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Mauritius and Dubai Tour

Mauritius and Dubai Tour

TourCode : 1290
Duration   7 Nights/ 8 Days
Destination
Route Delhi-Mauritius-Dubai-Delhi
Best Time To Visit Daily,all year round
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Maurities

Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1: DELHI – MAURITIUS
Arrival Mauritius airport, transfer & check into the hotel, day is free for your own activities & overnight at hotel Check inn time at hotel: – 1400hrs

Day 2: MAURITIUS
After breakfast at hotel, Full Day South tour, Dinner at hotel & overnight at hotel

Day 3: MAURITIUS
After breakfast at hotel, Full Day North tour (Entrance Fee of Pamplemousses Garden Not Included), Dinner at hotel & overnight at hotel

Day 4: MAURITIUS
After breakfast at hotel, Full Day Ile Aux Cerf island tour with speed boat transfer, Dinner at hotel & overnight at hotel

Day 5: MAURITIUS– DUBAI (DHOW CRUISE)
Arrival at Dubai airport, transfer and check into the hotel, day is free for your own activities. Evening dhow cruise with dinner & overnight at hotel

Day 6: DUBAI (CITY TOUR)
After breakfast at hotel, enjoy half day city tour on seat in coach basis and overnight at hotel

Day 7: DUBAI (DESERT SAFARI TOUR)
After breakfast at hotel, enjoy desert safari tour with dinner on seat in coach basis & overnight at hotel

Day 8: DUBAI – DELHI
After breakfast at hotel, take transfers from hotel to airport and board the flight back to India

Sightseeing

Mauritius has the unmistakable advantage of being a country whose attractions do not play ‘hard-to-get’—once you get to the island of course! Most of the sights and sounds of the island are within easy reach, and you are never further than a couple of hours’ bus ride away from spectacular scenery.

The Black Gorges National Park , located in the south-west of the island and home to many endangered species like the echo parakeet, is an absolute treat for the eyes. The Park is fringed by coniferous trees and casuarinas, making you forget for a moment that you are in the heart of the tropics. You can hope to spot many rare trees like the tambalacoque (dodo) tree, apart from wildlife like monkeys and deer. The nearest forestry station is at Le Petrin , and a day’s walk from here will take you to the coast at Grande Riviere Noire . The best views of the Black River Gorge, the Riviere Noire Falls and Piton de la Petite Riviere Noire (the highest point on Mauritius) are from the Riviere Noire lookout. Not far away from the Park is Lake Bassin , a volcanic crater and the holiest Hindu pilgrimage site on the island.

Just inland from the south coast of Mauritius are the 100 m Chamarel Falls and Coloured Earths –an area where the earth is of (you guessed it!) seven different colours ranging from red to purple to pink!. The undulating different coloured earth at Chamarel is quite fascinating and is said to have been formed from volcanic rocks.

Also high on the list of highlights in this area are the Tamarind Falls —a group of seven falls that empty themselves into a deep, quiet pool perfect for swimming.

The town of Curepipe itself is not scintillating (unless you happen to be a model ship-building enthusiast), but the views of the island atop the Trou aux Cerfs definitely are. Trou aux Cerfs is an ancient crater – and the climb to the top of it for the view, though invigorating promises to be worthwhile. The crater is filled with a lush green forest now and the view you get from the top is a 360 degree one!

Pamplemousses has more to recommend it than just a charmingly exotic name! The reason most tourists flock to this town is most definitely the Sir Seewoosagar Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens. The Gardens can be smelt even before they can be seen —the fragrances of sandalwood, ginger, cinnamon and cardamom will waft across your path, inviting you to explore them. The main attractions of the garden are the giant Victoria Regina water lilies that are native to the Amazon. Other exotic flora is golden bamboo, chewing gum trees and a 200-year old Buddha tree. This is also perhaps the only place on Mauritius to view its wildlife—giant tortoises and deer—at your leisure.

At some point in your vacation, you may want to let your hair down and party into the wee hours of the morning. The trendy beach resort of Grand Baie on the northern coast is the way to head. It is a lively district with a plethora of yachts and boats with colourful sails bobbing in the bay. Lots of little boutique shops line the coastal road and small restaurants around that serve delicious Creole cuisine. A lovely relaxed way of spending the day!

The posh beach resort of Trou aux Biches in the north west of the island has some of the best beaches on Mauritius, but many of them are pricey private ones. The best public beaches are at Mon Choisy and Grand Baie .

The academically inclined or the simply curious should visit the town of Moka, home to the University of Mauritius and the Mahatma Gandhi Institute . Mahatma Gandhi is dear to many Indo-Mauritians, and his visit here is fondly remembered. The Gandhi Institute’s Folk Museum traces the history of Indian immigration to the island through a collection of knick-knacks. The area around Moka is very picturesque, filled with lush mountains of the Moka Range and waterfalls, and offers endless opportunities for peaceful rambling. The 19th century mansions of Le Reduit and Eureka House just outside Moka are worth visiting, not simply to get a sense of Mauritius’ colonial history, but for the views they afford.

