Madagascar in 21 Days

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Land of the Baobabs & Island of Eden

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A unique combination of two of the most exotic islands in the world, embark on an eye-opening tour of Madagascar before kicking back in all-inclusive bliss on the beaches of Mauritius.

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Ambalavao
Ambatolampy
Anja Community Reserve
Antananarivo
Antsirabe
Ifaty
Isalo National Park
Morondava
Ranohira
Ranomafana National Park
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Experience the beauty and cultures of southern Madagascar! Explore the vibrant highland capital of Antananarivo, discover the city of Antsirabe and admire the giant baobabs of Morondava. Discover Fianarantsoa, spot lemurs in the rainforests of Ranomafana and relax on the white sand beaches of Ifaty before crossing the Indian Ocean to the paradise island of Mauritius for an All-Inclusive escape!

21 days trip including flights*

19 days and 18 nights in destination

1

LON - TNR

2

LON - TNR

Antananarivo

3

Antsirabe

4

Morondava

5

Morondava

6

Antsirabe

7

Fianarantsoa

8

Ranohira

9

Ranohira

10

Ifaty

11

Ifaty

12

Ambalavao

13

Ranomafana

14

Ranomafana

15

Antsirabe

16

Mauritius

17

Mauritius

18

Mauritius

19

Mauritius

20

MRU - LON

21

MRU - LON

* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

1st Day: UK/Ireland - Night on board

Pack your bags and prepare for an adventure of a lifetime through the landscapes and cultures of two unique Indian Ocean islands! Arrive at your departure airport, ready to board a flight to Antananarivo, the capital of the beautiful island of Madagascar. Night on board.*

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

If your outbound flight arrives at the destination between midnight and 5:00 a.m. on day 2 of the itinerary, you must purchase the extra night supplement in the next step of the booking process.

2nd Day: Antananarivo

Arrive at Antananarivo airport, meet your guide and transfer to the hotel, a journey of approximately 2 hours, taking a tour of the city along the way. Depending on your arrival time, spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure, enjoying the climate of the Central Highlands and relaxing after your journey. We recommend an optional excursion to Andohalo Photo Museum.* Overnight stay in Antananarivo.

* Optional Andohalo Photo Museum Tour: Located in the former mayor's house in Anjohy, learn about the history and culture of Madagascar through a series of photos, many taken by missionaries. It offers a fascinating look into the history of the highlands during the royal period.

Included
Antanarivo Orientation Tour
Optional
Photo Museum of Andohalo
3rd Day: Antananarivo - Ambatolampy - Antsirabe

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, set off towards the south of the country, visiting the leafy city of Ambatolampy along the way. Continue to Antsirabe, a journey of approximately 4 hours (170Km), passing by charming red clay houses that represent the identity and origins of Madagascar. Before arriving in Antsirabe, visit a Malagasy Pot Factory, where you can see how these pots are crafted from aluminium. Take the opportunity to make an optional stop at Fulgence's Painter's workshop.* Transfer to the hotel and overnight stay in Antsirabe, known as the 'City of Water'.

Optional visit to Fulgence's Painters Workshop: Admire the works of Fulgence, a local painter. His masterpieces are easily recognisable due to either youthful or aged expressions on the faces of his subjects.

Included
Visit a Malagasy Pot Factory
Optional
Fulgence's Painter's Workshop Visit
4th Day: Antsirabe - Morondava

Breakfast at the hotel. As you leave the highlands today, notice the change in the environment as the terrain becomes drier. Continue to Morondava, a journey of approximately 8-10 hours (499Km), passing by the beautiful landscapes of the sunny west coast of the island. Finally, the highlight of the day comes as you arrive at the incredible Avenue of Baobabs, lined with majestic baobab trees. Be awe-struck by the spectacle of the sun setting behind the unforgettable silhouettes of the trees and soak up the unbelievable natural landscapes. Transfer to the hotel and overnight stay in Morondava.

