Spirit of Sri Lanka
Experience the historical and natural wonders of Sri Lanka as you journey through this diverse country and explore the magnificent Dambulla Cave Temple, marvel at the ancient Sigiriya Rock and search for elusive leopards in Yala National Park.
15 nights from £6495pp
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Spirit of Sri Lanka Itinerary
Day 1: Depart London
Make your way to London Heathrow for your flight to Sri Lanka.
Day 2: Arrive Negombo
Arrive in Colombo where you will be met transferred to your hotel in Negombo. Accommodation: Two Nights, The Heritance Negombo
Day 3: Negombo
Today you will get a feel for the Sri Lankan way of life on a guided walking tour of Negombo, exclusively designed by local expert Mark Forbes. Embrace the local verve for seafood as you visit a fish market, then embark on a sunset cruise on the city’s spectacular lagoon.
Day 4: Dambulla
After breakfast travel to the magnificent Dambulla Cave Temple. This World Heritage-listed Buddhist temple complex is one of the largest and best-preserved in Sri Lanka. The temple’s five incredible sanctuaries are home to a number of ornate statues and a variety of ancient art relating to the life of Buddha. This evening, enjoy a special Signature Experience dinner. Accommodation: Three Nights, Heritance Kandalama
Day 5: Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Glimpse Sri Lanka’s majestic past with a tour of the World Heritage-listed Sigiriya Rock Fortress, an ancient citadel and castle ruins, once the home to King Kasyapa. This afternoon, choose from a range of sightseeing options. Tonight, dine like royalty as you indulge in a seven course feast for dinner.
Day 6: Polonnaruwa, Minneriya
After breakfast, the World Heritage-listed ancient city of Polonnaruwa awaits. Later, embark on a safari of the captivating Minneriya National Park, to spy Sri Lankan elephants in their natural environment.
Day 7: Kandy
This morning, visit the exquisite Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya. Later, take to Tuk Tuks for a city tour and visit to The Temple of The Buddha’s Tooth before enjoying a cultural show. Accommodation: Two Nights, Kandy, Earl’s Regency
Day 8: Kandy
Today a number of exciting culinary experiences await.
Day 9: Nuwara Eliya
Today travel through countless tea plantations aboard a scenic train en route to Nuwara Eliya. Upon arrival at your hotel this afternoon, take in the view while enjoying high tea. Accommodation: Two Nights, Nuwara Eliya, Heritance Tea Factory
Day 10: Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast, sample the region’s famed produce with a trained tea taster to discover how tea leaf varieties, climate, soil conditions and processing influences the quality of the final product.
Day 11: Yala National Park
Descend from the mist shrouded hills of Sri Lanka’s interior, back to the island’s coastal lowlands. Your hotel for the next two nights sits on the border of the spectacular Yala National Park. Here elephants, wild boar and if you’re lucky leopards, are known to frequent the resort’s grounds. This evening enjoy a barbecue dinner in the heart of the Sri Lankan bush. Accommodation: Two Nights, Yala National Park, Chena Huts
Day 12: Yala National Park
Today you will discover your wild side on a Jeep safari of the neighbouring Yala National Park. From herds of elephants, sloth bears, and jackals, to the elusive leopards that can be spotted reclining in the park’s trees, there are plenty of opportunities for viewing a plethora of wildlife today.
Day 13: Galle, Colombo
En route to Colombo, discover the eclectic history and culture of Galle. Founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century, this fortified port city is known for its impressive fort and charming colonial architecture. Accommodation: Two Nights, Colombo, Galle Face Hotel
Day 14: Colombo
This morning embark on a guided walking tour of Colombo to experience the colonial influences that make this a much loved city. Enjoy dinner at the Ministry of Crab seafood restaurant.
Day 15: Depart Colombo
Spend time at leisure exploring Colombo before you are transferred to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Day 16: Arrive London
Arrive back in the UK.
- For a unique culinary experience in an old railway carriage prepare to Dine on Wheels.
- Embark on a jeep safari in Yala National Park for your chance to see Asian Elephants and Leopards.
- Explore the hillside tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya and get a taste for the real Sri Lanka.
- All accommodation with selected meals
- Return flights from the UK
- Overseas transfers
- Special Signature Experiences and guided excursions
- Freedom of Choice excursions and dining in selected locations
- APT Tour Director
- Port charges and tipping where applicable