4 Nights 3 Days
Destinations : Sainte Marie – Salazie – Cilaos Cirque
Arrival at Roland Garros airport. You will be welcomed by our representative and given all the documents needed for your stay (voucher, maps, travel guide) and transferred on an air conditioning vehicle, to your accommodation according to your choice. Rest of the day free, for resting. Overnight at the hotel in Sainte Marie.
This morning proceed to the phallic and colourful architecture of the Indian temples will delight the first looks. The senses will be tested severely. Aromatic pods are for the program the exploitation of mister Rouloff's vanilla plants, the epic of his panniers and all the sharpness of its preparation, such of balms delicious, will invade your senses until the drunkenness during this discovery. The access to sales is a succession of surprising landscapes, the green is omnipresent. One thousand essences, one thousand waterfalls, one thousand flowers will paper roads until the top. The village which honours the governor of Hell, is in itself, a whole museum of Creole architecture acute ridge-poles. At the end of the day return to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Sainte Marie. (B,D)
Depart to the south of the island. In 1845, a path with difficult access is opened to pedestrians. In 1896, the thermal baths set up and, as far as a suitable road for vehicles was built, the journey to Cilaos was achieved on a “sedan chair” but Cilaos village is situated at 1200m! The ascent by the “400 bends road” offers exceptional lookout points with breathtaking views of the several hamlets. When you finally reach the village dominated by the highest summits you will feel as if you were exploring a village of yore, with its old houses surrounded by flowery yards and gardens which in the hot season, look like a colourful artist palette jacarandas with mauve shadings, dahlias, azaleas, roses, hydrangeas, mimosas. Cilaos is also famous for its hydropathy establishment, its magnificent embroidery, its wine (the only one produced in Reunion) and its lentils. Various walks invite you to go in search of this paradise. You reach the best view on the cirque by taking a forest path to "La Roche Merveilleuse" (or by car or by bus). From up there, you overlook the whole cirque, the village, the paths, and the forests... It is also great to discover the thermal baths, both the old vestiges dating back to the 19 th century to which you can accede via a picturesque road and the new facilities for spas, health and fitness. After a possible lunch (own), you’ll visit the “Embroidery House” and discover “les Jours de Cilaos” (suggestion). On the way back, in the late afternoon, you’ll stop at “the whirlpool“ at L’Etang-Salé, and return to your hotel around 5.30pm. Overnight at the hotel in Cilaos Cirque. (B,D)
Today the day is free at leisure. Leisure activities are available on request on arrival (helicopter ride, diving, transparent kayaking, paddle). Overnight at the hotel in Cilaos Cirque. (B,L,D)
Today you will be transferred to the airport to board the flight back to home or onward journey. (B)
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