This fantastic tour includes a nine-night stay at a luxurious beach front all-inclusive resort. The Dazzling beaches of Mauritius offer crystal clear blue waters, perfect for unwinding and relaxing. The Island is steeped in history with an abundance of historical and cultural attractions built as far back is 1819. This island paradise is perfect for those needing sun, seas, and sightseeing. (Subject to avaliblity)

Saturday 16 May – Wednesday 27 May 2020 (12 Days)

Day 1-  Sat 16 May | Auckland – Perth (D)
NZ0175 Departs Auckland 1050 – Perth 1420
After arriving at Auckland International Airport we check-in and board our flight to Perth. On arrival in Perth, we transfer to our hotel for our overnight stay inclusive of dinner.
Accommodation: Country Comfort Inter City Perth

Day 2 – Sun 17 May | Perth – Mauritius (B,FM,D)
After a leisurely breakfast, we check out and transfer to Perth International Airport for our flight across to Mauritius.
MK441 departs Perth @ 1305, arriving Mauritius 1745
Our Air Mauritius flight arrives at the International Airport, Mauritius where we collect our luggage, clear customs and change money to the local currency. We are then met by our English speaking guide and friendly team. After boarding our coach we can relax for the drive to our luxury resort. Along the way, our guide will share with us interesting information about this beautiful island paradise, its history and customs. We’ll even learn a few local words that might prove useful in the coming days! Our coach arrives at the stunning LUX Tamassa Resort at Bel Ombre in the south-west of the island. The resort is set in tropical gardens on a white sandy beach, with rustling coconut trees and a cobalt ocean. Offering a range of bars and world-class restaurants there’s plenty of daily activities and an array of evening entertainment. It’s the perfect spot for fun and relaxation. After check-in, it’s a short stroll past the pools and gardens to our stylish and comfortable rooms where it’s time to unpack and unwind. Still a bit peckish, then head over to the buffet and relax with a drink and chat with fellow travellers. Our holiday has begun!
Accommodation: Tamassa Beachfront Resort or similar – All-inclusive food & beverage menu

Day 3 – Mon 18 May | Coloured Earth & Waterfalls – Grand Bassin “Sacred Lake” – Takamaka Winery (B,L,D)
We start our day in paradise with a truly amazing buffet breakfast, then it’s onto the bus with our guide for a leisurely, half-day tour. Cameras ready as this morning’s tour takes in some stunning spots. First up are the natural wonders surrounding Chamarel and the Black River Gorges National Park including the Chamarel Waterfall and the amazing Seven Coloured Earth, perfect locations to stop for a while and appreciate the beauty of this tiny island. We then travel through the centre of the Black River Gorges National Park to Grand Bassin, a most sacred Hindu site, by a 33-metre statue of Shiva. Our last stop for the morning is at the unique Takamaka Winery, for an experience that will surprise us all by the origin, originality and authenticity of their exceptional wines, developed from pure Mauritian lychees. After our tour and tastings, we return to the resort for lunch and a leisurely afternoon. We later meet for complimentary drinks and delightful dinner at the resort.
Accommodation: Tamassa Beachfront Resort or similar – All-inclusive food & beverage menu

