Telephone Consultation +49 221 534109-300 | Luxembourg +352 356575-630
DE / FR / EN
itravel

Thank you for your interest in this trip. If you want to revisit this page, use the QR-code shown or use the following link: http://www.itravel.com/select/3023-la-reunion-rental-car-round-trip-for-adventurers

Car rental round trip - La Réunion

La Reunion - Rental car round trip for adventurers

Highlights

  • Individual rental car round trip with many activities

  • Paragliding over mountains and sea on the west coast

  • Pure action while canyoning high up in the mountains

  • Guided mountain tour around Cilaos

  • Crowning highlight: helicopter flight over the Cirques and the volcano

Description

On this round trip you will experience the exciting and action-packed volcanic island of La Reunion!

Four adventures are already included. See the island from above while paragliding and during a helicopter tour, go with an experienced guide on an exciting hiking tour in the mountains around Cilaos and get very close to the wild floods of the mountain rivers while canyoning! A rental car allows you to set the pace you want for your journey on La Reunion. Jump from adventure to adventure or treat yourself to relaxing beach days in between - you decide.

Destination

Indian Ocean

West Coast - Cilaos - Volcano - Salazie

You will land at the Roland Garros Airport in Saint-Denis. After collecting your luggage, you will be greeted by a member of our local partner's staff and begin your exciting Reunion car rental tour.

You will leave the airport with your booked rental car towards the west coast of the island. The small port town of Saint-Leu is one of the most beautiful sailing resorts on the island. You will spend the first night at the Hotel Blue Margouillat in Saint-Leu. This wonderfully charming hotel welcomes you in a secluded location surrounded by nature in an enchantingly peaceful atmosphere.

Use the rest of the day to find your bearings and find your way around the hotel. First impressions of the island will have already made you curious about what awaits you over the next few days.

Airport - Saint-Leu trip duration: approx. 1 hour / 66 km

1 night stay with breakfast in Saint-Leu, La Réunion

Curious to discover what the island has to offer? This morning you will get to explore the island from a fascinating angle. During a paragliding flight, you will experience Reunion from the air - a unique experience! Thermals will take you over the enchanting landscape of mountains and forests to shimmering blue lagoons (excursion already included, subject to weather conditions). View the small world below you and slowly float towards the ground. Do you see the numerous traces of the volcanic eruptions that have shaped and molded the island? Did you discover an attraction you would like to visit again at your own pace?

7adbe9f0-e86a-11e8-a268-068ed014655a

After your landing, you and your new unforgettable memories will drive back to Saint-Leu.

Later, you will have the opportunity to visit the Stella Matutina Museum. The former sugar factory now offers you a journey into the past and history of Reunion agriculture (closed on Mondays).

In the area you will also find the National Botanical Conservatory of Mascarin. This refuge houses numerous botanical treasures from all over the Indian Ocean. The estate alone is a gem of Creole architecture and monument to past.

1 night with breakfast included in Saint-Leu, Reunion

After breakfast, you will drive towards Saint-Louis and La Rivière. Shortly after, you will reach the famous "road of 400 curves" with its breathtaking views, leading you up to Cilaos. Cilaos has been known as a thermal spa since the 19th century thanks to its beneficial thermal springs. In the past, people used to be carried into the baths, which were carved into rock at 1,200 meters. Today, Cilaos is a charming mountain village that offers a wide range of activities and, thanks to its traditional cuisine, it also a foodie heaven. Get your first impressions during a relaxing afternoon walk through the village.

Trip duration: approx. 1 hour 30 minutes / 57 km

1 night stay with breakfast in Cilaos, La Réunion

Both days 4 and 5 will be dedicated to hiking and exploring. To bring you closer to the mountain world of La Réunion, we have pre-booked a hiking tour with a private guide for you. Explore the surroundings with expert guidance through the jungle and over steep mountain slopes.

The next day you will also get to know the "inner world" of the mountains. We have organized a full-day canyoning tour for you. Let a seasoned and expert guide take you into the fascinating world of high waterfalls, natural slides and breathtaking flora. Surpass your own limits with up to 60 meters of altitude per section.

