Grand Tour of Sri Lanka

  

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Day 1: Malta to Colombo
Depart Malta on your scheduled, overnight flight to Colombo.

Day 2: (Dinner  Included) Colombo
On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel in Colombo for a welcome dinner.

Day 3: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Colombo
Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, is a bustling, cosmopolitan city whose colonial history is still very much evident along wide, shaded boulevards and among its Victorian churches and tumbledown cafes. An introductory half-day city tour visits the vibrant temples and bazaars of Pettah, selling seemingly everything from traditional jewellery to Ayurvedic medicines. A trip to the Old Dutch hospital is a highlight of the newly restored Fort complex, home to some of Colombo’s chicest restaurants, cafes and shops. After lunch rest of day at leisure.

Day 4: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Colombo to Anuradhapura
Today you will leave the capital and head north to the ancient city of Anuradhapura, the spiritual heart of the Cultural Triangle. On route, visit the somnolent village of Mihintale and its nearby sacred mountain peak and temple complex. Ancient monastic dwellings and meditations spots are connected by beautiful old stone steps amongst rocky hills.

Day 5: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Anuradhapura to Nilaveli
Recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Anuradhapura’s city ruins are one of South Asia’s most evocative sites and contain a rich collection of crumbling temples, vast monasteries and elaborate palaces. Learn the fascinating history of the first ancient Sinhalese capital and marvel at the sacred Bodhi tree, the oldest authenticated tree in the world, tended by its dutiful guardians for over 2000 years. Lunch at a local restaurant before travelling east on to the beautiful beaches of Nilaveli.

Day 6: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Nilaveli
Today has been left at leisure. With its powder-white sands and emerald-blue waters, Nilaveli is the perfect place to relax and enjoy Sri Lanka’s laid-back, less-visited East coast.

Day 7: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Nilaveli to Dambulla
This morning, journey to Sri Lanka’s second ancient city, via the coastal town of Trincomalee. Polonnaruwa became the seat of the Sinhalese kings and Sri Lanka’s second ancient capital after the demise of Anuradhapura. Scattered over gently undulating woodland, explore the monumental ruins of the ancient garden-city built by the megalomaniac Sinhalese king, Parakramabahu I, in the twelfth century. Afterwards, continue on to Dambulla where you will spend the next two nights.

Day 8: (Breakfast, Dinner Included) Dambulla & Sigiriya
Undoubtedly a highlight of the tour is today’s excursion to the awe-inspiring Sigiriya rock fortress. The ancient city of Sigiriya is a World Heritage Site and the city ruins lie on the slopes and summit of the imposing granite peak, towering above the jungle below. Climb up steps carved into the rock face to see the fortified palace and brilliant frescoes or enjoy the spectacular views of ancient citadel and jungle from the lily-pad-covered moats that surround the rock. Return to your hotel for lunch and to enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 9: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Dambulla to Kandy
After breakfast visit the Dambulla Rock Temple, where the impressive caves contain over 2000 square metres of painted walls and ceilings which were once gilded by the ancient King to mark his place of worship. After some time to explore here, a stop will be made at a typical Sri Lankan spice garden to observe how a variety of spices are grown. You will arrive into Kandy this afternoon and head to the famous Temple of the Sacred Tooth. The golden-roofed temple houses Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic — a tooth of Buddha; you will arrive in time for ‘pooja’ when the heavily guarded room housing the relic is open to both pilgrims and travellers alike.

Day 10: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Kandy
Cradled amongst misty hills, the small city of Kandy exudes history, culture and beauty with its calm centrepiece lake surrounded by rolling forested landscapes and colourful houses. Explore the famous botanical gardens of Peradeniya, full of exotic palms, colourful orchids and home to over four thousand species of trees and plants. Then enjoy a tour of the city followed by a day at leisure.

Day 11: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
This morning you will journey to Nuwara Eliya, often referred to as ‘Little England’ due to its plethora of colonial bungalows, well-tended hedgerows and pretty rose gardens. Sri Lanka is one of the world’s largest exporters of tea and Nuwara Eliya has been the capital of this industry since the 19th century. En route to your hotel, you will make a stop at a tea plantation to observe the rich traditional process and inhale the heavenly scent of the prestigious Ceylon tea brand.

Day 12: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Nuwara Eliya to Udawalawe
A morning tour of Nuwara Eliya begins today, driving through the lush green tea plantations dotted with the colourful saris of the women working in them. Lunch will be served in a local village, Ella, with far reaching views over the misty landscapes beyond before continuing to Udawalawe.

Day 13: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Udawalawe to Tissamaharama
Rising early this morning, embark on a jeep safari within Udawalawe National Park to witness these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. As well as being home to over 250 elephants, deer, water buffalo, monkeys and a variety of bird species can also be found in the park. Just outside the park is the Elephant Transit Home, an inspirational project started to rehabilitate injured elephants. After this visit, depart for Tissamaharama to enjoy lunch and the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 14: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Tissamaharama & Yala National Park
After some free time this morning, a jeep safari in the nearby Yala national park awaits. Seek elephants, sloths, deer and with the highest density of leopards in the world, you may even be lucky enough to spot one of these beautifully elusive animals.

Day 15: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Tissamaharama to Mirissa
Departing Tissamaharama, you will travel to the sleepy coastal resort of Mirissa. The idyllic crescent of beach, fringed with coconut palms is the perfect place to crack open a coconut and relax on the soft golden sands by the calm turquoise waters.

Day 16: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Mirissa & Galle
Following an early morning at leisure, you will travel to Galle, a fort area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This national treasure has been inhabited by the Portuguese, Dutch and British, all of whom left their distinctive marks visible in the walled Galle Fort and through the sleepy streets strewn with colonial buildings, restaurants and small boutique shops.

Day 17: (Breakfast Included) Mirissa to Malta
After breakfast transfer to Colombo airport for your flight back to Malta.

Tips - This is at your discretion but we recommend you allow approximately €30 for the duration of your tour. Please note that Yala National Park may be closed for 30 days each year commencing around the month of September. The tour will visit Lunugamvehera National Park instead.

 



TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • City tours of Colombo, Kandy and Galle

  • The beautiful beaches of Nilaveli and Mirissa

  • Explore the magnificent Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Rock Temple

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site of the ancient capital, Anuradhapura

  • Nuwara Eliya with its famous tea plantations

  • Safari through both Udawalawe and Yala National Park 

   
 

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DEPARTURES & PRICES

 

OUR PACKAGES INCLUDE
15 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 15 dinners
Fully escorted tour with local English speaking guides throughout
Return flights from Malta to Sri Lanka
All internal travel including flights and air-conditioned/heated transportation
Accommodation, 12 excursions and entry fees to all sights



2017FROM
19 APR €2839
03 MAY €2539
17 - 31 MAY €2699
14 - 28 JUN €2839
30 AUG €2979
13 - 27 SEP €2979
11 - 25 OCT €2979
08 - 22 NOV €3109

 

2018FROM
10 JAN €3149
24 JAN €3429
07 FEB €3429
21 FEB

€3149

07 MAR €3019
04 - 18 APR €2889
02 MAY €2539
16 - 30 MAY €2749
13 - 27 JUN €2879
29 AUG €3019
12 - 26 SEP €3019
10 - 24 OCT €3019
07 - 21 NOV €3149


  

Single Travellers: We have a limited number of rooms with no single supplement. Once all single rooms are sold, a  single supplement for the main tour starts from just €809.


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