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Full-Day Stone Town and Prison Island Tour in Zanzibar provided by Cruzeiro Safaris

Full-Day Stone Town and Prison Island Tour in Zanzibar

Full-Day Stone Town and Prison Island Tour in Zanzibar
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Delve into the history of Stone Town, an atmospheric city that has served as the cultural heart of Zanzibar. Constructed from coral stone during the 19th and 20th centuries, it was later declared a World Heritage site. With your guide you'll also visit Changuu, aka Prison Island, once used to accommodate prisoners obtained from World War II and now home to giant tortoises.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • Meet your guide at your Zanzibar hotel for a 9am start, and begin your tour on a 3-hour walking tour of the UNESCO-listed Stone Town. Follow narrow streets lined with plastered buildings and elaborate Zanzibar doors, and find out how cultures from around the world blended in this coastal trading town. Pass some of Stone Town’s 49 mosques, historic Christian churches and Hindu temples, and see distinctive, two-story private homes. Visit the architectural highlights of the area, from The Old Fort to the towering House of Wonders. Pass the former Sultan’s Palace, a Roman Catholic cathedral, and the waterfront Old Dispensary. Board a motorized boat for Changuu, a picture-perfect tropical island with a tragic legacy of slave internment, prisons, and cholera. Take in white sandy beaches and a forest that’s filled with wildlife, and spot the slow-moving giant tortoises that roam the island. Finish the tour with return transfer to your hotel, arriving by early evening.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Meet your guide at your Zanzibar hotel for a 9am start, and begin your tour on a 3-hour walking tour of the UNESCO-listed Stone Town. Follow narrow streets lined with plastered buildings and elaborate Zanzibar doors, and find out how cultures from around the world blended in this coastal trading town. Pass some of Stone Town’s 49 mosques, historic Christian churches and Hindu temples, and see distinctive, two-story private homes. Visit the architectural highlights of the area, from The Old Fort to the towering House of Wonders. Pass the former Sultan’s Palace, a Roman Catholic cathedral, and the waterfront Old Dispensary. Board a motorized boat for Changuu, a picture-perfect tropical island with a tragic legacy of slave internment, prisons, and cholera. Take in white sandy beaches and a forest that’s filled with wildlife, and spot the slow-moving giant tortoises that roam the island. Finish the tour with return transfer to your hotel, arriving by early evening.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 10067P17
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • All activities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Prison Island - Changuu Private Island
Exclusions
  • Drinks
  • Lunch (meals range from USD $15-30)
  • Gratuities
Duration
3–4 hours
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • To avoid delays, please make sure you have selected the correct hotel, otherwise you will be asked to pay the difference upon pickup in cash
  • Please verify your hotel in the list below and select your package according to your hotel location: STONE TOWN HOTELS: Al Johari Hotel, Asmini Palace Hotel, Dhow Palace, Khole House, Kisiwa House, Maru Maru Hotel, Mashariki Palace, Park Hyatt, Tembo House, The Swahili House, The Zanzibar Grand Palace, Zanzibar Palace, Zanzibar Serena Inn, Africa House, Tausi Palace Hotel, Hiliki house, Double Tree by Hilton (stone town) NORTH HOTELS: African View, Amaan Bungalows, Diamond Gemma Del Est, Diamond Star of the East, Double Tree by Hilton Nungwi, Essque Zalu Zanzibar, Flame Tree Cottages, Gold Zanzibar, Hideaway of Nungwi, Kilindi, Nungwi Inn, Ras Nungwi, Royal Zanzibar, Tanzanite Beach Resort, The Z Hotel, The Zanzibari, Mnarani, Sun Set Kendwa NORTH EAST HOTELS: Bluebay Beach resorts, Che Che Vule, Dream Of Zanzibar, Kasha Boutique Hotel, Mapenzi Beach, Matemwe Beach House, Matemwe Logde, Matemwe Retreat, Melia Zanzibar, Neptune Pwani Beach Hotel, Ocean Paradise, Shooting Star, Sultan Sands, Villa Kiva, Azanzi SOUTH HOTELS: Swahili Beach Resorts, Karamba Beach Resorts, Unguja Lodge, Breezes Beach Club, Baraza, Arabian Nights, Arabian Nights Annex, Casa Del Mar, Kichanga Lodge, Dongwe Ocean View, The Palm, Bahari View Lodge, Spice Island Hotel, Ras Michamvi, The Residence, Karafuu Beach Resort, Kisiwa on the Beach, Konokono, Sea View Boutique, Dhow Inn CENTRAL HOTELS: Tamarind Hotel, Pongwe Beach Hotel, Pongwe Bay, Uroa Bay FUMBA & MANGAPWANI HOTELS: Fumba beach lodge, Sea Cliff Resort & Spa, Hakuna Matata
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Inclusions
  • All activities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Prison Island - Changuu Private Island
Exclusions
  • Drinks
  • Lunch (meals range from USD $15-30)
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
3–4 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • To avoid delays, please make sure you have selected the correct hotel, otherwise you will be asked to pay the difference upon pickup in cash
  • Please verify your hotel in the list below and select your package according to your hotel location: STONE TOWN HOTELS: Al Johari Hotel, Asmini Palace Hotel, Dhow Palace, Khole House, Kisiwa House, Maru Maru Hotel, Mashariki Palace, Park Hyatt, Tembo House, The Swahili House, The Zanzibar Grand Palace, Zanzibar Palace, Zanzibar Serena Inn, Africa House, Tausi Palace Hotel, Hiliki house, Double Tree by Hilton (stone town) NORTH HOTELS: African View, Amaan Bungalows, Diamond Gemma Del Est, Diamond Star of the East, Double Tree by Hilton Nungwi, Essque Zalu Zanzibar, Flame Tree Cottages, Gold Zanzibar, Hideaway of Nungwi, Kilindi, Nungwi Inn, Ras Nungwi, Royal Zanzibar, Tanzanite Beach Resort, The Z Hotel, The Zanzibari, Mnarani, Sun Set Kendwa NORTH EAST HOTELS: Bluebay Beach resorts, Che Che Vule, Dream Of Zanzibar, Kasha Boutique Hotel, Mapenzi Beach, Matemwe Beach House, Matemwe Logde, Matemwe Retreat, Melia Zanzibar, Neptune Pwani Beach Hotel, Ocean Paradise, Shooting Star, Sultan Sands, Villa Kiva, Azanzi SOUTH HOTELS: Swahili Beach Resorts, Karamba Beach Resorts, Unguja Lodge, Breezes Beach Club, Baraza, Arabian Nights, Arabian Nights Annex, Casa Del Mar, Kichanga Lodge, Dongwe Ocean View, The Palm, Bahari View Lodge, Spice Island Hotel, Ras Michamvi, The Residence, Karafuu Beach Resort, Kisiwa on the Beach, Konokono, Sea View Boutique, Dhow Inn CENTRAL HOTELS: Tamarind Hotel, Pongwe Beach Hotel, Pongwe Bay, Uroa Bay FUMBA & MANGAPWANI HOTELS: Fumba beach lodge, Sea Cliff Resort & Spa, Hakuna Matata
