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Duration: 9 days Visiting: Sri Lanka
Discover the history, cultural highlights and scenic beauty of this tear-shaped island, including visits to the local markets and the archeological marvel of Polonnaruwa. Stay in luxury in the misty hills of Nuwara Eliya, savour the freshest tea possible during a plantation visit and take in the wondrous mountain ranges from the Mahaweli Reach Hotel.
Negombo, Sun, Sails and Sea.
Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport. On arrival at Colombo airport, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel in Negombo. Take the afternoon to relax in this thriving fishing town. At 19:00, join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Dinner.
Habarana and the Cultural Triangle.
Visit a pineapple plantation where you are taken on a guided tour of the estate. Continue to Habarana, in the centre of Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, an excellent base to explore the region. Visit the evocative Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka's first known kingdom and the former capital of the island. See the rich architectural wonders of dagobas, brick towers and pools built during the city's thousand years of rule over the country.
Rock fortresses and archaeological relics.
In the morning, travel to Sigiriya to visit the dramatic rocky outcrop of the famous rock fortress. This iconic ruin of an ancient civilisation rests on top of near vertical walls of a flat-topped summit and it is truly grandiose. Continue to Polonnaruwa, an archaeological marvel that reveals what life was like around 800 years ago, when the city was the thriving epicentre of commercial and religious life. In the archaeological park, you'll see hundreds of ancient structures, tombs, temples, statues and stupas, it's a sight to behold.
Cave Temples of Dambulla.
Journey to Dambulla to see the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s Cave Temples, Raja Maha Vihara. Known for spectacular interiors filled with Buddha and Hindu statues, the site’s history dates to 1 B.C. Reach Kandy and stop at a wonderful hilltop cottage overlooking the Hunas Mountain Ranges. Continue to Dalada Maligawa, the Sacred Tooth Relic, to see this most sacred site to the Sri Lankan Buddhists. Here, enjoy a performance of traditional dance to the melodic drum. In the evening, dine at a local restaurant.
Tea Plantations in Little England.
In the morning, receive insider access to artist Rahju’s private studio. Discuss art, mysticism, religion, and the cosmos with the artist himself over a cup of tea and see how his work has been influenced by these themes, and has evolved since, during a private viewing of his magnificent paintings.Your journey continues to Nuwara Eliya, where the rolling hills and cooler temperatures became a haven for English and Scottish pioneers of the tea industry. During your visit of a tea plantation, your Local Expert will show you how tea is produced today. At the tea garden, try your hand at the traditional technique of tea leaf picking, and sample some of the freshest tea possible. Walk through the tea plantations and reach the home of local tea pluckers. Enjoy a meal at a local restaurant in the city. In the evening, join your Travelling Concierge for an orientation of this quaint city, with 19th century architecture mimicking that of an English country town.
Nuwara Eilya at Leisure.
Enjoy an entire day at leisure to relax or continue exploring as you wish. Your Travelling Concierge is on hand to assist with any arrangements.
The Fortified City of Galle.
Journey along Sri Lanka's rugged south coast to the fortified Old Town of Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During your orientation, see the ramparts of the Galle Fort, considered one of the best examples of a living fortified city built by Europeans in south and south-east Asia. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to relax or continue exploring as you wish.
Join your Local Expert, a proud and passionate Sri Lankan, who will provide a deeper insight to Galle Fort and share the stories that make it 'a home for thousands.' In the evening, at a local restaurant, join your newfound friends and toast your travels during your Celebration Dinner.
Leave Galle, Depart Colombo.
Your trip draws to a close after breakfast with a transfer to Colombo airport for your onward flight, or the Lakeside Colombo hotel for those continuing their stay. On arrival at your home airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your private transfer home.
Negombo (Resort) - Sri Lanka
Relax after your flight, at the fantastic beach-side Jetwing Beach. With spacious guest rooms and wonderful facilities, including a large outdoor pool and spa. This is a great place to start your holiday.
Habarana (Resort) - Sri Lanka
Offering bungalow-style rooms surrounded by greenery, Habarana Village is a perfect location to explore the Cultural Triangle. The hotel features an outdoor pool and facilities for tennis, volleyball and badminton.
Kandy (Traditional) - Sri Lanka
Situated along the banks of Mahaweli River, Mahaweli Reach Hotel offers 5-star accommodation with rolling mountains as a backdrop. It features a large outdoor pool, Ayurvedic centre and fitness facilities.
Nuwara Eliya (Traditional) - Sri Lanka
Galle (Traditional) - Sri Lanka