SUMMARY

With its fragrant plantations, Réunion is the ultimate Vanilla Island. This island is the birthplace of Edmond Albius, the first person to hand-fertilise a vanilla pod, and 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, throb to the heartbeat of the young Piton de la Fournaise. Réunion is a walkers’ paradise. With such natural riches, Réunion fits nicely with Madagascar’s Vanilla Coast.

In Madagascar, discover the traditional cuisine before plunging into the heart of the Andasibe forest, home to many species of lemur, including the indri-indri, the largest lemur in the world. Then continue your trip to the Vohimana Community Reserve and enjoy its native biodiversity. Meet aye-ayes (a mysterious kind of lemur) and enjoy the calm shores of Lake Ampitabe and the adjacent village of Akanin’ny Nofy (“dream nest” in Malagasy). Then, go to Sainte-Marie, Madagascar’s idyllic island, where you will find fine-sand beaches, historical heritage and natural riches (whales, signs of pirate activity, etc.).

jours

21
DAYS

nuits

18
NIGHTS

From
€3,063
incl. VAT*
per person
(Based on 6 people)

Getting in touch with nature5/5
Meeting the locals4/5
Eco-responsibility4/5
Comfort4/5
Accessibility2/5

A ECOTOURISTIC CIRCUIT CHARACTERIZED BY

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Learning about biodiversity and the importance of protecting it

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Nights at ecolodges, all of whose profits go to the local population

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Hiking and outdoor activities

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Interactions with local people and associations

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Historical and cultural tours

COMBINED ITINERARY

The tours, meetings and transfers mentioned may vary depending on the availability of the speakers and local constraints.
Day 1 : Paris – La Réunion

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 Creole cuisine at a traditional Hell-Bourg restaurant. A guide will take you to Maison Folio, a historic monument, before dinner at the four-star Diana Déa Lodge.


Day 3 : 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

You can 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 Hotel 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 on Cirque de Cilaos, before returning to the three-star Hotel Le Dimitile and its welcoming staff.


Day 6 : 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 Etang de St Paul

After breakfast, go on an excursion to Piton Maido. 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

Breakfast served. Enjoy a trip in a transparent kayak with a professional guide 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 : Réunion – Madagascar

Leave Réunion for Antananarivo. On arrival, our team will take you to the hotel. Dinner at the hotel.


Day 10 : Antananarivo

After breakfast, explore a UNESCO World Heritage Site : the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga. You will have lunch at a restaurant at the foot of this icon of the Merina monarchy. In the evening, take part in a cooking class and make your own dinner before heading back to the hotel.


Day 11 : Antananarivo – Andasibe

Leave for Andasibe after your breakfast at Lapasoa. On arrival, you will be able to enjoy lunch prepared by women of the Kanto association. Then go hiking with the association to discover the village’s natural, cultural and historical heritage. Stop off at Moramanga or visit the historic gendarmerie museum before going to the Vakona Forest Lodge hotel, where you will be on full-board.


Day 12 : Andasibe

Visit the Andasibe National Park during the day and admire its native fauna and flora. Classic dinner and night at Vakona Forest Lodge


Day 13 : Andasibe – Vohimana

After breakfast, head to the Vohimana Community Reserve managed by the NGO Homme et l’Environment. When you arrive, you will be amazed by the beautiful orchids. Lunch, dinner and overnight in an ecolodge.


Day 14 : Vohimana – Akanin’ny Nofy

Leave the natural charms of Vohimana to travel to Akanin’ny Nofy and when night falls you will set off to see the aye-aye lemurs in the Palmarium Hotel’s private reserve. This is one of the most mysterious creatures on the island. You will stay on a full board package.

Day 15 : Pangalanes Canal

After a light and early breakfast, take a traditional pirogue trip on the Pangalanes Canal. You will return to the hotel after a long day for a night of relaxation.


Day 16 : Akanin’ny Nofy – Mahambo

Breakfast at the hotel before leaving for Tamatave and Mahambo. Fall under the spell of the hotel La Pirogue on your full board package.


Day 17 : Mahambo – Sainte-Marie

From Mahambo, cross over to Sainte-Marie by sea. You will stay on a full board package at Hotel Princess Bora.


Day 18 to 19 : Sainte-Marie

A busy day awaits you. From Sainte Marie, depending on the season, you may be able to go on a trip to watch the whales who are migrating to the island’s welcoming waters. Also visit the island’s historic sites, like the famous pirate cemeteries. Head to the hotel for dinner.


Day 20 : Sainte Marie – Rèunion – Paris

This is the end of your stay. After breakfast, you will head to the airport. You will stop off on Rèunion before continuing to Paris.