Included
Avenue of Baobabs
5th Day: Morondava

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day in beautiful Morondava at your leisure. We recommend visited the local market for a taste of the island culture and to see the colourful fresh produce. Alternatively, kick back on the idyllic beach, surrounded by crystal clear, turquoise waters. Overnight stay in Morondava.

6th Day: Morondava - Antsirabe

Breakfast at the hotel. Leave laid-back Moronodava behind and return to Antsirabe, admiring the changing landscapes along the scenic 8-10 hour journey (499Km). Arrive and, depending on the time, spend the rest of the day exploring the city, the third-largest in the country. Overnight stay in Antsirabe.

7th Day: Antsirabe - Fianarantsoa

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, head to the Old Town of Fianarantsoa, one of the largest cities in the country and considered the capital of the Betsileo tribe. After a scenic journey of around 6 hours (240Km), traveling through the interior of the country, enjoy a fascinating city tour and visit a number of religious buildings and take a walk through both the upper and old city. Fianarantsoa is also known for its abundant vineyards. Transfer the hotel and overnight stay in Fianarantsoa.

Included
Fianarantsoa City Tour
8th Day: Fianarantsoa - Ranohira

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive southwards today, to the region of Ihorombe, noticing the change of landscape from the green highlands to the dry granite formations of the 'gate of the south'. This is the land of the Baras community, one of the oldest ethnic groups in the country, known for their cattle herding. Pass by the Bishops Hat, a holy place for the locals until arriving at the small town of Ranohira after a journey of approximately 7 hours (295Km), situated in the Isalo Mountains. In the afternoon, enjoy watching the sunset from the 'Window of Isalo' viewpoint. Overnight stay in Ranohira.

Included
Watch the Sunset through the 'Window of Isalo'
9th Day: Ranohira

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, discover the unique sandstone formations of the Isalo National Park, where you can find a rugged mountain landscape with rock formations and caves. Despite the dry climate, there are many streams with crystal clear waters that run across the deep gorges and form luscious green oases. Enjoy the spectacular mountainous landscape of shimmering rocks, gorges and deep water-filled canyons, even in the dry season. After a short hike enjoy a well-deserved cool off in a natural pool. Afterwards, we recommend an optional trip to Bara Village in Maromaniry.* Overnight stay in Ranohira.

Optional Bara Village Excursion: Observe village life in Bara, where the communities live in traditional mud houses and are experienced cattle breeders. Learn about their complex beliefs and wedding traditions for a unique insight into the Bara way of life.

Included
Isalo National Park
Optional
Visit Bara Village in Maromaniry
10th Day: Ranohira - Ifaty

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, head to the beautiful coastal town of Ifaty, an ideal destination for hiking and discovering the local wildlife. Watch the idyllic landscapes of Madagascar pass by on the journey of approximately 6 hours (265Km). On arrival, stretch your legs in the thorny forest of Reniala Reserve, where you can find a number of typical plant species, endemic to southern Madagascar. Animal species of different types also find refuge in the forest. Transfer to the hotel and enjoy the evening at your leisure. Overnight stay in Ifaty.

Included
Reniala Reserve
11th Day: Ifaty

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, lounging on the pristine beaches or perhaps enjoying some snorkelling. Be sure to sample the local cuisine! Overnight stay in Ifaty.

12th Day: Ifaty - Ambalavao

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, leave Ifaty and its beautiful beaches and head for Ambalavao, a journey of approximately 10 hours (488Km). Take a break along the way in Anja Park where you can look out for the iconic Katta Lemurs, a symbol of Madagascar. Meet these funny creatures and discover the beauty of this well-kept reserve. Continue the journey until you reach Balavao, to learn about the production of Temoro Paper at a local workshop, an ancient type of paper, similar to papyrus and embedded with flowers and leaves. Afterwards, transfer to your hotel in Ambalavao. Overnight stay in Ambalavao.

Included
Anja Park
13th Day: Ambalavao - Ranomafana

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, experience another part of Madagascar's rich natural environment as you discover the deep rainforest of Ranomafana. After a journey of approximately 4 hours (125Km), arrive in Roanomafana, transfer to the hotel and once night falls, head out on an unforgettable nocturnal nature walk in the rainforest. Look out for lemurs, reptiles, birds and amphibians and be amazed by the diversity of the region. Overnight stay in Ranomafana.

