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Sri Lanka

12 days from £1899*
Departing: October 2018 - November 2019
* Price shown: 06 May 2019 from London Heathrow - LHR
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LOW DEPOSITS UNTIL 31st MAY - JUST £79** PER PERSON

Unforgettable island discoveries

Take in sacred sites and stunning scenery as you tour the enchanting and fascinating island paradise of Sri Lanka. You'll have the chance to encounter wonderful wildlife up close, and then to round off your stay with rest and relaxation at a beautiful beach resort.

Sri Lanka Tour Highlights

  • Explore colourful Colombo and watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean
  • See Pinnawala's orphaned elephants
  • Marvel at Dambulla's stunning Royal Rock Temple
  • UNESCO-listed Polonnaruwa was the 10th-century capital
  • Climb the 'Lion Rock' to the Fortress of Sigiriya
  • A visit to a spice garden and tea plantation
  • Time to enjoy lakeside Kandy and a visit to the Temple of the Tooth
  • Enjoy the unforgettable train ride to Nuwara Eliya - 'Little England' and Sri Lanka's 'Tea Capital'
  • Relax and enjoy a safari at Yala National Park - home to elephants, buffaloes, leopards, bears, deer and crocodiles
  • Rest and relax after the tour at the Indian Ocean resort town Beruwela

What does the price include?

  • 10 nights' dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation in Katunayake (1 night), Dambulla (2), Kandy (1), Nuwara Eliya (1), Yala (2) and Beruwela (3)
  • Return flights from your chosen airport to Colombo
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement
N.B. Visas are required for travel on this tour (see Further Information)

Sri Lanka Tour Itinerary

Day One: Fly to Sri Lanka

Your holiday begins with an overnight flight from the UK to Colombo.

Day Two: Arrive in Colombo

Welcome to Sri Lanka! You'll meet your Tour Manager upon arrival, and then transfer to your hotel. This evening, see your first stunning Sri Lankan sunset.

Day Three: Included elephant orphanage visit

Journey east across the central plains to visit the famous Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, and enjoy a close-up encounter with the animals at a private reserve. You'll also discover Dambulla's iconic Royal Rock Temple and its vast cave complex, before heading to Sigiriya for dinner and a two-night stay.

Day Four: Included Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya day trip

A memorable day begins with a trip to UNESCO-listed Polonnaruwa, the former Sri Lankan capital, home to the Royal Palace complex, ancient ruins, and Hindu and Buddhist shrines bordering the huge Prakama Samudra reservoir.

Spend the afternoon at the amazing rock fortress of Sigiriya, with its moated gardens, painted frescoes and the archaeological treasures of the towering 'Lion Rock'. The energetic can climb to the frescoes and 'mirror wall', and there are beautiful gardens and a fascinating museum to explore. You'll return to the hotel for dinner.

Day Five: Coach travel to Kandy

Travelling into 'Hill Country', uncover the secrets of Sri Lankan flavours at the Isiwara Spice Garden, enjoy a cookery demonstration, and learn about ancient healing traditions at an Ayurvedic centre. Arriving in Kandy, take an exhilarating tuk tuk ride to the Buddhist Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and enjoy a cultural show of traditional dance and drumming this evening.

Day Six: Included Hill Country train ride

A day of stunning scenery begins with a rail journey through the Sri Lankan Hill Country past tea plantations, tumbling streams and plunging waterfalls. Arrive at the hill station of Nuwara Eliya, a former colonial retreat that retains its English heritage, and take in its relaxed atmosphere with a park or lakeside stroll.

Day Seven: Included tea plantation tour

Learn about the growing and picking processes as you explore a tea plantation, and visit the idyllic hill village of Ella. Stroll along the disused railway track to Rawana Falls, or just take in the views. This afternoon you'll continue to your hotel in the famous Yala National Park, home to elephants, crocodiles, sloth bears and - most famously - leopards.

Day Eight: Included Yala National Park safari

This morning's included safari will be a three-hour trip into the park's protected scrubland and forest, in the company of a driver-guide, on a quest to see big cats and other wildlife in their natural habitat.

You'll also have the option to join a further, late afternoon safari.

Day Nine: Coach travel to Galle

Your last touring day takes you to the exotic coastal town of Galle, a Dutch colonial gem whose ancient fort walls protected the historic old town from the worst of 2004's tragic tsunami. Explore the fascinating streets within, or stroll around the battlements themselves, before we continue north to Beruwela.

Days 10 and 11: Days at leisure

After your tour, rest and relax in the beautiful beach resort of Beruwela, enjoying your hotel, the beach and the surroundings, and taking in the sunsets each evening. During your time here, there'll also be the opportunity to explore Sri Lanka's bustling capital, Colombo, with its restored Fort area and the ancient street markets of Pettah, and to enjoy an included lunch at the Cricket Club Cafe, surrounded by cricket memorabilia dating back to the 1940s.

