Explore the magical island of Sri Lanka
Discover the many beguiling attractions of Sri Lanka, from ancient ruins and Buddhist temples to idyllic beaches, elephant-rich national parks and mist-shrouded hill stations. This fantastic 10D/9N tour takes you from bustling Colombo to the famous Cultural Triangle, before continuing along to the country’s palm-fringed east coast and the cool, emerald tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya.
Enjoy accommodation in comfortable, 4-star hotels each night, with complimentary room upgrades where possible (and subject to availability). Other bonus extras on this trip include early check in and late check outs (also subject to availability), a safari in Minneriya National Park and a free spice garden visit in Kandy.
Day 1 Negombo
On arrival, you are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel, the Jetwing Beach, located in the relaxed seaside town of Negombo (20 mins).
Days 2/3 Sigiriya
After breakfast, proceed to Sigiriya (130km, approx. 4.5 hrs), stopping to inspect the fine frescoes and multitude of Buddha statues inside the Dambulla Cave Temples en route. Check in to the serene Aliya Resort & Spa, which nestles amongst lush native trees and rolling green fields.
On Day 3, explore the ancient kingdom of Polonnaruwa, which features an impressive irrigation system. Later, go on safari in Minneriya National Park, where hundreds of endangered wild Asian elephants are known to gather during the dry season. B
Days 4/5 Trincomalee
Visit the magnificent rock citadel at Sigiriya this morning, before heading to Trincomalee (approx. 2.5 hrs), a city that harbours one of the finest deep water ports on Earth. Your time here is all yours to enjoy the many attractions of “Trinco” at your own pace. Optional activities include sunbathing on the golden beaches, snorkelling, scuba diving, whale-watching or wandering the imposing Portuguese-built fort and Hindu temples scattered around town.
Your accommodation is at the Trinco Blu, a lovely seaside resort with chic, contemporary rooms and a wide range of recreational facilities. B
Days 6/7 Kandy
Travel to Kandy via the exotic Matale Spice Garden, where you are invited to taste, touch and learn about the therapeutic value of spices over a cup of herbal tea. This evening, take in a cultural show featuring traditional dance and drumming.
On Day 7, tour the sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic and the peaceful Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya. Later, be welcomed into the home of a local artist and his family.
Overnight at the splendid Amaya Hills hotel, which offers sweeping views of the misty green hills surrounding the city of Kandy. B
Day 8 Nuwara Eliya
Transfer to Nuwara Eliya, stopping at a working tea plantation on the way. Walk amongst the fresh green bushes from which Ceylon tea is derived, and step inside the factory where leaves are still processed the traditional way. Be sure to end your visit with a cup of the finest brew.
In Nuwara Eliya, which was a favourite colonial summer retreat, stay at Jetwing St Andrew’s, a handsome English-style retreat where upcountry luxury meets contemporary Sri Lankan hospitality. B
Day 9 Colombo
Journey to the country’s capital, taking off on a walking tour on arrival. Uncover an architectural heritage influenced by Portuguese, Dutch and British colonialists, along with more modern styles. The city is also filled with new, glittering shopping malls and stores – making it a shopping mecca.
Check in tonight to the Jetwing Colombo, a wonderfully central premium hotel in the upscale neighbourhood of Cinnamon Gardens. B
Day 10 Tour ends Colombo
Post-breakfast, transfer to the airport where arrangements conclude. B
10 days / 9 nights
Prices from $2553 per person twin-share. Rates also available for single travellers on request
Valid for travel 01 Sep-31 Oct 2018 and 01 May-30 Jun 2019 (inclusive).
- Accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis as specified in the itinerary (1N) Jetwing Beach Deluxe Room; (2N) Aliya Resort Deluxe Room; (2N) Trinco Blu Superior Room; (2N) Amaya Hills Superior Room; (1N) Jetwing St Andrews Superior Room, (1N) Jetwing Colombo Deluxe Room
- Transport in an air-conditioned minivan
- Services of an English-speaking driver-guide
- Sightseeing as per program
- All applicable entrance fees
- Bottled water
- Exclusive value-adds:
- Early check in or late check out (subject to availability)
- Room upgrades (if applicable, subject to availability)
- Free mobile SIM card with Rs 300.00 of outgoing calls and 1.5G data
- Safari in Minneriya NP
- Tour of spice garden at Matale
- Entry to gem museum in Kandy
- Tea estate tour
- Departure gift (one per couple)
- Lunches and dinners
- Expenses of a personal nature
- Camera fees
- Optional activities e.g. whale-watching from Trincomalee