5 Nights 6 Days
Destinations : Sainte Marie – Salazie – Cilaos Cirque – Excursion to the Volcano
Book a 6-day 5 night tour package to the beautiful Reunion Island Travel Package to explore this unique island and enjoy the various volcanoes, cirques, and waterfalls.
Day 1: Arrival at Roland Garros Airport in Sainte Marie
Your adventure begins as you touch down at Roland Garros Airport. Upon your arrival, our friendly representative will be there to extend a warm welcome. They will provide you with all the essential documents for your stay, including vouchers, maps, and a handy travel guide. From the airport, you'll be whisked away in an air-conditioned vehicle to your chosen accommodation. The rest of the day is yours to unwind and relax, settling into the serene atmosphere of Sainte Marie. You'll be spending the night at your hotel in Sainte Marie.
Day 2: Exploring Sainte Marie and Salazie
On this beautiful morning, you will be off to explore the vibrant and unique architecture of Indian temples in Sainte Marie. Prepare to be enchanted by the vivid colours and distinctive shapes. Your senses will be treated to a sensory delight as you discover the world of aromatic vanilla pods from Mr. Rouloff's plantation. You'll learn about the fascinating journey from the vanilla plant to the delightful vanilla balms. The aromas will envelop you, creating a sensory experience that's truly enchanting.
As we journey to Salazie, you'll be treated to a series of breathtaking landscapes, with lush greenery everywhere you look. The route is adorned with countless plant species, waterfalls, and an array of colourful flowers that adorn the roads, creating a visual feast.
Our day continues with a visit to a village dedicated to the governor of Hell, which is a living museum of Creole architecture with its distinctive ridge-pole rooftops. As the day draws to a close, we'll make our way back to the hotel for a well-deserved night of rest. You'll be spending another peaceful night at your hotel in Sainte Marie, where a delightful dinner awaits. (Breakfast and Dinner included)
Day 3: Sainte Marie to Cilaos Cirque - A Journey into Time and Nature's Beauty
Today, you will start on a captivating journey to the southern part of the island, Cilaos Cirque. This remote destination is steeped in history and natural splendour. In 1845, a rugged path was carved out, initially accessible only to pedestrians. It wasn't until 1896 that thermal baths were established, and a proper road for vehicles was constructed. Before that, the trek to Cilaos was made on sedan chairs – quite an adventure!
Cilaos village, nestled at an elevation of 1200 metres, is a sight to behold. The ascent along the famous "400 bends road" treats you to awe-inspiring vistas of numerous hamlets dotting the landscape. As you reach the village, you'll feel like you've stepped into a bygone era, with charming old houses surrounded by blooming gardens that resemble an artist's palette. In the hot season, the village bursts with colours, thanks to jacarandas in shades of mauve, dahlias, azaleas, roses, hydrangeas, and mimosas.
Cilaos is renowned for several things - its hydrotherapy facilities, exquisite embroidery, unique local wine (the only one produced in Reunion), and the world-famous lentils. The village beckons you to explore its treasures through various walks and hikes. For the most breathtaking view of the cirque, take a forest path to "La Roche Merveilleuse" or opt for a car or bus ride. From this vantage point, you can feast your eyes on the entire cirque, the village below, intricate paths, and lush forests.
Don't miss the chance to discover the thermal baths, which include both ancient vestiges dating back to the 19th century, accessible via a picturesque road, and modern facilities for wellness and rejuvenation. After enjoying your lunch at your leisure, you can visit the "Embroidery House" and learn about the intricate "les Jours de Cilaos" (an optional suggestion). On your way back in the late afternoon, we'll make a stop at "the whirlpool" at L’Etang-Salé, a natural wonder. We'll return to your hotel around 5:30 pm, and you'll spend the night in the serene embrace of Cilaos Cirque. (Breakfast and Dinner included)
Day 4: Explore Cilaos Cirque at Your Own Pace
Today is a day for you to unwind and enjoy some leisure time. We've got a range of activities available for you upon request when you arrive, including thrilling options like a helicopter ride, diving adventures, transparent kayaking, and relaxing paddle trips. You'll spend the night at our lovely hotel in Cilaos Cirque, where you can relish delicious meals throughout the day.
Day 5: Volcano Adventure
Prepare for an exciting day as we make our way to the coast, with its serene shores and imposing cliffs leading to St. Peter. From there, we begin our ascent towards the vast Plains of Cafres and the Great Ferme.
The highlight of the day is the Commerson crater, a captivating geological formation filled with intriguing rocks, resembling question marks. This natural amphitheatre is a dream come true for geologists, with its intriguing discoveries. As we continue our journey, the landscape will change dramatically, offering stunning vistas. Once the day's exploration is complete, we'll spend the night back at our comfortable hotel in Cilaos Cirque. Enjoy a hearty breakfast and delightful dinner.
Day 6: Farewell to Cilaos Cirque
It's time to bid farewell to the enchanting Cilaos Cirque. Today, you'll be transferred to the airport for your journey back home or onward to your next destination. Enjoy your breakfast before departing.
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