Included
Nocturnal Nature Walk in Ranomafana Rainforest
14th Day: Ranomafana

Breakfast at the hotel. Wake up to the sounds of nature and set off on a visit to the Ranomafana National Park. It is one of the largest nebula rainforest reserves in the world with many endemic animal species to discover, such as birds, chameleons, butterflies, frogs or a dozen species of lemurs. Look out for the rare golden bamboo and lemurs. Get up close to the wildlife which is so characteristic of the country and fall in love with the perfect natural environment. For more wildlife spotting, enjoy an optional visit to the Chameleons of Infanadiana.* Overnight stay in Ranomafana. 

Optional Visit to the Chameleons of Infanadiana: In Infanadiana, in the yard of a normal household are a collection of many different chameleon species. Visit this fascinating place, home to the famous Parsonii Chameleon, endemic to Madagascar and the largest of all extant species.

Included
Ranomafana National Park Excursion
Optional
Chameleons in Ifanadiana
15th Day: Ranomafana - Antsirabe

Breakfast at the hotel. Leave Ranomafana and its verdant landscape to return to Antsirabe, a colonial city, known for its abundant rickshaws, imported from India. Enjoy the scenic journey of approximately 6 hours (270Km) before arriving back in Antsirabe. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, soaking up the local culture and relaxing at your own pace. Overnight stay in Antsirabe.

16th Day: Antsirabe - Antananarivo - Mauritius

Breakfast at the hotel*. At the indicated time, transfer to Antananarivo airport a journey of approximately 6 hours (170Km), to board the flight to Mauritius, nicknamed the 'Island of Eden'! Touch down in Mauritius and transfer to the hotel. This island paradise is famous for its crystalline waters, white sands, exotic vegetation and idyllic beaches. Get settled in and begin to enjoy your stay in Mauritius on an All-Inclusive basis. Overnight stay in Mauritius.

* Depending on the flight schedule, breakfast could be a breakfast box.

17th Day: Mauritius

All-Inclusive. Enjoy the day at your leisure. We suggest visiting a traditional market to get a closer look at Mauritian culture. The best known are the markets of Port Louis or Quatre Bornes, where you can find a myriad of traditional dishes, vibrant coloured textiles and spices. Alternatively, enjoy an optional tour of Mystic South.* Overnight stay in Mauritius. 

*Optional Mystic South Tour: Visit the central town of Curepipe, home to luxurious architecture and a busy commercial hub, to see a different side of Mauritian life. Next, head to the mighty Trou-aux Cerfs, a dormant volcanic crater, situated high above the city. Head into the mountains to visit the Ganga Talao lake, secluded in the lush heart of the island and considered a sacred Hindu site. Learn about its religious significance before ending the day at the La Vanille Crocodile Park, set in lush greenery and home to crocodiles, giant tortoises and beautiful butterflies and flora.

Optional
Mystic South Tour Mauritius
18th Day: Mauritius

All-Inclusive. Spend the day at your leisure, soaking up the sun or perhaps treating yourself to a spa treatment at the hotel. We recommend an optional tour of Port Louis & the North of the Island*. Overnight stay in Mauritius.

* Optional Full-Day Port Louis & North tour: Head to Port Louis and enjoy the lively waterfront, the main craft market and Fort Adelaide, built by the British in 1835. Next, visit an old Sugar Mill for exciting rum tasting and learn about the history of trade on the island. Stop at the spectacular botanical gardens of Pamplemousses, where you are blown away by nature's splendour. The gardens are home to giant water lilies, as big as three metres wide. Enjoy the afternoon in the beautiful gardens before returning to the hotel.

Optional
Full Day Port Louis & North Tour
19th Day: Mauritius

All-Inclusive. Make the most of your final day on the paradise shores of Mauritius. If you haven't already, we recommend visiting the amazing ‘Land of Seven Colours’ in Chamarel, an otherworldly geological formation composed of multi-coloured sand dunes separated into surreal rainbow-hued lines. Overnight stay in Mauritius. 

