Receive a welcoming introduction into Asia with this curated trip of Sri Lanka. Explore architectural treasures of historic temples and colonial culture. Home to the renowned Ceylon tea, your private Sri Lanka vacation is incomplete without visiting the hillside plantations where the tea is grown and manufactured!

Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 2NegomboBeach, Relaxation, Buzzing Bars, Al Fresco DiningJetwing Blue Oceanic
2 - 4SigiriyaUNESCO World Heritage Site, Rock Fortress, Rock Paintings and FrescoesThilanka Resort & Spa Dambulla, Sigiriya Village
4 - 6KandyTooth Temple, Magnificent Hills, Tea Plantations, Kandy Lake, Traditional Dance PerformancesThilanka Hotel, Clove Villa
6 - 8Nuwara EliyaColonial Hill Station, Tea Plantations, Asia’s Oldest Golf CourseGrand Hotel, Heritance Tea Factory
8 - 9Galle FortPortuguese and Dutch Heritage, Beach, Watersports, Diving, Local DancesFort Printers
9 - 10ColomboGeoffrey Bawa Architecutral Excursion, Temples and Mosques, Independence SquareHavelock Place Bunglow, Tintagel Hotel

Ideal For

  • Heritage
  • Landscape
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 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 $ 1,990 /person
  • Option 2 $ 2,215 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights

Price Includes

  • Accommodation (on a twin-sharing basis) on the indicated meal plan for 9 nights.
  • The following train journeys in the highest class available : Kandy – Nuwara Eliya
  • All activities as listed :
    • Sigiriya: City Highlights of Sigiriya
    • Polonnaruwa: City Highlights of Polonnaruwa
    • Kandy: City Highlights of Kandy
    • Sigiriya: Dambulla Rock Cave Temple
    • Kandy: Kandy Loop and Temples
    • Nuwara Eliya: Bird Watching (if you stay at Tea Factory)
    • Galle Fort: City Highlights of Galle Fort
    • Galle Fort: GBawa Arch
    • Colombo: City Highlights of Colombo
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with a safety-tested English-speaking Chauffeur Guide except during your stay at the beach
  • All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, when accompanied by our tour guide
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • Insolvency insurance
  • Fees and taxes

This listed price is based on two people sharing a double room. The price may vary due to the time of year you travel, the size of your group, and accommodation availability.

Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 2

International Arrival

Negombo

1 Day

Negombo is a bustling beach town with plenty of opportunities for rest and relaxation! Nestled on the rim of Negombo Lagoon, the town boasts a long stretch of buzzing yet beautiful beach, and is located close to Colombo.

Hotel Options

Jetwing Blue Oceanic – Opt 1
RoomJetwing Blue-Deluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBeach Resort
CategoryDeluxe
Day 2 - 4

Drive from Negombo to Sigiriya (156 km, 4 hrs)

Sigiriya

2 Days

Sigiriya is the ideal location if you wish to venture back in time! Unearth this UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back 5,000 years to the Mesolithic period.

Included Activities

City Highlights of Sigiriya
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ancient city of Sigiriya dates back over 5,000yrs to the Mesolithic period. Sigiriya (Lions Rock), lies on the steep slopes and summit of a granite peak standing 180m high (‘Lion’s Rock’- dominating the jungle on all sides). In the 5th century AD, King Kassapa I left Anuradhapura for Sigiriya to build a palace and city modelled on the mythical abode of ‘Kuvera’- God of Wealth. Visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress..identified uniquely by its shape, recognizable from great distances. See the Sigiriya Rock Paintings or Frescoes of Sigiri Damsels, locally called ‘Sigiri Apsaras’, painted on the western rock face cavity, 100m above the rock base. See the Mirror Wall here, covered in graffiti from the 7th-10th centuries.

Hotel Options

Thilanka Resort & Spa Dambulla – Opt 1
RoomThilanka Deluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
CategoryMid-range
Sigiriya Village – Opt 2
RoomStandard
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
CategoryMid-range
Day 4 - 6

Drive from Sigiriya to Kandy (96 km, 2.5 hrs)

Kandy

2 Days

Kandy was established in the 14th century and was the last independent city and capital of the Singhalese kingdom.

Included Activities

City Highlights of Polonnaruwa
Polonnaruwa..the Medieval Capital of Sri Lanka, was the second capital of the country after the destruction of the ancient city of Anuradhapura in 993 (from 10th-12th century AD). Observe ancient Sri Lankan architecture from the 12th Century..see Brahmanic monuments built by the Cholas and the monumental ruins of the garden city created by Parakramabahu I in the 12th century. Visit the ruins of the King’s Council Chamber, the Royal Citadel, the Kumara Pokuna, the Royal Pavilion, the Vatadage Relic House, Kiri Vehera and Gal Vihare; see Art, Architecture and Sculpture at Gal Viharaya,Thuparamaya Image House and Lankatilaka Image House.

