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  • Date: January
  • Destination: Sri Lanka Grand Tour
  • Duration: 12 nights
  • Price: 2849
Destination Sri Lanka
From Dublin or Cork
Date Jan – Dec 2017 (see below)
Duration 11 Nights
Price From €2,849 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
Katharagama – 1 night
Nuwara Eliya – 1 night
Kandy – 2 nights
Habarana – 3 nights
Chilaw – 1 night

Itinerary

Day 1 Fly Dublin or Cork to Heathrow then overnight from London Heathrow to Colombo.

Day 2 Afternoon visit of the National Museum. Overnight in Colombo at the 3-star Best Western Elyon Hotel. (D)

Day 3 Colombo city tour. Drive to Galle and visit the Old Dutch Fort. Overnight at 3-star Ladyhill Hotel. (B, D)

Day 4 Visit a turtle hatchery and then continue to Yala (4 hrs). Jeep safari at Yala National Park. Overnight at 4-star Mandara Rosen in Katharagama. (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 4-star Hotel Tourmaline. Evening cultural show. (B)

Day 7 Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens. Aug 9 2017: Evening Esala Perahera Festival. (B)

Day 8 Visit a tea plantation and factory. Enjoy ‘Spices of Sri Lanka’ special event and a visit to Dambulla cave temple en route to Habarana. Three nights at 4-star Habarana Village Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Optional excursion to Sigiriya Rock Fortress† (bookable locally). Visit ancient Polonnaruwa city ruins. (B)

Day 10 Visit the ruins of Anuradhapura and Mihintale. (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) Over night in Airport hotel with flight from London to dublin or Cork next day

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

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Price inclusions

  • Flights from Dublin or Cork 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
  • 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 €380
  • Non refundable or transferable booking deposit 10% per person
  • Full payment due 12 weeks before departure
  • 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit or charge card
  • 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

Best Western Elyon – Colombo

A 3-star hotel located near to the downtown area of Colombo. Restaurant, bar, gym, WiFi (free) and 59 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.

Mandara Rosen – Katharagama

A 4-star hotel with a backdrop of stunning mountain landscapes, restaurant, outdoor pool, WiFi (free) and 58 rooms with private 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.

Tourmaline – Kandy

4-star hotel located on a hilltop with breathtaking views of the valleys and landscape below. Restaurant, gym, outdoor pool and WiFi (chargeable). 29 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, safe and TV.

Habarana Village – Habarana

Spread across many acres of lush greenery and bordering the stunning lake of Habarana, this 4-star hotel is also in close proximity of several historical landmarks in the area. Restaurant, bar, outdoor pool, WiFi (free) and 108 rooms with private facilities, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

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
10 May 2017 €2,849
18 October 2017 €3,049
15 November 2017 €3,119
06 December 2017 €3,049

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