6 Days Cultural Zanzibar
The beaches in Zanzibar are a paradise, interspersed with picturesque fishing villages, where the people live a simple way of life, unchanged over the years. There are more than 25 fantastic beaches in Zanzibar, and some are so peaceful and remote that the only noise breaking the silence is likely to be the ocean.
Day 1: Stonetown
Pick up from Zanzibar Airport or harbor and driven to Stone Town Hotel. You will have an overnight stay in Stone Town on your hotel of choice
Day 2: Full day at Stonetown
You will depart for a guided Town tour. This tour commences with a visit to Zanzibar’s colorful market. Alive with the buzz of locals bartering fresh vegetables and baskets of tropical fruit, amongst the heady smell of jackfruit (and many other exotic fruits) we continue on to the site of the cathedral built in 1874. The cathedral signifies a potent time in Zanzibar’s history and stands on the sight of a past slave market, its high alter standing on the exact site of the whipping post. Slavery was abolished in 1873 through a decree passed by the then sultan of Zanzibar.
From here we visit the residence of the late Sultan of Zanzibar, “Tip Tip House”, the Old Fort, “Peoples Palace” and the House of Wonders’, full of intrigue and vivid history from a bygone era. The tour ends with a stroll through the narrow streets of the old Stone Town, the heart of Zanzibar’s vivacious history with time for shopping. You will have free time in the afternoon for you to explore further on your own or to relax. In the evening, you will depart from the hotel for a sunset cruise along Stone Town waterfront. You will enjoy your dinner at a local restaurant and overnight stay at Stone town hotel.
Day 3: Zanzibar spice tour
You will depart from the hotel for a spice tour, this involves visiting the spices gardens to see different spices and to learn what they are about and how they are grown, their nature, uses and taste of some them right on spot depending on the season. In addition, it involves visits to the famous spices producing areas where you can see medicinal, cosmetics, ornamental plants and herbs. Most of the interesting items are cloves, nutmeg, rambutan, lipstick, iodine plant, lemon grass, vanilla, and henna, shampoo plant etc. You will have the unique opportunity to purchase these exclusive spices straight from the source.
Finally you will visit the Kidichi Persian Baths that were built by the first Sultan of Zanzibar name Sultan Said Baraghash Bin Said in 1880, which were built especially for housing 99 of his harem. Lunch is included. After lunch, you will be transferred to the beach hotel on the East Coast. Accommodation on half board basis is included.
Day 4-5: Leisure / Zanzibar Beaches
Spend your days at leisure on the beaches of the East Coast or at the resort’s swimming pool. Scuba diving or diving courses for the beginners are available (at additional cost) at most of the beach resorts in Zanzibar. Accommodation on half basis included.
Day 6: Goodbye Zanzibar
After breakfast transfer to the airport for flight back home.