Mauritius

Mauritius

Set in the azure beauty of the Indian Ocean, just north of the Tropic of Capricorn, lies the island paradise of Mauritius. With its crystal clear lagoons, exquisite beaches, acres of sugar cane, tropical gardens, exciting markets, and amazing history. This cosmopolitan blend of French, British, Indian, Chinese and Creole cultures creates an island of rich diversity in culture, cuisine and history.

Escape to the island paradise of Mauritius, with its stunning beaches, rich green volcanic regions, incredible wildlife and diverse historical and cultural experiences. Tour Chamarel and its Grand Bassin Statue, Temple and Sacred Lake; interact with lions and cheetas at the Casela Wildlife and Nautre Park; discover the Le Morne Brabant UNESCO World Heritage site and Slave Route Memorial; cruise the west coast with a half day catamaran lunch cruise; stand on the Trout aux Cerfs Volcanic Crater; visit the Fredrik Kendriks Museum, Natural History Museum of Mauritius, Martello Towers and Chapel of Notre Dame de Fatima.

 

12 Days

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Day 1

After our morning flight from Brisbane or Sydney to Perth we board the coach and continue onto the hotel for our overnight stay.

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Day 2

After breakfast we will make our way to Perth Airport for our flight to Mauritius where on arrival we collect our luggage, clear customs and change money to the local currency. We are then met by our English speaking guide and friendly team. After boarding our coach we can relax for the drive to our luxury resort. Along the way, our guide will share with us interesting information about this beautiful island paradise, its history and customs. We’ll even learn a few local words that might prove useful in the coming days! Our coach arrives at the stunning LUX Tamassa Resort at Bel Ombre in the south-west of the island. The resort is set in tropical gardens on a white sandy beach, with rustling coconut trees and a cobalt ocean. Offering a range of bars and world-class restaurants there’s plenty of daily activities and an array of evening entertainment.

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Day 3

We start our day in paradise with a truly amazing buffet breakfast, then it’s onto the bus with our guide for a leisurely, half day tour. Cameras ready as this mornings tour takes in some stunning spots. First up, we are welcomed to Grand Bassin, a most sacred Hindu site, by a 33metre statue of Shiva before continuing to the Sacred Lake where, every year thousands take pilgrimage, some walking barefoot from their homes for three days. The natural wonders of Macabée Forest, Black River Gorge, Chamarel Waterfalls and the amazing Chamarel Coloured Earth are perfect locations to stop for a while and appreciate the beauty of this tiny island. We return to the resort for lunch and a leisurely afternoon. Later meet for complimentary drinks and delightful dinner at the resort.

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Day 4

After breakfast we are back on the bus for another interesting half day tour. First stop is Saint Aubin House which was built in 1819. It has been home to several managers of the sugar estate, before being renovated in the 90’s in order to preserve a part of the Mauritian heritage. Today one may still see the beams and ship poles used in its original construction. The estate produces sugar cane which is then processed to make sugar as well as delicious rum. Our tour takes in the Rum House, Vanilla House, Anthurium Greenhouse, Saint Aubin House and the surrounding tropical gardens. Back on the bus, our next stop is an amazing little place - the H. Rault Biscuit Factory. The guide will share with us the fascinating history of this 4th generation, family owned business that has been producing manioc (cassava) biscuits by hand, using traditional methods since 1870. Of course we’ll have a tasting of the many different flavours of these naturally gluten free biscuits as we enjoy morning tea. Then passing through busy little villages including the beautiful seaside port of Mahébourg. Visit Fredrik Hendriks Museum in Grand Port which houses some interesting artefacts dating back to early Dutch settlement. Then it’s back ‘home’ to our resort for lunch and a leisurely afternoon. You can choose to explore the magnificent beach, book in for a spa treatment, check out the many facilities and activities, or just relax poolside. Tonight we meet for pre-dinner drinks and another delicious dinner. At Tamassa, evening entertainment is also very special, with a poolside DJ, live bands, dance floors and nightclub - something different every night!

