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Ghana: A Cultural Journey from Accra to Cape Coast

12 days
12 days
Group size1022 travelers
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Discover one of the African continent’s most dynamic countries.

History, culture, the arts, and adventure await on this sweeping tour of Ghana. When you journey to this coastal West African country, you’ll uncover its poignant past as a major center of the British slave trade, retrace its path to independence, and see modern-day social enterprises and creative communities at work. You’ll also get a bird’s-eye view of Ghana as you walk through treetops at Kakum National Park, meeting stingless bees and fluttering butterflies along the way.

Your tour package includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 5 lunches
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
  • 3 food tastings
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Included highlights

  • W.E.B. Du Bois Center
  • Trashy Bags Africa
  • Jamestown
  • Cacao farm visit
  • Manhyia Palace
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Accra today.

Accra3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Accra
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to Ghana! Settle in to your hotel and enjoy an included dinner this evening.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Accra, Trashy Bags Africa & Jamestown
Included meals: Breakfast, Welcome lunch, Dinner

Get to know Ghana’s capital city alongside a local guide, and learn about the country’s path to independence.

  • Take a guided tour of the W.E.B. Du Bois Centre’s museum, which is housed in Du Bois’ former residence
  • Hear about Du Bois’ life and work to promote Pan-Africanism
  • Visit Black Star Square, which is often referred to as Independence Square because of Ghana’s role in starting a wave of independence efforts across Africa
  • Stop at Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and Mausoleum, the final resting place of Ghana’s first president
  • Enter the National Museum of Ghana and explore exhibits that tell the country’s story from the Stone Age to current day

Get to know your Tour Director and fellow group members during a welcome lunch, then continue exploring Accra.

  • Visit Trashy Bags Africa, a social enterprise that makes upcycled, eco-friendly bags and other items from plastic waste
  • Learn how the organization offers employment and skill-building opportunities to locals, and shop for upcycled items
  • Head to Jamestown, one of Accra’s oldest districts, which is filled with unique, historic architectural styles
  • Step inside Fort James, originally a slave fort, now dedicated to educating visitors about the colonial slave trade
  • Stop at a local boxing gym to learn about boxing’s significance in Accra and the gym’s role in supporting local youth

This evening, sit down for an included dinner.

Day 4: Free day in Accra
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Accra or add an excursion.

Krobo Beads & Akosombo River Cruise with Lunch

From $145 per person

Kumasi3 nights
Day 5: Kumasi via cacao farm
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tasting, Dinner

En route to Kumasi, stop along the way for an included lunch at a local restaurant. Then, tour a sustainable cacao plantation.

  • Learn how Ghana became the world’s leader in cacao production
  • See what it takes to grow and harvest cacao beans followed by a tasting of the beans

Continue on to Kumasi and enjoy an included dinner.

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Kumasi & Adanwomase
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

Explore Kumasi, a city known as a center of Ghanaian culture and tradition, with your Tour Director.

  • Tour the Manhyia Palace, which is the seat of the Asantehene, or Ashanti king
  • Browse exhibits that detail the Ashanti Empire’s legacy and its resistance to British colonialism
  • Walk through the Kumasi Central Market, West Africa’s largest market
  • Enjoy a tasting at one of the stalls as you peruse the enormous market

Make your way to two traditional Ashanti craft villages and meet with artisans who specialize in traditional textiles during a guided sightseeing tour.

  • Set off on a walking tour of Adanwomase, known for its colorful, hand-woven Kente cloth
  • Learn about the history and uses of these colorful Ghanaian textiles, and watch weavers work on new pieces
  • Head to the nearby town of Ntonso and participate in an Adinkra-making workshop
  • Watch a demonstration on workers crafting Adinkra, or mourning cloth, which the Ashanti have used for more than four centuries

Return to Kumasi and enjoy a free evening, or add an excursion.

Ghana Fashion Show & Lunch

From $239 per person

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Ghana Armed Forces Museum
Included meal: Breakfast

This morning, enjoy a guided tour of the Ghana Armed Forces Museum, which is housed inside Kumasi Fort.

