Press release

Explore unique and unspoiled Madagascar with Saga

Monday 15 January 2007

  • Meet Malagasay tribes and unique wildlife
  • Call 0800 056 5880 for further details

Older travellers increasingly want to go to unusual destinations, undiscovered by the tourist industry, which is why Saga has added the unique and undeveloped island of Madagascar to it's brochure for 2007.

The fourth-largest island in the world, Madagascar has established national parks and nature reserves to protect its unique flora and fauna, including superb bird life, tree frogs, chameleons and the island's most celebrated residents - lemurs. The country is home to five per cent of the world's known plant and animal species, most of which are found nowhere else on earth.

The tour endeavours to give clients a chance to sample a little of everything, combining traditional music, song and dance, and typical Malagasay cuisine and handicrafts. It is also designed to show off the island's extraordinary biodiversity - everything from tropical rainforest to tranquil tea plantations, and from paddy-fields to coral reefs.

Visitors also get to experience the unique culture of the Malagasay people, meeting some of their tribes and visiting their ancient burial sites.

Saga's 13-night* Madagascan Adventure makes its debut in the company's 2007 Travellers World brochure and group sizes are limited to just 15 people.

Andrew Goodsell, Chief Executive, Saga, commented: "Today's over 50's have a passion for exploration and adventure, we have risen to this challenge by introducing our first ever touring holidays to Madagascar, a challenging yet rewarding destination that has so much to offer.'

For all its tourism industry infancy, Madagascar has clear potential. Saga's escorted tour is based on London-Antananarivo flights with Air Madagascar via Paris, which operates modern Boeing 767-300 aircraft, and a selection of quality local and international hotels.

All breakfasts and dinners - along with eight lunches - are included in the package price, which starts at 2,219.

Saga's Madagascan Adventure departs on May 3 and 31, June 28, August 23, September 27 and November 29. An optional add-on seven-night trip to Mauritius is available, with prices starting from 449 per person.

Seize the chance to win a free holiday home in Spain by booking a Saga Resort or touring holiday by February 28th 2007!

-ENDS-

Editors Notes:

* includes one night aboard aircraft

Saga holidays are exclusively for people aged 50 and over, a travelling companion may be aged 40 or over.

Saga holidays are only available direct and not through travel agents.

For further press information please contact the Saga Press Office on: 01303 771118.

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