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Mauritius – Hidden Gems with Rodrigues Islands

Price ₹140000 11 Nights / 12 Days
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Mauritius – Hidden Gems with Rodrigues Islands

₹140000 per person

Mauritius, officially the Republic of Mauritius, is an Indian Ocean island country, approximately 2,000 kilometres (1,100 nautical miles) off the south-eastern coast of East Africa, east of Madagascar. It includes the main island (also called Mauritius), as well as Rodrigues, Agaléga and St. Brandon. The islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues, along with nearby Réunion (a French overseas department), are part of the Mascarene Islands. The main island of Mauritius, where most of the population is concentrated, hosts the capital and largest city, Port Louis. The country spans 2,040 square kilometres (790 square miles) and has an exclusive economic zone covering 2,300,000 square kilometres (670,000 square nautical miles). Mauritius is one of the most densely populated countries in the world.

Mauritius Island (the main island) is 65 km (40 mi) long and 45 km (30 mi) wide. Its land area is 1,864.8 km2 (720.0 square miles). The island is surrounded by more than 150 km (100 mi) of white sandy beaches, and the lagoons are protected from the open sea by the world’s third-largest coral reef, which surrounds the island. Just off the Mauritian coast lie some 49 uninhabited islands and islets, several of which have been declared natural reserves for endangered species.

Mauritius Island is relatively young geologically, having been created by volcanic activity some 8 million years ago. Together with Saint Brandon, Réunion, and Rodrigues, the island is part of the Mascarene Islands. These islands emerged as a result of gigantic underwater volcanic eruptions that happened thousands of kilometres to the east of the continental block made up of Africa and Madagascar. They are no longer volcanically active and the hotspot now rests under Réunion Island. Mauritius is encircled by a broken ring of mountain ranges, varying in height from 300 to 800 metres (1,000 to 2,600 feet) above sea level. The land rises from coastal plains to a central plateau where it reaches a height of 670 m (2,200 feet); the highest peak is in the south-west, Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire at 828 metres (2,717 feet). Streams and rivers speckle the island, many formed in the cracks created by lava flows.

Rodrigues Island

The autonomous island of Rodrigues is located 560 km (350 mi) to the east of Mauritius, with an area 108 km2 (42 square miles). Rodrigues is a volcanic island rising from a ridge along the edge of the Mascarene Plateau. The island is hilly with a central spine culminating in the highest peak, Mountain Limon at 398 m (1,306 feet). The island also has a coral reef and extensive limestone deposits.

Rodrigues, Africa’s most easterly point can be found surrounded by the Indian Ocean, 560 kilometres east of Mauritius and about 2,500 kilometres off the southeast coast of the African continent. Those in search of something offbeat and far from crowds will find it a fascinating, peaceful place to explore, with locals whose shy friendliness is genuine. Life there is refreshingly slow and uncomplicated. Add to that, tropical weather, pristine white sand beaches, friendly people, fab food and no package holiday, Rodrigues Island is the place to be in the Indian Ocean. Explore the quieter side of the Indian Ocean.

The trip takes us through Mauritius, a hypnotic blend of Indian, Chinese, African, French, and British influences, it is a dazzling Indian Ocean Island that enchants all who visit. Deservedly listed in the “World’s 23 best cities for Street Food’’ by CNN in 2016, a visit to Mauritius will not be complete without experiencing the local foods. It is a successful, multicultural society where the friendly co-existence of peoples and religion expresses itself in croissants for breakfast and curry for dinner and brightly painted Indian temples rubbing shoulders with churches and mosques.

This tour is an exclusive itinerary curated by The Vacation Studio, which showcases the natural wonders of the famous Mauritius island and the unexplored Rodrigues Island in one single tour. This tour includes some of the most amazing experiences such as the Traditional Octopus Fishing, Sail Traditional Fishing Boat, Traditional Basket Weaving, Traditional Rum Making Demo, Visit to the Seven Colored Earth, & its waterfalls, and the most sophisticated Michelin Acclaimed Litchi Wine Tasting experience.

