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Pre-Christmas holiday in Zanzibar, 29.11-08.12.2024, group with guide

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Zanzibar, Tanzania
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Duration

10 дни

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

70 people

Languages

Bulgarian

About this tour

Enrolment Conditions:
  • Deposit of 900 BGN per tourist upon reservation
  • Supplement up to 30 days before departure.
Cancellation Policy:
  • up to 60 days before the departure date no penalty is due – the amount is refunded by the TOUR OPERATOR
  • from 59 to 31 days before the departure date, a penalty is due to the TOUR OPERATOR – the deposit paid;
  • 30 days prior to the date of travel, a penalty of 100% of the total cost of the trip is payable to the TOUR OPERATOR;
  • Name change up to 10 days before travel without penalty.
  • In case of cancellation of the trip by the TO, the amount will be refunded within 14 days from the day of cancellation;
  • In the event of inability to travel due to a ban or restrictions as a result of an epidemiological situation related to COVID 19, a full refund will be made within 14 days of the departure date.
  • In the event that the USER voluntarily cancels his/her trip, during its duration, all additional costs, including transportation costs, shall be at his/her own expense.
Additional excursions
Additionally, for your security, we recommend taking out cancellation insurance at an additional cost.
Terms and conditions for trip cancellation insurance including trip cancellation due to COVID-19:
  • Reimbursement of costs incurred in the event of cancellation of a booked trip;
  • If the insured person falls ill with COVID-19 or is quarantined due to suspected illness and therefore has to cancel a planned trip, the insurance covers the reimbursement of the trip cancellation costs.
  • The illness of a spouse or close relative who is not traveling is also considered cause for trip cancellation, provided the person has a life-threatening condition due to COVID-19 and requires intensive care in a hospital.
What is not covered by insurance?
  • Events that are caused intentionally or through gross negligence of the insured;
  • Suicide attempt or suicide;
  • Events in the insured’s health that have occurred or are expected to occur at the time the insurance is taken out or the journey begins;
  • Events that the insured suffers as a result of alcohol, drugs, medication or due to a delay in prescribed therapy;
  • Events that are mediately or directly related to riots, warfare, terror of any kind, natural disasters, environmental influences, earthquakes;

For more information about the included insurances, please contact us!

Flight schedule:
FZ1758 29NOV Sofia-Dubai 1425 2125
FZ1259 30NOV Dubai-Zanzibar 0230 0700
FZ1688 07DEC Zanzibar-Dubai 2220 0455+1
FZ1757 08DEC Dubai-Sofia 0940 1325
Carrier:Turkish Airlines
The flight schedule is in local time.
Time difference during the trip between Bulgaria and Tanzania: NONE
Documents required:
  • International passport with a minimum validity of 6 months after the date of return.
  • For children under 18 travelling with or without one parent, notarization by one or both parents!
Travel for persons with reduced mobility: travel is generally NOT suitable for persons with reduced mobility.
Remarks:
  • Travel is without mandatory medical immunization requirements.
  • The price of the trip is calculated at the exchange rate of USD 1 = BGN 1.82. In the event of an increase or decrease in the exchange rate within 5%, the agency reserves the right to recalculate the prices quoted at the exchange rate at the time of final payment.
  • The replacement of the above-mentioned hotels with similar hotels of the same category is not considered a significant change to the programme.
  • To enter Tanzania you need: completed visa application forms (provided by the tour operator).
Additional tours:

