Ghana Heritage and Historical Tour

Ghana Heritage and Historical Tour

7 Days
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Ghana Heritage and Historical Tour

7 Days Starting in Accra and ending in Elmina

Visiting:

Ghana

Tour operator:

Indus Travels

Physical rating:

Easy

Tour code:

IndTur1712

Group size:

1 - 22

From:
$2799

$2666 (USD)

tourhub discount: $133

Tour Overview

about this trip This 9-day trip to Ghana gets you across the country from the capital Accra to the historic castles and forts of Elmina and the relics of the Ashanti Kingdom in Kumasi. Your journey begins in Accra, pay a visit to see National Museum where various sculptures that talk about West African tradition and customs giving you an insight of West African history. Continue to Independence Square, where the Black Star monument immortalizes the nations independence from European powers. At the Arts Centre, you can get your first choice for bargaining as you shop for local arts and crafts. Spare out time to close the day in Jamestown, a low-rent community that has some of the prettiest colonial buildings of the city as well as the diverse red lighthouse that sits on the gulf. Later, drive through the forest zone as you head towards Kumasi, the seat of the Ashanti Empire to discover the personalities of the famous Ashanti people, whose legacies are still apparent today. Continue, to Kumasi where you will visit the Manhyia Palace Museum to obtain actual evidence on the legacies of the Ashanti kingdom. Next day, visit to the last material remains of the great Asante Empire as we visit the traditional Asante buildings that are now recognized as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Later, youll visit to the Elmina Castle built by the Portuguese in 1482. Step ahead to the town of Assin Manso, where you will visit the site of "Donkor Nsuo”. Embark on a 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. Experience the mode of ancestral worship to the ancient gods before continuing back to Accra where you journey ends.

Highlights

  • Dive into Ghanas rich culture through the legacies of the Ashanti Empire

  • Discover Accra, home to various sculptures that talk about Western Africa

  • Visit Kakum National Park, one of West Africas last surviving rainforests

  • Admire the Manhyia Palace Museum to learn more about kingdom in Kumasi

  • Explore Elmina and its infamous Forts, Castles, and Slave Dungeons of Ghana

Itinerary

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icon Day 1: ACCRA ARRIVAL (-/-/D)

Upon your arrival at the Kotoka International Airport Accra, situated on the beautiful gold coast of Western Africa. You will meet our representative before your transfer to the hotel. Clear your check-in formalities & relax and unwind. Later enjoy your dinner.


Overnight in Accra

icon Day 2: ACCRA (B/L/D)

In the morning after breakfast at the hotel, set off on the tour of Accra, passing through the economic and administrative districts on your way to the National Museum. Always a great place to start as almost all the displays are ethnographic in nature and the museum gives us an excellent overview of West African culture. There is an adjoining garden that is home to various sculptures that talks about West African tradition and customs giving you an insight of West African history. Later pass by Black Star Gate symbolizing our freedom and visit the adjoining Independence Square (Black Star Square) which is Ghanas main ceremony grounds and where you will find the enclosed flame of African liberation, lit by Kwame Nkrumah himself in 1961. Explore Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, final resting place of the founding father who led the Gold Coast to independence. If you are looking to purchase African fabrics and crafts then adjoining the park is the National Cultural Center, Ghanas largest outdoor arts and crafts market selling traditional items from all over West Africa. Enjoy your Lunch at a local restaurant serving a wide selection of West African and continental dishes. The day would not be complete before seeing the Brazilian stone houses, built by free enslaved Africans who reside in Brazil.

Later, set in the perfect location in the heart of the community overlooking the ocean which would be a wonderful night of entertainment if your travel dates coincide with an event. If not, then you will visit one of the many gyms there to see the youth and professionals in training. Afterwards its time to experience Jamestown by night as you head to a local bar and restaurant in the heart of the community. This is the real Accra! After your meal you can choose to return to your hotel to relax or head into town to experience more Accras nightlife.


Overnight in Accra

icon Day 3: ACCRA - KUMASI (B/L/D)

After breakfast, set off Northwards towards the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Before that, your first visit this morning will be the DuBois Center. This is the final burial place and former home of the prominent American Pan-Africanist Dr William W Burghardt DuBois, who lead the Pan-African congress between 1919 and 1927 he was a vocal Anti Segregationist and prolific speaker and writer. Your journey will take you into the beautiful Akuapem Hills, however before you head out of this bustling City, visit TK beads, experts in Accra is a wonderful city full of history making beautiful African beads using traditional methods.

Your journey continues, through the beautiful Akuapem range with outstanding views across Accra and Tema in the distance. At the top of the range, you will find the Aburi botanical gardens, set in a beautiful location. The gardens are home to a wide variety of indigenous and exotic flora, offering outstanding views to Accra on a clear day. You will have your lunch in Koforidua, capital of the Eastern Region of Ghana before you continue your journey to Kumasi arriving in the early evening.


