Classic Sri Lanka

14 days

Indicative cost incl. flights:

 

£1,984pp

2-3 star & low season

£2,808pp

4 star & high season

 

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Day 1
Overnight flight to Colombo.
Day 2
This morning / afternoon you will arrive into Colombo where you will be met by your private chauffeur guide and vehicle. From here you will be directly driven to the ancient city of Sigiriya, in Sri Lanka's 'Cultural Triangle'. This journey should take around 3.5 to 4 hrs.
Day 3
Today you will enjoy a guided tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa. The ancient remains of Sigiriya sit atop a giant rock; it's a bit of a climb so we recommend getting up nice and early to avoid the heat.
Day 4
You will head south today via The Golden Temple of Dambulla, Sri Lanka's most exquisite cave temple. You will arrive in Kandy mid-afternoon so you can have time to relax this afternoon. Later on you will visit The Temple of the Tooth.
Day 5
This morning you will experience our Tour of Kandy. Later this afternoon you will visit the luminous and beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens.
Day 6
This morning your guide will take you to the train station where you will board your train, which will take you into the glorious tea country. The train journey normally takes around 3.5hrs and is a real highlight in Sri Lanka as you pass through villages and soaring hills. On arrival your same driver will pick you up and will take you to your accommodation in Nuwara Eliya, Bandarawela or Hatton. This afternoon you will visit a local tea factory and will have time to relax.
Day 7
Today you will walk through Horton Plains National Park, a wild expanse of land with some of Sri Lanka's most incredible views, including 'World's End'. This beautiful walk can be geared to your fitness. We highly recommend it.
Day 8
You will leave the tea country today and will head south to Yala National Park, visiting Ella en route. This glorious but winding journey should take around 3.5hrs. There are lots of accommodation options now available in Yala to choose from. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure, before heading out to track leopards tomorrow.
Day 9
Today you will enjoy a morning jeep safari and an afternoon jeep safari in Yala National Park. Hopefully you will see a leopard and some wild elephants.
Day 10
Today you will rise early to enjoy bird watching in Bundala National Park, also home to wild elephant. You will continue directly from here onto Galle, the 17th century fort and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hopefully you will get to see stilt fishermen en route. You can stay inside the fort itself or on one of the idyllic beaches near by. Later on this afternoon you will enjoy our short Galle City Tour.
Day 11
Today is completely at leisure. If you are visiting between December and April you may want to enjoy our Whale Watching Boat Trip, as this area attracts both blue and sperm whales. This is an incredible opportunity to see these marvellous creatures.
Day 12
Enjoy today at leisure.
Day 13
Enjoy today at leisure. If you are interested in food you might enjoy our Culinary Tour of Galle Fort or our cycling tour in the local countryside.
Day 14
This morning you will be driven from Galle back up to Colombo Airport for your flight home. This journey should take just 2.5hrs.

Everything we do is tailor-made; our itineraries are just suggestions to give you an idea of what is possible. Please contact us so we can tailor the perfect holiday exclusively for you.

Designed with the first time visitor in mind, our 14-day Classic Sri Lanka tour explores the island’s highlights without rushing through. It also aims to avoid the crowds. The trip starts by heading from Colombo to Sigiriya, right in the heart of the ‘Cultural Triangle’. This area is famed for the ancient Buddhist civilisations that, over time, ruled Sri Lanka. Many of them, including Sigiriya, Dambulla and Polonnaruwa are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From there the trip continues south to hillier Kandy; surrounded by dense greenery, Kandy is home to The Temple of the Tooth and has become known for its exquisite gem stones. The journey continues south by train into the verdant tea-growing region before arriving in Yala National Park on the south coast. It’s argued that Yala is home to the highest density of leopard in the world. The trip ends on the coast near to beautiful colonial Galle, before flying back from the capital Colombo. This is a fantastic all-rounder trip.


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