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Small group tours
Explore the grasslands and lagoons of Udawalawe and Yala National Parks on a jeep safari and meet the orphan elephants. Journey into the misty hills of Nuwara Eliya, and wander the colonial remnants of Colombo on this striking Sri Lankan experience.
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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I would have preferred to have a guide and a driver. I felt I couldn’t ask questions as we were travelling as the roads were so busy , I feel we missed out.
Varied holiday with plenty to see and do.
A very full programme, but a brilliant tour, led by a lovely informative guide.
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On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Welcome to Sri Lanka's capital city. Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Pass by green paddy fields, rubber plantations, and lush tea estates as you make your way to Udawalawe, via Ratnapura, the location for much of the country's gem mining. Continue into Udawalawe National Park, which has one of the highest densities of wild elephants in Sri Lanka. Take a game drive around this stunning area, looking for elephants as well as other wildlife-the National Park boasts sambar deer, wild buffaloes, mongooses, bandicoots, foxes, water monitor lizards, crocodiles, and sloth bears.
Journey south this morning to visit the elephant transit home where orphaned elephants are cared for before being returned to the wild. Continue to Yala National Park for an afternoon game drive. The park is home to a number of leopards; sightings of these beautiful creatures are not uncommon. Yala is also a birdwatcher's paradise, with around 230 species recorded in the park. Also look out for elephants, sloth bears, water buffalo, macaques, and mugger crocodiles-Yala really is Kipling's Jungle Book brought to life.
Note-During the months of Sep/Oct Bundala Park will be used instead of Yala Park.
Take a scenic 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. Tour a tea factory and take a sightseeing tour around the town.
Take a train to Kandy. After lunch, visit the Peradeniya Botanic Gardens, which are renowned for their collection of orchids, spices, and medicinal plants.
A jumble of culture, history and colonial buildings, Kandy is nestled amongst forested hills and is one of Sri Lanka's most interesting cities. This morning visit the famous Temple of the Tooth, where it is said that the relic tooth of Buddha is enshrined. Later, enjoy a comprehensive tour of this green city, taking in the colourful market place, the upper lake drive and the Gem Museum. Also there is a visit to the Arts & Crafts Centre. This evening, why not take part in a cultural show where you can marvel at drummers, dancers and fire walkers?
Travel back to Columbo for an afternoon 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, the Beira Lake, and Independence Square.
Your tour ends today.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK or the Maldives if you are extending your stay.
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.
Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.
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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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!
Price based on 23 Mar 19
16 dates available
Price based on March 23, 2019 - April 4, 2019
16 matching dates available
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 08 Mar 19
21 dates available
Price based on March 8, 2019 - March 18, 2019
21 matching dates available
Enter another world on this spellbinding tour of India, taking in the Golden Triangle cities, as well as other fascinating towns. You’ll start and end in Delhi, and overnight in Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Udaipur along the way.
Magnificent forts and enchanting palaces are major highlights of this tour. View the towering Qutub Minar, ancient tomb of the Emperor Humayun, in Delhi; tour Jaipur’s massive Amber Fort made from white marble and red sandstone; visit the grand palaces of Jodhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort. Udaipur is home to the City Palace and Museum, a series of palaces overlooking Lake Pichola, and you’ll have the opportunity to spend time here and learn about the miniature art.
Of course, you’ll also visit the Taj Mahal, built by Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife. Built from 1631-1648 AD, he employed thousands of artisans and craftsmen as well as a labor force of 20,000. All of this—and much more—await you on this thrilling India holiday!
Price based on 15 Sep 19
12 dates available
Price based on September 15, 2019 - September 28, 2019
12 matching dates available
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