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Taste of Mauritius

Duration: Half Day

taste of mauritius

Immerse yourself in the real Mauritius’ on this enriching cultural tour, which will give you a different perspective of the island besides its glorious white sandy beaches and turquoise lagoons. Explore the historic delights of Port Louis, the colourful capital of Mauritius and the largest city on the island, and enjoy duty-free shopping at Miraj. Le Caudan Waterfront and the world famous Pamplemousses Gardens are just some of the day’s additional highlights.

Your tour starts with a visit to the magnificent Pamplemousses Garden, the oldest botanical garden in the southern hemisphere and one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. Declared as a national treasure by the Mauritius Government, it was established over 300 years ago by the French governor François Mahé de La Bourdonnais, who had a great interest in botany and devoted his life to his garden.

Today, Pamplemousses Garden is more formally known as Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens, in honour of the man who led the country to independence as the first Prime Minister of Mauritius. Besides boasting an amazing collection of native and exotic plants, including a dozen varieties of palms, the main attractions of the garden are the enormous Amazon water lilies, the Aldabra giant tortoises, Java deer and Gazebos. Nature lovers will be in their element.

We continue onwards to the vibrant city of Port Louis to see its major sights and attractions. Bordering the Indian Ocean and surrounded by mountains, this scenic capital is the main port on the island. The city is dominated by the 19th century La Citadelle (Fort Adelaide), which was built in the mountain foothills by the British to guard the harbour from attacks. From here you can gain spectacular panoramic views of the city, harbour and Champ de Mars, the oldest racecourse in the southern hemisphere.

Lose yourself in the hustle and bustle of the streets and boulevards as you explore some of the most scenic parts of the city. Port Louis boasts some impressive architecture, including 18th century French colonial buildings and historical monuments such as the beautiful Jummah Mosque, Saint James Cathedral and Government House, all of which date back to the 19th century.

Before the day ends, you will have free time to browse the shops at Miraj, which is renowned for its beautiful tapestries and traditional arts and crafts made by local artisans. You can also visit the lively Caudan Waterfront, where you will find a marina, duty-free shops, cinemas, restaurants, bars and casinos facing the Port Louis harbour. A wide selection of high quality products and jewellery is available here. Being duty-free, Mauritius is a shopper’s paradise.

Alternatively, you can choose an optional visit to the Blue Penny Museum, which houses an exquisite collection of historical art and documents belonging to the Mauritius Commercial Bank. The famous Mauritius 1847 "Post Office" stamps (two of the rarest stamps in the world) can be found here, as well as old nautical maps, paintings, sculptures, engravings and old documents that will enlighten you about Mauritius’ rich heritage. If you can drag yourself away from the beach during your holiday in Mauritius, this charming tour is a wonderful alternative.

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