Day 12: Fly back to the UK

Bid farewell to Beruwela today, and transfer to the airport for your flight home. You'll arrive back in the UK this evening, at the end of a wonderful Sri Lankan adventure.
Departure Airport Date Price From
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 11 October 2018 £1999
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 04 February 2019 £2199
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 04 March 2019 £2199
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 06 May 2019 £1899
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 10 October 2019 £1999
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 14 November 2019 £2199

Sri Lanka Touring Hotels 

You will be staying in a series of well-located hotels, all of which will be of a four- or five-star standard. In all cases, rooms have private bathrooms and air conditioning.

Further Information

Small group tours

Group sizes on each departure on this tour are restricted to a maximum of 24 people. The usual group size is between 16 and 20. As a result you'll be able to travel in smaller vehicles, enjoy experiences and encounters (and in some cases even stay in wonderful little places) that are denied to larger groups.

Passports and visas

British citizens require machine readable passports when travelling overseas. A visa is also required for entry to Sri Lanka. Full details of how and when to apply will be sent out about eight weeks before departure. Your passport must contain one blank page and be valid for six months beyond the entry date to Sri Lanka. The current visa charge is £25 for British Citizens.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your first hotel is approximately one hour.

On your flight

All outbound flights leave in the evening and land at your destination the next day. All return flights leave in the morning and land in the UK on the same day. On-board meals will usually include dinner and breakfast on outbound flights, and lunch and a snack on the flight home. Drinks are complimentary.

Luggage allowance

You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made. In many developing countries access is sometimes not as easy as at home. Should you have walking difficulties, getting around monuments and attractions may be harder and, in some cases, impossible. Should you have any concerns whatsoever please do contact us prior to travel.

Travel vaccinations

Requirements and advice can vary over time, and from person to person, so please contact your GP about eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or any other preventive measures.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Changes to your hotels

Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

Road Conditions

In developing countries road networks are continually being improved and expanded, which can mean that, from time to time, roadworks and rough road surfaces can extend journey times. Some journeys are made on winding mountain roads and passes, which may also make for slow travelling - although the scenery is usually worth it! Many roads do not have separate pavements or safety barriers, and great care should be taken when crossing or walking alongside roads.

**Low deposit of £79pp applies to new bookings made between 30th March and 31st May (inclusive) 2018 only.. This offer applies to flight-inclusive holidays only and excludes Lapland, Andre Rieu in Maastricht, Andre Rieu in Vienna, Deep South Rhythms, New Orleans & Caribbean Cruise, Five-Star Alaska Cruise & the Canadian Rockies, Canada's Rocky Mountaineer(TM), the Seychelles Island Cruise, Darjeeling & Bhutan - The Last Himalayan Kingdom, Classic South Africa, Under African Skies, Cape Town, the Garden Route & Big Five Safaris, Peru - Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu, and fly-cruises on board Magellan and Columbus. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

Sri Lanka reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Sri LankaScores 8.8 out of 10 based on 64 reviews
(8 out of 10)

CATHERINE

Hoylake Single traveller
Lovely country, superb hotels, and knowledgeable guide.
Confirmed traveller: 16 March 2018
Published on: 26 March 2018
(8 out of 10)

JAMES

Leatherhead Couple
The holiday was enjoyable but, although Sri Lanka is a small island, I felt that we spent too long on the bus. The local guide/tour manager was excellent but did talk about himself rather a lot. The hotels were fine except for the last one (Mandara Rosen) which was billed as a 5 star hotel; it may have met the criteria but the restaurant staff were surly and the food extremely disappointing. One of the problems with buffet meals in Sri Lanka hotels is that there is quite an element of Chinese food included (there are many Chinese tourists) and this made the menus unattractive as most of us would have preferred ordinary SriLankan food. This was particularly so at the Mandara Rosen.
Finally, when we visited Colombo, it appeared that the tour manager had not realised that there was a rehearsal for the Independence Day parade. There was a significant traffic jam and he should have known and, perhaps, taken us a day earlier; the weather was poor that day and that would have been more suitable when spending most of the day on the bus. You should most definitely not use the Cricket Club café for lunch in Colombo - it was awful.
Confirmed traveller: 02 February 2018
Published on: 28 February 2018
(9 out of 10)

JEAN

Bristol Couple
We had a very good tour guide, driver & assistant, the people on the tour were good company & everyone mixed with each other. We had one hotel, the Mandara Rosin where the room was very nice but the shower facilities were not good, the water ran boiling hot then freezing cold
Confirmed traveller: 02 February 2018
Published on: 23 February 2018