3rd May 2018

£1195 per person

  

 sri lanka

Flying from Heathrow

9 days

4* Accommodation

Tour Highlights

  •  Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Rock Temple
  •  Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  •  City Tour of Kandy and Galle
  •  Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya
  •  Tea Factory and Plantation
  •  Safari through Yala National Park

 


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Jewels of Sri Lanka

Our 9 day, 7 night tour allows you to experience the beautiful interior of Sri Lanka, exploring the delights of Dambulla, Sigiriya Rock and the colonial cities of Kandy and Galle. Visit ancient temples of past civilisations, wonder at the beautiful botanical gardens in Peradeniya, meet the elephants at the Pinnawala Orphanage and take a safari through Yala National Park.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: UK to Colombo 

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Colombo International Airport.

Day 2: Colombo to Dambulla

On arrival you will be met by your local guide and transferred to Dambulla with the rest of your evening at leisure.

  •  Dinner

Day 3: Dambulla

Depart in the morning to explore the stunning Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a World Heritage Site dating back to the 5th century AD. Also known as the 'Lion Rock', it is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the jungle. Following lunch continue on to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa which was once a royal capital of the Sinhalese kingdom and is over 1000 years old. It was chosen as the capital as it was advantageously positioned to safeguard against possible attacks from the southeast, as well as supposedly having fewer mosquitoes! Here you can admire the ruins of the Royal Palace and wander round the Gal Vihare, famous for its splendid carved Buddha statues.

  •  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Dambulla to Kandy

After breakfast visit the Dambulla Rock Temple, where the impressive caves contain over 2000sq metres of painted walls and ceilings which were once gilded by the ancient King to mark his place of worship. You will then travel to Kandy en route visiting a spice garden followed by lunch and check in at your hotel. Continue to the famous Temple of Tooth Relic in the afternoon - Sri Lanka's most important Buddhist relic and one of the holiest shrines in the Buddhist world. After dinner relax whilst watching an eclectic cultural show, where performers will dazzle you with ornate costumes and traditional dances.

  •  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Kandy

Today you will travel to the beautiful botanical gardens in Peradeniya, boasting more than 4,000 species of trees, plants, orchids and creepers. Next a highlight of this tour is a trip to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975 to care for abandoned and wounded elephants. Witness these magnificent creatures in close quarters and see young elephants being fed, bathed and trained by the wildlife authorities. This evening enjoy a city tour of Kandy, including the bazaar and arts and crafts centre and a gem museum. Kandy was the last capital of the ancient kings and after defending themselves for over three centuries from the Dutch and Portuguese it finally fell to the hands of the British in 1815.

  •  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: Kandy to Yala

Leaving Kandy you will stop in Giragama to visit a tea plantation before continuing to Nuwara Eliya where you will participate in a walking tour of the town. Your journey continues through Sri Lanka's striking scenery to your hotel near Yala.

  •  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7: Yala

The morning is at leisure before your exciting jeep safari around the magnificent Yala National Game Park, the largest national park in Sri Lanka with a unique ocean front setting. The park is home to elephants, wild boars, buffaloes, bears, deer and crocodiles as well as a number of migratory and indigenous birds. You may even spot a leopard!

  •  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8: Yala to Mount Lavinia

Following breakfast, you will arrive in Galle, once the chief port of Ceylon and the centre of the Dutch regime in the 17th century. A city tour lets you discover the majestic Galle Fort and the surrounding historic buildings which reflect the Dutch heritage which once reined the country. Travel north for your final night at the world famous Mount Lavinia Hotel. This 200 year old hotel was once the Governor's Residence when Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) was under British rule.

  •  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9: Colombo to the UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

  •  Breakfast
Your Meals
  • IncludedBreakfast will always be served at your accommodation each morning during the tour.
  • IncludedLunch and Dinner, where included, will be served in local restaurants or at your accommodation.

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