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Leave the hustle of the city behind and venture to the archipelago of Zanzibar. Walk the path where sultans, slaves, and explorers once set foot and meander through Stone Town, a UNESCO Word Heritage Site. Explore the spice plantations to learn about the history of the island and the slave-trade era.
Set sail to Zanzibar Island and admire its coast from the waters of the Indian Ocean. Take a tour of Stone Town, following in the footsteps of sultans, slaves, and explorers who once walked this same trail. Your guide explains Zanzibar’s complex history while you tour historic buildings, including the House of Wonders, the tallest in town; the Palace Museum, built to serve as the Sultan’s family residence; and the Arab Fort, to name just a few.
Walk through Zanzibar’s alleyways connecting markets, mosques, and cathedrals before making your way to the spice plantations. Savor the fragrant aromas of a variety of spices farmed in the local plantations, including vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, and clove trees, the “gold of Zanzibar”—which were introduced in 1818 and quickly became the island’s main trade. Your guide explains how these spices sparked the slave trade in the area and brought Sultans from Oman to Zanzibar.
Learn about the different varieties of spices as well as their uses in cooking and cosmetics before taking a trip to Maruhbal Palace, built by Sultan Barghash in 1880 to house his harem.