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14 Day Private 5 Star Sri Lanka

This tour is fully escorted by a dedicated tour leader who will accompany you throughout the tour. If your trip includes multiple countries, you will be met by a new tour leader in each country and any internal flights included will be unescorted.

Escorted Type
Fully Escorted

This itinerary will be conducted at a relaxed pace. You will typically spend several nights at one location which means less time spent packing and unpacking, and more sightseeing. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and handling your own luggage.

Pace
Leisurely Pace

Expect a memorable stay throughout with hotels often centrally located, with creature comforts and unique features.
Hotel stars are based on local ratings provided and the expected standard may differ depending on the destination. Hotels listed within the itinerary are indicative of the typical hotel we intend to use for that package but is subject to change.

Accommodation
5 Star

Enjoy the comfort of having your travel arrangements all to yourself. From the exclusivity of having your own transportation to your own expert English-speaking guide who in most cases will accompany you throughout the entire tour unless stated.

Group Size
Private Tour
Private Tour
6,002 people have travelled to this destination

✓ Private tour with your own driver/guide
✓ Incredible sightseeing including a scenic boat ride on Madu River, tour of Galle Forte, a private guided game drive in Yala National Park, Horton Plains and a tea plantation factory, a tour of Kandy by tuk tuk, a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, private jeep safari in Minneriya National Park, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, time to relax and unwind at a stunning coastal resort & spa in Chilaw
✓ 13 nights 5-star accommodation
✓ Including 2 nights at the incredible Grand Hotel in Nuwara Eliya
✓ Airport transfers included on the first and last day of tour
✓ Breakfast and dinner daily, 5 lunches including a traditional Sri Lankan cooking demonstration
✓ Enjoy iconic high tea at the Grand Hotel
✓ Ride the famed train from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy
✓ Fully escorted by an expert, English-speaking guide throughout
✓ National park and site entrance fees for sightseeing 
✓ Dedicated, comfortable, private, air-conditioned transportation throughout

What we love about this tour

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Itinerary

Hotel
The Kingsbury Hotel or Similar

Welcome to Colombo! 

On arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB), you will be met in the arrivals hall by a local representative and escorted to your private transfer, who will transfer you to your Colombo Hotel. 

Your private driver/guide is at your disposal from day 2 of your trip. During any free time, your private chauffeur guide is available to take you on any extra sightseeing, shopping, or to a recommended lunch or dinner. You will be given your private chauffeur guide’s mobile number at the beginning of your trip and he or she can be reached at any time during your stay. 

Hotel
Radisson Blu Resort Galle or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

In the morning, your drive guide will meet you and give you an orientation and introduction to Sri Lanka and your up-coming journey.

Afterwards, we'll head south towards Galle, with a brief Colombo sightseeing tour on the way. Colombo offers a blend of modern western and Sri Lankan elements, we'll drive past some of the commercial capital's sites including Old Parliament, President’s House, Gangaramaya Temple, Galle Face Green, Pettah, ViharamahaDevi Park, and Independence Square.

We will also visit the Colombo National Museum. This charming museum takes visitors on a fascinating journey through Sri Lankan history. Housed in a stunning neo-Baroque building, which was specifically constructed by William Henry Gregory, Governor of Ceylon, in 1877, the museum boasts a gleaming white façade. As you make your way through the various rooms, you'll encounter exhibits dedicated to each of Sri Lanka's historical kingdoms. Informational display boards provide intriguing insights, such as the meaning behind the mudras (gestures and poses) depicted in Sri Lanka's Buddha statues.

Then, in Balapitiya, we take a boat trip on the Madu River to visit 64 scattered islands, including Cinnamon Island, where we learn about cinnamon production. Sri Lanka is the world's largest producer of pure cinnamon.

Spend tonight in Galle.

Hotel
Radisson Blu Resort Galle or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 a 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
Cinnamon Wild Yala or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

In the morning, depart 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!

Please note: Yala National Park closes for a period between the months of September and October. The exact closure dates are made clear closer to the time. The closure is due to the prevailing dry weather prior to this time and taking into consideration the well-being of the wildlife in the reserve. For departure dates that fall over this period, as defined in the departure dates listed below, Yala National Park will be replaced with a visit to Udawalawe National Park, while still being able to visit Block 4 or 5 of Yala National Park.

