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THE TEA ROUTE

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This day is devoted to exploring few samples of the Mauritian heritage. The Tea Route starts with le Domaine des Aubineaux, one of the few existent, typical colonial house of the Central Plateau. Built in 1872, the house boasts authentic furniture, paintings and photographs of the family and of Curepipe in the past.

Drive through tea-fields to the village of Bois-Chéri for a guided tour of the tea factory. Discover the thousand and one secrets of Mauritian tea in its museum; a real trip through the history of that beverage. A stop at the Chalet will make you discover the tastes of so many varieties of tea as you pause for a traditional tea break and scones with a stunning view over the South coast of the island.

In keeping with the traditional colonial theme of the day is Bois-Cheri tea factory. The Bois Chéri is the biggest tea producer in Mauritius, operating since 1892. Visit the tea factory and learn about the process which turns the freshly-picked tea leaves into the famous scented Mauritian teas.

The drive to further South will lead you to Le St-Aubin, a plantation house built in 1819. Le St-Aubin has been home to several managers and has been renovated in the early 90’s. A little stroll after lunch will take you to the rum distillery of the domaine, where a guided visit will reveal the secrets of our local spirit; Rum. Take a pause to enjoy the rum and sugar tasting!

Visit ‘La maison de la Vanille’ and the greenhouse where anthurium intermingle with vanilla pods. In the Creole dining room of the house, enjoy a typical Mauritian lunch that is prepared from fresh products of the estate.

Eventually, you might like to step in the souvenir shop which offers a collection of local crafts and tea route souvenirs as gifts.

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