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Travel offer to Sri Lanka in summer 2020, 11 nights

Explore Sri Lanka, an island full of discoveries that are as valuable as they are unexpected, where you will find surprising natural and cultural enclaves.


from £ 1,990


* Offer valid for travel from 01/07/2020 until 31/10/2020, departures from major UK and Ireland airports. Consult the supplement for the high season. Seats subject to availability and until end of stock. The price of flights is subject to changes in the operation of the own company or variation of rates established by aviation. Ref. 68133

The trip includes:

 

avion International flights from United Kingdom and Ireland (maximum one stopover).

Meet & Greet at Colombo airport.

Wonders of Sri Lanka tour in a private air-conditioned vehicle with an English-speaking driver-guide.

11 nights accommodation in superior category hotels on a Half Board regime.

All entrance fees to visits and activities included in the itinerary.

Extras: Vehicles with free WiFi connection (if not possible, a SIM card with data will be provided) and 2 bottles of water per day.

tasas Taxes (air and government) including Service Charge.

seguro Travel insurance with medical coverage, destination assistance and cancellation fees (up to €4,850 / person)

 

Travelling through Sri Lanka is to marvel at the diversity of its landscapes and experiences that this remarkable island has to offer you. You will be able to get to know the island, in a private vehicle with a guide that is assigned just to you and who will also be in charge of sharing all the secrets and legends of ancient Ceylon. To rest and recharge, we offer you a careful selection of superior category accommodation, with modern facilities where you will always be greeted with a wide and friendly smile.

With the Wonders of Sri Lanka and Eastern beaches tour you will discover colossal statues of Buddha hidden for years between forests or caves, in places like Polonnaruwa and Dambulla. You will also get to know the legends and stories that are told in its temples and get to climb the impregnable Rock of Sigiriya. You will feel the passing of the years and the colonial influences strolling through places like the Galle fort, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

You will also be able to walk among its famous plantations, one of them being the origin of one of the most exquisite teas in the world, and then you will cross “Little England” on an observatory train. Visit one of its National Parks where on board a 4×4 Jeep you will be surrounded by herds of elephants. For the most curious, you can take part in the principles of Ayurvedic medicine and test its benefits with a massage performed by professionals.

Finally, you can rest in Trincomalee one of the beaches on the East coast known for its wide beach and its beautiful turquoise waters. Enjoy a few days of relaxation in front of the sea, where you can also snorkel in Pigeon Island or spot whales, among many more fun and exciting activities. The tour ends in Colombo, the current capital, where you can say goodbye to this magnificent island with a spectacular sunset overlooking the Indian Ocean.

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Airport (arrival) - Galle

Arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport where you will be welcomed by your private guide, who will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall once you have passed immigration control and picked up your luggage. Presentation of the guide, accommodation in the vehicle with commencement of the tour approaching Galle (160 km, 3.00h approx).

Upon arrival, we will proceed to the hotel for registration and a refresh.

In the afternoon we will visit the Galle Fort, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We will then visit the citadel, capital of the Dutch colony, located on a cape protected by defence towers and an outstanding hexagonal wall. We will then stroll through its streets where you can breath in the colonial past while contemplating the astonishing sunset over the Indian Ocean, we can also make some purchases in its charming boutique stores.

Return to the hotel, dinner and accommodation.

Day 2
Galle - Weligama - Udawalawe
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Breakfast at the hotel.

Next, we will take a Tuk Tuk tour through the town of Galle. During the tour we will visit the most authentic areas of the city including a temple and a local school. We will then go into the most rural areas among rice fields, spice gardens and cinnamon plantations from where we will get to visit some villages and get to know their rural style while sharing a cup of tea with a local family.

After the visit, we will go to Udawalawe by road (130Km / 3.00h). Along the way, we will visit Weligama, where we will be able to observe the famous technique used by native fishermen, upon a nailed mast and a supporting sleeper. These fishermen called stilt fisherman stay on the waves for hours; a show truly worth seeing. Then we will visit the open-air market, that is the fish market, where we can find the most succulent fresh fish in the country.

***Optional activity: Udawalawe Transit Home*** (not included in the price, consult your Travel Planner for details).

Since 1995, Udawalawe Transit Home has become a home for young orphaned elephants. The caregivers of the centre become their new family and offer all the care that the little ones require until adulthood. You can visit the centre and meet its small inhabitants, if you go during meal times you can even watch them during bottle time. You can seize this amazing opportunity every day at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 15:00 p.m. and finally 18:00 p.m..