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Day 5

Following another leisurely buffet breakfast, we depart for what will be for many, a life-changing encounter and certainly one of the highlights of our tour. At Casela Wildlife and Nature Park we have the opportunity to sit with a magnificent female lion and pat a cheetah – moments we`ll never forget. Then take a leisurely stroll through the picturesque park where we will encounter a fascinating variety of creatures – big and small. Leaving Casela we travel up to Moka for lunch at the unique Escale Creole for an authentic culinary experience. Our unique dining experience will deliver a true sense of Mauritian Creole tradition as we share authentic home cooking and their lifestyle! After lunch it’s back to the resort via the Martello Towers, Notre Dame de Fatima Church and the salt pans of Tamarind. Tonight, we’ll have time to reflect on our amazing wildlife adventure over dinner and drinks.

Optional tour available (additional cost) - “Walk with Lions”. Walk, pat and take photos up close and study the primitive behaviour of the lions in their natural state.

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Day 6

Today we head up to the city after another delightful buffet breakfast. Arriving in the Mauritian capital of Port Louis, we visit the Natural History Museum of Mauritius which displays various artefacts that reflect the history, art and culture of the island including special exhibits of the extinct Dodo Bird. Our driver then takes us on a tour of the city while our guide points out cultural highlights, La Citadelle on Fort Adelaide and Champ de Mars Racecourse “second oldest racecourse in the world”. We then stop for lunch at own cost at Le Caudan Waterfront, nestled in the port. Take time to browse through boutique shops, markets, cafés and museums including the Blue Penny Museum which is worth a visit (own cost) for stamp collecting buffs as it houses two of the rarest stamps in the world. Mid-afternoon we return south to Bel Ombre, home to our resort where we will have time to relax poolside before dinner.

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Day 7

Today we depart the resort and make our way through Le Morne stopping at the Matthew Flinders Memorial. Our guide will explain how this important monument links a part of our Australian history with Mauritius. We travel past the iconic Le Morne Brabant Unesco World Heritage Site that symbolises slavery in Mauritius. Then continue on to the magnificent, yet sobering Slave Route Memorial, erected to honour the slaves’ fight for freedom, their suffering and their sacrifices. Continuing up the West Coast we arrive at Rivière Noire to begin another tour highlight - our half-day Catamaran Lunch Cruise. Keep camera`s handy as curious dolphins are likely to join us. We sail south towards La Roche Crystal with its clear lagoon, while the crew prepares a mouth-watering BBQ lunch. Sailing back to Rivière Noire, cocktail in hand, we delight in the beauty and tranquillity of another unforgettable day in paradise. Back on land, we transfer back to the resort once again before meeting for drinks and delicious dinner.

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Day 8

After an early buffet breakfast at the resort this morning, we begin our drive north for our full day touring. Our first stop is in Pamplemousses at L`Adventure du Sucre “Sugar Museum” to follow the trail of the sugar industry in Mauritius. We’ve been passing sugar cane fields all week, now it’s time to discover more of its profound history and the importance sugar and its by-products still play in Mauritius today. Our next visit is to the grand, 150 year old Château de Labourdonnais, home to three generations of the Wiehe family. After our guided tour of the château, we take a mini train ride through the lush gardens and old orchards of the property, host to fifty varieties of hundred-year-old mango trees, spice trees such as nutmeg and clove, as well as several exotic fruit trees such as pomme jacot, sapote, jamalac and Kythira plum. Fruit varieties such as papaya, mango, guava and passionfruit are used in the manufacture of the Labourdonnais product range. A visit to the property’s rum distillery is followed with a tasting of some of the distinctive agricultural rums. Next its up to the beautiful Grand Baie for lunch at the Merville Beach Hotel. Following lunch we travel around the coast to the pretty village of Cape Malheureux and stop at the Notre Dame Auxiliatrice “Red Roofed Church”. Arriving back in Grand Bai its time to hit the shops and seaside cafes especially the Super U Grand Baie. Later this afternoon we travel back to the resort to refresh before meeting up for drinks and dinner.

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Day 9

Today is all ours to enjoy the complimentary resort facilities and activities, or at own cost, why not book in a tour, a scenic flight or maybe attend a local church service!

