Overview

Day 1 - London/Colombo
Day 2 - Minuwangoda
Day 3 - Minuwangoda/Sigiriya
Day 4 - Sigiriya
Day 5 - Sigiriya/Dambulla/Kandy
Day 6 - Kandy
Day 7 - Kandy/Nurawa Eliya
Day 8 - Nurawa Eliya
Day 9 - Nurawa Eliya/Yala
Day 10 - Yala
Day 11 - Yala/Galle
Day 12 - Galle
Day 13 - Galle/Colombo/London

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A sublime Sri-Lankan Collection of boutique hotels from which to unlock the treasures of this culturally laden Island

Staying in Sri Lanka’s most exquisite and exclusive boutique hotels located in picturesque, historic and remote regions of the island. 

Located at the southern tip of India, north of the Equator, Sri Lanka is a land of contrasts, sweeping from mountainous jungle terrain to vivid green tea plantations and beautiful beaches, with a diverse and ancient culture and wonderful cuisine. British colonialism interjects with colourful Sri Lankan culture, with the opportunity to encounter amazing wildlife and nature. The spectacular ruins in the north at Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa and Dambulla form part of the island’s revered and culturally-fascinating region. Its national parks boast an abundance of wildlife and the coasts are tropical with palm-lined beaches and charming towns. The interior ‘Hill Country’ another spectacular region, cooler in climate, is dotted with tea plantations and architectural reminders of the British colonial era.

Key Features

Chauffeur Driven Transfers*
Hand-Picked Accommodation 
Conservation & Park Fees
Guaranteed Departure
Price Guarantee
Group Size: 2 – 6

Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Colombo

Day 2 Welcome to Sri Lanka, the pearl of the Indian Ocean, where you will be met by your Chauffeur guide and transferred to the Wallawwa for your overnight stay. Enjoy a welcome cocktail before dinner. (D)

Day 3 Transfer to Sigiriya (approx. 4 hours). Check-in to your Deluxe Villa at the Water Garden with views of Sigiriya, enjoy lunch before we explore the Medieval Capital of Polonnaruwa. This medieval city, and UNESCO World Heritage Site, rose to fame as the capital (10th - 12th century AD) after the decline of Anuradhapura. The well preserved monuments are clear evidence of Sri Lanka’s glorious past. Explore the Royal Palace complex including the Kings Palace and Audience Hall, the Quadrangle and the spectacular Gal Vihare complex of four massive images of the Buddha, cut from a single slab of granite - a highlight of ancient Sri Lankan rock carving. (B, L, D)

Day 4 In the morning climb the spectacular Sigiriya, a Rock Fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built by King Kashyapa (477-495 A.D), the “Lion Rock” is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200m from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70-hectare fortified town and the base is ringed by a moat, rampart, and extensive gardens. The most impressive elements of this unique complex are the Water Gardens, the Frescoes of beautiful maidens, the Mirror Wall with ancient graffiti, the Lion platform and the Summit,, which was completely covered by buildings during the period of Sigiriya’s glory. Afternoon game drive in Minneriya National Park, one of the prime sites in the country to see wild elephants, often present in huge numbers, and wading birds. Dominated by the ancient Minneriya Tank, the park has plenty of scrub, forest and wetlands and provides shelter to toque macaques, sambar deer, buffalo, crocodiles and leopards. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Transfer to Kandy via Dambulla Cave Temple. A refuge for King Valagambahu in the 1st century BC, he showed his gratitude by building a magnificent cave temple which consists of a complex of Buddhist image houses. Its rock ceiling is one large sweep of colourful frescoes, some of which date back over 2,000 years and depict Buddhist mythology. This cave temple houses the largest number of Buddha statues including a colossal, 14-metre-long figure of the recumbent Buddha. Continue to Kandy the country’s cultural capital, with a pleasing old quarter, a beautiful centerpiece lake, clutch of museums and ancient temples, amid imposing colonial-era and Kandyan architecture. None is more impressive than the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic which we visit in the evening. A sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha was brought to Sri Lanka in 4th Century A.D. and has been enshrined on the island ever since. The symbol of sovereignty for the Sinhalese kings, it is enshrined in great splendour. Check in at Kandy House for a two night stay and enjoy a Cultural Dance Show. (B, D)

Day 6 Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, close to the banks of the Mahaweli Ganga. These delightful, gardens were created for king Kirthi Sri Rajasingha (1747-1780) and cover 150 acres. Under British rule, the royal park became a botanical garden. Explore Kandy, once an impregnable fortress and capital of the last Sinhalese kingdom finish with a visit to Garrison Cemetery. (B, D)

