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Island hopping - La Réunion & Mauritius

Combination La Réunion & Mauritius

Highlights

  • La Réunion and Mauritius island combination - experience countless activities

  • Indulge in a heavenly mixture of nature, culture, adventure, and relaxation

  • Discover the diversity of species on La Réunion

  • Relax at the dream beach of Mauritius

  • itravel recommends this combination for honeymoons and couples

Description

Volcanos, streaming waterfalls, and wonderfully smelling spice gardens - are you ready to quench your thirst for adventure in La Réunion!? Discover the wonders of the volcano island at your own pace. You’ll make the most of your vacation as you embark on your journey to beautiful destinations in your rental car. At the end of your fantastic trip, you will fly to Mauritius, where you can simply relax for a couple of days in a hotel of your choice. Dive into the beckoning ocean and explore the best diving area in the world.

Destination

Indian Ocean

La Réunion - Saint Denis - Saint Gilles - Cilaos - Plaine des Cafres - Piton de la Fournaise - Hell-Bourg - Saint Denis - Mauritius

Welcome to the island of La Réunion! Employees of our local partners will greet you when you arrive and will help you collect your rental car. Your journey then begins with a drive to your first hotel: Hotel Le Nautile, which lies on the west coast and is surrounded by lush green nature and a beautiful sandy beach. You can spend the remaining day exploring nature or enjoying the hotel's amenities.

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Would you like to end the first day with a little excursion? How about a sunset cruise in the evening? On the 2.5-hour tour, you will sail off Saint-Gilles and, with a bit of luck, see a few dolphins. (Price on request)

Travel time: approx. 30 miles / 1 hour

One night at Hotel Le Nautile*** with breakfast in a Superior Room, Saint-Gilles, La Réunion

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Drive from Saint-Gilles to the Piton Maido, a volcanic with impressive viewpoints that offer spectacular views of the deep valley Cirque de Mafate, which you can only reach by helicopter or by foot. Continue your journey to Cilaos, where you will spend two nights at Hotel Le Vieux Cep.

On your way to Cilaos, you will drive along the beautiful road with more than 400 curves, until you reach the valley and its incredible nature and countless possibilities to indulge in sporty activities. The hotel nestles in this secluded destination and welcomes you with a comfortable atmosphere and an ideal starting point for excursions exploring the surroundings.

Travel time: approx. 50 miles / 1.5 hours

Two nights at Hotel Le Vieux Cep** with breakfast in a standard room, Cilaos, La Réunion

Today is at your leisure. Explore this place of mesmerizing diversity.

Cilaos is not only famous due to its magical hot springs, but also because of the typical Creole lightness and relaxed rhythm of life that awaits you in this vast valley. Pamper yourself with a time of wellness in the thermal waters or savor the delectable local wines during tasting experience.

You can also indulge in one of the adventurous and active hiking and mountain tours, exploring the fantastic landscape. For instance, a wonderful hiking trip leads you to the viewpoint of La Roche Merveilleuse, where you can let your gaze drift across the vast landscapes. The level of difficulty of the tours ranges from easy to demanding. You can optionally book hiking tours with us - contact us!

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Today you leave Cilaos behind and drive south along the beautiful road of 400 curves. On your way, you can explore the enchanting garden of scents and spices or explore the fantastic Forêt de Mare Longue: a nature reserve full of magical hiking trails and mesmerizing flora and fauna.

In the afternoon, visit the high plateau, Plaine des Cafres, which is the magnificent location of your next hotel. Enjoy the cozy Hotel L'Ecrin that nestles in the village of Bourg Murat. It's around 164 yards from the Maison du Volcan, therefore making it the ideal starting point for unforgettable excursions to Piton de la Fournaise.

Travel time: approx. 35 / 1.5 hours

Two nights at Hotel L’Ecrin** with breakfast in a standard room, La Plaine des Cafres, La Réunion

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Today, you will experience the breathtaking nature of La Réunion. For a unique adventure, you will head to the Plaine des Sables and Pas de Bellecombe viewpoints at the Piton de la Fournaise for sunrise, as the stunning morning colors greet you on this memorable day. You will also have the opportunity to hike around the crater's edge during a five-hour hiking tour before returning to Plaine des Cafres.

