Thursday, June 1 – 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.
Friday, June 2 – After breakfast at the hotel, meet your English-speaking guide for a city tour and an afternoon at Lemur's Park. This evening will be a Welcome Reception followed by dinner. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Saturday, June 3 - This morning is a very early flight to Tulear. 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 Isalo, where we will spend the next five nights. Once you check-in to the Hotel Relais de la Reine or Le Jardin du Roy, join us at Le Jardin du Roy for the pre-race dinner. (breakfast, box lunch and dinner included)
Sunday, June 4 - 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)
Monday, June 5 - 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. Enjoy afternoon activities at your hotel. All meals will be enjoyed at the hotel today. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Tuesday, June 6 - 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. All meals will be enjoyed at the hotel today. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Wednesday, June 7 – After breakfast, those wishing to go for a hike, will meet with your guides for a morning trek. Those who wish to enjoy a tranquil day at the hotel, will be on their own. All meals will be enjoyed at the hotel. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Thursday, June 8 – Depart your hotel today for the return drive to Toliara (Tulear) Airport for our flight to Tana. Upon arrival, those on Air France departing at 11:55 PM will check-in for their international flight home. For those flying out on Friday, an additional night can be arranged for you at the Relais de Plateaux for an additional cost. Those extending their time in Madagascar on the extension, please see the Post-Race Extension Itinerary for details. (breakfast and box lunch included)
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.