SUMMARY

With its fragrant plantations, Réunion is the Vanilla island par excellence. Birthplace of Edmond Albius, the first person to hand-fertilise a vanilla pod, the island remains rich in human and natural diversity. A subtle mix of spices and flavours from Asia and Madagascar, the “Intense Island” is your next stop in the Vanilla Islands. But before that, throb to the heartbeat of the young Piton de la Fournaise. Our guide, Ç Péi È, will then take you deep within the National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with subtle scents and colours.

After your break on the Intense Island, you will be enjoying the pearl of the Indian Ocean. Its people’s diversity is evidence of a rich history. During your stay on the island of Mauritius, you will experience some unforgettable moments. Ile aux Aigrettes, the Chamarels rum distillery and the seven-coloured earth will leave you with enduring memories. During this trip, a host of fun activities await you, such as hiking or an electric bike ride — or why not go kayaking or snorkelling some time  ? Admire the contrast between the dense vegetation and the urban environment, which is showing systematic growth. You cannot fail to enjoy the breathtaking views, the beautiful beaches and the temperate turquoise lagoons, typical of the Vanilla Islands.

jours

17
DAYS

nuits

14
NIGHTS

From
€3,098
inclusive of taxes*
per person
(Based on 6 people)

Getting in touch with nature4/5
Meeting the locals3/5
Eco-responsibility3/5
Comfort5/5
Accessibility3/5

A ECOTOURISTIC CIRCUIT CHARACTERIZED BY

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Discovering the local biodiversity and the importance of protecting it

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Promoting traditional farms and local handicrafts

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Hiking and activities in the countryside

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Historical and cultural visits, and visits to UNESCO sites

COMBINED ITINERARY

The guided tours, meetings and transfers mentioned may vary depending on the availability of the participants and local constraints.
Day 1 : Paris / La Reunion

Take-off to La Réunion. Dinner served on board.


Day 2 : The Cirque of Salazie

After landing, you will go immediately to the Cirque de Salazie. You will get a close look at the vanilla growing in the midst of the countryside. Next, you will have the opportunity to sample the local cuisine in a traditional Hell-Bourg restaurant. A guide will take you to the Folio House, a historic monument, before dinner at the Diana Déa Lodge.


Day 3 : The Piton de la Fournaise and the forest of Bélouve

After breakfast, go on an excursion to the heart of the legendary Piton de la Fournaise. A short stop at the Gite de Bélouve is a must for lunch. Head off with a specialist for a stroll in the primeval forest in the heart of the National Park. Then back to the Lodge for dinner.


Day 4 : The Wild South, the lava flows of Cilaos

You can have a good breakfast before heading to the Entre-Deux. On the way, admire the Wild South and especially the lava stream of 2007, before a fixed-price lunch. Then, a guide will take you to the garden of Scents and Spices before reaching the Hôtel Le Dimitile, which promises relaxation and comfort.


Day 5 : Cirque of Cilaos

Breakfast at the hotel before heading to Cilaos to meet a lentil planter. Lunch at a guest house belonging to the Cirque of Cilaos, before returning to the three-star Hôtel Le Dimitile and its welcoming staff.


Day 6 : L’Entre-Deux

Kakouk, a herbal tea maker with a long family tradition, will surprise you at lunch. See how coffee is produced using permaculture and agroforestry practices. Spend the night at the three-star Relais de l’Hermitage in Saint-Gilles, where you will also have dinner.


Day 7 : Piton Maido and St Paul’s Lake

After breakfast, go on an excursion to the Piton Maido. Meet at lunchtime for a demonstration of traditional culinary art and to taste the products of Ç Lontan È. An environment warden will take you to a geranium distillery and the St Paul’s Lake nature reserve. Return to the hotel for dinner and rest.

Day 8 : Hermitage Lagoon

Breakfast served. Take the opportunity for a ride in a transparent kayak with a professional on the Hermitage Lagoon. A family-owned restaurant will serve you a good, tasty lunch. Then, enjoy the underwater experience on the Hermitage Trail before returning to the hotel.


Day 9 : Mauritius

Your next stop : the island of Mauritius. At the airport, a team will take care of your transfer to the hotel. Once settled in, discover the wonders of Mauritius. You will return to the Hotel Lux Belle Mare for dinner, and spend the night there.


Day 10 : Free Day

After breakfast, enjoy a day of relaxation at the three-star Hotel Lux Le Morne where you will be served a delicious lunch. Return to the Hotel Lux Belle Mare for the night.


Day 11 : Mahebourg

A beautiful walk is on the agenda for the day. Go and see the spices that grow profusely on the Isle of Aigrettes, then admire the beauty of the town of Mahebourg, its sea front, its naval museum and all its attractions. Enjoy some manioc biscuits from an old factory, as well as the typical lunch that follows, before returning to the hotel for the night.


Day 12 : Free Day

Enjoy a good breakfast. Then enjoy the many activities at the Lux Le Morne. Relax in this idyllic and luxurious setting. Return to Lux Belle Mare for the night.