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EXPERIENCES THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE

REUNION

Discovering 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 Etang de Saint-Paul
Accommodation in three and four-star hotels
A trek taking in local botanical features in the middle of the Bélouve forest.

MADAGASCAR

Meeting with the Kanto Association for the Conservation of the Natural and Cultural Heritage of Central-East Madagascar
Nights in an ecolodge
Lunch with the villagers of Anjiro
Cooking workshop in the capital’s historic Hauteville quarter
Traditional pirogue ride on the Pangalanes Canal
See whales off Sainte-Marie

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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Meals and drinks

Meals and drinks in both countries : As per the schedule (drinks extra)

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Tips

Réunion and Madagascar : Tipping is at the customer’s discretion

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Flights

Paris – Réunion
Réunion – Antananarivo
Antananarivo – Réunion
Réunion – Paris

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Bank cards

Réunion and Madagascar : All cards (Visa, MasterCard, etc.) are accepted at ATMs in big cities and medium-sized towns.

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Don’t forget to pack

Réunion : Suitable footwear, sunscreen and mosquito repellent, wind and rainproof jacket

Madagascar : Walking shoes ; suntan lotion and mosquito repellent ; raincoat, pack cool clothes between June and August.

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Insurance

Réunion : Optional insurance can be provided for an additional charge

Madagascar : Don’t forget travel/health insurance which includes repatriation and medical care.

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Time difference (from UK)

Réunion:
Summer : UTC +4 (BST +3)
Winter : UTC +4 (GMT +4)

Madagascar
UTC +3 (BST +2) in summer) and (UTC +3 (GMT +3) in winter)
Summer : one hour later than France
Winter : UTC +3 (GMT +3)

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Trip management

Réunion : A driver-guide will accompany you on the entire tour

Madagascar :
A driver-guide will accompany you on the entire tour
Local guides take over during trips

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Practical information
Documentation

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.

Madagascar : French nationals travelling to Madagascar must have a passport which is valid for at least six months. A visa will be issued at the airport. You will need 2 ID photos. For a stay of less than 30 days, the cost is €35, payable in person and in cash, upon presentation of passport.

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Health

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

Madagascar : Vaccines against hepatitis A & B, and typhoid are recommended if you have recently (in the past 3 months) stayed in continental Africa.

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Transports

Transport for the whole trip in Réunion : In air-conditioned cars with driver

Transport for the whole trip in Madagascar
Antananarivo – Ambohimanga : two-hour drive
Antananarivo – Moramanga : three-hour drive
Moramanga – Anjiro : one-hour drive
Moramanga – Andasibe : 30-minute drive
Andasibe – Vohimana : 30-minute drive and 20-minute walk to reach the community reserve
Vohimana – Akanin’ny Nofy : two to three hours’ drive then one-hour crossing from Manambato to Akanin’ny Nofy
Akanin’ny Nofy – Tamatave : two to three hours on the Pangalanes Canal
Tamatave – Mahambo : two hours’ drive
Mahambo – Sainte-Marie : three-hour sea crossing

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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, with a nature reserve and one of the island’s most beautiful seaside locations.

Madagascar
Antananarivo : hotel located in a historic part of the city
Andasibe and Vohiman a : Ecolodge
Akanin’ny Nofy, Mahambo and Sainte-Marie : hotels

TARIF

Price per person
€3,063*
(airfare not included)

Tarifs des vols à titre indicatif et soumis à modification

CDG-RUN (aller-retour) : €550
RUN-TANA aller simple : €335
Sainte Marie-RUN : €330

This price includes

Double rooms in hotels with half-board
Stated meals
The guided tours and excursions mentioned
Airport-hotel-airport 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 spending
Bank charges
Any other expenses not mentioned in this schedule

This price includes

Transfers throughout the Madagascar trip
Full-board hotel and ecolodge accommodation
Entrances to national parks and sites to visit
Anjiro excursions
Antananarivo cooking workshop

This price does not include

International plane tickets
Deposits required for accommodation
Tourist tax to be paid in situ (approximately €1 per day) per person
All activities and optional tours

*Single room supplement : €340 for Madagascar.
*Single room supplement : €408 for Réunion

CONTACT

LA RÉUNION

Name : COMPAGNIE DES ILES VANILLE
Tel : +262 (0) 262 38 93 89
Email : contact@compagniedesilesvanille.com

MADAGASCAR

Name : MORA TRAVEL
Tel : +261 20 22 020 12
Email : info@moratravel.com

THE VANILLA ISLANDS

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