The Portuguese explorers who landed in the country in 1471 named it the Gold Coast. English, Danish, Dutch and Germans built their forts (castles )here to reap the abundant riches. In the 17th century, Frederick William, the Great Elector of Brandenburg, built a fort called Taccarary which later became known as Takoradi. Visitors can observe a window into the natural world of Ghana at the Monkey Hill nature preserve located in the heart of the city. Further afield join us as we look back at the tragic history of the Atlantic slave trade at Elmina Castle, the earliest known European structure in the tropics; built in 1482 by the Portuguese. Wander the ramparts of Cape Coast Castle and view villagers mending fishing nets and setting out to sea in painted fishing canoes. Explore one of the Ghana’s last remaining tropical forests at Kakum National Park and walk through the verdant canopy.

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  • Kakum National Park and Canopy Walkway

    Embrace the pristine natural beauty of Ghana's rainforests and wildlife during this scenic and memorable walking tour at Kakum National Park.

    Depart the pier for the 1.5-2-hour drive to Kakum National Park, a semi-deciduous tropical rainforest spanning approximately 138 square miles. The reserve was created to protect one of the remaining vestiges of Ghana's rapidly-diminishing rainforest, and the rare wildlife it contains. For the local people, the forest is the physical, spiritual, and cultural home for the gods and spirits that dwell in its sacred trees, rivers, stones and animals.

    Upon arrival at the park, you will commence an approximately 2-hour guided hike through one of the remaining vestiges of the rainforest. As you proceed along the Kuntan Trail, you will explore the economic and medicinal values of the forest. Walk along the Canopy Walkway, which is suspended 100 feet above the ground and offers commanding views overlooking the flora, fauna, rare birds and butterflies of the forest.

    Please note: This tour involved walking over forest trails, uneven paths and many steep steps in hot and humid weather. Only physically fit guests are allowed on this tour. No substantial meal is included on this tour, just a snack and refreshments.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 6 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Twin City Tour of Sekondi and Takoradi

    Explore Ghana's historic, commercial and residential areas during this scenic orientation tour of Sekondi and Takoradi.

    Depart the pier for the brief drive through the harbor to Takoradi's Western Gate, then proceed through the main port. En route, you will learn about Ghana's main exports and the port's railway.

    Next, you will drive past Monkey Hill and the adjoining wetlands. This unique virgin forest is situated in the center of the metropolis, and is inhabited by monkeys and birds.

    Drive past the regional hospital and along the beach road to Sekondi. During an orientation drive through this European town, you will pass by old colonial buildings, the High Court and residential areas. Next, a stop will be made at the Bosomtwi Sam Fishing Harbour, where you can watch the loading and unloading of fish; the mending of nets; the boat yard; women buying and preparing the fish. Once you rejoin your coach, you will then drive past Fort Orange, the Takoradi Market Circle, and through John Sarbah and New John Sarbah roads; Sekondi's main commercial areas.

    Your sightseeing tour will conclude with a cultural show and refreshments at the Africa Beach Hotel before rejoining your coach for the return drive to the pier. En route, a brief stop will be made for shopping at the Harbour Bazaar.

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  • Cape Coast and Elmina Castles

    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.

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  • Kakum National Park and Canopy Walkway

    Embrace the pristine natural beauty of Ghana's rainforests and wildlife during this scenic and memorable walking tour at Kakum National Park.

    Depart the pier for the 1.5-2-hour drive to Kakum National Park, a semi-deciduous tropical rainforest spanning approximately 138 square miles. The reserve was created to protect one of the remaining vestiges of Ghana's rapidly-diminishing rainforest, and the rare wildlife it contains. For the local people, the forest is the physical, spiritual, and cultural home for the gods and spirits that dwell in its sacred trees, rivers, stones and animals.

    Upon arrival at the park, you will commence an approximately 2-hour guided hike through one of the remaining vestiges of the rainforest. As you proceed along the Kuntan Trail, you will explore the economic and medicinal values of the forest. Walk along the Canopy Walkway, which is suspended 100 feet above the ground and offers commanding views overlooking the flora, fauna, rare birds and butterflies of the forest.

    Please note: This tour involved walking over forest trails, uneven paths and many steep steps in hot and humid weather. Only physically fit guests are allowed on this tour. No substantial meal is included on this tour, just a snack and refreshments.

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