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Southwest Mauritius Tour: Chamarel Waterfall, Trou aux Cerfs

Your day starts with pickup from your hotel on the north, east, west or south side of the island. Enjoy the scenery and learn about the area’s flora, fauna and history from your guide as you drive along the west coast to the Rivière Noire District. Pass through Le Morne, La Prairie and Macondé before curving back into the mountains to the picturesque village of Chamarel.Visit Chamarel Waterfall, the tallest waterfall in Mauritius that plunges more than 328 feet (100 meters) against a scenic backdrop of forests and mountains. Continue to the Seven Coloured Earth, a striking geological formation created by volcanic rocks that cooled at different temperatures. Admire the exposed hillsides glowing with red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow colors.Next, head to La Rhumerie de Chamarel distillery to sample local rum. Follow your tasting with a delicious, traditional 3-course lunch served with Chamarel coffee and water at a local restaurant. After lunch, continue up to a high plateau and reach a viewpoint over Black River Gorges National Park. Listen as your guide points out the variety of flora and fauna thriving below.In the district of Savanne, visit the secluded Grand Bassin lake, an important place of worship for Mauritian Hindus. Continue on to the Trou aux Cerfs, a huge volcanic crater formed millions of years ago. From here you’ll enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the island before you head to see the Shop of Ship Model.The art of ship modeling was brought to Mauritius by various sailors who visited this island. Le Port’s eye for detail and quality has many customers visiting them from around the world. Their craftsmen are adept in the art of miniaturization and the techniques of replica work. At times it requires more than six months for a craftsman to produce a particular model. They also create half models and replicas. Your tour concludes with a drop-off at your hotel in the evening.

$2850 Cultural & Theme Tours

11-Day Best of Mauritius, Long Stay Winter Escape to Mauritius

ItineraryDay 1: Airport to Tamassa ResortStop At: Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International AirportPick-up upon arrival at the Airport and take a scenic drive to your hotel with your driver/guide.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Tamassa Resort a 4-star property.Day 2: Full day Tamassa ResortPass By: TamassaFull day at Tamassa to enjoy the beach and activities at the hotel.Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight on All-inclusive basis at Tamassa, a 4-star resort.Day 3: Full day Tamassa ResortPass By: Bel OmbreFull day at Tamassa to enjoy the beach and activities at the hotel.Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Tamassa resort on an all-inclusive basis, a 4-star hotel.Day 4: Full day Tamassa ResortPass By: Bel OmbreFull day at Tamassa to enjoy the beach and activities at the hotel.Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Tamassa resort on an all-inclusive basis, a 4-star hotel.Day 5: Bel Ombre – Le MornePass By: Le Morne Beach, MauritiusAfter breakfast at the hotel set-off with private driver guide to the south of Mauritius, one of the most scenic and unspoiled parts of the island. Our full day south tour places the emphasis very much on nature, visiting the extinct volcano of Trou aux Cerfs, the sacred lake of Grand Bassin, the unique seven coloured earth in Chamarel - a small authentic village with a thousand inhabitants, often referred to as the cradle of Creole culture - and admiring the breath-taking view of Black River Gorges National Park – this is a full day of scenically contrasting delights.Lunch (included) will be served in a local restaurant in Chamarel.This afternoon you drive along the west coast for your next destination, Le Morne.Check-in at Lux* Le Morne (5-star hotel).Overnight at Lux* Le Morne on BB Basis.Meals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Overnight at LUX* Le Morne on a bed & breakfast basis, a 5-star hotel.Day 6: Full Day LUX* Le MornePass By: Le Morne Beach, MauritiusFull day at LUX* Le Morne to enjoy the beach and activities at the hotel.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at LUX* Le Morne on a bed & breakfast basis, a 5-star hotel.Day 7: Full Day LUX* Le MornePass By: Le Morne Beach, MauritiusFull day at LUX* Le Morne to enjoy the beach and activities at the hotel.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at LUX* Le Morne on a bed & breakfast basis, a 5-star hotel.Day 8: Le Morne - Grand GaubePass By: Grand Gaube Beach, Grand GaubeAfter breakfast we head to Port Louis, the Capital City located on the North-West Coast. You will visit the old Port Louis city that keeps within, a wealth of historical and cultural places of interest such as The Citadel which offers a panoramic view of the City, the folkloric Central Market and other landmarks reflecting multi-ethnic Mauritius, notably Chinese pagodas, Indian Temples, Mosques and Churches.Lunch will be served at a private house in the outskirts of Port Louis.In the afternoon visit Pamplemousses and its legendary botanical garden. Known by botanists the world over, the garden is famous for its unique collection of indigenous and exotic plants. Worthy of a special mention is the giant water lilies and a large variety of palm trees among which the exceptional Talipot palm, known to flourish only once every 60 years.The next stop will be at L’Aventure Du Sucre, an ancient sugar factory turned into a museum to trace the history and importance of sugar cane.Drive to Grand Gaube which is your destination. Check-in at Lux* Grand Gaube.Overnight at Lux* Grand Gaube on BB Basis.Meals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Overnight at LUX* Grand Gaube on a bed & breakfast basis, a 5-star hotel.Day 9: LUX* Grand GaubePass By: LUX Grand GaubeFull day at LUX*Grand Gaube to enjoy the beach and activities at the hotel.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at LUX* Grand Gaube on a bed & breakfast basis, a 5-star hotel.Day 10: LUX* Grand GaubePass By: LUX Grand GaubeFull day at LUX*Grand Gaube to enjoy the beach and activities at the hotel.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at LUX* Grand Gaube on a bed & breakfast basis, a 5-star hotel.Day 11: Transfer to AirportPass By: Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International AirportTransfer to the Airport for your outbound flight.Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$1495 Luxury & Special Occasions

8 Days in Mauritius - Stay in a 5-Star Resort

ItineraryDay 1: Airport - Hilton Mauritius Resort & SpaStop At: Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International AirportPick-up upon arrival at the Airport and take a scenic drive to your hotel with your driver/guide.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa, a 5-star hotel. Day 2: Full Day at Hilton Mauritius Resort & SpaStop At: Hilton Mauritius Resort & SpaFull day at Hilton to enjoy the beach and activities at the hotel.Duration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa, a 5-star hotel.Day 3: Full Day Dolphin Catamaran CruiseStop At: La Preneuse Public BeachCapture the beauty of Mauritius’ west coast aboard a spacious and well-appointed catamaran. Embark on full day catamaran dolpin cruise in Mauritius to see dolphins in their natural habitat, swim and snorkel in the turquoise waters. Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch: BBQ lunch on Catamaran. Drinks and snacks are included during the cruise. • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa, a 5-star hotel.Day 4: Full Day at Hilton Mauritius Resort & SpaStop At: Hilton Mauritius Resort & SpaFull day at Hilton to enjoy the beach and activities at the hotel. Relax and recharge at the luxurious spa. Experience the healing powers of the elements.Complimentary water sports activities include wind or paddle surfing, snorkelling, canoeing and a pedalo. Discover the Indian Ocean with glass bottom boats. Indulge in a local rum cocktail at the infinity pool. Two tennis courts and a landscaped pool with a kids' corner are available. Duration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa, a 5-star hotel.Day 5: Full Day at Hilton Mauritius Resort & SpaStop At: Hilton Mauritius Resort & SpaFull day at Hilton to enjoy the beach and activities at the hotel. Relax and recharge at the luxurious spa. Experience the healing powers of the elements.Complimentary water sports activities include wind or paddle surfing, snorkelling, canoeing and a pedalo. Discover the Indian Ocean with glass bottom boats. Indulge in a local rum cocktail at the infinity pool. Two tennis courts and a landscaped pool with a kids' corner are available. Duration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa, a 5-star hotel.Day 6: Full Day South TourStop At: Black River Gorges National Park, MauritiusAfter breakfast at the hotel set-off with private driver guide to the south of Mauritius, one of the most scenic and unspoiled parts of the island. Our full day south tour places the emphasis very much on nature, visiting the extinct volcano of Trou aux Cerfs, the sacred lake of Grand Bassin, the unique seven coloured earth in Chamarel - a small authentic village with a thousand inhabitants, often referred to as the cradle of Creole culture - and admiring the breath-taking view of Black River Gorges National Park – this is a full day of scenically contrasting delights.Lunch (included) will be served in a local restaurant in Chamarel.This afternoon drive back to your hotel through the west coast passing by Salt pans and small villages. Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa, a 5-star hotel.Day 7: Full Day at Hilton Mauritius Resort & SpaStop At: Hilton Mauritius Resort & SpaFull day at Hilton to enjoy the beach and activities at the hotel. Relax and recharge at the luxurious spa. Experience the healing powers of the elements.Complimentary water sports activities include wind or paddle surfing, snorkelling, canoeing and a pedalo. Discover the Indian Ocean with glass bottom boats. Indulge in a local rum cocktail at the infinity pool. Two tennis courts and a landscaped pool with a kids' corner are available. Duration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa, a 5-star hotel.Day 8: Transfer to Airport.Stop At: Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International AirportTransfer to the Airport for your outbound flight.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$115 Kid Friendly

MAURITIUS SOUTH WEST TOUR - FULL DAY

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Le Port Ship Model, VacoasMauritius Ship Models Discover here these exceptionally well handcrafted ship models made in Mauritius. You will be amazed by the high quality of our ship models.Our professional craftsmen have built these unique pieces especially for you to enhance the beauty of your interior decor.With our wide range of products built in different scales, we are sure you will be able to choose one to fit in the place you want it to be exhibited.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Adamas LtdMore than 30 years since our founding, Adamas and its dedicated team have accumulated a vast array of knowledge and experience in all aspects of the jewelry and precious stone trade, and during the most recent decade, we have added the world of fine watchmaking to our portfolio of expertise.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Trou aux Cerfs, MauritiusAs 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. Then we will visit a ship model factory and diamond/ jewelry shop where you can also do shopping. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Ganga Talao - Grand Bassin, MauritiusHead towards the sacred lake of Grand-Bassin, a significant place of worship for Hindus in Mauritius.Duration: 40 minutesStop At: Black River Gorges National Park, MauritiusThe National Gorges of Black River known for its greenery trees and forestDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Alexandra Falls, Union ParkFurther south, discover the spectacular Black River Gorges tucked in tropical greenery.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Rhumerie de Chamarel, ChamarelIn the South West part of Mauritius, in the heart of a fertile valley, lies the Rhumerie de Chamarel. Situated in the vicinity of the “Coloured Earths of Chamarel”, one of Mauritius’ most popular tourist attractions and the place to visit while in Mauritius, the road leading to the Rhumerie is lined with vast plantations of sugar cane growing side by side with pineapples and other tropical fruits.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Seven Colored Earths, ChamarelThe Seven Coloured Earths are a geological formation and prominent tourist attraction found in the Chamarel plain of the Rivière Noire District in south-western Mauritius. It is a relatively small area of sand dunes comprising sand of seven distinct colours (approximately red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow). The main feature of the place is that since these differently coloured sands spontaneously settle in different layers, dunes acquire a surrealistic, striped colouring. Since the earth was first exposed, rains have carved beautiful patterns into the hillside, creating an effect of earthen meringue.Duration: 1 hour 20 minutesStop At: Curious Corner of ChamarelExcellent Mauritian cuisine for lunch in a pleasant atmosphere at an affordable price.Duration: 30 minutes

$120 Cultural & Theme Tours

Mauritius North Tour - Full Day

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Citadelle de Port-Louis, Port-Louis, Morbihan, BrittanyNamed after the Queen Adelaide, the fort has been built between 1834 and 1840, under the direction of William IV.At 240 ft. above sea level, Fort Adelaide, also known as 'La Citadelle' has fulfilled the strategic purpose of guarding the harbour against enemy attacks and fires that broke in the city.From the Hill you can have a panoramic view of the City starting from the Champ De Mars race track.After we will head to Marie Rein De La Paix situated on the foot of Signal Mountain. A view from the above the Port Louis Harbor awaits you. You will also find the ancient architecture of the road mad e with rocks. Duration: 40 minutesStop At: Le Caudan Waterfront, Port LouisA historical site, the peninsula called Le Caudan was created around a fossil coral islet, hosting a powder magazine, an astronomic and meteorological observatory, quays, warehouses and various small enterprises over the last 250 years. The daily routine of this popular harbor followed the pace of the sugar industry until the creation of the Bulk Sugar Terminal in 1980. From these 150 years of millions of sugar bags transiting by boat, train or trucks, carried by hundreds of hands, only a few old walls still stand today to speak to the mind…Several popular spots of Le Caudan Waterfront bear a strong historical significance. The first meteorological observatory of the Indian Ocean now hosts the Food Court and the Namasté restaurant. The building hosting the Blue Penny Museum was the former Docks office.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Blue Penny Museum, Port LouisThe Blue Penny Museum is an art and history museum that is wholly devoted to Mauritius.It houses some prestigious collections, which are true testimony of the historical and cultural wealth and diversity of Mauritius, in a stunning layout. The museum was inaugurated in 2001 and has been designed with unyielding attention to quality in the selection of the works on display, the written descriptions, the layout and the development of interpretation aids. To begin with, visitors will take a step back into the era of great maritime explorations in the Indian Ocean before moving on to an overview of the three colonial periods in the history of Mauritius. Your journey into the past continues with a foray into the Port Louis of the 18th and 19th centuries. What unfolds next is the tale of the history of postal services, namely with the very first postage stamps to be issued in Mauritius, the world-renowned Post Office stamps. The tour of the museum ends with the beautiful yet tragic story of a mythical couple, Paul and Virginie. The Blue Penny Museum is one of those rare places providing visitors with a captivating glimpse of the art and history of Mauritius. It is therefore a must-stop for anyone who is curious about discovering the country in depth.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Mauritius Postal Museum, Port LouisThe exchange of mails between Mauritius and the outside world dates back as far as 1638 – the year the first people came to settle in the island.Letters were placed inside upturned bottles hanged on trees which were then emptied or filled by sailors.That’s what the Dutch recorded in their journals when they started populating the still uninhabited island of Mauritius.The “postal depot” was located at Tonneliers Island (then called Kuipers Eylandt), near Port Louis harbour.Since then, the history of postal services in Mauritius has been marked by major events.So let’s go for a short trip to the Mauritius Postal Museum and discover these important milestones!Mauritius Postal MuseumMauritius Postal Museum – A Neo-classical Victorian architecture inaugurated in 1870 and which until recently housed the General Post Office.The Creation of the First Postal Services in MauritiusNicholas Lambert (1741-1806), director of the Imprimerie Royale (Royal Printing), initiated the creation of an inland postal service and the first post office opened its door on 12 December 1772 when Mauritius was a French colony.The Bureau Général des Postes et Gazettes, a private undertaking, was in charge of delivering locally printed newspapers and letters coming from abroad to the inhabitants. Delivery was performed on foot by “Noirs Facteurs” (slave postmen).Postal activities gradually spread across the various cantons (districts) of Isle de France (the name given to Mauritius by the French). But as from 1795 the services started to dramatically deteriorate when rural post offices were closed down by the local Republican administration following the French Revolution.To worsen the situation overseas communications were disrupted when the British blockaded Mauritius as from 1804 as a strategy to invade the island.The Mauritius Post Office under British RuleIn the British Period room of the Mauritius Postal Museum, the development of the postal services under the British rule is resourcefully documented.Shortly after the conquest of Mauritius by the British in 1810, the Poste Général (General Post Office) established by the French became a Civil Department of the colonial administration.The General Post Office was opened in Port Louis in 1870.One major innovation in the postal services was the introduction of a prepaid postage system by the use of stamps.On 20 September 1847 the first adhesive stamps – the Blue and the Red Penny - were conceived and printed for the first time by Joseph Osborn Barnard. Mauritius became the fifth country in the world, after Great Britain (1840), Brazil and Switzerland (1843) and North America (1847), and the first colony to print stamps.Red Penny Stamp MauritiusRed Penny Stamp MauritiusBlue Penny Stamp MauritiusBlue Penny Stamp MauritiusThe orange-red one penny and the deep blue two pence bearing the profile head of Queen Victoria are