Worlanyo Tours Ghana - Reach Your Travel Dream

20 days Heritage and Historical tour of Ghana, Burkina, Mali, Benin and Togo

Starting from$5940 /per person
20days
includes:
  • .transports
  • .Flight
  • .tour guide
  • .standard meal
  • .hotels

Day 1: WOEZOR/BIENVENUE - WELCOME

Arrive in Accra, Ghana.

Transfer from the airport to your hotel for a welcome drink and orientation.

Day 2: ACCRA CITY TOUR

After breakfast, undertake a sightseeing city tour of Accra.

Visit some of the highlights in Accra like the Osu Chief's Palace for an insight on the history of the Ga people.

Visit the Osu castle, Built by the Danes around 1659 and originally called Christiansburg Castle, Osu Castle was the seat of government until 2013, when the president and his office moved to Flagstaff House. It remains closed to visitors for the time being, and Photographs are not allowed.

Visit the old colonial neighbourhoods of James Town and Usher Town, an interesting area to explore on foot. Also, visit the old fishing harbour, climb to the Usher Lighthouse, stroll through the fishing communities and optionally wander around the Mokola Market.

Continue your way to the Independence Square and the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Mausoleum, the final resting place of the first president of Ghana.

Visit the Artist Alliance Gallery and the Art Centre, where traditional arts craftworks among wooden sculptures and paintings, and Ghanaian fabrics are displayed.

Take a break for a refreshing lunch at a local restaurant.

Resume your tour to pay a visit to the W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial Centre. The Museum is dedicated to Mr. Du Bois, a prominent American pan-African of the 20th century.

During weekdays, you can visit the workshop of Trashy Bags, where they make different types of accessories out of plastic trash.

Return to your hotel for dinner and relaxation.

Day 3: ACCRA - CAPE COAST - ELMINA AND SURROUNDINGS

Depart to the Central Region to visit the infamous forts, castles and slave dungeons of Ghana, where you will experience the physical history of the slave trade, the impact of which is still felt beyond the shores of Africa to date.

Visit the Cape Coast Castle, which was built by the Swedes in 1653 and later taken over by the British. The castle also holds the West African Historical Museum, established by the Smithsonian Institute in collaboration with the government of Ghana in 1994.

Take a lunch at a local restaurant.

Visit the Elmina Castle built by the Portuguese in 1482 and also known as St. George's Castle. This castle was the first European structure built in Sub - Saharan Africa. The Castle offers one of West Africa's greatest spots for photography, especially at the peak of the sunset. Also visit the Java Museum.

Visit Fort St. Jago built by the Dutch in 1665 on St. George Hill. It is from this vantage point that the Dutch launched their successful land attack on Elmina Castle in 1637. The fort was built primarily to provide military protection to the Elmina Castle and to serve as a disciplinary institution for European convicts.

Continue to your resort for dinner and relaxation. You could take a leisurely walk along the beach to see the fisher folks going about their fishing activities under the exit of the beautiful sunset.

Do not forget to take photos of the spectacular sunset.

Day 4: IN AND AROUND ELMINA

After a hearty breakfast, depart to explore the historic Kakum National Park, one of West Africa's surviving tropical rain forests, spanning over 360sq km and filled with diverse and dense vegetation. A blend of true rainforest and semi deciduous forest, Kakum is the home to over 40 large mammals, 400 bird species and a breath-taking array of butterflies, flora and fauna.

The most popular attraction in the forest is the Canopy walkway which is made up of seven bridges extending 330m and hanging 40m above the forest floor. Undertake a 2-kilometer nature walk through the forest to discover the wide variety of exotic floral species and the medicinal values they offer or take a canopy walkway which hangs 100 feet above the forest floor or an over view of the rain forest while enjoying the tuning sounds of whispering birds.

Also visit the Posuban Military Shrine, where the Asafo companies, (Fanti traditional soldiers), prepare spiritually for war. These shrines are wonderful examples of how art is used in the daily lives of Ghanaians.

If desired, meet the Chief fisherman and his entourage in one of the fishing communities for a discussion on how they go about their fishing methods, sales and preservation of their catch.

Continue to your resort for dinner and relaxation at the beach

Day 5: ELMINA - ASHANTI KINGDOM

After breakfast, continue your journey through the forest zone to Kumasi, the seat of the legendary Ashanti Kingdom.

