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Africa’s Gold Coast: Ghana to Senegal

April 18 - May 03, 2025
Length: 16 days
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Cruise along West Africa’s coast, featuring some of the continent’s most attractive places, and experience a myriad-hued mosaic of cultures, landscapes, and ancient wilderness with sensational richness and diversity.

Operated by Thalassa Journeys

Tour Highlights

  • Cruise aboard the Swan Hellenic Diana, enjoying the ship’s elegant facilities.
  • In Accra, visit the fine collections of the National Museum of Ghana and spend time browsing the shops and stalls of Accra’s justly famous crafts market.
  • Visit the Cape Coast Castle and museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Explore the extensive rainforest in Kakum National Park and encounter a marvelous diversity of wildlife.
  • Experience the craft markets where marvelously colorful textiles and other handicrafts are offered for sale by local merchants along the trip.
  • Visit the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Sierra Leone.
  • Spend two days exploring the Bijagos Archipelago, a cluster of 88 pristine and seldom visited islands, of which only 23 are inhabited. Their impressive biodiversity and abundant flora and fauna have been recognized as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.<
  • In Gambia, travel to the Abuko Nature Reserve, one of the country’s last surviving examples of tropical riverine forests and visit Makasutu Culture Forest, a private nature habitat of beautiful woodlands and waterways.
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gorée Island and learn about its history and see its many monuments.
  • Travel with one of Cal Discoveries’ most popular lecturers, Vincent H. Resh, Professor of Environmental Science, Policy & Management.
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