13 days

Journey through Sri Lanka

Journey through Sri Lanka

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  • Why we love it

    • Private tea masterclass with a tea connoisseur
    • Wildlife jeep safari in Yala National Park
    • Sip on a cup of what many consider to be the world’s best tea at Nuwara Eliya
    • Spot wild leopards from the bar in Chaaya Wild resort, boasting 360~degree views
    • Practise your haggling skills at Pettah Bazaar in Colombo

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Negombo

    Our local representative greets you on arrival, where you’ll be transferred to your hotel on the Indian Ocean..

    Jetwing Lagoon
    Dinner

    Day 2 - Sigiriya

    Spend a free morning at your resort, then depart for Sigiriya. Your home for the next three nights is located near the Sigiriya rock fortress and boasts individual villas dotted amongst rice paddies. 

    Vil Uyana
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 3 - Sigiriya ~ Polonnaruwa

    Drive to the 5th century Sigiriya (Lion Rock) fortress then wander through the Royal Pleasure Gardens in the early morning sun. Visit Polonnaruwa, a former medieval capital of Sri Lanka dating back to the 12th century before a traditional lunch at Priyamali Gedara. 

    Vil Uyana
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 4 - Anarudhapura ~ Dambulla Caves

    Today's challenging ascent of the sacred Buddhist Mountain, Mihinthale, is rewarded with a private city tour of Anuradhapura. Visit the Sri Maha Bodhi (the tree of enlightenment) and the extraordinary Dambulla Cave Temples, which date back to the first century BC. 

    Vil Uyana
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 5 - Kandy

    Travel to Kandy, the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, and stop along the spice route on the way. Enjoy a picnic lunch at Peradeniya Botanical Gardens and later, sunset cocktails at your hotel.

    Theva Residency
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 6 - Kandy

    Drive around Kandy Lake, built by the last Sinhala king in 1798. Visit the Temple of the Holy Tooth, the bazaar, the arts and crafts centre, the Gem Museum and meet a lapidary (an artist who transforms stones, minerals and gemstones into decorative items). Speak to your leader about arranging a traditional Ayurvedic massage before an evening at leisure. 

    Theva Residency
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 7 - Nuwara Eliya

    Depart Kandy for the popular hill resort of Nuwara Eliya. The cool, misty mountain climate is home to what many consider the world’s best tea. Judge for yourself at a private masterclass, then unwind at your hotel this afternoon.
    Heritance Tea Factory
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 8 - Horton Plains

    Horton Plains is rich with wildlife including the sambar deer, purple-faced langur monkeys and the endangered red slender loris. Stand at World’s End, where the earth literally drops away (almost a kilometre straight down) at your feet. 

    Heritance Tea Factory
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 9 - Yala

    Visit the small mountain village of Ella on the way to Yala National Park. Yala can provide some impressive wildlife viewing including elephants, wild boar, buffalo, crocodiles and, hopefully, the Sinhalese leopard. Relax in the pool and lounge at your lodge this afternoon. 

    Jetwing Yala
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 10 - Galle

    Travel to Galle in the morning and check into your resort by the beach, boasting lush gardens, a spa with Ayurvedic treatments, a free-flow swimming pool and wine cellar. Explore Galle on an afternoon city tour.

    The Fortress Resort and Spa
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 11 - Galle

    A tranquil boat ride through the mangroves of Koggala Lagoon stops at a cinnamon plantation and a teaching school for monks. The rest of the day is free to relax at the resort and beach or make your own discoveries. 

    The Fortress Resort and Spa
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 12 & 13 - Colombo

    There’s time for shopping and sightseeing in Colombo before sharing a final dinner on the beach. Your journey comes to an end after breakfast on Day 13 with a transfer to the airport. 

    Hotel Paradise Road Tintagel
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • Breakfast daily, 4 lunches and 2 dinners.
    • Private sightseeing (including all entrance fees) as outlined in the itinerary.
    • Comfortable private transportation with driver. Other modes of transportation include a boat.
    • Snacks and refreshments along the way.
    • Tipping & porterage taken care of by tour leader along the way.
    • Park fees and permits.
    • Airport meet and greet service.
    • Departure transfer.

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Visas
    • Airport taxes
    • Laundry
    • Gratuities for the tour leader
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Start City: Colombo/Negombo
End City: Colombo/Negombo
Style: Small Group

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