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Highlights of Ghana: Accra, Elmina & Kumasi

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,214

FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Perfect for those with limited time, this 9-day Ghana tour explores the iconic sites and cultural landmarks the country has to offer. Explore the capital Accra, see historic slave forts and castles near Elmina, and learn about the Ashanti Kingdom in Kumasi.


This 9-day Ghana vacation takes you across the country from the capital Accra to the historic castles and forts of Elmina and the remnants of the Ashanti Kingdom in Kumasi. It features first-class accommodations and private tours. 

Your journey begins in Accra, the Ghanaian capital which sits on the Gulf of Guinea. Get to know this busy city that blends colonial fortifications and mansions with bustling markets and beaches. A city tour will take you from the 17th-century colonial castle of Christiansborg to Independence Square, where the Black Star monument celebrates the nation’s independence. At the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, you’ll learn about the nation’s first president, before ending your day at the Arts Centre, where you’ll get to practice your bargaining skills as you shop for local arts and crafts. 

Head down the coast from Accra and reach Kakum National Park, home to one of the last rainforests in West Africa. Stroll along the canopy walkway to see butterflies, hornbills, and monkeys in the trees. After descending to the earth, continue to Cape Coast to learn about the infamous slave history of the region. You’ll visit Cape Coast Castle, a 17th-century Swedish fortification, before continuing to Elmina to see the white-washed Portuguese castle of Elmina, the first European structure built in sub-Saharan Africa. Afterwards, you’ll continue your exploration of the colonial past with a walk up Jago Hill to reach Fort Saint Jargo, which helped the Dutch assault Portuguese fortifications in the region.

Continue your journey along the coast and reach the Slave River near Assin Manso, where slaves were transported to ships along the gulf. Reach Kumasi, the former centre of the Ashanti Kingdom, which ruled the region in previous centuries. Explore the city and visit the Manhyia Palace Museum to learn more about this important kingdom and its legacy across the country. You’ll also learn about the Ashanti’s cultural legacy with visits to three craft villages where you can shop for local fabrics and textiles in addition to learning about unique artistic practices. 

Turn back towards Accra and stop at a Besease Shrine in the town of Eljisu, where you can visit 10 shrines dedicated to different spirits and gain valuable insight into the ancestral religious traditions of the area. Reach Accra, where you’ll spend your final two nights. On your final full day, head into the Volta Region to take part in a traditional naming ceremony, joining a musical celebration along with local elders and villagers. 

At the end of your stay, head to the airport to connect back home. 


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,214

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Day 1

Arrive Accra

Akwaaba (Welcome)! Upon arrival at Accra International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to relax and explore on your own.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

African Regent Hotel

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    African Regent Hotel



    The African Regent has gained recognition as the hotel of choice for both international travelers and savvy locals. Understanding the strong link between business and tourism, the African Regent provides an atmosphere to experience Africa and its rich culture right here at the hotel, making …

    The African Regent has gained recognition as the hotel of choice for both international travelers and savvy locals.
    Understanding the strong link between business and tourism, the African Regent provides an atmosphere to experience Africa and its rich culture right here at the hotel, making it a tourism destination in itself.
    The luxurious rooms and suites are not only world class standard, they are also tastefully designed with fabric, colors and etchings of 'Adinkra' symbols that symbolize everything good there is about Africa.
    The hotel's restaurant - 'Mukyia', hosts the best African themed Sunday brunch in the capital, prepared by our team of recognized chefs.
    Located less than 5 minutes from the main airport, Accra polo club, the Accra Mall and the Tetteh Quarshie Art Market, the hotel provides every traveler into the city, be it for business or leisure, the opportunity to explore and experience Accra in the most convenient way possible.