Stone Town
– includes a guide and transfer to Stone Town. The tour can be tailored to the preferences of the tourists. Duration – 4 hours, can be extended on request
A maze of narrow streets, crooked passages and dilapidated houses with overhanging balconies, Stone Town is so named for the coral limestone used to build it. Arab merchants built houses here after amassing fortunes through trade in gold, ivory, cloves and – most lucrative and most terrifying – the slave trade destined for the whole world. The slave market and slave quarters are open to the public for an additional fee ($5 per person). Slavery was abolished in 1897, and with the change in trading patterns as punishment, the town began to decline. Today, a 19th-century African church stands on the site of the old slave market, and the main altar was built where the infamous pillar once stood in an attempt at cleansing and forgiveness.
The Persians first discovered the island in the 8th century, and in the 17th century the Ottomans followed in their footsteps, establishing an empire in East Africa. In 1840, the Sultan of Oman moved here and made the city his capital. A little later, in 1861, Zanzibar became an independent sultanate and the city a cosmopolitan one, populated by Arabs, Africans, Indians and Europeans.
The House of Wonders (Beit el-Ajaib) is one of the most important symbols of the city. It was built in honour of Sultan Bargaş by a naval engineer and enjoys extremely interesting architecture. It is also the first and only house with electricity in Zanzibar. That’s why the locals became afraid of it and called it “the house of wonders”. The building has been declared a national treasure and currently houses the National Museum, open to visitors since 2002 /Photography is available for an additional fee/. The House of Wonders had been through a lot of turmoil, bombed and partially destroyed, until its restoration in 2002. It even had the honor of hosting explorer David
Livingstone
who stayed there in 1866 before his last expedition to Africa. Unfortunately it has been under renovation for a few years – so it is only visible from the outside. Another coastal palace, Beit al-Sahel, is also a museum dedicated to the Zanzibari royal family. A network of narrow streets, flanked by large wooden gates, carved in relief with brass nails, runs from the waterfront. Most of the buildings date from the 19th century, but the Old Fort – now a cultural and entertainment centre – was built by the Ottomans in the 17th. The Stone Town is also home to Freddie Mercury.
About 2-2.5 hours are needed for the tour, during which time souvenirs and spices can be bought. Tourists wait and move in a group. Then follows a 1-hour break – free time, whoever wishes can refresh or dine on local cuisine at Africa House Caffe – a colonial men’s club, where to enjoy a spectacular view of the ocean and the spirit of the colonial era.
Spice plantations – half-day tour, incl. transport, guide, entrance
The history of Zanzibar would not be complete without mentioning the spices – cloves, cinnamon, pepper and many others, bought by the sultans of Oman and one of the reasons for the beginning of the slave trade. You can see the spice plantations next to Zanzibar City and join a tour that will overwhelm your senses with the aromas of the fresh herbs. During the tour you will get a detailed description of a variety of spices, as well as their applications in culinary art and cosmetics. Visitors will be impressed both by the huge variety of spices that are produced and by their healing properties, helping to cure various ailments. On the spot, in the plantations, you can buy cheaper spices and their derived oils.
This ominous name is not at all in keeping with the beauty and tranquillity that flow on the gables around this island. The island inherits its name from the times when rebels who dared to rise up against the Sultan’s rule were sent here and almost immediately sold into slavery. When it became a British colony, the prison island became a quarantine stop for suspected yellow fever for the entire East African region. Part of the built inpatient unit has now been converted into a boutique hotel for booking, for which there is a wait of months.
More interesting, however, are today’s hosts on the island – the Seychelles tortoises. In 1919, the British Governor of the Seychelles sent four giant tortoises, about 20-30 years old, as a gift to the Sultan. Apparently the climate took so well to them that after twenty years their number grew considerably and reached 200. After their uncontrolled use by humans, numbers dropped dramatically and urgent government measures were needed to conserve the population. Today you can see turtles of 150 years old, weighing 200 kg. You can scratch and feed them. And take pictures with them of course.
Equipment should be as for the beach.
Safari Blue, Gulf
Menai
– full day tour with lunch included
A full day on an Arabian dhow amid turquoise waters. After a short journey you stop on a strip of sand in the middle of the ocean, the so-called sand spit,
Kwale
where shady awnings are prepared for a pleasant relaxation with tasting of tropical fruits. Opportunity to snorkel or swim and take lots of photos.Unfortunately. the reef has started to molt due to human interference… Next stop – the mangrove lagoon where you can swim. Then a huge 500 year old boab awaits you. And just before you get hungry – you go to the blue lagoon, where a delicious lunch of grilled seafood is cooked – lobsters, crabs, shrimps, fish, squid. If you don’t like seafood, the alternative is chicken or a vegetarian menu on request. And because the ocean never stops moving – during the day the boat catches up by walking through the water. It’s hard to predict the distances that need to be “traversed” in the water. It would be more convenient to wear water shoes – against a possible encounter with a sea urchin.
Equipment should be as for the beach.

