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Sri Lanka Island Explorer

13 Days from $3899 / Person

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4-5 Star
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18 Meal Supplements
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Included Excursions

Embark on a captivating 13-day journey through the wonders of Sri Lanka. From the ancient city of Anuradhapura to the pristine beaches of Weligama, experience the rich cultural heritage, wildlife encounters, and scenic landscapes. Highlights include iconic landmarks like Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Little Adam’s Peak, wildlife safaris at Wilpattu National Park, and cultural immersions in Kandy. Relax on serene beaches, witness the majestic Nine Arch Bridge, and explore the historic Galle Fort. Enjoy optional adventures like whale watching and surfing in Weligama. The tour concludes in the vibrant city of Colombo with city tours, shopping excursions, and culinary delights. A private transfer ensures a seamless departure, leaving you with cherished memories of your Sri Lankan adventure.

IDEAL FOR

Beaches

Heritage & Culture

Nature & Landscapes

Wildlife & Safaris

Itinerary Summary

DAY

PLACE

HOTEL OPTS

1

Highlights: Airport Pick Up

Amagi Aria

2 - 3

Highlights: Wilpattu National Park Safari, Anuradhapura Archaeological City Tour

Rajarata Hotel

4 - 5

Highlights: Ritigala Forest Monastery, Pidurangala Rock Hike, Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress, Traditional Village Experience with Lunch

Amaya Lake

6 - 7

Highlights: Dambulla Cave Temple, Nalanda Gedige Temple, Matale Spice Garden, Sri Dalada Maligawa, Kandy City Tour, Cultural Dance Show

Earl's Regency Hotel

8 - 9

Highlights: Tea Factory visit, Train Ride Nanu Oya to Ella, Little Adam’s Peak Hike, Nine Arch Bridge

Morning Dew Hotel

10 - 11

Highlights: Ravana Waterfall, Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home, Seafood Dinner on the Beach

Parangi Weligama Bay

12 - 13

Highlights: Galle Fort walk and City Tour, Colombo City Tour, Airport Drop-Off

Mount Lavinia Hotel

Itinerary Details

DAY 1

International Arrival
You will be transferred from Airport to Negombo hotel in a private vehicle (Duration: 1 hr)

Day 1

Negombo

Welcome to the vibrant tapestry of Sri Lanka! Your journey begins with the warm embrace of the island as you smoothly transition from the Bandaranaike International Airport to luxurious accommodation in Negombo. A delightful blend of comfort and elegance awaits you at this star-rated haven.

This arrival experience is more than a transfer; it’s a curated introduction to the island’s hospitality. Delight in the taste of local flavors with a welcome snack, setting the tone for the culinary delights that will accompany you throughout your Sri Lankan adventure. As you settle into your accommodation, let the ambiance and anticipation of the journey ahead envelop you. This is just the beginning of an unforgettable exploration of Sri Lanka’s beauty and charm.

HOTEL OPTIONS

Amagi Aria Hotel or Similar

ROOM

Deluxe Lagoon View

STYLE

Lagoon Front

MEALS

Breakfast

DAY 2 - 3

Your chauffeur will drive you from Negombo to Anuradhapura in a private vehicle (Duration: 3.5 hrs)

DAY 2

Anuradhapura

Begin your exploration on your second day with a scenic drive from Negombo to Wilpattu, which includes a captivating visit to the bustling Negombo Fish Market. Experience the coastal vibrancy as local fishermen showcase their daily catch. In the afternoon, immerse yourself in the untamed beauty of Wilpattu National Park during an exciting safari, encountering majestic elephants and elusive leopards.

As the day unfolds, your journey concludes with a luxurious drop-off at a star-rated hotel in Anuradhapura. Take time to unwind and reflect on the day’s cultural and wildlife explorations. Day two promises an enriching blend of coastal charm, wildlife encounters, and the comfort of a tranquil retreat in Anuradhapura.

