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Ghana Discovery

Ghana Discovery

11 days, 3 cities3
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Waves meeting a sandy shore with palm trees during the sunset
Waves meeting a sandy shore with palm trees during the sunset
An extremely narrow bridge made of rope situated high off the ground with many trees below
A man facing away from the camera and looking at a wall with many various fabrics in many different designs
Two large yellow and green cacao fruits hanging from a tree
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Why go?

Time to ramble through rainforests, journey through cities, and relive history. Stand where African slaves once stood before boarding ships to the Americas, plus see firsthand how Ghana’s dedication to sustainability has helped them thrive and become a trendsetter throughout West Africa.

Picture yourself

  • Learning about nonprofits dedicated to helping Accra’s children

  • Touring a cacao farm, smelling a cacao farm, tasting a cacao farm

  • Traversing the hanging bridges at Kakum National Park

  • Exploring Cape Coast Castle, a reminder of Ghana’s role in the transatlantic slave trade

  • Discovering how sustainable companies are keeping the economy alive

What you'll get

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers (or book 'em yourself)

  • 8 nights in handpicked accommodations

  • 8 breakfasts

  • 5 lunches

  • 5 dinners

  • Expert Tour Director

  • 24/7 support

  • Entrance to W.E.B. DuBois Centre, Cape Coast Castle, and more

  • 2 cloth-making workshops

  • Kakum National Park excursion

Map for the Ghana Discovery tour
Full trip itinerary

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Overnight Flight

    Head to the airport and board your overnight flight to Accra.

    This tour requires a visa for U.S. citizens. Check entry requirements or call us with questions at 800-766-2645.

  • Day 2: Arrive in Accra

    You might be tired, but you’re also in Ghana. So, life is pretty good, huh?

    Today's highlights:

    • Meet an EF representative and fellow travelers as they arrive at the airport.
    • Transfer to your hotel to check in and check out your room.
    • Enjoy an included dinner at the hotel—at the buffet or in your room, depending on your arrival time.
  • Day 3: Explore Accra + Welcome Lunch + Sightseeing Tour of James Town

    You’re about to get up close and personal with Ghana’s capital city, Accra, where street food and shops flourish. You’ll tour James Town, one of the city’s oldest districts, with stops at a local boxing gym, Fort James, and a nonprofit.

    Enjoy an included Welcome Lunch with your fellow travelers at an authentic local spot.

    Today's highlights:

    • Walk around the bustling city of Accra and learn about Ghana’s road to independence.
    • Visit the W.E.B. Dubois Centre, a museum dedicated to the life and work of the man known as the “Father of Pan-Africanism.”
    • Meet locals and learn about Street Children Empowerment Foundation, a nonprofit that helps improve the lives of street-connected children.
    • Have dinner with your group at the hotel or local restaurant.
  • Day 4: Free day in Accra

    Yesterday was action-packed. Keep the energy high, or take it down a notch, as you explore all that Accra has to offer.

    Free time suggestions

    Makola Market: If you’re looking to truly live like a local, head to this buzzing street market where friendly merchants sell everything from food to furniture.

    Ano Institute of Arts and Knowledge: Take a closer look at African heritage through the lens of Ghanaian historian and filmmaker, Nana Oforiatta-Ayim.

  • Day 5: Travel to Kumasi via Trashy Bags & Yaa Asentewaa Shrine

    First up, a lesson in sustainability and how one Ghanaian organization is changing the game. Then, marvel at the Yaa Asentewa Shrine, one of the last surviving examples of Ashanti Empire architecture.

    Today's highlights:

    • Tour the Trashy Bags factory to learn how single-use plastic is being recycled and turned into handbags, gifts, and more.
    • Visit the Yaa Asantewaa Museum, built to resemble a traditional Ashanti residence.
    • Stop for an included lunch en route to Kumasi, and end your day with dinner at the hotel.
  • Day 6: Cacao Farm, Manhyia Palace, and Cloth-Making Demonstrations

    Today is all about the Ashanti Empire’s history, traditions, and people who have lived in this part of Ghana for over 350 years. After a visit to a cacao farm, you’ll witness the intricate handweaving of two important textiles before touring Manhyia Palace.

