7 Days Zanzibar Beach Holiday : Zanzibar is a fantastic island that exemplifies the Indian Ocean. This island exudes appeal, from its pristine beaches and eccentric boutique hotels to its friendly residents and the hustle and bustle of Stone Town. There is something for everyone and every type of traveler, from private islands off the coast to luxurious beach shacks. So a week (7 Days) in Zanzibar has it all: immaculate white sand beaches that stretch into shimmering blue waters, historical villages, colorful markets, rich Swahili coastal culture, and an amazing mood. We strongly advise that if you are planning a Tanzania safari, you do not leave the nation without leaving your mark on this magnificent island. Here is our Ultimate 7 days Zanzibar Travel Guide, which includes a breakdown of everything you need to know to plan the perfect Zanzibar vacation.
GETTING TO ZANZIBAR FOR 7 DAYS BEACH HOLIDAY
We recommend flying straight or via airlines that offer convenient connections from the country you are departing from. If you are already in Tanzania, you can take a quick 30-minute trip from the mainland to Zanzibar via Dar es Salaam airport.
You can also take the ferry from Sokoine Drive to Zanzibar, which arrives immediately in Stone Town and takes around 2–3 hours to reach. Azam Marine-Kilimanjaro Swift Ferries is the main ferry operator, and they are normally quite reliable and swift. There are four ferries per day in each direction, departing at 07.00am, 09.30am, 12.00pm, and 16.00pm.
The Zanzibar ferry can get very crowded, so it’s best to purchase your ticket ahead of time. You can book your tickets online, at the Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar ferry terminals, or through an authorized agency (but do not buy from someone on the street claiming to be an agent).
ITINERARY: 7 DAYS ZANZIBAR BEACH HOLIDAY
Day 1: Arrival
Hello and welcome to Zanzibar! Your driver will meet you at Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ) or any other point of entry on the island. You all ride together to the Antonio Garden Hotel. After you have checked in, the remainder of the day is yours to spend touring or resting.
Day 2: Stone town and Prison Island Tour
Good morning. It is 9:00 a.m., and today you will explore Stone Town, Zanzibar City’s historic heart. You will thus get the opportunity to discover one of the island’s most historically, culturally, and architecturally significant areas, with centuries of history!
To begin your tour, you will learn about Zanzibar’s former role in the worldwide slave trade and visit an ancient slave market. An Anglican church, which is part of this adventure, presently sits on its main plaza. You will also uncover a neighboring new market where you can get fresh fish, fruit, and spices, among other things. The Peace Memorial Museum, the House of Wonder (in Arabic: Beit-Al-Ajab), and the Old Arab Fort, as well as the Palace Museum and Livingstone House, are all worth seeing. Following lunch, you will drive to the Maruhubi Palace Ruins, which are located outside of the city center.
After returning to Stone Town, you will begin the day’s final excursion by boating to Prison Island, where you will see the centuries-old tortoises. After spending the day exploring Stone Town and its surroundings, you return to your hotel in the evening for supper and an overnight stay.
Day 3: Safari Blue
You leave your hotel after breakfast at 9:00 a.m., like you did the day before. You’re going on a safari blue today!
On a classic dhow (traditional sailing vessels used to sail the Indian Ocean), you spend the entire day sailing, snorkeling, and sunbathing. You will set sail from Fumba to explore Menai Bay, where you can frequently see dolphins. You can go snorkeling and discover the coral reefs after lowering anchor at Kwale Sandbank. A seafood BBQ with grilled fish, lobster, calamari, chicken, and coconut rice will be served on Kwale Island. To round out your sailing adventure, the boat will pass by a beautiful natural lagoon where you can swim. After that, return to the Antonio Garden Hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 4-6: The Spice Tour, Jozani Forest and Beach relaxation
After breakfast, you go from your accommodation for a “Spice Tour.” During this tour, you will learn about and sample tropical fruits and spices grown on farms. These plants are used not just for food but also as ornaments and medicines. If you leave enough time (about three hours), you will be able to visit both state-owned and privately-owned plantations.
You then proceed to Jozani Forest, which is located in the island’s center-south. You’ll see a variety of species, including red colobus monkeys, as you wander through the forest. In the late afternoon, you continue to Sahari Zanzibar, which is located near the beautiful sandy beaches of Paje in the island’s east.
These two days will be spent relaxing at Sahari Zanzibar’s beach and pool. You can enjoy snorkeling, kitesurfing, jet skiing, or simply walking around the hamlet. For your convenience, breakfast and dinner are included in your stay.
Day 7: Departure
You will check out of your hotel after a full night’s sleep and after having breakfast. If you have more activities planned, you can continue your personal vacation itinerary accordingly. Alternatively, your driver will take you to the harbor or airport at the proper time and transport you home. Have a safe journey!
You can add days to any of our Zanzibar trips to unwind on the pristine sandy beaches of Paje or Nungwi. Please let us know if you want to avoid any activities and just relax on the beach.
- All tour activities listed on the itinerary
- All transfers from or to the airport
- All accommodations include Lunch, dinner, and breakfast.
- Tours/Activities as per itinerary
- Experienced local guide
- International airfare and flights
- All items of a personal nature
- Airport departure tax
- Travel insurance
- Visa and passport fees
Kindly get in touch with us to know the price for this tour and to make a booking. Either a private expedition or joining a group are options for this 7 days Zanzibar holiday Tour. If you want to be a part of a group, send us your inquiry, and we’ll help you join a group. The same goes for those interested in a private tour!