Classic Travel

8 Day - Best of Sri Lanka in luxury Tour

Package Details

Overview

From $3,899* pp

Tour Provider: Tweet World Travel
Region: Asia
Duration: 8 Days


Itinerary

Day

Itinerary

1

Colombo

On arrival at Colombo International Airport, you will be welcomed and transferred to Negombo. Negombo is one of Sri Lanka’s busiest fishing centres and is also famous for coconut products, cinnamon, ceramics and brassware. The beauty is found on the beaches and around the lagoons, where colorful fishing boats lie on the blue water against a backdrop of palm trees and blue sky. Dutch Canal which was then a supply route to the Dutch administration, old churches and fishing villagers is still being used and is an attraction for those who want to see the country from a different perspective. Hotel: Arie Lagoon Negombo or similar (D)

2

Negombo – Dambulla

After breakfast, drive to Dambulla and visit the Dambulla cave temple which is an iconic Sri Lankan image. You will be familiar with its spectacular Buddha-filled interior long before you arrive in town. Dambulla is thought to have been a place of worship since the 1st century BC, when King Valagamba, driven out of Anuradhapura, took refuge here. When he regained his throne, he had the interior of the caves carved into magnificent rock temples. The beautiful Royal Rock Temple complex sits about 160m above the road in the southern part of Dambulla. Five separate caves contain about 150 absolutely stunning Buddha statues and paintings, some of Sri Lanka's most important and evocative religious art. Buddha images were first created here over 2000 years ago, and over the centuries subsequent kings added to and embellished the cave art. Hotel: The Paradise Resort & Spa or similar  (B/D)

3

Dambulla, Sigiriya, Minneriya

Today we explore Sigiriya the Eighth Wonder of the World & Minneriya.

Rising dramatically from the central plains, the enigmatic rocky outcrop of Sigiriya is perhaps Sri Lanka's single most dramatic sight. Referred by locals as the Eighth Wonder of the World this ancient palace and fortress complex has significant archaeological importance and attracts thousands of tourists every year. It is probably the most visited tourist destination of Sri Lanka.

The Rock was the Fortress of the "King Kasyapa" who murdered his father and stole the throne from his elder brother who was the rightful heir to the throne. Kasyapa built his fortress in this 182-meter high rock to protect himself from his enemies.

This afternoon we transfer to Minneriya National Park for an afternoon jeep safari.  This national park is one of the best places in the country to see wild elephants, which are often present in huge numbers. The park, nourished by an ancient man-made tank provides shelter for toque macaques, sambar deer, buffalo and bird-flocks including little cormorants and painted storks to name a few. It is also renowned for the ‘Sixth Greatest Wildlife Spectacle of the World’ – the amazing phenomenon of the ‘Minneriya Elephant gathering’. Hotel: The Paradise Resort & Spa or similar  (B/D)

4

Kandy

En-route to Kandy we visit Matale spice garden and view a cooking demonstration to learn about the many different types of spices grown here including nutmeg, pepper, clove, cinnamon, and cardamom. The Matale Spice Gardens are one of the best on the island. You’ll even have the opportunity to purchase some fresh spices.

Check-in to our hotel before our Kandy City Tour.  Kandy is a city in the centre of Sri Lanka. It lies in the midst of hills of rare vegetal species. The Kandy Valley crosses an area of tropical plantations. The monumental ensemble of Kandy is an example of construction that associates the Royal Palace and the Temple of the Tooth. It was one of a series of temples built in the places where the relic, the actual palladium of the Sinhalese monarchy, was brought following the various relocations of the capital city. The Temple of the Tooth, the palace complex and the holy city of Kandy are associated with the history of the dissemination of one of the most important religions of humanity, Buddhism. Hotel: Amaya Hills or similar (B/D)

5

Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast, we make our way to Nuwara Eliya a city in the tea country hills of central Sri Lanka. Often referred to as ‘Little England’, this genteel highland community does have a rose-tinted, vaguely British-country-village feel to it, with its colonial-era bungalows, Tudor-style hotels, well-tended hedgerows and pretty gardens. Indeed, Nuwara Eliya was once was the favoured cool-climate escape for the hard-working and hard-drinking English and Scottish pioneers of Sri Lanka’s tea industry. The verdant surrounding countryside of tea plantations, carefully tended vegetable plots and craggy hills is highly scenic. Soak up the town/s unique bygone heritage, play a round of golf or a few frames of billiards.  Hotel Araliya Green Hills or similar (B/D)

6

Nuwara Eliya

Today we explore Horton Plains National Park. Known to Sri Lankans as Mahaeliya, it became Horton Plains after Sir Robert Horton, British Governor from 1831- 1837. The national park is a protected area in the central highlands of Sri Lanka and covered by mountain grassland and cloud forest. This plateau at an altitude of 2300 metres is rich in biodiversity and many species found here are endemic to the region. Horton Plains became a Nature Reserve in 1969 and upgraded as a National Park in 1988 due to its unique watershed and bio-diversity values. Hotel Araliya Green Hills or similar (B/D)

7

Colombo

We make our way back to Colombo for a city tour.  Sri Lanka’s commercial capital and major port – Colombo, is a fine amalgamation of all the hues and cultures within this paradise isle. This chic metropolitan that accommodates skyscrapers, sandy beaches and a collage of markets and gardens, brings together the many facets of this island nation. Appreciate the many opportunities Colombo offers for fine-dining and shopping, not to mention the overarching beauty of the city’s rapidly developing landscape; a perfect combination of well-preserved colonial architecture and urbanity. Rest of the day spend at leisure. Hotel: Cinnamon Lakeside or similar  (B/D)

8

Colombo

Tour ends today. After breakfast transfer to the Airport (B)

 


Description

Embark on an 8-day tour to explore the classic attractions of Sri Lanka, "The Pearl of the Indian Ocean". Discover Sri Lanka's famous cultural sights and visit the rock fortress of Sigiriya, the exquisite Dambulla Cave, Horton Plains, National Parks, UNESCO town of Kandy, Spice garden and more!


Your 8-day guided holiday includes:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in 4-5 star accommodation 
  • 7 Breakfasts and 6 Dinners 
  • Comprehensive sightseeing as per itinerary
  • All entrance fees at monuments
  • Transfers by air-conditioned coach with English speaking chauffeur guide

Price is based on 22 April 2021 departure. Other dates available at a surcharge:  16 January, 10 March, 02 September, 15 October & 16 November 2021


Tour Highlights

  • Visit Colombo's Buddhist Cave Temple
  • Experience charming Dutch architecture
  • Explore Sigiriya rock fortress, ancient temples and cave formations
  • Enjoy a cooking demonstration
  • Visit the Mutale Spice Gardens
  • Enjoy a Safari drive through Sri Lankas’s national park
  • Learn all about Ceylon Tea production
  • Enjoy local dishes and shop for special hand-crafted souvenirs

Terms & Conditions

Conditions apply. Subject to availability and change without notice. Full supplier conditions apply. Valid for new bookings only. Prices valid at the time of publication. Prices are per person based on twin share occupancy unless otherwise stated and displayed in $AUD. Member savings are calculated using the original advertised price.

Prices listed are per person twin share in Australian Dollars, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated.  Prices are correct as at 06 May 2021 and are subject to change/increase until booking.  This offer is subject to availability at time of booking and can be withdrawn without notice. Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice.Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge.

 

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1300 765 305 (AUST) 0800 956 363 (NZ)

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