known as the Mauritius “Post Office” stamps and derived their name from the wording reading “Post Office” printed on them instead of “Post Paid”. They are among the rarest postage stamps in the world.Other important landmarks carried out under the British rule were the conveyance of mails by railway in 1867, the introduction of telegraph and telephone.In 1893 the first overseas telegraphic links became possible through telegraphic undersea cable between Mauritius and Seychelles.In 1933 the first airmail left Mauritius for Reunion Island.Postal Museum of MauritiusPostal Museum of MauritiusMauritius Post – Men in UniformsToday The Mauritius Post Limited is a state-owned company offering traditional as well as modern postal services.A Philatelic Bureau is located at the museum where philatelic items are on sales.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Aapravasi Ghat, Port LouisAbout the Aapravasi GhatThis historical site is a symbol of Mauritian identity since the ancestors of more than 70% of today’s local population arrived on the island through this immigration depot. The depot was created to receive indentured laborers coming to work in the sugar plantations during the early post-slavery years of 1834-1920.The Indentureship involved a mass migration of workers from India, China, Africa and South East Asia to work in colonies. Mauritius was the first country which had successfully recoursed indentured labour. Other British, French and Dutch colonies then adopted the system. Consequently, there was a massive worldwide migration of more than 2 million indentured labourers, of which Mauritius received almost half a million. Other colonies such as Guyana, South Africa, Trinidad, Cuba, Peru and Reunion Island proceeded with indentureship.Aapravasi Ghat (Visit & Tour)In April 1987, the Aapravasi Ghat was declared a national monument by the Government of Mauritius and in 2006, the Aapravasi Ghat became the first indenture site in the world to be inscribed on UNESCO’s famous list of World Heritage Sites.The buildings of Aapravasi Ghat are among the earliest explicit manifestations of what would become a global economic system. It represents not only the development of the modern system of contractual labour, but also the memories, traditions and values that these men, women and children carried with them when they left their countries of origin, to work in foreign lands. However only the partial remains of three stone buildings from the entire complex have survived- only about 15% of the building still authentically exists today.While visiting the Aapravasi Ghat, you will get the chance learn more about the historical events through the Beekrumsing Ramlallah Interpretation Centre (BRIC). There are displays of artifacts such as pipes, phials and medicine bottles (from the hospital on the site), leftover gin & rum bottles (probably drank by British officers) and other remains found during archaeological excavations at the Aapravasi Ghat. You may also view a replica of the ship, similar to the one that the contracted workers had to endure.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Jummah Mosque, Port LouisThe Jummah Masjid is a mosque in Port Louis dating from the 1850s, with substantial additions built through the 1890s. It is located on the Royal Road, and is described by the Ministry of Tourism’s guide as one of the most beautiful religious buildings in the country.Throughout the year, the Jummah Masjid is visited by Islamic personalities, scholars, naatkhwan, etc. One of the visits which the Masjid receives is that of Maulana Shah Abdul Aleem Siddiqui Madani and his son Maulana Shah Ahmad Noorani Siddiqui every year, during the month of Rabi’ al-awwal. Muhammad Owais Raza Qadri, the naatkhwan from Pakistan has also made various Naat Programs in the Masjid. Maulana Syed Ahmad Ashraf Jilani, Maulana Syed Kaleem Ashraf Jilani, Maulana Syed Aleem Ashraf Jilani have also visited.The Jummah Masjid houses the Mazar Shareef of Syed Peer Jamal Shah (a waliullah from Cutch Naliya,India) in the backyard of the mosque. This is a dargah where people come & pray.The Jummah Masjid is known for live broadcasts of Jummah Prayers every Friday, taraweeh prayers during the month of Ramadan, Eid Prayers, and spiritual programs like Majilis for the first 10 days of Muharram, the first 12 days of Rabi ul Awwal, Mehfil e Ashurah & various ‘Urs Shareef held throughout the year.Duration: 40 minutesStop At: Central Market, Port LouisPort Louis Central MarketThe Central Market of Port-Louis (also known at the Port Louis Bazaar) is one of the most crowded markets in Mauritius and the most visited market by tourists. The Port Louis market is the best place to purchase local made products and for trying local made foods. The things on sale here are cheap and the market brings you close to the local life in Mauritius. The market is a very a