We will rise early this morning to visit Stone Town in the coolest part of the day. Amongst the winding alleyways, you will visit the House of Wonders, a palace built in the 1880s that has since housed the headquarters of the colonial administration. We will also learn more about the island's tainted history as a slave and ivory trading capital.
After our morning tour, we will make our way to Zuri Zanizbar to relax on the beach for two days. Take your pick of activities including boating, snorkeling or diving. We will be more than happy to help you arrange everything in advance - we can even organize for you to ride your very own dhow!If lazing about is the order of the day, there are few better places on earth to relax as the pristine beaches of Zanzibar, whether hanging out on a comfy lounge chair with a good book or swaying in a hammock under a palm tree.
Meet up at the bar before dinner for a drink and casual talk by our academic host Adam Tooze who will paint the historical backdrop of this island—from the Age of Exploration when the Portuguese Empire was the first European power to gain control of Zanzibar to the country falling into the hands of the Sultanate of Oman, to the Arab slave trade, to the British Empire, to the Zanzibar Revolution all the way to today. Adam’s talks will inform our understanding of the culture and architecture all around us.
We will tuck into dinner as a group after our first beachside history lesson. Once at Zuri, all meals will be served at the hotel and are included. You’ll have no reason to want to venture elsewhere: the ingredients from the local garden make each dish a delicacy.
ZURI ZANZIBAR HOTEL & RESORT (B, L, D)