The charming capital city offers lush mountain ranges, fine beaches, stunning coral reefs and picturesque villages. Learn of the rich cultural heritage Port Louis’ five districts have to offer or admire the natural beauty of this volcanic island situated in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar.

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  • Charm & Flavors

    Spend your day exploring two examples of Mauritian heritage on this delightful full-day tour that travels along the "Tea Route".

    Begin with a picturesque coach ride to "Les Aubineaux", one of the few remaining typical colonial houses of the Central Plateau. Built in 1872, the house boasts authentic period furniture, paintings and photographs of Curepipe from the past. After a refreshing tea break, you will re-board your coach and drive through tea-fields to the village of Bois-Chéri where you will have a guided tour of the Tea Factory and Tea Museum. Here, you will have the opportunity to discover the thousand and one secrets held within the Tea museum, which gives visitors a good insight to the history of tea. From the Museum, you will stroll over to the Chalet for a tea-tasting session. From the Chalet, you will be treated to a marvellous panoramic view of the south part of the Island.

    Your tour continues with a 30-minute drive to "Le St-Aubin", a plantation house built in 1819. During your time here, visit the Vanilla House, the rum distillery and the greenhouse filled with anthuriums that are intermingled with vanilla pods. Before leaving, enjoy a tasty lunch that has been prepared from produce grown on the estate while seated in a lovely Creole dining room.

    Your final tour stop is in the wild South at 'La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes', a farm harboring Nile crocodiles, geckos, monkeys, a savannah of giant Tortoises of Aldabra, where they are bred in the wild, and an insectarium that holds more than 20,000 species. Climb aboard the Park's original "Mauritian train", which takes you on a memorable ride through Paradise Valley across the luxuriant tropical vegetation. During your ride you can catch a glimpse of ostriches, turkeys and guinea fowl. Take in the dramatic scenery of "La Baleine" view point where the sea crashes onto the lava-block cliffs. Refreshments served in this idyllic spot will conclude your visit on a perfect note.

    Re-joining your coach, sit back and relax during the 90-minute leisurely drive back to the pier and your awaiting ship.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 3-hours of moderate walking/standing and there are steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.

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  • Casela Park & Eureka House

    This tour combines nature and history with visits to both an outdoor venue and a historic local home.

    Boarding your coach at the pier, it's a 45-minute scenic drive to the Casela Leisure & Nature Park. This beautiful garden and bird sanctuary of some 25 acres, is situated in the west part of the island. Almost 1500 birds of 150 different species are housed in some 90 aviaries, including the Mauritian Pink Pigeon, one of the rarest birds in the world. Casela also houses a variety of animals, such as tigers, monkeys, lemurs, deer, giant tortoises, wallabies, ostriches, crown-cranes, cassowaries, axis and emus. Its natural setting, spacious layout, snack bar and luxuriant green vegetation have made it a popular spot for both locals and visitors.

    Leaving Casela, you will next proceed to Eureka, a fine restored colonial house. Stepping inside this more than one and a half century old house is like entering another era. All of the antique furnishings serve to show visitors what the colonial life here was like. Adding to the ambiance of the house, it is surrounded by the Moka mountain range and the flourishing Ravine, where the sweet fragrance of the dense vegetation wafts through the air. During your visit, you will enjoy some refreshment of tea and cookies, all served under the home's inviting verandah.

    When your visit is concluded, you will rejoin your coach for the 30-minute transfer back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate walking/standing. There are some steps and uneven surfaces to negotiate at the Nature Park. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.

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  • New Encounters

    This tour offers a wonderful opportunity to taste the local flavors of Mauritius and discover its different cultures by meeting with local Mauritians in their own homes as they go about their everyday life.

    Your tour begins with a scenic drive to Rose Hill, where you will join a local Indian family in their home. Here, one of the ladies of the home will share with you her recipe for 'dholl puri", a traditional Indian pancake, and demonstrate how it is made. Next, it's on to the home of a local dressmaker, who will graciously show you her home and invite you to have a refreshing drink.

