OVERVIEW OF THE NORTH TOUR MAURITIUS
Please note that this north tour is a private full-day tour, not a shared tour. A vehicle with an english/french/hindi speaking driver will be provided exclusively for you on this special day!
Places you will discover in this guided north tour:
This full day private North Tour includes:
This full day private North Tour does not include:
It is the largest city that is said to represent Mauritius itself as this magnificent city is the perfect example of this multiculturalism country. Port Louis was founded in 1735 by a French governor, Mahé de Labourdonnais. The harbour; surrounded by the Moka mountain range; is the only harbour in Mauritius. Port Louis is a city that has kept the evidence of the French era alive in the form of French colonial buildings, especially the Government House (18thcentury) and the Municipal Theatre. There are two Cathedrals, Anglican and Catholic, a Mosque, a Chinese Casino, a fine Supreme Court, some 18th century Barracks, a Natural History Museum. Port Louis is definitely a must place to see and visit during your stay in Mauritius.
Caudan waterfront; found in the city of Port Louis; was given its name after a famous person known as Jean Dominique Michel de Caudan. The peninsula called Le Caudan was created around a fosil coral islet, hosting a powder magazine, an astronomic and meteorological observatory, quays, warehouses and various small enterprises over the last 250 years. The daily routine of this popular harbor followed the pace of the sugar industry until the creation of the Bulk Sugar Terminal in 1980. From these 150 years of millions of sugar bags transiting by boat, train or trucks, carried by hundreds of hands, only a few old walls still stand today to resonate with the soul…
Several popular spots of Le Caudan Waterfront bear a strong historical significance. The first meteorological observatory of the Indian Ocean now hosts the Food Court. The building hosting the Blue Penny Museum was the former Docks office.
It is now one of the most popular shopping and leisure spot in the capital as it offers a wide variety of local and international branded shops and it also has casinos, cinema halls, restaurants among others.
It is a fort found on the top of a hill called Petite Montagne at an altitude of around 100 meters. It was designed by the Colonel Cunningham and the Indian and African slaves contributed in its construction. Also known as Fort Adelaide after the wife of William IV dating the British rule, it is located at a strategic point with a clear view on the harbor and the city as it’s purpose was to inform the British army of any approaching enemy. It is now a national monument offering stunning views.
Port Louis city is dominated by the Citadelle (old fort) that is situated atop Port-Louis mountain range. Tourists can never get enough of Port Louis as the city has plenty to offer in terms of enriching cultural experience. The Chinatown has a bewitching atmosphere and where the Chinese culture still breathes. Spicy aromas drift out through the small restaurants, engulfing the whole area, thus lending it a mystic aura. The Chinatown is home to the Jummah Mosque that was built in 1853 and has intricate fabulous teak doors and decorations. Tourists also visit Chinatown to pay their respects to the Père Laval’s shrine that is believed to have healing powers.
The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden (sometimes shortened to the SSR Botanical Garden), commonly known as the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, is a favourite tourist attraction in Pamplemousses, near Port Louis, Mauritius, and the oldest botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere. Famous for its long pond of giant water lilies (Victoria amazonica), the garden was first constructed by Pierre Poivre (1719 – 1786) in 1770, and it covers an area of around 37 hectares. It is known for its spice garden and unique collection of 85 varieties of palms from Central America, Asia, Africa and the islands around the Indian Ocean.
Grand Bay, (or Grand Baie) is a seaside village and large tourist beach in the district of Rivière du Rempart. Grand Bay was once called De Bogt Zonder Eyndt (Bay without End) by the Dutch in 17th century, and it is easy to understand why while visiting the village. Today, the resort town of Grand Bay is the most popular holiday destination in Mauritius because of its white sandy beaches, sunny climate and is also known to be a trendy place for youngsters because of the vibrant night life. Grand Bay offers a wide range of entertainment like restaurant beaches, pubs, casinos and nightclubs fitting those who want to have fun and an unforgettable experience.
The church can be easily spotted with its red, shiny and attractive roof. It is a located in a fishing village located at the northern tip of Mauritius. The name means “cape unlucky” due to the number of shipwrecks over the years. You enjoy an unbelievable and breathtaking view when looking out over the tranquil turquoise waters to the magnificent island of Coin De Mire. A location worth visiting due to its stunning views that beckon to be captured, in time, in memory, to share with your friends back home. Don’t forget to take your camera.
Once considered as at par with gold, silk and Indian spices, sugar has enjoyed an extraordinary existence, leaving a deep impression on the history and identity of Mauritius. Travelling through the museum, visitors learn about the profoundly entwined history of sugar and Mauritius, how it has all led to the consonant, smiling and multicultural society it is today.
Château de Labourdonnais, found at the heart of a magnificent natural estate, invites you to indulge in the nineteenth century Mauritian lifestyle… This grand mansion, built in 1859, was beautifully restored to regain all of its original splendour. You will revisit the island’s history through a tour full of surprises.
“A château in a natural setting” takes you to a exceptional journey at the heart of the colonial era to the discover activities that are still carried on in sugar plantations. All the while the estate gardens reveal the flourishing tropical vegetation…
“A château in a natural setting” is today a landmark of local heritage, with its unmatched colonial architecture in Mauritius and with its treasures of flora and fauna.
Cost: From €74
Duration: 8 hours
Tour Type: Specific Tour
Group Size: 4 people
Languages: English, Francais
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