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Mauritius: Dodo Trail Tour with Lunch

1. Mauritius: Dodo Trail Tour with Lunch

Your busy full-day tour begins with a visit to Port Louis, the capital city. Enjoy magnificent views over the town and its harbor from the old citadel, Fort Adelaide. Discover the busy city center on a walk that starts at the Saint Louis Cathedral and continues to the noisy and hectic central market. Along the way you’ll see the Supreme Court, the Municipal Theater, Poncini, the Parliament, Place d’Armes, and Government House. The central market is a lively place, with its shouting merchants and intriguing array of colorful tropical fruits and vegetables. You’ll find a variety of craft items here also. Just a short walk away is the Caudan Waterfront, a modern and elegant shopping center. Next, you’ll head to a private home to enjoy an authentic Mauritian lunch of Creole delicacies. After lunch you’ll drive through Moka, Saint Pierre, Nouvelle Decouverte, Les Mariannes, and Long Mountain on your way to the magnificent Pamplemousses Botanical Garden. This site is noted for the variety as well as the rarity of its species. Take a leisurely walk along the shady, well-kept avenues and enjoy the beauty of the garden.

Mauritius: Private Full-Day Instagram Tour

2. Mauritius: Private Full-Day Instagram Tour

After pickup from your hotel anywhere in Mauritius, set off on a full-day adventure across all the best, Instagram-worthy locales, with a route tailored to your pickup location. Stop by the Umbrella Square in Port Louis, Mauritius’ capital, to amble through bustling markets, shaded by a swathe of colored parasols. Head over to the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, home to some 500 species of plants from around the world, including the rare Talipot Palm, which is said to flower once in its 60-year lifetime. Afterwards, head to Ganga Talo, the most sacred Hindu site in Mauritius, containing a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, among other gods in the Hindu pantheon. Gaze at the breathtaking statues that stand over 100 feet tall. Next you’ll soak up some of Mauritius’ foremost natural beauty at Chamarel, 7 Colored Earth, a collection of sand dunes characterized by their shifting layers of technicolor sands.  You’ll cap things off with a trip to the Chamarel Waterfalls, the largest single-drop waterfall in Mauritius, with a height of over 300 feet. Afterwards, you’ll be comfortably transported back to your accommodation.

Port Louis & Northern Mauritius Full Day Guided Tour

3. Port Louis & Northern Mauritius Full Day Guided Tour

Spend the first part of the day exploring the capital city of Mauritius, Port Louis. Climb up to Fort Adelaide, known as 'The Citadel', a 19th-century military fortress which features a walled courtyard and panoramic city views. Then head into the central market, the Grand Port Louise Bazaar & China Town for a stroll around. Marvel at the impressive array of clothing, local vegetables, and exotic spices. Continue your shopping excursion at the splendid Caudan Waterfront. In the afternoon, pay a visit to the beautiful gardens at the Grapefruit Botanical Paradise. Then continue along the northwest coast via the Tamil Temple, Choisy Beach, and Grand Baie. Make a stop at Cap Malheureux, a village located in the Rivière du Rempart District to see The Palatial Red Church, a Roman Catholic Church famous for its vivid red roof against the bright turquoise sea and azure sky. Opt to pop into L'Aventure Du Sucre or the Sugar Factory Museum, where you can discover the history of sugar production in Mauritius and taste local products. Or perhaps make a stop at the majestic Chateau de Labourdonnais, one of the most beautiful colonial houses of the island inspired by Italian neo-classical architecture. Lunch fees are not included in the tour, however, your driver will provide you with a variety of restaurant suggestions according to your tastes. Feel free to request a stopover at any other restaurant of your choice at any point during the day.

Full Day Tour of Port Louis

4. Full Day Tour of Port Louis

Visit Port Louis and experience its main attractions on a full-day tour. Explore the Caudan Water Front Shopping Complex and Craft Market, where you will have the opportunity to pick up unique hand-crafted gifts for your friends and family. Then, visit the Pamplemousses (Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam) Botanical Garden, which boasts a variety of tropical plants, a spice garden, and rare palm trees - including the Paliot, which blooms every 60-100 years. After a short rest at the Mont Choisy Public Beach, you will visit Cap Malheureux to see the Church with the Red Roof and get an amazing view of the Coin de Mire Island from the beach. Don't forget to bring your camera.

Port Louis: Private Guided Sightseeing Tour

5. Port Louis: Private Guided Sightseeing Tour

This excursion will introduce you to the city of Port Louis, founded in 1735 by Mahe de Labourdonnais, where you will visit the historic Fort Adelaide also known as the Citadel. Built by the English in 1835 and is one of the few fortifications of British origin remaining on the island. From here, you'll enjoy a view stretching over almost the entire city. Your next stop will be a visit to the central market (also known as the bazaar). Here you will be amazed by the variety of products you will find - fruits, vegetables, scent sticks, spices, pashmina, and linen are amongst the most sold products. Your next stop will be at the Caudan Waterfront, a modern precinct facing the harbor. Its 170 boutiques display beautiful collections of local designers and famous brands. Its craft market is an open bazaar, impregnated by exotic scents of spices, souvenirs, and basketry. Then, visit the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, renamed Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden, and the highlight of any visit to the north. It is the oldest botanical garden in the southern hemisphere, dating back to 1735. Admire a magnificent collection of local and exotic plants, a variety of giant water lilies, rare plants from Mascarene, the baobab, giant palms, and the Talipot palm, whose flower only blossoms after 50 years.

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What people are saying about Pamplemousses

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 18 reviews

Very good day tour, totally satisfied. We had a "private tour", just us (couples) and the guide. Above all, our driver / guide "Raj" contributed a lot to the great day out. A very polite, courteous and kind-hearted person. We were picked up from the hotel punctually at the agreed time, during the journey there was already a lot of information about flora and fauna and all our questions were also answered. At the respective stops we always had enough time to ask questions, look and read etc. The journeys between the stops were never boring either, we talked a lot, so it was very entertaining. We felt very safe and comfortable throughout the journey, and we would recommend the excursion with a clear conscience.

We booked the tour to see some of the island. That was then confirmed. Deepak took us to the hotspots of the island and as the tour name suggests, he always took pictures of us :). We got smart from the previous detailed evaluation and everything was exactly the same. We were on the road for a total of 10 hours. It was a great day with a Commendable tour :)

We were picked up directly at the hotel. Our guide Deepak was very polite and accommodating. All the highlights were visited and explained and there were some surprises too! Deepak acted according to our wishes and even planned more time. An all round great day! We recommend!

We can only recommend this tour! Our guide was super nice and explained everything to us very well! We were picked up promptly at 8 a.m., saw everything that was on offer, he took his time, so we were on the road 1 hour longer!

I would like to thank Deepak for his guide and help during the tour. He shared a huge amount of information with me about the beautiful Mauritius.