Grand Tour of Sri Lanka

Price per person
from £2,273

Price based on
London Gatwick
23rd Mar 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 12 days

  • Sri Lanka

  • Active pace

  • Small group tours

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!

At a glance


  • Colombo - visit the attractive Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct and the wide lawns of Galle Face Green.
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress  - the ruins of this 5th century palace are one of the country’s most dramatic sights.
  • Kandy - visit the Temple of the Tooth which houses one of Sri Lanka’s most important relics.
  • Rail journey to Nuwara Eliya - a stunning railway journey from Kandy to the misty hills of Nuwara Eliya.
  • Nuwara Eliya  - a sightseeing tour in the capital of Sri Lanka's tea industry.
  • Yala National Park - spot leopards and water buffalo on a jeep safari.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a driver/guide
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

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.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP 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.

Read more about our VIP home pick-up service.

Customer Reviews

This is an excellent tour and great value for money....

9th April 2018
Miss Catriona O Loughlin

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.

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3rd March 2018
Mrs Angela Waldren

As stated it was an energic holiday with a good...

29th October 2017
Mrs Joy Skurczynski

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.

Multiple itineraries are available

This itinerary changes on some dates - select your preferred departure date to see the details.


Overview

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!

Total meals included:

  • 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Depart UK

Day
1

Colombo

Day
2

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.

Colombo-Sigiriya

Day
3

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Sigiriya

Day
4

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Sigiriya-Dambulla-Kandy

Day
5

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 colorful KANDY MARKET, the Upper Lake Drive, and the PERADENIYA BOTANIC GARDENS, which are renowned for their collection of orchids, spices, and medicinal plants.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Kandy-Nuwara Eliya

Day
6

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Nuwara Eliya-Tissamaharama

Day
7

This morning, visit a TEA FACTORY and be enlightened on the tea manufacturing process. Then, view the famous RAVANA FALLS before continuing to Tissamaharama.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Tissamaharama. Excursion to Yala National Park

Day
8

Today, enjoy MORNING & 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Tissamaharama-Ahangama

Day
9

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Ahangama-Mirissa Harbour Excursion

Day
10

. Rise early and travel to Mirissa, where you board your WHALE-WATCHING BOAT in search of sea life. The harbor 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Ahangama-Galle-Colombo

Day
11

Travel to Galle, where the natural harbor 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Colombo. - UK

Day
12

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK or to the Maldives if you are extending your stay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

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.

 

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