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Welcome to La Reunion - experience an unforgettable trip!
The Piton de la Fournaise is a 2632-meter-high and still active volcano.
Find a vantage point and enjoy the view of Cilaos.
Experience fun and action in the surroundings of Cilaos.
The view of Cirque de Mafate from Cap Noir is truly unforgettable.
You will discover a colorful underwater world on the beach of St. Gilles.
At Piton Maido, you should have your camera ready - you need to capture this view.
Immerse yourself in the life of the locals and discover what's for sale in the markets.
The drive to the volcano is a spectacle in itself. Behind the curves, a lunar landscape awaits you: the Plaine des Sables.
The Piton de la Fournaise erupted very recently. A trip to this place should be at the top of your To Do List.
The craters of the eruptions can still be found in the barren landscapes. Take this opportunity to go on a hike.
The Salazie valley basin is known for its lush vegetation, high rock walls as well as waterfalls cascading down the slopes, offering its visitors beautiful panoramic views.
The municipality of Salazie is located in the center of La Reunion and the entire area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The cozy hotel Juliette Dodu in Saint-Denis welcomes you with the typical charm of the country.
You will experience unforgettable views from the numerous viewing platforms.
Le Nautile is an oasis, the perfect accommodation to recharge.
The Cirque de Mafate is known for its steep slopes.
The Relais des Cimes in Hell-Bourg is idyllically located in the middle of beautiful landscapes.
The varied landscapes around Cilaos invite you to hikes and leisurely walks.
Explore La Réunion, the island of vanilla, for two weeks
Arrange custom excursions or book a guide as an option
Three days of hiking and adventures in front of the fantastic mountainous landscape of Cilaos
Relaxed beach days in the fashionable seaside resort of Saint-Gilles
Rental car included
Enjoy the numerous wonders and sights of the volcanic island of La Reunion on this individual rental car round trip. You have 14 days with your rental car to explore green jungles, romantic coasts, majestic mountains, and the otherworldly landscapes of the volcano at your leisure. In many other places, you have the choice to discover the island on your own or with an experienced guide who will tell you all about the secrets of this Vanilla Island.
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be greeted by our local partner and receive further information about your stay. Afterward, you will pick up your rental car and drive to the city center of Saint-Denis. The island capital and old trading town of the East India Company surprises with an exciting mix of urban life, colorful markets, and multi-religious and colonial buildings.
Take time to visit “La Rue de Paris,” a beautiful street of old Creole houses. Start your first day relaxed and get an exciting insight into Creole culture.
Airport - hotel: approx. 15 minutes / 9 km
Overnight stay with breakfast in Saint-Denis, La Réunion
Leave early to enjoy the magical nature along today’s route in the bright glow of the morning sun. Drive along the east coast towards Cirque de Salazie, the greenest mountain basin of the island, with countless waterfalls, banana plantations, and colossal bamboo forests.
In the middle of the basin is Hell-Bourg, a beautiful small village with Creole architecture and pleasant lifestyle. Stroll through the village’s main street and admire the great Creole houses. Visit the Maison Folio, an authentic Creole estate, or take a trip to the mountainous area around Hell-Bourg. The forest known as Forêt de Bélouve is a popular destination. Here you can hike up to Bélouve along a path that reveals the valley basin bit by bit and leads to a viewpoint on a plateau.
Duration of the trip: about 1 hour / 50 km
Overnight stay with breakfast in Hell-Bourg, La Réunion
Today you will explore the surroundings of the Cirque de Salazie valley basin and the Forêt de Bélouve.
From Cirque de Salazie, you will hike to the rainforest of Bélouve. The path winds through tamarin heights and tree ferns. Again and again, the thicket of forests opens up and surprises you with beautiful views of the Salazie valley basin. When you reach the plateau, you can see breathtaking waterfalls if the weather allows it. You will be enchanted by the many special and rare plants that make this rainforest a unique place.
You can spend this day individually as described above, or optionally be guided by an English-speaking mountain guide through the island's flora and fauna and discover the beauties.