The breathtaking volcano is still active, yet not very dangerous. Piton de la Fournaise erupts not explosively and with a cloud of ash, but comparatively calmly. It's the last active volcano of La Réunion and occasionally erupts with thin lava that streams towards the ocean, similar to the Hawaiian volcanos. It's also a large part of the island's identity, and the locals view it very lovingly, jumping into the car and securing the best view when it erupts. The most recent big eruption occurred in 2007, and you can still admire its traces today. Around 140 million cubed meters of lava streamed into the ocean and enlarged the island by 0,45 km². After a spectacular visit to the volcano, you will drive back to Plaine des Cafres.

Travel time Plaine des Cafres to Piton de la Fournaise: approx. 30 km / 1 hour

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Don't miss a morning stroll through Plaine des Palmistes' fascinating jungle, Forêt de Bébour. Make a quick stop at a small, picturesque place called Saint-Benoît. Have your camera ready because nature will amaze you. Visit the majestic waterfalls Cascades de la Paix or Cascades de Takamaka, where you'll have the perfect opportunity to capture these magical moments.

Today's destination is the enchanting Hell-Bourg, where you will spend the night at Hotel Relais des Cimes. Hell-Bourg has carefully preserved its original Creole charm and takes you back to another time. It's also noted as one of the most beautiful villages of France since the island is a French overseas department. Discover the authentic flair and relish magnificent views from the hotel.

Travel time: approx. 43 miles / 1.5 hours

One night at Hotel Relais des Cimes** with breakfast in a standard room, Salazie, La Réunion.

Your drive from Hell-Bourg to Saint-Denis will lead you to the tremendous volcanic caldera, Salazie. Admire the majestic and mysterious waterfalls of Voile de la Mariée. Countless waterfalls of all sizes stream down the vast, brilliantly green mountainside. The sun rays glisten off the water’s foam as it trickles into the valley. Sceneries bathe in a unique scent of water, rock, and moss. After seeing these breathtaking sites, your journey continues to Saint-André. Drive past banana plantations and the robust Bourbon vanilla vines that clamber through the jungle, as the brilliant scents surround you.

The adventure then leads you along the coast to Saint-Denis, where you will spend the night at Hotel Le Bellepierre. Savor the comfort and spectacular view of the Indian Ocean and your surroundings.

Travel time: approx. 33 miles / 1 hour

One night at Hotel Bellepierre**** with breakfast in a Classic Ocean View Room, Saint-Denis, La Réunion

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The next few days are pure relaxation in a beach hotel on Mauritius. You will spend six nights in a luxurious hotel, such as the Zilwa Attitude Hotel, where you can forget about reality and enjoy uninterrupted views of five offshore islands and the snow-white sandy beach. Unwind at this dream beach and explore the surrounding nature - for example, don't miss a trip along the Tea Route!

Enjoy your stay in paradise!

Accommodation example::

Six nights at Zilwa Attitude**** in a Superior Room with half board, Calodyne, Mauritius

Hotel Le Nautile***, Saint-Gilles, La Réunion (One night)

The comfortable and intimate hotel radiates Creole charm and is an ideal starting point for tours and excursions across the island. This quaint hotel lies in the middle of a quiet village, directly on the lagoon's sandy beach. Savor authentic cuisine at the open breakfast/restaurant area by the pool. Other amenities include a small bar, library, salon, a kids' pool, and a whirlpool. The large rooms come equipped with a bathroom (bathtub/shower/toilet), hairdryer, TV, telephone, free WiFi, adjustable air-conditioning, minibar, safe, and a view of the pool.

Hotel Le Vieux Cep**, Cilaos, La Réunion (Two nights)

Experience charm and authenticity in the middle of the Cilaos basin. Hotel Le Vieux Cep awaits you on a family estate in the middle of the village with 45 completely renovated rooms. The restaurant is known for its regional cuisine and spoils you with a wide range of Creole specialties, prepared with typical products from the island: Cari with duck and corn or smoked pork chops with Cilaos lentils. You can also order traditional French cuisine from the menu.