2 nights with breakfast in Cilaos, Reunion

7f142a96-e86a-11e8-a6bc-068ed014655a

Today you leave Cilaos for the south coast. In Saint-Pierre, a town that is attuned to the sea from head to toe and virtually bustling with life, the marina and the beautifully designed beach promenade await you. Saint-Pierre is a town that has retained traditional Creole charm. What is now the town hall was once the coffee warehouse of the French East India Company, for instance.

Even at night, there is much of the liveliness of the "gateway to the Great South," as Saint-Pierre is affectionately called. With a casino, numerous bars, restaurants and several discos along the beach promenade, the city offers night owls a variety of nightlife options.

Trip duration: approx. 1 hour 15 minutes / 48 km

1 night stay with breakfast in Saint-Pierre, La Réunion

Today you will drive from your hotel even farther south to explore the so-called "Wild South" area. For example, visit Grande Anse, a paradisiacal little bay with coconut palms and white sandy beaches. Also worth a detour is the bay of Manapany les Bains, where you will find natural pools along the coastline, where you can swim protected from the sometimes imposingly high waves in the sea.

Continue to Cap Méchant and its high black lava cliffs facing the ocean. In this area, vanilla is grown in the jungle. Continuing on the road, you will see lava flows created by previous eruptions, which have flowed across the road into the sea. The lava fields are interrupted by lush vegetation, which surprisingly quickly reclaimed its territory.

Once in Saint-Philippe, you can visit the fascinating Garden of Perfumes and Spices, with an expert guide specialized in botany.

1 night stay in Saint-Pierre, Reunion

Today you will experience two of La Reunion’s most amazing attractions: a helicopter tour of the island and the active Piton de la Fournaise volcano.

First, take a helicopter flight over three mountain basins and, of course, over the volcano. This will offer you unique panoramas and incomparable views of the island - remember to pack your camera.

Then follow the road to the La Plaine des Cafres plateau. The road will take you through the small peaceful village of Le Tampon, where the flowers in the garden bloom all year round. At the Maison du Volcan, a museum in futuristic architectural style, you will learn about the "moving life" of a volcano as well as its geological formation. From here you will finally reach the fascinating lunar landscape around the volcano.

Arriving at the Pas de Bellecombe viewpoint, you can first marvel at the volcano from a distance. Look over the Bory and Formica Léo craters. Leave your car and set off on the footpath that will take you to the edge of the caldera.

On the way home, we recommend that you explore the Notre Dame de la Paix botanical path. In the mystical atmosphere of the secondary forests, you can discover numerous plants native to this place alone. Botanical wonders also await you at the Parc Exotica in Saint-Pierre. Plants and minerals from the entire Indian Ocean region have been gathered here.

Saint-Pierre - Piton de la Fournaise trip duration: about 1 hour 30 minutes / about 50 km

1 night stay with breakfast in Saint-Pierre, La Réunion

7fad548c-e86a-11e8-8eb7-068ed014655a

This morning, enjoy the ride on the eastern roads lined with sugar cane fields and rows of coconuts. Experience quiet and peaceful landscapes and a relaxed atmosphere. Sugar cane cutting takes place from June to December each year, and you may see trucks transporting it. During the other six months, the plant grows and the fields are covered with flowers that sway to the rhythm of the wind - just magical!

Visiting the Rivière des Mâts, the wondrous waterfalls and some of the most impressive on the island, including the Bridal Veil Waterfall, is an essential experience.

Continue to the village of Hell-Bourg. The small houses in Creole style are mostly part of UNESCO’s cultural heritage and give the small streets a picturesque charm.

In the late afternoon you will reach your hotel where you will spend the last night.

Trip duration: approx. 2 hours / 150 km

1 night stay with breakfast in Hell-Bourg, La Réunion

79ca61c2-e86a-11e8-b333-068ed014655a

Today you can spend in the northeast of the island before your round trip on Reunion ends and you will fly back home in the evening with a suitcase full of memories.

Alternatively, you can extend your stay, in a hotel of your choice on the beaches of the west coast, for example, or combine Reunion Island with Mauritius or Rodrigues and discover more of what the Indian Ocean has to offer.

Hotel Blue Margouillat****, Saint-Leu, La Réunion

Perfect for romantics and art lovers, this exclusive boutique hotel combines understated luxury and contemporary Creole design with excellent service and a feel-good ambience. The elegant hotel is located on the west coast of La Reunion in a small, quiet settlement just south of the town of Saint-Leu. Due to the idyllic location on the western slope of a hill, you have a wonderful view from the tropical garden of the hotel over the pool to the sea, which is about 300 meters away.