11 Nights / 12 Days
  • Tour Duration
    11 Nights / 12 Days
  • Best Season
    May to November
  • Cities Covered
    Mauritius & Rodrigues Islands
  • Tour Category
    TVS Exclusive
Day 01 - Arrival in Rodrigues at Sir Gaetan Duva
Arrive at Rodrigues at Sir Gaëtan Duval airport in Plaine Corail. Complete the formalities at airport. Meet our representative & proceed for hotel. Hotel Check in. Rest of the day is free by your own Your local guide will meet you for the welcome meeting later at 6 pm on that day at the Hotel. Then proceed for cove visit. Flanked by a pine forest on one side and calm clear waters on the other, Anse Ally is located on the east coast of Rodrigues. This authentic charming cove is distinguished by its intimate atmosphere, ideal for travelers seeking tranquility. The remote feeling is emphasized by the vast expanse of white sand and crystal-clear aquarium, ideal for snorkeling lovers. Overnight at Hotel
Day 02 - Explore Rodrigues (Samedi Dan Rodrigues)
Breakfast at Hotel. Meet your guide at hotel. Get ready for a typical day of the week in Rodrigues. Normally on every Saturdays, the capital Port Mathurin lights up and makes way for excitement. Visit Port Mathurin, the smallest capital in the Indian Ocean and interact with the locals. Discover François Leguat's unique landscape of limestone features including 9 impressive caves. Get a feel of pre-history as you stroll through a reserve pack with 3,000 giant tortoises. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, make your way to Camp Pintade to visit the Iconic St John Evangelist Chapel. Then proceed to L’union to get an insight into slavery on the island during the colonial era before heading to St. Gabriel's Cathedral, one of the oldest churches in the Indian Ocean built of stones that continue to bear witness to an unbroken tradition of craftsmanship. The day ends with a Séga Tambour show, the island's national folklore, and a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. The vibrant rhythmic performance may entice you to join the performers. Post the same head back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 3 - Escape to Ile Aux Cocos
Breakfast at Hotel. Meet your guide and proceed for Ile Aux Cocos by boat. The Ile Aux Cocos located amidst the south-eastern lagoon of Rodrigues and reputed for the sandy necklace of beach encircling its shores, the ill-named Ile aux Cocos is a natural refuge for colonies of seabirds such as White gulls, frigate birds, gannets and ‘yéyés’. Some of them are unique in the world. 7 Experience Turquoise water, filao trees, coconut palms, and the vast lonely expanse of the sea. The lagoon around Ile aux Cocos is of shallow water and at some places, it is possible to see the corals and rocks above the water surface. Enjoy a scrumptious picnic lunch with local drinks. Then head back to mainland. Overnight at Hotel
Day 4 - Route Du Terrier - Foodie Trip in Rodrigues
Breakfast at Hotel. Today you are going to experience the local Culture & Cuisine. La Route du Terroir brings you closer to the delicious flavor of Rodrigues cuisine. Delight your tastebuds as you dig into some of the Rodriguan’s mouth-watering delicacies. Marie Therese, a local herbalist will share with you her knowledge of traditional herbal medicine and its healing powers. Locals favor their tisane than taking modern medicines. Learn the different virtues of herbs and at the end of the demo, you will have the opportunity to make your cocktail for your wellbeing to take with you. Next, immerse yourself in the world of local Bee farmers at Saint Gabriel followed by a tasting of homemade honey. In Port Mathurin, cold meat lovers will savor a charcuterie platter. During the tasting, the guide will tell you everything that you need to know about local traditional butchery. Experience a home-hosted cooking demo using a century-old traditional cooking method. After lunch, make your way to Mon Plaisir to meet with Miss Delly who will initiate you prepare ‘Rouli-Pouli-Pouli, a local dessert which you will serve along with local Arabica coffee. Proceed back to hotel Overnight at Hotel
Day 5 - Experience Traditional Fishing
Breakfast at the Hotel. This morning, learn the art of traditional octopus fishing in the village of Tamarin. Meet with the fearless women of Rodrigues preserving the age-old art of Octopus fishing as they search for sustainability. Post the same head to Riviere Coco village where you will be amazed by the simplicity and generosity of the people who will share with you their daily life. You will enjoy Traditional lunch. After a traditional lunch, initiation to the accordion, the most famous and most played musical instrument on the island. In the afternoon, learn the art of basket weaving and visit a traditional family house that will bring you closer to the locals. Proceed back to hotel. Overnight at hotel
Day 06 - Day At Leisure
Breakfast at Hotel. Today the day is free you can relax at hotel. Spend a day at beach and enjoy the amenities of the hotel. You can also visit explore the surroundings of Anse Ally. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 07 - Coastal Walk - Rando Mer - Saint Francois, Truo D'argent, Graviers
Breakfast at hotel. Meet your guide at hotel. Then proceed for walking tour. Whisk away in the wild to the east of the island through hidden coves and virgin beaches, to a peaceful, secret, and secluded spot where lies a pristine piece of tropical paradise, known as Trou D’Argent. Offering clear waters, soft white sand, and an attractive rocky coastline, the beach at Trou D’argent is a paradise for swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling. Considered as one of the loveliest spots in the Indian Ocean, this enchanted beach, enclosed by low cliffs, is only accessible on foot on the coastal trail between St François and Graviers. 14 Do not forget your camera to capture memories and breathtaking landscapes. Head back to hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 08 - Take a Flight to Mauritius
Breakfast at hotel. Morning at leisure at the hotel. Then Check out from hotel & proceed for airport to catch the flight to Mauritius (Domestic Flight cost is not included). Once you land at Mauritius transfer from the Airport to the hotel. Hotel check in. Relax at hotel for the rest of the day you can enjoy walk around property and enjoy the amenities at hotel Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 09 - Explore Mauritius
Have breakfast at hotel. Then proceed for local experience of Mauritius. Accompanied by your knowledgeable guide discover the authentic facet of Port Louis, a pleasantly surprising and vivacious city! The tour combines fascinating and rich colonial history with some great interactions with locals. This bustling commercial city is bursting with culture, heritage and charm and it’s the perfect place to learn about Mauritius’ rich cultural history. The narrow streets are split into different cultural quarters with street vendors selling everything from fabrics to spices. The vibrant local market is a must-see, with its colorful fruits and vegetables. Do not hesitate to try out some of our street food and local milkshake while exploring. This day also you can have tasty local lunch in the outskirts of the capital with a Traditional Rum Making Demo. Meet Jacqueline in the afternoon at Cité Valleejee, one of the most famous and populated suburbs of Port Louis. She will take around to show you the ancient docker's residences, how different cultures and religions mix socially and always respectful of each other’s ethnic culture and values. This visit will enable you to experience and feel how the locals live despite their different origins. Head back to hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
Day 10 - Day At Leisure
Breakfast at hotel. Today the day is free by your own. You can explore the city. You may wish to explore Grand Baie and its surroundings and why not venture further to Pereybere and Cap Malheureux. Local public transport is available from your hotel & You can pay directly on the spot. After sightseeing head back to hotel and overnight stay.
Day 11 - Romance of the South Island
Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed for south Mauritius tour Discover the spectacular wild beauty of the South during this unforgettable day which combines everything that the island has to offer. From the splendid panoramic view from the Trou aux Cerfs crater to the guided tour of the Takamaka Winery, the only winery in the world dedicated exclusively to lychee wine, the South of Mauritius is a perfect tour for those who want to connect with nature since it is one of the most scenic and unspoiled parts of the island. Learn about the history of the Sacred Lake and its relation to the Ganges in India according to Hindu mythology. Photo stop at the viewpoint of the breath-taking Black River Gorges National Park – Enjoy a full day of scenically contrasting delights. Lunch will be hosted by Rico in Chamarel. Well-known in the village for coffee and creole cuisine, he will be pleased to welcome you to his place for an authentic Creole meal. Nestled amidst a steep landscape surrounded by lush and unspoiled nature, This history adds a mystical dimension for the Rasta community and the village is home to their Nyabinghi Tabernacle, where they regularly meet to perform their rituals. Chamarel is also home to a true wonder of nature; unique dunes that have different colours, including red, brown, violet, green, purple, and yellow. Drive back through small remote villages along the West coast. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12 - Departure
Breakfast at Hotel Check out in time. Proceed to Mauritius Airport for departure flight, travel back with best memories from the vacation.

