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Wonders of Sri Lanka

9 Days 1 Country 7 Cities

Covering all the 'musts', from Colombo to the Lion Rock, this trip also reveals many Sri Lankan surprises.

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    • Special Rate Solo Rooming: The following departures of 21 April 2018 and 19 May 2018 include a discount on our standard single supplement.
    • Travel Today, Sustain Tomorrow - In the rural village of Oruthota, near Kandy, you'll get to meet a group of local school children who will put on a cultural performance along with some of their teachers. Find out how your visit helps support the school and the children's education.
    • Extend your stay and enjoy a relaxing day or two on the sandy beach at the Mt. Lavinia hotel, Authentic Accommodation, or perhaps do some further exploration of the island.
    • Visas are required for Sri Lanka. Please contact the consulate/embassy for further information.
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      • Special Rate Solo Rooming: The following departures of 21 April 2018 and 19 May 2018 include a discount on our standard single supplement.
      • Travel Today, Sustain Tomorrow - In the rural village of Oruthota, near Kandy, you'll get to meet a group of local school children who will put on a cultural performance along with some of their teachers. Find out how your visit helps support the school and the children's education.
      • Extend your stay and enjoy a relaxing day or two on the sandy beach at the Mt. Lavinia hotel, Authentic Accommodation, or perhaps do some further exploration of the island.
      • Visas are required for Sri Lanka. Please contact the consulate/embassy for further information.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      From a rock fortress to a royal city, experience the flavours of Ceylon - a spicy sojourn crisscrossing the Cultural Triangle, tropical rainforests, tea plantations and centuries-old spiritual sites to the beat of the Beraya and surrounded by the warm hospitality of the Sri Lankan people.


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      Trip code: SRLA

      8 Nights

      accommodation

      15 Meals
      • 8 buffet breakfasts

      • 3 lunches (including Be My Guest)

      • 4 dinners

      On-trip Transport

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City Tour of Colombo

        • Visit the Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya Temple in Colombo, the Lion Rock at Sigiriya, the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 8 buffet breakfasts

        • 3 lunches
          (including Be My Guest)

        • 4 dinners


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • Porterage and local charges included

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

      Wonders of Sri Lanka

      Your Itinerary

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      Arrive Colombo (2 Nights)

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      Colombo Sightseeing

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      Colombo – Sigiriya (2 Nights)

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      Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa Sightseeing

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      Sigiriya – Kandy (2 Nights)

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      Kandy

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      Kandy – Gampola - Nuwara Eliya

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      Nuwara Eliya – Mt. Lavinia

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      Depart Colombo

      Day 1

      Arrive Colombo (2 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Colombo (2 Nights)

      Welcome to Sri Lanka. Upon arrival at Colombo Airport transfer to your hotel. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Reception with drinks and local appetisers.

      Hotel

      Galle Face Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Galle Face Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Colombo Sightseeing Day 2 - Colombo Sightseeing

      Begin your City Tour this morning at Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya; one of the most sacred Buddhist worshipping places in Sri Lanka. Marvel at its eastern architecture, remarkable frescoes and learn of the many legends that surround this religious site. In the past Kelaniya itself was a large city and the Kelani Raja Maha Viharaya was one of the largest and one of the most beautiful temples on the island. See the Old Parliament House, the Town Hall and Independence Square before making a stop at the oldest Hindu Kovil in Colombo, Sri Kailawasanthan Swami Devasthanam. This afternoon enjoy some free time to relax, explore further or take part in an Optional Experience. Later see a different and more charming side of Colombo as you drive around the city by 'tuk tuk'. Make a stop to sample some local snacks and experience the flavours and spices of Ceylon, a Cultural Insight, before returning to your hotel.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Colombo Art Tour

      Join Michael Anthonisz, a contemporary Artist for a fantastic art tour of Colombo and discover the iconic works of George Keyt, Harry Pieris, and other famous contemporary artists of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s rich heritage in the arts, and its continued vitality, can be attributed as much to its contemporary pioneers as to its ancient predecessors.

      Adult Price: US$50.00

      Day 2

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      Colombo – Sigiriya (2 Nights) Day 3 - Colombo – Sigiriya (2 Nights)

      This morning get a deeper insight into a rather simpler lifestyle as you leave the city behind and head for the village of Horakelle. Take a walk around a tranquil garden surrounded by a coconut plantation, spices and fruit trees. A bit later meet a local villager and assist in preparing lunch, a Cultural Insight. Then continue on to your next destination the Cultural Triangle and enroute visit the Dambulla Rock Cave Temple. It is one of the eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country and renowned for its unique sculptures and large mural paintings.

      Hotel

      Aliya Resort and Spa

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Aliya Resort and Spa

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa Sightseeing Day 4 - Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa Sightseeing

      This morning make an early start to avoid the heat of the day and visit the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sigiriya, an ancient rock fortress from the 5th Century which dominates the jungle from all sides. Choose to climb to the top of 'Lion Rock' or just go up halfway to the 'Lions Paw'. Alternatively for anyone not feeling energetic take a stroll around the gardens at the base and admire the scenery. A bit later enjoy breakfast before continuing to Polonnaruwa which was once the site of Sri Lanka's second medieval capital. The landscape is studded with sites of well-preserved archaeological importance. Return to your hotel for a relaxing evening or choose to take part in an Optional Experience.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      ELEPHANT SPOTTING AT DUSK AND DINNER

      For dinner take the opportunity to try a local spicy dish known as ‘Bonnet Chicken’ prepared by a local family in an outdoor but sheltered kitchen in a tranquil countryside setting. Be sure to ask your Travel Director how the dish got its name! Later travel by four wheeled vehicle along the virtually traffic free road to try and spot the magnificent animals as they wander about at night. The wild elephants and other animals generally avoid the road during the day due to the heat and the traffic but at night they wander very close to the road and can be spotted and observed in their natural habitat.