DAY 3

Anuradhapura

Embark on a journey into Anuradhapura, the inaugural capital city of Sri Lanka, and delve into its historical tapestry. Begin your morning with an insightful Archaeological City Tour, where you’ll uncover the secrets of sacred sites resonating with centuries of cultural richness. Explore iconic landmarks such as the majestic Jetavanaramaya, the intricately carved Isurumuniya Temple, and the awe-inspiring Abhayagiri Dagoba.

After a morning filled with historical immersion, retreat to the hotel for a well-deserved moment of relaxation. As the evening unfolds, contemplate the Spiritual Tour (Optional), which includes visits to the revered Sri Maha Bodhiya and the monumental Ruwanwelisaya. This journey promises a serene and spiritual experience amidst the historical treasures of Anuradhapura, allowing you to forge a profound connection to its rich historical essence.

HOTEL OPTIONS

Rajarata Hotel or Similar

ROOM

Standard Room

STYLE

Resort

MEALS

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 4 - 5

Your chauffeur will drive you from Anuradhapura to Dambulla in a private vehicle (Duration: 1 hr)

DAY 4

Dambulla

After breakfast, venture towards Sigiriya, making a noteworthy stop at the Ritigala Forest Monastery. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of this ancient site. Later, indulge in leisure at the hotel, perhaps with a refreshing dip in the pool. In the afternoon, your guide will accompany you for a scenic hike up Pidurangala Rock, promising breathtaking sunset views that will undoubtedly add a mesmerizing touch to your Sri Lankan journey.

MEALS

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 5

Dambulla

Embark on an early morning adventure to ascend the iconic Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site dating back to the reign of King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). Rising 200 meters from the jungle, the ‘Lion Rock’ stands as a citadel of extraordinary beauty, featuring a moat, rampart, and expansive gardens, including renowned water gardens. Marvel at the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens,’ situated in a sheltered pocket of the rock accessed by a spiral stairway. These ancient frescoes, painted in earth pigments on plaster, offer a captivating glimpse into the artistic and cultural richness of Sigiriya.

Later in the day, partake in a Traditional Sri Lankan Village Experience, immersing yourself in the vibrant local culture. This immersive experience includes a delightful lunch that captures the essence of authentic flavors. Optionally, conclude your day with a Traditional Ayurvedic Massage (Optional), offering a rejuvenating wellness indulgence against the backdrop of the iconic Sigiriya. This day promises a blend of historical exploration, cultural immersion, and optional relaxation, providing a holistic experience in the heart of Sri Lanka.

HOTEL OPTIONS

Amaya Lake Hotel or Similar

ROOM

Standard Villa

STYLE

Heritage

MEALS

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 6 - 7

Your chauffeur will drive you from Dambulla to Kandy in a Private Vehicle (Duration: 2 hrs)

DAY 6

Kandy

Commence your journey towards the cultural heart of Sri Lanka, Kandy. Begin your day with a visit to the ancient cave temples in Dambulla, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its intricate cave paintings and religious significance. Explore the rich history and artistic treasures concealed within these ancient caves.

Continue your expedition with a visit to the Ancient Stone Temple, Nalanda Gedige, an archaeological gem that reflects a fusion of diverse architectural influences. Marvel at the intricate carvings and historical allure of this unique temple.

Next on your itinerary is a visit to the Spice Garden at Matale, where you can immerse yourself in the fragrant world of spices. Learn about their cultivation, uses, and indulge in the aromatic experience that defines Sri Lanka’s spice heritage.

As the afternoon unfolds, your journey concludes with a drop-off at a luxury hotel, providing the perfect setting to unwind. Whether you prefer a nice cup of tea or a glass of wine, take a moment to relax and savor the tranquil ambiance as you prepare for the next chapter of your Sri Lankan adventure in Kandy.

DAY 7

Kandy

Spend the day in Kandy, immersing yourself in its cultural and scenic wonders. Begin with a visit to the revered Sri Dalada Maligawa for the morning prayer service, adorned in white clothes for a respectful and immersive experience.