    Facilities

    • Car Rental Service
    • Gym
    • Lounge Bar
    • Pool
    • Restaurant
    • WI-FI

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Day 2

Accra

After breakfast at your hotel, your guide will pick you up for your sightseeing tour of Accra. This 139-year-old city has a blend of colonial and modern architecture that summarizes the history of this capital city. See the Christiansborg Castle in Osu (also known as Fort Christiansborg), a 17th-century castle located on the shores of the Atlantic. Visit the W. E. B. Dubois Centre for Pan African Culture, before heading to Independence/ Black Star Square with its many monuments dedicated to Ghana's independence struggles including the Independence Arch and Black Star Gate. Next, head to Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, dedicated to prominent Ghanaian President Kwame Nkrumah. End your tour at the Arts Centre where you will have an opportunity to use your bargaining skills to shop from an open-air market for artefacts from Ghana and West Africa before returning to your hotel where the remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Accra to Kakum National Park to Cape Coast

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and drive 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. Enjoy a 2 km nature walk through this forest to discover the wide variety of exotic floral species and the medicinal values they offer.
Afterward, embark on a tour of the infamous Forts, Castles, and Slave Dungeons of Ghana. History will unfold the story of the slave trade, of which the impact is still felt beyond the shores of Africa today. Visit the Cape Coast Castle, which was built by the Swedes in 1653 and was later taken over by the British. This castle also houses the West African Historical Museum established by the Smithsonian Institute in collaboration with the Ghanaian Government in 1994.

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Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Ridge Royal Hotel

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    Ridge Royal Hotel


    Situated in the perfect location to explore the Cape Coast and surrounds, the Ridge Royal Hotel offers all the modern conveniences with spacious air-conditioned rooms with balcony - the perfect place to relax and unwind after a day of sightseeing. Serving International and Ghanaian cuisine, …

    Situated in the perfect location to explore the Cape Coast and surrounds, the Ridge Royal Hotel offers all the modern conveniences with spacious air-conditioned rooms with balcony - the perfect place to relax and unwind after a day of sightseeing. Serving International and Ghanaian cuisine, the hotel restaurant is sure to tantalize your tastebuds with its a la carte and buffet themes for lunch and dinner.

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Day 4

Elmina Castle and Elmina Walking tour

After early morning breakfast, depart the hotel for your visit to the Elmina Castle built by the Portuguese in 1482. Also known as St. George's Castle, Elmina Castle was the first European structure built in Sub - Saharan Africa. The colorful harbor nestled below, full of pirogues preparing to go to the sea offers one of West Africa's greatest photo opportunities.
After a break for lunch (on own account), this afternoon you embark on a guided walking tour of Elmina, which was the first point of European contact in Sub-Saharan Africa and was once the most cosmopolitan city in Tropical Africa. Climb the Jago Hill to Fort Saint Jargo, which was used by the Dutch as a post to snatch the Elmina Castle from the Portuguese. Discover the various Colonial Dutch Cemeteries, as well as the colorful Asafo (Fante Traditional Soldiers) Posts with their philosophical symbols.

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Day 5

Elmina to Slave River - Kumasi

After breakfast, this morning, check out of your hotel and depart on your drive through the forest zone as you head towards Kumasi, the seat of the Ashanti Empire to explore the legends of the famous Ashanti people, whose legacies are still evident today. En route, stop in the town of Assin Manso, where you will visit the site of "Donkor Nsuo", the former Slave River and market, as well as the final transit point for a large number of enslaved Africans. This is the final resting place for two ancestors whose mortal remains were returned from the USA and Jamaica and re-interred there.
Afterward, continue to Kumasi where you will visit the Manhyia Palace Museum to obtain firsthand information on the legacies of the Ashanti kingdom, with a regal history that dates back to 1700 and is told with relics and artifacts. Enjoy a drive through the city with monuments dedicated to the memory of the great Ashanti people. Your city tour on this day will also include a visit to the famous Kejetia market, the National Cultural Centre which features the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum, and various studios of the brass makers, potters, and batik makers.

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Duration2 Nights
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Golden Tulip Hotel Kumasi City

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    Golden Tulip Hotel Kumasi City



    This hotel is located in Kumasi, offering the perfect setting in which to enjoy a successful business trip, or a relaxing holiday. The hotel is located just a short walking distance away from the city's main entertainment areas, as well as a host of captivating …

    This hotel is located in Kumasi, offering the perfect setting in which to enjoy a successful business trip, or a relaxing holiday. The hotel is located just a short walking distance away from the city's main entertainment areas, as well as a host of captivating attractions. The hotel is situated just a short distance from links to the public transport network, enjoying easy access to other areas to be explored. This wonderful hotel is within driving distance of a golf course and the airport. This wonderful hotel features beautifully designed apartments and rooms, catering for the needs of every type of traveller. The accommodation options offer comfort and modern conveniences. The hotel offers a number of excellent facilities and services, ensuring a comfortable stay.