For those looking for surfing action, head for Tamarin, in the south of Mauritius which is also a good public beach with great views. When in the area, do take time out to visit the Casela Bird Park . With 142 species of birds in the park and some other animals too, it is a lovely outing. There is a small restaurant too that dishes up scrumptious food too.

The capital of Mauritius, Port Louis , is a bustling urban center during the day, with the nightlife leaving something to be desired (although this situation has been dealt with by the opening of the swanky Le Caudan Waterfront—complete with cinema and casino).

There is a distinct Muslim area around Muammar El Khadafi Square, a Chinatown and a Jummah mosque located plum in the center of it! Fort Adelaide is the only surviving British fortress, however, it resembles a Moorish fortress enough to be called the Citadel. The Pere Laval shrine is located at Ste Croix, north-east of the city center.

You would be dumb as a dodo not to visit the Mauritius Institute where a stuffed replica of this unfortunately extinct flightless bird is housed. The Natural History Museum also displays stuffed replicas of other extinct wildlife and marine life, plus real specimens of endangered species.

Port Louis is the capital of the island. It is a bustling town in the daytime that goes strangely quiet when night falls most unlike most capital towns.

The Domain des Pailles a wonderfully spread out nature park lies just ten minutes out of Port Louis. Originally an old sugar estate, even today you can visit an ox driven sugar mill or rum distillery, ride on horseback through the park, chug along in a little train or take a two hour guided safari in a Land Rover. After that, chill out in one of the restaurants within the park – the choice is between Indian, Chinese and Italian cuisine.

The town of Mahebourg , near Port Louis, is the nearest one to the international airport and a major commercial center. There is a pretty bay where you can relax and sunbathe. For something more informative, try the Naval Museum —admission free, open daily (except Thursday) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Around Mahebourg, there are two beautiful nature reserves worth seeing—the Ile aux Aigrettes and the Domaine du Chasser .

The Ile aux Cerf is surely the crowning glory of Mauritius and one just has to spend a day here. Located just off the east coast, it is accessible by ferry or motorboat from the little town of Trou d’eau Douce, Spend the day on this little island indulging in water sports, swimming, snorkeling or just lazing on the silver sands. The island is a surrounded by the bluest of waters and the inlet is safe for swimming. There are a few restaurants on the island that serve delicious food and a few shops too that cater to the tourist, though be warned they are expensive! Golf enthusiast can even play a game of golf at the course there.

The island of Rodrigues is a great getaway from Mauritius, for the simple reason that it is less crowded with tourists. In many ways, it is a miniature Mauritius. It also boasts Pointe Coton , the best beach on the island. The other good beaches are St Francois, Trou d’ Argent and Petit Gravier . Hiking enthusiasts will love Mt Limon and Mt Malartic , and for coastal hiking, the area around Port Mathurin . There are also some beautiful nature reserves around this area—do check if they require a permit (which can be picked up from the Administration Office at Port Mathurin). Rodrigues offers some of the best diving opportunities in Mauritius—bigger hotels will arrange a tour. Caving is a little known sport that nevertheless has die-hard followers–they will be delighted to visit Caverne Patate - located in the south west of the island.

Shopping

The Port Louis Market in the capital has some great bargains in souvenirs, handicrafts originating from every ethnic community, clothes and foodstuffs. There are more upmarket options in the Le Caudan Waterfront , and hotel stores of course. Most designer labels are found in Mauritius from Prada, Ralph Lauren to Burberry – all are available.

Buy souvenirs made from shells to take back home and a pareo to remind you of the halcyon days spent on the beaches of Mauritius. At Floreal and other markets shop for cashmere clothing – cardigans, pullovers and jackets at extremely reasonable. If you are interested in jewellery, there are duty free shops where you can buy some precious stones and diamonds.

Ship modeling is a craft that is developed to the highest level in Mauritius and you can buy these models at Curepipe . It is a fascinating sight to see them assemble these very lifelike models down to the smallest details. Grand Baie has small designer boutiques to that sell souvenirs and designer clothing too.

Please note that shops open only half-days on Thursdays in Rose-hill, Vacoas, Curepipe and Quatre-Bornes.

Eating Joints

Mauritius offers a range of cuisines to satisfy any foodie. There are also a variety of restaurants and eateries to suit every budget—from cheap coffee houses and stalls to gourmet restaurants. A budget meal will cost anything from US$1-5. An expensive meal can cost more than US$20. The restaurants in Le Caudan Waterfront are open until midnight and the ones in Grand Baie too.

The happening bar especially on weekends is the Banana Bar in Grand Baie – this is where the expats all hang out and dance to the strains of the live band that perform here. Another popular bar with the youngster is the Zanzibar in the same area. Generally the Mauritian likes to party over the weekend so Friday and Saturdays see a good turn out. To be very candid there is not too much nightlife in Mauritius, though recently the Flic en Flac area is getting quite active where nightlife is concerned as there are more residential areas in the vicinity. The nightlife in Port Louis is slowly being revived through the Le Caudan Waterfront but is not scintillating by any standards. The L’Amicale Chinese Gaming house is open till 2 a.m. for gambling buffs.

Casinos and gaming are popular pastimes in Mauritius with the N- Gyone casino opening after a thorough refurbish job – this is also in Grand Baie area.

 

 

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