- Duration: 11 days
- Board Basis: Half Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW18710
- Travel Type: Air
- Excursions: 9+
10 nights. January 2018 - May 2019. From £1699.00.
LOW DEPOSITS - JUST GBP79 PER PERSON!
NOW EXTENDED UNTIL 31ST OCTOBER*
Discover one of the world's most enthralling island paradises
Beginning in colourful capital Colombo, this fully escorted tour heads, via Pinnawala's elephant orphanage and Dambulla's Golden Temple, to ancient Polonnaruwa, then takes in Sigiriya's 'Lion Rock' buttress towering above the jungle. Enjoy a journey into verdant 'Hill Country', an unforgettable train to 'tea capital' Nuwara Eliya and a safari in the Yala National Park, before a visit to colourful, exotic Galle and a stay in an Indian Ocean beach resort complete a wonderful holiday.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
Explore colourful Colombo, with lunch at the Cricket Club Cafe
See Pinnawala's orphaned elephants
Marvel at Dambulla's stunning Royal Rock Temple
UNESCO-listed Polonnaruwa was the 10th-century capital
Climb the 'Lion Rock' to the Fortress of Sigiriya
A visit to a spice garden and tea plantation
Time to enjoy lakeside Kandy and a visit to the Temple of the Tooth
Enjoy the unforgettable train ride to Nuwara Eliya - 'Little England' and Sri Lanka's 'Tea Capital'
Relax and enjoy a safari at Yala National Park - home to elephants, buffaloes, leopards, bears, deer and crocodiles
Relax after the tour at the Indian Ocean resort town Beruwela and watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean
10 nights' carefully chosen dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation
Return flights to Colombo (overnight on the way out)
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement
N.B. Visas are required for travel on this tour (see Further Information)
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
The holiday begins with the overnight flight from the UK.
Upon arrival in Colombo, meet your tour manager and transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay. Don't miss your first stunning Sri Lankan sunset.
After breakfast, leave your hotel for the journey east across the central plains. Pay a visit to the famous Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, and enjoy a close-up encounter with the mammals at this reserve.
This afternoon you'll arrive in the World Heritage site of Dambulla, where the Royal Rock Temple is one of Sri Lanka's most iconic sights. The vast complex of caves, with their carved and painted images, sits above the town, with panoramic views over the surrounding countryside. Continue on to our hotel for a two-night stay in Dambulla.
A memorable day awaits, as you head this morning to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, to discover and explore the UNESCO-listed former Sri Lankan capital, with its Royal Palace complex, its 'Quadrangle' of ancient ruins and its Hindu and Buddhist shrines.
This afternoon, discover the amazing rock fortress of Sigiriya, an ancient Royal enclave boasting beautiful moated gardens, painted frescoes and the archaeological treasures of the fabled 'Lion Rock', which towers some 180 metres over the jungle plains and is visible for miles around. The energetic might make the climb to explore the frescoes and 'mirror wall', while others will be content to keep their feet 'on the ground' and explore the beautiful gardens and fascinating new museum.
Travel south into 'Hill Country', enjoying visits to the Isiwara Spice Garden - where the secrets of Sri Lanka's ubiquitous flavourings will be revealed - along with a cooking demonstration, before visiting an Ayurvedic centre, to learn about the ancient healing system using the earth's elements. This afternoon you'll arrive in the gorgeous city of Kandy, in its stunning setting among verdant hills. Upon arrival, enjoy an exhilarating 'Tuk Tuk' ride through the bustling streets and along the shores of Kandy Lake to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, said to house one of the Buddha's incisors and which is one of Sri Lanka's most important shrines.
This evening, enjoy a cultural show of traditional dance and drumming.
On one of the most memorable days of the holiday, transfer to the train station for the scenic journey through the Hill Country of tea plantations, tumbling streams and plunging waterfalls to the beautiful hill station of Nuwara Eliya, a former colonial retreat that still retains its English heritage, with its manicured golf course, gentlemen's clubs and billiard tables. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of this delightful
oasis enjoying a stroll in beautiful Victoria Park (entrance fee payable locally) or alongside pretty Gregory Lake.
Enjoy a visit to a tea plantation, learning about the growing and picking processes, and visit the idyllic hill village of Ella. This afternoon you'll continue on to spend two nights in the surroundings of famous Yala National Park, home to countless bird species, crocodiles, elephants, sloth bears and - most famously - leopards.
Enjoy this morning's included safari - a three-hour trip into the park's protected scrubland and forest, and hope to see the big cats and other wildlife in their natural habitat, in the company of a driver-guide. A further optional late afternoon safari is also
Bid farewell to Yala National Park and begin the last touring day with a journey to the gloriously colourful, exotic coastal town of Galle, a Dutch colonial gem whose ancient Fort walls protected the historic old town from the destruction suffered by much of the coast in 2004's tragic tsunami, and which today has returned to its vibrant, bustling best. Explore the fascinating streets within the walls, or take a stroll around the battlements themselves.
Later this afternoon, drive north along the sun-kissed shores of the ocean to spend three nights in the beautiful beach resort of Beruwela.
Days 10 and 11
Rest and relax after the tour, making the most of the hotel, the beach and the surroundings. On Day 11 there's also the opportunity to explore bustling Colombo, with its restored Fort area and the ancient street markets of Pettah, plus an included lunch at the Cricket Club Cafe packed full with cricket memorabilia dating back to the 1940s.
Bid farewell to Beruwela today, transferring to the airport for the return flight to the UK, arriving back this evening at the end of a wonderful Sri Lankan adventure.Back to top
AccommodationSri Lanka Touring Hotels
You will be staying in a series of well-located hotels, all of which will be of a four- or five-star standard. In all cases, rooms have private bathrooms and air conditioning.Back to top
Small group tours
Group sizes on each departure on this tour are restricted to a maximum of 24 people. The usual group size is between 16 and 20. As a result you'll be able to travel in smaller vehicles, enjoy experiences and encounters (and in some cases even stay in wonderful little places) that are denied to larger groups.
Passports and visas
British citizens require machine readable passports when travelling overseas. A visa is also required for entry to Sri Lanka. Full details of how and when to apply will be sent out about eight weeks before departure. Your passport must contain one blank page and be valid for six months beyond the entry date to Sri Lanka. The current visa charge is GBP25 for British Citizens.
Foreign Office Travel Advice
Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your first hotel is approximately one hour.
On your flight
All outbound flights leave in the evening and land at your destination the next day. All return flights leave in the morning and land in the UK on the same day. On-board meals will usually include dinner and breakfast on outbound flights, and lunch and a snack on the flight home. Drinks are complimentary.
You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Requirements and advice can vary over time, and from person to person, so please contact your GP about eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or any other preventive measures.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Changes to your hotels
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
*Low deposit of GBP79 per person applies to new bookings made between 1st and 31st October 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected flight-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.Back to top