Overnight in Kumasi

icon Day 4: KUMASI (B/L/D)

This morning after breakfast, explore the culture and history that awaits you as you set off for the city tour of Kumasi, heading to the Manhyia Palace, home of the Asantehene, King of the Ashantis and ruler of the Asanteman Kingdom. There is a wonderful craft market there and during your leisurely tour you can visit the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum which offers an excellent overview of Ashanti history and houses some wonderful ancient artifacts. After defeating the Denkyera, legend has it the Golden Stool of Ashanti descended from the sky and landed on Okomfo Anokyes lap, which he gave to the Ashanti King. Enjoy your evening meal at one of the bars and restaurants that have a live band playing.


Overnight in Kumasi

icon Day 5: KUMASI (B/L/D)

After breakfast, visit to the last physical remains of the great Asante Empire you visit the traditional Asante buildings now recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. There are 10 active temples within the buildings which are made of bamboo, wood, mud and thatched roofs. Continue your journey through Ashanti history by visiting the traditional villages of Adanwomasi and Natonso. Your first stop is Adanwomasi, the birthplace of Ghana's richly colored kente cloth. Adanwomasi produces some of Ghana's best kente clothing, many of the clothing designs nightlife make visiting the city to experience Ghanaian nightlife, and some are exclusive to the region only. Quality time is dedicated here as you walk through the community, interacting with skilled weavers whose families have been producing kante for generations, playing a vital role in the history of this beautiful fabric. During our time here, you learn about the history behind many of the designs and see how skilled weavers are still using traditional looms outside their homes that have not changed in design over the centuries. Former US President Bill Clinton had a design named \"Clinton Kente\", because the Ghanaians were impressed by the respect he showed to Ghana when he was in office. This is an ideal time to buy quality barbed fabric at extremely affordable prices before leaving for Natunso.

 

The ancient village of Ntunso, where the Adinkara cloth and symbols originated. These traditional symbols have all the meanings and are carved out of Kailash shells. Adinkra symbols are then printed on traditional fabric using natural dyes made from the bark of some local trees. Adinkra cloth has been embellished by Ashanti for over 4 centuries and pre-dates kante cloth. Even today most Ashanti wear Adinkara cloth for funerals, festivals and other important occasions. During our time here, you may have made our own strip of Adikara cloth using symbols of personal significance. After lunch youll visit the village of Sokoban Kro, from where traditional brass casting has been the main source of income for the community for generations. There is a wide selection of items ranging from beads and jewelry to traditional sculptures. The methods used to create these wonderful brass works have not changed and during our time here you see a demonstration of the skillful process. There are many stores selling a variety of brass products, and this might be a good time to buy some reasonably priced souvenirs. This evening you have the option of enjoying an evening meal at your hotel, Ashni funerals are very important in Akan culture and can be attended by thousands of people, alternatively youll get served a selection of local and international many qualities, you can go to the city in one of the restaurants. Experience the Kumasi nightlife at one of the cuisine and bars.


Overnight in Kumasi

icon Day 6: KUMASI - ELMINA (B/L/D)

This morning after breakfast, youll move southwards to Elmina in the central region of Ghana. The town of Elmina was given its name by the Portuguese due to the abundance of Gold found in Ghana, translated Elmina means The Mine. An emotional stop at Assin Manso, a prominent town along the enslaved African trade route where so many of our ancestors from the northern parts of Ghana, Burkina Faso and Niger were marched bare foot in shackles heading towards the coast. The town surrounds the Ndonkor Nsuo (Slave River). This river is where enslaved Africans were checked for fitness and bathed before being transported to Cape Coast for shipment to the Americas. They would have walked hundreds of kilometers from Northern Ghana through thick forests in shackles and chains, many Ashanti Traditional HousesCultural importance recognised by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites being in poor health once they reached Assin Manso. Once bathed and rested they would continue the final 32-mile march to the dungeons of Cape Coast or Elmina Castles where they would remain for up to 6 weeks before being shipped to the Americas. In 1998, a symbolic gesture was made when the bodies of two free (previously enslaved) Africans, Samuel Carson from New York U.S.A and Crystal from Kingston Jamaica were returned to Cape Coast Castle and symbolically passed through the “Door of no Return” before being transported to Assin Manso for re-internment. After learning the history, having time to reflect, and visiting the river you continue to Cape Coast.

Your afternoon is dedicated to honoring the ancestors at arguably the most significant edifice remaining along the West African coastline. Cape Coast Castle is an emotional, thought-provoking monument to a harrowing period in our regions history. Quality time will be dedicated here on an educational and spiritual journey visiting all corners of this castle that keptmore enslaved Africans captive than any other in West Africa. Located below the governors place of worship and castle church we find the dungeons where up to 600 African men, women and children were kept at any one time in atrocious conditions until being taken through the infamous “Door of no return” to waiting ships. There is the opportunity to pay our respects at a local shrine in the end dungeon where a tunnel led to the door of no return. An informative and educational museum explains the entire history of the castle and Cape Coast itself, as well as a shop selling literature on all of Ghanas forts and castles, as well as the cultural history and traditions of Ghana. Many African Americans have relocated back to their ancestral home here in Ghana,setting up businesses and purchasing homes in Cape Coast and Elmina. This evening after visit one of the restaurants owned by those that have relocated here, hearing their experiences and how it feels living in Africa. Alternatively, you can relax at your hotel, enjoying the facilities.


