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  • Date: January
  • Destination: Sri Lanka Grand Tour
  • Duration: 12 nights
  • Price: 2699
Destination Sri Lanka
From Dublin or Cork
Date January – May 2019
Duration 11 Nights
Price From €2,699 pp
Flight Details to follow

Details are for guidance only and are subject to change

Introduction to Sri Lanka Grand Tour

Sri Lanka is an island of tremendous variety in terms of flora, fauna and topography, with a fascinating history and well-preserved ancient sites. The 5th-century fortress Citadel of Sigiriya sits vertiginously high above the surrounding jungle on a massive rock and is best known for its views and rock paintings.

The 11th-century city of Polonnaruwa contains a fascinating array of ancient buildings, Anuradhapura is the first capital city of Sri Lanka and Mihintale is believed to be the meeting place of the Buddhist monk Mahinda and King Devanampivatissa which inaugurated the presence of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Dambulla is home to a beautifully painted cave temple and Kandy houses the island’s most sacred Buddhist relic at its lakeside Temple of the Tooth.

Venturing further into the scenic heartlands of the country, the delightful hill station of Nuwara Eliya is visited and there is the opportunity to spot some of Sri Lanka’s best known wildlife in Yala National Park.

Colombo – 1 night
Galle – 1 night
Yala National Park – 1 night
Nuwara Eliya – 1 night
Kandy – 2 nights
Dambulla – 3 nights
Chilaw – 1 night

Itinerary

Day 1 Fly overnight from Dublin to Colombo via London Heathrow.

Day 2 Overnight in Colombo at the 4-star Mövenpick Colombo. (D)

Day 3 Colombo panoramic city tour. Visit a turtle hatchery en route to Galle and then visit the Old Dutch Fort. Overnight at the 3-star Ladyhill Hotel. (B, D)

Day 4 Drive to Yala (4 hrs). Jeep safari at Yala National Park. Overnight at the 4-star Jetwing Yala Hotel in Yala National Park. (B)

Day 5 Travel to Nuwara Eliya, visiting the ancient Buddhist temple of Buduruwagala and the scenic area of Ella en route. Overnight at the 4-star Grand Hotel. (B, L)

Day 6 Journey by rail from Nanu Oya to Peradeniya, near Kandy (subject to change due to local conditions and schedule amendments). Visit the Temple of the Tooth. Two nights at the 4-star Golden Crown Hotel. Evening cultural show. (B)

Day 7 Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens, then a tea plantation and factory. 7 Aug 2019: Evening Esala Perahera Festival. (B)

Day 8 Enjoy ‘Spices of Sri Lanka’ special event and a visit to Dambulla Cave Temple. Three nights at the 4-star Paradise Resort or 4-star Jetwing Lake, Dambulla. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Optional excursion to Sigiriya Rock Fortress† (bookable locally) which sits vertiginously high above the surrounding jungle on a massive rock, best known for its views and rock paintings. Visit ancient Polonnaruwa city ruins. (B)

Day 10 Visit the ruins of Anuradhapura. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 11 Travel to the 4-star Anantaya Resort & Spa Hotel (4 hrs) in Chilaw for an afternoon at leisure and overnight stay. (B)

Day 12 Return flight to London, arriving later the same day. (B)

  • Key: B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner

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Price Inclusions

  • Flights from Dublin to Colombo via London (overnight flight)
  • 10 nights accommodation in 4* or 3* hotels in Sri Lanka (see Itinerary (above) or Accommodation Details (below) for further details
  • Escorted tours with guide as per itinerary
  • Meals as outlined in itinerary
  • Flight from Colombo to Dublin via Heathrow
  • Taxes, hand luggage and 1 item of 20kg baggage per person

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Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes as indicated
  • Single room supplement from €450
  • Non refundable or transferable booking deposit 10% per person
  • Full payment due 12 weeks before departure
  • Optional Insurance €38 (conditions apply)
  • Taxes, fees or compulsory charges introduced after publication are not included in the above price
  • Irish nationals require a visa to enter Sri Lanka which can be applied for online.

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Accommodation details

Mövenpick – Colombo

A 4-star hotel located near to the National Museum with restaurants, rooftop bar, pool, Jacuzzi, WiFi (free). 219 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Lady Hill – Galle

Nestled atop the highest point of the ancient port city of Galle sits this attractive boutique hotel with great views, pool, restaurants, bar, spa and WiFi (chargeable). 12 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, minibar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Jetwing Yala – Yala National Park

A pleasant hotel situated at the edge of the famous Yala National Park, allowing easy access to and from the park. Restaurant, bar, pool, spa and WiFi (free). 90 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Grand Hotel – Nuwara Eliya

A former mansion from the Elizabethan era, with charming character, style and antique furnishings, this 4-star hotel has a restaurant, gym, WiFi (free) and 154 rooms with private facilities, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

Golden Crown Hotel – Kandy

A grand palace in the heart of the hills, in a city where the last kings of the land ruled long, long ago. A place where 21st century luxuries and historic charm live in perfect harmony, where the past meets the present in a haven of Five Star indulgence… 90 rooms including 18 suites and 7 banquet halls.

Paradise Resort & Spa Hotel – Dambulla

A 4-star hotel nestled in the jungle area of the ancient city of Dambulla. Restaurant, bar, pool, spa and WiFi (free). 67 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Anantaya Resort & Spa – Chilaw

A 4-star hotel located in the charming coastal town of Chilaw, positioned with a sandy beach on one side and charming lagoon on the other. Pool, bar, restaurants, spa, WiFi (free) and 87 air-conditioned rooms with private facillities, hairdryer, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

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Dates and Prices

Date Price
23 January 2019 €3,039
06 February 2019 €3,099
20 February 2019 €3,099
13 March 2019 €3,099
03 April 2019 €3,039
01 May 2019 €2,699

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