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Sri Lanka is a historic and cultural storehouse set against a backdrop of stunning beauty. No visit to the island is complete unless you venture into the interior and sample these wonders at first hand. Our 7 night Scenic Highlights tour, staying at premier hotels, gives a fascinating insight into the wonders that exist in Sri Lanka today - the ancient cities and temples of past civilisations, the fascinating highlands where world famous Ceylon tea is grown on the steep hillsides, the lakeside city of Kandy, the last stronghold of the Sri Lankan Kings, an orphanage where baby elephants are reared and trained by their loving keepers; there is much to see.
You will be met at the airport on arrival and transferred to the Sigiriya Village Hotel. The remainder of the day is spent at your own leisure with dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
After breakfast visit Anuradhapura, the first capital of the island dating from the 4th century BC. See the sacred Bo Tree, world famous Samadhi Buddha, the remains of the Brazen Palace and rock carvings. Afternoon at leisure with optional bird watching or nature ramble (payable locally). Dinner and overnight stay at the Sigiriya Village Hotel.
After breakfast, proceed to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, the second capital of Sri Lanka in the 11th & 12th centuries AD. See the ruins of the Royal Palace, Lotus Bath and Polonnaruwa Statue and visit the Gal Vihara with its splendid carved Buddha statues. Afternoon at leisure with optional Sri Lankan wood carving experience or a visit to the Polonnaruwa Rest House (payable locally). Dinner and overnight stay at the Sigiriya Village Hotel.
Early morning exploration of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress which is a World Heritage site dating back from the 5th century AD, built by the King Kashyapa. Return to your hotel for a late breakfast. In the afternoon visit the world heritage site of Dambulla Rock Temple dating from the 1st century BC and the impressive cave temples which have over 2000 square metres of painted walls. Meal and overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, proceed to Matale visiting its Spice Garden and a Batik factory to experience the rich variety of the countries spices and marvel at the batik paintings. In the afternoon experience a city tour of Kandy, a World Heritage site, visit a gem museum and lapidary as well as a bazaar and an arts and crafts centre, plus enjoy a drive around Kandy Lake. Dinner and overnight at the Tourmaline Hotel.
After breakfast, visit the Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya. Continue to the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, where you will witness first-hand young elephants being fed, bathed and trained by the wildlife authorities. In the evening head back to Kandy and visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic in time for the 'Pooja' (religious worship) and a cultural show. Dinner and overnight at the Tourmaline Hotel.
After breakfast continue on to Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka's leading hill resort & tea growing centre. Visit a tea factory followed by a short city tour. Dinner & overnight at the Heritance Tea Factory Hotel.
After an early breakfast travel on to Kitulgala, witnessing the Devon's and St.Clares waterfalls and passing the site where the film 'The Bridge On The River Kwai' was filmed, continue to Colombo where you will experience a city tour before being transferred to your respective beach hotel or your next flight.
This tour will run with a minimum of 2 people.
|Depart UK||Arrive UK||Price|
|01 Apr 2018||30 Apr 2018||£685pp|
|21 Jun 2018||30 Jun 2018||£639pp|
|01 Jul 2018||31 Aug 2018||£685pp|
|01 May 2018||20 Jun 2018||£669pp|
|08 Sep 2018||31 Oct 2018||£685pp|
|01 Nov 2018||20 Dec 2018||£729pp|
|21 Dec 2018||31 Dec 2018||£839pp|
|01 Sep 2018||07 Sep 2018||£655pp|
Single travellers & couples may not always travel as a group. If the hotels detailed are not available alternatives will be used of a similar standard. The tour may also be reversed but all sites mentioned & content will remain the same.
Depending on flight times, a night may need to be spent in Colombo prior to the tour or prior to departing for Maldives or Kerala (for extension in Maldives or Kerala). The cost on Half Board is £119pp. Single supplement from £65pppn.
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