Upon arrival, visit Manhyia Palace Museum, which offers a first-hand information on the legacies of the Ashanti Kingdom. Proceed to the National Culture centre, which shares premises with the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum, home to the dazzling studios of traditional potters, brass, wood carvers, bead makers and batik makers.

Take a lunch break at a local restaurant.

Visit Ahwiaa - the woodcarvers' village and if time permits, optionally visit the Kejetia market, known as the biggest open-air market in West Africa.

Continue to your hotel for dinner and relaxation.

Day 6: KUMASI - TAMALE

After breakfast, depart Kumasi through the savannah zone to Tamale, the capital of the Dagomba State.

Along the way, visit the Boabeng Fiema Monkeys' Sanctuary. Also make a stop at Kintampo for a refreshing lunch and visit the falls.

Continue your journey to Tamale and upon arrival, visit the Centre for National Culture to learn about how Northern Culture evolved, where you will find the well-known Northern traditional attire known as the "fugu" or smock, being designed, dyed and sewed by hand by the locals. Also visit the main handicraft market to shop for straw products, leather goods, and carvings from the Mossi people.

If time permits, visit Kukuo a suburb of Tamale to learn more about the pottery making and dying process.

Continue to your hotel for dinner and relaxation.

Day 7: TAMALE - OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO

Your destination today is Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso.

After breakfast, visit a typical Dagomba village and embark on a scenic journey through the savannah zone to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. After a late afternoon arrival in Ouagadougou, take a lunch break at a local restaurant.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure at the hotel to relax.

Day 8: FULL DAY OUAGADOUDOU CITY AND SURROUNDINGS

After breakfast, undertake a sightseeing tour of Ouagadougou.

Visit the traditional capital of the Mossi Empire. Visit the Artisan Centre to shop for bronze castings, carvings, masks, jewellery, including desert crosses and terracotta beads, as well as leather Tuareg boxes.

End today's tour by visiting the Musee National. The museum features primarily ethnographic collections, such as clay pottery, basket making and weaving exhibits, regional costumes, including the Mossi Chief's regalia and ancestral statutes of the Bobo, Mossi, Lobi and Gourounsi people.

Return to your hotel for dinner and relaxation.

Day 9: OUAGADOUGOU - DOGON VALLEY

After breakfast, continue your journey to Bandiagara, the entrance to the Dogon Valley. Explore stone and mud villages built on top, alongside and at the base of a 150-kilometer escarpment. Dogon Valley features a stunning landscape called "the Falaise," which comprises of Cliffside houses, granaries, altars, sanctuaries and "Togu Na" (communal meeting places). Several age-old social traditions live on in the region, which include masks, feasts, rituals, and ceremonies involving ancestral worships. The geological, archaeological, ethnographical and ethnological richness of the area, together with the architecture and landscape, make Dogon Valley one of West Africa's most impressive sites.

Continue to your hotel for dinner and relaxation.

Day 10: DOGON - MOPTI

After breakfast, continue your journey early in the morning to Mopti. Known as the crossroads of Mali. Mopti is where the people of Mali, namely the Bamana, Songhai, Fula, Tuareg, Moor, Bozo and Dogon cohabitates.

Upon arrival in Mopti take a break and enjoy lunch.

Undertake a tour of the city of Mopti, which includes Mopti's Grande Marche, Petit Marche, bustling harbour and fish markets. You will find yourself exposed to variety of items including earthenware pottery and calabashes.

Also visit the Grand Mosque and a close-by old town with its narrow pedestrian streets and gray banco houses.

Continue to your hotel for dinner and relaxation.

Day 11: MOPTI - DJENNE

Depart early in the morning to visit Djenne and take a tour of the ancient city that dates back to 800 AD and is unquestionably the most beautiful in all the Sahel. After crossing the Bani River on a barge to arrive in Djenne, visit beautiful two story mud houses featuring Sudanese architecture and the Grande Mosque, the largest and oldest in the Sahel. This architectural masterpiece is said to hold 5000 people and the building's rounded facade is dominated by three towers each eleven meters high and topped with an ostrich egg. Visit the weekly market (on Mondays only) to witness the colourful spectacle as traders from throughout the region spread out their wares for sale in the same manner described by the French explorer Rene Caillie in his findings.

