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Escorted Tour - pace 3
Escorted Tour Pace 3

Sri Lankan Adventure

Sri Lanka

from £1,899.00 13 2

Including optional travel insurance or a discount of £40.00 if not required
  • Breakfasts and more All breakfasts and more
  • VIP Travel Service VIP door to door
  • Top Performer Top performer
Discover Sri Lanka's cultural heritage

This exciting tour embraces Sri Lanka's cultural heritage of ancient cities and temples along with its magnificent array of wildlife. Look out for leopards and elephants in Yala National Park and explore fascinating World Heritage Sites.

This tour includes one night aboard aircraft.

Please note: On the 'Poya Days' and other religious occasions, alcoholic drinks cannot be served in any public areas in Sri Lanka. However, alcoholic drinks in the form of mini bar which is filled prior to the 'Poya Days' period can be arranged in your hotel room.

This comprehensive tour of Sri Lanka involves some long but rewarding journeys. If you are in any doubt as to its suitability, please talk to our travel consultants.  

Please note: Due to being unable to visit the Yala National Park on day 9 (1st-30th September 2014 departures) we will be providing an alternative game drive in Udawalawe National Park on day 8 when travelling from Nuwara Eliya to Yala. 

Including...

  • VIP door-to-door travel service 
  • Travel insurance and additional cancellation cover
  • Return scheduled flights and transfers
  • All breakfasts, six lunches and all dinners including a farewell dinner
  • Excursions as described
  • Saga tour manager
  • Porterage at all hotels
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Day 1 - 2 UK to Colombo

Hindu Temple in Coombo

After taking Saga’s included VIP door-to-door travel service to the airport, depart in the evening for your overnight flight to Colombo, arriving on the morning of Day 2.

Stay overnight at the The Gateway Hotel (4Q).


Day 3 Colombo to Habarana

Gangaramaya Temple in Colombo

Enjoy a tour of Colombo, visiting the Ganagaramaya Buddhist Temple and the Independence Square Memorial Hall before travelling to Habarana. Continue to Cinnamon Lodge (4Q+) for two nights.

Later, join an elephant-back safari.

Colombo Colombo District Sri Lanka Asia

Day 4 Habanara-Sigirya-Polonnaruwa

Spend the day at leisure or perhaps choose from two optional excursions available today.



Optional excursions

This excursion takes you to Sigiriya’s famous ‘Lion Rock’ which was the brief capital of King Kassapa I some 1,500 years ago. Two colossal paws still stand either side of ancient limestone steps, a reminder of the lion figure that once guarded the entrance to the lofty palace gardens on the summit of this 370-metre-high granite rock. Cuts and grooves carved out of the rock face will give you an idea of the size and shape of the original lion structure. Sigiriya is also well known for the Maidens of the Clouds, paintings of 21 beautiful women found on a sheltered ledge.

Sigiriya
Sigirya Matale District Sri Lanka Asia

You will find the ruins of the ancient Sinhala civilisation at Polonnaruwa, which became Sri Lanka’s capital between the 11th and 12th centuries. Highlights include the ruins of the king’s council chamber, the Royal Citadel and the Vatadage Relic House. Another will undoubtedly be the Gal Vihare where unknown artists carved four separate images out of a granite cliff face: the great reclining image of the Buddha entering nirvana is 14-metres long and is generally held to be the most impressive of the sculptures. Also of interest are the reservoirs – they are so large that one, the Parakrama Samudra, is bigger than Colombo Harbour!

Polonnaruwa
Polonnaruwa Polonnaruwa District Sri Lanka Asia

Day 5 Habarana-Dambulla-Kandy

Buddha statues at Dambulla

Travel to Kandy, visiting the Dambulla cave temple en route. The temple is the largest and best-preserved cave temple in Sri Lanka and has attained UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

Enjoy an included traditional Sri Lankan lunch before arriving at the Cinnamon Citadel (4Q) for a two-night stay. In the evening, enjoy an included performance of Kandyan cultural dancing.

Dambulla Matale District Sri Lanka Asia

Day 6 Kandy-Pinnawela-Kandy

Pinnawela elephant orphanage

Today, visit the Pinnawela elephant orphanage which cares for approximately 3,000 elephants and allows visitors to view these magnificent creatures at close quarters.

Lunch is served at Pinnalanda restaurant which overlooks the river used by the elephants to bathe.

Return to Kandy for an included city tour which visits the Royal Palace and Temple of the Tooth, which is believed to house the tooth of Buddha and is the site of many vibrant festivals throughout the year.

Pinnawala Kegalle District Sri Lanka Asia Kandy District

Day 7 Kandy-Peradeniya-Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya

Venture to Nuwara Eliya where you can visit a tea estate and factory which produces the highest quality Ceylon tea.

Later, visit a Botanical Garden. Stay at the Grand Hotel (3Q).

Nuwara Eliya Nuwara Eliya District Sri Lanka Asia

Day 8 Nuwara Eliya-Yala

Cinnamon Wild Yala Hotel

Today you travel to the Cinnamon Wild Yala (3Q) where you spend the next three nights.


Day 9 Yala-Kataragama-Yala

Elephants at Yala National Park

Embark on a game drive in Yala National Park, which supports many species of birds and animals, including elephants and the Malabar pied hornbill.

In the evening travel to Kataragama where you visit the Shrine of Lord Skanda and the Buddhist Temple of Kiri Vehera.

Yala National Park Hambantota District Sri Lanka Asia

Day 10 Yala

Malabar Pied Hornbill

Enjoy a champagne breakfast at the hotel and later, visit a local school supported by the Saga Charitable Trust. Afterwards, you can choose to relax at the hotel or view some of the local wildlife and birdlife.


Day 11 Yala-Bundala-Galle-Beruwala

Galle Fort

Travel to Bundala Bird Sanctuary, an important area for aquatic birdlife such as the spoonbill and spot-billed pelican.

Next, travel to the ancient city of Galle which was built in the 17th century and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards, continue to the Cinnamon Bey (4Q+) for a three-nights stay on an all-inclusive basis. 

 

Galle Galle District Sri Lanka Asia

Day 12 At leisure in Beruwala

Beruwala beach

At leisure or perhaps join an optional excursion.



Optional excursions

This river safari takes you past six islands, and includes a visit to a cinnamon plantation. Cinnamon, a small evergreen tree native to Sri Lanka, has been cultivated since antiquity for the spice obtained from its bark.

Beruwala Kalutara District Sri Lanka Asia

Day 13 Beruwala

Cinnamon Bey, Beruwala

Spend the day at leisure relaxing at your hotel, making full use of its faciltiies.


Day 14 Beruwala to UK

Temple in Colombo

After breakfast travel to Colombo Airport for your return flight. Arrive for your included UK VIP door-to-door travel service.



4 nights

Cinnamon Bey

All-inclusive post extension

After your tour, extend your stay in Sri Lanka at the Cinnamon Bey (4Q+) giving you a full week on its golden west coast.

2 nights

Dubai

Extension including breakfasts

Stay at the Arabian Courtyard Hotel and Spa (4Q) in the heart of Dubai (available only when flying via Dubai). Single room supplement applies.

3 nights

Dubai 2015 departures

Extension including breakfasts

Stay at the Arabian Courtyard Hotel and Spa (4Q) in the heart of Dubai (available only when flying via Dubai). Single room supplement applies.

£2198

6 nights

Dubai with Cinnamon Bey

Combine both the pre and post extensions in Dubai at the Arabian Courtyard and Beruwala at the Cinnamon Bey. Hotel details as above.

£2597