Your holiday itinerary (ex Perth, Western Australia)
Day 1. Mauritius (D)
Depart Perth for Mauritius on your direct flight. Upon arrival, you will be met our ground operator and transferred to your hotel before enjoying your first dinner on the island. Overnight each night: Mauricia Beachcomber Resort and Spa
Day 2. Grand Baie (BD)
After breakfast, travel to Cap Malheureux, a picturesque village in northern Mauritius, famous for its view of the Coin De Mire nature reserve. From here we proceed through to the Historic Marine - a model ship factory. We will then 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. Aapravasi Ghat, gardens and flavours (BLD)
Leave the village and proceed to the capital, Port Louis. Visit Aapravasi Ghat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, then see the fortification named Fort Adelaide (La Citadelle) for views of the city, harbour and the Moka Mountain Range. You will have time at leisure for some shopping at the Port Louis Market to interact with locals as you browse clothes, craft and produce. We will also visit Le Caudan Waterfront. We will then head into the mountains to the village of Moka to enjoy a traditional Mauritian lunch at Escale Creole. The final stop will be the historic Pamplemousses Royal Botanical Garden to see rare Mascarene plants and a wide variety of palm trees.
Day 4. Southern delights (BLD)
Today you will depart for a journey to the scenic South of Mauritius. 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 offers a lookout with panoramic views. Head towards the sacred lake of Grand Bassin, a significant place of worship for Mauritian Hindus. Further south, discover the spectacular Black River Gorge National Park tucked in tropical greenery. Stop at the viewpoint where you will have a beautiful view of the endemic forest, then continue along 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 the secrets of fabrication. After lunch, visit the Seven 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.
Day 5. Walking with lions (BLD)
Enjoy the morning at leisure before heading to the Casela Nature Park on the west coast. Enjoy lunch at Casela Restaurant before walking with lions, which will be a highlight of your holiday in Mauritius! Watch lions playing, jumping on the rocks of the river banks and scaling trees as they roam freely among your group under the supervision and guidance of lion handlers.
Day 6. Traditional cooking class (BD)
Learn how to prepare a traditional Mauritian dish from the chefs from Le Domaine des Aubineaux. After buying fresh local products at the Bazaar of Curepipe, you will cook your meal using utensils of yesteryear in this historic setting, which is an oasis of greenery and tranquillity. A tasting of Saint Aubin rum will also be offered before returning to our hotel late in the afternoon.
Day 7. Free time (BL)
Enjoy today at your leisure. Lunch will be provided at the resort and optional day tours are available (at own expense). A late check-out has been arranged 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 vehicles will be on hand to see you safely home.
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