Mauritius Countryside Day Trip With Port Louis Sightseeing and Creole Lunch in Local Home

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Mauritius Countryside Day Trip With Port Louis Sightseeing and Creole Lunch in Local Home information and booking

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$115
Duration
8 hours
Departs from
Your Mauritius hotel
Returns to
Returns to original departure point
Time of departure
South: 7:10amWest coast: 7:45amEast: 8amNorth coast: 8:15am
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Tour description provided by Viator

Discover the cultural, historical and natural jewels of northwest Mauritius on this action-packed 8-hour tour! Discover the top attractions of Port Louis, including the Place d’Armes, and visit a family home for a hearty Creole lunch. Then, put on your explorer’s hat and drive through emerald scenery to the famous Pamplemousses Botanical Garden. Delve into this colonial-age paradise to see its incredible tropical arrays, including giant water lilies, surreal plants and rare trees. Numbers limited to 15 people on this small-group tour, ensuring personalized attention from the guide.

Start your day with a pickup from your hotel anywhere on the island. Settle in your air-conditioned coach and head for Port Louis, Mauritius’ capital city. As you travel, listen to your local guide share stories about the island’s history and its celebrated dodo: the flightless bird that existed here before gradually dying out in the 17th century.

Arrive in Port Louis and enjoy a guided walking tour. Enjoy panoramic city views from hilltop Fort Adelaide before descending into the center to see its highlights, including St Louis Cathedral and the palm-dotted Place d’Armes. Continue to the lively Central Market to tour its colorful food and craft stalls, and visit Le Caudan Waterfront shopping mall and the Blue Penny Museum, a charming art and history museum that's home to some rare and highly coveted red and blue Mauritian stamps from 1847.

Afterward, head to a local, family home for a delicious Creole lunch. Sit in the garden and enjoy a refreshing glass of pineapple lemonade before sampling local staples such as sausage rougaille (sausages in a spicy Creole tomato sauce). See the Itinerary for a sample menu.

Next, admire Mauritius’ rolling hills and Pieter Both Mountain on route to your last stop: the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden (Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden). Walk around these magnificent, colonial-era gardens with your guide to witness their extraordinary tropical displays. Puzzle over the unusual species of palms and curiously named exotic trees and wonder at the gardens' showpiece: a pond covered in giant amazonica lilies.

Leave the gardens and enjoy more beautiful scenery from the comfort of our coach as you return to your hotel, where your tour ends.

What's included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Entrance fees
  • Glass of pineapple lemonade
  • Lunch

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified