Ghana's fourth-largest city plays serene beaches against a bustling commercial centre. People from around the world visit the shore, both for its beauty and to enjoy the fresh seafood served right on the sands. Frantic city life awaits a short distance inland, where an economy fuelled by Ghana’s oil industry is most apparent in the maze of vendors at Market Circle.
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Explore the Colonial past and castles of Ghana during this picturesque, full-day sightseeing excursion.
Cape Coast Castle and West African Historical Museum
Depart the pier for the scenic, 1.5-hour drive through farming and fishing comminuties to Cape Coast Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the main British hub of the transatlantic slave trade in West Africa. Built by the Swedes in 1652 and later occupied by the British, the Cape Coast Castle served as the seat of the Colonial administration of the former Gold Coast. The Castle also houses the West African Historical Museum, established by the Smithsonian Institute in collaboration with the Ghanaian Government in 1994. During your guided tour, visit the slave quarters and Palaver Hall, where slaves were bought and sold.
Elmina Castle & Coconut Grove Beach Resort
Next, re-board you coach for a short driver to the Cape Coast to visit the Elmina Castle. On arrival enjoy a comprehensive guided tour of another UNESCO World Heritage Site built by the Portuguese in 1482 as a trade settlement. The castle later became one of the most important stops on the route of the Atlantic slave trade. The castle is the oldest and largest European structure in sub-Saharan Africa. See the slave dungeons and condemned cells where slaves who attempted to escape were incarcerated. View its interior and exterior architecture and enjoy panoramic view the Fishing Harbour and Old Township from the Castle. Here you will enjoy a short photo stop before re-boarding the coach for you short drive to your lunch venue.
Enjoy a wonderful folkloric show with lunch at the Coconut Grove Beach Resort with your choice of starter, entrée and dessert accompanied by an assortment of beverages to choose from.
Lastly, depart the Elmina Castle for the approximate 1.5 hour drive back to Takoradi Port.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 733 yards (670 metres), at times over uneven stone surfaces and cobblestones, with 2 flights of stairs and 20 steps to negotiate at the castle, and a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility but not for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Restrooms at all stops are the best in the area, but may not be up to Western standards. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes, sunglasses, hat and sun protection are recommended. There are charges for the use of camera at the Castle. Guests should be aware that the Ghanaian public and security personnel are friendly, but you must ask permission before taking photos of local residents. Please make sure to bring water from the ship.
Embrace the splendid beauty of Kakum National Park on-foot during this full-day sightseeing excursion and nature walk.
Kakum National Park
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately two-hour drive to Kakum National Park. Upon arrival, take a guided, two-hour nature walk along the picturesque Kuntan Trail, one of the remaining vestiges of the rainforest.
Adventurous guests may opt to try the breath-taking Canopy Walk, which takes place on a walkway suspended from the treetops approximately 100 feet (about 30 metres) above ground. Along the way, take in panoramic views of the park's flora and fauna below.
At the conclusion of your walking tour, proceed to the Kakum National Park Reception Area for refreshments and a comfort stop before re-boarding your coach and commencing the approximately two-hour drive back to the pier.
Please Note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1,094 yards (1,000 metres), at times over uneven stone surfaces root stumps and occasional muddy terrain, with 97 stone steps and a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. A steep climb is required to access the start of the Canopy Walk. Guests are advised to be cautious of wood planks and iron pegs used to check erosion on the slope path. This tour is recommended for guests in excellent physical condition. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilise a wheelchair. Restrooms at all stops are the best in the area but may not be up to Western standards. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes, insect repellent and sun protection are recommended. There are charges for the use of cameras at the National Park to be paid directly. Guests should be aware that the Ghanaian public and security personnel are friendly, but you must ask permission before taking photos of local residents.
Discover the panoramic beauty and history of Sekondi and Takoradi during a half-day sightseeing excursion to the Twin Cities.
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate 30-minute drive from Takoradi to Sekondi. En route, drive through Takoradi Port and learn about the history of the port's railway. From here, take a panoramic drive past Monkey Hill and the adjoining wetlands. In the centre of the metropolis, see the unique virgin forest, which is inhabited by monkeys and birds.
Sekondi and Fishing Harbour
Your drive continues past Regional Hospital and along the beach road before reaching Sekondi. Upon arrival, take a sightseeing drive through the city. Learn about the history of Sekondi whilst passing such historic landmarks as Fort Orange, built by the Dutch, European Town, old Colonial buildings, High Court, commercial and old residential buildings, and the historic Railway Station with its wall clock. Next, a stop is made at the Bosumtwi Sam Fishing Harbour. Here, observe the loading and unloading of fish, mending of nets, boatyard, and women buying and preparing fish.
Market Circle and Cultural Show
Afterward, drive past Takoradi Market Circle and through the main commercial streets, including John Sarbah Road and New John Sarbah Road, before taking a guided stroll through the colourful, bustling Market Circle. Your tour concludes with a cultural show and refreshments at a local hotel. Following your visit, re-board your coach for the brief drive back to the port and shopping at the Harbour Bazaar before returning to the ship.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 383 yards (350 metres), with open drains and uneven surfaces at Bosumtwi Sam Harbour, and a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility however not for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Restrooms at all stops are the best in the area, but may not be up to Western standards. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes, sunglasses, hat and sun protection are recommended. Guests should be aware that the Ghanaian public and security personnel are friendly, but you must ask permission before taking photos of local residents. Expect heavy crowds at Bosumtwi Sam Harbour. Local souvenir shop accepts local currency (Ghana Cedis), US Dollars, Pounds and Euros. Credit cards are not accepted.