popular meeting point of locals and tourists.Port Louis Central MarketThe Port Louis market has several sections, part on the main street and part is a closed market until a big roof. There is a section that sells fruit and vegetables, a section for meat and sea products, an emporium upstairs that sells souvenirs and a section selling clothes.To see all the sections of the market you will have to visit inside the main market building, but also visit the market main yard and also to walk along the main market street.The Port Louis is a great place to find many different interesting products. As for the many textiles found at the market, some of the sellers will insist that they are genuine brands which they have received directly from the factories (the reality is that most of the textiles are actually fakes).You can also find local crafts, religious artifacts, knick-knacks, spices and other artifacts. There is also a food hall that will sell vegetarian food such as Dholl Puri, Biryani, Haleem and selection of additional local dishes.Duration: 1 hourStop At: L'Aventure du SucreA tour at the L’Aventure du Sucre (Sugar Adventure) promises you an exciting and fruitful visit at the old Beau Plan Sugar Factory which was once operational from the 18th to 20th century. The sugar museum beautifully nestles in the remote area of the popular Pamplemousses village which is also known for its enchanting historical botanical garden, the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden.The L’aventure du Sucre is an initiative undertaken by three Mauritian sugar groups, notably Constance La Gaiete Co Ltd, Deep River Beau Champ Ltd, and Harel Freres Ltd who wanted to present to Mauritians and tourists the historical and cultural side of the sugar cane production in Mauritius. It is worth mentioning that the sugarcane industry had contributed massively to the Mauritian economy in the past. Sugar was once considered as one of the most valuable products in the world especially during late colonization periods.Besides, learning about the history of sugar plantation you will have the privilege to learn about the island’s history and its evolution, from the time the Dutch set foot on Mauritius, until today. It covers the establishment of Mauritius, starting from the Dutch, French and British settlements. You will also learn about the stories, triumphs and difficulties that people went through while creating the sugar industry on the island; this englobes slavery, indentured labourers and their harsh treatments.This visit is worth being spent with family and children to learn about the Mauritian history and culture. Normally, it takes about two hours to complete the tour and it eventually ends with a tasting of the different sugars and Mauritian rum.Sugarcane in MauritiusSugar plantations are widely grown in tropical climates like Mauritius and the Caribbean islands. Over 1000 years ago sugar was already known to the Indians and Chinese. This valuable commodity travelled from the Far and Middle East to the Mediterranean. It was mostly planted to produce rum or sugar.Mauritius used to be a prosperous sugar plantation colony. The island had witnessed an epic history with its many sugar cane mills across the country, but today the number of sugar factories has declined. Presently about 72 000 hectares of sugarcane is cultivated in Mauritius. The sugar industry is not just about growing sugarcane and producing sugar, but also about generating energy for the island.Once an incredibly sought-after commodity, sugar has played a crucial role in the history, and development of Mauritius. The first sugarcane crops were introduced from Java by Dutch settlers in the 1600s. French colonists arrived shortly after the Dutch abandoned the island in 1710, and by the time of the Napoleonic Wars in the early 1800s, there were around 60,000 slaves working in the island’s sugar industry – much of the country’s population at the time. Most were replaced by indentured labourers from India after the abolition of slavery in the British Empire during the 1830s.Before the advent of tourism and textile manufacturing in the 1960s, sugar remained the major industry in Mauritius – and to this day is still an important economic driver, though increased mechanisation and consolidation of the mills has led to far fewer numbers being employed.Historical Background of L’Aventure Du SucreDuring the colonial period, Mauritius was expanding massively in the sugar production through the British colony, yet after many years of its independence the island saw a drastic decline in the industry. Many sugar factories were closing down.In 1998, the Beau Plan Sugar Estate ceased to operate after 177 years of contributing in the sugar industry of the island. The factory was converted into a museum which is today known as L’Aventure du Sucre. This old estate has been restored and does an excellent