Zanzibar Food and Spices Tour Including Traditional Swahili Lunch
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Zanzibar has long been known as ‘Spice Island.’ This 4-hour, multisensory tour explores the island’s history in the spice trade. Take in the heady aromas and scents of spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, chilis, vanilla, saffron and curry. The island also cultivates pineapples, jackfruits, lemons, limes, oranges, pomelos, durians and coconuts. The tour offers an off-the-beaten-path tour to see a part of Zanzibar many travelers don’t witness. Meet your local guide at your Stone Town hotel, and then travel by air-conditioned minivan to a rural farming village. At a spice farm, learn about the history of Zanzibar’s relationship to spices and the spice trade. Taste seasonal spices and a variety of fresh fruits — weather permitting, you’ll even get to taste coconut straight from the tree!Next, meet a cassava farmer, who will demonstrate typical African farming techniques. Then, learn how to prepare a traditional sauce with coconut milk and cassava leaves during a hands-on cooking lesson in the farmer’s outdoor kitchen. After the lesson, taste your sauce along with a traditional Swahili lunch including spiced rice, bananas and farm-fresh local vegetables. At the end of the tour, you’ll head back to Stone Town.
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  • Varanasi, India , India
  • 2 days
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what to expect

Day 1: Varanasi Full Day City Tour
Begin the trip with a pickup from the airport, railway station, hotel or other desired place in Varanasi. After that, you will have a Full-day city tour of Varanasi visiting Mother India Temple (Bharat Mata Mandir), The only temple dedicated to Mother India built in 1918, has an unusual marble relief map of the Indian subcontinent inside. Visit Tulsi Manas Temple, this modern temple is dedicated to Lord Rama. Verses from Tulidas’s epic are inscribed on the walls. Visit Sankat Mochan Temple, This is a well known temple of Lord Hanuman also known as "Sankatmochan" the god who protects from the troubles. Visit Banaras Hindu University (BHU), The biggest campus University in Asia, established in 1916.

Later in the evening we enjoy rickshaw (Tricycle) ride passing through the busy streets and bazaars of Varanasi takes us to the holy river Ganges where we cruise to witness the ’Aarti’ ceremonies amidst hundreds of lighted candles and flower offerings. This beautiful ritual makes every moment of the evening period special and fills with the spiritual thoughts.

Overnight at a 4 star Hotel Rivatas By Ideal or similar.

Day 2: Varanasi Full Day City Tour
Pick up from your Hotel in Varanasi and and leave for early morning sunrise boat-ride on Ganges. Observing the early morning riverside rituals from a boat on the Ganges is a special experience. See people lost in prayer, washing themselves, doing the laundry. The cycle of life is laid bare in Varanasi and this is particularly evident on the cremation ghats. After boat ride a short walking tour of the back alleyways of the old city and have glimpse of the Holiest Temple of Hindus - Kashi Vishwanath dedicated to Lord Shiva. Drive Back to the Hotel for breakfast.

Later witness Silk Weaving Art of Varanasi, Varanasi is known throughout India for its production of very fine silk and Banarasi saris. Varanasi saris are adorned with intricate designs and zari embellishments making it popular during traditional functions and weddings. The city had flourished as the Textile capital of the region.

Lastly visit Sarnath, Set in a peaceful park of monastery ruins is the impressive 34m Dhamekh Stupa, which marks the spot where the Buddha preached his first sermon. The floral and geometric carvings are 5th century AD, but some of the brickwork dates back as far as 200 BC. Also visit Archaeological Museum, This fully modernized, 100-year-old sandstone museum houses wonderfully displayed ancient treasures such as the very well preserved 3rd-century BC lion capital from the Ashoka Pillar, which has been adopted as India’s national emblem, and a huge 2000-year- old stone umbrella, ornately carved with Buddhist symbols.
Note: Archaeological Museum in sarnath remain closed on every Friday.

Evening dropping back to hotel or your desired location in Varanasi.

inclusions and exclusions

  • Overnight accommodation at 4 star hotel on twin sharing
  • Breakfast in hotel of stay
  • Professional local tour guide
  • Transport by air-condition private vehicle
  • Entrance fees of monuments/museums
  • Morning and evening River cruise on Ganges
  • Rickshaw (Tricycle) ride 
  • Walking tour in old city
  • Bottled water
  • Private tour
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Anything not mentioned in Inclusions head
  • Your Hotel in Varanasi or Varanasi airport, Railway station or other desired place in Varanasi
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Cycle the city streets to absorb the local atmosphere
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Dress code - Temples is a sacred house of God and a place of daily worship. To preserving its sanctity and spiritual ambiance one must follow the below dress code within temple complex:
    Upper Wear: Must cover the shoulders, chest, navel, and upper arms
    Lower Wear: Must be at least below knee-length
    Remove footwear outside the temple. Socks are fine, you can keep wearing them.
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.