Day 1: – ARRIVE AIRPORT ROLAND GARROS – WEST COAST
12 :00 Arrival at Roland GARROS airport in Sainte-Marie. Greating by your english speaking tour
guide. Transfer towards your hotel. 45 minutes.
Arrival at the hotel and welcome drink.
2:00 pm Lunch in the hotel.
Rest of the day free for resting from your trip
Dinner in the hotel and overnight.
Day 2: – EXPERIENCE THE KINGDOM OF THE FRESH WATER – DISCOVER THE BOURBON
Breakfast and departure towards the north of the island, an area called “the beautiful countryside
plain” due the luxurious vegetation. There we are on the exposed coast to the trade
winds blowing from the south and bringing rainfalls. with them it is theregion where the whiteThanks to them the water activities are the leisure number 1. Today your programme proposes to you to enjoy an exceptional natural framework, experiencing the aquatic hike. Dresse with neoprene suit you will sometimes jump into the water, use ropes or just slide.
This fun activity helps the cohesion of a group, in family or with friends. Ideal for initiation with running water!
After a typical creole lunch in typical restaurant of the area, you will go on a tour of one of the products which makes the fame of the island, vanilla. This product gold medal rewarded in the agricultural contest of 2011 of Paris, it is cultivated all along the wind coast. We propose to you to meet with a producer who will share his passion with you. Return to hotel dinner and avernight.
Day 3: – OPTIONAL MOUNTAIN BIKING ON THE SLOPES OF THE MAIDO PEAK – RUM DISTILLERY ODYSSEY
Breakfast and road towards one of the most emblematic site of the island, the Maïdo peak. It is an impressive overlooking spot over Mafate cirque an authentic place. Indeed there is no road suitable for vehicules to go there !
Optional descent on mountain bikes, From the Maïdo Peak to seaside of StGilles les Bains. (2200 m alt.) Discover the heigths of Réunion, the forest of Tamarins and Criptomérias trees, enjoy the itineray in in the meadows under the attentive eye of the famous “papangues” so often called: the local eagle and finally its famous fields of Sugar canes which will
make you a taste of adventure. This exceptional descent also makes it possible to the beginners to be initiated to the mountain biking, thanks to our state patented guides who will accompany you in your discovery of the west slopes of th Piton des neiges massif, as one cannot discover elsway. After a typical lunch, you will learn some more about the particular history of the island. After a typical lunch you will learn more about the island visiting The saga of sugar cane Isautier family rum distillery. Right from the start, even in the garden in front of the Saga du Rhum, the scene is set. The mosaic of various traditional varieties of sugar-cane, with their colourful names, is planted opposite a row of barrels : for
generations, sugar cane has been giving the world a delicious drink: rum.
As early as the 17th century, when the presence of rum is first recorded in Reunion, sugar-cane provided the first settlers on the island with its sweet drink, the main ingredient used to manufacture a fermented drink named ‘fangourin’. With the various improvements made to the manufacturing process throughout the centuries, fangourin was replaced by ‘guildive’, then later ‘arack’ and finally rum. With the industrialisation of sugar production at the start of the 19th century and the increase in the number of processing plants, much of the juice from the sugarcane was used in sugar production. The distilleries used the residue from the sugar crystallization process – molasses – to manufacture traditional rum from processing-plants. Only a few family distilleries, such as the one of the Isautier family, continued to crush their own sugar-cane in order to produce agricultural rum. You will end up the visit by an unvoidable rum tasting.
Day 4: – IN THE BOWELLS OF THE EARTH – TROPICAL GARDEN
Breakfast and departure to the only area of the coast listed world heritage, the wild south and its “great burnt area”. It is called such a way because of the consequences of the capricious neighbor that is the Furnace Peak a very active volcano, no construction is possible only the road testifies to the presence of the man. Very important eruptions poured impressive lava flows of dimension. In 2007 the Furnace generated an eruption which lasted 1 non stop month. The thickness of the lava reached up 60 m per place. Thanks to this exceptional playing field, your programme proposes you an initiation to speleology, in order to live a new experiment. You will slip into these true tunnels of lava presenting a decoration of most unusual!
