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Land of the Baobabs

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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.

1st Day: US - Night on board

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, 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.

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 3.5 hours, 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.

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, 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.

 

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. 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 4.5 hours, 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.

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 5.5 hours, situated in the Isalo Mountains. In the afternoon, enjoy watching the sunset from the 'Window of Isalo' viewpoint. Overnight stay in Ranohira.

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.

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 4.5 hours. 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.

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. 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.

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 2 hours, 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.

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.

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 6-7 hours 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 - Night on board

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, travel back to the capital, Antananarivo, a journey of approximately 6 hours, 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.

17th Day: US

Arrive in the US and end your trip.

17 days trip including flights*

15 days and 14 nights in destination

1

NYC - TNR

2

NYC - 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

TNR - NYC

17

TNR - NYC

* It can change according to your date of travel

Accommodation: 14 Nights

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Available Activities

Activities availability is subject to departure dates and itinerary selected.
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Optional

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 2
Optional

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 3
Optional

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 9
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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. 
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  • Departure from the main US airports.
  • International flights: US - Antananarivo - US.
  • 14 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.
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  • 14 Breakfasts.
  • 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.

Not included

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 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.You must apply for Landing Authorisation prior to arrival: https://www.ivisa.com/madagascar-visa-on-arrival
  • 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.

 

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