Madagascar in 17 Days
Land of the Baobabs
Enjoy the richness and beauty of southern Madagascar. Begin by exploring the vibrant highland capital of Antananarivo. Discover the city of Antsirabe and its clay houses and let yourself be impressed by the giant baobabs of Morondava. Explore Fianarantsoa, find lemurs and birdlife in the rainforest of Ranomafana and relax on the white sandy beaches of Ifaty.
16 days trip including flights*
15 days and 14 nights in destination
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NYC - TNR
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* 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.
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.
Arrive at Antananarivo airport meet your guide and transfer to the hotel, a journey of approximately 2 hours, enjoying 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Arboretum.* Overnight stay in Ranomafana.
* Optional Visit to the Chameleons of Arboretum: A colorful array of many different chameleon species inhabit this magnificent arboretum. Visit this natural paradise home to the biggest of its species, Parson's Chameleon or Calumma Parsonii, endemic to Madagascar. Learn about the fascinating science behind their incredible transformative abilities as they shift to different hues and degrees of brightness. An incredible natural sight to behold and an exceptional experience.
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.
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, travel back to the capital, Antananarivo, a journey of approximately 6 hours (170Km), enjoying the verdant landscapes of Madagascar for the final time. Transfer to the airport for a return flight back to the US. Night on board.
Accommodation: 14 Nights
*In case the advertised hotels are not available they will be replaced by one of these alternative hotels with the same quality: Belvedere Hotel, Chalet des Roses.
Included activity for day 2
Duration 01:00h Approx.
Antanarivo Orientation Tour
Enjoy a brief guided tour of Antanarivo on the way from the airport to your hotel when you arrive in Madagascar.
Included activity for day 3
Duration 01:00h Approx. Pick up time: 11:00 Approx
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.
Included activity for day 4
Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: 17:00 Approx
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.
Included activity for day 7
Duration 01:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx
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.
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.
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.
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.
Suggested activity for day 14
Duration 01:00h Approx.
Chameleons in the Arboretum
Visit the Arboretum to discover some of the incredible chameleons of Madagascar. You will meet the biggest chameleon in the world, the Calumma Parsonii or Parsoni Parsoni. You will also discover the Calumma Baltéatus, a very rare species of Chameleon.
The price includes
- Included in all our trips. more information
- Departure from the main US airports.
- International flights: US - Antananarivo - US.
- 14 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.See hotels included
- 14 Breakfasts.
- Transfers in air conditioned vehicles.
- Visits and entrances fees as indicated in the itinerary with an English speaking guide.See itinerary
- All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
Visa (required and costs approx. €35 to be paid on arrival in cash), drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
- Entry requirementsPassport with a minimum of six months validity.
- VisaAn entry visa is required. You can obtain a visa on arrival for approx. $37, to be paid in cash.You must apply for Landing Authorisation prior to arrival: https://www.ivisa.com/madagascar-visa-on-arrival
- CurrencyMalagasy Ariary.
- LanguageFrench and Malagasy.
- Electricity127 / 220 V 50 Hz. Type C, D, E, J and K.
- HealthPlease consult your doctor regarding malaria prophylaxis.
- Time zoneUTC +3
- Other useful informationThe capital of Madagascar is Antananarivo.
- Tourist Office websitehttps://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.
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