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11 Day East Circuit Tour: Culture, Rainforests and Island Escapes Madagascar

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Duration: 11 days
Product code: 4987

On this 11-day tour, start by travelling from Antananarivo to Andasibe. Visit the national park and trek inside the rainforest!

From Andasibe take the boat from Manambato to Akanin'ny Nofy. Trek though amazing sights and locations to reach your hotel in Ampitabe Lake. Spend the next day by yourselves, to take in this amazing place at your own pace. Travel from Akanin'ny Nofy to Toamasina and then onto Sainte Marie for 3 days again here at your own leisure and pace.

You'll then fly back to Antananarivo for a nights stay before taking a day tour and then ending your tour for your departure flight. 

  • Have a full Antananarivo day tour on your final day
  • 3 Day at your own leisure in Sainte Marie
  • Take a boat crossing from Manambato to Akanin'ny Nofy
  • Enjoy a full dedicated to Andasibe National Park
  • See reptiles such a chameleons at Perieyras Farm
  • Sail past the abundant rice paddies
  • Take the East Expedition through the National Route 2
Good to Know
  • Scheduling Scheduling: Shared Tour
  • Languages offered on the Activity / TourLanguages offered on the Activity / Tour: English
  • Duration Duration: 11 days
  • Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Easy Cancellation Easy Cancellation
    There is no cancellation fee once Customers Cancel at least 7 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
    There is 50% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 3 and 6 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
    There is 100% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 2 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
  • Confirmation will be received within 24 hours of booking, subject to availability Confirmation will be received within 24 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Cut-off TimeCut-off Time
    Available to be booked until 2 days before the tour starts. We reserve the option to confirm the tour or not due to availability.
  • Airport transfers in Antananarivo and Sainte Marie Island
  • 11 Nights accommodation with breakfast
  • Tours and entrance fees
  • Guides in the national parks 
  • International/Domestic flights
  • Lunches/dinners
  • Visas
  • Health Insurance or travel insurance
  • Refreshments or snacks
  • Any personal expenses
  • Gratuities

Arrival to Antananarivo from your international flight. Customs formalities.

Meet your driver-guide at the exit and transfer to the city centre to your hotel. Accommodation and breakfast at the hotel.

Welcome to Madagascar, a whole other planet on one island!

  • Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Meet at the hotel in the morning for the beginning of the East expedition of the Island through the National Route 2. This region is characterized by its wet climate thanks to the rain forest.

Crossing a myriad of villages and getting a feel for the traditional lifestyle of the Malagasy people, sail high past incomprehensibly abundant rice paddies, chimney-less long clay red houses in the Malagasy style, and millions of roadside markets displaying a variety of handicrafts, fruit and meat markets- all this against a pretty backdrop of golden grasslands and granite inselbergs. 

On the way, visit the Perieyras farm, where you can easily see some reptiles, like chameleons from the biggest one to the smallest. Keep on driving, pass Moramanga. Arrival in Andasibe in the afternoon. Visit the Vakona private park. 

  • Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer by car to the entrance of the park. This full day is dedicated to discovery by trekking inside the rain forest. 

The park of Andasibe gathers 2 protected areas under one green umbrella: the National Park of Mantadia and the Special Reserve of Analamazoatra (or the Perinet reserve). The Perinet reserve is well known to be the shelter of the Indri-and the Indri are only present in this area. This species is considered to be the biggest primate living in Madagascar. The Mantadia reserve is characterized by orchids. 

 In the park, there are 12 different species of lemurs (nocturnal and diurnal) but also more than 110 bird species with an endemic rate of 50 %Tenrecs (sort of hedgehog) and chameleons cross your way too, and you enjoy primary forest curiosities such as trees ferns, lichens, epiphyte orchids (Angraecum, Bulbophyllums,…), medicinal plants, and precious woods like Dalbergia.

After the tour, transfer back to the hotel. 

  • Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Hit the road toward Brickaville where you will leave the RN2 and take the track until you reach Manambato.  

Boat crossing from Manambato to Ankanin’Nofy by passing through the sparkling Rasoabe Lake and Rasoamasay, and then into the Canal des Pangalanes - and finally you will arrive in Ampitabe Lake. This is where the hotel is located.

  • Breakfast

Spare day in Ankanin'ny Nofy. 

Optional Activities and visits available on site: Palmarium reserve, local school, crocodile lake.

  • Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer by boat to Tamatave along the canal. We discover the canal life: traditional pirogues, tiny villages on the edges. Arrival in Tamatave and transfer to the city where your hotel is settled.

  • Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer by local staff to the airport of Tamatave.

Boarding and flight to Sainte Marie by Air Madagascar. Reception by the hotel’s staff and a short drive to the island resort.

The remainder of the day at your own leisure.

  • Breakfast

Day 8 to 10 are free to your own leisure.

Depending on the flight schedule, transfer to the airport by the staff of the hotel. Flight back to Tana. Lunch in Sainte Marie or Tana. Meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel in the city centre. 

  • Flight :

Breakfast at the hotel. Day fully dedicated to the visit of the city. Sightseeing city tour with a driver-guide and a car at your disposal. Hit the road to the north part of the city to visit the old palace of Ambohimanga. 

We leave the hotel after breakfast to reach Ambohimanga, the blue hill. This hill is considered at the spot of unification of the Imerina kingdom. At the capture of Antananarivo in 1794, the famous 12 sacred hills of the Imerina country became unified and directed by one and the only king: Andrianampoinimerina. Originally born in Ambohimanga, he decided to establish his summer palace in the city and at his death, he was buried there. The ex-royal city was considered as sacred and forbidden to any foreigner. This situation changed, conveniently, for your visit...

Back in the afternoon and keep on visiting the old city or high (mountaintop) city. Transfer to Combava hotel for day-use and dinner. Return to the airport late in the evening for your departure flight.

  • Breakfast
Meeting Point
Antananarivo Ivato international airport.

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