5 Star 15 Day Sri Lanka Uncovered

Colombo - Galle - Yala National Park - Nuwara Eliya - Kandy - Wasgamuwa National Park - Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Chilaw

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✓ Small group 16 people max
✓ Return international airfares with Singapore Airlines
✓ 13 nights 5 star twin share accommodation
✓ Return airport transfers
✓ 13 Breakfasts, 5 lunches & 12 dinners
✓ Professional escorted guide 
✓ In-depth sightseeing
✓ Flexibility to extend your stay

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Sri Lanka is a country that has everything; beautiful beaches, high mountains, tropical forests and nearly as many exotic animals as Africa. UNESCO has recognised no less than eight World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka making any trip to Sri Lanka unforgettable!



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Itinerary

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Day 1

Australia Colombo

A warm welcome awaits you at the arrival lounge of the Bandaranaike International Airport. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. Check in and relax after your international flight.

Please note: Some flights may depart the night before.

Hotel: 5★ Galle Face Hotel or similar

 

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Day 2

Colombo  Kosgoda  Galle

In the morning set on a sightseeing tour of Colombo. Explore the extravagant metropolitan lifestyle of Colombo uncovering the unique cultural delights. The city offers you a beautiful mingle of western and authentic Sri Lankan elements at every corner. Gangaramaya temple, Galle face green, Pettah, Viharamaha Devi park and Independence square are some of the top Colombo attractions that will add unforgettable moments to your Colombo city sightseeing experience. We then leave for Galle. Enroute, visit a Turtle Hatchery.  There are only seven species of marine turtles in the world and five are found in the warm, clear waters off Sri Lanka’s coast. The five species are Hawksbill turtle, Loggerhead turtle, Green turtle, Leatherback turtle and the Olive Ridley turtle and so you will get to see the variety of turtle Sri Lanka has to offer. Continuing further south, we visit a small town called Balapitiya where you will take a boat trip on the Madu River and its 64 scattered islands. Cinnamon Island, locally known as “Kurundu Doowa” is one of the islets enthusiasts could visit. On your visit here you will get an informative experience of Cinnamon Production. Sri Lanka is the largest producer of pure cinnamon in the world! Overnight in Galle.

Hotel: 5★ Amari Galle or similar
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

 

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Day 3

Galle 

Today set on a tour of the Galle Fort and its Fortifications. This is a city that exudes an essence with a perfect blend of past and present. Declared an UNESCO heritage site in 1988, the presence of Portuguese, Dutch and English is very evident in the fascinating architectural styles of the Galle Fort.

Hotel: 5★ Amari Galle or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

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Day 4

Galle  Yala National Park

In the morning we leave for Yala National Park. On arrival, spend your afternoon on a guided game drive exploring the dynamic wildlife and the most luxuriant plant life in Yala National Park. Being one of the largest parks in Sri Lanka, it is the ideal place to sight the rare leopard!

You may choose to include two (2) optional Inspiring Sights throughout your tour, free as part of your package.

Optional Inspiring Sights (1 of 3) - Whale & Dolphin Watching Safari - Set out on an early morning whale and dolphin watching safari.

Hotel: 5★ Cinnamon Wild Yala or similar
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Please note: Sections of Yala National Park close due to conservation efforts each year between September and October. The closure dates are advised by the Sri Lankan government 1-2 months prior and differ each year. As Yala National Park is made up of multiple sections, if one section is closed due to conservation works we will visit one of the open sections.

 

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Day 5

Yala National Park Nuwara Eliya

This morning, enjoy another safari in the Yala National Park by jeep to spot the diverse wildlife which calls the park home. After, we leave Yala behind us and continue the journey to Nuwara Eliya. Often referred to as ‘Little England’, this genteel highland community does have a rose-tinted, vaguely British-country-village feel to it, with its colonial-era bungalows. On arrival, check in to your Inspiring Stay for the next two nights, the incredible Grand Hotel. It may be the 21st century, but colonial splendour still reigns in all its past glory at the Grand Hotel. Built in 1891, this was the palatial residence of the former Governor of Sri Lanka, Sir Edward Barnes; today we offer the ultimate in comfort and the best of traditions from the ‘good old days’ to all who seek the charms of our famed hill country landmark.