City Highlights of Kandy
Explore Kandy, the last royal capital and a major city in Sri Lanka. Located at an altitude of about 500 m above sea level, the valley of Kandy is surrounded by magnificent hills, aromatic tea plantations, and is set by a lake. Visit the gold-roofed Temple of the Tooth Relic (Dalda Maligawa) housing the most sacred Buddhist relic, a tooth of Lord Buddha. A pleasant way to spend a few hours is to take a leisurely stroll around Kandy Lake, a protected lake where fishing is banned. Enjoy traditional dance performances that capture the imagination and connect audiences to the tribal roots of the performers.

Dambulla Rock Cave Temple
The Dambulla rock caves are the largest, best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka, dating back to the 1st century B.C., converted into residential quarters for monks, thus becoming a Buddhist temple. Be amazed by 5 caves (converted into shrine rooms) under a vast overhanging rock, containing images of the Lord Buddha and bodhisattvas, as well as various gods and goddesses. One of the most important centres of Buddhist pilgrimage in Sri Lanka, it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Kandy Loop and Temples
Situated at an altitude of about 500 m above sea level lies Kandy, one of the most beautiful cities in Sri Lanka. The valley of Kandy offers visitors a rich collection of ancient temples which can be viewed during a pleasant Kandy Loop. The Loop takes you to three 14th century Hindu-Buddhist temples and back, via the Perdeniya Botanical Gardens. See the Embekka Devale, Lankatilake and Gadaladeniya Temples. Visit a batik factory to see fascinating traditional and contemporary motifs and colors.

Hotel Options

Thilanka Hotel – Opt 1
RoomThilanka Deluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
CategoryMid-range
Clove Villa – Opt 2
RoomClove Superior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
CategoryMid-range
Day 6 - 8

Train from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. Departure from Kandy (Peredeniya) at 1230 hrs. Arrival in Nuwara Eliya (Nanouya) at 1555 hrs.

Nuwara Eliya

2 Days

Nuwara Eliya, which translates as the city of lights, is a beautiful city within the hill country of Sri Lanka’s Central Province that overlooks its rolling lush green vegetation.

Included Activities

Bird Watching (if you stay at Tea Factory)
Heritance Tea Factory follows a strict green philosophy and does much to conserve nature. The lovely tea gardens are home to several rare species of birds and flora. Feast your eyes on the myriad colors of this avian paradise and marvel at the 50 varieties of migratory birds that come from as far away as Europe and Siberia. You can also observe the yellow-eared bulbul and the Sri Lanka white eye that are endemic to this region.

Hotel Options

Grand Hotel – Opt 1
RoomGrand Hotel - Deluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
CategoryMid-range
Heritance Tea Factory – Opt 2
RoomSuperior
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
CategoryDeluxe
Day 8 - 9

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Galle (290 km, 5 hrs)

Galle Fort

1 Day

Galle offers a unique historical and cultural perspective into the development of Sri Lanka during its colonial era.

Included Activities

City Highlights of Galle Fort
Visit the historic port city of Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site – relive the past in this 16th cent. port city with its colossal Dutch Fortress and living heritage site. Admire coastal beds of pure blue ocean and coral reefs; enjoy legends and archaeological artifacts; buy some famous hand-made lace.

GBawa Arch
Enjoy an experience of some amazing architectural highlights of one of Sri Lanka’s highly celebrated architects

Hotel Options

Fort Printers – Opt 1
RoomFort Printers Arts
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
CategoryMid-range
Day 9 - 10

Drive from Galle Fort to Negombo (157 km, 4 hrs)

Colombo

1 Day

Colombo, the bustling capital city of Sri Lanka, has something for everyone! A strategic port on the ancient Spice Route, the city is a potpourri of colonial influence, from the British to the Portuguese and Dutch.

Included Activities

City Highlights of Colombo
Tour of the teeming, colorful and fascinating city of Colombo. Visit historic and interesting landmarks of Colombo including the exciting Pettah bazaar area, temples and mosques, town hall, residential area of Cinnamon Gardens, Independence Square, Old Parliament and the sea front at Galle Face Green.

Hotel Options

Havelock Place Bunglow – Opt 1
RoomHavelock Place Bungalow - Suite
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
CategoryMid-range
Tintagel Hotel – Opt 2
RoomTintagel Hotel - Executive Suite
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
CategoryUpmarket

International Departure

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What our guests say about this trip

We had a well-planned itinerary, with the ability to quickly modify elements as per our request. We felt safe and unhurried – the trip unfolded at our own pace. The country and its sites were well presented.

We greatly enjoyed ourselves!

– Monique Sonnenfeld
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