Overview

Flight - 1 night
Colombo - 1 night
Galle - 1 night
Yala NP - 1 night
Nuwara Eliya - 1 night
Kandy - 2 nights
Dambulla - 3 nights
Chilaw - 1 night

GRAND TOUR OF SRI LANKA

Ancient sites, hill stations, national parks, temples and wildlife on an enchanting tear-drop shaped island

The island of Sri Lanka offers tremendous variety in terms of flora, fauna and topography, with a fascinating history and well-preserved ancient sites. The 5th-century fortress Citadel of Sigiriya sits vertiginously high above the surrounding jungle on a massive rock and is best known for its views and rock paintings.

The 11th-century city of Polonnaruwa contains a fascinating array of ancient buildings and Anuradhapura was the first capital city of Sri Lanka. Dambulla is home to a beautifully painted cave temple and Kandy houses the island’s most sacred Buddhist relic at its lakeside Temple of the Tooth.

Venturing further into the scenic heartlands of the country, the delightful hill station of Nuwara Eliya is visited and there is the opportunity to spot some of Sri Lanka’s best known wildlife in Yala National Park.

Key Features

Cultural, Countryside & Wildlife
Jules Verne Sightseeing
6 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Rail Journey Included
Local Expert Guide
Guaranteed Departure
Group Size: 2 - 25

Special Event

Spices of Sri Lanka

Visit a spice garden to learn about the different spices used in Sri Lankan cooking. Enjoy a traditional lunch followed by a curry cooking demonstration.

 

Special Departure

Esala Perahera Festival Kandy - 7 Aug 2019

This departure coincides with the yearly festival of dancers in traditional costumes, drumming, chiefs in medieval court dress and elephants adorned in lights and colourful trappings parading through the streets.

Day 1 Fly overnight from London Heathrow to Colombo.

Day 2 Overnight in Colombo at the 4-star Mövenpick Colombo. (D)

Day 3 Colombo panoramic city tour. Visit a turtle hatchery en route to Galle and then visit the Old Dutch Fort. Overnight at the 3-star Ladyhill Hotel. (B, D)

Day 4 Drive to Yala (4 hrs). Jeep safari at Yala National Park. Overnight at the 4-star Jetwing Yala Hotel in Yala National Park. (B)

Day 5 Travel to Nuwara Eliya, visiting the ancient Buddhist temple of Buduruwagala and the scenic area of Ella en route. Overnight at the 4-star Grand Hotel. (B, L)

Day 6 Journey by rail from Nanu Oya to Peradeniya, near Kandy (subject to change due to local conditions and schedule amendments). Visit the Temple of the Tooth. Two nights at the 4-star Golden Crown Hotel. Evening cultural show. (B)

Day 7 Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens, then a tea plantation and factory. 7 Aug 2019: Evening Esala Perahera Festival. (B)

Day 8 Enjoy ‘Spices of Sri Lanka’ special event and a visit to Dambulla Cave Temple. Three nights at the 4-star Paradise Resort or 4-star Jetwing Lake, Dambulla. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Optional excursion to Sigiriya Rock Fortress† (bookable locally) which sits vertiginously high above the surrounding jungle on a massive rock, best known for its views and rock paintings. Visit ancient Polonnaruwa city ruins. (B)

Day 10 Visit the ruins of Anuradhapura. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 11 Travel to the 4-star Anantaya Resort & Spa Hotel (4 hrs) in Chilaw for an afternoon at leisure and overnight stay. (B)

Day 12 Return flight to London, arriving later the same day. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

†Optional excursion on Day 9 involves many steps and steep inclines.

2019

Wednesdays
per person in a twin/double room
SriLankan Airlines from Heathrow

Date Price
January 23 £2245
February 6 £2445
February 20 £2395
March 13 £2295
May 1 £2195
August 7 £2845
October 16 £2295
November 6 £2345
November 27 £2345

2020

Wednesdays
per person in a twin/double room
SriLankan Airlines from Heathrow

Date Price
January 22 £2345
February 5 £2395
February 19 £2345
March 11 £2295

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Double for sole use £395

Flight Options

SriLankan Airlines Business Class from £1345 

Extension Options

Extra nights - Chilaw
Anantaya Resort (per night) £90
Single supplement £70
Departure transfer £40

Extension - Trincomalee
3 nights £495 
Single supplement £245
Half board £65

Privately Guided

2 guests - £345 per person
3-4 guests - £145 per person
5-9 guests - £75 per person
10+ guests - No extra charge

Independent Arrival

Save £650 
Arrival transfer add £25
Departure transfer add £40

Price Includes
Air travel, UK departure taxes, transfers, 10 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 3 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement (ETA), optional excursions, overseas airport taxes, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Notes
Occasionally flights will be via Malé (Maldives).
August 7 coincides with the Esala Perahera Festival.

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