4 Nights 3 Days
Destinations : Sainte Marie – Salazie – Cilaos Cirque
Reunion Island is a small but beautiful island filled with lush green forests, jagged peaks, and palm-fringed beaches. To explore this beautiful French department, try our Reunion Island trip package itinerary.
Day 1: Welcome to Sainte Marie - Arrival at Roland Garros Airport
Upon your arrival at Roland Garros Airport, you will receive a warm welcome from our friendly representative. They will provide you with all the necessary documents for your stay, including vouchers, maps, and a helpful travel guide. Afterward, you'll be whisked away in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle to your chosen accommodation.
The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure, allowing you the opportunity to relax and unwind. You will spend the night in the comfort of your hotel in Sainte Marie.
Day 2: Sainte Marie - Salazie - Sainte Marie
Kickstart your day with a hearty breakfast. This morning, you will go on a journey that promises a vibrant and sensory-rich experience. Your first stop will introduce you to the captivating and colourful Indian temples, each boasting distinctive, phallic architecture that immediately catches the eye. As you explore these temples, your senses will be thoroughly delighted and tested.
Your adventure continues with a visit to Mr. Rouloff's vanilla plantations, where you'll discover the fascinating process of cultivating vanilla pods. The journey will unveil the epic tales of Mr. Rouloff's efforts, from tending to his plantations to the meticulous preparation of this exotic spice. The intoxicating aromas and delightful balms will envelop your senses, creating a truly enchanting experience. As you proceed further, the landscapes and the lush greenery are all-encompassing, with a myriad of plant species, countless waterfalls, and an array of vibrant flowers adorning the paths that lead you to your destination.
Your final stop for the day will take you to a unique village that pays homage to the governor of Hell. Here, you'll be immersed in a living museum of Creole architecture, characterised by its distinctive acute ridgepoles and a fascinating history. As the day draws to a close, you will return to your hotel, where you can relax and unwind. You'll spend the night in the comfort of the hotel in Sainte Marie, enjoying a delicious dinner.
Day 3: Exploring Sainte Marie and the Enchanting Cilaos Cirque
Today, you will go on a journey to the southern part of the island. The story of this adventure dates to 1845 when a challenging path was first opened for intrepid pedestrians. Fast forward to 1896, and thermal baths were established here. Before a proper road for vehicles was built, the only way to reach Cilaos was on a "sedan chair." Quite a feat, considering Cilaos is perched at an elevation of 1200 metres (about the height of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world)!
The ascent along the "400 bends road" is not just a road; it's a scenic masterpiece. Along the way, you'll encounter exceptional vantage points that offer breathtaking views of numerous charming hamlets. As you approach the village, surrounded by towering peaks, you'll be transported to what feels like a village from another era. Old houses are nestled amidst flower-filled courtyards and gardens, reminiscent of a vibrant artist's palette in the summertime. You'll find jacarandas casting purple hues, dahlias, azaleas, roses, hydrangeas, and mimosas, all adding to the picturesque charm.
Cilaos isn't just about its natural beauty; it's also famous for its hydropathy establishment, exquisite embroidery, unique wine production (the only one in Reunion), and its renowned lentils. Numerous walking trails beckon you to explore this paradise, with "La Roche Merveilleuse" offering the best viewpoint of the cirque, accessible via a forest path, car, or bus. From this vantage point, you'll have an unparalleled panoramic view of the entire cirque, the village, winding paths, and lush forests.
Don't forget to visit the thermal baths, including the historic remnants from the 19th century, accessible via a picturesque road, as well as the modern spa and health facilities. You'll have the option to enjoy lunch on your own during the day.
Later in the afternoon, we'll visit the "Embroidery House" and delve into the intricate world of "les Jours de Cilaos" (highly recommended). As the sun begins to set, you will make a stop at "the whirlpool" in L’Etang-Salé, before returning to your hotel around 5.30pm. You'll spend the night at the hotel in Cilaos Cirque, where dinner will be provided.
Day 4: Exploring Cilaos Cirque
Today is your day to relax and enjoy yourself. You have the option to indulge in various leisure activities, which can be arranged upon your arrival. These include thrilling experiences like helicopter rides, diving adventures, transparent kayaking, and leisurely paddling. After a day of leisure, you'll spend the night at your hotel in the beautiful Cilaos Cirque. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
Day 5: Saying Farewell to Cilaos Cirque
Start your day with a delightful breakfast. On this day, it's time to bid adieu to Cilaos Cirque as you're transferred to the airport for your flight back home or onward journey.
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