Return to Mopti for dinner and relaxation at the hotel.

Day 12: MOPTI - TIMBUKTU

Depart early in the morning by flight to discover the ancient city of Timbuktu.

Upon arrival, you will be picked up at the Airport and continue to explore the city that is best known as the first centre of learning for mankind. Experience its impressive history and unique architecture.

Take a break and enjoy lunch.

After lunch, make a stop at the local mosques, the explorers' houses and the market. Visit the Ethnological Museum, which holds a collection of ancient books on religion, science, history and mathematics.

End today's tour with an excursion into the desert for an evening camel ride led by the local Tuaregs.

Continue to your hotel for dinner and relaxation.

Day 13: TIMBUKTU - BAMAKO

After Breakfast, depart Timbuktu for Bamako by flight.

Upon arrival, you will be picked up and continue to take a tour of the capital of Mali, Bamako. Visit the National Museum to see the beautiful artefacts on display, including tools used in forging and weaving. Other museum highlights include the stylized antelope mask of Bamana, various Senoufo statues and, of course, the world-renowned antique Dogon sculptures. Visit the Point G, where you will have a panoramic view of the city and cliff dwellings featuring old rock paintings. The Artisan Centre houses an abundance of shops and stalls selling crafts and ornaments such as leatherwork, fabric, silverware, masks, carvings and bronze figurines. There are also the artisan's workshop where you can watch woodcarvers, silversmiths, drum makers and other crafts men at work.

Continue to the hotel for dinner and relaxation.

Day 14: BAMAKO - COTONOU, BENIN

After breakfast depart by flight to Cotonou, Benin.

Upon arrival at the Airport, you will picked up and continue to explore the city of Cotonou to have a panoramic view of the many statues and monuments of Benin's luring administrative and commercial capital.

Continue to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 15: COTONOU - GANVIE - OUIDAH

Take a sensational visit today to Ganvie by motorized canoe, a village built over water knowingly referred to as the "Venice of West Africa". Treat yourself with a first-hand experience as the people of Ganvie carry out their daily routines in their dugout canoes filled with earthen wares, groceries, working tools, animals and any other livelihood materials you could think of, while trading with one another and transacting business with tourists. You will definitely enjoy shopping on the floating market and taking a relaxing canoe ride to explore the village, which came about as a result of escaping slavery during the slave trade era in Benin. The village is over 300 years old.

Take a lunch break at the MB hotel.

Return by canoe and continue your journey to Ouidah, the cradle of African traditional religion.

Arrive at the hotel for dinner and relaxation.

Do not forget to take photos of the spectacular sunset.

Day 16: OUIDAH - ABOMEY

After breakfast, take a tour the temple dedicated to the sacred python, which gives vitality and protection, and visits the sacred forest which houses many shrines dedicated to various gods. Visit the Port of No Return, which commemorates Africans that were taken from the Dahomey Empire during the slave trade some 300 years ago.

Take a break to enjoy lunch. Continue your journey north to Abomey, the historical capital of the kingdom of Dahomey. Visit the Royal Palace and its museum, featuring relics that tell the story of centuries-old Kingdom of Abomey.

Check-in at your hotel for a refreshing lunch. After lunch, discover more of Abomey and visit the Benhazin Monument, located at the east entrance of the city.

Visit the craft centre next to the museum or some of the smart art galleries in town.

Also visit the archaeological park of Agongointo, located about 10 km outside Abomey. The park shows casts of the remnants of underground human settlements in the 16th century during times of war.

Return to your hotel for dinner and relaxation.

Day 17: ABOMEY - SOKODE

After breakfast, Visit some of the extra-ordinary voodoo temples which are found in the city and depart for Sokode in Togo.

Check-in at your hotel upon arrival and spend the rest of the day exploring this traditional African town of fifty thousand inhabitants.

In the evening, attend the traditional fire dance. The indigenes of Sokode believe that some people cannot be hurt by fire because they have received the gift of the ancestors, which they prove during a traditional and spectacular fire dance.

(This has to be discussed with the driver in advance before arrival).