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Value for Money

  • 7 Nights’ Accommodation in Rodrigues Islands
  • 4 Nights' Accommodation in Mauritius
  • Meals included in Rodrigues: 7 -Breakfast / 4 - Lunch/ 7 – Dinners.
  • Meals included in Mauritius: 4 -Breakfast / 2- Lunch
  • Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation.
  • Fully Guided Tours.
  • 1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day (When on tour in Rodrigues).
  • Entrance Fees (As listed in the Itinerary).
  • Airport Transfers at Destination. (See details below)
  • Hourly Free shuttles are available as follows:
  • Day 1: Airport to Hotel in Rodrigues: 12.00 PM to 3.00 PM
  • Day8: Hotel to Airport in Rodrigues: 9.00 AM to 12.00 PM
  • Day8: Airport to Hotel in Mauritius: 12.00 PM to 3.00 PM
  • Day 12: Hotel to Airport in Mauritius: 9.00 AM to 12.00 PM
  • Walk with Century-Old Giant Tortoises.
  • Cooking Demo with Locals.
  • Experience traditional living of the days gone by.
  • Pristine Secluded Beaches, Bays, and Islets.
  • Community-Based experiences.
  • Age-Old Art Traditional Fishing.
  • Part of the proceeds of this trip goes back to support Local Communities involved.
  • International Airfare
  • Domestic Airfare
  • GST 5%
  • TCS 5% or 20% as per Govt. Advisory
  • Travel & Medical Insurance
  • Optional Tours
  • Guide fee, Camera fee & any monument Entrances
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Inclusions”.
  • The Services of Vehicle is not included on leisure days & after finishing the sightseeing tour as per the Itinerary.
  • Any changes you may choose to make during your tour.
  • Additional costs due to flight cancellation, roadblocks etc.
  • Tips of personal nature / Beverages
  • Porterage at the hotels and airport
  • Any Expenses of Personal Nature such as Drinks /Laundry/Telephone Calls/Insurance/Video/Still
  • Excess Baggage/Emergency/Medical Cost