide you with a rare chance to see a side of Africa few experience.
A private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer to the airport.
Golden Tulip Accra is conveniently located just a 5-minute drive from the Kotoka International Airport, Accra. The hotel is easily accessible to and from the city centre and government ministries.
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.
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.
Coconut Grove Beach Resort and Conference Centre is located in Mmoframa Akyinim, on the coast of Elmina the historic Capital of the Gold Coast. All rooms are air-conditioned, with hot and cold water, mini bar, satellite multi channel TV reception, and Wi – Fi connection. The Ocean View Restaurant has an enviable reputation for the best sea food served fresh in the region.
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.
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.
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 3-4hrs, but can take more time depending on how long you spend at Assin Manso and stops made along the way.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Depart from Accra international airport - end of itinerary.
VISA/PASSPORTA passport and visa are required, as is evidence of a yellow fever vaccination for both US and Canadian citizens. Visa processing generally takes 4 working days along with a visa processing fee of approximately $65 for a Single Entry Visa and $150 for a Multiple Entry Visa.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the embassy of Ghana for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is essential. Medical facilities are poor quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/ghana.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Accra. Government: Republic. Gained independence from the UK in 1957. Language: The official language is English. Local Ghanaian languages are widely spoken, including Akan, Moshi-Dagomba, Ewe and Ga. Religion: Christian, Muslim and traditional beliefs. All forms of religion have a strong influence on Ghanaian life. Time: GMT. Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz; usually three-pin plugs. Single phase three-pin plugs are used in larger buildings. Telephone: Country code +233. Mobile Telephone: Coverage is good around main towns and patchy to non-existent elsewhere. Roaming agreements exist with numerous companies. Internet: Internet facilities can be found throughout the country in most towns but connection is usually very slow (56K). Hotels have faster access. Internet popularity is rapidly growing and service is improving to keep up with demand.
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