Embark on a Kandy City Tour, exploring the picturesque Kandy Lake, vibrant markets, and the National Museum, where history comes to life. Optionally, discover the lush beauty of the Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya (Optional), a haven for nature enthusiasts.

As the day unfolds, treat yourself to an evening of cultural delight with a mesmerizing Cultural Dance Show, showcasing the traditional art forms of Sri Lanka. This day promises a blend of spiritual reflection, city exploration, and optional natural beauty, providing a holistic experience in the enchanting city of Kandy.

HOTEL OPTIONS

Earl’s Regency Hotel or Similar

ROOM

Deluxe

STYLE

Mountain View

MEALS

Breakfast

DAY 8 - 9

Your chauffeur will drive you from Kandy to Nanu Oya in a private vehicle (Duration: 3 hrs) and Nanu Oya to Ella In a Train (Duration: 3 hrs)

DAY 8

Ella

Start your journey to Ella with a scenic drive by car to Nanu Oya, weaving through lush tea estates. Immerse yourself in the tea-making process at a world-famous Ceylon tea estate, gaining insights into the artistry behind this renowned beverage.Following the tea estate visit, experience the enchanting scenic train ride from Nanu Oya to Ella. Traverse landscapes adorned with waterfalls, tea gardens, and the natural beauty of the hill country. The picturesque Ella train station marks the end of your train journey, where you’ll be picked up and dropped off at your hotel for a well-deserved rest and relaxation amidst the captivating surroundings of Ella.

DAY 9

Ella

Indulge in the charm of Ella during your stay, beginning with a climb to Little Adam’s Peak. Revel in panoramic views from this scenic vantage point. Continue your exploration with a visit to the iconic Nine Arch Bridge, a marvel of engineering amidst lush surroundings.

Return to your hotel to relish the pleasant Ella weather, either by the pool, sipping a refreshing cocktail, or engrossed in a good book, all against the stunning backdrop of Ella’s beauty.

As the day transitions into evening, consider an optional night out in Ella’s renowned restaurants and bars (Optional), adding a touch of excitement to your stay in this picturesque hillside haven.

HOTEL OPTIONS

Morning Dew Hotel or Similar

ROOM

Deluxe

STYLE

Mountain View

MEALS

Breakfast

DAY 10 - 11

Your chauffeur will drive you from Ella to Weligama in a private vehicle (Duration: 3 hrs)

DAY 10

Weligama

Commence your day with a traditional or English breakfast of your preference before embarking on a journey to the south coast of the island, home to pristine beaches. En route, make a stop at the majestic Ravana Waterfall, a scenic natural wonder.

Continue your exploration by visiting the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home, where the fascinating sight of baby elephants being fed as they emerge from the jungle awaits. Witnessing this heartwarming spectacle offers insight into the conservation efforts for these magnificent creatures.

Conclude your day with a luxurious drop-off at your beachfront hotel, providing the perfect setting to enjoy the beautiful sandy beach. Perhaps indulge in an afternoon dip in the serene waters of the Indian Ocean, immersing yourself in the tranquility of the coastal paradise.

MEALS

Breakfast

DAY 11

Weligama

Savor the serenity of Weligama during your stay at a luxury beach resort. Take the time to unwind by relaxing at the beach, feeling the soft sand between your toes, or embark on a leisurely wander through the village, gaining a glimpse into the daily life of a fishing community.

Today presents an optional adventure, allowing you to choose between the thrill of Whale Watching in Mirissa (Optional) or a Surfing Lesson (Optional) to ride the waves. Select the activity that resonates with your preferences and enjoy the coastal pursuits available.

As the day transitions into the evening, relish a delightful dinner featuring freshly caught local seafood under the stars, creating a magical ambiance by the serene beaches of Weligama. This segment promises a perfect blend of relaxation, cultural exploration, and optional adventures in this coastal haven.

