Historic Egypt & Ghana Tour, 12 – Days

Egypt (Cairo, Alexandria, Pyramids & Sphinx, Egyptian Museum, Khan El-Khalili) Ghana (Accra, Kumasi, Cape Coast, Elmina)

Explore famous historic sites in Egypt and Ghana. Visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities in Cairo, The Great Pyramids in Giza, and the ancient city of Alexandria. Tour the slave castles in Cape Coast and the ancient Ashanti Kingdom in Ghana.

The Great Temple of Ramses II

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  1. Day 1: Arrive in Cairo

    A wonderful welcome awaits you in Egypt. We will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. In the evening, head out for dinner and a Nile Cruise with an Egyptian buffet dinner and cultural performance. 

    We return to the hotel after the cruise. 

    Meal(s) Included: Dinner

    Hotel: Sonesta Hotel Cairo

  2. Day 2: Cairo

    Following breakfast, we will take a full-day tour of the Giza Pyramids, Memphis, and Saqqara. Visit the largest and oldest of the pyramids, the Great Pyramid of Khufu, which is also the only survivor of the original seven wonders of the ancient world. Next go to Memphis, which was once Egypt’s capital city, being home to Pharoahs such as Cheops & Chephren who built their pyramids next to Khufu’s. Also, see Manial Palace and the village of Mit Rahina where workers who built the pyramids lived. Visit Saqqara to see the step pyramid of Zoser.

    After lunch, we drive back to the hotel where you can rest for the day or pursue other interesting activities. 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, & Dinner

    Overnight at Sonesta Hotel Cairo or Similar

  3. Day 3: Cairo

    Today, we will experience Cairo’s rich history which can be felt throughout the city. Discover the treasures of this ancient city, visiting the Cairo Museum and Khan el-Khalili. The Museum has its most important collection of artifacts, such as the magnificent treasure discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter when he discovered King Tutankhamen’s tomb.  

    After lunch, head to the citadel of Salah al-Deen and visit Mohamed Ali Mosque followed by a visit to the oldest Bazar in Africa (Khan El Kalili Bazar), which is crammed with hundreds of shops selling everything from clothing to locks.  

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, & Dinner

    Overnight at Sonesta Hotel Cairo or Similar

  4. Day 4: Cairo/ Alexandria/ Cairo

    After a restful night and a good breakfast, we drive about 3 hours from Cairo to Alexandria, once one of the great cities of the ancient world. You’ll see evidence of this at the Library of Alexandria, with its 120-foot vault built by Cleopatra, and at Pompey’s Pillar, a 60-foot column once topped with a bronze statue of Pompey. And you’ll walk along the harbor in front of the Catacombs of Kom El Shokafa, a series of tombs, statues, and other artifacts created by the Hellenistic and Roman theatre. 

    We will take a leisure walk through Montazah Gardens on the grounds of the Montazah Palace. We return to Cairo arriving early evening. 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, & Dinner

    Overnight at Sonesta Hotel or Similar

  5. Day 5: Cairo/ Accra, Ghana

    Depart Cairo early afternoon to Accra, Ghana.

    Once you arrive in Accra, you’ll be warmly received after going through immigration and customs. You will be picked up by our cultural tour guide and transferred in a private A/C vehicle to your hotel in Accra. Check-in at your hotel, relax and prepare for the next day’s activities. You will have a brief orientation with your guide on what to expect during your stay in Ghana.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Overnight at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel or Similar

  6. Day 6: Accra

    A whole new experience will be awaiting you as you wake up today. After breakfast at the hotel, we will a scenic drive around the economic and administrative districts of Accra, visiting the following places: 

    • The W.E.B. Du Bois Centre was established in recognition of the life of the prominent Pan-Africanists who chose to live and work in Ghana. The Centre is a place for Pan-African Thought and houses a conference room, as well as a memorial/museum documenting Du Bois’ life and highlighting Ghana’s role in Pan-Africanism. 
    • We’ll continue to Independence Square, where you will see the flame of African Liberation that was lit by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in 1961. The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, with its attractive gardens and museum, is a great place to learn about the first President of Ghana. It also serves as the final resting place for the late president, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah after his previous burial in Guinea and Nkroful, his birth town. 
    • Our day’s visit ends at Jamestown Community, the oldest city in Accra. It is the most historic neighborhood where history resides on every corner. Best known for its lighthouses (the first of which was constructed in 1875 by the British) as a navigational aid for trading vessels sailing through the Gulf of Guinea. The original structure was ruined but a larger and more improved lighthouse was completed in 1921. 
    • You may visit the “Brazil House” which is famous for the Afro-Brazilian history behind it. Built-in 1836 and completed 100 years after 1638, this historic house serves as a museum to showcase historic memories indicative of the previous centuries of migration to Ghana by Africans from Brazil and Portugal 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

    Overnight at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel or Similar

  7. Day 7: Accra – Kumasi

    Following a good breakfast, we check out of the hotel and depart to Kumasi, the capital city of the Ashanti Kingdom. En route, enjoy a scenic drive through the cooler Aburi Mountains and visit the Tetteh Quarshie Farm, Ghana’s famous cocoa farm. You will learn how the cocoa beans are collected and processed into chocolate. 

