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Mauritius à La Car: Full-Day Tour with Chauffeur Guide

1. Mauritius à La Car: Full-Day Tour with Chauffeur Guide

Experience the best of Mauritius for a full day with the independence of having a comfortable private car and experienced local chauffeur at your disposal. You’ll plan your own itinerary with your driver’s guidance, and see the places that you would most like to visit. This is the perfect opportunity to discover the island’s stunning natural beauty. The duration of this private excursion is around 8 hours, which is sufficient time to take in a good part of Mauritius. Your driver will provide some recommendations on the best restaurants for sampling the local cuisine at lunch. Note that English, German, and French speaking drivers are available.

Port Louis: Street Food Tour

2. Port Louis: Street Food Tour

Discover the sights and tastes of Port Louis through a guided street food tour. Let your guide lead you through the bustling streets to some of the authentic food stops of the capital.  Starting at the Caudan Waterfront, head into the heart of the city by foot to explore its hidden corners and local food stops. From Indo-Mauritian "faratas" (fried dough bread) served with Creole "rougaille" (a rich tomato-based dish), to Sino-Mauritian "boulettes" (dumplings) and Franco-Mauritian pastries, discover the Mauritian cultures by tasting their local delicacies. Indulge in approximately eight sensational tastings.  Along the way, explore the real Port Louis: the old buildings and the stories they have to tell, the Company Gardens with their majestic hanging Banyan trees, the busy market full of colours, voices and flavours, and China Town and its will to preserve its culture. Join this three-hour walking food tour and satisfy your appetite for food, history and culture.

Mauritius: Port Louis Street Food Walking Tour

3. Mauritius: Port Louis Street Food Walking Tour

Start your journey at Le Caudan Waterfront, and head away from the familiarity of tourist-friendly spaces. Walk through the bustling streets of Port Louis. Mauritius has some amazing food, influenced by its Indian, Chinese, and African cultures. The central market is one of the best places to experience the best Mauritian food. For a taste of the Gujarati influence, you’ll find fresh, deep-fried gato pima, or chili bites. Made with soaked split peas, zingy spring onions, and green chilies, these really do pop in your mouth. Next, travel through the gates of the Chinatown of Port Louis to discover treats derived from Hakka Chinese dishes. The tour includes about 8 different dishes to try.

Mauritius: Private Full-Day Instagram Tour

4. 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.

Mauritius: Dodo Trail Tour with Lunch

5. 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.

Port Louis & Northern Mauritius Full Day Guided Tour

6. 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.

Port Louis, Mont Choisy and National Botanical Garden Tour

7. Port Louis, Mont Choisy and National Botanical Garden Tour

See the sights of north Mauritius with a private guide on a full-day tour, exclusive to you and your group. Start with a visit to the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden and marvel at the different species of plants and trees, including giant water lilies, sugar cane and spice plants. Move on to the city of Port-Louis and learn about its part in the struggle between French and British occupation and dominance of the Indian Ocean between 1735 and 1935. Listen to interesting details about the culture and traditions of Mauritius. Continue to the quiet beach of Mont Choisy, backed by tall casuarina trees, where the shallow water is perfect for a refreshing swim away from the crowds. End with a visit to the multi-purpose mall of La Croisette and see the outdoor esplanade, luxury apartments and trendy retail shops of the complex up close.

Port Louis: China Town Guided Food Tour

8. Port Louis: China Town Guided Food Tour

Be led through the streets of Port Louis to find the best local street food spots. Indulge in a range of flavors and textures from crunchy and savory, sweet and smooth, sticky and spicy, to umami and brothy. Meet your guide at the Caudan Waterfront. A few bites later, make a stop at a corner snack shop to try classic Chinese street food. Continue your food adventure to one of Port Louis's popular restaurants to feast on Chinese cuisine! Next, make your way to China Town. Be welcomed by colorful street art and murals of the neighborhood. Learn about the history of China Town and Chinese culture in Mauritius from your guide. Explore Chinatown, tasting sweet & sour dishes, accompanied by traditional Chinese sweets. Afterward, your guide will take you to an exceptional place to enjoy a panoramic view of Port Louis. Finally, before driving back, make a stop at the Port Louis market for an authentic experience.

Mauritius: Private Inter-Hotel Transfer

9. Mauritius: Private Inter-Hotel Transfer

Book your transfer from one hotel to another hotel or from your residence to another villa or resort. Relax as your professional driver assists you with your luggage before helping you into a private, contemporary vehicle. Settle into your seat, relax and enjoy a comfortable ride straight to your destination. This service operates 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. The maximum amount of passengers in a car is 3 person. If 4 persons, then an SUV shall be sent, and if more than 5 persons you will ride in a minivan. 

Full Day Tour of Port Louis

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Port Louis

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 428 reviews

The tour was top class and we gained many new impressions of culture and the different culinary influences on the food in Mauritius. Our guide Christophe was sensational and was able to answer all of our questions. He also took us to places that a "normal" tourist would probably never have gone to. Highly Recommended!!

Friendly informative driver and we used the company again while in Mauritius and will use if we return. Competitive prices.

Christophe did a great job! He responded to all of our requests in a very charming manner. We ate way too much...

Our trip was excellent with the driver that have planned with us our journey via the part of Mauritius island.

Great tour where you learn about the culture and history of Mauritius through the varied local cuisines.