Hotel: 5★ Grand Hotel 
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Please note: Sections of Yala National Park close due to conservation efforts each year between September and October. The closure dates are advised by the Sri Lankan government 1-2 months prior and differ each year. As Yala National Park is made up of multiple sections, if one section is closed due to conservation works we will visit one of the open sections.

 

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Day 6

Nuwara Eliya 

Today you will visit a Tea Plantation and Factory. Here you will enjoy the absolute tea experience, taking you to the moment the young tea leaves are plucked from the plantation to being processed in the factory to make a steamy cup of tea. If you are interested, the tea factory is the best place to purchase good quality tea.

This afternoon, enjoy an Inspiring Taste at probably the most talked of outlet in Nuwara Eliya, the Grand Tea Lounge. Here we enjoy an iconic High Tea at Grand Hotel.

You may choose to include two (2) optional Inspiring Sights throughout your tour, free as part of your package.

Optional Inspiring Sights (2 of 3)  - Early morning with packed breakfast leave for Horton Plains and Worlds End. This park holds great importance due to the rich and unique biodiversity and being a catchment area feeding some of the main rivers of Sri Lanka. It is also known to be a " Super biodiversity hotspot " and thus declared an UNESCO site in 2010. Couple of kilometers into the park there is a site known as the World's End, an abrupt end, the land plummets straight down 900m, this is just an astonishing view and a somewhat a cool thrill!

Hotel: 5★ Grand Hotel 
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

 

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Day 7

Nuwara Eliya Kandy 

In the morning leave for Kandy on the famous train journey which is supposed to be one of the most scenic and beautiful journeys in the world. Apart from the breathtaking sceneries of the tea country and picturesque waterfalls, it is a chance for you to mingle with the local people. 

Kandy, the Hill Capital (1514 – 1815 AD). Originally known as Senkadagala, the city eventually came to know as Kandy. Kandy was declared an UNESCO heritage site in 1988. The style and character of the Sri Lankan civilization at the time is well articulated in the heart of the city itself, with its lake, the temples including the Temple of the Tooth Relic and the well preserved ruins of the royal palaces. On arrival in Kandy the afternoon is at leisure.

Hotel: 5★ Earl’s Regency or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

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Day 8

Kandy

Full day at leisure to relax and explore the city of Kandy. Late afternoon saunter around the Kandy Lake, the atmosphere alone will intrigue you to spend a few moments here. This evening we visit the Temple of Tooth, with its guardian elephants is a deeply significant Buddhist site that contains a tooth of Buddha collected from his funeral pyre and this draws thousands of pilgrims from across the world Evening enjoy a typical Sri Lankan Cultural Performance.

Hotel: 5★ Earl’s Regency or similar 
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

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Day 9

Kandy Wasgamuwa National Park  Sigiriya 

Today, leave for Sigiriya. Enroute, enjoy a private Jeep Safari at Wasgamuwa National Park. Located in the districts of Matale and Polonnaruwa and bordered by the 'Mahaweli' and 'Amban' rivers, this park stretches an impressive 36,948 hectares. It was declared a National park in 1984, making it the only one in the Central Province. It's a paradise for nature lovers and one of the best places to observe elephants. Continue to Sigiriya for check-in. 

Please note: Elephants are migratory animals we may visit either Wasgamuwa or Minneriya National Park on this day based on the Elephant locations.

This evening enjoy Inspiring Tastes with some sundowner pre-dinner Arrack (a local cocktail) or something else to suit your tastes with some canapes.

Hotel: 5★ Sigiriya Jungles or similar 
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

 

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Day 10

Sigiriya Lion Rock  Polonnaruwa  Sigiriya

This morning we climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress (Lion’s Rock), one of the most extraordinary artistic complexes of its time (477 – 498 AD). Declared as an UNESCO heritage site in 1982, this magnificent citadel allures artistic and architectural curiosity from around the globe. For lunch today, take part in Inspiring Tastes Cooking Demonstration of Sri Lankan rice and curry preparation (5-6 curries) and enjoy the typical Sri Lankan lunch overlooking the paddy fields. In the afternoon enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Medieval Capital City of Polonnaruwa. This was declared as an UNESCO heritage site in 1982. After the demise of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa became the middle historic capital of Sri Lanka (1017 – 1235 AD).