Upon arrival in Udawalawe, we will go to the hotel for check-in, dinner and accommodation.

Day 3
Udawalawe - Ella
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In the early morning, we will board the 4x4 jeeps to enjoy a safari through the Udawalawe National Park, from where we will be able to catch sight of different captivating species such as elephants, buffaloes, monkeys and crocodiles.

The Udawalawe National Park with more than 230,000 hectares is one of the largest on the island. Famous for its large elephant colony made up of more than 500 specimens that live freely while accompanied by buffalo, deer, wild boar, crocodiles, as well as various birds and up to 30 different species of snakes together with many more fascinating creatures.

When we finish, we will head on towards Ella, a picturesque town located between jungle hills meandered by waterfalls together with tea plantations where we will enjoy some of the most spectacular views of the island. Upon arrival, we will do a light trekking on Little Adam's Peak (45 mins approx), from where we can observe some of the highest points in the area such as Ella Rock. On the way down, we will approach the Nine Arch Bridge, the symbol of the English colonial heritage. With great luck, we will coincide with the arrival of a train, achieving one of the most instantaneous demands of Sri Lanka.

***Optional activity: Mega Zip-line in Ravana*** (not included in the price, consult your Travel Planner for details).

Enjoy a unique trip more than 80 meters high. During this 500m trip you will be able to observe, from the heights, the particular landscape of this area known as the Highlands.

Arrival at the hotel, dinner and rest at the hotel.

Day 4
Ella - Nuwara Eliya

Breakfast at the hotel.

Then transfer by car to the train station to catch the train to Nuwara Eliya (2.00h approx). The guide will accompany you to the platform, but they will continue the road route with your luggage and wait for you again on the platform of the Nuwara Eliya train station. During the journey, you will be able to contemplate the famous Nuwara Eliya tea plantations and observe the women in full harvest. Nuwara Eliya, due to its healthy mountain climate and scenery, is one of Sri Lanka's most famous vacation spots.

Upon arrival at Nuwara Eliya, we will then visit the town known as Little England and see one of its fascinating tea plantations. We will also visit the factory where we can learn about the production process of one of the most famous teas in the world: Ceylan tea.

Once finished, arrival at the hotel.

Dinner and rest at the hotel.

Day 5
Nuwara Eliya - Kandy

Breakfast at the hotel.

Next, we will leave for Kandy the last capital of the Singala monarchy (82 Km / 03.00h). Along the way we will stop to see the Ramboda cataracts.

Upon arrival in Kandy, we will go to the hotel to check in at the selected hotel.

Then, we will visit the city. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site. The name "Kandy" evokes visions of splendour and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore still remain alive in this city. We will then make our passage around Lake Kandy which was built by the last Sinhalese king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798.

In the evening we will visit the Dalada Maligawa, the Temple of the Holy Tooth of the Buddha. At around 19:00 p.m. we will attend the Pooja ceremony, a religious tradition that is carried out daily by the Maligawa. Lastly we will visit "Raja Wasala", a complex of the Royal Palace whose hall of wooden pillars dates from 1784.

*** Optional activity: Perahera Festival 2020 *** (not included in the price, consult your Travel Planner for details)

If your stay in Kandy coincides with the Perahera Festival (July 25 - August 3, 2020) do not miss the opportunity to discover one of the most iconic religious festivals in the country. Every afternoon, the Buddha Tooth relic takes to the streets of the city accompanied by dozens of dancers, acrobats, musicians and even elephants.

Dinner and rest at the Kandy hotel.

Day 6
Kandy - Matale - Dambulla

Breakfast at the hotel.

Then we will head to Dambulla (80Km, 2.30h approx). On the way we will stop to visit the Matale Spice Garden*, where they will explain the cultivation and use of seeds and spices typical of the country, including a small neck and shoulder massage (10 min).

*This visit is free as well as optional.

Upon arrival, we will visit the Dambulla Cave Temple, built by King Walagambahu in the 1st century BC. Dambulla is a World Heritage Site and is also the most impressive temple-cave in Sri Lanka. The complex consists of five caves with more than 2000m2 of murals and painted ceilings, it is the largest area of paintings of this type found in the world.

