Day 1 — Antananarivo (arrival)
Meet and greet at Ivato airport by Madagascar 3M staff and then transfer to your 4-star hotel in the heart of Antananarivo. Briefing about the program and schedule of activity.
Day 2 — Toamasina
After breakfast, domestic flight to Toamasina (1-hour flight) on the East coast of Madagascar. After a seafood platter lunch, visit of a few key historical sites and churches in the city of Toamasina. The day ends with a gastronomical dinner at your 4-star hotel.
Day 3 — Akanin’ny Nofy
You will embark for a day and a half river cruise alongside the East coast of Madagascar sailing towards Manambato. You will be able to visit traditional fishermen villages, and enjoy the lush vegetation and beautiful riverside landscapes. Lunch and dinner will be served on board.
You will also be given the opportunity to visit the Palmarium private reserve, where you will see the Aye-Aye, a nocturnal lemur, rare and endemic orchids, palm trees and carnivorous plants. You will choose whether to sleep on the boat comfortable cabins or at the Palmarium hotel for the night.
Day 4 — Manambato
Your day will start with a visit to the Palmarium reserve where you will see indri indris, macacos, varecias and sifaka lemurs. The 50ha of primary Forest hosts plethora of chameleons, frogs, birds, colourful green lynx spiders and endemics plants cactus.
The boat will reach Manambato, the final destination of the cruise around noon. You will be able to have a leisurely rest on the white sand shores of the Lake Rasoabe and enjoy freshly grilled fish.
Day 5 — Andasibe
You will be transferred by car to Andasibe, in the heart of the rain forrest. You will visit Vakona Forest lodge’s lemur island and their private reserve. You will also visit some local churches and interact with the congregation. The more adventurous will be given the opportunity to visit Andasibe National Park, where your tracks can lead you to see 14 different species of lemur in their natural habitat. You will then return to your hotel for the night.
Day 6 — Mantasoa
As you leave the hotel on this Sunday morning, you will carry with you a packed lunch as it will be a packed day. You will attend a church service and could, at your request, share something from God’s Word. You will then travel towards Mantasoa, first by train, then by car, guaranteeing you a unique experience of the rain forest. You will reach your 4-star lodge just in time for a buffet dinner by the Mantasoa lake.
Day 7 — Antananarivo
The short drive from Mantasoa to Antananarivo will then give you ample time to visit historic sites in and around the capital city connected to the activities of the first missionaries from the London Missionary Society, bringing the gospel to Madagascar. You will then be transferred to your 4-star hotel, where Madagascar 3M will treat you with a farewell dinner before letting you enjoy a good night rest.
Day 8 — Antananarivo (departure)
You will be taken to a local craft market, so that you can buy souvenirs to take home with you. After lunch, you will be transferred to the airport for your international flight.