Overnight stay with breakfast in Hell-Bourg, La Réunion
After an early check-out, visit the village of La Plaine-des-Plamistes, the Domaine de Tourelles museum, and the weekend morning. Now is the perfect opportunity to mingle with the locals! Continuing over the Col de Bellevue pass, you will keep seeing the highest elevation of the Indian Ocean, the summit of Piton des Neiges, in the Plaine des Cafres plateau. Pull over and capture the beautiful landscape for great souvenir photos. You will then pass the community of Le Tampon and finally reach Entre-Deux, another typical Creole village, where you will find your charming accommodation for the next few days.
Trip duration: approx. 2 hours / 90 km
Overnight stay with breakfast in Entre-Deux, La Réunion
Today the highlight of your Reunion trip awaits you: the Piton de la Fournaise volcano.
Set off early for Bourg-Murat. Along the Route du Volcan, which leads to the volcano, there are numerous opportunities for photo stops and incredible viewpoints. Stay alert because after the last turn, a spectacular view over La Plaine des Sables, the plateau directly surrounding the volcano, suddenly reveals itself to you - a truly unique sight.
After a bumpy ride on the last section of the Route du Volcan, you will begin your approximately 5-hour hike at one of the volcano's previous collapse craters, Pen Fouquet. Climb to the top of the enormous basalt cone. The paths you walk cross the lava eruptions of the last years! Depending on the activity of Piton de la Fournaise, you will also be able to admire the fresh craters.
The volcano is still active but not very dangerous - as an effusive volcano Piton de la Fournaise does not empty itself with explosions and ash clouds; it is relatively quiet. This volcano is the last active volcano on La Réunion. There are always more minor eruptions, but they are relatively harmless. Similar to the volcanoes in Hawaii, thin lava is ejected and makes its way towards the sea, but there are no major gas explosions. Locals have a particularly affectionate relationship with the volcano. One could say it is part of their identity. In case of an eruption, they sit in the car and secure the best viewing places for the spectacle. The last major eruption was not too long ago, in September 2016. Its traces are still visible today. Did you know that during the 2007 eruption, about 140 million cubic meters of lava flowed into the sea, increasing the size of Reunion Island by 0.45 km²? The Piton de la Fournaise is full of surprises that will captivate you.
Optionally, you can also visit the Piton de la Fournaise with an additional guide. This way, you will get other background knowledge with which you can shine at home. Contact us, and we will help you with the planning.
Duration of the trip: Entre Deux - Piton de la Fournaise: approx. 1 hour 30 minutes / 50 km
Overnight stay with breakfast in Entre-Deux, La Réunion
Today you will discover the so-called "Wild South" of La Reunion in a relaxed way.
Experience the multifaceted basalt coast with its different faces: winding paths, Creole charm, small, colorful huts, blooming gardens, lush vegetation, and roaring sea.
For connoisseurs, a stop at the Jardin des Epices et des Parfums in Saint-Philippe is a must. You can discover the island's scents and flavors during guided tours here. Continuing along the route, you will head east, passing Grand Anse, Manapany, and Cap Méchant, offering you numerous fantastic panoramas, each one varied and unique. Continue to Pointe de la Table, where exceptional scenery with high basalt cliffs and wild surf awaits you. At Anse des Cascades, you will find an idyllic spot with waterfalls, picnic areas, and a small fishing port.
Whatever you decide to do that day, we are sure there will be no boredom. The island is so varied and diverse that there is something for everyone.
Duration of the trip: 2 hours / approx. 61 km
Overnight stay with breakfast in Entre-Deux, La Réunion
Today you will take the picturesque "road of 400 curves" that will lead you to the heart of Cilaos. Enjoy beautiful views during the ride, which you can fully enjoy thanks to numerous parking bays.
The road does its name justice. The 400 curves lead over partly narrow sections with 800-meter-long, single-lane tunnels past suburbs of St. Louis, approaching the narrowing gorge. You will find it hard to take your eyes off the scenery.