This evening enjoy Inspiring Tastes with some sundowner pre-dinner Arrack (a local cocktail) or something else to suit your tastes with some canapes.

Hotel: 5★ Sigiriya Jungles or similar 
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

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Day 11

Sigiriya

Today is a full free day at leisure to relax.

You may choose to include two (2) optional Inspiring Sights throughout your tour, free as part of your package.

Optional Inspiring Sights (3 of 3) Local Village Visit - Leave on bicycles (or walking) through Augandawa Village, visit the local temple and evoke blessings from the priest. Visit a villager’s house and enjoy a warm herbal drink or a king coconut. Ride through the village passing paddy fields and Chena cultivations. 

Hotel: 5★ Sigiriya Jungles or similar 
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

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Day 12

Sigiriya Chilaw

Today we make for the coastal town of Chilaw to finish off our time in Sri Lanka relaxing near the crystal waters of the Indian Ocean. Chilaw is well known for the three 'C's' - Crabs, Coconuts and Coreas.

Hotel: 5★ Anantaya Chilaw or similar 
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

 

 

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Day 13

Chilaw 

Spend the day relaxing at the beach or by the pool.

Hotel: 5★ Anantaya Chilaw or similar 
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

 

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Day 14

Chilaw Colombo  Australia 

Unfortunately, today marks the end of your incredible tour through Sri Lanka. At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight home.

Meal: Breakfast

 

 

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Day 15

Australia

Arrive home today.

 

 

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Inclusions & Fine Print

Inclusions

  • Return international airfares with Singapore Airlines (Sri Lankan Airlines or Emirates if unavailable)
  • Return airport transfers
  • 13 nights 5 star accommodation throughout including 2 nights at the incredible Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya.
  • Ride the train from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy (subject to availability)
  • 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 12 dinners including a cooking demonstration followed by lunch in the surrounding paddy fields
  • The services of a professional English speaking escorted tour guide
  • Dedicated transportation 
  • incredible sightseeing including all entry fees as per the itinerary

Unbelievable sightseeing included

  • Koggala - Turtle Hatchery
  • Balapitiya - Madu River cruise
  • Galle - Galle Fort
  • Yala National Park - Afternoon game drive
  • Yala National Park - Morning game drive
  • Nuwara Eliya - Tea Plantation & Picking
  • Nuwara Eliya - Spectacular railway to Kandy (subject to availability)
  • Kandy - Temple of the Tooth
  • Kandy - Cultural Performance
  • Wasgamuwa National Park - game drive
  • Sigiriya - Lion Rock Fortress
  • Polonnaruwa - Ancient City

Inspiring Stays

  • Stay 2 nights at the Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya. Built in 1891, this was the palatial residence of the former Governor of Sri Lanka, Sir Edward Barnes.

Inspiring Sights

The choice between 2 of 3 bonus sightseeing experiences to enhance your journey. You may choose to include two (2) optional Inspiring Sights throughout your tour, free as part of your package.

  1. Dolphin and whale watching
  2. Horton Plains National Park
  3. Local Village visit by bike

The remaining inspiring sights may be purchased prior to departure if you would like to participate in all optional inspiring sights.

Inspiring Taste

  • Enjoy a decadant high tea at Grand Tea Lounge at the Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya
  • Witness a cooking demonstration of Sri Lankan rice and curry preparation (5-6 curries) and enjoy the typical Sri Lankan lunch overlooking the paddy fields.
  • Enjoy evening sundowner drinks in Sigiriya

Deposits

Secure your package with a deposit of $2,000 per person. You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

How to extend your stay

Some customers like to enhance their holiday by arriving early and/or staying behind. If you wish to do so, please follow the following steps:

  1. Follow the ‘book now’ prompts.

  2. After selecting your departure date and completing your bedding configuration details, please select if you wish to 'arrive early' and/or 'stay behind' in the 'extra services' field.

