16 days in Madagascar Itinerary

16 days in Madagascar Itinerary

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16 days in Madagascar Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  31​h
1
Antananarivo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Andasibe
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Antananarivo
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 45​min
4
Antsirabe
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Fianarantsoa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Ranohira
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Toliara
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
8
Antananarivo
— 2 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Washington DC

2
nights
Antananarivo

Antananarivo ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): explore the activities along Parc Tsarasaotra, see the interesting displays at Musee de la Photographie de Madagascar, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Catholique d Andohalo, and finally contemplate the long history of Maison de Jean Laborde. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Lisy Art Gallery, browse the exhibits of Is´art Galerie, then do some two-wheel cruising with Traces, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Digue Market.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Antananarivo trip maker site .

Washington DC, USA to Antananarivo is an approximately 31-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Washington DC to Antananarivo due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Washington DC in September, with highs in Antananarivo at 76°F and lows at 51°F. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Andasibe.

Things to do in Antananarivo

Parks Adventure Outdoors
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Cathedrale Catholique d Andohalo ©
Is´art Galerie ©
Is´art Galerie

1
night
Andasibe

Andasibe ©
When you take a trip to Andasibe, you'll discover a protected rainforest in eastern Madagascar.
To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Andasibe trip planner .

Drive from Antananarivo to Andasibe in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Antananarivo.

Things to do in Andasibe

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Analamazaotra Special Reserve ©
Analamazaotra Special Reserve

1
night
Antananarivo

Antananarivo
For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Antananarivo holiday builder tool .

Getting from Andasibe to Antananarivo by car takes about 4.5 hours. On the 7th (Sat), you'll travel to Antsirabe.

Things to do in Antananarivo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

1
night
Antsirabe

Antsirabe ©
Once a colonial retreat hotspot, Antsirabe boasts the architectural remnants of that period with cathedrals, hotels, and villas.
On the 7th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Antsirabe Cathedral, stop by Boutique Fon'Ala, then admire the striking features of Gare d’Antsirabe, then explore the activities along Lac Andraikiba, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Tritriva.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Antsirabe driving holiday site .

Getting from Antananarivo to Antsirabe by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Fianarantsoa.

Things to do in Antsirabe

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Lac Tritriva ©
Lac Tritriva
Antsirabe Cathedral ©
Antsirabe Cathedral
Lac Andraikiba ©
Lac Andraikiba

1
night
Fianarantsoa

Fianarantsoa ©
The university town of Fianarantsoa (which means "good education" in Malagasy), serves as a commercial and intellectual center of Madagascar.
On the 8th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Natural pool, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cattedrale Di Ambozontany, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, then admire the striking features of Carved balconies, and finally view the masterpieces at Labo photo Pierrot Men.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Fianarantsoa vacation builder .

Getting from Antsirabe to Fianarantsoa by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ranohira.

Things to do in Fianarantsoa

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ambositra, Natural pool
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Cattedrale Di Ambozontany ©
Cattedrale Di Ambozontany

1
night
Ranohira

Ranohira ©
Ranohira is a town and commune in Madagascar. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in breathtaking views at Isalo Window.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ranohira trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Fianarantsoa to Ranohira in 4.5 hours. In September in Ranohira, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Toliara.

Things to do in Ranohira

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Isalo Window
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Isalo Window ©
Isalo Window

3
nights
Toliara

Toliara ©
Sightseeing in Toliara includes wandering through a botanical garden filled with interesting plants.
Musee Rabesandratana and Musee Cedratom are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Honko Community-Based Mangrove Reserve and Antsokay Arboretum. There's more to do: explore the striking landscape of Parc National de Tsimanampetsotsa and look for gifts at L'Univers de la Pierre.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Toliara trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Ranohira to Toliara in 4 hours. On the 13th (Fri), you're off toAntananarivo.

Things to do in Toliara

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Parc National de Tsimanampetsotsa
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Parc National de Tsimanampetsotsa ©
Parc National de Tsimanampetsotsa
Musee Rabesandratana ©
Musee Rabesandratana
Antsokay Arboretum ©
Antsokay Arboretum

2
nights
Antananarivo

Antananarivo ©
On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Andohalo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosquee Sunni, then examine the collection at Piratenmuseum in Antananarivo, then look for gifts at Le Village Maquettes De Bateaux, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monument aux Morts.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Antananarivo online route planner .

You can fly from Toliara to Antananarivo in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Antananarivo

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ambohitantely Special Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Andohalo ©
Andohalo
Mosquee Sunni ©
Mosquee Sunni
Lac Anosy ©
Lac Anosy

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