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Réunion Island : 12 days between land and sea

Created with Sketch. Ile de la Reunion
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Duration

12 days and 11 nights

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

2 people

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Languages

English, French

Overview

This trip directly prepared by the Tchilee.com team will make you vibrate on this island classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Well balanced between moments of leisure, independent travel and cultural aspect, this trip will offer you unforgettable memories. You will discover the colonial heritage with the dark side of slavery, taste many local dishes called “carry” which are a mix between Indian and African culture. Stroll through well-known markets and smell the spices, let yourself be charmed by a handcrafted gifts or this explosion of colorful vegetable and fruits. Discover these incredible colonial french architectural and hold you breath face on spectacular landscape. At the end, you will know why this island is named “the intense island”. Don’t wait and follow us !

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hidden places from tourists.
  • A well balanced tour between culture, leisure and hiking.
  • You are autonomous.

Itinerary

Day 1 : departure from Paris to St Denis Réunion island
Day 1 : departure from Paris to St Denis Réunion island

You will take off from Paris in the evening (D-1) and land in Reunion Island at the end of the morning (D + 1). Collect your rental car from the airport and drive on your own to your hotel located at the Hermitage (west coast). After about an hour by car, you will arrive at your hotel. We suggest you drop off your belongings and go to the beach club for a delicious local lunch accompanied by a cocktail. For dinner, we offer a very good restaurant near your hotel.

Day 2 : beach club and first step in the colonial heritage
Day 2 : beach club and first step in the colonial heritage

Morning : you will enjoy to spend a good moment in our favorite beach club close to your hotel. You are free to jump in the Ocean Indian or to rent a paddle. Lunch time at noon.
Afternoon : after a remake at your hotel's room, you will discover one of the famous colonial house of the island. You will learn the history of colonisation and slavery.
For the evening, you will have diner in one of our recommanded restaurant.

Day 3 : let's go on the moon track !
Day 3 : let's go on the moon track !

You have selected Réunion Island for its incredible landscape. So, it's time to discover it ! (please check our recommandations wrote on "FAQ" section before doing this day). After your breakfast, you will drive around 2 hours from your Hôtel to "Le Volcan, La plaine des sables". This incredible moment will offer you the possibility to discover volcano area and its "Le piton de la "Fournaise". Now, hike on the track which is leading to the first crater named "Bory". If you feel good, continue straith to the next big one named "Dolomieu" which is the top of "Piton de La Fournaise".
Lunch : we recommand you to bring sandwiches and drinks for having lunch on this incredible site.
Evening : after this discovery, you will come back to your hotel for a duly rest. Diner in one of our recommanded restaurant in Boucan-Canot city.

Day 4 : The secret of vanilla "Bourbon"
Day 4 : The secret of vanilla "Bourbon"

Vanilla is one of the best products on Reunion Island.
Morning: after having had your breakfast, we leave for the eastern part of the island. After almost an hour in the car, you will discover how vanilla is made by an agricultural company. They come back from the south of the island and stop at "Grand Anse". Enjoy the view of the wild south of the island.
Lunch in one of the famous local food trucks on the beach of "Grand Anse".
Afternoon: moment of relaxation at "Grand Anse" beach (please follow our recommendations in the FAQ section).
Evening: return to your hotel.
Dine in one of our recommended restaurants.

Day 5 : in the heart of the tropical forest
Day 5 : in the heart of the tropical forest

Reunion Island is one of the peaks of endemic natural heritage in the world! You have come to the right place to find out.
Morning : after your breakfast, you will drive to "Salazie", which are located in the heart of the island. You will discover an old heritage house deeply settled in a tropical garden. One of the owners will take you to his house (€ 6 per person) and introduce you to all the endemic plants. You will be enveloped by the smell of plants with perfume and spices, pepper plant, clove, cinnamon-tree, tea…
Then, you will follow a trail to the former thermal baths and which was a testimony of the old bourgeoisie between the 19th and the 20th century.
Lunch time in a restaurant in Salazie.
Come back to your hotel. Free time in the afternoon.
Diner in one of our recommended restaurants.

Day 6 : bewitchment in the Indian culture
Day 6 : bewitchment in the Indian culture

Indian culture is one of the most important of the Réunion Island. Its discovery is absolutely fantastic and unmissable.
Morning: breakfast at your hotel. Next, head to one of the island's incredible Indian temples. Jeannick will welcome you for this experience and he will bring in its culture.
After this moment, you will reach to St Denis. Lunch time in a restaurant face of the Ocean Indian.
Afternoon, free time to visit the colorful church, take some photos of old colonial houses and stroll in a sublime tropical garden. We recommend you to visit the Reunion Island Natural History Museum. Stop at the Grand Marché of St Denis and bring back some artisanal souvenirs.
Diner in one of our recommended restaurants.

Day 7 : around marine activity
Day 7 : around marine activity

Morning: breakfast at your hotel. Then, head to the port of St Gilles and embark on a cruise. You will try to approach the dolphins and enjoy an incredible moment at sea with the island as a backdrop.
Lunch in one of our recommended restaurants.
Afternoon: continue to discover marine life by visiting the St Leu turtle farm. This experience will educate you on protecting the oceans against the impact of plastic and fishing on marine animals.
Back to your hotel.
Diner in one of our recommended restaurants.

