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Spices & Stone Town Tour in Zanzibar

By Bookings Central Tours & Safari
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Free cancellation available
5h
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Selective hotel pickup
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Highlights

  • Historic Stone Town—listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Chance to see house of Freddie Mercury, lead singer of Queen

  • House of Wonders, palace of Zanzibar's second sultan

  • Old marketplace filled with spice, jewellery & antique vendors

  • Christ Church, built of coral on former slave market site

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About this activity

What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    Guided tour of Stone Town

  • What's included

    Bottled water

  • What's included

    Return transport to and from your Zanzibar hotel

  • What's included

    Live tour commentary provided in English

  • What's excluded

    Entrance fees to House of Wonders and Christ Church

Cleaning and safety practices

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  • Masks required
  • Contactless tickets
  • Vehicles and venues disinfected

Know Before You Book

  • Children 2 years and younger are complimentary.

  • At least 2 people are required for this activity to take place.

  • A nominal surcharge for entrance to the House of Wonders and Christ Church is payable on the day of your activity.

  • Return transport is available from most Zanzibar hotels. Please arrange pickup from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.

  • Please be ready and waiting in your hotel lobby 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time.

What you can expect

Explore the narrow alleys and winding streets of Stone Town on this historic look at Zanzibar's oldest area. Check out spice bazaars and palaces, see where rock legend Freddie Mercury was raised, and pay a visit to a 19th-century church built atop the site of a former slave market.

Named because of its prevalent use of coral as a building material, Zanzibar's Stone Town is filled with dense roadways too small for most modern cars. Explore the area by foot with your guide, starting at the House of Wonders. Built as a palace for the second Sultan of Zanzibar, this modern-looking residence was the first building in Zanzibar to have electricity and the first in East Africa to have an lift. Check out the palatial exhibits inside and then continue on to uncover the hidden treasures elsewhere in Stone Town.

Pop by the first home of Freddie Mercury, rock legend and lead singer of Queen, snap photos of the weather-worn walls of the 17th-century Old Fort, used to defend the island from the Portuguese, and check out the Christ Church, whose coral stone walls were built atop the site of a former slave market. Before you head back to your hotel, make one final stop at a bustling market, where you can weave between spice vendors and antique dealers, letting the aroma of exotic foods lure you to new discoveries, tastes, and one-of-a-kind souvenirs.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

  • High-touch surfaces cleaned and disinfected
  • Vehicles and venues cleaned with disinfectants
  • Vehicles and venues kept vacant between travellers

Social distancing

  • Contactless ticket redemption
  • Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

  • Personal protective equipment worn by staff
  • Temperature checks given to staff
  • Temperature checks available
  • Masks required
  • Masks and gloves provided
  • Hand sanitizer provided
  • Individually wrapped food options available

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Location

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Activity Location

  • Kijichi
  • Kijichi
  • Zanzibar Zanzibar Central/South Region

Meeting/Redemption Point

  • Hotel Pickup
  • Zanzibar
  • Zanzibar Zanzibar Central/South Region
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