(Accra, Elmina, Kumasi)
This value tour with a private guide and vehicle takes you through a diverse land with a turbulent history and amazing scenery. Ghana was known to much of the world as the Gold Coast up until 1957 when they became the first democratic sub-Sahara country in colonial Africa to gain its independence. The country combines unique architecture, food and history. Explore UNESCO heritage sites like Elmina's slave castle, visit Kaumasi's vast markets where artists from around of West Africa come to sell their wares and share trade secrets, then finish with time at leisure in the country's capitol, Accra. Optional activities include: Kakum's canopy tour through the rainforest, learn to make kente cloth, learn traditional drumming or dance, visit local elders and be given your traditional Ghanaian name, and more. This tasteful trip will leave you coming back for more. Includes private guide, driver and vehicle throughout.
A private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer to the airport.
Alisa hotel boasts 173 rooms, including executive, deluxe and presidential suites, making Alisa Ghana's largest privately owned Hotel. Together with its elegant restaurants, bars, fitness centres and a host of other facilities with a team of dedicated professionals committed to making your stay a truly memorable one, Alisa Hotel has proudly reinvented itself to enhance its enviable reputation as Ghana's Business and Conferencing destination.
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 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.
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. Stop along the way in towns and villages or head straight for the city.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
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.
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 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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