OPTIONAL PRE-RACE (June 2 – 4)
Sunday, June 2 - Arrive at Ivato International Airport (TNR) in Antananarivo, the capital city of Madagascar affectionately known as “Tana”. You will be met and transferred to the Hotel Colbert for the next three nights. Airport transfer included. No meals included today.
Monday, June 3 - After breakfast at the hotel, meet your English-speaking guide for a city tour and lunch. This evening will be a slide show introducing you to Madagascar followed by dinner. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Tuesday, June 4 - After breakfast at the hotel, meet your English-speaking guide for an excursion to Lemurs Park with lunch. Continue to the Relais de Plateaux to join the group for your overnight stay. Dinner is on your own this evening. (breakfast and lunch included)
RACE PACKAGE (June 4 – 10)
Tuesday, June 4 – Arrive at Ivato International Airport (TNR) in Antananarivo, the capital city of Madagascar affectionately known as “Tana”. You will be met and transferred to the Relais de Plateaux Hotel (in close proximity to the airport) for your overnight stay. Airport transfers included. No meals included today.
Wednesday, June 5 – Following breakfast the group will be transferred to the airport with your English-speaking guides for the one hour flight to Toliara (also called Tulear) on the southwest coast of Madagascar. Upon arrival, we will begin the four hour (approximate) drive to the Isalo, where we will spend the next four nights. Once you check-in to the Jardin du Roy or its sister property Relais de la Reine join us for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner. (breakfast, box lunch and dinner included)
Thursday, June 6 - After breakfast, we will transfer from the hotels to the Isalo National Park for a visit to Canyon Namaza to see the ringtail, sifaka and brown lemurs; and hike to the unique and stunning Cascades. We will then return to the hotel for lunch. An optional training run will be offered in the afternoon, which will take you on part of the course. All meals will be enjoyed at the hotel today. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Friday, June 7 - Following breakfast will be a morning drive to the Zombitse National Park for hiking or you may wish to go to the sapphire mining town of Ilakaka. This area produces some of the world's purest sapphires, which were first unearthed only 25 years ago. In the early evening will be race check-in and briefing at the Jardin du Roy followed by a pre-race pasta dinner. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Saturday, June 8 - Race Day! The start at 7:00am is outside your doorstep at the Relais de la Reine and the finish will be at the Jardin du Roy (both are within a very short walking distance of each other). The post-race party will include an awards ceremony, entertainment and will be followed by a buffet dinner enjoyed under the stars (weather permitting). (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Sunday, June 9 - Depart your hotel today for the return drive to Toliara (Tulear) Airport. A dayroom or overnight at the Relais de Plateaux in Tana is included in your package. Please note: all international flights must depart on Monday, June 10 since we won’t return to Tana until the late afternoon. For those extending their time in Madagascar on the extension, please see the Post-Race Extension Itinerary for details. Those on the Air France flight on June 10 at 12:55 AM we will organize a group airport transfer this evening. (breakfast and box lunch included)
Monday, June 10 – International departures home.
Please note that order of itinerary may be rearranged subject to air schedule changes by Air Madagascar, and some hotels may have to be substituted with similarly priced hotels due to conditions beyond our control.