Mauritius

June 8 – 17 2020

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Cambodia 2019
Cambodia 2019

Discover Mauritius

What to Expect

From the palm-fringed beaches to the luscious landscapes engulfing the cultural gems of the island, Mauritius will capture your islander soul and nurture your adventurous heart. 

As you set foot in Mauritius, you will experience the legendary Mauritian hospitality, through the kindness of the locals to the genuineness of your hosts. Although the island is nestled in the enigmatic turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, it’s true gem lies within the richness of its cultural heritage.

From savoring the exquisite cuisine inspired by the multicultural communities to explore the breathtaking vistas that inspired Mark Twain’s iconic quote, Mauritius will plunge you into a heavenly sanctuary.

 

At A Glance

 

    • Electro Biking and lunch at Mala’s Place
    • Stand up paddle cruise with Natasha.
    • National Park, Ganga Talao & tea plantation
    • Discover Ile Aux Aigrettes with Rose
    • Snorkel in the marine park & island lunch
    • Chamarel Waterfall & 7 Coloured Earth
    • Local craft shopping with Priya
    • Geet Gawai band of singers and dancers
    • Hike to Le Pouce Mountain
    • Port Louis historical and street food tour with Shakti

 

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Mauritius Tour Itinerary *

Day 1 - Bel Ombre

Our amazing adventure begins as soon as we land in Mauritius. Our private transfer will be waiting to whisk us to our hotel on the south coast of the island just steps away from the gorgeous golden beach.

On arrival we will be greeted by our amazing host Véronique who was born and raised in the neighboring island of Rodrigues and initially came to Mauritius to pursue her studies and then stayed…I’m sure we’ll see why!   One thing, she knows is the island inside and out which is perfect as we can always count on her to tell us where all the unique and hidden treasures are!

This evening we are joined by Romina, co-owner of Mauritius Conscious who I have partnered with for this amazing trip, and she will not only join us for a delicious welcome meal but give us an inside guide to this fabulous island.

Hotel: Kazalala Hosted B&B
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 - The untouched South coast

Today we will be introduced to the the colonial history of Mauritius and some of the beautiful and pristine beaches in the south as we get ready to explore the south on our electro bikes, truly a fantastic immersion into the untouched nature and culture of the South.  Amelie, co owener of Electro Bike Mauritius may not be free to acompany us but will have one of her amazing female guides accomany us who will take us on our ride through the beautiful beaches of St. Felix, Riambel, the famous cliffs of Gris Gris and La Roche qui Pleure.  Camera’s are definitely a must!

Our lunch stop will be with such a kind-hearted lady, Mala, from the neighbouring village of Surinam. Full of infectious energy, she transforms her lounge into an exclusive table d’hotes authentic culinary experience where we can savour her homemade delicacies such as samosas, chili cakes, pumpkin squash, soya rougail and her famous fresh rotis where she’ll show us the secret to making them so perfectly!

Late afternoon we’ll arrive back at the hotel to spend at our leisure.

Hotel: Kazalala Hosted B&B
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Tamarin /Ganga Talao

An early start but so worth it as we discover the secret corners of theTamarin River at sunrise on a relaxing and peaceful river cruise on our standing paddles. Tamarin Bay offers a unique atmosphere combining the typical “Surf” spirit with the magnificent mountain landscape that circles the west coast of the island.  Natasha, co founder of Real Mautitius and our guide, will then invite us to enjoy some well earn refreshments whilst we relax in the sun on this gorgeous lively beach.

Natasha is a SUP instructor and created the business together with her Husband Julien. Passionate about stand up paddling, outdoor activities and active sports, they created SUP business for the west coast of Mauritius. Today it has evolved into an eco-responsible venture so as to have a positive impact on the people and the environment they explore.During our explorations with Natasha, we can also contribute to a greener Mauritius with the Go Clean Challenge – which is of course optional .

Late morning we travel to the National Park and Ganga Talao, a crater lake situated in a secluded mountain area deep in the heart of Mauritius and about 1800 feet above sea level. A delicious lunch is served at the tea plantation before we get a guided tour to learn about the process of making tea from plucking the leaves to packaging. A short visit to the museum helps us understand the history of this old trade and its relevance to Mauritian heritage. After our tour we get to sample the many different infusion of teas. 

Hotel: Kazalala Hosted B&B
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Ile Aux Aigrettes

 After an early breakfast we land on the unspoiled island of Ile Aux Aigrettes.  Our guide Rose, from the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation takes us on a discovery tour through the endemic dry forest where giant tortoises, flying foxes, pink pigeons among others species call this island home.

After our hike in the reserve, we have an amazing  snorkelling session in the turquoise lagoon, (don’t worry if you’ve never done it before, we’ll be shown what to do) among the many colorful fish and unique corals.

After we are rewarded with a delicious picnic lunch on Deux Cocos beach…A compete day in paradise!

*100% of our entry supports the conservation efforts of the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation.

Hotel: Kaz´alala B&B
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Chamarel

An early start to one of the most sought after spots in Mauritius and definitely not one to be missed.

 After meeting our guide, we hop onto our electric bikes, definitely the best mode of transport, to see the amazing things in store for us today.  