Hotel L’Ecrin**, La Plaine des Cafres, La Réunion (Two nights)

Hotel L'Ecrin lies at the heart of the village Bourg Murat, at the height of over 4921 feet, and offers over 21 rooms with Bungalow design, equipped with active heating for the colder months and an LCD-flat screen TV. Enjoy a continental breakfast at the breakfast hall and take advantage of the other hotel amenities such as the sauna, steam bath, whirlpool, and minigolf course. We are also happy to book a mountain bike or quad tour in the area.

Hotel Relais des Cimes**, Salazie, La Réunion (One night)

Experience authenticity, tradition, and hospitality in the middle of the Hell-Bourg, one of the most beautiful villages in France. Hotel Le Relais des Cimes offers its guests twenty-nine rooms with every kind of comfort you could imagine. Eighteen of them are in the main building, which boasts Creole architectural style, and the other eleven are in an authentic Creole residence from the 19th century. The restaurant invites you on a culinary journey of discovery into the world of Creole cuisine. You will also find French specialties on the menu.

Hotel Bellepierre****, Saint-Denis, La Réunion (One night)

Located on a slope, Hotel Bellepierre offers a beautiful view over Saint-Denis and the Indian Ocean. Unwind at the outdoor pool and solarium while the breathtaking backdrop takes your mind to another world. The rooms come equipped with a minibar, a beautiful bathroom, an LCD TV, and some even have a balcony. A breakfast buffet is available every day, and the Le Concorde restaurant serves international dishes on the poolside terrace. Guests can relax with a cocktail in hand at the outdoor lounges.

Zilwa Attitude****, Grande Gaube, Mauritius (Six nights)

The charming four-star hotel Zilwa Attitude is on the north coast of Mauritius. With a view of five offshore islands, you can enjoy the hotel's relaxed island feeling. On the snow-white sandy beach, palm trees line the modern beach hotel, impressing guests with its contemporary design, culinary specialties, and unique design. Treat your taste buds to fresh delicacies from around the world in seven restaurants and bars. Inspired by traditional beach bungalows, the 214 individually furnished rooms invite you to relax. Float away from reality during your dream vacation under the swaying palm trees.

Duration of the trip: 14 days / 13 nights

Including

On Réunion Island:

  • Round trip on La Réunion with seven nights in hotels including breakfast

    • One night in a superior room with breakfast at the Hotel Le Nautile, Saint-Gilles

    • Two nights in a standard room with breakfast at the Hotel Le Vieux Cep, Cilaos

    • Two nights in a standard room with breakfast at the Hotel L'Ecrin, Plaine des Cafres

    • One night in a standard room with breakfast at the Hotel Relais des Cimes, Salazie

    • One night in the Classic Ocean standard room with breakfast at the Hotel Bellepierre, Saint-Denis

    • Eight days rental car category I (Clio or similar)

On the island of Mauritius:

  • Private transfer from the airport to the hotel and back

  • In this price example: six nights in a superior room at Hotel Zilwa Attitude including half board

Of course, you are free to choose your hotel in Mauritius. Contact us about your wishes and we will find the right hotel for you.

Excluding

  • International flights

  • Flight from La Réunion to Mauritius

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the scope of services

  • Tips, personal expenses, and entrance fees

  • Tourist tax

  • Airport tax on La Réunion (approx. 24,-€ per person)

Hygiene Protocol

Notes when staying at Les Jardins d´Héva (Hell-Bourg ):

  • No more than 3 people at the reception / in the shop (unless traveling together)

  • Check-in at 3:30 p.m.

  • Avoid the crowds in public areas

  • A minimum distance of 1 meter

  • It is mandatory to wear the mask in public areas (it is not required at the table or in the rooms)

  • Guests are escorted to their table by a member of staff in the order they arrive at the restaurant

Additional experiences

Nature Paradise on Rodrigues Island

  1. 5 days, half board, transfer, and experience per person from 598 € excl. Flight
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Flight with an Ultralight Aircraft

  1. Per person from 190 € excl. Flight excluding transfer
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Helicopter Adventure over La Réunion

  1. Per person from 280 € excl. Flight excluding transfer
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Volcano Hike with a Guide

  1. Guide for one day 229 € excl. Flight
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Lava Tunnel Expedition

  1. Per person from 50 € excl. Flight
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Underwater walking tour

  1. Per person from 54 € excl. Flight
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Guided Horseback Ride

  1. Per person from 55 € excl. Flight excluding transfer
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