Door 2 Tour

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Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm

Colonial Highlights Of Ceylon

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  • Duration: 13 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TTRALSRL

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air
  • 3 star hotel
  • Excursions: 7

IFascinating ruins, dense jungle and hillsides carpeted with tea plantations and aromatic spice gardens. This is what you get in Sri Lanka, and so much more as you embark on a mesmerising journey and see at close hand a wonderland of wildlife.

If you're searching for a paradise island teeming with wildlife, incredible landscapes and a colourful culture, head to Sri Lanka.

PRICE FROM ? £2149 per person
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What's Included

  • Return flights from Heathrow with Sri Lankan Airlines
  • 11 nights on half board in 4 and 5-star hotels plus 1 night in flight
  • 22 meals: 11 breakfasts, 11 dinners

PLUS...

  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Minneriya National Park
  • Village walk, catamaran ride and ox cart ride
  • Visit the Dambulla cave temples
  • The UNESCO-listed Sigiriya rock fortress
  • Spice garden visit with cookery demonstration
  • Royal Botanical Gardens and Temple of the Tooth
  • Tea plantation visit
  • Sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya
  • Visit a school supported by Travelsphere Cares
  • Yala National Park safari
  • Guided nature walk in Yala National Park
  • See reminders of Dutch colonial rule in Galle
  • Visit a turtle hatchery ​





Not Included

Itinerary

  • DAY 1 UK/Colombo
  • You'll depart on your scheduled flight to Colombo today.​
  • DAY 2 Colombo
  • On arrival in Colombo we'll transfer you to your hotel, where you'll stay overnight. After your flight, a relaxed afternoon is the perfect way to start your holiday. Why not pick a spot by the hotel's swimming pool and soak up some sun.​
  • DAY 3 Minneriya
  • Now you're re-energised and ready to go, your tour starts in earnest with a drive to Sigiriya, in the heart of Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle. A two-night stay here means there's time to visit Minneriya National Park today, where elephants, deer and wild boar roam and you'll see a variety of bird species. ​
  • DAY 4 Sigiriya
  • Now you're re-energised and ready to go, your tour starts in earnest with a drive to Sigiriya, in the heart of Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle. A two-night stay here means there's time to visit Minneriya National Park today, where elephants, deer and wild boar roam and you'll see a variety of bird species. ​
  • DAY 5 Kandy
  • Kandy is a beautiful town, and it's your next base. On the way here we're going to stop at the Dambulla cave temples, home to more than 150 Buddha images. Further on, we'll visit a spice garden in Matale. Here you'll learn how these aromatic ingredients are used in traditional Sri Lankan cuisine, and pick up some tips to take home. ​
  • DAY 6 Kandy
  • The Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya were laid out by British colonial rulers in 1821 and are home to more than 5,000 species of plants and trees. We'll see as many as we can on our tour today. We'll then discover Kandy's highlights, in particular the temple which houses the famous Tooth Relic of Buddha.​
  • DAY 7 Nuwara Eliya
  • We're setting our sights on Nuwara Eliya after breakfast today, in the heart of Sri Lanka's hill country. Home to the famous Ceylon tea, it is surrounded by a lush green carpet of plantations, and en route to our hotel we'll visit one. Here we'll see how the leaves are delicately picked by hand and eventually turn into our favourite brew.  On arrival in Nuwara Eliya, settle into your hotel, then get your bearings on a sightseeing tour.​
  • DAY 8 Nuwara Eliya
  • It might be tempting to spend today lazing by the pool and soaking up the sunshine. Alternatively, if you want to discover more of Sri Lanka, come with us on an optional trip to Horton Plains National Park. At World's End you can peer over a 3,700ft sheer drop to take in fabulous views of the surrounding tea estates. There's wonderful flora and fauna to discover here too. Keep a lookout for some of the 24 species of mammal, which include the endemic slender loris, purple monkey and sambar deer. ​
  • DAY 9 Yala
  • You've a great journey ahead today on a drive to Yala, where the landscape ranges from open parkland to dense jungle. Before we arrive we're going to stop at a school in Nuwara Eliya, which is supported by the Travelsphere Cares project. As you reach Yala, look out for watering holes, small lakes and lagoons. These attract the many animals that thrive here, including a sizeable elephant population, which we hope to spot tomorrow. End the day with a spot of relaxation at your hotel.​
  • DAY 10 Yala
  • A day of excitement is guaranteed as we head into Yala National Park to see how many species of wildlife we can spot. From monkeys and elephants to leopards and crocodiles, there is so much to see! This afternoon, we'll take a guided nature walk.​
  • DAY 11 Beruwela
  • We arrive at our final destination today, and the beautiful beaches of Beruwela are well worth the wait. Before we get there, we're going to explore Galle, the port where the Portuguese first landed in Sri Lanka. Captured later by the Dutch you'll see plenty of reminders of Dutch colonial rule among its narrow alleys, churches and monuments. A real treat today is a visit to a turtle hatchery where these endangered creatures are protected and released into the wild.  On arrival at the hotel, after you've unpacked why not lounge by the pool or on the beach. ​
  • DAY 12 Beruwela
  • You've the whole day to enjoy in lovely Beruwela, a busy little town, which has managed to retain its fishing village charm.​
  • DAY 13 Beruwela/UK
  • Today we will transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK. ​
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Accommodation

