Its name conjures up all that is romantic; an island of beautiful beaches fringed with palm and casuarina trees, protected by a coral reef forming lagoons of crystal clear water. A fertile island where waving fronds of sugar cane dominate the landscape; where there are large forested areas, huge craters, gorges and spectacular waterfalls all with a backdrop of mountains whose jagged profile indicates their volcanic origin.
Its climate is idyllic with sunshine all the year round, temperatures varying little from summer to winter, the only disturbing factor is the rare cyclone which descends to disturb the peace. Mauritius is noted for its 5 star luxury hotels and resorts, most of which offer a full range of water sports such as water-skiing, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, jet skiing and even parasailing. It is an excellent choice for a honeymoon and weddings can also be arranged for those who wish to tie the knot on a tropical beach beside clear turquoise waters.
Facts and Figures:
Capital: Port Louis
Dialing code: +230
Currency: Mauritian rupee
Prime minister: Anerood Jugnauth
President: Ameenah Gurib
Land area: 714 sq mi (1,849 sq km);total area: 788 sq mi (2,040 sq km) Population (2014 est.): 1,331,155 (growth rate: 0.66%); birth rate: 13.46/1000; infant mortality rate: 10.59/1000; life expectancy: 75.17
Day 01: Mauritius
Welcome to Mauritius - a Tropical Paradise. Our local representative will be waiting for you upon your arrival at Mauritius Airport at the arrival hall. You will be welcomed & transferred to your hotel. The day is free to relax or take a walk on the beautiful beaches of Mauritius. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: City Tour of Port Louis, Pamplemousses Gardens
After a buffet breakfast, its time to leave for a half-day tour of Port Louis, the capital city of Mauritius. We visit the harbour, sheltered in a semi-circle of mountains, the Natural History Museum - famous for some very rare birds now extinct like the Dodo, the National bird of Mauritius. See La Citadelle, a stone fortress situated at the top of a hill. Next, we take you to Port Louis market where you can shop at the local stalls and duty free shops. Later we visit the Pamplemousses Gardens known throughout the world for its large collection of exotic plants. See giant water lilies and other rare species of aquatic plants and flowers. Overnight at the hotel. (B,D)
Day 03: Visit Chamarel & Grand Bassin
This morning after buffet breakfast, we take you on a full day tour of Chamarel and Grand Bassin. We first visit the unique 'Seven Coloured Earth' at Chamarel. Enjoy the cascading streams and silent forests. See mounds of yellow, red, blue and green coloured earth. Enjoy magnificent views of the Black River Gorges. Also visit Grand Bassin, one of the island's two natural lakes. Overnight at the hotel. (B,D)
Day 04: Ile-aux- Cerfs
After buffet breakfast, we proceed to Ile-aux- Cerfs, a beautiful resort on a Robinson Crusoe-like island. Get mesmerized by the picturesque beauty of miles of fine white beaches and crystal clear waters. Relax on the beach, go swimming and enjoy the many water sports activities which are available there at a nominal cost. We also suggest you take a tour of the famous Undersea Walk, an opportunity to walk on the ocean bed. Overnight at the hotel. (B,D)
Day 05: Mauritius - Dubai
After a buffet breakfast, the day is free. Later in the afternoon checkout from hotel and handover your luggage to bell desk. Late evening you will be transferred from hotel to Airport for your flight to Dubai.
Day 06: Dubai Arrival
Early morning arrival at Dubai, you will be welcomed & assisted at the Dubai international Airport by our representative. Later you will be transferred to hotel. Check in at the hotel. Rest of your day is at leisure to relax and enjoy hotel facilities. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 07: Half-day City Tour & Dhow cruise
This morning, following breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and depart on a half- day seat-in- coach city tour with English speaking guide. Sample the historic sites and vibrant cosmopolitan life of Dubai on this comprehensive tour. The tour starts with a photo-shop at the famous landmark of Dubai, Burj Al Arab. Proceed to Jumeirah, the picturesque palace and residential area of Dubai, also home to the famous Jumeirah Mosque. Passing by the Sheikh Saeed House (former residence of the ruling family), the tour then continues to Al Bastakiya, the old part of Dubai, to reach the museum located in Al Fahidi Fort. Before savoring the sights and sounds of the fruit and vegetable market, there is time to shop in the most famous landmark of Dubai - the gold souk. Later in the day, for a fabulous relaxing evening, you will be transferred to board traditional Arabian dhow for an evening's cruise on the Creek. An imaginative way of viewing Dubai is to take a tour of creek by traditional wooden dhow or cabin cruiser. Majority of the landmarks can be viewed from the waterway. It offers an intriguingly different view of the beautiful city-Dubai, which is a delightful mix and match of traditional and modern way of life. The splendid example of modern architecture like the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club and the spectacular Chamber of Commerce. What more could one ask for than a romantic dinner aboard in a dhow as it slips silently along the Dubai Creek by moonlight. Enjoy a sumptuous feast of Lebanese cuisine and Arabic coffee - a delicious taste of true Arabian hospitality. Overnight at the hotel. (B)
Day 08: Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner & Belly Dance
Morning is at leisure to relax, enjoy hotel facilities or to pursue independent activities. Later in the day, you will be picked up from your hotel to enjoy a safari in the desert with a BBQ dinner & Belly Dance program in evening at end of the tour. This tour departs in the afternoon across the desert with several photo-stops during an exciting dune drive to visit camel farm. The drive continues across the desert. Watch the beautiful sunset in the desert. Reach our campsite where you have the opportunity to do camel riding, sand boarding and try out a henna design on hands or feet. After working up an appetite enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner and a shisha (the famous Arabic water pipe). Before returning watch our belly dancer performing her shows around the campfire by starlight. Overnight at the hotel. (B,D)
Day 09: Departure
This morning, following breakfast and check-out, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure homebound flight.