    Continuing on to Carreaux Lalianne, you will pay a visit to the home of Premila, who will initiate you to 'samoussa' (a traditional Indian Snack) folding as well as show you how to make Mauritian 'Chutney', a local favorite. You will be treated to lunch at yet another local Mauritian family's home, where your meal will be served as it would be in the Traditional Indian wedding.

    Your tour draws to a close as you return to the town of Rose Hill, where a stop is made at a Tamil temple. Mauritius is a blend of many diverse cultures and religions, which its immigrant population has brought with them from their ancestral homes. Today, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism are the most practiced religions in the country.

    Returning to the pier, you will no doubt be filled with wonderful memories of the colorful mosaic of people and cultures that make Mauritius a truly enchanting destination.

    Please note: This tour includes a limited amount of walking; however the sites are not wheelchair accessible and therefore, the tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate, conservative clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Knees and shoulders must be covered to enter the Temple.

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  • On the Way to Les Mariannes

    Meet the local residents who will share with you their lives and culture on this exclusive tour that gives you an intimate look at life in Mauritius.

    The day starts at Triolet, the village is a patch of civilisation amid green sugarcane fields, near the north-western coast of the island. The presence the Maheshwarnath Temple, the largest of its kind on the island, contributes to the religious significance of the village. The village is believed to be the starting point for the first-ever Mahashivaratree pilgrimage. The pilgramage began when a resident of Triolet had a vision of a sacred lake surrounded by dense forestry.

    From Triolet, you will next travel to Poudre d'Or, small fishing village which reminds us of the 'Saint Géran' ship wreck and the famous history of Paul & Virginie. A brief photo stop at the monument that commemorates the ship wreck will be made before continuing on your route, driving through the small villages of 'Rivière du Rempart', 'L'Aventure' and 'Grande Retraite' while on your way to Brisée Verdière. In Brisée Verdière, you will have the opportunity to meet one of the local women, who will proudly tell you about, as well as show you, her basketry shop. At St. Julien, visit Mr. Selva and his Vanilla nurseries. While here, have a taste of his famous 'Vanilla Alouda', a typical drink Mauritian drink.

    Lunch will be served at Eureka, a fine restored colonial house. Stepping inside this historic house is like entering another era. All the antique furniture reminds us of what life was like during the Colonial era. Adding to the house's ambience is its idyllic setting. Surrounded by the Moka mountain range and fragrant Ravine with its dense vegetation, Eureka is nestled amidst lush gardens and a cascading river flows nearby.

    After a traditional lunch, you will continue on to Les Mariannes, traveling over a road that is well known road for its splendid views over the north and surrounding villages. Arriving in Les Mariannes you will meet with a local pineapple planter who will give you a tour of his plantation and demonstrate how to cut the pineapple. Learn also how the local Mauritians taste their pineapple, with salt and chili!

    Your final tour stop is in Pereybère at the 'Galerie du Moulin Cassé'. The gallery is housed in an old sugar mill which displays the works of Mrs. Diane Henry, a nature photographer who is well-known for the special techniques she uses.

    Following your visit to the gallery, you will re-join your transportation for the leisurely drive back to the pier in Port Luis.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2.5 hours of moderate walking/standing and there is some uneven ground to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun caps; sun glasses and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.

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  • Explore the Colorful South

    This wonderful full-day excursion gives a true insight into the different spectrums of Mauritian scenery to be found.

    Leaving the pier, you will travel from the center of Curepipe along a tarred road that leads gently up to and round the rim of Trou-aux-cerfs, an extinct volcanic crater, whose floor is now heavily wooded. Making a photo-stop here, you will be treated to a magnificent view over the entire island and its towering mountain ranges.

    Your drive continues from here to Grand-Bassin (Ganga Talao), a sacred lake and pilgrimage place for the Hindu where you will have a guided visit. In this idyllic location there is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and other Hindu deities and many Hindu pilgrims make the walk in bare feet from their homes to the lake. Hindu legend is that the lake is filled with the waters of the holy Ganges of India, making this a very significant place for all Hindus. From here, you will next make your way through the forest reserve of Plaine-Champagne, with a stop at a viewpoint that looks out over the spectacular Black River Gorges.