After a typical lunch you will learn more about the flora indeed Part of the afternoon will be devoted to the Garden of the Perfumes and the Spices , true paradise right in the middle of the forest of Mare Longue, on 800 years old volcanic lava (see pages 18 & 19). A guide will lead you to the discovery of all the plants with perfume and spices; pepper plant, clove, cinnamon-tree, tea.
Day 5 – LIKE A BIRD FLY OVER THE WEST COAST PARAGLIDING – OR DISCOVER THE
UNDERWORLD THROUGH A DIVING ACTIVITY CREOLE VILLAGE
Breakfast and departure to the west coast up the slope of Saint-Leu.
The Paragliding in Reunion
Reunion Island is one of the most renowned places in the world for paragliding. There are about fifteen runways in Reunion. But the runway in Colimaçons (St Leu) is one of the best suited for paragliding. The runway ends in a gentle slope, overlooking a cane field at 800 m altitude. A departure is also possible at 1500 m. A flight lasts between 15 and 25 minutes from the site of Colimaçons to the beach. You will experience the sky as if you were a bird, indeed the paragliders uses the ascendant hot air than the birds to remain as long as possible flying over the magnificent landscape of the island !
The Diving in Reunion
Réunion offers a wide variety of dive sites. Just beyond the reef there are large flats, beautiful steep walls and shipwrecks. Photographers will tend to shoot wide-angle in the morning because conditions are calmer. In the afternoon, macro and the shallower dive sites will delight you with their wealth of corals, sponges, reef fish and critters. This is a great opportunity to work on ambient light underwater photography. The greatest coral and marine life biodiversity is found on the west coast. There are also lava flows on the south side of the island, which are visited by some dive centers. These sites are
exposed to current, however, and for experienced divers only.
After a typical lunch depature towards the village of “ Entre deux” also part of the local network of “the creole villages”. This latter has the objective of keeping the authenticity of the villages of the 19th century. There you will meet up with Etienne Bénard. He is a real personage, passionate of history and anecdotes. You will go from one house to another seeing the creole gardens, sharing Etienne’s passion. You will learn a lot about the history of the island of Reunion, in particular the settlement, coffee, marronnage, slavery and botany. The influences of the architecture of the island, the decorative and utility elements, the organization of the space of the gardens will be some of the delights you will enjoy.
After strolling through the village, the head filled of images, information and of anecdotes, the
creole houses will have no more secret for you.
Day 6: – LEISURE TIME –
Breakfast and take sometime to rest or to do optional extra activities or excursion (see our
representative on the field)
Day 7: – TRANSFER TO AIRPORT ROLAND GARROS –
Breakfast and according to the departure flight schedule, hotel check-out and transfer to the airport for your return flight.
End of services !
- Price quoted above is for per person when minimum 8 travellers are travelling together.
Reservation (for Land Packages)
- To carry out the reservation of your circuit, thank you assure us your agreement by e-mail.
- Installment are equivalent to 40% of the estimated amount of the final invoice at the time of the reservation.
- When we receive the installment, we send the final confirmation to you. The complete regulation must be carried out 30 days before the arrival of/the passenger (S). For the reservations of last minute (less than one month before the departure), the payment is due to the reservation. The agency declines any responsibility when with unfolding for the services confirmed in the event of nonrespect for the modes of payment above.
Any voyage will thus be regarded as confirmed once the installment in our possession. The amount of this installment must correspond to 40% minimum of the total price of the voyage. The balance will have to be paid at the latest a month before the date of arrival envisaged. In the event of cancellation the following conditions are of application:
If cancellation is done more than 60 days before the date of arrival, fee of reservation of 100 Customs dollars by person.
- Between 60 and 30 days before the date of arrival the versed installment is exigible.
- Between 30 and 15 days before the date of arrival: 50% of the price of the voyage.
- From 14 days before the date of arrival: 100% of the price of the voyage.
Reunion island is a very young volcanic island and thus very rich regarding the natural landscapes. Indeed 60% of its territory is perched in the mountains. It is besides the zone which corresponds to the national park tops. It is also the window on the “Natural heritage of UNESCO” from Reunion. This exclusive expedition proposes to you to plunge yourselves in the middle of this region through a programme of exciting nature activities such as Rafting, Lava Tube, Scuba Diving, Paragliding etc.
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