Day 13 : Chamarel

A full day’s guided tour has been organised for you after breakfast, starting with the Trou aux Cerfs and the Black River Gorges National Park. On the way, you will taste the Mauritian wine Takamaka. Then, the tour will continue on to the Chamarels rum distillery and the 7-coloured earth, where you will have lunch. At the end of the day, you will return to Hotel Le Morne.


Day 14 : Souillac

After a night with half-board, set off for a sensational day on an electric bike. You will discover Souillac’s unspoiled coastal villages and its cultural and historical aspects with a visit to the home of poet Robert-Edward Hart. Return to your hotel at the end of the day.

Day 15 : Le Morne Brabant

After a good breakfast, get ready to climb Le Morne Brabant. It is a UNESCO heritage site, both for its historical aspect and for its unique flora and fauna. In the afternoon, you will have some free time. Meet for dinner back at Hotel Le Morne


Day 16 : Mauritius / Paris

Your trip to the Vanilla Islands ends with lots of photos, and memories you will treasure. Our team will take care of your transfer to the airport for your flight to La Réunion, from where you will travel back to Paris.

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EXPERIENCES THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE

REUNION

Discovering the local biodiversity and the importance of protecting it
Discovering the local historical heritage : Hell-Bourg and Entre-Deux
Showcasing the Creole culture : handicrafts and plantations
Walks in the national park and around Le Piton de la Fournaise and Lake Saint-Paul
Accommodation in three and four-star hotels

MAURITIUS

Discovering the biodiversity of Île aux Aigrettes and the conservation of the primeval forest
Discovering a traditional organic biscuit factory that is the only one of its kind in the world.
Fun actitivies on an electric bike
Climbing to the summit of Morne Brabant, a site rich in history
Accommodation in eco-responsible establishments

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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Tips

La Réunion & Mauritius : Tipping is at the customer’s discretion

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Transports

Trips in air-conditioned car with driver-guide

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Bank cards

La Réunion & Mauritius : All cards (Visa, MasterCard, etc.) are accepted by the ATMs in big cities and medium-sized towns.

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Insurance

La Réunion & Mauritius : Optional insurance can be provided for an additional charge

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Trip management in both countries

A driver-guide will accompany you on the entire tour
Specialist guides are provided according to the programme and activities

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Time difference (from UK)

La Réunion & Mauritius
Summer : GMT+4
Winter : GMT+3

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Meals and drinks

La Réunion : Lunch as per the programme. Drinks are extra

Mauritius : Full board throughout the stay. Drinks are extra

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Flights

Paris – La Réunion
La Réunion – Mauritius
Mauritius – La Réunion
Réunion – Paris

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Health

As La Réunion is part of France, European tourists will be aware of the rescue and assistance services available. La Réunion has a healthcare infrastructure that meets the same standards as mainland France.

Mauritius : No vaccinations are required, and numerous private clinics are available in addition to the public hospitals.

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Don’t forget to pack

Réunion
Walking shoes
Sun cream and mosquito repellent
Windproof, rainproof jacket
Clothing suitable for cool nights

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Practical information
Documentation

La Réunion : For French or other European Union nationals : identity card or valid passport. For non-European Union nationals : valid passport with either a return or onward ticket.

Mauritius : For French nationals travelling to Mauritius, it is essential to have a passport or identity card (valid for at least 6 months after return date). You are also required to provide an address for your stay.

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Accommodation

La Réunion
Half board at the four-star Diana Déa Lodge, overlooking the Indian Ocean
Half board at Luxe de Dimitile in the charming village of L’Entre Deux
Half board at the three-star Relais de l’Hermitage, beside one of the island’s most beautiful seaside locations.

Mauritius : Full board in 5-star hotels : the Lux Belle Mare and the Lux Le More

TARIF

Price per person
€3,482 *
(airfare not included)

La Réunion : From €1,488 per person, based on double rooms and a minimum of 6 people
Mauritius : From €1,610 per person, based on double rooms and a minimum of 4 people

Air fares, which are indicative only, and subject to change

CDG-RUN return trip : €550
RUN-Mauritius return trip : €220

This price includes

Hotels with half board, based on a double room
Stated meals
The guided tours and excursions mentioned
Transfers
Tourist taxes

This price does not include

Insurance (can be provided at extra cost)
International flights from Paris and inter-island flights
Drinks and personal expenditure
Bank charges
Any other expenses not mentioned in this programme

This price includes

Hotels with full board, based on a double room : Lux Belle Mare and Lux Le Morne
Stated meals
The guided tours and excursions mentioned
Transfers
Tourist taxes

This price does not include

Insurance (can be provided for an additional charge)
International flights from Paris and inter-island flights
Drinks and personal expenditure
Bank charges
Any other expenses not mentioned in this programme

*Additional single room (La Réunion): 408 euros
Single room supplement (Mauritius): 237 euros

CONTACT

LA REUNION

Name : Compagnie des îles vanille
Tel : +262 (0) 262 38 93 89
Email : contact@compagniedesilesvanille.com

MADAGASCAR

Name : PROMOTOUR
Tel : +230 4658935
Email : audrey@promotourmauritius.com

THE VANILLA ISLANDS

info@vanilla-islands.org
www.vanilla-islands.org