    Today's highlights:

    • Visit Manhyia Palace, a museum dedicated to Ashanti history and their resistance to British colonialism.
    • Participate in cloth making workshops in two villages—kente cloth in Adanwomase and adinkra cloth in Ntonso.
  • Day 7: Travel to Cape Coast via Assin Manso Slave Camp

    For nearly 150 years, Ghana was the center of the British slave trade. Today you’ll get a sobering history lesson and see how African slaves were treated.

    Today's highlights:

    • Visit Assin Manso River Park, where slaves were kept before being transported to Cape Coast and eventually, the Americas.
    • Eat an included picnic lunch before heading to your next destination, Cape Coast.
    • Relax at your Cape Coast hotel and enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers.
  • Day 8: Explore Kakum National Park and Cape Coast Castle

    A former European colonial capital, Cape Coast is chock-full of cultural significance. Today, you'll learn all about it—after your morning session with Mother Nature.

    Today's highlights:

    • Escape to nature with a walk on Kalum National Park’s elevated bridges, 130 feet above the ground.
    • Have lunch at a local Cape Coast restaurant.
    • Join a guide for a tour of Cape Coast Castle, where thousands of enslaved Africans were held captive before being sent to the Americas.
    • Ride the bus back to your hotel for dinner and snoozing.
  • Day 9: Free Day in Cape Coast

    As you saw yesterday, there’s no shying away from this region’s notorious past. But these days, Cape Coast is an easygoing town, full of easygoing Ghanaians. Won’t you join them?

    Today's highlights:

    Ghanaian eats: Get out there and continue to delight your taste buds with local seafood and other favorites like fufu, a popular side dish often served with stews.

    The waterfront: ICYMI, Cape Coast is on the ocean. Head to the water to breathe in that fresh sea air, watch fisherman do their thing, and watch birds…also do their thing.

  • Day 10: Travel to Accra + Fly Home

    You’re going back to where it all began for one final day with your fellow travelers in the lively city of Accra.

    Today's highlights:

    • Reflect and reminisce with your group during a Farewell Lunch in Accra.
    • Visit Global Mamas, an organization that empowers Ghanaian women to sell their handmade products and gain economic independence.
    • Head to the airport for your overnight flight home.
  • Day 11: Arrive Home

    Goodbye, friends!

    Your next destination awaits—home. But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “See you later.” The only question is, where?

Traveling with us helps the EF community plant trees, at no extra cost to you.

Reviews


Overall rating: 5 out of 5
Based on 3 authentic traveler reviews
  • Learned A lot

      Traci, traveled Mar. 2023

    The trip was amazing and I learned so much. About the slave trade and what living in Ghana look like. Foster and Ebenzer were awesome especially their music choices and also helped when it came to trying new things from food to drinks. They were very flexible when it came to having change of plans and never sweated the small things. I really hope I get these... See more

  • Find Adventure, Culture, and History in Ghana!

      Elizabeth, traveled Mar. 2023

    This trip was much more adventurous and educational than any other EF trip that I've been on. It was full of hands-on workshops that showed us the culture of Ghana, as well as historical tours that mainly focused on the history of slavery in Ghana. While some days and tours were very heavy, I'm so glad to have been able to learn about this and hear a non-US ... See more

  • Ghana was AMAZING!!!

      Brea, traveled Mar. 2023

    This was my first EF trip ever and that being said, I had an absolute blast on this trip. Foster was such a welcoming, funny, and informative guide!! I learned so much on this trip..the culture, food, people, music, and history. Experiencing Africa for the first time in this country was incredible. If you are someone that really wants to be -immersed- in Gh... See more

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