Yozani Forest Reserve
– half-day tour, incl. transport, guide, entrance
Located in eastern Zanzibar, it is home to the Red Colobus Monkey, which is found only in Zanzibar. The monkeys are full of spirit and character and are free in their natural habitat. You can see them up close and just outside the reserve. They’re very photogenic and if they’re in the mood, they can endlessly banter with you and pose. In the reserve you can also see other animal species such as the Sykes monkey, small antelopes, wild pigs and over 50 species of butterflies and 40 species of birds. It is said that the secretive Zanzibar leopard (last seen years ago) feeds in the reserve at night – perhaps this is why the reserve only receives visitors during the day!? Yozani Reserve has an excellent network of nature trails, and the guides are professionals who will provide you with comprehensive information about the diversity of animal species around. The walk through the mangrove forest is also impressive and refreshing, a wonderful scene for exotic photos.
It is better to wear long sleeves and legs.
Rock restaurant
The Rock Restaurant is undoubtedly the most famous restaurant in Zanzibar. Pre-booking is required. The restaurant is built on a large rock in the ocean. At low tide you can walk from the beach to the restaurant, and at high tide you can get back on the boat. The view is amazing and the restaurant serves delicious food and refreshing drinks. Of course – consumption is paid on the spot. Since there is no electricity, the restaurant closes at 20:00.
North Coast
Kendowa
&
Nungwi
– half day tour
The north is the centre of the building of local dhow boats. During the trip you will see local villages, fish markets, typical workshops. The first stop is Kendova beach, which together with Nungwi rivals for the title of the most beautiful beach in Zanzibar. Apart from walking, swimming and lounging, the beach is an ideal place to buy souvenirs and haggle with local vendors. And of course for drinking 1-2-3 beers Kilimandjaro ( If you can not go to Kilimandjaro you can drink it 😉
If you wish, you can also visit Nungwi’s turtle sanctuary, the Baraka Natural Aquarium, where sick turtles are treated before being released back into their natural habitat. Nungwi village itself reveals idyllic views of mums cooking bent over the hearth, smiling children squatting and playing around them. Those who wish can bathe with the turtles in their natural habitat.
Entrance to the reserve – 10 USD per person.
Equipment should be as for the beach.
Snorkeling on Mnemba Island – half day tour
Located 3 km. northeast of Unguja ( Zanzibar) is the private island of Mnemba, which is 500 m. in diameter and is surrounded by a coral reef, declared a marine reserve. The only visitors on the island are guests of the private complex, who pay per night between 1100-1660 USD per person. Those who are not guests of the complex can approach within 200 m. from the shore. According to yellow sources – the owner of the island is Bill Gates himself.
Endangered green turtles, protected and monitored since 1996, nest on the island (February to September). Besides turtles, you can see humpback whales ( from July to September), whale sharks ( the largest fish in the world, reaches 15 m, feeds on plankton), three species of dolphins, over 600 species of coral fish,
Equipment should be as for the beach.
One day safari in Mikumi Game Reserve
The National
Mikumi Park
bordering the game reserve “
Selous Game
Reserve” (from the north). It is the fourth largest in Tanzania after Serengeti, Katavi and Mkomazi. The landscape of the park is comparable to that of the Serengeti. The low vegetation of the savanna is a diversity of acacias, baobabs and tamarinds. In the park you can see giraffes, elephants, zebras, antelopes (impala, kudu, black antelope), hippos, bison, lions, even sometimes a leopard. Over 440 species of birds nest in the park.
The one-day excursion starts early in the morning, with a transfer from the hotel to the airport around 0515h. The flight from Zanzibar departs around 0700hrs. and landed on the runway in Mikumi Reserve around 0810h. A driver/guide will meet you and inform you about the photo safari.
A photo-safari in modified 4×4 vehicles will follow, allowing you to see and photograph the animals up close. About 1200hrs. you’ll stop for a break and a picnic lunch somewhere in the shade. After lunch you will continue with the photo safari until about 1500hrs.
At 1530 hours. you will be transferred back to the airport for your 1600h flight. to Zanzibar. At 1710 hours. you land in Zanzibar, where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

Highlights

  • Flight from Sofia
  • Date: 29.11.2024

Included/Excluded

  • Air tickets including airport taxes on the route Sofia-Istanbul-Zanzibar-Istanbul-Sofia with checked baggage up to 2 pieces x 20 kg and 1 piece up to 8 kg hand luggage per person.
  • All airport-hotel-airport transfers
  • 7 nights All Inclusive (except where otherwise stated)
  • Fuel charges
  • Free WiFi internet in the hotels.
  • Medical insurance with 10 000 euro coverage per person
  • On-site welcome by a representative of the partner company in Zanzibar
  • Guide/interpreter from the tour operator during the trip
  • Visa for Tanzania - 50$ (issued on arrival, the agency prepares the documents)
  • Additional excursions to Zanzibar Island, requested from Bulgaria.
  • Government fee of $5 per person per night, payable at reception prior to check-out
  • Personal expenses on site

Itinerary

Sofia - Dubai - Zanzibar
Meeting at Sofia Airport, Terminal 2 at 12:00. Departure from Sofia to Zanzibar on a scheduled Fly Dubai flight via Dubai at 14:25 Arrival in Dubai 21:25. Overnight at the airport.

Departure from Dubai to Zanzibar at 02:30. Arrival in Zanzibar at 07:00. Meet and greet at Zanzibar airport by a representative of the local tour operator and transfer to the hotel. Check-in after 13:00. or earlier if possible. Free time. Dinner. Overnight.

Free time for beach and relax or additional escorted tour if desired. See description and prices below. Overnight.

Breakfast. Release of rooms. Late check-out surcharge if available and upon request. Departure around 18:00 to the airport for the flight to Sofia via Dubai at 22:20.

Arrival in Dubai at 04:55h. Stay at the airport. Departure for Sofia at 09:40h. Arrival in Sofia at 13:25.

Durations

10 days

Езици

Bulgarian

Tour's Location

Zanzibar, Tanzania

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