    • OZO Colombo Sri Lanka
    • Centrally located OZO Colombo is just a few minutes away from the beach. Bright air-conditioned rooms feature free Wi-Fi, minibars, flat-screen TVs and tea/coffee-making facilities. All rooms have en-suite facilities including bath amenities and a hairdryer. Other hotel facilities include a rooftop swimming pool and a fitness room. Authentic Sri Lankan cuisine can be enjoyed at the restaurant, located on-site.
    • Sigiriya Hotel
    • Sigiriya Hotel is located near the Cobra Hood Cave and the Sigiriya Archaeological Site. Water Gardens and Sigiriya Museum are also within 2 minutes away. Hotel amenities include spa treatment, computer stations, library, barbecue grill, bar lounge, outdoor pool, pool side lounges, Wi-Fi availability, front desk help (limited hours), porter/bellhop, coffee/tea in common area, dry cleaning, laundry service, poolside bar, tennis on site. The room amenities include LCD TV, DVD player, bidet, satellite TV service, roll-away beds, blackout drapes and refrigerator. The restaurant specialises in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    • Ozo Kandy Sri Lanka
    • The hotel is located minutes away from the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, the popular attractions in this UNESCO World Heritage City which is located 10 minutes away. The hotel provides high speed internet (Wi-Fi), has a pool area, a restaurant, bar/lounge, breakfast, fitness centre with gym/workout room. Room amenities include air-conditioning, minibar and also provides dry cleaning/ laundry service, concierge, multilingual staff, meeting rooms, business centre with internet access.
    • The Blackpool
    • Surrounded by vast tea estates, the Blackpool Hotel has the style of ancient colonialism but with modern touch. The hotel has an outdoor warm water pool, lounge, bar and restaurant. The 57 rooms are decorated with traditional Sri Lankan design and feature air conditioning, TV, safe, free Wi-Fi and private bathroom facilities.
    • Jetwing Yala
    • The 4-star Jetwing Yala is situated within reach of Yala National Park.

      Hotel facilities include a restaurant, gym and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, hairdryer, mini-bar, complimentary Wi-Fi, tea/coffee-making facilities, safe and a TV.
    • Cinnamon Bey Beruwala
    • The 5-star Cinnamon Bey is situated in Beruwela.

      Hotel facilities include a restaurant, spa, bar and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, hairdryer, mini-bar, tea/coffee-making facilities and a TV.
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Optional Excursions

  • ​Take in views from the famous 'World's End' in Horton Plains National Park
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Further Information

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