Day 1: Flight to Mauritius
Flight from Geneva/ Basel/ Zurich to Mauritius
Day 2: Arrival in Mauritius and transfer to your accommodation
The plane lands at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam (SSR) Mauritius airport where our local team will pick you up. Then, they will drive you to the Northeast coast of the island until your accommodation. At your arrival in your 5* accommodation in Azuri Village Resort & Spa, a welcome cocktail awaits you for a pleasant refreshment. Free afternoon: You can enjoy the beach, the swimming pools and the various activities of Azuri.
Day 3: Museum « L’Aventure du sucre » and Pamplemousse Botanical Garden
9:00 Pick-up time at Azuri
Established in a beautiful Sugar Estate in Beau Plan, the museum “L’Aventure de Sucre” is an old sugar factory transformed into a modern and playful museum. He proposes to discover the history of sugar in Mauritius through a complete visit from the cultivation of sugarcane until its transformation.
12:30 Lunch at le Fangourin Restaurant (at your expense)
The Botanic Garden, formally known as Sir Seewoosagur Botanic Garden, is one of the most visited attractions in Mauritius. The garden is located in the proximity of Port-Louis in the district of Pamplemousse.
The botanical garden was initially opened as a private garden by the French governor of Mauritius nearly 300 years ago, later to become the national botanical garden of Mauritius.
The botanical garden stretches over endless acres of land and it may take you more than a week to cover the whole garden. It is populated with more than 650 varieties of plants among which are the famous Baobabs, the Palmier Bouteille, the ineluctable Giant Water Lilies, dozens of medicinal plants, a large spice garden and many more.
One of the main attractions of the botanical garden is the 85 different varieties of palm trees brought from different corners of the world. Other indigenous species of plants are also exhibited here.
16:00 Departure to Azuri
Day 4: Beaches in the North: Mont-Choisi, Grand-Baie, Pereybère and Cap Malheureux
Day 5: Beaches in the West: Flic-en-flac, le Morne and Baie du Cap
Day 6: Black River Gorges and 7 coloured Earth at Chamarel
9:00 Departure time to the Black River Gorges
This natural park offers magnificent landscapes and allows to randomly discover walks about 300 species of trees, shrubs, plants and animals.
Situated in the South West part of Mauritius, in the heart of a fertile valley lies the Rhumerie de Chamarel which is surrounded by vast sugarcane plantations growing in harmony with the pineapples and other tropical fruits nearby.
Continue with the 7-colour tour of the land, Chamarel’s most famous site, with its amazing landscape of naturally coloured hills. This phenomenon is due to the presence of volcanic ash containing mineral oxides of different colours exposed by erosion for centuries.
16:00 Driving back to Azuri along the East coast: a romantic way, which allows you to discover this part of the island still undeveloped.
Day 7: La Roche-qui-pleure” and Blue Bay
9:00 Departure time at Azuri
The south of Mauritius offers many surprises for those who take the time to discover it. This part of the coastline is not surrounded by coral reefs and the waves break on the cliffs, offering as a little air of Bretagne to the walker. To the east of Souillac, “La Roche-qui-pleure” provides a magnificent view of the Indian Ocean, which is more often used to see through its lagoons.
12:30 Lunch at your expense
14:00 Arrival at the Blue-Bay Public beach
The Blue Bay Marine Park is considered one of the most beautiful Ramsar sites in the world. It is classified national heritage of Mauritius. If there is only one marine site to visit when you come to the island, it is unquestionably this one. You will find rare species of breath-taking beauty corals and tropical fish with sensational shades of colour, less than 5 meters deep.
16:00 Departure to Azuri.
Day 8: Enjoy the beach and its surroundings
Suggestion: Visit the Cellar Lady (the Caves of Roches Noires). It is a natural volcanic cave, located on the main road of the village of Roches Noires, five minutes from Azuri. A friendly and refreshing excursion.
Day 9: Catamaran Cruise – Swim with Dolphins
Enjoy a full day catamaran cruise to see Dolphins on the west coast of Mauritius including a visit to Crystal rock and Benitiers Island.
This catamaran cruise includes Breakfast, BBQ lunch buffet and selection of drinks including alcoholic (beer, rum, cocktails…) and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day.
As part of this cruise tour, you will discover the dolphins of Tamarin bay, visit the famous Crystal rock which stands out in the middle of the lagoon, and stay on Benitiers Island for lunch and relaxation on its beautiful sandy beaches.
Expected arrival time to Tamarin is 4:00 pm and then back to Azuri
Day 10: Visit and shopping at Port-Louis
9:00 Pick-up time to Azuri
You begin your visit by “Place d’armes” and its cannons returned to symbolise Peace. This broad, palm-lined avenue is the central location of the capital, bordered by the oldest Indian Ocean Theater, and the Government House.
Your visit continues with another unmissable place: the Central Market. Colourful, noisy, swarming with life and surprises, the “bazaar” (as they say in Mauritius) is divided into two parts. On the left, you will walk between the fruit and vegetable stalls, the pyramids of spices and the amazing packages of medicinal plants used by the Mauritians to cure all sorts of ailments. Do not hesitate to taste the “Dholl Puri” (Indian crepe) and local drinks such as “Alouda”. The right part of the market is reserved for the local crafts: enough to have fun and bring back some souvenirs of your Mauritian escapade.
You then enter Chinatown, symbolised by an imposing red door with characteristic architecture. With its many restaurants, traditional pharmacies, shops, small shops and food stalls on every street corner, this small parcel of Asian culture will transport you to the Far East in no time at all.
The tour ends at Caudan. A short stroll along the waterfront will refresh you after crossing the streets of the capital lined with buildings. The Caudan provides a craft market, clothing shops, a bookshop, bars and restaurants, a museum, a cinema and even a casino.
16:00 Departure to Azuri
Day 11: Return Flight
Transfer to Mauritius SSR airport and return flight to Geneva / Zurich / Basel.
The departure time at Azuri will depend on the time of your return flight.
Terms and Conditions:
The services described in the program will be provided subject to climatic conditions and days. In any case, a replacement activity will be provided.