MyTripJournal Travel Blogs
Here is the planned itinerary for the trip. As always, plans may work out, or maybe not.
May 15, 2019 - Leave CVCC graduation and drive to Northern Virginia. Hotel for the night
May 16, 2019 - Flight on Ethiopian Airlines to Addis Ababa.
May 17, 2019 - Arrive Addis Ababa about 7AM. Transport to the hotel then meet our tour guide, Nurelegn, about 10:00 for a tour of the city. Hotel overnight.
May 18, 2019 - Flight out about 9AM and arrive in Antananarivo about 2:00. Shuttle to the hotel where we'll meet the tour group.

Welcome to Madagascar. This country's capital is the charmingly crowded Antananarivo, a fun, hilly place to explore. Head to Analakey to visit the street markets or perhaps seek out a...  (more...)
May 19, 2019 - Andasibe National Park
Depart Antananarivo after breakfast for Andasibe National Park, approximately four hours east of Antananarivo. Stop en route at Pereyras Nature Farm, a private reserve that's home to chameleons, frogs, snakes and more. This evening, you'll have an opportunity to take night...  (more...)
May 20, 2019 - Andasibe National Park

Andasibe is the most visited park in Madagascar and famous for the 11 species of lemur that call it home. Aside from lemurs, you'll find endemic birds including the long-eared owl and the rufous-headed ground roller, as well as the smallest living chameleon – brookesia...  (more...)
May 21, 2019 - Antsirabe

Drive to Antisrabe (approximately six to seven hours) and spend some free time getting to know the city on arrival. Antsirabe maintains a Malgasy touch with all the tranquility of a small uropean town, thanks to the contrast of its busting street markets, thermal springs and...  (more...)
May 22, 2019 - Ambositra

Make the short journey to Ambositra this afternoon, home to the third-largest ethnic group in Madagascar, the Betsileo people. Take a visit to the nearby Manandriana villages and explore the process of silk production, which is an important part of Malagasy culture. The use of silk was...  (more...)
May 23, 2019 - Ranomafana

Travel this morning to Ranomafa National Park, a journey of about five hours. Located in the southeastern part of Madagascar, this park is home to a number of rare species. Ranomafana means 'hot water' in the Malagasy language and the area is haven for small mammals, birds, reptiles and...  (more...)
May 24, 2019 - Ranomafana

Continue exploring Ranomafana, this time on a guided walk. Keep your eyes peeled for lemurs, striped civets, mongooses, goshawks, geckos, frogs and butterflies. You may even spot an incredible net-casting spider or the world's smallest chameleon. Overnight once more within the park.
May 25, 2019 - Fianarantsoa

Travel this morning to Fianarantsoa, a colourful town known for its markets and handicrafts. This heritage site is a must-see, with its long, paved road, labyrinths of small paths and old houses with flower-studdied balconies and tiled roofs. Take a day visit to a typical Malagasy...  (more...)
May 26, 2019 - Isalo National Park

Drive approximately eight hours west toward Isalo National Park. The group will stop at the Anja Community Reserve en route, a great spot to observe lemurs and learn a little more about the local culture. The local villagers will be your guide on this excursion, and your leader...  (more...)
May 27, 2019 - Isalo National Park

Spend a couple of days exploring the park, which is home to over 80 species of birds, 30 species of reptiles and 14 species of mammals including 3 lemur species (ring-tailed, red-fronted and Verreaux's sifakas lemur).
May 28, 2019 - Anakao

You'll be up early today (5.30) to travel to Tulear Harbour, from where the group will take a boat to Anakao. Imagine perfect white sand beside turquoise waters and you have Anakoa, a small, laid-back town in which fishing is the main occupation. Enjoy a free day taking it easy on the...  (more...)
May 29, 2019 - Anakao

Today is another free day of leisure in this paradise. Consider taking a full-day tour of Tsimanampetsotse National Park, a birders' paradise named for its spectacular lake. More than 100 species of bird can be found here, including pink, greater and dwarf flamingos, as well as gray-brown...  (more...)
May 30, 2019 - Antananarivo - Departure Day

Today is departure day, however your flight back to Antananarivo is included and this morning we depart for the Tulear airport and the 1 hour flight back to the capital. Your trip will end on arrival at Antananarivo Airport.

We'll be spending the night at a hotel.
May 31, 2019 - Tour of the city with Ravo and one more night in Antananarivo.
Jun 1, 2019 - Flight around 4PM to Istanbul
Jun 2, 2019 - Arrive in Istanbul about 5AM, then shuttle to the hotel SultanHill - near the Blue Mosque. Spend the day relaxing.
Jun 3, 2019 - Walking tour of the city with Hatice. Walking to see the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Underground Cistern, Grand Bazaar and much more!
Jun 4, 2019 - Flight out about 3PM then back to the states about 7:30.