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Day 6

Ashanti Craft Villages

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel for your day's sightseeing. Enjoy visits to three craft villages where you will have the opportunity to see how African crafts are made and to buy directly from the artisans who make them if you are so inclined. First up is Ahwiaa, a village noted for their woodcarvings along with other handicrafts. Next is a visit to Ntonso, the home of Adinkra cloth. Here you can see the Adinkra cloth made from scratch. The Adinkra was originally only worn Ashanti Region for funerals and made primarily in black or brown, however, nowadays it is made in various colors and used throughout Ghana. Our last stop of the day is Bonwire, the Kente weaving village. Here you will be able to see how these colorful fabrics are made. Afterward, return to your hotel where the remainder of the day is at your leisure.

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Day 7

Kumasi to Besease Shrine to Accra

After breakfast, check out of your hotel and depart for Accra. En route, stop at the Besease shrine, a fetish shrine (a traditional religious shrine commonly found in Ghana, Togo, and Benin) and world heritage site located near the town of Ejisu. Each of these 10 shrines is a home for a particular spirit, called obosom that mediates between mortals and the supreme god Nyame. Observe the unique architecture and experience the mode of ancestral worship to the ancient gods before continuing back to Accra. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

African Regent Hotel

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    African Regent Hotel



    The African Regent has gained recognition as the hotel of choice for both international travelers and savvy locals. Understanding the strong link between business and tourism, the African Regent provides an atmosphere to experience Africa and its rich culture right here at the hotel, making …

    The African Regent has gained recognition as the hotel of choice for both international travelers and savvy locals.
    Understanding the strong link between business and tourism, the African Regent provides an atmosphere to experience Africa and its rich culture right here at the hotel, making it a tourism destination in itself.
    The luxurious rooms and suites are not only world class standard, they are also tastefully designed with fabric, colors and etchings of 'Adinkra' symbols that symbolize everything good there is about Africa.
    The hotel's restaurant - 'Mukyia', hosts the best African themed Sunday brunch in the capital, prepared by our team of recognized chefs.
    Located less than 5 minutes from the main airport, Accra polo club, the Accra Mall and the Tetteh Quarshie Art Market, the hotel provides every traveler into the city, be it for business or leisure, the opportunity to explore and experience Accra in the most convenient way possible.

    Facilities

    • Car Rental Service
    • Gym
    • Lounge Bar
    • Pool
    • Restaurant
    • WI-FI

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Day 8

Village Naming Ceremony

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel this morning. Depart Accra on a scenic drive to a beautiful village located in the Volta Region. Here you will have the opportunity to pay a courtesy call on the Chief and elders before participating in a traditional naming ceremony. Amidst traditional dancing and drumming by the local villagers, you will be given a traditional African name. Afterward, return to Accra overnight.

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Day 9

Depart

Another delicious breakfast at your hotel this morning followed by time at leisure. Later, you are transferred to the airport in time for your onward flight.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 4 nights in moderate accommodations in Accra
  • 2 nights in moderate accommodations in Elmina
  • 2 nights in moderate accommodations in Kumasi
  • Transportation in a private air-conditioned vehicle throughout itinerary with professional driver
  • Private English speaking guide day 1 through 9
  • Included Entrance fees:
    • Dubois Centre
    • Nkrumah Park
    • Kakum National Park
    • Cape Coast Castle
    • Elmina Castle
    • Elmina Walking Tour
    • Assin Manso Slave River Site
    • Manhyia Museum
    • Prempeh Jubilee Museum
    • Ashanti Craft Villages (Ahwiaa, Ntonso, Bonwire)
    • Besease Shrine and Village Experience
  • Breakfast Daily (excluding day 1)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare and airfare taxes
  • Meals and beverages not explicitly listed as included
  • Gratuities
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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