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Joanna Lumley's Spice Trail Adventure

Friday 30th Jun 2023

On Wednesday 5th July on ITV1, Joanna Lumley is embarking on her most epic voyage to date, the Spice Trail, on which she'll be exploring Indonesia, Zanzibar, India and Madagascar to gain a full insight of the age-old tale that is the spice trade. This blog is packed with all of the answers to your Spice Trail queries, we have also hand selected our top Spice Trail cruises so that you can experience the ancient history for yourself! 

Confucius Shrine in Nagasaki, Japan Mekong Delta, Vietnam The Temple of Dawn, Bali Mumbai, India Madagascar Aigos Georgios, Corfu, Greece The Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt Venice, Italy Porto, Portugal

What is the Spice Trail?

The Spice Trail was an ancient trade route that stretched from Asia to Europe, connecting the two continents through the exchange of goods and ideas. This route was instrumental in the transportation of spices, silk, and other valuable commodities, and played a significant role in shaping the world as we know it today. The spice trail is a fascinating topic that continues to captivate historians and travellers alike, and exploring its rich history is a journey worth taking. 

Where is the Spice Trail?

Starting on the West Coast of Japan, the Spice trail moves through the Malay Archipelago and into Southeast Asia where it connects to China and the Silk Road. It then moves into India and passes through the deserts of Arabia where it connects to the Indian Ocean trade routes. Finally, the trail goes through the Mediterranean, connecting to Europe and the rest of the Western world. 

Why is the Spice Trail important?

The Spice Trail is important as it was a vital part of world history and the development of trade and commerce. One of the most significant aspects of the Spice Trail was the transportation of spices. Spices such as pepper, cinnamon, and nutmeg were highly valued in ancient times, and were used for medicinal purposes, as well as for cooking and preserving food. The trade of these spices was a lucrative business, and helped to fuel the growth of cities and empires along the trail. 

Can I cruise the spice trail?

Yes! There are many destinations on the Spice Trail route that are accessible by cruise ship including India, much of Southeast Asia, and the Middle East, so indulge in the convenience and luxury of a cruise, as we offer an array of enticing itineraries that allow you to uncover the treasures of the Spice Trail. From the bustling markets of Mumbai to the tranquil backwaters of Kerala, and from the gleaming skyline of Dubai to the opulent palaces of Muscat, each stop along the way promises a new and unforgettable experience. 

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