Day 4 – Tues 19 May | Saint Aubin House “Rum & Vanilla” – Biscuit Factory – Mahebourg  (B,L,D)
After another delightful breakfast, we are back on the bus for another interesting half-day tour. First stop is Saint Aubin House which was built in 1819. It has been home to several managers of the sugar estate, before being renovated in the ’90s in order to preserve a part of the Mauritian heritage. Today one may still see the beams and ship poles used in its original construction. The estate produces sugar cane which is then processed to make sugar as well as delicious rum. Our tour takes in the Rum House, Vanilla House, Anthurium Greenhouse, Saint Aubin House and the surrounding tropical gardens. Back on the bus, our next stop is an amazing little place – the H. Rault Biscuit Factory. The guide will share with us the fascinating history of this 4th generation, family-owned business that has been producing manioc (cassava) biscuits by hand, using traditional methods since 1870. Of course, we’ll have a tasting of the many different flavours of these naturally gluten-free biscuits as we enjoy morning tea. Then passing through busy little villages including the beautiful seaside port of Mahébourg. Situated next to the largest lagoon on Mauritius, there is something relentlessly charming about bite-size Mahébourg. Once a busy port, these days the only boats belong to a small fleet of fishermen who feed the locals from their daily catch. We stop at the Fredrik Hendriks Museum in Grand Port. This building houses some interesting artefacts dating back to early Dutch settlement. Then it’s back ‘home’ to our resort for lunch and a leisurely afternoon. We might explore the magnificent beach, book in for a spa treatment, check out the many facilities and activities, or just relax poolside as we work our way through the complimentary food and beverage list – all part of our ‘full board’ inclusion. Save some space though, for tonight we meet for pre-dinner drinks and another delicious dinner.  At Tamassa, evening entertainment is also very special, with a poolside DJ, live bands, dance floors and nightclub – something different every night!
Accommodation: Tamassa Beachfront Resort or similar – All-inclusive food & beverage menu

Day 5 – Wed 20 May | Casela Wildlife Park – Interaction with Lion – Le Morne Unesco World Heritage Site (B, L, D)
Following another leisurely buffet breakfast, we depart for what will be for many, a life-changing encounter and certainly one of the highlights of our tour.  At Casela Wildlife and Nature Park we have the opportunity to sit with a magnificent female lion – a moment we’ll never forget. Then take a leisurely stroll through the picturesque park where we will encounter a fascinating variety of creatures – big and small. We enjoy lunch in the park at the Mirador Restaurant. This afternoon it’s back to the resort via the Martello Towers, Notre Dame de Fatima Church and the salt pans of Tamarind. We travel past the iconic Le Morne Brabant Unesco World Heritage Site that symbolises slavery in Mauritius. We continue on to the magnificent, yet sobering Slave Route Memorial, erected to honour the slaves’ fight for freedom, their suffering and their sacrifices. After this special experience, we head back to the hotel where we will have time to reflect on our amazing adventure over dinner and drinks.
Accommodation: Tamassa Beachfront Resort or similar – All-inclusive food & beverage menu
** Optional at extra cost $100.00! “Walk with Lions”. We get to walk, pat and take photos up close and study the primitive behaviour of the lions and share their “Pride” of being in their natural state.

Day 6 – Thurs 21 May | Port Louis – Capital of Mauritius – Chateau de Labourdonnais (B,L,D)
Today we head up to the city after another delightful buffet breakfast. Arriving in the Mauritian capital of Port Louis, our driver then takes us on a tour of the city while our guide points out cultural highlights, La Citadelle on Fort Adelaide and Champ de Mars Racecourse “second oldest racecourse in the world”. We then stop at Le Caudan Waterfront, nestled in the port. Take time to browse through boutique shops, markets and cafés. We enjoy a light lunch at La Terasse forming part of Domaine Labourdonnais. Our next visit is to the grand, 150-years-old Château de Labourdonnais, home to three generations of the Wiehe family. After our guided tour of the château, we enjoy the lush gardens and old orchards of the property, host to fifty varieties of hundred-year-old mango trees, spice trees such as nutmeg and clove, as well as several exotic fruit trees such as pomme jacot, sapote, jamalac and kythira plum. Fruit varieties such as papaya, mango, guava and passionfruit are used in the manufacture of the Labourdonnais product range. Mid-afternoon we return south to Bel Ombre, home to our resort where we will have time to relax poolside before dinner and drinks at the resort.
Accommodation: Tamassa Beachfront Resort or similar – All-inclusive food & beverage menu

