Classic Sri Lanka
From 03/07/2022 to 31/12/2023
Departure dates & prices
Dates Availability Price
Jul Sun 03 2022 to Jul Sun 10 2022AvailableFrom$1,661*
Aug Sun 07 2022 to Aug Sun 14 2022AvailableFrom$2,170*
Sep Sun 18 2022 to Sep Sun 25 2022AvailableFrom$2,024*
Sep Sun 25 2022 to Oct Sun 02 2022AvailableFrom$2,130*
Oct Sun 16 2022 to Oct Sun 23 2022AvailableFrom$2,130*
Oct Sun 30 2022 to Nov Sun 06 2022AvailableFrom$2,215*
Nov Sun 13 2022 to Nov Sun 20 2022AvailableFrom$2,255*
Dec Sun 04 2022 to Dec Sun 11 2022AvailableFrom$2,300*
Dec Sun 18 2022 to Dec Sun 25 2022AvailableFrom$2,300*
Dec Sun 25 2022 to Jan Sun 01 2023AvailableFrom$2,300*
Jan Sun 22 2023 to Jan Sun 29 2023AvailableFrom$2,385*
Feb Sun 05 2023 to Feb Sun 12 2023AvailableFrom$2,385*
Feb Sun 26 2023 to Mar Sun 05 2023AvailableFrom$2,385*
Mar Sun 12 2023 to Mar Sun 19 2023AvailableFrom$2,300*
Apr Sun 02 2023 to Apr Sun 09 2023AvailableFrom$2,300*
Apr Sun 23 2023 to Apr Sun 30 2023AvailableFrom$2,300*
May Sun 14 2023 to May Sun 21 2023AvailableFrom$2,210*
Travel through highlands so green they almost glow in Nuwara Eliya, and sample some of the acclaimed tea varieties that grow on the hillsides with your small group.
Learn of the varied cuisine and local customs of different regions around Sri Lanka, highlighted by a rhythmic cultural dance performance in Kandy.
See one of the world’s most revered relics at the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, home to an earthly remain of the Lord Buddha, and discover the cave temple of Dambulla.
Head on safari – Sri Lanka style! Look for elephants and leopards while you cruise the beautiful Minneriya National Park in a jeep with expert local guides at twilight.
Watch candy-coloured tuk-tuks zip down the street in Colombo and while you’re checking out all the sights, have time to shop locally and ethically at small cottage industries.
Breakfasts Included: 7.
Hotel (7 nights).
Age: min 15.
Group Size: 1 - 12.
Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer.
Kandy - Private cultural dance performance.
Nuwara Eliya - Pedro Tea Estate visit.
Kandy - Temple of the Tooth with pooja ceremony.
Dambulla - Cave Temples.
Kandy - Spice garden visit.
Sigiriya - Lion Rock.
Anuradhapura - Bodhi Tree Temple.
Anuradhapura - World Heritage Site of ancient kingdom ruins.
Anuradhapura Bike Tour - Bike Guide.
Colombo - Market Visit.
Day 1 - Negombo Ayu-bowan! Welcome to Sri Lanka. Your adventure begins in the town of Negombo, located close to Bandaranaike International Airport. You can arrive at any time today as there are no activities planned until an important welcome meeting at 5.30 pm. Those arriving early can get into the spirit of seaside Sri Lanka by observing the local fishing craft and perhaps feasting on fresh seafood. The beautiful surrounding countryside is best explored on a bicycle, which you can rent with help from the hotel reception. Better yet, why not book yourself in to an Urban Adventure like Spirit of Negombo – checking out the city sights by foot and boat. See urbanadventures.com/Colombo-tour-spirit-of-negombo for more information.
Day 2 - Kandy Rise and shine for an 8 am check-out this morning and take a private transfer to the lush, rainforest-rimmed Kandy. It’s a 3.5-hour drive, so get to know your fellow travellers during the journey. Your afternoon is free, so perhaps head out and indulge in some of Kandy’s natural and historical attractions. The Peradeniya Botanic Gardens offer both – the sculpted lawns were once a private playground for Kandyan royalty. In the evening, watch a traditional dance performance set to percussive rhythms.
Day 3 - Kandy The gorgeous highlands await you today, so rise and shine for the journey to Nuwara Eliya. The evergreen hills and cool climate made this town a primary retreat for British colonialists in the 19th century, and many buildings remain from this period, earning it the nickname ‘Little Britain’. Stop in at a tea factory and learn about the process of cultivating the region’s fragrant, highly regarded varieties. Nuwara Eliya remains an incredibly important tea-growing area, and the plantations that dot the hillside make for lovely scenery. Return to Kandy and maybe ask your leader where you can grab a nice kottu roti (chopped roti with vegetables and plenty of spices). Kandy was one the world’s primary source of cinnamon and a variety of spices are grown the area, which makes for food that is bursting with flavour.
Day 4 - Habarana This morning, visit the temple that holds a tooth relic of the Lord Buddha. The aptly named Temple of the Tooth is one of Sri Lanka’s most sacred places and no matter your spiritual inclination, the hush of the temple and the atmosphere of reverence is incredibly powerful. Bid farewell to Kandy and transfer to Habarana, located just 12 km from Sigiriya, where the immense Lion Rock dominates the landscape. Tomorrow you will explore the ancient gardens and frescoes that decorate this behemoth, but today another unique site awaits. Visit the cave temple of Dambulla – actually a complex of five caves that are full of paintings and statues of the Lord Buddha. Murals cover the rough walls and sloping ceilings of the caves, which once served as dwellings for prehistoric Sri Lankans before the arrival of Buddhism.
Day 5 - Habarana This morning you'll visit the ancient carved-rock fortress that rises 180 metres above the surrounding plains in Sigiriya. A true spectacle of both nature and human endeavour, the Lion Rock features ancient paintings, the remains of a great lion sculpture and some of the oldest landscaped gardens in the world. Climb the winding walkways and explore this incredible example of ancient urban planning. Before the sun goes down, jump in jeep and go safari at Minneriya National Park. Many of the local beasts come out to play in the evening, so keep your eyes peeled for elephants, sambar deer and leopards.
Day 6 - Anuradhapura Say ayubowan – used for both greetings and farewells – to the verdant plains of Sigiriya and begin the 1.5-hour journey to Anuradhapura. This ancient Sri Lankan capital is home to some of the country’s best-looking ruins. Take a guided bike tour of this World-Heritage listed site, soaking up the splendour of ruins scattered among the city.
Day 7 - Colombo Hit the road again and watch the world go by on a long drive to Colombo (approximately 5.5 hours). Stop by some of the city's main sights on a bus tour including Independence Square, Parliament, and past the National Museum, finishing with a shopping opportunity for a good cause at the Barefoot Fairtrade Store. Here you can find a collection of handicrafts from around the country and support small cottage industries. If you are lucky enough to be in Colombo on a Saturday, visit Good Market – a local market full of stalls showcasing social enterprises and responsible businesses. Tonight, there's the chance to have a group dinner with your travel crew to celebrate your Sri Lankan journey together.
Day 8 - Colombo With no scheduled activities today, you are free to leave at any time, provided you comply with the hotel’s internal check-out times. Can't get enough of Colombo? Why not embark on an Urban Adventure and see the streets and sights from a tuk-tuk. You won’t see this side of Colombo on your own! Find out about this and other options at urbanadventures.com/destination/Colombo-tours.
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