20th Day: Mauritius - Night on board

Breakfast at the hotel*. It's time to bid farewell to magical Mauritius. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the UK/Ireland. Night on board.

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

21st Day: UK/Ireland

Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip. 

Accommodation: 18 Nights

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Included activities

If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Included

Included activity for day 2

Duration 01:00h Approx.

Physical rating:

Light

Antanarivo Orientation Tour

Enjoy a brief guided tour of Antanarivo on the way from the airport to your hotel when you arrive in Madagascar.

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Included

Included activity for day 3

Duration 01:00h Approx. Pick up time: 11:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

Visit a Malagasy Pot Factory

On the way to Antsirabe, stop at an authentic Malagasy Pot Factory, where you can see how these cooking pots are skilfully crafted from aluminium.

What's included: Tips for the local guide

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Included

Included activity for day 4

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: 17:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

Avenue of Baobabs

Visit the incredible Avenue of Baobabs, lined with majestic baobab trees. Be awe-struck by the spectacle of the sun setting behind the unforgettable silhouettes of the trees and soak up the views of the surrounding natural landscapes.

What's included: Entrance fees.

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Included

Included activity for day 7

Duration 01:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

Fianarantsoa City Tour

Enjoy a fascinating city tour of Fianarantsoa to visit a number of religious buildings and take a walk through both the upper city and old town.

What's included: Guiding fees.

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Optional

Suggested activity for day 2

Photo Museum of Andohalo

Located in the former mayor's house in Anjohy, learn about the history and culture of Madagascar through a series of photos, many taken by missionaries.

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 3

Fulgence's Painter's Workshop Visit

Admire the works of Fulgence, a local painter. His masterpieces are easily recognisable due to either youthful or aged expressions on the faces of his subjects.

more information
Optional

Suggested activity for day 9

Visit Bara Village in Maromaniry

Observe village life in Bara, where the communities live in traditional mud houses and are experienced cattle breeders. Learn about their complex beliefs and wedding traditions for a unique insight into the Bara way of life.

more information
Optional

Suggested activity for day 14

Chameleons in Ifanadiana

In Infanadiana, in the yard of a normal household are a collection of many different chameleon species. Visit this fascinating place, home to the famous Parsonii Chameleon.

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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departure from the main UK/Ireland airports.
  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Antananarivo, Antananarivo - Mauritius, Mauritius - UK/Ireland.
  • 18 nights accommodation in Charm category hotels.
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  • 14 breakfasts & All inclusive in Mauritius *
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  • Transfers in air conditioned vehicles.
  • Visits and entrances fees as indicated in the itinerary with an English-speaking guide.
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • ATOL Protection.
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Visa (required and costs approx. £31 to be paid on arrival in cash), drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 14 days before your trip or delivered to you on arrival at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

** All-Inclusive Package in Mauritius: International Breakfast Buffet, Lunch Buffet (free option to eat at the Burger Bar for lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.), afternoon tea and pancakes from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Themed Buffet Dinner (organized on the Beach Esplanade every Wednesday & Saturday). Beverages: Served from 10:30 a.m. -10:30 p.m. including a selection of local bottled alcoholic drinks such as beer, rum, vodka, wine, whisky, gin, spirits, a selection of cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks such as juice, soft, tea/coffee, and still/sparkling water. Minibar with a selection of locally bottled drinks replenished once a day.

  • Entry requirements
    Passport with a minimum of six months validity.
  • Visa
    An entry visa is required. You can obtain a visa on arrival for approx. $37, to be paid in cash. 2 recent passport photos are required.
  • Currency
    Malagasy Ariary.
  • Language
    French and Malagasy.
  • Electricity
    127 / 220 V 50 Hz. Type C, D, E, J and K.
  • Health
    Please consult your doctor regarding malaria prophylaxis.
  • Time zone
    UTC +3
  • Other useful information
    The capital of Madagascar is Antananarivo.
  • Tourist Office website
    https://madagascar-tourisme.com/en/

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

 

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