Sri Lanka

12 nights
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Travel 01 May 2019 - 30 Nov 2019
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  • 2 nts Cinnamon Red, Colombo - Standard room - Breakfast
  • 3 nts Hill Country Journey , Nuwara Eliya - Standard room - Breakfast
  • 7 nts Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa, South West Coast Beaches - Superior river view room - Half board PLUS
  • Tour includes 2nts Kandy, 1nt Nuwara Eliya and sightseeing
  • Flights to Colombo with Sri Lankan Airlines, accommodation throughout, privately escorted Hill Country Journey tour including the services of an English speaking guide and sightseeing, return private transfers and prepayable taxes.
  • This holiday is ATOL protected 2713
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2 nts Cinnamon Red, Colombo

Standard room - Breakfast

Centrally and conveniently situated close to many attractions, restaurants, shops and nightlife venues.

3 nts Hill Country Journey , Nuwara Eliya
Standard room - Breakfast

Experience the elephants, culture and tea plantations of Sri Lanka on this privately escorted tour.

7 nts Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa, South West Coast Beaches
PLUS

Superior river view room - Half board PLUS

Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa has an abundance of natural attractions thanks to its river and ocean setting in Bentota.

UPGRADE OPTIONS

Why not upgrade to all inclusive at Centara Ceysands from only £21pp

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Flights to Colombo with Sri Lankan Airlines, accommodation throughout, privately escorted Hill Country Journey tour including the services of an English speaking guide and sightseeing, return private transfers and prepayable taxes.

Regional Departures: Regional supplements are available from Manchester from £170, Belfast from £170, Newcastle from £170, Edinburgh from £170, Glasgow from £170. Other regional airports may be available, please ask for details.


Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing (unless stated otherwise). Subject to availabilty, terms and conditions apply.


2 nts Cinnamon Red, Colombo

Standard room - Breakfast

More often than not Sri Lanka's capital is considered as nothing more than a transit point, however those that do allow a day or so to explore Colombo will be pleasantly surprised to find a dynamic city that pulses with life whilst preserving an old world charm – indeed many of the boutique colonial homes have been restored as hotels.

Within this urban hub, which is located on the island's west coast, you will find everything from colonial buildings and historical monuments to temples and museums along with exciting shopping, delectable dining and a vibrant nightlife.

The British influence is clearly visible in the buildings located in the Fort, an area where the larger corporations and stock exchange are situated, as well as the official residence of Sri Lanka's President. Close by is Pettah Market, a bustling maze of stalls with each section selling its own speciality, ranging from foodstuffs to shoes and even gold. The New Parliament is situated at Sri Jayawardenapura on the outskirts of Colombo, while the Old Parliament on Galle Road is now the Presidential Secretariat. Galle Face Green is the scenic promenade where the locals gather during the evenings and at the weekend to enjoy a stroll and the cool breeze from the Indian Ocean. Nearby are temples, mosques and churches catering to the diverse population, including Gangaramaya Temple and the famous Buddhist temple of Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, one of Sri Lanka's most sacred sites.

The city is littered with malls, boutique shops, department stores and roadside stalls selling everything you could ever wish for. There's also a fantastic range of restaurants offering all types of international fare and authentic Sri Lanka dishes including crab, which you really must try. When looking to sit back and relax, there's perhaps nowhere better to enjoy evening cocktails than the historic Galle Face Hotel with its views across the city or out to the Indian Ocean.

3 nts Hill Country Journey , Nuwara Eliya
Standard room - Breakfast

Inland from Colombo rise the verdant highlands of Sri Lanka's mist-shrouded Hill Country with its lush green tea plantations, scenic mountains, rolling hills and cascading waterfalls. Centre of the country's tea industry is the old British town of Nuwara Eliya which lies close to the highest point of the island at the heart of the southern Hill Country.

Established by the British in the 19th century Nuwara Eliya is often referred to as 'Little England' due to the colonial buildings, Victorian style village post office, English church, golf club and horseracing track. History aside, this is tea country and Nuwara Eliya produces some of the finest tea in the world. Be sure to visit a tea factory to discover the skills of tea blending and tasting whilst drinking in the sheer magnificence of the mountains, valleys and verdant tea plantations dotted with the bright colours of the sari-clad tea-pickers. Follow the Tea Trails on foot or by bicycle, taking the time to enjoy a picnic at spectacularly scenic locations along the way. We highly recommend staying in one of the restored colonial era plantation bungalows at Ceylon Tea Trails, where guests enjoy a taste of gracious living thanks to high tea, gourmet meals, exquisite butler service and authentic period furnishings all within stunningly beautiful gardens.

Nuwara Eliya is also the gateway to the Horton Plains National Park famed for its stunning flora and fauna as well as some excellent hikes; the most popular being the round trip to World's End, a stunning viewpoint at the very edge of the Hill Country where the cliffs suddenly fall away to the plains below.

Another popular place to visit is the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage where up to 100 elephants young and old are given sanctuary in a natural habitat. Try to coincide your visit with either the morning or midday meals, after which you can enjoy the unique spectacle of these magnificent animals bathing and splashing around in the shallow waters of the river.

7 nts Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa, South West Coast Beaches
PLUS

Superior river view room - Half board PLUS

This scenic coastline shows Sri Lanka at its most developed with the established resort of Bentota along with the bustling town of Kalutara, both of which are dotted with wonderful hotels and dining options, while those who enjoy a more serene pace of life, should look no further than the small resort of Ahungalla. However, what they all share are golden beaches, swaying coconut palms and the warm blue waters of the Indian Ocean.

Nestled between the beautiful Bentota River, a tropical lagoon and the Indian Ocean is Bentota, one of the south west coast's most established beach resorts. The wide expanse of golden sands face the Indian Ocean and are lined by a superb choice of hotels, from boutique to bustling, suiting all tastes and budgets. Watersports enthusiasts can enjoy everything from jet skiing and windsurfing to wakeboarding and canoeing on the calm waters of the lagoon, take an excursion along the river or enjoy diving and snorkelling around the reefs that can be found close to the shore.

Once an important spice trading centre, Kalutara is today best known for its long stretch of fine sandy beach and whilst it is one of the largest settlements along the coast, it remains reasonably unspoilt. When you can tear yourself away from the beach, you'll find busy, colourful markets to explore along with some beautiful Buddhist temples.

Ahungalla is a small coastal fishing village nestling amidst coconut groves and with an idyllic palm-fringed sandy beach. Surrounded by farmland and paddy fields, it really is the ideal place to enjoy a relaxing beach holiday.

The south west coast beaches are a prime nesting site for turtles and at the Turtle Conservation Project in Kosgoda you can visit the hatchery and observe these incredible creatures in their natural habitat. This stretch of coastline is also known for its Ayurvedic centres with an array of therapies designed to relax and rejuvenate.

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