Pamplemousses Gardens is one of the most visited attractions in Mauritius. It's home to dozens of varieties of palm trees, as well as medicinal plants, fish ponds, and an amazing collection of Queen Victoria water lilies.
Cap Malheureux (or Cape Misfortune) thus named for the number of ships wrecked on the rocks here. The villages landmark is the much-photographed church, the red-roofed Notre Dame Auxiliatrice.
- Small Group 20 or less
- VIP door to door
- Top performer
There's more to Mauritius than beaches, as you'll find out on this leisurely tour of this Indian Ocean island
Experience the cultural, historical and contrasting natural highlights of Mauritius while staying in three stylish, all-inclusive resorts beside some of the island's most beautiful beaches.
Please note: there will be soft refurbishment and redecoration works taking place in the main bar area at the Tamassa Hotel, Bel Ombre until the end of October. During this period the bar will be fully operational as the main bar is quite big and has several entrances and the works is being done section by section.
- VIP door-to-door travel service
- Travel insurance and additional cancellation cover
- Return scheduled flights and transfers
- All breakfasts, lunches and dinners
- Free bar, open for a minimum of 12 hours serving local alchoholic and non alcoholic drinks
- Excursions as described
- Saga tour manager
- Porterage at all hotels
Day 1 UK to Mauritius
After taking Saga’s included UK VIP door-to-door travel service to Gatwick for your overnight flight to Mauritius.
Day 2 Bel Ombre
On arrival, you’ll be met and taken to the Tamassa Hotel (4Q) where you stay on an all-inclusive basis for five nights.
The free Saga bar serves local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks from 10am to midnight.
Day 3 Grand Gaube
Today you travel to the north-east of Mauritius. You have a full day to enjoy the countryside and sights of the interior.
You'll stop at at Grand Bassin, a lake considered sacred by Hindus, the rainforests of Plaine Champagne, the Black Gorges National Park and a rum distillery.
Day 4 Mahebourg
Enjoy a scenic drive past rustic villages and sugar cane fields to the fishing village of Mahebourg.
See the Naval Museum, housed in a beautiful 18th-century Creole mansion, and visit a family-run cassava biscuit producer for a fascinating insight into this still-thriving industry which started in 1870. Tea and biscuits included.
You return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure.
Day 5 The tea route
You’ll get a real taste for Mauritius this morning with an included half-day tour into the countryside where you’ll see the impressive Domaine des Aubineaux – one of the few remaining colonial houses in the area.
You’ll also visit both a tea plantation and rum distillery.
Day 6 At leisure
Make the most of the facilities at your hotel today with a full day at leisure.
Perhaps join an optional excursion to see some of the island’s spectacular wildlife. Choose to go dolphin watching, visit Casela Bird Park or walk with lions in Casela Nature Park.
Day 7 Souillac-Grand Gaube
The colonial history of Mauritius comes alive today. You visit the historic village of Souillac, once an important port of call for French ships en route to India. Next you visit a garden developed by the Irish botanist Charles Telfair.
Travel north and arrive at the Lux* Grand Gaube (5Q) in the late afternoon.
Day 8 At leisure
Enjoy a day relaxing at your hotel.
Perhaps join an optional full-day Catamaran cruise along the north shores of the island, or take an underwater safari by submarine to see some of the fascinating marine life that inhabits the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
Day 9 Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens
Today is bound to be a highlight of your tour as you’ll see some of the world’s most amazing plants including giant water lilies and a huge baobab tree on your included half-day visit to the botanical gardens.
Afterwards, head to the Sugar Adventure Museum and learn all about the island’s history in the sugar trade before heading back to your hotel for a relaxing afternoon.
Day 10 Cap Malheureux
The northern tip of Mauritius, Cap Malheureux, has a name which translates as ‘cape of misfortune’ due to the large number of ships that have been wrecked here.
It is also the place where French colonists were finally defeated by their British counterparts in 1810.
You’ll visit this historic and beautiful part of the island this morning before heading to the Historic Marine Model Ship Factory where you can watch local craftsmen at work.
Day 11 Day at leisure
Spend the day making the most of the facilities at the hotel.
Head out on an optional half-day tour of the capital, Port Louis.
Day 12 Grand Gaube to Belle Mare
Travel to the east coast for your third and final base stopping en route in Moka on the island’s central plateau for a typical Mauritian lunch at a private house.
You arrive at the Lux* Belle Mare (5Q) in the afternoon where you stay on an all-inclusive basis for the final four nights of your tour.
The free Saga bar, open from 10:30am to 1:30am, serves local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Day 13 Day at leisure
The Lux* Belle Mare overlooks the biggest lagoon on Mauritius.
Today you can relax on its sandy shores or make the most of the facilities with a day at leisure.
Day 14 La Vallee de Ferney Nature Reserve
Join an included walk through the protected forest of La Vallee de Fernee Nature Reserve.
Your guide will lead you along a three-kilometre trail which should take about one-and-a-half hours and takes in spectacular views of the mountains and coast.
Day 15 Day at leisure
You can choose to relax at your hotel, or perhaps explore the local area independently today.
Day 16 - 17 Mauritius to UK
Check out of your hotel and travel to the airport for your overnight flight home. Arrive in the UK for your included UK VIP door-to-door travel service home.
Lux* Belle Mare
Post holiday extension, all-inclusive
Spend a further week at the Lux* Belle Mare (5Q) to relax on this idyllic Indian Ocean island. Excursions not included.