TENTATIVE ITINERARY (subject to change)
OPTIONAL PRE-RACE PACKAGE
Sunday, June 6 - 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 7- After breakfast at the hotel, meet your English-speaking guide for a city tour and lunch. This evening will be a short welcome presentation followed by dinner. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Tuesday, June 8 - After breakfast at the hotel, meet your English-speaking guide for an excursion to Lemurs Park with lunch. Return to the Colbert Hotel and enjoy dinner on your own this evening. (breakfast and lunch included)
Tuesday, June 8 – 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 9 – 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 to five hour (approximate) drive to the Isalo, where we will spend the next four nights. Once you check-in to the Hotel Relais de la Reine or Le Jardin du Roy, join us for a welcome drink and dinner. (breakfast, box lunch and dinner included)
Thursday, June 10 - After breakfast, we will transfer from the hotels to Isalo National Park for a beautiful morning hike. The group will be divided into smaller groups and will then regroup at Canyon Namaza's picnic area where you will possibly see your first lemur! For those who wish to continue their hike up to the stunning Cascades, a boxed lunch will be provided. This is a moderate to difficult hike, so guests should be confident in their balance and walking ability along wet and narrow paths. Those who wish to return to the Le Jardin du Roy for lunch will be transported back. An optional training run will be offered in the late 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 11 - Following breakfast will be a visit 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 12 - 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 13 - 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 14 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. (breakfast and box lunch included)
Monday, June 14 – 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.