Essential Sri Lanka
Bespoke Holiday Itinerary / Experience Tour

Info : Essential Sri Lanka

This tour encompasses much of the island - taking in the ancient cities, the hill country and a beach stay. Transport is with your own chauffeur-guide, who will remain with you for the entire tour, leaving you for a few days while you relax on the beach at the end.

You can be as flexible as you like and do what you want, when you want: it™s your holiday! We have included the main sites and all the entrance fees but there is much more to find and discover along the way. There are lots of varied experiences included and we also ensure that plenty of time is left free so you can relax or follow the serendipitous whims that often strike in Sri Lanka.

The hotels are all fantastic, laid back, low key and unpretentious. We tend towards the smaller character hotels as believe Sri Lanka does them best but if there are other places you would like to visit then we would be happy to adapt this to suit. 

Pricing & Inclusions

From £2495 pp inclusive of flights from the UK based on two travelling.

(This price is based on a tour price of £1865 pp and international flights from the UK from £630 pp = £2495 pp)

Inclusions

- International flights.

- All accommodation and meals as stated.

- All tours and transfers as stated.

Please note that the price of flights in particular can be higher during peak travel periods.

ALL EXPERIENCE TRAVEL TOURS ARE TAILOR MADE, PRIVATELY GUIDED AND DELIVERED BY THE BEST GUIDES IN THE COUNTRY.

Day-to-Day Itinerary : Essential Sri Lanka

DAY 1 DEPART THE UK

Depart the UK for Colombo, Sri Lanka.

DAY 2 GAMPAHA

Arriving in Colombo, you will be transferred to your accommodation at Casa Heliconia. This gorgeous little two bedroom villa provides the perfect place to relax into the Sri Lankan pace of life. You will stay here for one night.

DAYS 3 & 4 WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK

Head up north to Sri Lanka’s Wilpattu National Park where you may be lucky and see some of Sri Lanka’s famous wildlife; including sloth bears, leopards and water buffalo. Spend two nights at Palpatha, a great location as it is a mere 15 minutes from the park’s entrance. You’ll be experiencing Safari style camping in this delightful yet simple lodge, with thatched roofs and en-suite bathrooms.

DAYS 5 & 6 CULTURAL TRIANGLE

You will venture up to the Cultural Triangle where you will spend two days exploring. Visit the majestic ancient city of  Polonnaruwa and the UNESCO world heritage site at Sigiriya, a towering rock fortress with a fascinating history and Aukuna Standing Buddha. During season (July through to September) an afternoon safari in Minneriya National Park is also included. At Minneriya you can see up to 300 elephants at once (NB unless you are interested in birds, Minneriya is not worth visiting out of season but we can arrange an alternative for seeing wild elephants). Stay at a convenient located hotel - close to all of the sites. 

DAYS 7 & 8 KANDY

Based at Clove Villa, explore the cultural capital of Sri Lanka for two days. At leisure you may wish to visit the famous Temple of the Tooth, the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens or shop in the myriad of stalls that make up the daily market. There is a great selection of restaurants in Kandy and the night market is an interesting place to taste a great range of dishes from the food stalls.

 DAY 9 & 10 TEA COUNTRY

Take the train up through the tea covered hills to the wonderfully scenic town of Haputale. Stay in the Melheim Resort, a lovely small hotel in scenic surroundings. Walk in the mountains, visit tea factories, explore the picturesque towns of Bandarawela, Badulla and Haputale. Alternatively, stroll in the grounds of the hotel or relax on the lawn and enjoy the fresh, mountain air.

DAYS 11 - 14 THE GALLE COAST

Drop down to the coast and spend 4 nights at the fantastic Thaproban Pavilion on the curving bay of Unawatuna. Explore the coastal town of Unawatuna or take in the historic town of Galle and the Old Dutch fort. Talk to your travel consultant if you would like to upgrade your accommodation during the beach part of your trip.

DAY 15 COLOMBO

Spend the last night of the tour in the capital city of Colombo staying at Lake Lodge. A chance to do some last minute shopping and sample some of the restaurants. The highly recommended city tour of Colombo can also be included.

Day 16 fly home

Depart Sri Lanka for the UK.

Enhance your Experience+

Upgrade your beach stay for some seriously relaxing time at the end of your busy tour - we can suggest many options for you.  

While in Colombo do one of our fantastic 'City Walks' which is a guided walking tour of the city, taking in local food, colour and history with a brilliant, fun and knowledgeable guide. 


Customer Feedback
The boutique hotels were beautiful and personal. The tea trails a were fantastic.Khanda kanda was so stylish and the best food we had.We loved Park Street in Colombo,a real oasis.

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