*** Additional activity: 4x4 Safari in the Minneriya National Park (not included in the price).

Upon arrival in Dambulla, we can enjoy a 4x4 safari in Minneriya or Kaudulla or Eco Park. (15:00 p.m. -18:00 p.m.). It is a recently declared National Park, and can be found in the north central province. Located on the banks of the Minneriya Reservoir, which was built in the 4th century BC., Minneriya is a hideout for many elephants, it is actually possible to observe herds of elephants here, with approximately between 50 and 60 elephants in a herd. Apart from elephants, it is a natural habitat for migratory and resident species such as grey herons, painted storks, etc. You can also see 3 different species of monkeys like the silica macaque, the leaf monkey and the grey langur.

Dinner and rest at the Dambulla hotel.

Day 7
Dambulla – Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa – Trincomalee

Breakfast at the hotel.

In the early morning we head off to Sigiriya (10 km, approx. 15 min). We will then ascend to the Lion Rock Fortress of Sigiriya, one of the most important archaeological sites in all of Asia.

It is located in a large red stone monolith 180m above the jungle. It dates from the 5th century and is a World Heritage Site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The “Lion Rock” is a citadel of extraordinary beauty that rises 200 meters from the jungle. The rock was the most remote fortress of a city of 70 hectares. There is a moat, a wall and huge gardens that include the famous irrigation system that surrounds the base of the rock. We will visit the famous frescoes of the “Divine Ladies” of Sigiriya that are found in a protected recess in the rock, which is accessed by a spiral staircase. It is considered one of the eight wonders of the ancient world, there are enough remains to impress the visitor with an overwhelming vision of the ingenuity and creativity from its builders.

Next, we will head to Polannaruwa. (60 km, 1h15min approx.) to visit this ancient medieval capital of Sri Lanka which dates from the 11th to the 13th century AD. This ancient city is considered the "Renaissance Jewel" of Sinhala architecture. You will be able to see the great monuments that are scattered in the jungle on the banks of an immense swamp, such as the colossal figure of King Parakramabahu carved in rock, as well as the Royal Palace, the Halls of Audiencesand the formidable Temple of Images of Thuparama, among many others. We will then visit the fabulous statues of Gal Vihara, amongst which the famous 14-meter long reclining Buddha stands out; and finally we will see the New Museum where all the places in the area are represented in different modules.

After this visit, we will continue by road to Trincomalee (130 Km / 2.30h), one of the most emblematic beaches on the East coast.

Arrival at the hotel, check-in, dinner and accommodation.

(It is at this moment, your driver and guide will say goodbye to you).

Day 8
Trincomalee Beaches 1

Breakfast at the hotel.

Day off to enjoy the beach.

Trincomalee, a small town on the north-east coast will surprise you with the exciting variety of activities and experiences it offers. You can snorkel in Pigeon Island National Park, go whale watching or just simply relax on its long white sandy beaches. In the town, where the majority of religion is Hindu, you can visit some of its iconic temples such as Koneswaram Temple, beautifully located on a cliff by the sea. (These activities are not included in the program, consult your Travel Planner for details).

Additional activity: Passikudah Bay Cruise (not included in the price).

Dinner at the hotel.

Day 9
Trincomalee Beaches 2

Breakfast at the hotel.

Day off to enjoy the beach.

Dinner at the hotel

Day 10
Trincomalee Beaches 3

Breakfast at the hotel.

Day off to enjoy the beach.

Dinner at the hotel

Day 11
Passikudah - Colombo
[gallery gt3_gallery="yes" ids="68132"] Desayuno en el hotel. Nuestro chofer os recogerá en el hotel para el traslado de regreso a Colombo por carretea (300 Km/ 6.00h aprox). Como alternativa, también se puede hacer el traslado en vuelo doméstico (opción con suplemento, consulta a tu Travel Planner disponibilidad y horarios). A la llegada a Colombo realizaremos un tour por la ciudad, donde veremos la Plaza de la Independencia, el Fuerte, el Bazar, el Templo Hindú, los Jardines Cinnamon y el Viejo Parlamento. Colombo, como muchas capitales de países en vías de desarrollo está cambiando rápidamente, aunque en algunas partes todavía queda el encanto del viejo mundo. Registro en el hotel seleccionado de Colombo. Cena y descanso en el hotel
Day 12
Colombo (departure)
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Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to Colombo airport according to the departure flight (30 km, 45 minutes approx).

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