Cape Coast and Elmina Castles
Duration: 5 hours
Tour Code: TKD-001
Take a stroll through Africa's Medieval past during this scenic and memorable visit to the Cape Coast and Elmina castles.
Depart the pier for the 1.5-hour drive to the Cape Coast Castle. Originally built by the Dutch in 1637, the castle was captured by the Swedes in 1652 and named Fort Carolusburg. It was later sold to the English and renamed Cape Coast Castle. Upon arrival, you will take a guided tour of the castle. Along the way, you will see the Dalziel Tower, the graves of Governor George McClean and his wife, Leticia London, Palava Hall, where slaves were bought and sold, and mortars and canoes. A visit will also be made to the West African Historical Museum.
Next, you will re-board your coach for the brief drive to the Coconut Grove Beach Resort. After a brief refreshment stop, you will proceed for an exterior viewing of Elmina Castle, the oldest European-style fortification ever built outside of Europe. The Portuguese built Elmina Castle in 1482. In 1637, it was captured by the Dutch and sold to the English in 1852. During the photo opportunities to snap the castle's exterior and nearby local harbor with several canoes sporting flags from all over the world, you will see the compass that was purportedly used by Columbus during his voyage to America.
Please note: This tour involves walking over cobblestone streets and uneven surfaces. The restroom facilities offered during the visit to the Cape Coast Castle are not up to the standards encountered at more modern venues.