A day of history, culture, and shopping! You’ll visit some of Antananarivo’s sacred hills and see many palaces- one of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site! You’ll see 18th, 19th,and 20th century architecture. And you’ll walk through some markets to experience local life, and have the chance to buy something unique!
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and review the day’s schedule.
Head to Ambohimanga’s Palace, about a 30-minute drive from Antananarivo. It’s built on the Blue Hill (Ambohimanga), one of the 12 sacred hills surrounding the capital and is the birthplace of the Merina kingdom. It’s also a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After a drive back to the city, we’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Vegetarian options are available upon request.
The Queen’s Palace is on top of the hill “Analamanga”, the used to be home to the rulers of Imerina, also known as “Rova Manjakamiadana”.
We’ll head to the Andohalo city, and visit the Catholic Cathedral and the Andafiavaratra Palace which feature 19th century architecture.
We’ll go down the hill to see the Anosy Lake which is decorated with Jacaranda trees and a Black Angel Monument which Honours the soldiers who died in the First World War. Then we’ll head to the flower market to see different species of flowers unique to Madagascar.
We’ll visit the Antaninarenina Palace which was the old France Embassy in Antananarivo and later became the presidential palace. Then we’ll head to the Analakely (“Zoma”) Market created by King Andrianampoinimerina, which is the largest market for fresh local produce. Then to our last stop, the traditional “Digue” market to buy some souvenirs. This is one of Antananarivo’s busiest markets and offers a very wide variety of Malagasy crafts
We’ll drop you off at your hotel after your culture-filled day. Thank you for learning about Madagascar!
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