Ancient Memories & East Coast Tailor-made
Day 1: To Colombo
Fly from London on direct schedule airlines to Colombo.
Day 2: Colombo
Meet on arrival & transfer to Colombo. Overnight at the Galle Face Hotel.Accommodation: Galle Face Hotel
Day 3: To Yala via Galle
After breakfast take the coast road to Yala: pass saltpans, freshwater lagoons, palm fringed villages - explore the delightful Colonial port of Galle and see the famous ‘Stilt Fishermen’. Two nights at the Cinnamon Wild.Accommodation: Cinnamon Wild
Day 4: Yala on ‘safari’
Morning and afternoon game drives to the Park. The open parkland with its rocky outcrops and dense jungle offers a diverse habitat for elephant, deer, buffalo and the secretive leopard; who are often seen lounging on the rocky hillocks. The bird life is spectacular, particularly, in the migratory seasons.
Day 5: To Nuwara Eliya via Ella Falls with Tea Plantation visit
After breakfast drive to Nuwara Eliya. A lovely journey, climbing ever higher through rolling hills dotted with tea plantations. At Ella Falls stop to view the breathtaking panorama as the escarpment, 3,280 ft high, splits apart and the valley plummets to the plains below. Enroute visit a tea factory and sip an aromatic cup of pure Sri Lankan Tea. Two nights at the Heritance Tea Factory.Accommodation: Heritance Tea Factory
Day 6: Excursion to Horton Plains
Early morning drive to Horton Plains – grasslands interspersed with forest – walk to Worlds End to see the mists magically rising as the first rays of the sun light a new day. If feeling adventurous onwards to Baker’s Falls. Afternoon at leisure to explore delightful Nuwara Eliya - a ‘Colonial’ style town.
Day 7: To Kandy - Temple of the Tooth and Cultural performance
After breakfast depart for Kandy. Evening visit the Temple of the Tooth and see a Kandyan dance and cultural performance. Two nights at the Ellerton Bungalow.Accommodation: Ellerton Bungalow
Day 8: Kandy – City Tour and Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
After breakfast spend time exploring the town of Kandy including a visit to the Peradeniya Botanical Garden – a delight for gardeners with over 5000 species of plants to admire. Also visit the Orchid House – a blaze of colour when in full bloom.
Day 9: To Sigiriya
After breakfast, drive to Sigiriya located ideally to explore the Cultural Triangle. Two nights at the Cinnamon Lodge.Accommodation: Cinnamon Lodge
Day 10: Excursion to Sigiriya & Polonnaruwa
After breakfast visit the Rock Fortress of Sigiriya, soaring 600 feet skyward, built by the notoriously eccentric King Kasyapa in the 5th C. AD. It’s home to the delectable frescoes of ‘Heavenly Maidens’. Afternoon visit the 2nd Medieval Capital of Sri Lanka at Polonnaruwa. Drive over the bunds of vast man made ‘tanks’ dug to hold water in a parched land. Visit the Gal Vihara: undeniably the gem of Sri Lankan religious sculpture. Also view the Tivanka Image House with its 12th C. paintings.
Day 11: To Passekudah via Dambulla Cave Temples
After breakfast visit the spectacular Buddhist Cave Temples of Dambulla with over 22,000 sq. ft of murals and wonderful Buddha statues. Later drive to the eastern coast of Passekudah. Four nights at the Anantaya Resort & Spa.Accommodation: Anantaya Resort & Spa – Passekudah
Day 12-14: Passekudah - Days at leisure
The east coast of the island is renowned for its gorgeous beaches; long stretches of shimmering sand bordered by the clear blue ocean: Passekudah is Sri Lanka’s best kept secret. There is so much or so little to do here... Unwind in the spa with traditional Sri Lankan Ayurveda, jet ski, snorkel over beautiful coral reefs or sip a cocktail as dusk falls over the breathtaking view of Passekudah Bay...
Day 15: To Negombo via Anuradhapura
After breakfast drive to Negombo visiting the ancient 5th C. capital of Anuradhapura. See the ancient Bo Tree – the Sri Mahabodhi – The Brazen Palace and Samadhi Buddha. Overnight at the Heritance Negombo.Accommodation: Heritance Negombo
Day 16: To London
Transfer back to the airport for direct scheduled flight back to London.
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|Price per person (Double/Twin share)|
- International flights in economy class.
- Accommodation with en-suite facilities.
- Daily breakfast throughout. Dinner at Cinnamon Wild & Cinnamon Lodge.
- Services of English speaking guide during sightseeing.
- Transfers as per the itinerary by air-conditioned vehicles.
- Excursions, sightseeing, game drives and entrance fees as per the itinerary.
- Full ATOL Bonding.
- Visa Fee.
- Any optional Excursions.
- Any expenses of a personal nature.
- Travel Insurance.