Hotel
The Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, enjoy another safari in the Yala National Park by jeep to spot the diverse wildlife which calls the park home.

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.

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.

The incredible Grand Hotel in Nuwara Eliya, an enduring icon in this tranquil town perched on a mountain ridge overlooking lush green countryside in tea country. Oozing colonial charm, the hotel began life in the early 19th century as the stately holiday home of the fifth Governor of Ceylon. It’s since evolved over the centuries to retain a romantic, old-world ambience alongside modern comforts. In an enviable location, there are elegant, well-appointed rooms, magnificent gardens and an array of hotel amenities and activities including music therapy, yoga and more. The Grand Hotel is also renowned for its traditional afternoon tea, a quintessential British tradition which you’ll experience on this tour. 

Please note: a smart casual dress code applies for dinner at all restaurants and bars. Guests in short trousers and sleeveless shirts and rubber slippers will not be permitted to enter the restaurants.

Hotel
The Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Today you will have a leisurely morning.

In the afternoon you will visit a tea plantation and factory. Here you will enjoy an absolute tea experience, taking you from the moment young tea leaves are plucked to being processed in the factory to make a steaming cup of tea. If you are interested, the tea factory is the best place to purchase high 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 the Grand Hotel.

Hotel
Earl’s Regency or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

Discover the rich history of Kandy, once known as Senkadagala, during its time as the Hill Capital from 1514-1815 AD. Named a UNESCO heritage site in 1988, Kandy boasts a beautiful lake, historic temples like the Temple of the Tooth Relic, and well-preserved ruins of the royal palaces.

Enjoy some free time upon arrival in Kandy during the afternoon.

Hotel
Earl’s Regency or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Explore the beautiful city of Kandy with an included Tuk Tuk and Bazaar tour, followed by a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Relax in the afternoon with a stroll around the picturesque Kandy Lake. In the evening, visit the revered Temple of Tooth, home to a sacred relic of the Buddha and its guardian elephants.

End your day with a spectacular Sri Lankan Cultural Performance.

Hotel
SigiriyaJungles or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Today, leave for Sigiriya.

En route, enjoy a private jeep safari at Minneriya 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: since elephants are migratory animals, we may visit Wasgamuwa National Park on this day instead, based on the elephant locations.

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

Hotel
SigiriyaJungles or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning, we'll climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress (also known as Lion's Rock) - an extraordinary artistic complex dating back to 477-498 AD. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has become a global attraction due to its unique architecture.

For lunch, participate in an Inspiring Taste cooking demonstration where you'll learn to prepare Sri Lankan rice and curry (5-6 curries). Savour your meal while overlooking the beautiful gardens.

In the afternoon, we'll take a sightseeing tour of Polonnaruwa, the medieval capital city of Sri Lanka (1017-1235 AD). Polonnaruwa was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982 after the fall of Anuradhapura.

Hotel
SigiriyaJungles or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend the morning at your leisure, then in the afternoon, explore the impressive Dambulla Rock Cave Temple, also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla. This UNESCO heritage site dates back to the 3rd Century BC and boasts 157 statues and extraordinary paintings covering a vast 2100m2 area, making it the most impressive cave complex in Sri Lanka. It's truly a masterpiece worth experiencing.

Hotel
Anantaya Resort and Spa Chilaw or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

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
Anantaya Resort and Spa Chilaw or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Spend the day relaxing at the beach or by the pool. Your driver guide will be at your disposal today, should you wish to venture into town.

Meals
Breakfast

Unfortunately, today marks the end of your incredible tour through Sri Lanka.

Late check-out is included as you have access to your room until 8pm.

At the appropriate time, you will be privately transferred to the Bandaranike International Airport (CMB) to board your flight home.

