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Great value escorted tours in the world's most captivating places. No other travel company matches our expertise, on-trip experiences - with a great mix of included excursions and free time - and value.
One of the world’s top five biodiversity hotspots, Sri Lanka offers not only opportunities for seeing wildlife in their natural habitat, but also stunning landscapes, beautiful coastlines, the world’s finest teas, and lots of historic sites with a culture dating back over 2,500 years. In fact, this “Pearl of the Indian Ocean” has been named one of Asia’s leading destinations and on this Sri Lanka tour, you’ll experience all of this and more.
Marvel at Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a mountain monastery and fortress dating to the 5th century BC on top of a huge lava plug for an extinct volcano. At Dambulla Rock Cave Temple, enjoy the five preserved caverns with frescoes and Buddha statues. Keep your eyes open for native animals on your jeep safaris in Yala National Park, a bird-watcher’s paradise with over 200 bird species as well as elephants, sloth bears, water buffalo, leopards, and more. In Mirissa, embark on an early morning whale watching cruise for the chance to see a variety of marine life including blue whales, the largest animal on earth!
Other highlights include sightseeing in Kandy, one of Sri Lanka’s most scenic cities, set in the forested hills; a visit to a tea plantation; a visit to the ruins at Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka’s second-most ancient kingdom and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and much more. For value-minded, savvy travellers, this Sri Lanka tour is sure to awaken and delight all of your senses!
Colombo Galle Face Green promenade, Fort Railway Station, and Beira Lake
Sigiriya Visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Polonnaruwa, and Dambulla Rock Cave Temple
Kandy Visit the Temple of the Tooth, Kandy Market, and Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
Nuwara Eliya Visit a tea factory; view Ravana Falls
Yala National Park Two safari game drives
Mirissa Whale-watching excursion
Galle Visit Galle Fort
6 days: Bentota Extension
To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.
With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.
You'll be picked up at home and whisked off to your departure point in a private, air-conditioned car, and we'll be waiting to take you home too.
Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.
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This is an excellent tour and great value for money. Be prepared for a couple of long days at the start of the tour. Our guide Dami was amazing and organised. All hotels were of a very high standard.
As stated it was an energic holiday with a good split between temples and safari visits. Would have liked more time for shopping and general free time.
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On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Welcome to Sri Lanka’s capital city. Historically, Colombo was a trading port and a city of strategic importance to the Portuguese, Dutch, and British before Ceylon gained independence in 1948. Many colonial buildings can still be seen around the city alongside more traditional Sri Lankan architecture. Hotel rooms are available for a mid-afternoon check-in.
This morning, embark on a sightseeing tour of this bustling city. Along the way, you will see the Galle Face Green promenade, Dutch Hospital precinct, Fort Railway Station, a Hindu Kovil, Beira Lake, and Independence Square. This afternoon, drive to the ancient city of Sigiriya.
This morning, visit the famous SIGIRIYA ROCK FORTRESS, a giant magma plug which has served both as a long-standing Buddhist monastery and a fortress. Surrounded by a network of gardens and moats, it is a geological and anthropological landmark. The ancient ruins of the upper palace built by King Kasyapa can also be found on the summit, which, at 656 feet above sea level, affords magnificent views across the beautiful Sri Lankan countryside. On the way to the top, you will see the famous Cloud Maidens frescoes painted on the rock wall. Later, visit to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed ruins of POLONNARUWA. NOTE: Please note that you must climb steep steps to reach the top of Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
This morning, visit the fascinating DAMBULLA ROCK CAVE TEMPLE, containing well-preserved frescoes and statues of Buddha. Next, drive to the city of Kandy, a jumble of culture, history, and colonial buildings. Visit the TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH and enjoy a comprehensive tour of this green city, taking in the colourful KANDY MARKET, the Upper Lake Drive, and the PERADENIYA BOTANIC GARDENS, which are renowned for their collection of orchids, spices, and medicinal plants.
Journey through the forests and tea plantations to the misty hills of Nuwara Eliya, also known as “Little England.” Set high above sea level and surrounded by rolling hills, its cool temperatures, humidity, and rainfall provide the perfect climate for tea production. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
This morning, visit a TEA FACTORY and be enlightened on the tea manufacturing process. Then, view the famous RAVANA FALLS before continuing to Tissamaharama.