      Adult Price: US$70.00

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      Day 5

      Sigiriya – Kandy (2 Nights) Day 5 - Sigiriya – Kandy (2 Nights)

      This morning your choice of activities gives you two Cultural Insight experiences in the village of Habarana. Choose between taking part in a traditional folklore dance lesson with a Local Specialist or visit a forest hermitage to see the dwelling of a Buddhist monk and learn about the art of meditation. Continue your journey on to Kandy and on arrival check in to your hotel. Enjoy some free time this afternoon and this evening visit the Temple of the Tooth where a sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha is enshrined. At dusk observe a religious service (pooja) accompanied by traditional music and drumming.

      Hotel

      Mahaweli Reach

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Mahaweli Reach

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Kandy Day 6 - Kandy

      This morning depart the hotel by tuk-tuk and travel to the village of Katugastota to meet a Local Specialist, a senior from the village who will demonstrate how to play a beat or two on the 'Beraya' (a traditional drum). Ancient sources reveal that these drums were used for special occasions and have become an integral part of life in Buddhist Temples and are also used in processions, especially in Kandy. Next take a walk through the village to the home of a local family for a special Be My Guest lunch. The family lives in a small traditional house built in the late 1950's with a Kandyan style garden which has many spice trees planted for their own personal use. The staple food of Sri Lanka is rice and this is eaten for lunch with a combination of spicy curries served with a hot coconut sambol locally known as "Pol Sambolaya" or green leaves sambol known as "Malluma". Engage in conversation with the family to learn all about local life in the village before returning to Kandy for some free time. This evening travel to a rural village and see a performance by a group of local school children, a Cultural Insight.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

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      Day 7

      Kandy – Gampola - Nuwara Eliya Day 7 - Kandy – Gampola - Nuwara Eliya

      This morning travel by train through Sri Lanka's tea country to Gampola, a fabulous way to see the hill villages and to observe the daily lives of the local people. See how Ceylon tea is made and gain an insight into becoming a discerning tea taster on a Tea Factory tour, a Cultural Insight. Learn the art of picking the tender tea shoots which is generally referred to as 'plucking'. Take part in a tea plucking competition; it is not as easy as it looks but is great fun! For lunch enjoy a Regional Meal of 'lamprais', rice boiled in stock accompanied by curry and baked in a banana leaf in the oven. Continue to Nuwara Eliya, dubbed the 'Little England of Sri Lanka' and located in the misty hills of the island. The colonial atmosphere remains preserved and it resembles a British countryside complete with rose gardens, hedges and red-roofed bungalows.

      Hotel

      Grand

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Grand

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal
      • Dinner

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Nuwara Eliya – Mt. Lavinia Day 8 - Nuwara Eliya – Mt. Lavinia

      This morning drive to the West Coast of Sri Lanka for your overnight stay at the Mt. Lavinia, Authentic Accommodation, a premier colonial heritage hotel situated on a picturesque rocky peninsula alongside a sandy beach. The story of the Mt. Lavinia hotel began in the year 1805 when Sir Thomas Maitland arrived on the island to assume duties as the second British Governor and decided to build a grand country mansion for himself. He apparently fell in love with a local girl, a dancer called Lavinia and they became involved in a clandestine romance away from the disapproving eyes of the English society on the island. Lavinia's name is remembered as providing the inspiration for the name of the Governor's house and it is believed that her descendants still live in the vicinity today. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure before your Farewell Dinner this evening with your Travel Director and fellow guests.

      Hotel

      Mt. Lavinia Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      Mt. Lavinia Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 8

      Day 9

      Depart Colombo Day 9 - Depart Colombo

      Transfer to Colombo Airport for your onward flight.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 9

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      • Authentic Accommodation
        Stay at one of the oldest hotels in Sri Lanka, once a Dutch villa and meeting place for gentlemen of the colonial era, today restored back to its former glory in the heart of Colombo

      • Be My Guest
        Enjoy a traditional Sri Lankan lunch with Ganga Akka at her family home in the village of Katugastota and learn about her lifestyle

      • Cultural Insights
        Sample local snacks and experience the flavours and spices of Ceylon in Colombo. Meet a local villager and assist in preparing lunch. Learn the art of meditation with a Buddhist monk or take part in a traditional folklore dance lesson in the village of Habarana. Learn to become a tea taster at a local estate

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Local Specialists
        in the villages of Habarana and Katugastota

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      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City Tour of Colombo

        • Visit the Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya Temple in Colombo, the Lion Rock at Sigiriya, the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 8 buffet breakfasts

        • 3 lunches
          (including Be My Guest)

        • 4 dinners


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • Porterage and local charges included

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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