Overnight in Elmina

icon Day 7: ELMINA (B/L/D)

After breakfast in the morning, an action-packed day lies ahead on arguably Ghanas finest beach front location. Africas world-famous rainforest canopy walkway awaits you as you set off to Kakum National Park which is a semi-deciduous upper guinea rainforest. This is an incredibly beautiful, tropical guinea rainforest and the canopy walkway is sure to be one of the highlights of your time in Cape Coast. This National Park protects Kakum National Park Getting close to nature during an exciting time on the world-famous canopy walkway the original habitat that was found in this location and was the major source of food for locals prior to it becoming a National Park. The walkway consists of 7 bridges, attached to 7 emerging trees, 40 metres above the rainforest floor. Prepare to take a deep breath as you walk the suspended bridges. You will marvel at the outstanding views that stretch for miles across this breathtaking rainforest as you rest on the viewing platforms that are attached to the emerging trees between the bridges. You return to the park headquarters where youll find an excellent information center that offers a highly informative overview of the parks flora and fauna. Over 40 different mammal species have been recorded within the park, which includes forest elephants, leopards and 6 primate species to mention just a few.

An incredibly special time arrives after lunch as you prepare for your official Naming Ceremony. You set off to visit a local village to pay a courtesy call on the chiefs, queen mothers and community elders. As tradition dictates, they start with the pouring of libation to officially welcome you home, to the land your ancestors were forcibly taken from and where your heritage and culture live on. Drumming and dancing are all around us as you get an in-depth feel of traditional village life here in Ghana. The time has finally arrived for you to be given your true African name during your own personal traditional naming ceremony in your honor. Chiefs and elders of the community officially welcome you as they lead you through the ceremony which Lowes Mona Monkeys Can be seen from the canopy walkway if you are lucky has been performed by your ancestors through history. You will finally have the chance to adopt your own African name based on the day of the week you were born or numeric order of your siblings. This would have been your actual name if you were born in Ghana and has an emotional attachment to many when they receive them. A major highlight of your time here, after an afternoon of celebrations return to your hotel to relax. In the evening head into Cape Coast town and visit one of the most popular night spots to enjoy a local live band, dancing and reflecting on such an incredible day. If you would prefer to relax and reflect at your hotel this would not be a problem.


Overnight in Elmina

What's Included

  • 07 Nights accommodation on a twin sharing basis at listed superior hotels or similar

  • All meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers

  • Services of an English-Speaking Certified Guide

  • Sightseeing & entrance fees as per the itinerary

  • Mineral water; available to every participant for the duration of the tour

  • Fruits and Snacks on vehicles

  • Transportation for the duration of your tour in air-conditioned vehicles

  • Experienced and safe dedicated driver

  • All national park, cultural and historical excursion fees

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What's Not Included

  • Items of a personal nature, tips, and gratuities

  • Baggage fees may apply and vary by carrier

  • Arrival and departure transfers for land only passengers

  • Visa fees if applicable

  • All items not mentioned as included

Check out our Q&As

Can I join the tour once it has departed?

Yes, but only in case it was previously agreed by both sides and arranged by us.

What documents will I receive before I travel?

Our e-document package includes all local contact details, daily itinerary, airline e-ticket information, service vouchers, and travel tips which should be everything you require to go on your trip.

If I need one, who is responsible to obtain my visa?

You are responsible for obtaining the proper travel documents for the destinations on your itinerary, including having a passport that is valid for at least 6 months before the date of departure and a visa if required. Please check the Visa section in the Know Before You Go document for the countries you will be visiting.

Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

No, not as standard. Solo travellers can book and occupy their own room for a supplement.

How long has the tour company been trading?

We have been organizing unforgettable trips since 2001.

    Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes.

    What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    Changes to an existing reservation up to the Final Payment Date, whatever the cause, will incur a $100 per person amendment fee, potential loss of any supplier fees (such as non-refundable event tickets, park permits, and sea cruise reservations) plus any costs for replacement services. On/ after the Final Payment Date, the $100 change fee is no longer valid, instead cancellations terms apply.

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    Indus Travels requires a minimum deposit of 25% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 45 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of indus travels charges.

    Up to 75 days before tour starts: 100% of deposit.

    At 74 days before tour starts: 100% of booking price.

Ghana Heritage and Historical Tour

7 Days Starting in Accra and ending in Elmina

Visiting:

Ghana

Tour operator:

Indus Travels

Physical rating:

Easy

Tour code:

IndTur1712

Group size:

1 - 22

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  • Favourite Destination:

    Polignano A Mare

  • Dream Destination:

    Malta

  • About them:
  • 2 Cups of Travel is a travel and adventure blog curated by Ky and Tess, Australian-based travel enthusiasts. We both love exploring smaller towns, hidden gems and underrated finds!