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Sri Lanka Discovery. - 2018

Small group tour
15 days - From US$3035*PP

Explore Sri Lanka's cultural and natural highlights, including ancient Buddhist Anuradhapura, spectacular Sigiriya Rock, the cave art of Dambulla, the tea-growing highlands and the wilds of Yala National Park. Discover the historic Galle Fort, wander quiet villages and meet the locals, enjoy tropical beaches and savor delicious Sri Lankan cuisine.

Inclusions

  • 14 nights hotel accommodation
  • breakfast daily
  • 4 lunches
  • 4 dinners
  • transport in air-conditioned vehicles
  • 2 jeep safaris
  • small group touring
  • entrance fees
  • tour leader (based on a minimum ten passengers)
  • local English-speaking guides
  • porterage and incidental tipping
  • and tour arrival and departure transfers.

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JANUARY 14th
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JANUARY 28th
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JANUARY 28th
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FEBRUARY 11th
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FEBRUARY 18th
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MARCH 4th
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MARCH 25th
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APRIL 8th
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JUNE 24th
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JULY 8th
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SEPTEMBER 30th
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OCTOBER 7th
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NOVEMBER 11th
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NOVEMBER 25th
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US$3315*

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JANUARY 13th
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JANUARY 27th
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US$3575*

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FEBRUARY 10th
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FEBRUARY 17th
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MARCH 3rd
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MARCH 17th
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MARCH 31st
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JULY 7th
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SEPTEMBER 15th
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SEPTEMBER 29th
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OCTOBER 20th
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NOVEMBER 10th
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NOVEMBER 24th
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Small Group Tour Itinerary

2018

DAY 1: COLOMBO
On arrival in Colombo, transfer to your hotel, and meet your fellow travelers and Tour Leader (or local guide). Most flights arrive late into Colombo so your tour briefing may take place over breakfast.

Hotel: Ramada Colombo (or similar)

DAY 2: COLOMBO CITY TOUR
Discover Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital. Explore some of the city's main sites on a walking tour including the Grand Oriental Hotel, the Fort district, kovils (Tamil Hindu temples) and the Gangaramaya Temple.

Hotel: Ramada Colombo (or similar)

DAY 3: COLOMBO TO ANURADHAPURA
Venture to Anuradhapura stopping en route at Negombo's famous fish market. On the journey you may see locals ‘toddy tapping', a process that produces a popular local alcoholic beverage made from palm trees.

Hotel: Palm Garden Village (or similar)

DAY 4: MIHINTALE
Explore the ancient complex of Mihintale. Discover some of Anuradhapura's main sites including Thuparama Dagoba (pagoda) and a Bodhi tree that is claimed to be grown from the cutting of the tree in India. In the evening, see pilgrims praying under the huge dome of Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba.

Hotel: Palm Garden Village (or similar)

DAY 5: ANURADHAPURA TO SIGIRIYA
Depart Anuradhapura and visit a local farm to gain an insight into daily life as you take a bullock cart ride. Enjoy a simple lunch before exploring Polonnaruwa. Continue to Sigiriya.

Hotel: Hotel Sigiriya (or similar)

DAY 6: SIGIRIYA ROCK
Spend time exploring Sigiriya Rock. Depending on your level of fitness, you may wish to climb the few thousand steps to the rock summit. Choose to join an optional tour to the deserted forest monastery of Ritigala or relax at your hotel.

Hotel: Hotel Sigiriya (or similar)

DAY 7: SIGIRIYA TO KANDY
Drive to Dambulla, home to some of Sri Lanka's finest collections of Buddhist art. Visit a tropical spice garden and learn about the plants that are used medicinally and in cooking before continuing to Kandy.

Hotel: Hotel Suisse (or similar)

DAY 8: KANDY
Spend time visiting the Temple of the Tooth which houses Sri Lanka's most revered relic, a tooth of Buddha. Enjoy a local breakfast before embarking on a city tour to see a colorful central market area and stroll through the beautiful Peradeniya Botanical Gardens.

Hotel: Hotel Suisse (or similar)

DAY 9: KANDY TO NUWARA ELIYA
Take a slow and scenic train ride from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya on an old-fashioned train where there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy beautiful scenery. Upon arriving in Nuwara Eliya, visit a tea plantation. Enjoy a short tour of town visiting the market area, race course and admiring the quaint highland architecture.

Hotel: Grand Hotel (or similar)

DAY 10: NUWARA ELIYA TO TISSA
Descend back to the lowlands via the town of Ella and stop for lunch with a local family. Take an easy walk into the Ella hills at Little Adam's Peak. In the afternoon, arrive at the town of Tissa, your base for Yala National Park.

Hotel: Kithala Resort (or similar)

DAY 11: YALA NATIONAL PARK
Enjoy a morning and afternoon safari at Yala National Park, famous for its leopards. The park also has a population of elephants and other wildlife including a variety of deer, hyena, sloth bear, crocodile and numerous varieties of birds.

Hotel: Kithala Resort (or similar)

DAY 12: TISSA TO WELIGAMA
Journey along the southern coastline from Tissa to Weligama. Stop en route at Mulkirigala to visit an unusual temple dating back 2,000 years which features a gallery of wonderful Buddhist art.

Hotel: Mandara Resort (or similar)

DAY 13: WELIGAMA TO GALLE & HIKKADUWA
Drive to Mirissa to board your boat in search of the world's largest living creature, the Blue whale as well as other whale species, and a variety of dolphins (Nov to Apr). After lunch, continue to Galle and discover Galle Fort, a great place to explore the quaint streets, sweeping ocean views, and little shops and cafes. Afterwards, drive a short distance to your beach hotel at Hikkaduwa.

Hotel: Hikka Tranz By Cinnamon (or similar)

DAY 14: GALLE & HIKKADUWA
Enjoy free time this morning to further explore Galle Fort, relax by the hotel pool or wander along the Hikkaduwa beachfront. In the afternoon, drive to Unawatuna where a demonstration of Sri
Lankan cooking awaits followed by a delicious farewell dinner.

Hotel: Hikka Tranz By Cinnamon (or similar)

DAY 15: HIKKADUWA
Transfer to Colombo for your onward journey.

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