Travel 2 Touring 18/19

AFRICA

LAND AIR RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

Antananarivo

2

Andasibe National Park

2

Antsirabe

1

1

Fiadanana

1

Ranomafana

1

MADAGASCAR

Ambalavao

1

LAND NIGHTS STAYED

1

2

3

Ranohira

Ifaty

LAND AIR NIGHTS STAYED

1

INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

LAND RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

SMALL GROUP TOUR

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• Local Living: Community Guesthouse and Traditional Dinner, Fiadanana • Andasibe Indri Special Reserve guided walk • Artisan workshop visit • Traditional healer visit • Ranomafana National Park guided walk • Anja Reserve walk • Isalo National Park visit LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1

PRICES FROM £1549pp

14 day Highlights of Madagascar Antananarivo • Andasibe • Antsirabe • Fiadanana • Ranomafana • Ambalavao • Ranohira • Ifaty

LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

Day 1: Arrive Antananarivo Arrive into Antananarivo and make your own way to your hotel. Day 2: Antananarivo – Andasibe Travel to Andasibe-Perinet National Park with scenic stops en route. Day 3: Andasibe Explore the Indri Special Reserve and national park located 1.5km (0.93 mi) from the town of Andasibe. One of the park’s primary purposes is to protect the natural habitat of the indri, a large black and white diurnal species that feeds on leaves and fruit. In addition to the indri, the park has 10 other diurnal and nocturnal lemur species, large chameleons, and the rarely seen blue boa. Day 4: Andasibe – Antsirabe Travel to the ancient colonial town of Antsirabe. Along this stretch of road you will see Merina tombs and the labour-intensive cultivation of rice paddies. Antsirabe is known as a thermal city because of its volcanic lakes. It’s also famous for its precious and semi- After a short visit to Lake Andraikiba, continue on to the small village of Fiadanana. This beautiful village is surrounded by breathtaking landscapes of rice fields and panoramic views of the nearby mountains. Get to see how the villagers live by interacting with them during an authentic community experience. (LD) Day 6: Fiadanana – Ranomafana Enjoy a local breakfast and take in stunning views of Mt Ifasina. Hike back to the bus (about 3.5km) and continue to Ranomafana, a little village named after the hot springs in the valley. The nearby national park is one of the most important mammal sites in Madagascar. (B) Day 7: Ranomafana – Ambalavao Embark on an early morning forest walk to get a feel for the incredible wildlife of the area. Afterwards, enjoy a scenic journey heading south through Madagascar’s wine-producing region. Enjoy the wonderful changes of landscape along the way to the pleasant rural town of Ambalavao. precious stones and handicrafts. Day 5: Antsirabe – Fiadanana

Day 8: Ambalavao – Ranohira Stop at Anja Community Reserve, known for groups of ring-tailed lemurs. Continue on through the ever- changing landscape to Ranohira and Isalo National Park. Day 9: Ranohira In the morning, pack a lunch to take into the park with you to eat during a picnic break later in the day – your CEO can help you arrange this. After a short trek within a small canyon, take a break from the sun and stop at fresh natural swimming pool. Continue on to the “cascades”, considered to be amongst the best waterfalls in Madagascar and has a large natural swimming pool. With a little luck, you may see sifaka, brown lemurs, or ring-tailed lemurs. Day 10: Ranohira – Ifaty En route to Toliara, drive through magnificent desert landscapes. Pass through several unique frontier-style sapphire mining towns. This drive will also pass by the tombs of the Mahafaly; a local tribe known for their large tombs built for chiefs and kings and covered in stones, sculptures, and horns. Continue on to Ifaty to relax and enjoy the breathtaking beaches of the Mozambican Channel. Opt to ride in a dugout canoe, visit the spiny forest reserve, go snorkelling or diving on the reef, or simply relax on the beach. Days 11 & 12: Ifaty The following 2 days are at leisure to explore this gorgeous area. Opt to do some hiking or hit the beach. Day 13: Ifaty – Antananarivo Travel to Toliara for a flight to Antananarivo and an optional last night out on the town. Due to the unpredictability of local flights, if we are unable to secure your domestic flight, we will instead transport you in 4x4 vehicles. This journey can take approximately 10 hours. Day 14: Antananarivo You are free today until it is time to make your own way back to the airport for your flight.

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TOUR DETAILS

£1549 per person

PRICES FROM:

PRICES INCLUDE • 12 nights’ simple hotel accommodation, 1 night community guesthouse • Meals as specified: 1 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner • Services of an experienced Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and local guides • Touring by Private minibus, plane and walking • Sightseeing and touring as specified DEPARTURES 2019: Apr 6,13, 16 20, 27, 30; May 4, 11, 18, 21, 25; Jun 1, 8, 22, 29; Jul 6, 9, 13, 23, 27; Aug 3, 17, 24, 31; Sep 7, 14, 21, 24, 28; Oct 5, 12, 15, 19, 26, 29; Nov 2, 9 16, 19, 23, 30

TOUR STYLE: Small Group (Classic)

GROUP SIZE: 16 max

PHYSICAL DEMAND: Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.

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