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Day 10

Our first stop today is at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanic Garden, formerly known as Royal Botanical Gardens Pamlemousses. The gardens are spread over 37 hectares and are the oldest in the Southern Hemisphere, constructed in 1770. Most famous for its giant water lilies, the garden features many rare and exotic trees and plants as well as 85 varieties of palms from across the world. Many trees were planted by world leaders and royalty, including Princess Margaret, Indira Gandhi, François Mitterrand and Robert Mugabe. Leaving the gardens behind we drive south to Moka where we tour the Eureka Mansion and Garden, built 1830. The famous residence was built during the French colonial period and once belonged to a very well-known Mauritian family. Filled with period furniture and impressive antiques, the home shows a glimpse into colonial life on the island. Lunch is served on the back verandah overlooking the lush gardens which carry through to the river. This afternoon we arrive in Curepipe in the Central Plateau area to experience some rather unique duty free shopping. Our next stop provides us with some photo opportunities at the Trou aux Cerfs volcanic crater, then its back to our resort to freshen up before dinner at the resort.

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Day 11

It’s our last day at the resort, so this morning we are taking a visit to a local school. At the local school we will have a tour and watch the teachers and children at work. This is great opportunity to give the school much needed materials. Late this afternoon we are treated to an early supper by the pool as we share stories and laughter with our travel companions. Then it’s time to farewell the staff who have become our friends, before transferring to the airport for our overnight flight back across the Indian Ocean to Perth.

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Day 12

Our flight arrives back into Perth today before our connecting flight to our home.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

SPECIAL FARE: Special Fare: $7,119.00 each

Single Supplement available @ $750.00 extra

 

BOOKING CONDITIONS

Non-refundable Deposit: $850 per person payable within 14 days of booking.

Progress Payment: $1,500 per person by 1 March, 2019.

Final Balance: Payable by 10 May, 2019 thank you.

 

PASSPORTS – It is essential that all Australian passports have at least 6 months’ validity from the time of tour return (i.e. Expires no earlier than February 2020). If you do not have an Australian Passport you may require additional documentation.

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE – Travel Insurance is essential and should be taken out at time of booking to cover the following cancellation charges.

 

CANCELLATION – In the event of cancellation the following charges are applicable:

Up to 150 days prior to departure $850 deposit retained

149 days or less prior to departure 100% of fare retained

 

Please note: All prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Fully inclusive of all sightseeing, entrance fees, meals, accommodation and flights (including taxes) as specified. If you do not have a travelling companion, we will make every endeavour to put you in touch with another traveller, otherwise single accommodation will be charged. Please note, limited single accommodation available.

 

FARE INCLUDES:

· Return economy flights from Brisbane and Sydney

· Return economy flights from Perth to Mauritius

· Taxi home pickup and return within the Brisbane, Newcastle and NSW

Central Coast areas*

· 1 nights quality accommodation Perth with breakfast and dinner

· Coach travel Mauritius

· 9 Nights luxury beach front accommodation

· Full board menu all inclusive meals and beverage – Mauritius

· All entry fees and guides as per itinerary

· English speaking guide

· All transfers

· Tipping#

 

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

· Half Day Highlights of Chamarel – Grand Bassin Statue, Temple & Sacred Lake, Macabée Forest, Black River Gorge, Chamarel Waterfalls & Coloured Earth;

· Saint Aubin Estate - "Saint Aubin House & Garden", "Rum House", "Vanilla House", "Anthurium Greenhouse";

· H. Rault Biscuit Factory;

· South East Coastal Village of Mahébourg & Historic Port Monuments;

· Fredrik Kendriks Museum;

· Casela Wildlife & Nature Park - "Interaction with the Lions & Cheetahs" or optional extra "Walking with Lions";

· Lunch "unique dining experience" at Escale Creole;

· Traditional Salt Pans of Tamarind;

· Martello Towers;

· Chapel of Notre Dame de Fatima;

· Highlights of Port Louis - Natural History Museum of Mauritius, La Citadelle Fort Adelaide & Champ de Mars Racecourse, Le Caudan Waterfront Precinct;

· Matthew Flinders Memorial;

· Le Morne Brabant Unesco World Heritage Site & Slave Route Memorial;

· Catamaran ½ Day Scenic Lunch Cruise West Coast;

· L`Adventure du Sucre "Sugar Museum";

· Château de Labourdonnais - (Grand Home, Garden, Orchard, Distillery & Boutique Shop);

· Highlights Grand Baie - Cap Malheureux Red-Roofed Church;

· Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanic Garden;

· Lunch Eureka Mansion & Garden;

· Shopping Village of Curepipe;

· Trout aux Cerfs Volcanic Crater.

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

ACCOMMODATION – If you do not have a travelling companion, we will make every endeavour to put you in touch with another traveller of the same gender, otherwise single accommodation will be charged.