  3. In the 'special requests', field please specify your extension requirements.

  4. Complete the remaining booking requirements and click ‘pay now’.

  5. After finalising your purchase a member of our reservations team will be in contact with you to discuss your extension request.

A $150 per person supplement plus any fare difference applies if you wish to confirm your extension. You will be contact after purchase for collection of this payment. All additional accommodation and sightseeing is at your own arrangement.

Singapore Stopover Package - $499 per person

  • 3 nights at the 4 star Furama Riverfront or similar
  • Breakfast daily
  • Return airport transfers

If you wish to book the Singapore stopover package either before and/or after your package, please request 'Singapore stopover package' in the 'Special Requests' field prior to making your purchase. Please note, the Singapore stopover package must be paid in full after paying your tour deposit. You will be invoiced to collect this payment.

The $150pp extension supplement does not apply if selecting this option.

Yala National Park

Sections of Yala National Park close due to conservation efforts each year between September and October. The closure dates are advised by the Sri Lankan government 1-2 months prior and differ each year. As Yala National Park is made up of multiple sections, if one section is closed due to conservation works we will visit one of the open sections.

Fine Print

Booking Process

  • Follow the ‘Book Now’ prompts
  • Select your travel dates, departure city, number of travellers, room preference and any extra services.
  • Click ‘Checkout’ to login or create an account. You’ll need an account to review your details and download documentation.
  • Click ‘Pay Now’ to proceed to payment.
  • Note - all payments are processed by our trusted gateway Paypal where you a given two options.
  • Pay using your Paypal account
  • Pay using your credit card by proceeding as a guest – a Paypal account is not required
  • Once your order is complete, you will be prompted to complete a booking form so that we can fulfil your booking.
  • Your booking is confirmed once your booking form is submitted and you can begin the countdown to your Inspiring Vacation!

Airfare Information

  • Full service airline used will be Singapore Airlines (Sri Lankan Airlines or Emirates if unavailable)
  • Adelaide customers will be flown to Sydney or Melbourne to board their international flight
  • Flights will require a minimum of 1 transit (maximum 2).
  • All tickets will include 23kgs checked baggage
  • Once ticketed, flights are non-refundable. Any changes will be subject to the airline rules and change fees.
  • Full names as per passport (including all middle names) are required.
  • Any airline schedule changes or cancellations are beyond our control.

Exclusions

  • Visas
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Tipping
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional activities (except Inspiring Sights)
  • Personal expenses

Day 7 - Train Journey

Please note  that it is not possible to confirm the train ticket reservation due to the fact that Sri Lanka Railway has a manual system for reservations. Tickets can only be booked 30 days prior to departure. The 1st and 2nd class is basic but has air-conditioning. The non-airconditioned 3rd class sometimes is the only option based availability. On the rare occasion the train is fully booked we’ll conduct the route by road.

Travel Insurance

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Documentation: final documentation including e-tickets and hotel details will be provided approximately 30 days prior to travel.

Single Supplement: Single supplement is $1199 per person in addition to the twin share price.

Land only: A $800 per person reduction from the twin share price applies if you wish to arrange your own airfares. Should you wish to purchase land only, please select this option in the booking process, under 'Departure City'.

Triple share: Available. Please purchase 3 x $3,999. If you wish to purchase triple share please phone 1300 376 832.

Premium Economy Upgrade: Not available.

Business Class Upgrade: Available from an additional $4,500 per person in addition to the standard price (subject to availability). Please specify this as a 'Special Request' when completing your booking and you will be quoted for the additional fare. In the event your selection is unavailable or that you are dissatisfied with the quote, you will be provided with a full refund.

Itinerary: The total length of the tour in days includes time spent in flight and is subject to change depending on the flight schedule, please refer to the day by day itinerary for the time spent on land.

Optional tours: You have the choice of 2 of 3 Inspiring Sights to enhance your journey. You may purchase the additional one prior to departure:

  • Dolphin and whale watching - $68pp
  • Horton Plains National Park - $57pp
  • Local Village visit by bike - $30pp

Group Size: 2-16 people

Children: Children must be 2 years old or over and share a room with parents at all times. Children are the same price as adults.

Accommodation: The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences however any changes are beyond our control.

 

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