February 16 - March 02, 2018
Tour Status - Available
Join us for a tour to the small but beautiful island of Mauritius - the local saying is “you are only one hour away from anywhere on the island”!
Set in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Madagascar, the local language is French despite the fact the French beat the British Navy in the 1800’s, it didn't prevent them from landing 3 months later and it became a British colony until 1968 when it gained its independence.
Tourism is very important in Mauritius consequently there are many hotels dotted around the varied coastline.
*Please Note: For this departure to be guaranteed, there must be a minimum of 10 confirmed passengers.
This tour is operated by one of our Travel Partners. [Field]
Contact us to book airfare from other Canadian Gateways.
- Airport taxes
- Flight upgrades. (ask for details)
- Travel to/from Toronto airport*
- Meals other than stated
- Travel Insurance - Select Holidays recommends that all of our clients purchase vacation protection insurance
- Gratuities/ tips
- Drinks other than stated
- Personal items
- Economy Airfare with Emirates from Toronto*
- Good class Mauritius hotels
- Meals as indicated
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.
- Private coach transportation with driver
- Local guide with agricultural knowledge in Mauritius
- Technical & touristic visits as stated, subject to local conditions at the time of travel (weather, crops etc.)
- Fully escorted
Day 01: Feb 16, 2018: Overnight Flight to Dubai , UAE [IFM]
The Adventure begins with a flight from Toronto, Canada* to Dubai.
Day 02: Feb 17, 2018: Dubai , UAE [IFM]
Arrive Dubai and transfer to hotel for an overnight.
Day 03: Feb 18, 2018: Dubai, UAE - Mauritius [B/IFM]
Morning flight from Dubai to the island of Mauritius. Upon arrival, transfer to the Meriville Beach Resort in Grand Baie for a 7-night stay.
Day 04: Feb 19, 2018: Meriville Beach Resort, Mauritius [D]
Early morning arrival and transfer to the Meriville Beach Resort. Free Day to enjoy this superior beach resort that is an oasis of calm. There are beautiful views overlooking the lagoon or tropical gardens with the scent of flowers and vanilla in the air. It is also within easy walking distance of the trendy seaside village of Grand Bay, renowned for its bustling nightlife, restaurants and shopping attractions.
Day 05: Feb 20, 2018: Visiting Sugar Mills & Botanical Gardens [B/L/D]
Following breakfast depart for a day of visits in the north of the island. Visit the Old Sugar Mill of Aventure du Sucre now converted into a fascinating museum showing the sugar industry through the ages. Demonstration of the cutting and harvesting of the sugar cane. Lunch at La Fangou-rin Restaurant. Afternoon walk in the nearby Botanical Gardens with over 500 different plant species including 80 different palms. Return to the hotel. Evening talk and discussion with a local and knowledgeable farm manager. He will talk about Mauritian agriculture and will join the group for buffet dinner.
Day 06: Feb 21, 2018: Visiting Sugar Estates with Tastings [B/L/D]
After breakfast visit to Domaine of Labourdonnais, an old sugar estate that has been in the same family for many years and is now run by two cousins who have tastefully developed it into a major tourist attraction. Get a look “behind the scenes” with the owners to see the old house, the orchards, the conversion of old buildings into commercial units, the farm shop, the restaurant and the new train which will be operating to take visitors around the grounds. There will be tasting of the various products that the estate produces before lunch in La Terasse. Free time in the gardens and the shops. Short drive back to the hotel. Buffet dinner this evening.
Day 07: Feb 22, 2018: A Day of Relaxation [B/D]
Breakfast. A full day to relax for your own interests utilising the hotels activities – sail boarding, fishing, or lazing on the beach or by the pool. Lunch own arrangement. Buffet dinner included this evening.
