Book a 2018 holiday before 31 July and our home pick-up service is doubled to 100 miles.
Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 6 dinners
On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon, enjoy a sightseeing tour of this bustling city. Historically, Colombo was known as a trading port due to its natural harbour and was a city of strategic importance to the Portuguese, Dutch and British before Ceylon gained independence in 1948. Many old colonial buildings can still be seen around the city alongside more traditional Sri Lankan architecture. Sightseeing includes the Galle Face Green promenade, Dutch Hospital precinct, Fort Railway Station, a Hindu Kovil, the Beira Lake and Independence Square. (D)
After breakfast, travel through the lush Sri Lankan countryside to Sri Lanka's hill capital, Kandy. Nestled amongst forested hills, Kandy is one of Sri Lanka's most interesting cities. A jumble of culture, history and colonial buildings. En route visit a spice garden to learn about production in Sri Lanka. This afternoon, visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens which are renowned for their collection of orchids and medicinal plants. Later this evening visit a cultural show and be entertained by Kandyan dancers and drummers. There is also a visit to the Temple of the Tooth where it is believed that the tooth of the Buddha is enshrined.
Experience one of the world's most stunning rail journeys on this quintessential Sri Lankan rail service, with a scenic trip through the green hills and villages to 'Little England' Nuwara Eliya. This is the centre of the Sri Lankan tea industry and the well maintained terraces of tea plants is an unforgettable sight. The region is often shrouded in mist providing cool temperatures which along with the humidity and rainfall, provide the perfect climate for tea production. There is a visit to a Ceylon tea plantation and factory to learn about the cultivation process as well as fermenting, rolling, drying, cutting, sieving and grading of tea. Return to Kandy by road for dinner at the hotel.
This morning enjoy a comprehensive tour of this green city, taking in the colourful market place, the upper lake drive and the Gem Museum. Also visit the Arts & Crafts Centre and take a stroll around Kandy city centre. Later, transfer to Kalutara Beach for four nights to relax and have time to unwind.
Enjoy three full days at leisure relaxing in your resort hotel or exploring the area nearby.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK or the Maldives if you are extending your stay.