VISAS – At the time of printing, there is no need for a visa for Australian Passport holders in the time frame of our visit.

TAXI PICKUP* – A taxi home pickup and return is provided to persons in the Brisbane, Newcastle and NSW Central Coast areas. Please ask us for more information about our pickup zones. Special arrangements can be made for travellers living outside these areas.

FITNESS TO TRAVEL - It is vitally essential that your Doctor is aware of your wish to undertake this tour. Please make your Doctor aware that you will have approximately 5 hour flight from Brisbane before overnighting in Perth. Your flight between Australia and Mauritius will be approximately 9 hours. Your Doctor will be able to guide you and recommend any precautions you may need to take. If you require a walking aid or have any medical condition it is also essential for you to address this with us.

If you require a walking aid or have any medical condition it is also essential for you to address this with us. A reasonable amount of fitness is required for this tour and please be aware that showers may be over baths.

MEDICATION – It is essential that you take enough prescription medication with you for the entire tour. Please note that all medication (both prescription and non-prescription) must be in its original packaging. Please carry a letter from your Doctor authorising your medication for customs purposes. It is strongly recommended that you also carry something for sniffles and coughs, and the relief of diarrhoea, even if you don’t use it. Pharmacies may not always be easily accessible.

LUGGAGE – For the land portion of your tour, it is a requirement that your suitcase must not weigh more than 20kg and total linear measurement (i.e. length+depth+width) not exceed 150cm. As a customs requirement, you need to be able to handle your luggage yourself at the airports. Whilst on tour your suitcase will be delivered to your room.

HAND LUGGAGE – Is to be no more than 6kg and total linear measurement not exceeding 100cm. Cabin luggage must consist of 1 item maximum. (E.g. handbag or camera bag or travel bag.) Please note: strict rules apply to items carried in your hand luggage during flights, including sharp objects, liquids, aerosols and gels. We will advise you of these rules at the information session prior to tour, or you may contact our office for further details.

ITINERARY AND TOUR ARRANGEMENTS – There may be a need to alter or amend this itinerary, accommodation or sightseeing arrangements from those published with little or no notice. This may be due to road conditions, weather, safety factors re-schedule of services and other operational considerations at the time. Such decisions will be made in interests of the passengers’ comfort and safety.

MEALS NOT INCLUDED – You need to budget approx AUD$10 - $15 for each meal not supplied.

TIPPING# – Tipping is included in your fare. Tipping for any optional extras you choose to do, is your own responsibility.

INFORMATION SESSION – An information session will be held approximately two weeks prior to departure in our Brisbane and Thornton depots, where you will receive all documentation including airport transfer times. If you’re unable to attend one of these locations, your documents will be posted to you after the session.

MONEY – The Mauritian Rupee is the currency required for this tour and credit cards (Visa and Mastercard) are generally accepted. Further details will be advised at the Information Morning Tea prior to your arrival.

TRAVEL ADVICE – The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade produces up to date travel advisories for Australian travellers which can be accessed by phoning (07) 3405 4799 or (02) 6261 1111 or by emailing brisbane@dfat.gov.au or dfat.nsw@dfat.gov.au . Alternately, visit their website: www.smartraveller.gov.au

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Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour. Please note, not all pick-ups are available on all departures.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour. Please note, not all pick-ups are available on all departures.

Name Address Contact Details
0 Please contact our office to arrange
your pickup details
Charlestown Smart St Bus Zone in Smart St outside Presbyterian Church
(opposite library car park), Charlestown
Doyalson Wentworth Ave S Bus stop past RSL Club (Southbound)
Cnr Pacific Hwy & Wentworth Ave, Doyalson
Kariong Information Ctr At Kariong Information Centre car park,
The Avenue, Kariong
New Lambton Wests S Bus Stop on Hobart Rd near Harker Oval
across from Wests Leagues Club, New Lambton
Swansea Blackswan S Bus stop approaching Blackswan Waterfront Motel
on Pacific Hwy (Southbound), Swansea
Sydney Domestic Airport Sydney Domestic Airport
Thompsons Corner Rest Area On Castle Hill Rd, OPP. Church St
MT Wilberforce Lookout Reserve
Thornton AAJ Depot All Australian Journeys - Thornton Depot
3 Woodford Place, Thornton
Tuggerah Westfield Bus stop near cinemas at the back of
Westfield Shopping Centre, Tuggerah
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