19 days in Dubai & Zanzibar Archipelago Itinerary

19 days in Dubai & Zanzibar Archipelago Itinerary

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19 days in Dubai & Zanzibar Archipelago Itinerary

Start: Adeje, Spain
bus + Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
2
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Nungwi, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Kiwengwa, Tanzania
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Paje, Tanzania
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
6
Pemba Island, Tanzania
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
7
Zanzibar City, Tanzania
— Few hours
Fly:  8​h 30​min
8
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  15​h 30​min
End: Adeje, Spain

2
nights
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
On the 2nd (Tue), browse the exhibits of Alserkal Cultural Foundation, see the interesting displays at Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, then wander the streets of Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Alserkal Avenue. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Coffee museum, take in the exciting artwork at Al Jaber Gallery, admire the natural beauty at Dubai Butterfly Garden, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Al Qudra Cycle Path, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at City Centre Mirdif.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Dubai journey planner .

Adeje, Spain to Dubai is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Adeje to Dubai. Traveling from Adeje in July, expect Dubai to be much hotter, temps between 49°C and 39°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Dubai

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization
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City Centre Mirdif ©
City Centre Mirdif
Dubai Butterfly Garden ©
Dubai Butterfly Garden

2
nights
Zanzibar City, Tanzania

Zanzibar City ©
Discover a myriad of attractions in Zanzibar City, like its World Heritage-listed historic core, charming beach villages, and the modern neighborhood of Ng'ambo.
You've now added Mangapwani Coral Cave to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral, look for gifts at Fahari Zanzibar, then steep yourself in history at Mtoni Palace Ruins, and finally explore and take pictures at Zanzibar Spices and Heritage Centre. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Princess Salme Museum at Emerson on Hurumzi, take in the dramatic natural features at Mangapwani Coral Cave, then view the masterpieces at Hurumzi Henna Art Gallery, and finally play a few rounds at Sea Cliff Golf Resort.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Zanzibar City online day trip planner .

Getting from Dubai to Zanzibar City by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Zanzibar City is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Dubai, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in Zanzibar City, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 26°C. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nungwi.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Golf Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Zanzibar Island
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Sea Cliff Golf Resort ©
Sea Cliff Golf Resort
Christ Church Cathedral ©
Christ Church Cathedral
Mtoni Palace Ruins ©
Mtoni Palace Ruins

2
nights
Nungwi, Tanzania

Nungwi ©
Renowned for its sandy coast lined with mangroves and palm trees, Nungwi offers visitors a variety of restaurants, bars, and accommodations.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Visiting Nungwi Beach and Tazari Caves will get you outdoors.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nungwi road trip planning tool .

Getting from Zanzibar City to Nungwi by car takes about 1.5 hours. July in Nungwi sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kiwengwa.

Things to do in Nungwi

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Nungwi Beach ©
Nungwi Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

2
nights
Kiwengwa, Tanzania

Kiwengwa ©
Nestled on Zanzibar's most populated island, the tiny village of Kiwengwa consists of little more than a sweeping stretch of white sand lined with all-inclusive resorts.
On your second day here, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then Head underground at Kiwengwa Caves, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kiwengwa Beach.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kiwengwa trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Nungwi to Kiwengwa in an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Kiwengwa can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 10th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Paje.

Things to do in Kiwengwa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Uroa Bay
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Kiwengwa Beach ©
Kiwengwa Beach
Uroa Bay ©
Uroa Bay
Kiwengwa Caves ©
Kiwengwa Caves

2
nights
Paje, Tanzania

Paje ©
Located on the island of Unguja, the quaint village of Paje lies on a shallow sandy lagoon, which attracts swarms of kitesurfing enthusiasts and marine life lovers.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Kuza Cave.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Paje trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Kiwengwa to Paje by car takes about 1.5 hours. July in Paje sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Pemba Island.

Things to do in Paje

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Jambiani, Zanzibar Butterfly Centre
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Jambiani Beach ©
Jambiani Beach
Kuza Cave ©
Kuza Cave
Zanzibar Butterfly Centre ©
Zanzibar Butterfly Centre

4
nights
Pemba Island, Tanzania

Pemba Island ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Misali island and Ngezi Forest Reserve. Take a break from the city and head to Vumawimbi Beach and Pemba Island.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Pemba Island sightseeing planner .

Getting from Paje to Pemba Island by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. On the 16th (Tue), you'll travel to Zanzibar City.

Things to do in Pemba Island

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Misali island ©
Misali island
Vumawimbi Beach ©
Vumawimbi Beach
Pemba Flying Fox Forest ©
Pemba Flying Fox Forest

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hours
Zanzibar City, Tanzania

Zanzibar City
To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Zanzibar City trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Pemba Island to Zanzibar City takes 1.5 hours. On the 17th (Wed), you'll travel to Dubai.

Things to do in Zanzibar City

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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1
night
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): tee off at The Track, Meydan Golf, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, browse the different shops at Gold And Diamond Park, then look for gifts at Mamiya Jewelers, and finally take an in-depth tour of Etihad Museum. On the next day, play a few rounds at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, see the interesting displays at Sharjah Classic Car Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ajman Beach, and finally examine the collection at Maritime Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Dubai trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Zanzibar City to Dubai takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern African Time (EAT) to Gulf Standard Time (GST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Zanzibar City in July, expect nights in Dubai to be somewhat warmer, around 39°C, while days are much hotter, around 49°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubai

Outdoors Golf Museums

Side Trips

Sharjah, Ajman Beach
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Shark Diving
Maritime Museum ©
Maritime Museum
Etihad Museum ©
Etihad Museum