From £1,945 per person
Includes flights, B&B accommodation, a/c transport with chauffeur guide, activities & taxes.
Drive northeast to Sigiriya in the island’s Cultural Triangle.
Two nights in a resort hotel situated in private open grounds frequented by wild peacocks and surrounded by woodland with stunning views of Sigiriya rock fortress.
Visit the medieval capital of Polonnaruwa, with its historic temples and exquisitely carved statues.
Jeep safari in Minneriya NP to see elephants and a spectacular array of Sri Lankan bird life.
Early morning ascent of the rock fortress of Sigiriya to view the surrounding countryside at dawn – a very special experience indeed.
Visit Sri Lanka’s finest cave temples at Dambulla, which date back to the 1st century BC.
Continue to Kandy, one of the principal points of the Cultural Triangle.
Two nights in a colonial-style hotel and former British governor’s residence set in a quiet and secluded location overlooking the lake.
Experience the Buddhist puja (blessing ceremony) at the Temple of the Tooth, which houses Sri Lanka’s most revered religious relic.
Guided walking tour of Kandy, which will take in the Hindu temples, the lake and the municipal market.
Visit the beautifully kept and well-presented Peradeniya Botanic Gardens.
Enjoy a performance of the famous Kandyan Dancers and Drummers, with a fire-walking finale.
Head into the upper Hill Country through tea plantations and past spectacular waterfalls to Nuwara Eliya, the British colonial capital of the Hill Country and the highest town in Sri Lanka at 1900 m above sea level.
Tour of a working tea factory to see how ‘two-leaves-and-a-bud’ turns into your daily cuppa!
Amble around ‘The City of Light’ and enjoy a little piece of England in the tropics!
One night in a former tea planters’ club with terraced lawns.
Trek through the heath and forest of Horton Plains NP, via Baker’s Falls, to see the awe-inspiring views at World's End.
Scenic train journey to Ella in the southern Hill Country.
Two nights at a welcoming family-run home-from-home located in the cradle of Ella Gap with wonderful views of the surrounding area.
Walks around Ella to Little Adam’s Peak and Ella Rock, the viewpoint of Lipton’s Seat, and Bambarakanda Falls, Sri Lanka’s highest waterfall.
Drop down to the hot and dry southern plain before continuing to Tissamaharama.
One night in a former government rest house overlooking tranquil Yoda Wewa (lake).
Early morning jeep safari in Yala West NP, Sri Lanka’s principal wildlife reserve, which has the highest density of leopards in the world. Other inhabitants include elephants, sloth bears, sambars, spotted deer, wild boars, crocodiles, wild buffaloes, mongooses, jackals, monkeys, and over 150 species of birds.
Drive along the picturesque southern coastline to Tangalle.
Three nights in an intimate beachside resort immersed in a coconut palm grove behind an attractive sandy bay.
Suggested sightseeing trips and activities (not included in price):
- Bird-watching boat safari through the lagoons and mangroves of Kalametiya Sanctuary, a coastal wetlands teeming with bird life, which is about halfway between Tangalle and Hambantota.
- Visit the most imposing rock temple in the south of the island at Mulkirigala, which is situated on an isolated rock 210 m high rising almost vertically from the surrounding forest and believed to have been founded around 130 BC.
- After dark, drive to Rekawa to visit the Turtle Conservation Project to see turtles laying eggs on the beach (hopefully!).
- Early morning boat safari off the south coast from Mirissa to spot Blue Whales, the largest animal on Earth! Sperm, Humpback and Fin Whales as well as large pods of dolphins are also regular sightings.
Continue to the Old Dutch Fort at Galle, a World Heritage Site. Amble around the ramparts and stroll through the Arab Quarter.
One night in a town villa built in harmony with the original colonial Dutch architecture of the 17th century within the ramparts of the Fort.
After a leisurely morning, head north to Negombo near the airport.
One night in a modern villa complex, with individually decorated rooms, swimming pool and bar terrace, and only a couple of minutes’ walk from the beachfront, before flying home.