Your holiday itinerary (ex Perth, Western Australia)
Day 1. Welcome to Mauritius (D)
Depart Perth for Mauritius on your Air Mauritius direct flight. On arrival, be met our ground operator, including a flower garland, then transfer to your hotel, your home for the next six nights. Enjoy your first dinner in Mauritius. Overnight 6 nights: Le Mauricia Hotel, Mauritius
Day 2 Grand Baie – Orientation Tour (BD)
After breakfast, travel to Cap Malheureux, a picturesque spot in northern Mauritius which is famous for its view of the Coin De Mire, the Chapel, fishing and boat rides. From here we proceed through to the Historic Marine – Ship Model Factory. Continue to L'Aventure du Sucre (Sugar World), an old sugar mill at Beau Plan which has been transformed into a museum that records the history of sugar, the mainstay of the Mauritian economy for many years. The afternoon is then yours at leisure.
Day 3. Spirit of Tradition (BLD)
Awaken your senses as you discover the making of teas, rum, vanilla and essential oils and learn about the history and tales of Mauritius. Your first stop will be at The Bois Cheri Tea factory, the first and biggest tea producer in Mauritius, operating since 1892. After a guided tour of the factory, you will discover the history of tea while visiting the tea production museum. Nowadays Bois Cheri produces a new range of flavoured teas, green teas and herbal teas and you get the opportunity to taste some during your visit.
Continue the tour to Saint Aubin house. Built in 1819, it has been home to several managers of the sugar estate, before being renovated in the 90's to preserve a part of the Mauritian heritage. The estate produces sugar canes, processed to make sugar as well as the delicious agricultural rum, the manufacture of which you may see at the distillery. You will also discover the interesting transformation process of the vanilla orchid: from the flower to the aromatic pod. After the visit, enjoy a special Mauritian menu of traditional Creole cuisine. Complete the tour with a visit to La Reserve des Mascareignes, a nature park, and home to various species of animals, reptiles and plants. It is set in a beautiful rain forested valley with natural freshwater springs. In the reserve you can find most of the Mauritian mammals and reptiles including phelsumas (geckos), giant tortoises, turtles, bats, deer, mongooses, monkeys, wild boars, as well as other animals such as goats, sheep and crocodiles. A must see is the park’s rare collection of butterflies and other brightly-coloured insects (with about 23,000 species), which is one of the most fascinating in the world.
Day 4. Charms and Flavours (BLD)
Leave the village and proceed to the capital, Port-Louis. Visit Apravasi Ghatt, a UNESCO World Heritage Site then see the fortification named Fort Adelaide or La Citadelle, built by the British in 1835 for views of the city, harbor and the Moka mountain range. You will have the opportunity to make a photo stop there. During this tour you will also have time at leisure for some shopping at the markets. The best way to describe the Port Louis market is as an area of great hustle and bustle where you will interact with the locals. Everything can be found in there from vegetables to craft products to clothes. You can also visit Le Caudan Waterfront, a unique commercial concept in Mauritius, showing undeniable know-how and expertise in commercial activities and entertainment. On top of being a must for shopping, Le Caudan Waterfront is a melting pot for local artists and the favourite meeting place for gastronomes, tourists and locals looking for leisure and entertainment. Le Caudan Waterfront is definitely the most elegant and popular destination for Mauritians and tourists. The place includes a wide variety of shops and restaurants. After the visit, head up into the mountains to the village of Moka to enjoy lunch at the traditional Mauritian restaurant, Escale Creole where you will souvenir the tastes of Mauritius. The final stop will be the Pamplemousses Royal Botanical Garden, which was established in 1769, and where one can find rare Mascarene plants and a wide variety of palm trees. You will be accompanied by a guide for a nice visit along the shady paths of this magnificent garden.
Day 5. Southern Delights (BLD)
Today you will depart for a journey to the scenic South of Mauritius. The southern part of Mauritius has kept most of its wild beauty and charm. Enjoy a scenic drive and discover unique landscapes carved by the elements over time. Travel past the suburb of Floreal and drive towards Curepipe, one of the island's main villages. As you reach the highest point in town, step down to see Trou aux Cerfs' crater, a dormant volcano covered with lush vegetation, which also acts as a 360-degree lookout. Head towards the sacred lake of Grand-Bassin, a significant place of worship for Hindus in Mauritius. Further south, discover the spectacular Black River Gorges tucked in tropical greenery. Stop at the viewpoint where you will have a beautiful view of the endemic forest. Ascend down the winding road for commanding views over the southern coast. Arrive at La Rhumerie de Chamarel, a local rum distillery where the host will reveal all the secrets of fabrication. After lunch visit the coloured earths of Chamarel and its waterfalls before continuing down the mountain. Stop at the viewpoint of Le Morne before continuing along the west coast back to your hotel in the north.
Day 6. Walking with Lions (BLD)
Enjoy the morning at leisure before transferring to Casela Nature Park on the west coast. Enjoy lunch at Casela Restaurant before taking the adventurous walking with lion’s activity. Don't miss this unique opportunity which will be the highlight of your holiday in Mauritius! This activity takes place on the banks of Riviere du Rempart in a separate area of the Safari park. Under the coolness of the trees you can take pleasure in viewing the lions from very close, see them playing and hopping on the rocks of the river banks and scaling the trees. The lions roam freely amongst you offering a unique opportunity of being in close contact with them. With the supervision and guidance of the lions’ handlers, you can get even closer, and experience from firsthand how it is to walk alongside the lions.
Day 7. Free Day and Homeward Bound (BL)
Enjoy today at your leisure. Lunch will be provided at the resort. There are optional day tours are available (at own expense). A late check out has been reserved and you have your room until 6pm. Check out and transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to Perth
Day 8. Arrive Home (inflight)
After your overnight flight to Perth, our courtesy small charter vehicle will be on hand to see you safely home.
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