HOTEL OPTIONS

Parangi Weligama Bay Hotel or Similar

ROOM

Garden Deluxe

STYLE

Luxury Boutique

MEALS

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 12 - 13

Your chauffeur will drive you from Weligama to Colombo in a private vehicle (Duration: 2.5 hrs)

DAY 12

Colombo

Embark on the journey to the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo. En route, make a captivating stop at Galle to partake in the Galle Fort walk and city tour, immersing yourself in the rich history and charm of this coastal gem. Later, in Colombo, indulge in a shopping tour (Optional) if you wish, exploring the vibrant markets and boutique stores that showcase the diverse offerings of the city.

As the evening unfolds, engage in the Colombo City Tour, a delightful way to savor local street foods and experience (Optional) the bustling atmosphere of the capital. This day promises a blend of historical exploration, shopping delights, and culinary adventures in the vibrant city of Colombo.

HOTEL OPTIONS

Mount Lavinia Hotel or Similar

ROOM

Ocean View

STYLE

Heritage

MEALS

Breakfast

DAY 13

Departure

As your memorable Sri Lankan adventure concludes, relish a private transfer to the airport, ensuring a seamless and comfortable journey for your onward travel.

Wishing you secure travels, and looking forward to our next encounter!

MEALS

Breakfast

You will be transferred from your Hotel to Colombo Airport in a private vehicle (Duration: 1.5 hrs)
International Departure

Price & Inclusions

from $3899 / PP twin share

Prices are subject to variation depending on travel period/season, fluctuations in exchange rates, and government taxes. All rates offered are reflective of current market conditions and are subject to adjustment at the time of reservation. 

Price Includes

  • Accommodation and meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Activities and excursions stated in the itinerary 
  • Transportation services, as specified in the itinerary
  • Experienced chauffeur guide: a 24/7 point of contact supporting you during the trip

Not Included

  • Visa fees and requirements
  • International flights 
  • Meals & beverages not stated in the Itinerary 
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Activities and excursions state as (Optional) in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance

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Our Process

How it works

Your adventure starts now. Your local expert will act as your right hand throughout your journey. We work exclusively with award-winning and certified local partners, true destination obsessives who know their home country inside-out.

Laying the groundwork:

Make a trip request by completing the online form, sending an email, or reaching out to us through a call on your mobile, directing us to your preferred destinations.

All our trips are built from the ground up with thoughtful personalization and attention to detail. Discuss options and alternatives until your trip is tweaked to perfection.

No two trips are the same:

The planning is officially done. Now it’s time to make that dream trip a reality. Next step, secure your trip by paying the deposit. The countdown to take-off is in sight.

Locking in your plans:

The countdown is officially over! Your expert is there for you pre-trip, on-trip, and even post-trip with 24/7 support and concierge service. Whatever you need, don’t hesitate.

It’s go time:

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Frequently asked
questions

What's included in my trip?
Included in our packages are all your accommodations, transport, a selection of meals, and a variety of activities, ensuring a comprehensive travel experience.
What's excluded from my trip?
Our packages do not include international flights to and from our destinations, any additional meals or drinks not listed in the itinerary, travel insurance, or visa fees.
How do payments work?
Book your package with a 10% initial deposit and pay the rest in instalments as you prefer, up to 45 days prior to your departure. Bookings made within 45 days of departure require full payment.
What if I need to change my plans?
If you need to change your plans, you can reschedule your trip to a future date. Changes are free of charge if made 45 days before departure; within 45 days, a $250 administration fee applies, along with any additional charges based on your travel destination and the notice given.
Are flights included?
Flights to and from your destination are not included in our package prices. However, our packages comprehensively cover accommodation, a variety of activities, several meals, and transport, including airport pickups and drop-offs.
What about travel insurance?
Travel insurance is mandatory for all our tours, ensuring your safety and peace of mind throughout your journey.
Visa requirements?
Travellers can easily obtain an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) online at www.eta.gov.lk or www.eta-srilankatravel.com, barring certain nationalities. We strongly advise arranging this before your departure to prevent any delays upon arrival in Sri Lanka.