Inclusions

  • Your own private driver/guide throughout your entire stay
  • 13 nights 5 star accommodation throughout
  • Airport transfers included on the first and last day of your tour
  • 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
  • The services of a professional fully escorted English speaking guide
  • In depth sightseeing including all entry fees as per the itinerary
  • Dedicated, private transportation throughout Sri Lanka

  • Colombo – Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka
  • Balapitiya – Take a river cruise on the Madu River
  • Galle – Tour the iconic Galle Fort and the old stone fortifications that surround this historic coastal town
  • Yala National Park – Embark on guided game drives to discover the dynamic wildlife in this epic national park
  • Nuwara Eliya – Embark on a famous scenic train ride through Sri Lanka's tea country
  • Nuwara Eliya – Learn about the process behind the region’s renowned tea at a tea plantation and factory
  • Kandy – Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, a famous Buddhist site within the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy
  • Kandy – Enjoy a traditional cultural performance
  • Minneriya National Park – Enjoy a thrilling game drive in this paradise for nature lovers, one of the best places to see elephants
  • Sigiriya – Climb the magnificent rock fortress of Sigiriya, also known as Lion Rock
  • Sigiriya – Visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Chilaw – Take time to unwind in the relaxing coastal town of Chilaw

Inspiring Tastes

  • Visit probably the most talked of outlet in Nuwara Eliya, the Grand Tea Lounge. Here we enjoy an iconic High Tea at the Grand Hotel.
  • Participate in a local arrack tasting session, sampling six different types of the country's national drink.

Inspiring Sights

To enhance your journey, we're offering 2 complimentary sightseeing experiences out of the below 4 options. The remaining tours can be purchased as additional optional activities.

  1. Horton Plains National Park entrance - inclusive of multiple walks through the forest 
  2. Polonnaruwa bicycle tour - cycle through the ruins of the royal ancient city of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa
  3. Audangawa village walking tour - an intimate walking tour through the town, visiting and learning about the local ways
  4. Anawilundawa Bird Sanctuary visit - entrance to one of Sri Lanka's vast ecosystems; home to many endemic and migratory birds

Inspiring Stay

  • Enjoy 2 nights at the incredible Grand Hotel in Nuwara Eliya

A closer look at your incredible accommodation: the Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya

The incredible Grand Hotel in Nuwara Eliya, an enduring icon in this tranquil town perched on a mountain ridge overlooking lush green countryside in tea country. Oozing colonial charm, the hotel began life in the early 19th century as the stately holiday home of the fifth Governor of Ceylon. It’s since evolved over the centuries to retain a romantic, old-world ambience alongside modern comforts. In an enviable location, there are elegant, well-appointed rooms, magnificent gardens and an array of hotel amenities and activities including music therapy, yoga and more. The Grand Hotel is also renowned for its traditional afternoon tea, a quintessential British tradition which you’ll experience on this tour. 

What our staff love about this hotel:

We just stayed here! Click HERE to view our team member’s photos and videos. 

Grand Hotel External 2

Fine Print

This product requires full payment upfront to secure your booking.

Once you have created your booking you will be directed to your invoice to choose your preferred payment method.

This is a land only package.

This package does not include international airfares. If you would like to add airfares to your booking our flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub. The flight portal will allow you to search for all available airfares to your destination. The function works like most general flight search engines allowing you to select your preferred airline, book different cabin classes (eg. Business class) and view flight durations and transit times to your destination. 

The flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub once the following criteria has been met:

  • Your booking is confirmed
  • Your departure date is within 11 months
  • You  have completed your passenger detail form

Visit our Flight Hub for more information on terms and conditions, amending your flights and information on luggage allowances. 

Some of our packages will include airport transfers in either one or both directions when arriving or departing from your destination. To know if transfers are included please view the ‘inclusions’ section of your selected package. If airport transfers are stated, transfers will be included as advised.

If transfers are not included, we also offer the option to book your airport transfers using our online portal. Access to this portal is available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed. Transfers are readily available and do not need to be booked until your final hotel list has been confirmed. Once you have made a transfer booking, please refer to your confirmation email for all transfer details including a local contact number for the transfer company.

If you book pre and/or post-tour accommodation on your own arrangement, and the tour includes transfers, note that these will be forfeited. The transfers are only provided in line with the tour dates and pre and/or post-tour accommodation purchased through Inspiring Vacations when available.

It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return. Visas may be required for your destination. For further visa information, click here.

Fitness Requirements
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.

