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
- All Inclusive
- 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.
14 nights in hotels and 1 in flight
42 meals: 14 breakfasts (B), 14 lunches (L) and 14 dinners (D)
Free bar, open for a minimum of 12-and-a-half at each hotel
Excursions and visits
- Visit the Lake of Grand Bassin
- Mahebourg Naval Museum
- Visit to a colonial house, tea plantation and rum distillery
- Tour of historic Souillac
- Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens
- Sugar Adventure Museum
- Visit to Cap Malheureux and the historic Marine model ship factory
- Guided walk through La Vallée de Ferney Nature Reserve
Plus all this...
- VIP door-to-door travel service
- Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a discount if not required
- Return flights and transfers
- 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 Tamassa, An All Inclusive Resort (4Q+) in Bel Ombre where you stay on an all-inclusive basis for five nights.
The free Saga bar is open from 11am to midnight and serves local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. L,D
Day 3 South Mauritius
Visit the sacred Lake of Grand Bassin, admire Chamarel Waterfalls and enjoy a tour and tasting in a rum distillery on today's included excursion. B,L,D
Day 4 Mahebourg
Enjoy a scenic drive this morning to Mahebourg to see the Naval Museum in a beautiful 18th-century Creole mansion, and visit a family-run cassava biscuit producer. B,L,D
Day 5 The tea route
This morning join an included half-day tour to delve into the island's tea history! Explore Domaine des Aubineaux – a tea plantation, and a museum and a rum distillery. B,L,D
Day 6 At leisure
Enjoy a day at leisure or choose from optional excursions to go dolphin watching or visit Casela Nature Park. B,L,D
This is a chance to cruise along the west coast and go sightseeing from a different perspective. Board a catamaran at La Carangue, for an unforgettable experience sailing towards the open sea on the lookout for dolphins. There will be time to go swimming and snorkellng and enjoy a barbecue lunch served on board.
The beautiful Casela Nature Park enjoys a hilltop location and is home to hundreds of species of birds, including the extremely rare pink pigeon. You may also see other animals such as giant tortoises, tigers, monkeys, lemurs and fruit bats. The view from the hill stretches far and wide across to the island’s south-western coast.
Visit Trou aux Cerfs, a dormant volcano located near Curepipe, in the centre of Mauritius. The summit is easily accessible and from the path that circles the 350-metre wide crater, you can enjoy panoramic views across the island. You also have the chance to shop in the boutiques and arcades of the town of Curepipe.
Day 7 Bel Ombre-Souillac-Grand Gaube
Visit the historic village of Souillac and a garden developed by the Irish botanist Charles Telfair. Travel north and arrive at the Lux* Grand Gaube (5Q), for the next five nights all-inclusive.
The free bar, open from 12.30pm to 1am, serves local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. B,L,D
Day 8 Grand Gaube
The bay here is perfect for water sports, including windsurfing, pedal boating, kayaking and snorkelling. Alternatively, you might like to join an optional cruise along the north shores of the island, underwater safari or visit to a submarine. B,L,D
Board a catamaran for an unforgettable experience of sailing towards open sea. Relax on board, look out for dolphins, and feel the cool sea breeze as you sail through the turquoise ocean. There will be free time for swimming and snorkelling and a barbecue lunch will be served on board.
For this amazing experience, you are taken to the beach at Trou aux Biches and fitted with a helmet and diving weights. You'll then be escorted on a walk along the seabed, about two-and-a-half metres below the surface! This is a wonderful opportunity, even for non-divers, to see some of the fascinating marine life that inhabits the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
Day 9 Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens
Admire the flora at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Pamplemousse and afterwards, head to the Sugar Adventure Museum which is housed in an old sugar factory. The afternoon is at leisure. B,L,D
Day 10 Cap Malheureux
Visit dramatic Cap Malheureux at the northernmost tip of the island and the Historic Marine model ship factory, where craftsmen create miniature ships. B,L,D
Day 11 Grand Gaube
Enjoy the hotel facilities or join an optional half-day tour of the capital, Port Louis. B,L,D
Enjoy time exploring the capital and main port of the island, bordering the Indian Ocean. Port Louis has many historic buildings, including Fort Adelaide, a hilltop citadel built by the British in the early 18th century, and the only intact survivor of four British forts from this period.
Day 12 Grand Gaube to Belle Mare
Travel to your final hotel, stopping for a typical Mauritian lunch at a private house. You arrive at the Lux*Belle Mare (5Q) for the final four all-inclusive nights.
The free bar, open from 10.30am to midnight, serves local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. B,L,D
Day 13 La Vallée de Ferney Nature Reserve
Nestled within Bambous Mountains, La Vallée de Ferney Nature Reserve consists of 200 hectares of preserved native forest. Enjoy an included walk through the forest before visiting a small coffee museum within the grounds of a sugar estate. B,L,D
Day 14 Belle Mare
Perhaps relax on the sandy shores of the biggest lagoon on Mauritius or join an optional catamaran cruise along the island's east coast. B,L,D
Today you have another opportunity to experience a trip out on the ocean waves aboard a catamaran. This cruise will take you along the island's east coast.
Day 15 Belle Mare
Relax at your hotel, explore independently or go on an optional shopping spree in Curepipe. B,L,D
Curepipe is a town renowned for its shopping. In the past, French settlers liked to live here as its temperate climate reminded them of home. One of the neighbouring villages was even known as Nouvelle France. Enjoy a scenic drive there and perhaps spend some of your Mauritian rupees on lovely hand-made souvenirs and traditional crafts.
Day 16 - 17 Mauritius to UK
Travel to the airport for your flight 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.