Our first stop is the lively village of Chamarel, home to the famous iconic waterfall and the Earth of 7 Colours. Miandering down to the south coast we make a stop at rum distillery learning the process from sugarcane to spirit, with of course a few tasting samples!  And then we have a relaxing and refuelling stop at a typical shack by the coast, where we’ll invited to eat a typical and delocious lunch.   A few more camera moments before our last stop at the old sugar state of Bel Ombre…A breathtaking day indeed!

 

Hotel: Sakmut Boutique Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 6 - Pointe aux Cannoniers

After breakfast, we head to the north of the island to our luxury boutique hotel situated on one of Mauritius’s most serene and peaceful beaches between Pointe aux Cannoniers and Mont Choisy and walking distance from art galleries to ethnic boutiques and street-food sellers. (The mesmerizing sunsets from the pool bar are definitely not to be missed!)

After checking in we can take a stroll into the town and meet Priya, owner Imiloa, a unique shop offering a space for artisans from disadvantaged backgrounds to showcase their handmade products.

After converting a 100-year old building into the first pop-up store in Mauritius in 2012, the phenomenal response convinced Priya that her vision for Imiloa could be taken to the next level.

Now, seven years after the first version, her store has returned with a permanent home at Trianon Shopping Park, selling a range of personally selected clothing and accessory items from across India and Asia. It’s the first time a shop in Mauritius has offered such a space for artisanal talent. This unique retail concept also guarantees fashion lovers have the opportunity to purchase exclusive and one-of-a-kind goods that they won’t find anywhere else.

All items are a result of Priya’s work in sourcing artisans in India and Asia who are able to mesh their crafts with Imiloa’s designs, and everything you see for sale in-store is a genuine one-off piece. Imiloa never re-stocks or re-makes the same product twice, so customers can always feel special and take pride in what they wear and buy.

The rest of the day is free for us to explore at our leisure.

Hotel: Seapoint Boutique Hotel
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 7 - petit raffray

This morning we attend a rehearsal of the Geet Gawai female-only band of singers and dancers with our hosts Shakti and Maya from My Moris who want to share their passion for Mauritian culture with us.

More than a century ago, about half a million Indians came to Mauritius to work in the sugarcane fields. They brought with them their culture, their Gods and their varied and entertaining musical traditions.

Geet Gawai, is a women-only band, a musical tradition performed for Hindu weddings. They are the perfect occasion to discover the ancestral traditions we inherited from northern India.

The rest of the day is at leisure to explore some more of the north island, or simply relax by the pool on one of the sun loungers.

Hotel: Seapoint Boutique Hotel
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 8 - Le Pouce Mountain

 

An early start but a day you definitely won’t forget as we get to see 360° of mesmerizing and magnificent views of almost the whole of Mauritius, on our hike to the summit of Le Pouce mountain, also known as Thumb mountain because of its thumb-shaped peak.  It’s said to be one of the easiest hikes in Mauritius and one of the best things about it is that it’s the least busy climb as the more seasoned hikers tend to brave some of the harder mountains.

At the summit you’ll feel a true sense of acheivment as you drink in the spectacular views that around you. Cameras are definitely a must as you can litrally see for miles and miles!

Hotel: Seapoint Boutique Hotel

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 9 - Port Louis

Today we are in for a treat with a guided historical and cosmopolitan cultural street food tour of Port Louis with our fabulous guide, Shakti.

We’ll learn about Mauritius’ eclectic history and see the fascinating blend of cultures by sampling typical street food snacks from different backgrounds.  As we experience the heady scent of the spice quarters of Gujerati influence, the respite offered by Port-Louis’ serene places of worship, from the streets’ constant buzz and crowds, the colourful streets of Chinatown we are  tasting an assortment of typical Mauritian dishes: steamed dumplings, dholl puri – yellow crepes filled with spicy vegetables, gato pima, sweet vanilla black tea.  At the end we get the chance to meet some of the warm Port-Louisian women and listen to their entertaining stories.

This is our last evening on this diverse and enchanting island and no better to watch the mesmerizing sunset from the pool bar before its time for our farewell meal in the hotel restaurant….

Hotel:  Seapoint Boutique Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10 - Departure Day

Get up early and do some last-minute shopping, take a dip in the pool and soak up some last rays, have a lie-in, the morning is yours to spend as you wish before we depart for the airport early afternoon and say our goodbyes to this magical island…

Meals: Breakfast

*Itineraries and hotels are subject to change. Elle Voyage and its partners will strive to provide you with the best possible tour and experience. It is our intention to adhere to the outlined itinerary as published. However, please be advised that it may be occasionally necessary to substitute an activity due to events that cannot be predicted. Therefore, Elle Voyage reserves the right to make changes in accommodations, tours or excursions, meals, and itineraries at any time should it become necessary or desirable.

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Tour Details:

Dates: 10 Days/9 Nights
June 8 – 17, 2020

Where: Mauritius

Group Size: 12 Guests Maximum

Tour Cost: £2099 Twin Room
Single Supplement: £

All tours are quoted in British Pounds.

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Space is limited to just 12 guests. Reservations are on a first come first serve basis.

​To register for this tour, a deposit of £300 of the total tour price is required to secure your reservation.

Balance is due 90 days prior to travel.​​​​​​

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