  • Learn about the country’s wartime history ranging from the Anglo-Ashanti wars of the 19th century to colonial Ghana’s contribution to the Allies during World War II
  • Explore the exhibits, which include military equipment and artifacts

Spend a free afternoon in Kumasi or add an excursion.

Ashanti Heritage & Lake Bosomtwe Lunch

From $105 per person

Cape Coast3 nights
Day 8: Cape Coast via sightseeing tour of Assin Manso Slave Camp
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel south to Cape Coast, stopping along the way at the Assin Manso Slave Camp. Here, join your Tour Director to learn about the Gold Coast’s central role in the British slave trade.

  • Stop at Assin Manso River Park, where slave traders assessed enslaved Africans’ fitness levels, and where the enslaved bathed before being transported to Cape Coast and shipped to the Americas
  • See the Last Bath, through which slaves were marched before being shipped overseas, to a life of slavery in destinations such as Brazil, the Caribbean, and America
  • View the Memorial Wall of Return, where travelers of African descent can write their names
  • Travel to Cape Coast and gather for an included lunch in town

This evening, enjoy an included dinner with your group.

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Cape Coast Castle
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Pay a sobering visit to the UNESCO-listed Cape Coast Castle, the European-built fortress that served as the “grand emporium” of British slave trade. Thousands of Africans were brought here to be sold.

  • View the castle’s own Door of No Return, through which enslaved Africans were led to dungeons and, ultimately, slave ships
  • Make your way through the historical museum, which details the story of the castle and Cape Coast

On your way back to the hotel, stop for lunch at a local restaurant with staff trained by the Baobab Children’s Organization. The social enterprise is dedicated to teaching trades and traditional arts, and to promoting healthy living and eating, to local youth, many of whom are impaired or have dropped out of school.

Spend a free afternoon in Cape Coast or add an excursion.

Elmina Castle, Dinner & Drum Lesson

From $145 per person

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Kakum National Park & Stingless Bee Center
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Dinner

Immerse yourself in nature as you explore Kakum National Park on a guided walking tour.

  • Traverse the platforms and elevated bridges of Kakum National Park’s canopy, one of West Africa’s surviving tropical rain forests
  • Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife, including monkeys and birds

Afterward, enjoy a unique experience during a guided tour of the International Stingless Bee Centre.

  • Learn about the bees’ unique medicinal qualities and significance for Ghana’s ecosystem
  • Visit the hives and the stingless bee walkway before sampling some of the centre’s honey

Then, head back to Cape Coast and sit down for an included dinner.

Please note: Travelers should be prepared for an early morning departure in order to avoid heat issues. Travelers should also be in good health and comfortable walking for 2 hours unassisted.

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 11: Transfer to Accra, sightseeing tour of Global Mamas & departure
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell lunch

Make your way back to Accra and celebrate your trip with your group over a farewell lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, visit Global Mamas for a tour. The fair-trade organization helps female artisans sell their traditional, hand-crafted products in global markets, in turn creating a life of economic independence for the women and their families.

Transfer to the airport for your overnight or early morning flight home.

Arrive Home
Day 12: Arrival at home

Arrive at home today.

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.8 out of 5

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    11/8/23 by 3rd-time traveler Irma Jestina

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    11/8/23 by 2nd-time traveler Peggy

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    The Best Go Ahead trip ever
    11/8/23 by 3rd-time traveler Candace

    Awesome tour! Our tour director Foster was the best. The history was compelling the people were welcoming and the food was delicious.

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

    Hotels

    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Accra Marriott Hotel
    Accra Marriott Hotel

    This modern hotel is located in Accra just outside of the city center. Guests enjoy the outdoor pool, fitness center, and on-site coffee house. Nearby...

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    Lancaster Kumasi City
    Lancaster Kumasi City

    This African-styled hotel is located in the historic Ashanti Region of Kumasi. Guests enjoy the outdoor infinity pool, tennis courts, and lounge bar. ...

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    Coconut Grove Beach Resort
    Coconut Grove Beach Resort

    This seaside hotel is located in the historic town of Elmina. Guests enjoy an on-site animal sanctuary, beach access, and a variety of recreational ac...

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