Description / Itinerary:
Awaken your five senses as you discover the making of teas, rum & vanilla. Aside from the great landscape, the Bois Cheri Tea Factory represents an important piece of Mauritian history. Bois Chéri is the first tea plantation in Mauritius dates back to 1892. It all begins with a stop in the middle of the plantations to meet with the ladies doing the tea leaf picking and get to experience the plucking. Your guide will then lead you through the factory offering you to discover the history, stories and tales of the Bois Chéri and the importance of tea productions in Mauritius. After the guided tour of the tea factory, you will proceed to the tea tasting chalet where you will enjoy a wide range of flavoured teas, green teas and herbal teas. You will then continue to the Saint Aubin house. Built in 1819, It has been home to several managers of the sugar estate, before being renovated in the 90’s to preserve a part of the Mauritian heritage. You will be invited in the garden to learn how to prepare some sumptuous local dishes. This cooking lesson will be followed by a traditional creole lunch under the veranda of the colonial house
The estate still produces sugar cane which is then processed to make sugar as well as delicious rum. The manufacture of which you may see during your visit to the distillery after lunch. You will also discover the interesting transformation process of the vanilla orchid: from the flower to the aromatic pod.
· Full day coach accompanied by local English speaking guide.
· Tea plucking activity
· Visit of Tea factory
· Tea tasting at the Chalet.
· Cooking lesson in St-Aubin garden (Vegetable fritters & Chatini)
· Lunch in St-Aubin Colonial House -3 course set menu
· Drink package (1/2 bottle of water + 2 soft or 2 beers or 2 glasses of wine per person)
· Visit of the rum distillery
· Visit of the vanilla House