Overview

Flight - 1 night
Réunion - 5 nights
Mauritius - 2 nights
Flight - 1 night

Volcanic Réunion & Mauritius

Traverse two breathtaking and unspoilt Indian Ocean islands

The spectacular natural treasures of the volcanic island of Réunion are relatively unexplored with mass tourism having passed this stunning destination by. Réunion has two major mountain zones, the Cirques of Cilaos, Salazie and Mafate, and the active volcano Piton de la Fournaise, which erupts regularly. The winding mountain road leading to the dramatic Cirque de Cilaos reveals colourful fields of flowers, forests of indigenous trees, soaring rock faces and pounding waterfalls. The name ‘Cilaos’ is said to originate from the Malagasy word Tsilaosa, meaning “the place one never leaves” and was once a refuge for runaway slaves.

The island was uninhabited when discovered by the Portuguese in 1513 and from the 17th to the 19th centuries was given its ethnic mix by a combination of French immigration, supplemented by influxes of Africans, Chinese, Malays and Malabar Indians. The opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 however lost the island its importance as a stopover on the East Indies trade routes. It is still a French department and as such part of the European Union, where the traveller may expect a sophisticated infrastructure and high standard of hygiene.

Neighbouring Mauritius is probably best known for its spectacular beaches but when further explored has much more to offer including; sugar cane plantations, net-covered orchids, forests, gorges, waterfalls and Hindu temples.

These remote Indian Ocean islands when combined, complement each other and make a wonderful contrast of stunning natural scenery. Enjoy an abundance of wildly dramatic landscapes, forbidding mountains with lush forests, volcanoes, flora and fauna of all types, including orchids of every description.

Key Features

Culture & Countryside 
New Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing 
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
7 Lunches and 2 Dinners
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 6 – 25

 

Day 1 Fly overnight from Heathrow to Réunion via Mauritius.

Day 2 Transfer to the 3-star Le Récif Hotel for five nights.

Day 3 Travel to Grand Anse Creek, Cap Méchant, Piton Sainte-Rose and the fishing village of Anse des Cascades. Afternoon visit to the perfume and spice garden. (B, L)

Day 4 Visit a vanilla plantation and continue to the Cirque de Salazie. Enjoy the fabulous mountain village of Hell-Bourg. Visit a typical Creole house. (B, L)

Day 5 Early morning scenic drive to visit the active volcano, Piton de la Fournaise. Visit the Volcano Museum. (B, L)

Day 6 Travel to the South of the island to visit Cirque de Cilaos and natural thermal baths surrounding the area. Visit an embroidery house which has a legacy of embroidery techniques. (B, L)

Day 7 Transfer to the airport and fly to Mauritius. Afternoon visit to Ile Aux Aigrette Nature reserve in Mahebourg Bay. Tour of Mahebourg. Two nights at the 3-star Merville Beach Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Visit Troux aux Cerfs, a dormant volcano in Curepipe. Visit the sacred lake of Grand Bassin, also known as Ganga Talao surrounded by colourful Hindu Temples. Pass through the Black River Gorges National Park. Continue to the Chamarel Waterfalls. Return to the hotel passing Le Morne mountain. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Visit the capital Port Louis including Fort Adelaide, the Tamil temples and Jummah Mosque. Afternoon visit to the Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens, continue to the airport for the return overnight flight to Heathrow. (B, L)

Day 10 Arrive Heathrow in the morning.

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

2018

Fridays
per person in a twin/double room
Air Mauritius from Heathrow

Date Price
May 18 £2895
June 15 £2845
September 14 £2945
October 12 £3245
November 9 £3295

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £595
(Oct/Nov £995)

Flight Options

London/Mauritius/London
Air Mauritius Business Class £1995

Extension Options

Extension - Mauritius
Merville Beach Hotel – Half board included
4 nights £465 (Oct £625; Nov £695)
Single supplement £295 (Oct £475; Nov £525)
5 nights (May & Jun) £575
Single supplement £395
Departure transfer £40

Independent Arrival

Save £745
Arrival transfer add £95
Departure transfer add £40

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 7 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 7 lunches and 2 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Note
An accommodation tax of approx. €1 per person per day is payable locally in Réunion.

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