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Sri Lanka ECOLUXURY

Tour Duration 9 Nights
Starting from 3.600 €
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Itinerary
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Description

It is not surprising that Marco Polo declared the atoll "the most beautiful island of its size in the world”; "Taprobane" to the ancient Romans, "Serendib" to the Arab traders, "Ceilao" baptized by the Portuguese, "Ceylan" by the Dutch followed by "Ceylon" from the British and finally from Sri Lanka to the Sinhalese. The southernmost point of mainland China, shaped like a tear, became an indispensable stopover for the first travelers waiting for favorable winds for subsequent journeys. This Great Emporium became the main center of trade and commerce between the Roman Empire and Imperial China. After its decline in the country of origin, India, Buddhism took root in Ceylon; and here, it is still practiced in its purest form. 

Accommodations on Tour (or similar available)

  • Minuwangoda - The Wallawwa ECOLUXURY
  • Dambulla - Signature by Amaya
  • Kandy - Kings Pavilion
  • Dickoya - Camelia Hills ECOLUXURY
  • Galle – Fort Bazaar ECOLUXURY

Suggested Highlights

  • Boat excursion in the Negombo lagoon
  • Excursion to the cigar factory
  • Demonstration of traditional cusine
  • Excursion to Botanic garden of Peradeniya
  • Excursion to Udawatta Kele reserve
  • Walks along the Tea Path
  • Walk and picnic on the falls
  • Boat excursion on Castlereagh lake
  • Excursion to Horton Plains National Park
  • Visit to the turtle conservation center

Itinerary

Minuwangoda

Day 1                    Colombo - Minuwangoda

Arrival in the morning in Colombo and border and customs procedures. Meeting with one of our representatives and transfer to a "reserved lounge" waiting for luggage. Meeting with guide-chauffeur and transfer by car to Minuwangoda (about 20 minutes transfer). Arrival and hotel accommodation. Free meals. Rest of the day free to relax. Overnight stay.

Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa - Dambulla

Day 2                    Minuwangoda - Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Dambulla

Transfer to the local airport and flight to Sigiriya. The flight is very scenic and you can observe the mountains, streams and the jungle. Upon arrival in Sigiriya transfer by car to Polonnaruwa. Lunch at a local farm near Pollonnaruwa. After lunch excursion to the beautiful Minneriya National Park. At the end continue to Dambulla. Arrival and hotel accommodation. Free dinner and overnight.

Sigiriya

Day 3                    Dambulla - Sigiriya - Dambulla

Breakfast. Excursion to Sigiriya and visit the magnificent Fortress, one of the seven World Heritage Sites (stairway of about 1200 steps). In the gardens will be offered a small refreshment of traditional cuisine based on fresh fruit. You return to the hotel. Free lunch. Late afternoon transfer to the Kandalama reserve, and short boat ride with views of the surrounding landscape. Meeting with elephants and possibility to interact with them. At the end of the excursion return to the hotel.

 

Kandy

Day 4                    Dambulla - Kandy

Visit of the cave complex of Dambulla, 5 caves dug into a 150 mt high rock, with murals on the life of Buddha and also large sculptures. Transfer to Kandy. Stop in Matale to visit a spice garden. Typical local lunch. Upon arrival in Kandy, capital of the Sri Lankan kingdom from the 16th century to 1815,  visit to the Temple of the Tooth of Buddha, famous relic venerated by Buddhists. Accommodation at the hotel. Free dinner and overnight stay.

Kandy

Day 5                    Kandy 

Morning visit to the famous and beautiful Botanical Garden. A 45 minutes transfer to Pilimatalawa, a very quiet suburb of Kandy, for visiting a traditional local dance school.At the end transfer to Gampola, near Kandy. Here will meet for lunch Jacques Souliè to talk about the kingdoms of Kandy and Gampola. Return to the hotel in Kandy and rest of the day free to relax. Free dinner and overnight.

Dickoya

Day 6                    Kandy - Dickoya 

Check-out and morning dedicated to exploring the city of Kandy, passing by the upper lake and stopping in the market square with the famous Batik & Gem shops. Continue to the picturesque Peradeniya train station and take the local train to Hatton. This route is considered the most picturesque of the train trips. Upon arrival in Hatton transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day free to relax. Dinner and overnight.

Dickoya

Day 7                    Dickoya

Guided tour of a local tea factory with an experienced taster. Rest of the day free to explore and enjoy the resort. There are many optional activities included. Lunch and dinner at the hotel. Overnight.

Galle

Day 8                    Dickoya - Galle

Breakfast. Transfer to Castlereagh Lake where you board the domestic seaplane flight to Koggala. On arrival meet with the guide and transfer to Galle. Hotel accommodation. Free lunch. Afternoon hike to the Forte di Galle with a short ride in vintage car between picturesque streets. Free dinner and overnight.

Galle

Day 9                       Galle

In the morning you’ll join a scenic bike ride from the beach of Wijeya to Thalpe, in a cinnamon plantation. Continue uphill to the enchanting Kahanda Kanda for a delicious lunch. Rest of the afternoon free to join activities or to relax at the hotel. Free dinner and overnight.

Colombo

Day 10            Galle - Colombo

Breakfast. Transfer to Colombo airport. End of services.

 

TRAVEL CONDITIONS

Cost per person from: € 3.600,00 (based on double occupancy)

Cost includes:

-          Domestic flight and seaplane

-          Accommodation as indicated

-          Meals as indicated

-          All transfers in a private vehicle as per the itinerary

-          English speaking guide-chauffeur during the  tour (other languages on request)

-          Sightseeings and entrance fees as per the itinerary

 

Not included:

-          International flights

-          Sri Lanka Visa fee

-          Any item of personal nature such as beverages, tips, etc

-          Travel insurance

-          Any services not mentioned in the itinerary

 

 

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