7 days

Glimpse of Ghana

Glimpse of Ghana

Elmina's Slave Castle

Kumasi - former capital of the Ashanti Kingdom

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  • From the museums of Accra to the pristine shores of Axim, this snapshot of Ghana is as humbling as it is relaxing. Meet talented local artisans, discover the country’s stately former palaces and visit one of the many ‘slave castles’ that line the coast – a window to a darker era.

    Why we love it

    • Discover Ghana’s ancient history and musical traditions at the National Museum in Accra
    • Meet the makers of the local kente cloth at a village near Kumasi
    • Unwind at the beautifully remote Axim Beach
    • Visit St George’s Castle and unearth the nation’s eye-opening history of slavery
    • See the intriguing animist shrines near Elmina


    Day 1 - Accra

    • Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting in the evening of Day 1.
    • You can arrive at any time during the day as there are no activities planned until this important meeting; please check with the hotel reception where and when it will take place, or check the reception notice boards.
    • An airport arrival transfer is included. This transfer is only valid if arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through Intrepid. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel (note - we may not be able confirm request made within 15 days of travel). Once you have provided your details a transfer representative will be booked to meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
    Hotel Paloma or similar

    Day 2 - 3 - Kumasi

    • Today we head to Kumasi, the one-time capital of the powerful Ashanti kingdom. Today, this hilly city is home to over one million people and enjoys quite a cosmopolitan ambience. We’ll take in a tour of Kumasi that includes the Manhyia Palace Museum, built in 1925 by the British and home to the Ashanti kings until 1974.
    • We’ll also visit the Armed Forces Museum which tells the story of the many conflicts that have taken place particularly in the 20th century. We end our day with a visit to a nearby village known for its talented artisans who weave Ghana's beautiful kente cloth.
    • On Sunday (Day 3) we will experience the Kumasi AKWASIDAE FESTIVAL. The festival is celebrated every 42 days at the Manhyia Palace by the chiefs and people of Kumasi. The King of Ashanti also attends this festival!
    Hotel Royal Park or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 4 - 5 - Axim Beach

    • We travel south to Axim and enroute visit a Cocoa plantation. Tonight we stay a night at Ghana’s most isolated and luxurious beach resorts. Two kilometres from the hotel is historic Axim town. With a population of about 20,000, fishing is the main occupation here. The town also has several historic places of interest nearby the hotel including Fort St Anthony, built by the Portuguese in 1515 when they were settling the town as a trading port. Perched on top of a hill in nearby Princess Town is Fort Princess, originally known as Gross Friedrichsburg and built by the Prussians in 1683.
    • Axim Beach offers several types of sports including surfing, snorkelling, fishing, hiking and bird watching.
    Axim Beach Hotel or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 6 - Elmina

    • Today we drive to Elmina, where we visit St George's Castle with the Door of No Return. Formerly known as one of the 'slave castles', it’s one of more then 20 such castles built along the shoreline of the Gold Coast - the former name of modern-day Ghana.
    • We will take a walking tour of Elmina fishing village with the Pursubans animist shrines for the final night of our Ghana adventure.
    Coconut Grove Beach Resort or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 7 - Accra

    • Today we head towards the city of Accra, stopping en-route for a short walk in the township of Cape Coast to see its colonial architecture. Cape Coast was the ancient capital of the Gold Coast between 1700 until 1877. It was also the centre of British administration and home to its own notorious 'slave castle'
    • The rest of the day is spent at your leisure. For those of us who are flying out this evening, day rooms have been booked for our use at our Accra hotel where we can freshen up prior to our flight home. An evening transfer is included to Accra's Kotoka International Airport, where our African expedition comes to an end.
    • Please ensure you do not book flights out of Accra prior to 6.00pm this evening.
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • Experienced English-speaking local leader and specialist local guides
    • Arrival transfer
    • Explore the town of Kumasi and visit the Manhyia Palace.
    • Enjoy Kumasi's AKWASIDE KWASIADA Festival
    • Gratuities for essential services in tour package

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport taxes or any other departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Meals not included in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Laundry
    • Any optional tours or activities during free time
    • Items of a personal nature.
    • Gratuities for tour leader

    Safety Information

    It is recommended that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information prior to your departure.

    Peregrine strongly recommends the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Please leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Most of our hotels will have a safety deposit box, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

    Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and Peregrine makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

    Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

    Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Be aware that traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home.

    While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or putting it on the ground and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

    You may stay at hotels with unfenced pools and no life guard on duty.

    Some hotel balconies don't meet UK standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm.

    Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in the western world or from your home country and not all the transport which we use provides seat belts.

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Trip Code pfgl
Group size 1 - 15
Start City: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana
End City: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana
Style: Small Group

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