SUMMARY

With its fragrant plantations, Réunion is the Vanilla Island par excellence. The birthplace of Edmond Albius, the first person to hand-fertilise a vanilla pod, the island is rich in human and natural diversity. A subtle mix of spices and flavours from Asia and Madagascar, Réunion, the “Intense Island,” is your next stop in the Vanilla Islands. But before that, move to the beat of the young Piton de la Fournaise volcano. The region retains a diversity of natural and human resources, making it a paradise for hikers.

Your adventure continues in Mayotte. The closed Mahorais lagoon is one of the largest in the world. You can discuss its conservation with an expert. It’s an opportunity to admire the underwater fauna, including turtles, dolphins and manta rays, which swim around magnificent coral formations. You will also have the time to admire the beauty of the sea from the surface or on the magnificent banks of white sand. Eco-volunteers will help you discover the wonders of this abundant nature, as well as baobabs and giant bamboos, the lemurs’ playground. As night falls, another magical show awaits you: sea turtles laying their eggs.

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17
DAYS

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14
NIGHTS

From
€2,519
incl. taxes*
per person
(Based on 6 people)

Getting in touch with nature 5/5
Meeting the locals 4/5
Eco-responsibility 4/5
Comfort 4/5
Accessibility 3/5

A ECOTOURISTIC CIRCUIT CHARACTERIZED BY

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Discovering biodiversity and the importance of protecting it

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Hiking and activities in the heart of natural areas

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Interactions with local people and associations

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The development of traditional farms and local handicrafts

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Environmentally Friendly Accommodation

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

Flight to Réunion. Dinner served on board.


Day 2 : Cirque de Salazie

After landing, you will go immediately to 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 Maison Folio, a historic monument, before dinner at the Diana Déa Lodge.


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

After breakfast, you will 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 guide 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

You will enjoy a good breakfast before heading to L’Entre-Deux. On the way, you can 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 de Cilaos

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


Day 6 : L’Entre-Deux

Kakouk, a herbal tea blender and heir to 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 L’Etang de St Paul

After breakfast, you will climb Piton Maido and admire the stunning view over Cirque de Mafate. Meet at lunchtime for a demonstration of traditional culinary art and to taste the local specialities, Bonbons Lontan. An environment warden will take you to a geranium distillery and the Etang de St Paul Nature Reserve. Return to the hotel for dinner and rest.

Day 8 : L’Hermitage Lagoon

After breakfast, you can enjoy a trip in a transparent kayak with a professional guide on L’Hermitage Lagoon. A family-owned restaurant will serve you a good, tasty lunch. Next, you will enjoy the intense underwater experience on L’Hermitage Trail before returning to the hotel.


Day 9 : Reunion / Dzaoudzi 

Leave RÉUNION for Dzaoudzi. On arrival, our team will drive you to Le Jardin Maoré Ecolodge. Dinner at the hotel. A warm welcome and comfortable bungalows await you. After lunch, you are free to explore N’Gouja Beach, its turtles, giant baobabs and lemurs. A good dinner will be served before you relax for the rest of the evening.


Day 10 : Sea excursion

The Ecolodge will give you breakfast. Then, you will have free time until the afternoon when a sea excursion is planned. A specialist guide in marine biology will help you discover the underwater environment and explain the challenges of marine conservation. You will spend the night at the ecolodge.


Day 11 : Saziley

After a delicious breakfast, you will go hiking and picnic on the Saziley peninsula with a local guide or an eco-volunteer from Association Escale, depending on their availability. Dinner awaits you upon your return to the ecolodge.


Day 12 : N’Gouja

After breakfast in N’Gouja, you will have a free day. You can enjoy a kayak tour or relax by the sea. Dinner and night at the ecolodge.


Day 13 : Mont Choungi

Start the day with a tasty breakfast before climbing Mont Choungui with a local guide. Lunch at your own expense, dinner and night at the Jardin Maoré.


