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.

Madagascar, land of the lemurs. The island has incredible endemic wildlife. The island-continent, la Grande Isle, is a vast land of contrasts, with rare and amazing biodiversity. Discover a wild and protected landscape.

jours

21
DAYS

nuits

18
NIGHTS

From
€3 300
incl. VAT*
per person
(Based on 6 people)

Getting in touch with nature5/5
Meeting the locals3/5
Eco-responsibility4/5
Comfort3/5
Accessibility3/5

A ECOTOURISTIC CIRCUIT CHARACTERIZED BY

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Learning about biodiversity and the importance of protecting it

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Traditional farms and local craft products

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Diversity and the blending of cultures

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Hiking and outdoor activities in the midst of nature

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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 : 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 small stopover at the Gite de Bérico is a must for lunch. Head off with a specialist for a stroll through the primary forest in the heart of the National Park. Then it’s 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 heading to 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 : 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 – Antananarivo

Leave Réunion for Antananarivo. On arrival, our team will take you to the hotel, and dinner will be included.


Day 10 : Antananarivo – Sambava

After breakfast, return to the airport to go to Sambava in the north-eastern region of Madagascar. Then visit one of the world’s largest coconut groves: the Soavoanio. Return for lunch before starting a tour of Parc Privé de Ranoal, a nursery that grows trees typical of the region. Dinner and night at the hotel.


Day 11 : Sambava – Ambodimanga- Andapa

Once your appetite is satisfied, head off for Andapa. On arrival at Ambodimanga, the village women will perform a dance for you. Andapa is the region’s rice granary. You will have the opportunity to see the dam that irrigates the Andapa basin before returning to the hotel for dinner.


Day 12 : Andapa Marojejy

Breakfast at dawn before heading off to the Marojejy nature reserve. Go hiking to Camp Mantella, 450 m above sea level, for dinner and an overnight stay.


Day 13 : Parc Marojejy – Sambava – Vohemar

You’ll set off on foot to the village of Mandena. You will then leave the park and head to Sambava for lunch. In Vohemar, discover the ancient lighthouse and the garden of Anjoaty. You will enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at the Baie d’Iharana Hotel.


Day 14 : Marojejy Park

After a solid breakfast, get ready for an energetic walk to Camp Marojejy. The Marojejy National Park is the perfect place to discover some of the primary lowland rainforest. You will get to encounter reptiles and amphibians such as climbing mantella frogs, boophis tree frogs and Madagascar tree boas… Go to the gite for dinner and spend the night there.

Day 15 : Vohemar – Lac Vert – Bobangira

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before heading off for a day of discovery. Admire the large green lake, the lake sacred to crocodiles and the Bobangira estate. Lunch, dinner and overnight stay at the camp.


Day 16 : Bobangira Estate – Antalaha

After breakfast, you will learn all about vanilla by discovering the large vanilla plantation in the Ambohimanitra estate. Your dinner will be flavoured with vanilla pods. Head to Antalaha for dinner and an overnight stay.


Day 17 : Antalaha – Sambava

Macolline, a nature reserve for the conservation of Madagascar’s biodiversity, awaits you after breakfast. Lunch is served as a picnic and dinner is served in the Sambava restaurant.


Day 18 : Bemarivo River

Enjoy breakfast before a pirogue trip on the Bemarivo River. Enjoy an unusual picnic among cocoa, cloves and green pepper plantations. In the evening, return to the hotel.


Day 19 : Sambava — Antananarivo

After breakfast, you will fly to Antananarivo. Enjoy a warm welcome at the hotel before heading to Lemurs Park. Then enjoy a good dinner and a relaxing night at the hotel.


Day 20 : Antanarivo – Réunion – Paris

Discover the capital and its markets after breakfast. You will get the opportunity to explore the city to round off your memorable holiday. 

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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 Etang de Saint-Paul
Accommodation in three and four-star hotels

MADAGASCAR

Discover the secrets of vanilla and other Madagascar spices
Exceptional biodiversity due to its endemic flora and fauna
History, culture and conservation

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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Tips

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

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Meals and drinks

In both countries : As per the schedule (drinks extra)

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Transports

REUNION : In air-conditioned cars with driver

Madagascar : By off-road car

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Insurance

Réunion/Madagascar : Optional insurance can be provided for an additional charge

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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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Time difference (from UK)

Réunion
UTC +4 (BST +3) in summer
UTC +4 (GMT +4) in winter

Madagascar
UTC +3 (BST +2) in summer
UTC +3 (GMT +3) in winter

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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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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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Encadrement

Réunion 
A driver-guide will accompany you on the entire tour
Specialist activity guides

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

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Accommodation

Réunion
Half board at Diana Déa Lodge, a four-star hotel at a height of 650 m, 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
Charming hotels
Guesthouses

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Practical information
Documentation

Réunion : National identity card or valid passport for European Union citizens. Passport for Swiss citizens.  No visa for European or Swiss citizens.

Madagascar : French nationals travelling to Mauritius must have a passport or identity card (valid for at least 6 months after their return date). An entry visa is required, issued on arrival at the airport. For a stay of less than 30 days the cost is €35, payable in person and in cash, upon presentation of passport.

TARIF

Price per person
€3,300*
(airfare not included)

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

CDG-RUN return from €550
RUN-TAN return from €350
Madagascar Internal flight (return) :

This price includes

Double rooms in hotels with half board
The meals stated (excluding drinks)
The guided tours and excursions mentioned
Airport-hotel-airport transfers
Tourist taxes

This price does not include

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

This price includes

Half board accommodation
The dinners mentioned
The guided tours and excursions mentioned
Local guides and transfers
Tourist taxes

This price does not include

International flights
Meals that are not stated
Drinks and personal spending
Personal insurance

*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 : JACARANDA DE MADAGASCAR
Tel : +261 3311 02525
Email : jacarand@moov.mg

THE VANILLA ISLANDS

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