job conveying the complex story of sugar and how it is intertwined with the roots of the Mauritian people- going back 4 centuries, woven into the history of the island itself.With an authentically re-created ambience, the different stages of sugar production are exhibited and explained, from the early cultivation of the canes and the role of slavery in growing this vital crop, to the creation of the finished products and their eventual exportation to Western markets. Much of the original machinery – pipes, vats, vessels – are still on display, including two locomotives and a large wooden barge which was used to transport sugar from Mauritius to Madagascar (its last voyage was in the year 2000).Visit of L’Aventure Du SucreIt would take you approximately 2 hours to complete the ‘sugar tour’ inside the Beau Plan mill, but you can also spend your entire day over there. During the visit you will have the opportunity to watch evocative films from the early years before discovering all there is to know about the sugar industry in Mauritius.The tour is laid out in such a way that you feel like you are walking through the history of Mauritius, starting with the discovery of the island, the early settlements, the slave trade, the arrival of the indentured labourers, life on the colony and the independence of Mauritius, followed by its recent history.The museum also covers the sugar production process and its resulting products. You will even take a walk and view the machines used in extracting cane sugar from the fields to the mills; the clarifiers, the evaporators, vacuum pans, crystallizers, centrifuges and even the chemistry lab. All along you will be reading and seeing how sugar transforms from cane to the many sugars we know and consume. This is truly the single most informative activity you can do when in Mauritius as it really covers everything.L’Aventure du Sucre also includes a large display of arts depicting sugar, from as early as the 15th century up to the modern day. These paintings are a marvelous show case of the importance of sugar to our lives. They explore how sugar, once a rare and precious commodity, was limited to upper classes and royalties, and a measure of a nation’s wealth and prosperity. It’s use in the sculptures and the decadent table arts of the aristocratic communities, to even its power over nations and their eagerness to possess and control its source.Children are guided by the museum’s two mascots: Floryse the Mongoose and Raj the Indian Mynah, who will entertain them with stories, field any questions, and test their knowledge with a short quiz, rewarding correct answers with a quick toot-toot on the old steam train.Visitors will get to sample the different types of unrefined sugars. If you love baking, you will love the rich flavours of these sugars, which are so much more delicious than the regular ones. For the adults, the tour ends with a complimentary rum tasting. There are various sugar rums, spiced & aged rums and even flavoured rums are available. The vanilla and coffee flavoured liqueurs are highly recommended.Facilities at L’Aventure du SucreThere are many on-site facilities such as Le Fangourin restaurant located in a lovely lush setting overlooking the mountains of the central plateau. With its perfectly preserved vegetation, its picturesque pond with lush greenery and geese, the restaurant offers a stress free environment conducive to relaxation.The Fangourin cuisine is inspired from unique flavors while maintaining a rich Mauritian culinary heritage; a cuisine that is both refined and festive, that infuses new flavors while preserving the Mauritian culinary tradition. The Fangourin also offers services ranging from cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to full dinners.The Village Boutik of L’Aventure du SucreThe authentic artisanal shop-the Village Boutik offers a range of craft products made by the locals which helps to perpetuate their know-how built up over many generations. Craft skills have a history behind them, constituting of an intangible legacy and are very much part of the country’s cultural heritage.Visitors generally appreciate and show interest about the story behind the attractive gift boxes which are made out of ‘vacoas’ (a local screwpine) by fishermen who weave them by hand before their wives stitch a fine lining inside.You will also have the chance to learn about the sugar cartons which are made by hand, with minute attention to detail, by a small craft company in the North of the island. In short, each product has an interesting story behind to tell.House of New Grove- L’Aventure du SucreL’Aventure du Sucre now has the House of New Grove in its Village Boutik, a fine, contemporary designed space to show New Grove’s prestigious range of rums. L’Aventure du Sucre by New Grove’s amber-coloured rums are aged in oak barrels and include Very Special (VS), Very Superior Old Pale (VSOP) and Extra Old (XO) varieties. There are also exotic liqueurs flavoured with coffee, vanilla and Rodriguan honey, which are greatly appreciated, as well as the superb La Solera made from a blend of rums the oldest of which is more than twenty five years’ old. One of the collection’s great successes is a range of rums featuring special sugars (molasses, demerara and golden bakery). There’s nothing like them anywhere else in the world and they were specially developed for L’Aventure du Sucre by the cellar master, Christian Vergier. They and the aged rums (vieux rhums) are particularly popular with visitors to the island.