Day 14 : Sada / Coconi / Bandrele excursion 

Breakfast, dinner and night at the ecolodge. During the day, take a trip to the Sada Crafts House and the Coconi Botanical Garden. Discover the sensational scent of the ylang ylang in Combani, the Bandrele salt eco-museum (depending on seasons) and the cultures of the island.

Day 15 : N’Gouja

After breakfast, you will have a free day. Back to the ecolodge for dinner and rest.


Day 16 : Dzaoudzi – Paris

After breakfast, you will have a free day. The restaurants will leave a lasting memory of the taste and flavours of the Vanilla Islands with you at the end of this trip. A final transfer to the airport for your return flight 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 Creole culture : craftsmanship and plantations
Walks in the national park and around Piton de la Fournaise and L’Etang de Saint-Paul
Accommodation in three and four-star hotels

MAYOTTE

Interaction with the Escale eco-volunteer association
Discovering biodiversity and helping to protect the site
Hike to Mont Choungui and its stunning view, then on to Saziley
Stay at the environmentally friendly Jardin Maoré Eco-Lodge.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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Transports

In air-conditioned cars with driver

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Tips

Tipping is at the customer’s discretion

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Meals and drinks

Lunch as per the programme
Drinks extra

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Insurance

Optional insurance can be provided for an additional charge

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Flights

Paris – Réunion
Réunion – Dzaoudzi
Dzaoudzi – Paris

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Bank cards

All bank cards (Visa, Mastercard, etc.) are accepted by ATMs located in big cities and medium-sized towns.

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Trip management

In Réunion, a driver-guide will accompany you on the entire tour. Specialist guides are provided according to the programme and activities in both countries.

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Time difference

PARIS : +2 hrs UTC/GMT
REUNION : +4 hrs UTC/GMT
MAYOTTE : +3 hrs UTC/GMT

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Practical information
Documentation

Réunion 
Réunion : For French or other European Union nationals : identity card or valid passport.
For nationals of other countries : valid passport, visa if applicable, and return ticket or confirmation of continuation of travel.

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Don’t forget to pack

Suitable footwear, sunscreen and mosquito repellent, wind and rainproof jacket, some warm but lightweight clothing.

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Health

As Réunion and Mayotte are part of France, European tourists will be aware of the rescue and assistance services available.

The health services in Réunion comply with European standards, while Mayotte has health facilities close to those of the metropolis and constantly improving.

No vaccinations are required. Vaccinations against diptheria, tetanus, polio, hepatitis A and B, typhoid fever, whooping cough and measles are recommended for children.

Malaria : Absent, but the risk of other infections justifies effective individual protection against mosquito bites.

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Accommodation

Réunion
Half board at Diana Déa Lodge, a four-star hotel at a height of 650m, overlooking the Indian Ocean and the whole of the east coast of the island.
Half board at the luxury Dimitile
Half board at the three-star Relais de l’Hermitage, ideally located on the lagoon, natural reserve and one of the island’s most beautiful seaside resorts.

Mayotte : Half-board accommodation at the Jardin Maoré Ecolodge

TARIF

Price per person
€2,519*
(airfare not included)

Air fares, which are indicative only, and subject to change:
CDG-RUN return trip : €550
RUN-DZA return trip : €380

This price includes

Double rooms in hotels with half-board
Stated meals
The guided tours and excursions mentioned
Airport transfers
Tourist taxes

This price does not include

Insurance (can be provided for an additional charge)
International flights
Drinks and personal spending
Bank charges
Any expenses not mentioned above

*Single room supplement : €408 for the Réunion tour
No single room supplement at Le Jardin Maoré, Mayotte.

CONTACT

LA RÉUNION & MAYOTTE

Compagnie des Iles Vanille
Name : Bernard Le Rouzes
Tel : +262 (0) 262 38 93 89
Email : contact@compagniedesilesvanille.com

THE VANILLA ISLANDS

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