The small town of Cilaos is surrounded by high mountain peaks and dominated by the majestic peak of the inactive volcano Piton des Neiges (3,071 m) towering above it. Visit the village's main street, the upper part around the great Art Deco-style church, and have some tea. Here you can enjoy the delicious homemade cakes in the tea room of your hotel.
Trip duration: approx. 1 hour 30 minutes / 43 km
Overnight stay with breakfast in Cilaos, La Reunion
Decide what you want to do today and tomorrow. Hike on your own in the valley basin of Cilaos or overcome your limits while canyoning in the enchanting surroundings under the guidance of an experienced guide (optional extra). Climb along green mountain slopes, abseil into gorges, wait through charming mountain streams, and hike through the thickets of the rainforest.
Everyone will find the right thing to do here: active vacationers can take an approximately three-hour hike to Roche Merveilleuse, a vantage point high above Cilaos, from which you can enjoy a fantastic 360° panoramic view. Relaxed connoisseurs can visit the Embroidery Museum in the center of Cilaos or book a wine tasting with Monsieur Dijoux, a local wine specialist at your hotel.
Whatever your choice, culturally and botanically, the island around Cilaos offers numerous opportunities that you should not miss. We will be happy to help you with your planning and give you tips on what you should see. Just talk to your travel consultant about your wishes.
2 nights with breakfast in Cilaos, La Réunion
Today you will wake up in the middle of the beautiful mountain basin of Cilaos for the last time. Continue your journey and return to the west coast. A spectacular cliff awaits you at Pointe au Sel. Nature lovers will be tempted by a visit to the Kélonia turtle farm, which since 2006 has been dedicated to protecting, breeding, and caring for injured sea turtles.
The route then takes you to the fashionable seaside resort of Saint-Gilles, where you check into your next hotel. Relax on the beach for the rest of the day or visit the lively town centers in the area.
The town of Saint-Gilles has grown from a simple fishing village with a harbor into a popular resort for tourists and locals. White sandy beach, varied restaurants, nightclubs, and a colorful mix of different evening activities, make the place a small Mecca for the nightlife scene. Nevertheless, the atmosphere here is tranquil and relaxed, and even on the beach, there is enough space to find a place to sunbathe with your towel comfortably.
Trip duration time: approx. 1 hour 30 minutes / 79 km
Overnight stay with breakfast in St- Gilles-Les-Bains, La Réunion
Arrange the next few days according to your wishes. For example, relax on the hotel's beach, snorkel in the fantastic underwater world, or discover the lagoon from a kayak.
Our tip: Take a trip to the Piton Maido. Pack your hiking boots and camera, set off early, and climb the 2204-meter-high mountain. Hike to Le Grand Benares, the viewpoint that allows you a full 360° panoramic view. One of the most beautiful views of Le Réunion awaits you.
Another tip is a trip to Dos D'Ane. Hike Cap Noir and enjoy unforgettable views along the steep slopes of the Cirque de Mafate, which may remind you of travel guide illustrations.
For relaxing afternoons, how about the dreamy lagoon of L'Hermitage Les-Bains? Discover the finest sand, the most expansive beach of La Réunion, and a species-rich and incredibly colorful underwater world.
On Saturdays, you can visit the weekly market in St. Leu in the morning. A visit to the Conservatoire Botanique National de Mascarin is also enjoyable for nature lovers. Learn interesting facts about the island's nature and see many rare plants.
3 nights with breakfast in St-Gilles-Les-Bains, Reunion
Spend your last day as you wish. We recommend a trip to the Cascades du Niagara or the Bassin Boeuf, located east of Saint-Denis.
At the Cascades de Niagara, the Saint-Suzanne River plunges to 25 meters deep. A reasonable distance above the falls, you will find Bassin Boeuf, a popular and spectacular swimming spot where the river forms a natural pool fed by a small waterfall.
