Mauritius is the pearl of the Indian Ocean. Its people’s diversity evidences a rich history. On your Mauritius holiday, there will be some unforgettable moments. Aigrette Island, the Chamarel rum distillery and restaurant, and the seven-coloured earth will be indelibly written into your memory. During this journey, a myriad of fun activities await you : hiking, Electrobike, and why not try kayaking and snorkelling occasionally. Admire the contrast between the very dense vegetation and the urban environment, which is showing organised growth. You cannot but enjoy the breathtaking views, the beautiful beaches and the warm turquoise lagoons, typical of the Vanilla Islands.
Your next destination ? The Seychelles. This heavenly archipelago, in the heart of the Indian ocean, presents you with some of the most spectacular atolls in the world and their tropical climate. The landscape is an idyllic postcard : turquoise sea beside long beaches of fine white sand, coconut trees and unique fauna and flora. The three-star hotels guarantee you peaceful, quiet nights. Your taste buds will not want to miss out on the Creole cuisine. You can also take part in an unforgettable experience : sailing on a yacht. Your holiday on three of the archipelago’s islands will allow you to see the most beautiful sites on land and underwater, with their unique, unspoiled biodiversity.
A ECOTOURISTIC CIRCUIT CHARACTERIZED BY
Discovering the biodiversity and the importance of its protection
Diversity and the blending of cultures
Hiking and activities in the heart of natural areas
The discovery of the seabed and the beaches which are rated among the most beautiful in the world
The visits, meetings and transfers mentioned may vary depending on the availability of participants and local constraints.
Day 1 : Arrival at Mauritius
A team will take care of your transfer to La Vielle Cheminée hotel, where you will stay on half-board. While you have a cocktail, the team will inform you about your stay. For lunch, you immediately enter the atmosphere of a typical Chamarel restaurant. In the afternoon, a short horse ride around the grounds of the Vielle Cheminée has been arranged.
Day 2 : Mahebourg
In the morning, have your breakfast in a quiet environment. Head to Blue Bay Marine Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, visit the Glass Bottomed Boat to discover the corals. Before lunch, enjoy the depths with a snorkelling experience. Your holiday has a responsible side as well, contributing to the project for the conservation of Mauritius’s primary forest in the Aigrette Island reserve. In the evening, back to the Vieille Cheminée for dinner.
Day 3 : Grand Port
Your day will be a full one. You will be able to visit some places on an electrobike. Beginning with the Vieux Grand Port, discover the ruins of Fort Frederick Hendrick before arriving at the Ferney Valley Nature Reserve. A break for lunch at the top of the “Falaise Rouge” is a must. Admire the town of Mahebourg, with its small stalls. A short visit to the naval museum is recommended before you arrive at the “Otentic Eco tent”, where your dinner and room await you.
Day 4 : St Antoine – Amber Island
After breakfast at the Otentic, head for Saint-Antoine for a day dedicated to kayaking. To punctuate this trip, have a snorkelling break and take part in the conservation of the species endemic to Amber Island, You’ll have an unforgettable picnic on Bernache islet. Back at Saint-Antoine, your driver will return you to your hotel.
Day 5 : Bras D’Eau
Go hiking in the Bras D’Eau National Park. Admire the beauty of the fauna and flora, the orchard in the heart of the forest and the 18th century ruins. For the more curious among you, you can spend the day discovering the lava tunnels before having an afternoon free.
Day 6 : Deux Frères
For this beautiful morning on a boat headed for the Île aux Cerfs with its magnificent beach and turquoise waters. Back at 1:00 for lunch. In the afternoon, you can go paddle boarding along the river and go to the Grande Riviére Sud-Est waterfall.
Day 7 : Mauritius / Seychelles
It’s time to leave the Otentic and Mauritius. Next destination : the Seychelles. Once you get to Mahé, our team will take care of your transfer to the Île aux Cerfs. You will have all day to enjoy the cocoon of well-being offered by the three-star Hotel Cerf Island.
Day 8 : Trip to Silhouette
Go to discover the history of Silhouette Island, a former pirate hideout. Board the Zéphire, which will take you to see many underwater species. After a good lunch served by the Labriz Hilton, you will have the opportunity to relax on the beach or in the hotel swimming pool before leaving for Mahé to go to the Auberge Anse Boileau hotel for dinner. At the end of the evening, return to the calm of the Cerf Island.
