This trip is designed for the traveller who likes to be amongst the locals EXPLORING, Learning the culture and enjoying Great Food, Live Music, The ocean, diving or snorkelling… anything goes in St Gilles! We have included three tours so you get to visit the inland part of Reunion which is breath taking. Day trips to the mountains combined with afternoons at the beach – life could not be better.
- MEET AND GREET UPON ARRIVAL AT THE AIRPORT BY OUR TEAM
- 7 NIGHTS , BED AND BREAKFAST @ THE ALAMANDA HOTEL IN SAINT GILLES
- RETURN TRANSFER AIRPORT TO HOTEL
- 3 FULL SIGHT SEEING TOURS , INCLUDING LUNCH , TO THE MOST SPECTACULAR SCENERIES OF THE ISLAND : THREE DAY TOURS BY MINIBUS
- WITH A DRIVER/GUIDE : CILAOS , SALAZIE AND THE VOLCANO OR WILD SOUTH ( There will be other passengers – max 10)
- ALL INFORMATION AND ITINERARY FOR THE ISLAND TOUR
- ASSISTANCE DURING THE WHOLE STAY
- Return flights on Air Austral in Economy Class from JHB
- Airport taxes
- Meet & Greet
- Assistance throughout your stay
- Inclusions / Tours as per itinerary
- 7 Nights accommodation at the Alamanda Hotel with breakfast daily
ZAR16 750 PER PERSON SHARING (Valid for travel in Low season **FEB to SEP** – subject to availability, currency and airport tax fluctuations at the time of enquiry/booking. Peak season surcharges will apply )
Any items of a personal Nature
Meals not mentioned / included
Nightly Tourist tax which is payable directly at each hotel – approx EUR 0.80 pp/pn
Tips, Drinks, Taxi fares etc.
ACCOMMODATION CAN BE UPGRADED
For the volcano:
Pick up at 7h00
The fresh air in the morning will be quickly replaced by the natural heat from the volcano sites.
The Route du Littral from the West will unveil the placid shores against the steep cliffs up to Saint-Pierre.
Here begins the uphills to the plateau of Plaine des Cafres, and the Grande Ferme.
Heather, gentian, villages, pastures, cows, forests, will be the scenery until the “Nez de Bœuf” at 2070 m.
From here extends a confusing valley; 22km of geological surprises.
The gaping hole in the Commerson crater is adorned with as many rocks as question marks.
This amphitheater dreamed by geologists announced the beginnings of even more surprising discoveries.
The peak of the day will be at 2360m above sea level.
A magical escape!
Feel the challenge of the vastness of mother nature at Plaine des Sables.
Back at 17h30
Pick up time at 07h00 or 07h30, South West.
The first stop is at Saint-Leu, where you will witness the intriguing aspect of “Souffleur” (the blower).
The trip then leads to Saint-Louis, with its factories, the mosque, the hindu temples and the church.
We then leave the highway to go uphill, towards the mountains.
After going through the French quarters of Saint-Louis and its traditional Creole houses and french gardens, the famous road to Cilaos with 400 turns begins. Breath-taking landscapes. The particularity of this site waves off any kind of apprehension and the way uphills is done easily and comfortably.
The symmetrical tunnels and majestic Peter Both, the weird village of Palmiste Rouge, vertiginous valleys and the green landscapes will make you forget where you are.
Welcome to Cilaos at an altitude of 1 300m. Spa city, Sports city or agricultural city, where some of the best vineyards of France come from.
The view from the stop of “la Roche Merveilleuse” dominates all the Cirque and beats up all the known cliches of this region. After visiting the artisanal workshop “Jours de Cilaos” and after a nice traditional lunch, we will go back on the “Route du Littoral” (coastal road).
A last stop will be at “l’Etang-Salé” to visit “Le Gouffre” (The Pit); another surprise of nature around which many stories were told.
Back to the hotel at 17h00.
For The wild south:
Early departure at 7h00 to the South of the Island.
The landscapes will be continuously changing while driving pass Grand Bois. Since the beginning of times, the sea and the cliffs are in a constant battle.
As a result of the abundance of the rainfall on the southern region of the island, the fields and scenery are exaggeratedly green.
The primary forests are lining the foot of the volcanic hills, offering a natural playground for pailles-en-queue and various endemic birds.
Grand-Anse was the first town of the South to welcome settlers.
The location looks like a postcard advert: shades under coconut trees, a green carpet of grass extending to a coarse-sand beach, showing that Reunion is a relatively young island, which needs to be discovered in a sustainable way.
The era of old factories and mills are slowly but surely replaced by modern architecture.
The views offered by Le Tremblet, le Brûlé, or the lava flows will simply take your breath away.
How can hell be so close to the doors of paradise?
How can a dark scenery be this beautiful, and lame actions this admirable?
Words are missing to describe those unique landscapes.
The magical touch of the afternoon will be at “Jardin des Parfums et des Epices” (garden of aromas and spices).
Back at hotel at 18h00.
Departure from the hotel in Saint Gilles area : 07:30 , return around 5 p.m.
Daily Tour to Salazie, a world of quietness, waterfalls and bananas
On the East Cost, we will take the road that leads to the most verdant cirque of the island . Rocks faces of the mountains are covered with heady waterfalls; the most famous is the ‘Voile de la Mariée’. You will discover the lushes vegetation , watercress beds, banana plantations, surrounded by green mountains before reaching Hellbourg.
In this small village, that you can call an open air museum of architecture, old houses that used to belong to some of the greatest local families are witnesses of a glorious past .
A walk in Hellbourg gives you the opportunity to catch some of the local atmosphere , before having a traditional lunch in a creol restaurant ( drinks included )
In the afternoon you will visit the Vanilla Plantation : On their property, the family continues to cultivate and prepare the best vanilla of the world, and they will teach you the way to make this orchid such a flavouring spice .
Drive back to you hotel, passing by Saint Denis