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For an exhilarating adventure down a mountain join us on this cycling tour. You’ll start the day at the summit, enjoying a cup of locally-made coffee as you take in the amazing panoramic view.

Then start the descent. You’ll visit the Saint-Anne Chapel and learn about its history as well as stopping at a former sugar factory en route.

You’ll wind your way down past the natural phenomenon of the Seven Coloured Earths and the Chamarel Waterfall, taking a well-earned rest there.

The Baie du Cap is also worth a visit and you’ll spend some time there before seeing the monument erected in honour of the shipwrecked Australians.

End the bike ride with a traditional lunch and a unique Lychee wine experience at the Takamaka winery.

The Island Within

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We head off to Bois Chéri for a truly unique experience – as a genuine tea plucker. The day’s trail begins with a delicious breakfast. We then head off to the tea field for the plucking of tea leaves. After selecting choice tea, we head down to the Tea Factory for the processing of the of our crop of
tea leaves.

Armed with this age old knowledge, our group of explorers then visit the magnificent environment overlooking Le Lac des Cygnes at the Domain to take in the scenery.
A typical tea based lunch then follows at Le Bois Chéri Restaurant.
After Lunch, a visit to the Maubon Banana Chips Factory will conclude the day. This immerses us in the transformation of the humble Banana plant into tasty chips, before heading back to the hotel.

Tales of Authenticity

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A unique experience awaits as you head off to
Les Aubineaux, in Curepipe. Upon arrival, a hearty breakfast is served. You’ll then be driven to a local market – in the style of a local – in the company of the Chef for the purchase of ingredients. Back at Les Aubineaux, Chef will guide you through the preparation of the local dish to be served as lunch.

The Glass Gallery, with it’s famous “Hands of fame”, will be your next stop, where you’ll get to see incredibly skilled local craftsmen challenge the limits of their imagination and creativity with their glass creations.

Tropical Spices

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Take in the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, created by French naturalist Pierre Poivre in 1767, which houses more than 500 varieties of plants, Among these are the famous Victoria regia water lilies and 80 different varieties of palm trees. It also houses the funeral shrine of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, ‘the father of the nation’.

The trip continues to the island’s capital city, Port-Louis, where you will enjoy a panoramic view of the Champ de Mars racecourse and the City from the citadel.

You will also drive along Place d’Armes, and take in the Saint Louis Cathedral, the Supreme Court, the Municipal Theatre and Government House. Last but not least, is a stroll along the local market and the Caudan Waterfront with its many boutiques and a kaleidoscope of local life.

Local Encounters

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During this special day, you will meet local people and learn their trade and way of life.

The day starts in the city of Quatre Bornes with a visit to a Tamil Temple. Moving on to Phoenix, Premila gets to show you how traditional chutney is made and demonstrates of how to cook “samoussa”.

A shopping stop at the Quatre Bornes market is planned before lunch is served at Escale Creole.

Ginette, a seamstress will welcome you to share her passion for sewing. The day ends in Arab town.

Exotic North

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This trip goes through Cap-Malheureux, a small village in the island’s far north, dominated by an attractive red roofed Church and offering a splendid view over Gunner’s Quoin and the northern islands. A drive through Grand-Bay leads to Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens – a haven for some 500 rare exotic plants – with giant water lilies, the Talipot Palm – flowering once every 60 years and various spices.

Enjoy a traditional lunch at l’Aventure du Sucre, situated on an authentic Sugar Factory which explores the history of sugarcane on the island. The trip continues to the Blue Penny Museum – which displays the famous Post Office stamps of 1847. The local Port-Louis market is a must for a glimpse of a colourful cross-section of Mauritian life.

Charms & Flavours

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Enjoy a taste of Mauritian Heritage with a visit at Les Aubineaux – a colonial mansion built in 1872.
Drive along tea fields to Bois Cheri Tea Factory to discover the secrets of tea before proceeding to the chalet for a traditional tea break.

Lunch is served at the Plantation house of Saint Aubin, dated 1819. Visit an anthurium greenhouse with Mauritian vanilla growing among the distinctive blooms. The Domaine has its own rum distillery – so rum and sugar tasting is a must.

It’s then on to discover the exotic La Vanille Reserve des Mascareignes where Nile crocodiles, geckos, monkeys & giant Aldabra tortoises and an insectarium are found among luxuriant tropical vegetation.

Colourful South

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Trou-Aux-Cerfs, the dormant volcanic crater with its 360° panoramic view starts the day. At Voiliers de l’Ocean you can watch local craftsmen make painstaking replicas of authentic 18th Century sailing ships.

A drive through the forest of the island’s interior, will take you to ‘Ganga Talao’ – a sacred lake to Mauritian Hindus in Plaine Champagne. Further down the winding road of the Black River Gorges National Park you reach a local restaurant with a breathtaking view over the coastline.

Continuing through pineapple and sugar cane fields you can discover Chamarel – be mesmerized by its magnificent waterfall and unique 7 coloured Earths.

On the return journey, the impressive view is dominated by the iconic Le Morne mountain and Ile aux Benitiers.