An amazing 16-day journey in Sri Lanka, bursting with cultural beauty, fascinating history, wonderful sacred sites and stunning, diverse landscapes.Commencing from Negombo on 18th October 2017, explore the former capital cities and see amazing ancient monuments. Experience the wonderful historic sights of Jaffna. Take a guided tour of Kandy, the cultural capital, and experience the atmospheric old-world charm of Galle. Marvel at the ancient cave paintings at Sigiriya Rock and the incredible stone carvings in Dambulla cave temples. Savour the lush tea plantations and waterfalls in the breathtaking mountain region. Learn about the health benefits of spices as you tour a spice plantation and enjoy a mouthwatering lunch. Enjoy the beautiful beach of Trinomalee, the interesting city of Colombo and other great sights. Along the way there are great shopping opportunities and enticing cuisine for you enjoy.
This wonderful journey will enrich and delight you.
Arrive in Colombo and transfer to our lovely beach-side hotel. In the late afternoon, the group will meet for an official welcome. Overnight Negombo.
After breakfast, visit fishing boats and a few other local sights. Drive to the magical ancient city of Anuradhapura, the former capital of Sri Lanka. En route we have a safari through Wilpatu National park. Overnight Anuradhapura.
Go on a sightseeing tour of the fascinating Buddhist stupas and ruins by cycle or vehicle. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon before a late afternoon tour takes you to the beautiful hill-top location of Mihintale, famous as the place where Buddhism was introduced to Sri Lanka. Overnight Anuradhapura.
Enjoy a scenic train trip to the mostly ‘untouristed’ city of Jaffna. Go on a driving tour around the town. Overnight Jaffna.
See the main sights of this intriguing city with a guided tour and also enjoy some free time. Jaffna is a wonderful place to discover Sri Lankan Tamil culture. It has shady colonial suburbs and beautiful temples and churches. Overnight Jaffna.
Enjoy the lovely scenery as we drive the coastal road to Trincomalee. After lunch we take in the local sights of this fascinating town. Trincomalee has a wonderful natural harbor and an amazing history that goes way back in time. Colonial control changed hands here seven times by the time the British took charge in 1795.
Today is free to enjoy the beach (perhaps try snorkeling), relax, explore or have a massage. Another option is to take a whale and dolphin-watching boat trip.
Drive to Polonnaruwa, the second former capital of the country, to visit the outstanding ancient ruins and monuments. Enjoy a picnic lunch and a guided tour. Overnight Avudangawa.
An early visit to Sigiriya Rock, one of the most amazing sights in Sri Lanka makes a great start to the morning. We then have a bullock cart ride and lunch in a local village. There is some free time in the afternoon to relax with an ayurvedic massage or have a swim in the resort’s garden pool. Overnight Avudangawa.
A morning drive to Kandy with a visit to the incredible Dambulla cave temples, packed with fabulous Buddhist art, makes this an extra special day. There is also a guided tour and lunch at a spice plantation as well as an early evening visit to the Temple of the Tooth, the most-visited sacred sight in Sri Lanka. Overnight Kandy.
A visit to the lovely botanical gardens is on the agenda for this morning, with the afternoon free to wander the town, visit the gem factory, enjoy an ayurvedic massage or just relax. In the late afternoon, you will witness a wonderful cultural dance and fire walk. Overnight Kandy.
Go on a scenic mountain drive through beautiful tea plantations to Nuwara Eliya. On the way, we visit a tea factory to see how Sri Lanka’s wonderful tea is made. A tour of the town is planned for the late afternoon. Overnight Nuwara Eliya.
Enjoy the lovely mountain scenery as we drive to Galle. Stroll the streets of this charming old-world Portuguese and Dutch-influenced town. Overnight Galle.
Drive to Colombo, en route visiting a moonstone mine and Lunuganga Estate. Go on a city tour and enjoy free time for shopping or exploring before a final group dinner. Overnight Colombo.
There is free time today before transferring to the airport for flights home.
Your 16-day experience includes air-conditioned travel, fabulous accommodation, train ride, all tours, entrance fees, local guides, guide tips, some meals and bottled water.
Tour Price $3950 per person twin share.
(Single supplement $990)
The itinerary may be subject to change depending on altered circumstances.