13 days in Mauritius, Reunion Island & Madagascar Itinerary

13 days in Mauritius, Reunion Island & Madagascar Itinerary

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Grand Baie, Mauritius
— 3 nights
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Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains, Reunion Island
— 4 nights
Drive to Roland Garros Airport, Fly to Morondava
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Morondava, Madagascar
— 2 nights
Drive
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Antananarivo, Madagascar
— 1 night
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Grand Baie, Mauritius

— 3 nights
Wide-open beaches with dazzling blue water and a relaxed coastal atmosphere lure visitors to take a trip to Grand Baie.
Venture out of the city with trips to Grand River South East Waterfalls (in Beau Champ), Sagar Shiv Mandir (in Pointe de Flacq) and Siva Soopramaniar Kovile Bel-Air Riviere Seche (in Bel Air). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at SSR Botanic Garden, get a new perspective on things with Octopus Diving Centre, indulge in some personalized pampering at Ved Holistic Care Centre, and stroll through Ile aux Cerfs.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Baie trip planning site.

Riga, Latvia to Grand Baie is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Riga to Grand Baie is 2 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Riga in December; daily highs in Grand Baie reach 35°C and lows reach 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains.

Things to do in Grand Baie

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains, Reunion Island

— 4 nights
You've added Point de vue sur le trou de fer, Jardin de l'Etat, Bazaltik RĂ©union, Tunnels de lave, and other attractions to your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains: Piton des Neiges (in Cilaos), Pas de Bellecombe (in Sainte-Rose) and Piton de Fournaise (in Saint-Benoit).

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains visit planning tool.

You can fly from Grand Baie to Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Morondava.

Things to do in Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Morondava, Madagascar

— 2 nights
Known for its iconic road lined with ancient Baobab trees, the sleepy coastal village of Morondava serves as a popular base for travelers looking to explore the national parks and nature reserves of Madagascar.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with Nofy-Be Sailing & Diving Madagascar. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Avenue of the Baobabs and then delve into the lush surroundings at Kirindy Forest Morondava Madagascar.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Morondava online trip maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains to Morondava. The time zone difference when traveling from Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains to Morondava is minus 1 hour. You'll set off for Antananarivo on the 16th (Thu).

Things to do in Morondava

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Tours

Antananarivo, Madagascar

— 1 night
Surrounded by verdant rice paddies, Madagascar's capital and the country's commercial and cultural hub, Antananarivo boasts a rich history and heritage, evident in its numerous historic buildings, colonial-era neighborhoods, and archaeological museums.
Andasibe-Mantadia National Park has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, explore the historical opulence of Rova - Le Palais de la Reine, get to know the resident critters at Lemurs' Park, then hunt for treasures at Digue Market, and finally don't miss a visit to Independence Avenue.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Antananarivo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Morondava to Antananarivo takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Antananarivo

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mauritius travel guide

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Beaches · Islands · Geologic Formations
Island of Rainbows and Shooting Stars
A small but surprisingly multicultural island in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius sits just east of Madagascar and offers a white-sand coastline lapped by sapphire waters. The contrasts of colors, tastes, and cultures here makes a vacation in Mauritius richly rewarding, with plenty to do along the coast and deeper inland. A tour of Mauritius usually includes long stops at the island's beaches, which serve as launching points for deep-sea fishing trips, dolphin-watching excursions, and scuba diving adventures. Farther away from the water, you can discover a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. Mauritius is made for explorations on foot, with several volcanic summits and a large national park sheltering abundant species of indigenous plants and birds.

Reunion Island travel guide

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Parasailing & Paragliding · Gardens · Aquariums
Known for its volcanic forested interior, Reunion Island also features beaches and coral reefs. The island's most famous landmark is a climbable volcano (active), standing over 2,600 m (8,600 ft) above sea level. Other climbing destinations include an extinct volcano and three calderas, a type of naturally formed amphitheaters created by collapsed volcanoes. Plan your next holiday on Reunion Island if you're looking for great views and majestic landscapes.

Madagascar travel guide

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Nature & Parks · National Parks · Scuba & Snorkeling
Red Island
Madagascar deserves its reputation as a nature lover's paradise--around 5 percent of the world's plant and animal species are endemic to this island. Lemurs and rainforests, karst landscapes and rich red soil steal the headlines and remain among tops reasons to take a trip to Madagascar. The cultural diversity of the population also provides plenty of intrigue and interest, with distinctive ceremonies, unusual sports, and a varied cuisine all highlights of active, enriching Madagascan itineraries.