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

Day 2: (Dinner Included) Colombo to Dambulla
On arrival you will be met by your local guide and transferred to Dambulla. The bustling town is renowned in Sri Lanka for its fast-pace and one of the island’s largest markets, it also serves as the perfect base from which to discover iconic cultural landmarks.

Day 3: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Dambulla
Depart in the morning to explore the stunning Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a World Heritage Site dating back to the 5th century AD. Also known as the ‘Lion Rock’, it is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the jungle. Following lunch continue on to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa which was once a royal capital of the Sinhalese kingdom and is over 1000 years old. It was chosen as the capital as it was advantageously positioned to safeguard against possible attacks from the southeast, as well as supposedly having fewer mosquitoes! Here you can admire the ruins of the Royal Palace and wander round the Gal Vihare, famous for its splendid carved Buddha statues.

Day 4: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Dambulla to Kandy
After breakfast visit the Dambulla Rock Temple, where the impressive caves contain over 2000sq metres of painted walls and ceilings which were once gilded by the ancient King to mark his place of worship. You will then travel to Kandy en route visiting a spice garden followed by lunch and check in at your hotel. Continue to the famous Temple of Tooth Relic in the afternoon — Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic and one of the holiest shrines in the Buddhist world. After dinner relax whilst watching an eclectic cultural show, where performers will dazzle you with ornate costumes and traditional dances.

Day 5: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Kandy
Today you will travel to the beautiful botanical gardens in Peradeniya, boasting more than 4,000 species of trees, plants, orchids and creepers. Next a highlight of this tour is a trip to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975 to care for abandoned and wounded elephants. Witness these magnificent creatures in close quarters and see young elephants being fed, bathed and trained by the wildlife authorities. This evening enjoy a city tour of Kandy, including the bazaar and arts and crafts centre and a gem museum. Kandy was the last capital of the ancient kings and after defending themselves for over three centuries from the Dutch and Portuguese it finally fell to the hands of the British in 1815.

Day 6: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Kandy to Yala
Leave Kandy for Nuwara Eliya en route visiting a tea plantation/factory. On arrival in Nuwara Eliya participate in a short walking tour of the town. Your journey continues through Sri Lanka's striking scenery with lunch on the way to your Hotel near Yala. 

Day 7: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Yala
The morning is at leisure before your exciting jeep safari around the magnificent Yala National Game Park, the largest national park in Sri Lanka with a unique ocean front setting. The park is home to elephants, wild boars, buffaloes, bears, deer and crocodiles as well as a number of migratory and indigenous birds. You may even spot a leopard!

Day 8: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included) Yala to Mount Lavinia
Following breakfast, you will arrive in Galle, once the chief port of Ceylon and the centre of the Dutch regime in the 17th century. A city tour lets you discover the majestic Galle Fort and the surrounding historic buildings which reflect the Dutch heritage which once reined the country. Travel north for your final night at the world famous Mount Lavinia Hotel. This 200 year old hotel was once the Governor’s Residence when Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) was under British rule.

Day 9: (Breakfast Included)
Mount Lavinia to Malta. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Malta.

Tips - It is customary to tip your guide and driver, this is at your discretion but we recommend you allow approximately €12 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 Udawalawe National Park instead.

 



TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Rock Temple

  • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

  • City Tour of Kandy and Galle

  • Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya

  • Tea Factory and Plantation

  • Safari through Yala National Park 

   
 

EXTENSION

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DEPARTURES & PRICES

 

OUR PACKAGES INCLUDE
7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 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, 6 excursions and entry fees to all sights



2017FROM
20 APR €2169
04 MAY €1869
18 MAY €1939
08 - 22 JUN €2069
24 AUG €2479
07 SEP €2339
21 SEP €2199
05 - 19 OCT €2199
02 - 30 NOV €2199

 

2018FROM
11 - 25 JAN €2299
08 - 22 FEB €2229
08 - 22 MAR €2229
05 APR

€2369

19 APR €2189
03 MAY €1869
17 MAY €1969
07 - 21 JUN €2099
23 AUG €2499
06 SEP €2369
20 SEP €2229
04 - 18 OCT €2229
01 - 29 NOV €2229


  

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