    We continue to Kumasi arriving late afternoon. Visit the Kumasi Fort, the site of the Ashanti Rebellion, a war initiated by Queen Mother Yaa Asantewaa, to protest British rule. Scattered throughout the grounds are the most well-preserved weaponry used in this rebellion and other memorabilia including unique Ghanaian stamps. 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

    Overnight at Noda Hotel or Similar

  8. Day 8: Kumasi

    After a well-deserved rest and breakfast, you will further explore some of the significant areas of this ancient Kingdom on visits to the Kejetia Market, the Prempeh Jubilee Museum, and some of their craft villages. 

    • Kejetia market, a vibrant market noted as one of the largest commercial centers across Africa attracts traders from all corners of Ghana with an abundance of fresh fish, authentic African fabric for making custom-made clothes, beauty products, foodstuff, jewelry, and handmade crafts. 
    • We continue to the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum where we gain an insight into the history and culture of the Ashanti Kingdom where you will see a replica of the famed Golden Stool, which is believed to have descended from the sky and is the spiritual symbol of the Ashanti People. You’ll also take a walk-through display on local folklore and pick up some information on local crafts. 
    • After lunch, we explore the Ashanti craft villages. Each unique village lets you experience the sights, sounds, and rhythms of traditional Ghana. The tour includes visits to the Ahwiaa woodcarving village for royal stools and fertility dolls, to Ntonso village for Adinkra fabrics for funerals and other solemn occasions, and finally to Adanwomase for their handcrafted exquisite Kente cloth woven on traditional looms which have gained worldwide recognition. Each piece tells a story that is unique to this village and represents a tradition that has been passed down through generations. 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

    Overnight at Noda Hotel or Similar

  9. Day 9: Kumasi – Elmina

    After a hearty breakfast, we will depart Kumasi for Cape Coast. En route, we will visit the burial site of two former slaves from the U.S. and Jamaica whose remains were re-interred in August 1998 during Ghana’s first Emancipation Day celebration. You can see the ‘slave river’ where enslaved Africans were washed before being confined in the castles to await shipment to the Americas and the Caribbean.

    Arrive in Cape Coast early afternoon and transfer to and check-in at the hotel; evening is at leisure

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

    Overnight at The Coconut Grove Beach Resort or Similar

  10. Day 10: Elmina & Cape Coast

    This morning after breakfast, visit Elmina Castle, formerly known as Fort São Jorge de Mina, which was built in 1482 by the Portuguese and located in the modern-day town of Elmina, Ghana. Along with Cape Coast Castle, it was once one of the most important trading centers in Africa. Today, Elmina Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and makes for one of the best cultural sites on your trip. 

    We drive a short distance to the Cape Coast Castle perched on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The Castle is home to the West African Historical Museum established by the Smithsonian Institute in collaboration with the Ghanaian Government. The Castle was once the hub of human trading in West Africa that served as an important link in the transatlantic slave trade but now restored as an important UNESCO World Heritage site. 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

    Overnight at The Coconut Grove Beach Resort or Similar

  11. Day 11: Elmina – Kakum

    After breakfast, you will visit Kakum National Park in Ghana. It has one of Africa’s famous rainforest canopy walkways. This canopy walkway will be one of the highlights of your time in Ghana. Prepare to take a deep breath while you walk the suspended bridge and marvel at the breathtaking views that stretch for miles across the rainforest. 

    You will cap your beautiful experience of Ghana with 2 hours cooking class on some of the sumptuous dishes of Ghana. In our cooking classes, you will learn how to prepare Ghana’s most popular foods, and sample some of the country’s favorite dishes. You will master the traditional steps for making Fufu, Groundnut Soup, and Palava Sauce.  

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Dinner

    Overnight at The Coconut Grove Beach Resort or Similar

  12. Day 12: Elmina – Accra – Depart

    After a leisure breakfast and check out, we depart for Accra. Enroute, we will stop at the West Hills Mall for snacks/lunch (on your own account) and window shopping.

    On arrival back in Accra, we will have a last minute shopping at the Osu Oxford Street market for souvenirs and later have dinner at a selected restaurant.

    This evening, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Trip Includes:

  • Meeting and assistance upon arrival and departure
  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfers
  • Hotel accommodation in the indicated properties
  • Transportation in private vehicle
  • Experienced tour guide
  • Meals indicated (Breakfast daily and 11 Dinners)
  • Bottled water while on tour
  • Admission to the listed sites
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