Is this trip for you?
- You have a day to spend in Antananarivo.
- You want to learn about the history of Madagascar.
- You want to experience the local city culture.
- You want to check out the local markets.
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
- Guide for the day
- Ambohimanga’s Palace
- Lunch at local restaurant
- The Queen’s Palace
- The Catholic Cathedral
- Andafiavaratra Palace
- Anosy Lake
- Flower Market
- Antaninarenina Palace
- Analakely (“Zoma”) Market
- Traditional “Digue” Market
8:00AM: Pick-up at your hotel
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and review the day’s schedule.
8:30AM: Head to UNESCO World Heritage Site
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.
12:15PM: Queen’s Palace
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”.
1:00PM: Catholic Cathedral and Andafiavaratra Palace
We’ll head to the Andohalo city, and visit the Catholic Cathedral and the Andafiavaratra Palace which feature 19th century architecture.
2:00PM: Anosy Lake and Flower Market
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.
2:45PM: Antaninarenina Palace, Analakely and Digue Markets
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
4:00PM: Drop-off at hotel
We’ll drop you off at your hotel after your culture-filled day. Thank you for learning about Madagascar!