    Traveling along through thick Chinese Guava groves, your route next takes you to discover the magnificent Chamarel waterfall which emerges from the moors on the way down to view the unique seven-colored earths of Chamarel. These unusual mounds of undulating land that stretch in contrasting rainbow colored layers of earth, are believed to be the result of weathering and volcanic origin.

    Your journey back takes you down a winding road that unveils the West coast - the Morne Mountain where you will have a final photo stop, and Benitiers Island. Before reaching the pier in Port Luis, your route will pass the fishing villages and the famous salt pans of Black River.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of moderate walking/standing and there are some steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.

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  • Island Retreat

    Enjoy a day relaxing on one of the idyllic islands that surround Port Luis on this leisurely full-day escape.

    From the pier, it's a scenic drive of just over one-hour to the jetty at Point-Maurice, where you will board your shuttle boat for the transfer across the water to Ile-aux-Cerfs. This tranquil island is a true open-air retreat which lies just off the coast from the Fisherman's village of Trou-D'eau-Douce.

    There are no deer (cerfs) remaining on this 195 acre island that is covered with casuarinas, coconut trees and flowering bushes. As you step off the boat, you are greeted by pristine white sandy beaches that are perfect for sunbathing, and the translucent turquoise waters that lap at the shoreline provide for some excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities.

    For the more adventuresome, the boathouse located here has water skis, pedal-boats, sailboards and laser dinghies available for hire (cost is not included in your tour price). During your visit, you will be treated to a complimentary lunch at the Paul & Virginie restaurant and there is also a bar available for those who wish to purchase alcoholic beverages.

    In the afternoon, you will board the shuttle boat and head back to the mainland where you will be transferred back to the pier and your awaiting ship.

    Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests' discretion over sandy and uneven surfaces at the beach. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Casual clothing; swimwear; beach towel, sun cap; sun glasses; sunscreen and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. The consumption of alcohol before any water activity is strongly discouraged and those guests who participate in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.

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  • Islet Escapade

    Discover two of Mauritius' lovely islets on this delightful full-day tour that showcases the natural beauty of this destination.

    Joining your coach at the pier, it's a 75-minute scenic drive to Pointe d'Esny where you will board your boat for the transfer to Ile-aux-Aigrettes. Here, in this 61-acre nature reserve that is surrounded by the turquoise waters of the bay, you will discover protected fauna and flora that is unique to Mauritius. Managed by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, the islet is the habitat for indigenous plants and coastal ebony forests, and was once the Dodo's home. This conservation program ensures the survival of rare species such as the Pink Pigeon, the colorful day gecko and the giant Aldabra tortoise, all living here in unrestricted freedom. If you are lucky, you might even encounter the rare Oeniella Aphrodite orchid in full bloom.

    Re-boarding your boat, your tour next travels through the Blue Bay National Marine Park to blissful Ile des Deux Cocos, with its pearl-white beaches and translucent waters. Following a brief refreshment break, you will visit the enchanting "Follies" Villa, built over 100 years ago by British governor Sir Hesketh Bell. The Villa's harmonious blend of British and Moorish architecture, combined with its Creole-style interior, blend contemporary comfort with the elegance of by-gone days. Outside, in the Villa's Moorish courtyard, you will find a pretty tiled fountain nestled amongst orange trees.

    Following your enchanted trip down memory lane at "Follies", you will enjoy either some snorkelling or a glass-bottom boat trip in the transparent waters of the marine park before being treated to a delicious barbecue lunch comprised of a mix of culinary styles. As you relax and enjoy your meal, you will be entertained by the sounds of acoustic guitars and velvet-voiced local singers.

    When your lunch is concluded, you will have approximately 1-hour of free time to explore the island at leisure or just laze in the shade of a casuarina tree, watching the sun-sparkled ocean in the afternoon breeze before it's time to return to the pier in Port Luis.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2.5 hours of walking plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. Portions of the walking on this tour are over sandy and uneven surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Casual clothing; swimwear; beach towel, sun cap; sun glasses; sunscreen and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. The consumption of alcohol before any water activity is strongly discouraged and those guests who participate in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.