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
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    Prison Island - Changuu Private Island
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    After hotel pickup from your hotel, set out with your guide on a walking tour of UNESCO-listed Stone Town, Zanzibar's historical center. Explore some of the world's narrowest streets during your introduction to the cosmopolitan archipelago, which combines African traditions with cultural influences from around the world.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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AnnieJeanQueensland
Maleny, Australia33 contributions
Great Tour of StoneTown
Sep 2019
My sister and I really enjoyed this tour - it was comprehensive and fun, particularly the trip out to the Prison Island where we learnt a lot about slavery. Stone Town is a great place to visit and following this tour, we felt comfortable in wandering around the area on our own.
Written 1 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Rosemary D
The Dalles, OR11 contributions
day trip
Feb 2019
This was a day trip from our hotel, there are limited things to see as most of the history is gone, but the large tortoise's are amazing some up to 189 years old and large, you get to be up close to them
Written 26 February 2019
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Mathew john
New York City, NY8 contributions
Stone town tour &prison island with OMY.
This tour is fantastic don't miss this trip when you are in zanzibar actul we start city tour with our guide omy .alot of history and informations abt stone town and zanzibarian culture you will think like you back at school. we visit place like former east africa slave market ,palace museum old fort ,market etc.then we head to prison island we feed huge giant tourtoise and visit prison building also we did snocling at prison island. We highly recommend to booking with omy as your tour guide he is funny guy with good services. You can wasap him +255778881543
Written 16 January 2019
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MarryWichlas
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates17 contributions
Island is a paradise but Tortoises should be treated more right..!
Sep 2018 • Solo
I was fascinated the island itself, real paradise.. And i was thinking they are ”protecting“ the tortoises around but as i made a research i found out that they only make money out of them.. So sad, that they don’t even get proper health assistance as some of them have cracks on their shells and missing some parts of it.. if they can only be assisted properly they could’ve live more than how they were living at the moment..
Written 24 December 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Elisa T
Panama City, Panama45 contributions
Review for Cruzeiro Safaris
Sep 2018 • Couples
Although the Stone Town walking tour and Prison Island visit were both great (our guide Masoud was also very good, props to him), I must say customer service skills in general for Cruzeiro Safaris is lacking.
They ask you to specify where you'll stay during booking as they don't go to all locations, yet there was no field to fill this out in a form, nor do they give you a contact email where you can provide this information at.
Weeks prior to our trip, we had our tickets and confirmation number, yet the night before the trip we still didn't know whether we'd be picked up as we'd had very little luck contacting Cruzeiro Safaris. Once in Tanzania -two weeks before the trip with Cruzeiro- we called the number listed on Trip Advisor and had what can barely be considered as a conversation with a person who barely spoke any english; he/she promised they'd call back, this never happened. Over the following days we tried calling back from a local number, but had no answer.
Finally, the night before our tour our hotel was able to get through to them and confirm our pickup after having to repeat our information several times as it was clear they were having trouble understanding even when spoken to in swahili.
Again, this review is for Cruzeiro Safaris, NOT the tour in itself or our guide Masoud which were great, but the experience leading into it was very lacking and I definitely would NOT book with them again nor would I recommend this company if you're not into ambiguity, lack of interest, and poor customer service skills.
Written 4 October 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Dorothy G
4 contributions
A view of history
Jun 2018
Starting with the slave market and working our way through all the history of Stone Town was very interesting. Once that was done the Prison Island was short but very interesting. I loved the huge tortoises on the island. Beautiful view of the ocean from the island. This tour was worth the money paid.
Written 28 August 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ashrafim
Jerusalem, Israel6 contributions
Stone town and prison island trip with Ali
It was great visiting stone town and prison island, an experience that you shouldn’t miss once you are in zanzibar, especially with Ali (the guy who organized the tour for us), he’s very friendly and helpful , with great service and cheapest prices in the island, i highly recommend booking your tours there with him, his number:
00255772725193
Written 13 July 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Ashrafim Greetings of the day and thank you for your review - we really appreciate. Our Guides are very professional indeed. However, we would issue a disclaimer if one books with them direct. with warm regards Claudia
Written 18 July 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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