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The ancient culture of Sri Lanka is brought to life on this fascinating tour of the emerald isle, which concludes with a blissful few days on Sri Lanka’s postcard perfect beaches.

From lively cities to laidback beaches, ancient Sinhalese heritage sites to national parks, our eclectic Classic Ceylon eight day escorted tour is a spellbinding showcase of the best Sri Lanka has to offer.

On this mesmerising trip, you’ll climb rock formations thousands of years old at Sigiriya, see Sri Lanka’s diverse wildlife in its natural habitat at Minneriya. You’ll also tour the famous tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya and get a taste of city life in bustling Kandy. Finish with a relaxing few days on the soft golden sands of some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, on the island’s southern coast.

The tour includes visits to a number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the fascinating and famous Dambulla Caves, giving travellers a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the fascinating culture of this very special place.

With such a diverse itinerary, and so much ground covered, this tour is an immersive experience which lets you experience authentic Sri Lankan culture at its finest.

Duration

15 Days

Guide Price

£2,599 pp

Recommended For

Adventure, Beach, Culture, Wildlife

Best Time to Go

October to March

Beach, Chena Huts

Trip Highlights

  • See Asian elephants in their natural habitat on a safari through Minneriya National Park
  • Descend the depths of Dambulla Rock Temple, the largest cave temple complex in Sri Lanka
  • Climb to the top of imposing Lion’s Rock at the magnificent Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Explore the vibrant markets and pretty centre of culture, Kandy

Start your Journey

Day 1

Sri Lanka Tour

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Sri Lanka’s northern lowlands, on a tour of the ‘cultural triangle’ of Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa and Kandy.

Sigiriya Rock Fortress lays claim to the majestic Lion’s Rock, an imposing rock column which thrill seekers can climb to enjoy panoramic views at its summit. In the ancient kingdom of Polonnaruwa, you can explore the remains of one of the world’s most fascinating relic cities.

Just outside of the cultural triangle is Minneriya National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty where herds of wild Asian elephants can be seen gathering at the waterholes.

Once in Kandy, celebrate traditional Sri Lankan customs as they are brought to life in a vibrant cultural show. Foodies will also enjoy a cookery demonstration - the perfect way to savour the rich and aromatic flavours of Sri Lankan cuisine.

Sri Lanka’s rich history of tea production comes alive on a tour of the tea plantations in Nuwara Eliya. Amongst lush green hills with pleasantly cool temperatures, you can learn about the Sri Lankan tea industry, the tea making process and sample some of the country’s most famous export.

Day 2

Sri Lanka Beach

Sri Lanka’s southern coast is home to some of the world’s most picturesque beaches, which are the perfect peaceful spot to relax and rejuvenate after an exhilarating tour of the rest of this stunning island country.

On these postcard perfect beaches, lush vegetation surrounds soft golden sands and turquoise water shimmers in the sun. There’s also an abundance of fish and marine life to be found beneath the gentle waves. Don your snorkel and enjoy a magical underwater experience or simply sit back and unwind beneath a shady palm; the choice is yours.

In luxury five star resorts like Anantara Kalutara, your every needed is catered for, so you can truly unwind and go home feeling rested and revitalised after an exciting start to your trip. Sri Lanka’s coastal resorts offer luxury accommodation and an excellent choice of restaurants serving authentic Sri Lankan cuisine and traditional flavours, for an authentic dining experience that completes your unforgettable holiday.

  • Suggested Accommodation

    Anantara Kalutara Resort & Spa

    Find tranquility and natural beauty at this secluded beachfront resort just one hour from Colombo – bring your sense of...
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    Guide Price £1,799
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