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  • Tropical Spices

    This half-day tour highlights some of the most notable sites in and around Port Luis and gives you ample time to explore on your own.

    Boarding your coach, it's a short transfer to Pamplemousses Village, considered a must-see for visitors. Here, you will have a brief stop at the historical church St François d'Assise, which was built in 1756. Following this, you will enjoy a delightful guided visit of the Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens, which were created by French naturalist Pierre Poivre in 1767. The Chateau de Mon Plaisir, built in 1735, can still be seen here. Often called the "Jewel in the Crown", the garden is renowned by world botanists for its 500 rare plant species that come from all over the world. The most famous are the giant Victoria Regina water lilies and the 80 varieties of palm trees, including the talipot, said to flower once every 60 years and then die. Today, the garden also houses the "samadhi" (funeral shrine) of the Father of the Nation, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam.

    From Pamplemousses, you will head for a tour of the capital, Port-Louis, which was founded in 1735 by Mahé de Labourdonnais. A photo stop at La Citadelle, an old fortress built in 1834, will give you a wonderful panoramic view of the Champ de Mars, the second oldest race-course in the world, as well as allowing you to fully appreciate the blend of modern and ancient buildings that are all squeezed between the harbor and the mountain range. Off the main square, palm-lined Place d'Armes, showcases some particularly fine colonial buildings, like the Government House (1735) and the Municipal Theater (1822), as well as two Cathedrals, Catholic and Anglican, a Mosque, the Supreme Court and the Natural History Museum.

    Your tour also includes a visit to Le Caudan Waterfront, a modern precinct not only known for its designer shops and duty free jewelry, but also for its cosmopolitan craft market, covering two floors of spices, souvenirs, basketry and craftsmen at work. You will have approximately 2 hours of free time here to explore this area at your leisure. From here, it is also possible to visit the "l'Astrolab" with its shops and restaurants. To enjoy a fascinating cross-section of Mauritian life, you may also want to visit the covered market of Port-Louis.

    Re-joining your coach, you will make the short transfer back to the pier where your tour concludes.

    Please note: This tour includes a limited amount of walking, mainly at the guests' discretion during free time. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun caps; sun glasses and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.

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  • Cashmere & Local Gourmet

    Enjoy this totally unique and exclusive tour which showcases some of the very best of Mauritius, including a delicious lunch of traditional Mauritian dishes.

    Boarding your transport at the pier, you will set-off on a 1-hour drive to Mare d'Albert, where you will visit a small and typical "out of this world" Cashmere factory. During your visit of approximately 1-hour, you will be able to observe how these fine cashmere products are manufactured from raw material to the finished goods. Before leaving, you will have a bit of time to shop at the factory store.

    Your tour next travels to the "Table d'Hôte" of "Le Grand Désir", a truly one-of-a-kind place where you will not only discover the wonderful taste of typical Mauritian dishes, but also meet a typical Mauritian family in their home. Situated in a completely natural environment amongst the vegetable fields of suburbian Vacoas, you will be simply amazed to explore this other facet of Mauritius. Your gracious hosts will treat you to a traditional Indian "7 Curry Menu" which will be served on banana leafs under the veranda. Sit back and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere as you savor your delicious lunch.

    Following lunch, you will make the short drive to Phoenix to visit the "Hands of Fame" exhibit at the Mauritius Glass Gallery, which is a totally new and exceptional visitor attraction and experience. The Mauritius Glass Gallery has created a World Première Exhibition called, "The HANDS of FAME", an extraordinary collection of 100% recycled glass hand-castings of world renowned personalities who have visited Mauritius. Marvel at the wonderful hand-castings of people ranging from actors, writers and sports figures, as well as other noteworthy individuals. Among the hand-castings on display are those of Gerard Depardieu, Charles Dantzig and Chris de Burgh.

    When your visit at the Gallery is concluded, you will re-board your transport for the transfer back to your waiting ship.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of moderate walking/standing and there are some steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.

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