Day 08: Feb 23, 2018: Rice Plantation, Port Louis, Citadelle and Market [B/L/D]
Following breakfast at the resort, visit to a rice plantation that is growing rice both for the local population and for seed. This is a relatively new and innovative farming system managed by an international company. Continue to the capital, Port Louis to see the Citadelle, the harbour and to wander through the busy market of fruit, vegetables, fish, meat and local handmade articles. Lunch at the waterfront overlooking the harbour. In the afternoon visit to Les Moulins de la Concorde, a company processing grain for the local population, and for animal feeds. The last visit of the day will be Aapravasi Gath World Heritage Site (Immigration Depot) where the modern indentured labour diaspora began. In 1834, the British Government selected the island of Mauritius to be the first site for what it called ‘the great experiment’ in the use of ‘free’ labour to replace slaves. Depart and return to the hotel. Buffet dinner.
Day 09: Feb 24, 2018: Grande Baie-Flic en Flac , Farm and Nature Reserve [B/L/D]
After breakfast check out of the resort in Grande Baie and travel to the south west of the island. Morning visit to a small farm with stock and a huge variety of vegetables grown on a very small plot. Enjoy a typical Mauritian lunch in the local restaurant owned by the owner of the farm using her home grown produce. Afterwards, head to the Frederica Nature Reserve to take quad bikes or buggies (accompanied) to see, hear and learn about the unique biodiversity of Mauritius. You may be lucky to catch sight of the rare Mauritius Black Bulbul and the Echo Parakeet which have been saved from extinction. This reserve is also home to 2,500 Java deer that are bred on the 1,300 hectare estate. Arrive and check in at the Sands Resort and Spain Flic en Flac for 5 night stay. Buffet dinner at the hotel.
Day 10: Feb 25, 2018: Day of Relaxation [B/D]
Breakfast. Full day to enjoy the superb hotel amenities – beach, swimming pool, water sports etc. Lunch own arrangement. Buffet dinner included.
Day 11: Feb 26, 2018: Coral Island Visit, Giant Tortoise, Biscuriterie [B/L/D]
Following breakfast, depart to visit a protected coral island called Isle aux Aigrettes. Here giant tortoises and fruit bats are among the species being studied and protected. Lunch at a delightful local restaurant overlooking the Grand Bay where the French beat the British in a naval battle! Afternoon visit to Biscuiterie Rault, a family business established over 140 years ago making traditional biscuits using a secret recipe from tapioca. Tasting of the various biscuit flavours. Return to the resort. Buffet dinner at resort.
Day 12: Feb 27, 2018: Visit FAREI, Greenhouse Tour, Vegetable Plantation [B/L/D]
Breakfast at resort then visit to FAREI – Food and Agricultural Research and Extension Institute and a tour of the greenhouses. Visit to a vegetable plantation and lunch at Colonial Mansion. Visit to the Agricultural Marketing Board, at Moka before returning to resort. Buffet dinner included.
Day 13: Feb 28, 2018: Tea & Flower Plantation Vanilla & Orchard Nursery, Rum Distillery [B/L/D]
Breakfast at resort. Morning visit to a tea plantation for a tour and tasting followed by a further visit to a flower plantation at Nouvelle France. Lunch at Saint Aubin restaurant followed by a visit to a nursery that is growing vanilla, orchids and anthuriums. Here they also have a rum distillery. Continue to Gris Gris, a cliff / beach location of outstanding beauty then return to the hotel. “Farewell Buffet Dinner” this evening.
Day 14: Mar 01, 2018: Sands Resort, Evening Flight to Dubai, UAE [B/IFM]
Breakfast and resort and time for relaxation before late checkout and transfer to the airport for an evening flight back through Dubai.
Day 15: Mar 02, 2018: End of Tour
Arrive Dubai and transfer to flight to Toronto, Canada*.
Per person, double from: $5,980.00 CAD, Includes air from Toronto*
*please call our office for other canadian gateways pricing
Plus $688.40 Air & Government Taxes
Single Occupancy - Call our office
Initial Deposit - $3,000
Final Payment - September 30, 2017