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The Colonial Collection Tailor-made

Sri Lanka

The Colonial Collection Tailor-made

This is a splendid tour taking in some of the most beautiful countryside in the land whilst staying in traditional colonial style accommodation. In Colombo the Galle Face Hotel is the quintessential colonial hotel. Ellerton is a 100-year-old refurbished plantation bungalow, utterly charming and perfect for relaxation. For a glimpse into the elegant lifestyle of the early British tea pioneers, stay at the Camellia Hills, a delightfully restored Planters bungalows. The Fort Bazaar, formerly a merchant’s home-turned-boutique hotel. Finally, the impressive Mount Lavinia Hotel, is synonymous with elegance and style. Local visits to places of interest including the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, a Galle Fort tour and an opportunity to ride the Kandy to Hatton train. This is an unforgettable journey of Colonial discovery.

12 days from £2,090.00 per person
Colombo – Kandy - Peradeniya Gardens – Optional Train Journey – Dickoya – Tea Experience – Galle – Mount Lavinia
  • Shop for mementos in Colombo’s markets, shops and boutiques.
  • Stay in Colonial themed accommodation throughout.
  • Enjoy a gin and tonic sitting at the terrace of the iconic Galle Face Hotel.
  • Go for a walk amongst tea plantations and visit a tea factory.

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Day 1 : To Colombo

Fly from London on direct schedule flight to Colombo.

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Day 2 : Colombo – Walking Tour with Mark Forbes

Arrive Colombo. Met on arrival & transfer to the Galle Face Hotel for one night. Later in the afternoon enjoy a guided tour of Colombo's hidden corners. Mark Forbes or one of his team will take you on a tour of the city's historic buildings before visiting the Pettah Market.

Accommodation: Galle Face Hotel
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Day 3 : To Kandy - Temple and Cultural Show

After breakfast depart for Kandy. Evening visit to the Temple of the Tooth followed by a Kandyan dance and cultural performance. Two nights at the Ellerton Bungalow.

Accommodation: Ellerton Bungalow
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Day 4 : Kandy City Tour and Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

Afternoon city tour of Kandy including a visit to the Art and Crafts workshop and the Bazaars. Later visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, on a loop of the Mahaweli Ganga, with its beautiful Orchard House and avenues of double coconut palms.

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Day 5 : To Dickoya – Drive to Dickoya or Optional Train Journey via Hatton

After breakfast take a splendid train ride to Hatton. (Or drive to the hotel). The views from the rail carriages are magnificent, though at times almost too breathtaking! If opting to travel by train the car awaits at Hatton for the lovely journey to an elegantly restored Planters Bungalow, climbing ever higher through rolling hills dotted with tea plantations. Two nights at a Camellia Hills Bungalow.

Accommodation: Camellia Hills
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Day 6 : Dickoya

During your stay at the Camellia Hills, explore the nearby tea plantations where you can see the tea pluckers at work, visit a tea factory, or go for a walk through the rolling green hills. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy a refreshing pot of tea on the veranda.

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Day 7 : To Galle

Morning transfer by road to the southern coast of Galle through spectacular scenery The journey takes about 6 hours. We could also arrange a scenic air taxi transfer. It is a 30-minute journey by air to Galle from Ceylon Tea Trails via seaplane, landing at the Koggala Lake (which is 15 minutes away from the Dutch House). Two nights at the Fort Bazaar.

Accommodation: The Fort Bazaar

Day 8 : Galle – Morning Tour

Morning guided tour of this delightful scenic Fort. Virtually untouched by modernisation the Fort still maintains its Dutch Colonial air, visits include the Dutch Reform Church, the Bastions and the National Maritime Museum.


Day 9 : To Mount Lavinia

After breakfast drive up the coast, passing by beautiful lagoons and sandy shores. Three nights at the Mount Lavinia Hotel.

Accommodation: Mount Lavinia Hotel
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Day 10 -11 : Mount Lavinia

Built in 1806 as a weekend home for the British Governor General of Ceylon, Sir Thomas Maitland, the walls could tell many an intriguing story about his liaison with the beautiful dancer, Lovina; and the secret passages built - allegedly – to allow him to visit his lover in secret! Relax with a massage at the spa, unwind in the pool or walk the golden beaches.

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Day 12 : To London

Transfer back to the airport for direct scheduled return flight to London.

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Price per person (Double/Twin share)
Cost includes:
  • International flights in economy class.
  • Accommodation with en-suite facilities.
  • Daily breakfast throughout. All Inclusive basis at Camellia Hills Bungalow.
  • 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.
Cost does not include:
  • Visa Fee.
  • Any optional Excursions.
  • Any expenses of a personal nature.
  • Travel Insurance.

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