Zanzibar is the islands of the spices, where merchants of the old world traded in cardamom, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla, and cloves. On this half-day tour, learn about the spice industry on the main island of Zanzibar, soak up the exotic aromas, and visit World Heritage–listed Stone Town, the historic old city center. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
After hotel pickup by your guide, you'll begin your discovery of what hides in the land of Zanzibar, learning about the origins of local spices, grown on a shamba (plantation).
In Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, get to know some of the culture and folklore of Zanzibar as you walk along the narrow streets where various traditions from East Africa come together. See the local fashion of dark fabrics and check out colonial sites that stand next to walls from the eras of sultans. Walk by landmarks such as the House of Wonders (Beit-el-Ajaib, a former palace of an early sultan), the Anglican Cathedral built on the site of the Old Slave Market, the Sultan’s Palace (Beit al-Sahel, now a museum), the Old Fort (Ngome Kongwe, built to defend against the Portuguese), the house where rock star Freddy Mercury was born, and a local market that sells fruit, vegetables, and fish. You'll also pass many shops, where you can purchase a variety of goods, from antiques and pictures to traditional clothing and crafts, if you wish.
Your tour ends with return to your pickup location.