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical GardenMauritius National Botanical Garden is home to an incredible variety of tropical plants, many of them indigenous.The Botanic Garden, formally known as Sir Seewoosagur Botanic Garden, is one of the most visited attractions in Mauritius.The garden is located in the proximity of Port-Louis in the district of Pamplemousse.Mauritius National Botanical GardenThe botanical garden was initially opened as a private garden by the French governor of Mauritius nearly 300 years ago, later to become the national botanical garden of Mauritius.The botanical garden stretches over endless acres of land and it may take you more than a week to cover the whole garden. It is populated with more than 650 varieties of plants among which are the famous Baobabs, the Palmier Bouteille, the ineluctable Giant Water Lilies, dozens of medicinal plants, a large spice garden and many more.One of the main attractions of the botanical garden is the 85 different varieties of palm trees brought from different corners of the world. Other indigenous species of plants are also exhibited here.Guides are available at the entrance of the garden, offering a full tour for as little as 1 euro/hour per person (payment for the guides is done at the entrance of the botanical garden). We highly recommend using the guides’ services.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

$1557.74 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Premium Mauritius 8-Day Catamaran Cruise, Including Food

Day 1: Arrival in Mauritius with a warm welcome onboard your catamaran at La Balise Marina in Rivière Noire, located south west of the island. Boarding at 1pm, for a briefing on safety and the program of the cruise. Departure to the lagoon of Benitier for the afternoon. Day 2: When you wake up your guide will suggest for you to go and greet some dolphins on a motor boat, provided you booked the excursions package. After breakfast, the crew will set sail to the lagoon of Mont Choisy. Enjoy an incredible sunset with the Moka mountain range in the background. Day 3: After breakfast, relax and embrace Mont Choisy's impressive lagoon, feel free to go swimming, snorkelling and kayaking. If you booked the excursions package, you will have the opportunity to visit the Sugar Museum and Garden of Pamplemousses. In addition to this you will learn about the culture of sugar canes and how this has played a crucial role in the history, and development of Mauritius. We sail north, and moor at the bottom of Coin de Mire cliff or in Merville lagoon for a snorkelling session. End the night at Grand Baie. Day 4: On Saturday morning, Grand Baie will wake up as slowly as you will. After a well-deserved sleep-in and a rich breakfast, take your time to discover Grand Baie shops and stroll through them all at your own pace. On this 4th day the Morne Dream cruise passengers will disembark and we’ll welcome the guest boarding for the Gabriel Dream cruise. Your catamaran will sail to the very north of the island and will stop in Cap Malheureux bay for the night, with the famous red-roofed church as a sentinel.Day 5: Visit the Domaine de Labourdonnais Sugar Estate with its castle, alluring gardens, old orchards and rum factory (in the excursions package). Lunch on board, Sail to L’Ile Plate and moor at Ilot Gabriel. Dinner and overnight stay.Day 6: After an early swim and harmonious start to the morning in these secluded islands, we will sail south west to the bay of Rivière Noire. Spend a quiet night at anchor in this fine fishermen village now converted into a favoured touristic location. A charming bay, protected from the winds by a majestic mountain range will engulf you for the night.Day 7: Breakfast. Optional excursion: visit a village in Chamarel and rum distillery. Enjoy a delicious traditional lunch. Depending on the sea's rhythm, you will either disembark at Tamarin's mythical beach or explore the mouth of Rempart river with a sea kayak. Dinner and overnight stay at La Balise Marina.Day 8: Disembarkation at 8:00 at La Balise Marina.When the time comes for the final goodbyes the crew will remind you of trips highlights, exchange emails and photos and might even give you a big hug before sending you off!