Day 9 : La Digue
Have breakfast on the Île aux Cerfs. Afterwards, you will venture on a sea voyage from Mahé to La Digue. You will be welcomed on the wharf, and transferred immediately to the Hotel Patatran. Once you’ve settled in, schedule your day as you please. Take advantage of the time to discover the surrounding area.
Day 10 : Grande Sœur / Coco / Félicité islands
The Grande Sœur islands await you. A sailing trip will be a highlight of your holiday. Don’t forget your swimsuits. Only lunch aboard the catamaran will punctuate your day of relaxation. Return at the end of the day for dinner and the night at the hotel Patatran.
Day 11 : Praslin
After breakfast, you will go to Praslin by sea. Your hotel, Villas de mer, will host you on a half-board basis. You will have a free day. Let your imagination and your thirst for discovery run wild.
Day 12 : Vallée de Mai / Anse Lazio
After breakfast, you will have a guide for your visit to the Vallée de Mai and the Praslin museum. Discover the other facets of Creole cuisine at the Iles des Palmes restaurant, before a walk at the bay of Anse Lazio. After sunset, back to the hotel for dinner.
Day 13 : Seychelles / Paris
Your holiday is coming to an end. To finish, breakfast will be served before the crossing for Praslin. Your car will be waiting at the end of the pier to take you to the airport.
EXPERIENCES THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE
• Educational and ecologically responsible activities that will allow you to discover the culture and history.
• Accommodation in an eco-tent, using natural, healthy products
• Discovery of the biodiversity of Île aux Aigrettes, conservation of the primary forest
• Stays and visits with empassioned guides
• Accommodation in charming hotels, showcasing true Creole culture.
• A Trip to the islands of the archipelago to discover its unspoilt nature and seabed.
• Take part in conservation projects
A driver/guide and specialised guides
Tipping is at the customer’s discretion
Insurance is not mandatory, but you can buy insurance at your own cost.
All credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, etc.) are accepted by the ATMs. They can also be used to make payments.
Mauritius / Seychelles : No vaccinations are required. Public hospitals and many private clinics are available 24 hours a day
• Paris – Mauritius
• Mauritius – Mahé
• Mahé – Paris
Meals and drinks
Mauritius : Meals included for the whole day, with the exception of “Free Days”. Non-Alcoholic Beverages included (Except Otentic : drinks are extra)
The Seychelles : Meals included for the whole day, with the exception of “Free Days”. (Drinks are extra)
Mauritius : A car will be provided for all transfers of the holidaymakers : to and from sites, accommodation and the airport.
The Seychelles : Land and sea transfers are done respectively by minibus and catamaran.
Mauritius : For French nationals travelling to Mauritius, it is essential to have a passport or identity card (valid for at least 6 months after the return date). Your home address must also be provided
The Seychelles : For the Seychelles, it is essential to have a passport or identity card valid for at least 6 months after the return date. An entry visa is required, issued on arrival at the airport.
Time difference (from UK)
• Summer : UTC +4 (BST +3)
• Winter : UTC +4 (GMT +4)
• Summer : UTC +3 (BST +2)
• Winter : UTC +3 (GMT +3)
• The Chalet La Vielle Cheminée : Half-board accommodation
• Otentic Eco tent : Half-board accommodation
Seychelles : Half-board accommodation in three-star hotels
• Habitation : Ile aux Cerfs in the Mahé Marine Park.
• Patatran : Anse Sévère on the island of La Digue.
• Villas de Mer : Grand Anse Praslin.
Bring with you
Mauritius : Mosquito repellent, sunscreen (in compliance with environmental standards) and walking shoes, swimsuit, caps, hat. Pack warmer clothes between May and September
The Seychelles : Pack lightweight summer clothes (Temperatures between 26 and 29° C).
Essentials : hat or cap, sunglasses, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, swimsuit and walking shoes.
Price per person
€3,253 inc. tax*
departing Paris (flight not included)
This price includes
• Full-board in the hotels, based on a shared double room : Lux Belle Mare and Lux Le Morne
• The guided visits and excursions mentioned
• The transfers
• The tourist taxes
This price does not include
• International flights from Paris and inter-island flights
• Drinks (excluding those specified) and personal expenses
This price includes
• Half-board accommodation (excluding drinks), based on a shared double room
• The guided visits, excursions and meals mentioned
• Land and sea transfers
• The tourist taxes
This price does not include
• Insurance (can be provided for an additional charge)
• International flights from London and inter-island flights
• The drinks
• Any expenses not mentioned above
*Mauritius : €860 per person including taxes, based on two people sharing. Minimum 4 people.
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