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Pamplemousses Garden, Sugar World and Grand Bay and Goodlands

Duration: Half Day

pamplemousses garden, sugar world and grand bay and goodlands

A tour for the most adventurous that want to get to explore most of  North Mauritius´s cultural riches in a day and combine it with the best of leisure activities and incredible shopping opportunities!

With this fantastic tour along Mauritius ´northern beauties and historical sites you will spend a day of pure escapism as you explore authentic Mauritian wonders. The tour will begin with a visit to one of the world´s oldest gardens The Pamplemousses Gardens, named after the tree (Pomélos) that grows so abundantly in this region. This 60 acre state first belonged to the French governor Labournaiss when he bought a magnificent house in these grounds which he called Chateau Mon Plaisir, an imposing mansion of charming colonial beauty. This magnificent estate then passed to the hands of a new owner, yet another French governor Pierre Poivre, who turned out to be a passionate horticulturist. It was him who turned these grounds into the blooming gardens that we see today, planting a unique collection of indigenous and exotic plants from all over the world. Take a leisurely stroll around the many natural beauties that surround you in the grandeur of these gardens and be amazed at the sight of the giant lily pond, Pamplemousses´ most famous feature.

From here onwards your trip will continue towards Sugar World with a full visit to an ancient sugar factory now converted into an extraordinary museum exhibiting the history of cane production in Mauritius. Also known as L´Aventure du Sucre Museum, this centre is housed at the old mill in Beau Plan sugar estate, once a magnificent witness to the important years of sugar cane production.  At this peculiar museum you will learn about the important role the sugar industry played in the development of the island during the colonial era. The visit will include free rum and special sugar tasting at the end of the tour.

A succulent lunch will follow at Le Fangourin Restaurant offering you a fresh Mauritian taste of locally caught fish such as vaccoas served with parsley-flavoured olive oil. Dine with gusto in this charming restaurant and finish off your meal with one of the Mauritian signature flavoured rums, an island specialty.

And after these refreshments your journey will take you to Grand Bay, the touristic centre of Mauritius with the widest variety of shops, entertainment and many restaurants. This lively village is the ideal place to go for a walk and take in the beautiful sights. Spend some time at leisure in this wonderful sea side resort with its charming marina and top of the class shopping centres, luxury stores and many craft and paint galleries. The life of all Mauritian evenings, Grand Bay offers the best of nightlife in the island with many bars and discos offering nightly entertainment. With a wide range of nautical activities, Grand Bay will offer you with the best shopping experience in the island against a backdrop of turquoise blues.

And finally, for the finishing touch to the day´s activities you will end this tour with a visit to Goodlands,  a small town definitely worth the visit, especially for its Historic Marine boatbuilding factory where we´ll be making a stopover for a tour around this fabulous ship modelling unit.

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