21 days in Madagascar Itinerary

21 days in Madagascar Itinerary

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21 days in Madagascar Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Nosy Be
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Antsiranana (Diego Suarez)
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
3
Andasibe
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  5​h 30​min
4
Antsirabe
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Fianarantsoa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Ambalavao
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  10​h
7
Morondava
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
8
Antananarivo
— 5 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Barcelona

3
nights
Nosy Be

The island of Nosy Be, off the coast of Madagascar, remains the country's premier beach getaway renowned for its tranquil ambience, pristine shoreline, and year-round warm weather.
Nosy Be is known for wildlife, parks, nature, zoos & aquariums, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, head off the coast to Nosy Sakatia, get to know the resident critters at Lemuria Land, and stroll through Lokobe Nature Special Reserve.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Nosy Be trip planner .

Barcelona, Spain to Nosy Be is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Barcelona to Nosy Be, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. August in Nosy Be sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Antsiranana (Diego Suarez).

Things to do in Nosy Be

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Lokobe Nature Special Reserve ©
Lokobe Nature Special Reserve
Nosy Sakatia ©
Nosy Sakatia

3
nights
Antsiranana (Diego Suarez)

Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) ©
On a trip to Antsiranana, a sleepy port town in Madagascar's northernmost province, you can enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of its streets, lined with quaint colonial-era buildings and colorful marketplaces.
Change things up with a short trip to Amber Mountain National Park in Joffreville (about 40 minutes away). There's still lots to do: stroll around Tsingy Rouge Park, explore the historical opulence of Windsor Castle, stop by Societe Tropicale Miniere, and try your luck at Grand Cercle de Diego.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) itinerary builder app .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Nosy Be to Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Andasibe.

Things to do in Antsiranana (Diego Suarez)

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Amber Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Tsingy Rouge Park ©
Tsingy Rouge Park
Les Trois Baies ©
Les Trois Baies
Amber Mountain National Park ©
Amber Mountain National Park

2
nights
Andasibe

Andasibe ©
When you take a trip to Andasibe, you'll discover a protected rainforest in eastern Madagascar.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Andasibe-Mantadia National Park (Reserve of Perinet) and then stroll through Vakona Private Reserve. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Mitsinjo Reserve and then delve into the lush surroundings at Analamazaotra Special Reserve.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Andasibe attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) to Andasibe takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Antsirabe.

Things to do in Andasibe

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Vakona Private Reserve ©
Vakona Private Reserve
Analamazaotra Special Reserve ©
Analamazaotra Special Reserve

1
night
Antsirabe

Antsirabe ©
Once a colonial retreat hotspot, Antsirabe boasts the architectural remnants of that period with cathedrals, hotels, and villas.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Antsirabe Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at Fahaleovantena Tribes Monument, then explore the activities along Lac Tritriva, and finally explore the activities along Lac Andraikiba.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Antsirabe trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Andasibe to Antsirabe in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Fianarantsoa.

Things to do in Antsirabe

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lac Tritriva ©
Lac Tritriva
Antsirabe Cathedral ©
Antsirabe Cathedral
Fahaleovantena Tribes Monument ©
Fahaleovantena Tribes Monument

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 3rd (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Blue pool and then explore the striking landscape of Ranomafana National Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Fianarantsoa tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Antsirabe to Fianarantsoa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Ambalavao.

Things to do in Fianarantsoa

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Blue pool
Highlights from your plan
Ranomafana National Park ©
Ranomafana National Park
Blue pool ©
Blue pool

2
nights
Ambalavao

Ambalavao ©
Ambalavao is a city in Madagascar, in the Haute Matsiatra region. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): explore the activities along Natural pool and then stroll through Anja Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National de l'Andringitra.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ambalavao trip planner .

You can drive from Fianarantsoa to Ambalavao in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Morondava.

Things to do in Ambalavao

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Anja Reserve ©
Anja Reserve
Parc National de l'Andringitra ©
Parc National de l'Andringitra

1
night
Morondava

Morondava ©
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.
On the 6th (Fri), head off the coast to Madagascar. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a peaceful walk through Kirindy Forest Morondava Madagascar, then contemplate the long history of Ankevo Hamlets, and then stroll through Avenue of the Baobabs.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Morondava vacation builder site .

Getting from Ambalavao to Morondava by combination of bus and flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Antananarivo.

Things to do in Morondava

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Avenue of the Baobabs ©
Avenue of the Baobabs
Kirindy Forest Morondava Madagascar ©
Madagascar ©
Madagascar

5
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.
Antananarivo is known for zoos & aquariums, historic sites, shopping, adventure, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lemurs' Park, experience rural life at Croc Farm, stroll through Réserve Peyrieras Madagascar Exotic, and stop by Lisy Art Gallery.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Antananarivo trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Morondava to Antananarivo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. September in Antananarivo sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antananarivo

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lemurs' Park ©
Lemurs' Park
Ambohimanga ©
Ambohimanga
Rova - Le Palais de la Reine ©
Rova - Le Palais de la Reine

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