General

This journey will take you from Sri Lanka to the Maldives, creating the perfect mix of colonial history and barefoot beach luxury neatly wrapped into one of the most idyllic trips the Indian Ocean can offer.

First stop is Sri Lanka, famed for its natural beauty, colonial history (and of course, its tea plantations) head straight to Negombo, a large old fishing town which still holds the old-world atmosphere with 17th century churches and forts laying as evidence to the Dutch and Portuguese chapters of history. Begin by visiting Sri Lanka’s oldest historic monuments where you can climb the famous Sigiriya Rock. Also known as ‘Lion’s Rock’, here the old fort was built by King Kashyapa (AD 477-495) and later used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century.

A jeep safari at Wilpattu National Park offers adventure, with it being among the top national park’s, world renowned for its leopard population. Spend an afternoon at leisure in Anuradhapura, a city that stands as testament to the height of Sri Lanka’s Buddhist culture and heritage through its architectural marvels.

Travel into Kandy, then wander through the streets and via Kandy Lake which dominates the town. Visit the local market which draws in the community and enjoy a day at leisure to self-explore before travelling to Hatton by train. This epic train journey is one of the most scenic you will ever take in your life! A major centre of the Sri Lankan tea industry, Hatton is one of the busiest cities in the hill country.

From Hatton, head south to Galle, a vibrant coastal town that boasts a rich cultural heritage. For the final part of the tour, a short flight over to the Maldives is followed by five nights of relaxation and indulgence at a five-star Maldivian island. Wade in the shallow shores, laze on a white beach and snorkel in crystal-clear waters for a perfect end to the tour. This is truly as chic and luxurious as you can get.

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR YOU:
BICYCLE TOUR OF ANURADHAPURA / SIGIRIYA ROCK FORTRESS / VILLAGE TOUR / JEEP SAFARI / KANDY CITY TOUR EPIC TRAIN JOURNEY / TEA PLANTATION EXPERIENCE / GALLE FORT / COLOMBO CITY TOUR / RELAXATION IN THE MALDIVES

Destination Sri Lanka
Cities & Locations Negombo / Anuradhapura / Kandy / Hatton / Galle / Colombo / Maldives
Duration 17 Days / 16 Nights

Itinerary

This holiday is solely a suggested itinerary: it can be booked as it is or used as a starting point for creating your very own custom-made tour.


Day 1 Colombo - Negombo

Upon arrival at Colombo Airport you will be met and transferred to Negombo where the rest of the day is spent at leisure.

Day 2 Negombo - Anuradhapura

Transfer to Anuradhapura and enjoy a bicycle tour of the ancient city.

Day 3 Anuradhapura

Today visit Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which majestically overlooks the luscious green jungle surroundings. Enlightening and exhilarating, enjoy a village tour offering a glimpse into local life. The evening is spent at leisure.

Day 4 Anuradhapura - Trincomalee

This morning enjoy a jeep safari at Wilpattu National Park, the largest and oldest national park in Sri Lanka. The rest of the day is spent at leisure.

Day 5 Anuradhapura

Transfer to Kandy and enjoy a city tour. Located in the central highlands, the city is rich in culture and tradition.

Day 6 Kandy

Spend the day at leisure.

Day 7 Kandy - Hatton

Today embark on a train ride to Hatton, one of the most scenic train journeys in Sri Lanka. Upon arrival, spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 8 Hatton

Visit a tea plantation for a tea experience, offering an insider’s view into the worldfamous Ceylon tea.

Day 9 Hatton - Galle

Transfer to Galle where the rest of the day is spent at leisure.

Day 10 Galle

Today enjoy a guided walk around Galle Fort, meander through the gridded streets, hear captivating stories and walk the grass-clad ramparts.

Day 11 Galle - Colombo

Transfer to Colombo, the cosmopolitan capital of Sri Lanka. Enjoy a city tour covering key sights.

Day 12 Colombo - Maldives

Today, transfer to Colombo Airport for a flight to the Maldives.

Day 13-16 Maldives

Spend the next four nights at leisure soaking up the tranquil atmosphere.

Day 17 Maldives

Today, transfer to Male Airport where tour arrangements end.

Terms & Conditions

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Colombo

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Ancient Cities

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Kandy & The Highlands

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Sri Lanka

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