Day 8 : feeling free on the top the Island
Day 8 : feeling free on the top the Island

Have you ever felt lost at the end of the world? We have a dedicated experience for you: the city of Cilaos!
Morning: early breakfast at your hotel (don't leave your room after 6am). Then, on the way to Cilaos to reach this particularly steep mountain village in the heart of the island. After about 2 hours of driving, you will reach the thermal baths of Cilaos, particularly known for its beneficial water for the body. We offer you 65 minutes of relaxation through the hammam, the hydromassage with oils and the massage shower. Well be guaranteed!
After this moment of well-being, you will visit the village of Cilaos which will offer you breathtaking perspectives. Discover its church, its small shops and cafes. Take the opportunity to go shopping. You will discover artist's paintings, handmade jewelry and other souvenir items. Embroidery is a specialty of the region.
Lunch at one of our recommended restaurants in front of a beautiful pond named "La Mare à Joncs". Cilaos lentils are a culinary specialty that you absolutely must try.
Afternoon : go back to your hotel. Free moment.
Evening : diner in one of our recommended restaurants.

Day 9 : Kayak excursion on the lagoon
Day 9 : Kayak excursion on the lagoon

Morning: breakfast at your hotel. Then, try a kayak ride sea through on the lagoon. With a guide, you will discover sea marine life. It is a good alternative to discover marine species in a leisure moment.
Don't forget Monoï or your solar protection.
Afternoon : free moment.
Evening : diner in one of our recommended restaurants.

Day 10 : lava tunnel
Day 10 : lava tunnel

Today we're bringing you an activity you've probably never tried.
Morning: breakfast at your hotel. Then, you travel to the east of the island to the historic Piton de la Fournaise flow. One of our guides will take care of you in order to make you discover something rare: the lava tunnels.
After this unforgettable experience, discover a religious and exceptional place for the local people with regard to the miraculous lava church.
Lunch : in table d'hôtes on the east coast.
Afternoon : go back to your hotel. Free moment.
Evening : diner in one of our recommended restaurants.

Day 11 : parapente
Day 11 : parapente

This time, we suggest you take the height.
Morning: breakfast at your hotel. You will go to one of the most famous areas of the island for its paragliding. You will enjoy a unique moment by flying over the sugar cane fields, the Creole villas and the sublime Indian Ocean.
Lunch in one of our recommended restaurant.
Afternoon : go back to your hotel. Free moment.
Evening : diner in one of our recommended restaurants.

Day 12 : before leaving your paradise...
Day 12 : before leaving your paradise...

Unfortunately, this is your last day of vacation on this island paradise. In order to make you as comfortable as possible, we will allow you to stay at the hotel until the last minute.
Morning: breakfast at your hotel.
Then, we propose you a last day of relaxation at the beach.
Lunch at the beach club.
Afternoon : continue at the beach until the middle of the afternoon.
For the end of the day, we invite you to visit a magnificent site that most certainly welcomed the first settlers of the island, in the heart of a tropical forest. Nearby is a cemetery that will immerse you in the atmosphere of the famous movie "Pirate of the Caribbean"!
It will be time to return to your room in order to prepare your belongings and thus get you back in shape for the airport. Delivery of the rental car.
Meal with sandwiches prepared by your hotel.
End of stay.

Optional tours

Please select if you are interested in additional tour options.

Airplane ticket booking

Save time and money with this option. We can book your plane tickets for you at the best price. We will only charge you € 50 for this service.

Diving in the Indian Ocean

The transparent waters of the lagoon, the fauna and the coral landscape of the Marine Nature Reserve, the multiple species of fish, the ballet of turtles and dolphins, the appearance off the coast of majestic whales ... The warm waters of the lagoon offer divers exceptional emotions. We offer diving services according to your level (beginner, intermediate, expert) from 40 € per person.

Organization of a night away from your hotel

You will appreciate being able to spend a night in a Creole house to prolong a moment of calm and relaxation in the mountains of the island. This option may be free depending on the organization of your trip.

Helicopter ride

One of the most beautiful ways to visit Reunion Island is by helicopter. Thanks to this fabulous option, discover the heart of the island and its famous village cut off from civilization named Mafate. From 200 € per person.

Full guiding tour

If you wish to be accompanied by a professional throughout this trip, we can make you a proposal adapted to your needs. It is the best way not to miss anything of Reunion island.

Included/Excluded

  • Pack for two people.
  • Renting car.
  • Accommodations in a middle range hotel.
  • Breakfasts.
  • All informations pack to be autonomous during your trip.
  • Tour Boat ticket.
  • All entrances to museum.
  • Balneotherapy package.
  • Kayak renting.
  • Guide for the visit of the lava tunnels.
  • Paragliding package.
  • Lunches drinks and dinners.

Tour's Location

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FAQs

What kind of hotel is it?
We can also offer you a lodging in a Creole house according to your wishes.
What is the best moment to visit "volcano area" ?
The morning is the best moment. You should not leave your hotel after 5.30 am in order to have a perfect morning weather.
What about needing equipment for hikking ?
If you decided to have a ride to Volcano area or other high altitude are, we recommand you to have :
- mountains shoes ;
- raining suit and warming suit (included trousers) ;
- a backpack with medecine for first aid ;
- enough water for your needing ;
- some food.
Is it necessary to have a guide for this trip ?
No, it's not necessary to have a guide for doing this trip. But, if you want to save time and have a better experience, we recommand you to choose one of our guiding option. Anyway, if you want to try other hikking tours excluded from this trip, you should pay a guide for.
Can I swim anywhere ?
No, you should not swim out the lagoon place (western side of the Island). "Grand Anse beach" is very dangerous for swimming out of its artificial bassin.
What is the price of plane tickets to Reunion from Paris ?
For two people round trip, the prices are around 1500 €. Tchilee can take care of booking your tickets. Do not hesitate to ask us on this aspect.

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Organized by

Benjamin

Member Since 2021


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Organized by

Benjamin

Member Since 2021

from €2.590,00

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