Today, enjoy MORNING AND AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES in YALA NATIONAL PARK. The park is home to one of the highest densities of leopards in the world, with sightings of these beautiful creatures not uncommon. Yala is also a bird-watcher’s paradise, with around 230 species recorded in the park. Also, you may spot elephants, sloth bears, water buffalo, macaques, and mugger crocodiles.
Journey west to visit the ELEPHANT TRANSIT HOME where orphaned elephants are cared for before being returned to the wild. Continue to Ahangama, a small town on the country’s southern coast.
. Rise early and travel to Mirissa, where you board your WHALE-WATCHING BOAT in search of sea life. The harbour is home to many different marine animals, including dolphins, flying fish, orcas, turtles, and manta rays. Be sure to keep an eye out for the largest creature on Earth, the blue whale. Return to your hotel this afternoon and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Travel to Galle, where the natural harbour offers gorgeous views of the ocean. Enjoy an orientation tour of the city, and visit GALLE FORT, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This afternoon, continue to Colombo for an overnight stay.
If you have opted to extend your holiday, this afternoon you will continue to Bentota for your beach stay.
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.
Travel to Galle, where the natural harbour offers gorgeous views of the ocean. Enjoy an orientation tour of the city, and visit GALLE FORT, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Bentota for your beach stay.
NOTE: The Bentota extension starts with a drive from Galle to Bentota on day 11. The night in Colombo at the end of the main itinerary is not included.
Enjoy your days doing as little or as much as you wish. Visit fabulous beaches or simply relax by the pool.
Your tour ends with breakfast today.
A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply.
2020 departures may be subject to itinerary modifications and full details will be published in August 2019. If we have to modify an itinerary, you will have an opportunity to cancel without penalty. See our full terms and conditions for more details.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
Located in the heart of Sri Lanka's business capital, Fairway Colombo is a vibrant, trendy hotel, blending great design with the latest technology.
7 Hospital St Colombo, Sri Lanka
Located within the Sigiriya Nature Reserve, history meets nature at the Hotel Sigiriya.
Hotel Road Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
Smart and stylish in the land of the spiritual, the Ozo Kandy is a modern hotel featuring a rooftop pool, lounge, and fitness centre.
No 31, Saranankara Mawatha Kandy, Sri Lanka
The beautiful Araliya Green Hills Hotel is surrounded by lush greenery and also within walking distance of the city centre.
No: 10, Glenfall Road Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
This hotel is all about luxurious living in an aesthetically pleasing environment, delectable cuisine and plenty of outdoor activities to indulge in. You can take time to rejuvenate at the Ayurveda spa or enjoy the warm waters of the outdoor swimming pool and the massaging jets of the Jacuzzi.
Kataragama Road, Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka
Insight Resort is blessed with a beautiful beach front offering a getaway from busy city life.
No 67, Matara Rd Ahangama, Sri Lanka
There's no need to shop around. Find a cheaper like-for-like tour from another company, and we’ll not only match their price but also give you a £100 discount when you book with us.
They have in-depth knowledge of the places you’ll visit and will be on hand every step of the way with commentary entirely in English. 96% of customers rate them 'excellent' or 'good'.
We understand things change, often beyond your control. If you need to change your holiday plans, we offer a flexible deposit up until your balance is due.
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This fascinating tour of India encapsulates the glittering royal past of the Golden Triangle. You’ll start and end in Delhi, and also overnight one night in Agra, two nights in Ranthambore National Park, and two nights in Jaipur.
No tour to India is complete without a visit to the famous Taj Mahal, and you’ll have the opportunity to view it at sunset. This remarkable edifice was built by Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife. Also visit the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, and tour its sandstone palaces and elegant courtyards. Next, visit to Ranthambore National Park, said to have provided the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Here, three game drives in an open-air, 4-wheel-drive safari vehicle give you an opportunity to see native wildlife, including the elusive Bengal tiger.
Other highlights include a cycle rickshaw ride through Old Delhi and a visit to the legendary Amber Fort in Jaipur. Stunning architecture, captivating culture, spectacular views of nature—this value-minded tour as it all!
Price based on 22 Mar 19
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Lose yourself in a magical land of brightly-coloured temples, chaotic bazaars and delicious street food. Drift past backwater villages and bask in the setting sun, then barter with silk merchants as you wander the colonial streets.
Price based on 22 Dec 18
Price based on December 22, 2018 - January 5, 2019
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