This particular tour is categorized as a ”2”

Leisurely Paced Tour: This itinerary will be conducted at a relaxed pace. You will typically spend several nights at one location which means less time spent packing and unpacking, and more sightseeing. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and handling your own luggage.

Tipping
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. At the commencement of your tour you will be asked to provide tipping to your guide towards a ‘kitty’, which is then used towards the guide tipping for the services of helpers, hotel staff, restaurants and airport porterage. You will be asked for LKR7000 per person. Please note that this tipping is not for the guide or driver, merely for the guide to tip the services of other local workers during your tour. Tipping towards the kitty is compulsory. Your cooperation in this instance is most appreciated.  

Further, tipping for your guide and driver will be collected at the conclusion of their services.  To remove the uncertainty and stress of not knowing how much is appropriate to tip we recommend LKR1200 per person per day for your guide and LKR600 per person per day for your driver to be paid in local currency. The amount you wish to contribute is dependent on the services received and at the complete discretion of the guest. Thank you for your understanding.

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.

Single Supplement
Single supplement is $802.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price.

Triple Share
Not available.

Tour Length
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.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is recommended to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.

Children
Children must be 5 years old or above and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.

Tour Style
To meet the needs of various types of travelers, we choose to operate various types of tours, and depending on your selected package will mean different services are provided throughout your trip. The following descriptions of each tour style we hope will ensure that each traveller has appropriate expectations before they start their travels: 

  • Fully Escorted - This tour is fully escorted by an expert English-speaking guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.

All participants must be in good physical condition to fully engage in this journey. For the safety and welfare of yourself and fellow travellers, if you are feeling unwell prior to departure, we advise staying home and contacting us to arrange alternate plans.

Prior to selecting your trip, carefully review the itinerary to assess your ability to comfortably manage our travel style. Please be aware that if, based on evaluation by our leader or local representative, a participant is deemed unable to safely complete the itinerary, we retain the right to exclude them from all or part of the trip without reimbursement.

It is advisable to consult your physician for current medical travel advisories and any required vaccinations before embarking. We recommend carrying a first aid kit and any necessary medications in their original packaging, as they may not be readily available during travel. For those carrying medication, it's essential to check your government's foreign travel guidelines for local restrictions or regulations.

To enhance your journey, we are offering guests a choice of the following optional activities (prices are per person):

    Optional tours can be selected once you have finalised your tour purchase and paid your deposit. When completing your Passenger Booking Form, you will be asked if you would like to add Optional Tours, where any applicable cost will be added to your final balance. If you choose not to select them at this time, you can choose to add them later by logging in to your Account online.

    Please note that you must select your Optional Tours no later than 70 days before departure, after which you will be required to purchase them on tour. Please keep in mind that anything purchased on-tour is subject to availability and prices may vary as you will be paying in local currency. We appreciate your understanding.

    You can enhance your holiday by arriving or departing before or after the tour. On this tour you can choose from the following options:

    Pre Tour Accommodation

    • $149.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
    • $149.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

    Post Tour Accommodation

    • $162.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
    • $162.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

    Please select the number of extra nights required in the 'Additional Nights Accommodation' field when making your purchase. The additional cost for these arrangements will be added to your final payment invoice and are subject to availability.

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

    Please note that Yala National Park closes for a period between the months of September and October. The exact closure dates are made clear closer to the time. The closure is due to the prevailing dry weather prior to this time and taking into consideration the well-being of the wildlife in the reserve. For departure dates that fall over this period, as defined in the departure dates listed below, Yala National park will be replaced with a visit to Udawalawe National Park, while still being able to visit Block 4 or 5 of Yala National Park. Please refer to the itinerary.

    Although smaller in size to Yala National Park, Udawalawe National Park is considered one of the world's best places to see wild elephants. Largely comprised of grasslands and bush forest, Udawalawe is also one of the best national parks in Sri Lanka for game spotting and being far less crowded than Yala, it makes for a more enjoyable experience for travellers and therefore, we believe is a more than suitable alternative for one safari day. You will still be able to visit Block 4 or 5 of Yala National Park, so you are able to experience both.

    Wondering what to expect when you visit the iconic Yala National Park? Click HERE to learn more about Yala

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