Day 18: SOKODE - TAMBERMA VALLEY (KOUTAMMAKOU) - SOKODE

Enjoy an early breakfast and depart to the Koutammakou region, home to the Batammariba people whose remarkable mud Takienta (tower-houses) have come to be seen as a symbol of Togo.

Along the way, visit the Sarakawa Park a moment of wildlife adventure.

Arrive in the Koutammakou region, an eloquent testimony to the strength of the spiritual connection between people and landscape, manifested in the harmony between the Batammariba and their natural surroundings.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and find your way back to Sokode.

Proceed to your hotel for dinner and relaxation.

Day 19: SOKODE - LOME

Take an early morning departure to Lome.

Make a stopover in Atakpame to visit this charming colonial town situated on top of seven hills.

Arrival in Lome and check-in at your hotel for lunch.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure and relax at hotel or take a walk along the beautiful beach.

Do not forget to take photos of the spectacular sunset.

Day 20: LOME - ACCRA

After breakfast, take a city tour of Lome and visit the Grand Marche de Asigame, Marche des Feticheurs, Musee National and Place de I' Independence.

Enjoy an early lunch at local restaurant depart on a scenic drive through the coastal plains of the Volta Region to Accra.

Upon arrival, undertake a last minute shopping and proceed to the airport, where the driver will drop you off for check-in and departure.

Spontaneous stops based on client's interests for photography or a quick scenic gaze during the tour is allowed.

There is a possibility of witnessing a naming ceremony, join a church service or witness a funeral ceremony while tour is in session.

Cancellation Policy

Worlanyo Tours' cancellation policy is applied as follows:
Cancellations made 60 days or more prior to the start of the tour will be charged cancellation fee of 15% of the tour cost.
Cancellations made 45 to 30 days prior to the start to the tour will be charged cancellation fee of 20% of the tour cost.
Cancellations made 25 to 15 days prior to the start to the tour will be charged cancellation fee of 25% of the tour cost.
Cancellations made 15 days or less prior to the start of the tour will be charged cancellation of 100%, meaning no refund.

Trip cancellation insurance is recommended.

Domestic flight tickets are non-refundable when alternate (land) arrangements are made.

No-Shows, late arrivals, voluntary changes or cancellations by travelers of tour days or services during a tour are non-refundable. Cancellation Insurance Is recommended.

Prior to the start of the tour, Worlanyo Tours reserves the right to cancel a tour, and will provide a full refund of all payments. Worlanyo Tours has never cancelled a tour but would do so at Its sole discretion should travelers' safety be of concern. Worlanyo Tours is not responsible for expenses Incurred by travelers in preparing for a trip which is eventually cancelled.

Once travelers are at the destination in Africa, Worlanyo Tours will provide comparable alternate tour arrangements if the cancellation of a particular tour is deemed necessary. Should travelers elect not to accept these alternate arrangements, this will constitute voluntary refusal of services, and no refunds will be given.

Pro-rata refunds will be made if alternate arrangements are not comparable to the original tour services, Please note: Domestic flights may be replaced by ground transportation, if the domestic flight schedule renders flights impossible within the constraints of a tour and/or the tour dates; In this case, the missed flights ac non-refundable as the ticket price will be used to make alternate land arrangements

Worlanyo Tours prices are stated in U.S. Dollars (USD), and are subject to change until a tour deposit is received. Prices do not include international travel to/from Africa, passport fees, entry visa fees, excess baggage charges, airport taxes, immunization or other medical fees, non-specified meals, alcoholic or other beverages, insurance, tips for tour staff, laundry and other personal expenses.

20 Days Heritage and Historical tour of Ghana, Burkina, Mali, Benin and Togo

From USD 5940 - based on one person

Take this tour with a friend or friends to share the cost

This tour could be done by public transport as well, with the aid of a tour guide, for low budget tourists.

highlights

cost includes
  • Round trip Airport transfer
  • 19 day 4x4 comfortable car rental with English and French speaking driver
  • Fuel and toll
  • 3 one-way domestic flight tickets
  • Driver's allowance
  • 19 days Accommodation with Breakfast
COST EXCLUDES:
  • Food
  • Beverages
  • Drinks
  • Souvenirs and other personal expenses
  • Tour activities and excursions
  • Gratitudes (Optional)
  • Travel insurance (recommended)

Total Price per person-

$5940