Day 7 – Fri 22 May | School Visit – West Coast Cruise (B,L,D)
A memorable day lay ahead as we depart the resort and make our way to the Joie De Vivre School. The school was set up to take care of the local children that were wandering around the village, to give them basic education, keep them from the dangers of life on the streets and help and to provide them with opportunities that we often take for granted. With the experience to interact with the local children and enjoy lifelong memories, this is a great opportunity to give back to the school with much-needed school materials. Continuing up the West Coast we arrive at Rivière Noire to begin another tour highlight – our half-day Catamaran Lunch Cruise. Keep camera’s handy as curious dolphins are likely to join us. We sail south towards La Roche Crystal with its clear lagoon, while the crew prepares a mouth-watering BBQ lunch. Sailing back to Rivière Noire, cocktail in hand, we delight in the beauty and tranquillity of another unforgettable day in paradise. Back on land, make our way through Le Morne stopping at the Matthew Flinders Memorial. Our guide will explain how this important monument links a part of our Australian history with Mauritius. We are back to the resort for a rest before meeting for drinks and delicious dinner.
Accommodation: Tamassa Beachfront Resort or similar – All-inclusive food & beverage menu

Day 8 – Sat 23 May | Sugar Museum – Botanic Gardens – Grand Baie (B,L,D)
After an early buffet breakfast at the resort this morning, we begin our drive north for our full day touring. Our first stop is in Pamplemousses at L’Aventure du Sucre “Sugar Museum” to follow the trail of the sugar industry in Mauritius. We’ve been passing sugar cane fields all week, now it’s time to discover more of its profound history and the importance sugar and its by-products still play in Mauritius today. Next is the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanic Garden, formerly known as Royal Botanical Gardens Pamlemousses. The gardens are spread over 37 hectares and are the oldest in the Southern Hemisphere, constructed in 1770. Most famous for its giant water lilies, the garden features many rare and exotic trees and plants as well as 85 varieties of palms from across the world. Many trees were planted by world leaders and royalty, including Princess Margaret, Indira Gandhi, François Mitterrand and Robert Mugabe. We travel around the coast to the pretty village of Cape Malheureux and stop at the Notre Dame Auxiliatrice “Red Roofed Church”. We enjoy lunch in Grand Baie at the Merville Beach Hotel. Following lunch, it’s time to hit the shops and seaside cafés especially the Super U Grand Baie. Later this afternoon we travel back to the south to our home away from home, the Tamassa Resort to refresh before meeting up for drinks and dinner.
Accommodation: Tamassa Beachfront Resort or similar – All-inclusive food & beverage menu

Day 9 – Sun 24 May | Free Day (B,L,D)
Today is all ours to enjoy the complimentary resort facilities and activities, or at own cost, why not book in a tour, a scenic flight or maybe attend a local church service! All food and beverage at the resort for the day are included in our ‘full board’ package.
Accommodation: Tamassa Beachfront Resort or similar – All-inclusive food & beverage menu

Day 10 – Mon 25 May | Trou aux Cerfs – Curepipe – Eureka House (B,L,D)
After a restful day yesterday and a delicious breakfast we are back on the road for another adventurous day in Mauritius. Our first stop provides us with some photo opportunities at the Trou aux Cerfs volcanic crater before arriving in Curepipe in the Central Plateau area to experience some rather unique duty free shopping. Next, we drive south to Moka where we walk through the Eureka Mansion and Garden, built 1830. The famous residence was built during the French colonial period and once belonged to a very well-known Mauritian family. Filled with period furniture and impressive antiques, this home shows a glimpse into colonial life on the island. A traditional Mauritian lunch is then served on the back verandah overlooking the lush gardens which carry through to the river. Then it’s back to our resort to freshen up before our final night dinner at the resort.
Accommodation: Tamassa Beachfront Resort or similar – All-inclusive food & beverage menu

Day 11 – Tue 26 May | Bel Ombre – International Airport (B,L,S,FM)
It’s our last day at the resort, so we enjoy the resort facilities before we are treated to an early supper by the pool as we share stories and laughter with our travel companions. Then it’s time to farewell the staff who have become our friends, before transferring to the airport for check-in. We depart late evening for our overnight flight back across the Indian Ocean to Perth.
Air Mauritius flight MK440 departs Mauritius 2240 – Arrives Perth 0910 (Wednesday)

Day 12- Wed 27 May | Perth – Auckland (FM)
Our flight arrives back into Perth today before our connecting flight back to Auckland after our amazing time away in Mauritius.
NZ0176 Departs Perth 1925 – Arrives Auckland 0535 + 1