West Africa Cruise - Accra to Marrakech

Marine, Accra to Marrakech

Tour description provided by G Adventures

From the M/S Expedition, you’ll get the chance to explore one of Africa’s most vibrant (and curiously underexplored) regions from a hotel that goes wherever you do. The second leg of the 32-day West Africa Cruise, this 17-day trip focuses prominently on the roots of the West African slave trade with numerous chances for cultural and natural interaction in port cities and nature preserves along the coast. On-board activities range from open-air painting lessons on the deck to sommelier-led wine-tastings featuring top South African vintages.

What’s included

  • Hands-on: Fruit Distillery Visit, Banjul
  • - 2 night hotel accommodation (Accra and Marrakech) - 14 night's aboard the Expedition - Airport transfers (arrival and departure) - Shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary - Zodiac excursions with our expert expedition team - Lecture and educational programs with expedition team

Highlights

  • Learn the history of voodoo and the slave trade
  • Visit unesco world heritage sites
  • Observe wildlife up close
  • Explore local markets and colonial architecture in historic ports
  • Visit remote archipelagos via zodiac. interact with our expert expedition team while enjoying the comfort and cuisine of the g expedition.

Itinerary

Day 1 Accra Welcome to Accra! Arrive at any time and check into the hotel. Arrival transfer is included. Included Activities: Arrival Day Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 2 Accra (1B, 1D) Stop first at a casket-maker’s shop where caskets are carved to depict the beliefs, hobbies and life stories of the deceased. Later, visit a local school to interact with the children and staff before heading off to a local market, the national museum and the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum. Wildlife enthusiasts may choose to visit the Shai Game Reserve instead to view an abundance of wildlife. After the reserve, witness local bead-making and give it a try. Return to the port at Tema, where you will embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Included Activities: Casket Maker Shop Visit Local Village Visit Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum Visit Shai Game Reserve Visit Transport: Private Vehicle G Expedition
Day 3 Accra/Takoradi (1B, 1L, 1D) From the dock at the Ghanaian town of Takoradi, explore a region steeped in the sad history of the slave trade. A visit to Elmira Castle and Cape Coast Castle brings us face-to-face with the horrible conditions of the dungeons and quarters slaves inhabited while awaiting their fate. A visit to the West African Historical Museum is included in the visit to Cape Coast Castle. Included Activities: Elmina Castle and Cape Coast Castle Visit Transport: Private Vehicle G Expedition
Days 4-5 Takoradi/Abidjan A full day exploring Abidjan and Grand-Bassam, the colonial capital of the Ivory Coast. Enjoy stops at the Abidjan Plateau, French colonial district and costume museum. Lunch at Assoyam Beach. Included Activities: City Tour of Abidjan and Grand-Bassam Transport: Private Vehicle G Expedition
Day 5 Abidjan/Freetown (1B, 1L, 1D) The Expedition has ample public space in the lounge and library, join new friends in the ship’s popular pub. Alternatively, spend time relaxing on the ship’s deck or scanning the horizon with binoculars or a camera in search of seabirds and marine life. As always, high-end dining experiences will be enjoyed in the ship’s dining room. Transport: G Expedition
Days 7-8 Freetown Explore the city and the Tacagumu Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Stop first at the Sierra Leone National Museum, close to the famous Cotton Tree. A nearby war memorial may also be of considerable interest, rendering a sense of the extent to which this tragedy has been imprinted on the psyche of this city. Included Activities: Freetown City Tour Sierra Leone National Museum Visit Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary Visit Transport: Private Vehicle G Expedition
Day 8 Freetown/Banjul (1B, 1L, 1D) Spend the day at sea. Included Activities: Expedition Lectures and Educational Programs Transport: G Expedition
Day 9 Banjul/Dakar (1B, 1L, 1D) The Gambia is known for its abundant birdlife: over 500 species! Visit the Abuko Nature Reserve for a walk with our guides. Option to visit the museum of a local artist. Visit the Serrekunda market, one of Africa’s busiest, and a fruit distillery to learn about local liqueurs. Included Activities: Abuko Nature Reserve Visit Visit the Museum of a local artist Serrekunda Market Visit Fruit Distillery Visit Transport: Private Vehicle G Expedition
Day 10 Dakar (1B, 1L, 1D) Take the option to tour Bandia Park and explore the Senegal countryside. Or, visit the infamous slave-trading post of Gorée Island and learn about the history of the region and its importance to the slave trade. Lunch will be on land, after which there will be time to explore Dakar’s incredible markets, Great Mosque and colonial architecture before returning to the ship. Included Activities: Bandia Reserve Visit Gorée Island Visit IFAN Historical Museum visit Transport: Private Vehicle G Expedition
Days 11-12 Dakar/Dakhla Two days at sea. Included Activities: Expedition Lectures and Educational Programs Transport: G Expedition
Day 13 Dakhla (1B, 1L, 1D) Tranquil Dakhla is where the Sahara meets the sea. Venture into the desert across the beautiful landscape to the White Dune, look for flamingoes and enjoy a gala local lunch. Included Activities: Dakhla Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle G Expedition
Day 14 Dakhla/Fuerteventura Island (1B, 1L, 1D) Day spent at sea. Included Activities: Expedition Lectures and Educational Programs Transport: G Expedition
Day 15 Fuerteventura Island/Agadir (1B, 1L, 1D) Fuereventura is a mecca for those escaping the winter cold up to the north. The sea adjusts the temperature making the hot Sahara winds blow away from the island. It is also an island housing endemic insects and many bird species. Included Activities: Fuerteventura Island Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle G Expedition
Day 16 Agadir/Marrakech (1B, 1L, 1D) Visit the extraordinary Djemaa el Fna square—a human carnival filled with magicians, snake charmers, acrobats, water sellers and food stalls. Included Activities: Marrakech Medina Guided Walk Djemaa el Fna Market Square Visit Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 17 Marrakech (1B) After breakfast, depart for the airport and flights homeward. Departure transfer is included. Included Activities: Departure Day Transport: Private Vehicle
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