According to your flight time, you will drop off your rental car at the airport and then travel back home comfortably by overnight flight with many beautiful memories in your luggage.
A bientôt à La Réunion!
Hotel Juliette Dodu***, Saint-Denis, La Reunion.
In the heart of Saint-Denis, the Juliette Dodu is set in a listed building with an outdoor pool, a hot tub, air-conditioned rooms, and a library. The elegantly decorated rooms offer free WiFi, a satellite TV, and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. Next to the pool, you can enjoy a light meal at the bistro restaurant after a dip in the water. The bar serves refreshing drinks during the day as well as in the evening hours. The Juliette Dodu is a perfect base for a walk to the center, five minutes away, with stores and restaurants.
Hotel Le Relais des Cimes**, Hell-Bourg, La Réunion
You can find authenticity, tradition, and hospitality in the heart of the village of Hell-Bourg, one of the most beautiful villages in France, with the "Plus Beaux Villages de France" classification. Le Relais des Cimes offers 29 rooms with every comfort. Eighteen rooms are located in the main building with Creole architectural style, and 11 are located in an authentic 19th-century Creole residence. The restaurant invites you to a culinary discovery of the flavors of Creole cuisine. French specialties are also on the menu.
Hotel Le Dimitile****, Entre-Deux, La Réunion.
Between the bays and the "Cirques," discover an old Creole house of the 18th century in the middle of the Le Dimitile hotel. The 18 rooms were built with noble materials, stone, and Dibetou wood, respecting the traditions of this still genuine island. The rooms come equipped with a private, spacious terrace or balcony, and all have a beautiful view of the swimming pool and the surrounding mountains. You can also look forward to a large double bed, bathroom with bathtub, separate toilet, wardrobe, luggage rack, fan, personal safe, hairdryer, minibar, and a TV with satellite reception.
The restaurant offers creative cuisine that combines local spices and the culinary riches of the island. The restaurant has a dining room and a large yet intimate terrace, which allows you to enjoy the cuisine.
Hotel Tsilaosa***, Cilaos, La Reunion
In the center of the village of Cilaos is the Hotel Tsilaosa. Located in a former volcanic village, the hotel welcomes you with 15 rooms and an art gallery with regional wines and influences from India, Africa, and Europe.
Room amenities include a private balcony, minibar, LCD TV, free WiFi, and a private bathroom with a whirlpool tub.
A buffet breakfast is available to all guests every morning. Relax in the hotel's tea room and enjoy the garden and mountain views. Staying in Cilaos, you can visit the town's famous embroidery workshop or explore the surrounding countryside by bike. The 24-hour front desk is happy to recommend local hiking trails. Private parking is available at the hotel free of charge.
Hotel Le Nautile***, Saint-Gilles, La Réunion
This innovative hotel is run in a very personal manner and impresses with its Creole charm and superb location - an ideal starting point for tours and excursions across the island. The small and very familiar hotel, with friendly, multilingual staff, is located in the middle of a quiet villa district directly on the sandy beach of the lagoon. It has an open poolside breakfast/restaurant area with a small bar, library, lounge, children's pool, and whirlpool. The hotel has different categories of rooms, starting with the superior room. The approx. 25 m² room offers a bathroom with bathtub/shower/toilet, hairdryer, TV, telephone, free WiFi, adjustable air conditioning, minibar, safe, and a pool view—sea view possible (extra charge and subject to availability).
Duration of the trip: 14 days / 13 nights
1 night at Hotel Juliette Dodu*** in a superior room with breakfast in Saint-Denis.
2 nights at Hotel Le Relais des Cimes** in a standard room with breakfast in Hell-Bourg
3 nights at Hotel Le Dimitile**** in a deluxe room with breakfast in Entre-Deux
3 nights at Hotel Tsilaosa*** in a standard room with breakfast in Cilaos
4 nights at Hotel Le Nautile*** in a superior room with breakfast in St- Gilles-Les-Bains
Notes on staying at Les Jardins d'Héva (Hell-Bourg):