Day 7 Travel as the British did during colonial times to Nuwara Eliya, on the scenic train ride alongside forests, villages, waterfalls and tea estates where the colourful silk saris of Tamil tea pickers stand out in the sea of green. Arrive at Nanu Oya and transfer to Jetwings St. Andrews for two nights at everyone’s favourite hill-country village. (B, D)

Day 8 Often referred to as ‘Little England’, this genteel highland community is home to colonial-era bungalows and pretty gardens and was the favoured cool-climate escape for many of the European pioneers of Sri Lanka’s tea industry. The verdant countryside of tea plantations on craggy hills is a real delight. Explore Nuwara Eliya and soak up the town’s unique bygone heritage, later make a visit to Pedro Tea Estate, originally built in 1885 and still packed with 19th century engineering. (B, D)

Day 9 Transfer to Yala (approx. 4 hours). Check-in at Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safari Camp for two nights (all inclusive). Enjoy lunch at the campsite before an afternoon game drive. Yala, an area of scrub, light forest, grassy plains and brackish lagoons, is rich in wildlife, particularly popular are the beautiful big cats, the Sri Lankan leopard. Originally a hunting ground for the British during colonial rule, Yala hugs the island’s southeast coast creating a semi-arid environment, and its lagoons and beaches host a diverse range of wildlife and birdlife. (B, L, D)

Day 10 You get an early wakeup call and enjoy a quick tea or coffee before we head off an a morning game drive. Enjoy the day at leisure, relax around the camp, go bird watching or take a nature walk. Enjoy and evening game drive. (B, L, D)

Day 11 After breakfast, proceed to Galle.(Approx. 04 hours) Galle is a jewel. A UNESCO World Heritage Site that remains s a working community. An absolute delight to explore on foot, an endlessly exotic old trading port filled with imposing Dutch colonial buildings, ancient mosques, churches, grand mansions and museums. Built in 1663 by the Dutch, Galle’s heart is the Fort, a walled enclave surrounded on three sides by the ocean. We will spend two nights at the Fort Bazaar, a former merchant’s home within the 17th century fort. (B, D)

Day 12 In the morning visit Brief Garden on the coast near Bentota. Home to the late master landscaper, Bevis Bawa, a lush jungle abode dating back to the first half of the 20th century, Brief Gardens was no stranger to international celebrities including Agatha Christie. The verdant setting continues to be well maintained with interesting sculptures, stately bungalow, and array of colourful flora. Later explore Galle’s old town, one of Sri Lanka’s great monuments to the island’s rich history. Each of Galle Fort’s narrow streets, lined with evocative centuries-old villas, atmospheric churches and ochre spice warehouses, recounts the past. (B, D)

Day 13 Morning departure to Colombo for the homeward flight to London. Alternatively you may choose to take a different way home and extend your stay with a few nights in the Maldives.

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

Notes

†Sigiriya Rock Fortress involves many steps and steep inclines.

Upgraded Accommodation

Upgraded hotel rooms available throughout:
Wallawwa - Garden Suite
Water Garden - Superior Villa with Plunge Pool
Kandy House - Ultra Room
St Andrews - Deluxe Room
Leopard Camp - Luxury Tent
Fort Bazaar - Banyan Room

2021

Prices per person in a twin room
Sundays with Sri Lankan Airlines

Date Price
August 15 £4395
November 21 £4295

2022

Prices per person in a twin room
Sundays with Sri Lankan Airlines

Date Price
February 13 £4495
March 13 £4695
June 12 £3595
September 11 £4295
Great Journeys

A Jules Verne Limited Edition

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

 Single supplement £1390

Flight Options

SriLankan Airlines Business class £2395

Upgraded Accommodation

£295 per person

Extension Options

Extension – Maldives
4 nights £2295
Double for sole use £800

Privately Guided

2 guests (per person) from:
£135 (Nov 21 & Sep 22)
£265 (Feb 22)
£295 (Mar 22)
£345 (Jun 22)
£385 (Aug 21)

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, VIP return transfers*, 11 nights’ accommodation, meals as indicated, 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
*On all of our Great Journeys, we provide a VIP chauffeur driven transfer for passengers living within a 70-mile radius of the point of departure. For those passengers that live outside of this 70-mile radius, we will provide the most competitive quotation for the additional mileage.

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