The 25 m² standard rooms are located in the Creole main house of the Blue Margouillat and each have their own veranda or terrace overlooking the bay of Saint-Leu and the Indian Ocean. Rooms are individually decorated and offer a bathroom with bathtub/shower/WC, hairdryer, TV, complimentary Wi-Fi access, air-conditioning, minibar, safe, and coffee/tea maker.

Hotel Tsilaosa***, Cilaos, La Réunion

At an altitude of 1200 meters, in a former volcanic village, Hotel Tsilaosa welcomes you with regional wines and an art gallery. Rooms at the hotel feature a private balcony, a minibar, an LCD TV, free Wi-Fi, and a private bathroom with a whirlpool bath. A buffet breakfast is available for you every morning. Also relax in the hotel's tea room and enjoy views of the garden and mountains.

Hotel Le Victoria***, Saint-Pierre, La Reunion

Very close to Saint-Pierre town center and the black sand beach of L'Etang-Salé, the small Hotel Le Victoria awaits you. The hotel has a garden of almost 5,000 m², a pool with sun loungers, a reception and a restaurant and bar. Look forward to differently furnished rooms with a minibar, balcony or terrace, satellite TV and bathroom. Some of the superior rooms have (on request) a kitchenette with a fridge, microwave and dining area. The hotel is the ideal base for exploring the picturesque countryside. Numerous excursions are in the immediate vicinity - to Cilaos, to the Piton de la Fournaise volcano and to the "Wild South” can be easily reached from Le Victoria. The beach of Saint-Pierre is less than four kilometers away.

Hotel Bellepierre****, Hell-Bourg, La Réunion

Perched on a hillside, the Bellepierre offers beautiful views of Saint-Denis and the Indian Ocean. From the outdoor pool and solarium you have the best view of the sea. The rooms at the Bellepierre are equipped with a minibar, a nice bathroom and an LCD satellite TV. Some of the bright and modern rooms also offer a balcony.

A buffet breakfast is ready for you every morning, and Le Concorde restaurant serves international dishes on the poolside terrace. Relax in the outdoor lounges with a cocktail.

Duration of the trip: 10 days / 9 nights

Included

  • 9 nights in the mentioned accommodations or similar:
    • 2 nights at Hotel Blue Margouillat**** in a standard room with breakfast in Saint-Leu.

    • 3 nights at Hotel Tsilaosa*** in a superior room with breakfast in Cilaos

    • 3 nights at Hotel Le Victoria*** in a superior room with breakfast in Saint-Pierre

    • 1 night at Hotel Bellepierre**** in a Classique Ocean View room with breakfast in Hell-Bourg

  • Category I (Clio or similar) rental car for 10 days
  • One-time handling fee
  • The starting price is valid in the travel period 01.06.22 - 30.06.22

Experiences included

  • Saint-Leu

    • Day 2: Paragliding
  • Cilaos

    • Day 4: Hiking tour with experienced guide around Cilaos

    • Day 5: Canyoning in the valleys around Cilaos

  • Piton de la Fournaise

    • Day 8: Helicopter flight over the whole island (Cirque de Cilaos, Cirque de Mafate, Cirque de Salazie and Piton de la Fournaise volcano)

Not included

  • International flights
  • Meals and drinks that are not mentioned in the scope of services
  • Optional excursions (sightseeing, entrance fees, etc.)
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Rental car deposit (to be paid on site)
  • Travel insurance
  • PCR test, if still required
  • Visa, entry and/or exit fees, if required
  • Airport tax (approx. 24€ p.p. to be paid locally)
  • Tourism tax (0,80 € and 2,- € per person/night, to be paid on site)

Notes

  • Many other activities ,from sports to culinary to wellness and cultural experiences, are available for booking upon request.
  • The activities (paragliding, helicopter flight, hiking tour with guide and canyoning) take place according to weather conditions and availability. They may take place on a different day than planned. They are not part of our travel services. itravel GmbH acts here purely as an agent for an external service and is not liable for service disruptions, personal injury or property damage in connection with this service. Your service provider for this activity is our partner agency.

Other interesting trips

Categories