Sensational Sri Lanka

15 nights private tour

Price from: £2699pp

Colombo 2 nights
Yala National Park 2 nights
Ella 2 nights
Kandy 1 night
Sigiriya, Habarana or Dambulla 3 nights
Trincomalee 4 nights
Negombo 1 night

Day 1: Fly to Colombo.

Day 2 Colombo: On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure to relax.

Day 3 Colombo: After breakfast, explore Colombo city by open-air vintage WW2 jeep taking in around 20 significant city sights before visiting a bird sanctuary. Later this afternoon step out on an Old Colombo Walking tour, taking in the amazing architecture as you stroll.

Day 4 Colombo/Yala National Park: Depart for Yala, Sri Lanka’s largest national park. Embark on your first safari this afternoon keeping your eyes peeled for elephant, boar, buffalo, leopard, bear, deer and crocodiles along with large flocks of migratory and indigenous birds (approx 160 miles/3½ hours drive).

Day 5 Yala National Park: Enjoy an early jeep safari in the hope of spotting more amazing wildlife. The rest of the day is at leisure or you can take an optional excursion to Bundala National Park (extra cost), which is considered a bird lover’s paradise!

Day 6 Yala National Park/Ella: Drive to Ella this morning and later visit Nine Arch Bridge by tuk tuk. In the midst of thick jungle and tea plantations, this viaduct is truly one of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful sights and one of the best examples of colonial-era railway construction in Sri Lanka (approx 52 miles/2 hours drive).

Day 7 Ella: Depart early for Bambaragala Pathna, a popular hiking spot, to watch the sunrise. It’s a relaxing uphill walk under the shady trees to the viewpoint where you’re rewarded with stunning views. This afternoon visit Little Adam’s Peak, a scenic area with walks amid lush tea plantations and waterfalls.

Day 8 Ella/Kandy: This morning visit the Halpe Watte tea plantation and tea factory to learn how tea is manufactured and graded before tasting a cup of pure Ceylon tea. Travel on to Kandy, the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This evening take a city tour that includes Kandy Lake, Kandy town, the bazaar, and a gem museum. You’ll also visit the Temple of the Tooth for a cultural show (approx 86 miles/4½ hours drive).

Day 9 Kandy/Sigiriya or Habarana: Set off this morning for the Cultural Triangle stopping enroute in Dambulla, a hub treasured by many kings since the 1st century. Visit the incredible Dambulla Rock Temple which houses five cave temples with exquisite paintings and 150 statues of Lord Buddha. Travel onwards to Sigiriya or Habarana (approx 65 miles/4 hours drive).

Day 10 Sigiriya or Habarana/Polonnaruwa: A tour highlight as you visit 5th century Sigiriya Rock Fortress, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the extensive gardens that ring the base, see world-renowned frescos and if so inclined it’s a 600 feet climb to the top. Later, drive to Polonnaruwa, another UNESCO World Heritage Site (approx 1½ hours). Visit the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya - four colossal statues carved from granite, the Lotus Bath, and Audience Hall.

Day 11 Sigiriya or Habarana: At leisure or you can take an optional excursion to Minneriya National Park for a jeep safari (extra cost).

Day 12 Sigiriya or Habarana/Trincomalee: Depart this morning for the East coast resort of Trincomalee, which sits on one of the world’s finest natural harbours and has miles of unspoiled beaches.

Days 13-15 Trincomalee: Unwind beside the hotel pool or on the gorgeous beach.

Day 16 Trincomalee/Negombo: Morning departure for Negombo (approx 173 miles/ 6 hours drive). On arrival you are free to relax.

Day 17 Negombo/Colombo: Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

What you need to know

Departures: Daily.

Meals: Breakfast. Half board in Yala.

Tour price: The price shown for this privately escorted tour by air-conditioned car is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes return international flights from the UK, private transfers, 3-5* accommodation, sightseeing as outlined and services of an English speaking guide.

Also available with 4* and 5* accommodation or boutique properties and air taxi transfers.

Extensions are also available in each destination. Due to en route sightseeing and the nature of the scenic, winding roads, some journeys can take several hours. However, air taxis are available for some routes, cutting journey times considerably (sometimes by up to 6 hours). Please ask for details.

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