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Travel dates available from 24 July 2020
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Classic Sri Lanka

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Travel dates available from 24 July 2020

Classic Sri Lanka

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My Holiday Exclusive Inclusions

Your holiday starts from the moment you book. You can relax knowing that flights are included, all you need to do is pack your 20kg checked luggage and make your way to the airport.

Enjoy a total of 9 nights in standard hotel accommodation during your tour. Rest easy knowing your hotels are sorted as you make your way through Sri Lanka.

Wake up to something tasty every day when you pull up a seat for breakfast during your tour. Plus, enjoy a lunch when you visit Sri Lanka this holiday. For more information please check out the itinerary.

Get around in total comfort! Enjoy air-conditioned transportation when touring Sri Lanka this holiday as you see the sites without breaking a sweat!

There’s no need to go digging through your pockets for entrance fees this holiday, we’ve got you covered. We’ve included all your sightseeing & entry fees so you can focus on your tour and savour the beauty of Sri Lanka.

Colombo is a terrific example of where old meets new in the countries capital. Ride past colonial architecture and lush gardens in the Fort district, shop traditional marketplaces, step into modern times at Colombo’s countless restaurants, museums and galleries.

Sri Lanka is a remarkable part of the world that sees ancient towns, bustling downtowns, dense jungle, rising mountains, tea plantations and beautiful beaches all combine with surprising ease. This Holiday, we want you to experience all these diverse Sri Lankan towns have to offer, so we have included tours in many of the country’s towns.

Don’t miss out on a thing this holiday. Your tour includes English speaking tour guide(s) throughout Sri Lanka.

  • Experience a cooking demonstration and delicious lunch in Negombo
  • Visit Dambulla Rock Cave Temple
  • Climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Take a city tour in ancient Polonnaruwa
  • Visit a working Spice garden in Matale
  • Watch tea being harvested in the Nuwara Eliya hill country
  • Experience locally guided tours through Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Galle
  • Take in the Dutch colonial influence in the streets of coastal Galle
  • Tour Colombo in a Sri Lankan tuk tuk
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Your Itinerary

Itinerary Map
Itinerary Map
 
Australia – Negombo, Sri Lanka

Depart Australia for Sri Lanka today. On arrival into Negombo you will be met and be assisted by the Tour Representative and driver who will be guiding you throughout the tour.

Note: Due to flight times and scheduling, some customers may be required to depart on the day before (day 0). Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

 
Negombo

After breakfast enjoy a cooking experience, showcasing some of Sri Lanka’s famous traditional Sri Lankan cuisine. On completion enjoy the freshly prepared food before departing for Sigiriya.

On arrival in Sigiriya visit Dambulla Rock Cave Temple for a guided tour (approx. 1 our) of this ancient rock temple. Housing unique drawings in magnificently constructed cave-temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla, observe walls sheltering 150 statues of Lord Buddha. On entering the cave, look straight up to the gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold.

Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

 
Sigiriya

After Breakfast proceed to Sigiriya Area and climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress (approx. 3 hours).
The 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site – Sigiriya – is testament to ancient Sri Lankan engineering & urban planning supremacy. Step through the gigantic ‘Lion Paws’ – overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below – to comprehend the absolute splendour that once dominated this rock fortress. Surrounded by ramparts & moats, magnificent Lion Rock is coated in frescoes related to Gupta-style paintings found in the Ajanta caves of India. Examine the ancient (600AD) graffitied ‘mirror wall’, embracing the Western face of Sigiriya.

Then, be driven from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa (approx. 55 kms). Enjoy included lunch in Polonnaruwa at a village residence, overlooking the paddy fields.

This afternoon, visit the ancient ruins of Polonnaruwa (approx. 2-3 hours) Rising with the decline of Anuradhapura in the north, the city of Polonnaruwa upholds the ancient culture & heritage of the region. Walk across its scattered walls of the World Heritage Site – passing stupas, resting Buddha statues, irrigation canals and fantastically carved Hindu sculptures. Observe the relic house – Watadage – which homes beautiful Hindu-influenced stone carvings. Or sit by the side of Galviharaya and observe the absolute beauty of its huge Buddhist statues. Return to Sigiriya for the evening.

 
Sigiriya – Matale - Kandy

Travel on to Kandy this morning, via a spice garden visit in lush Matale.

An agricultural zone in the Central Province, Matale region produces tea, rubber, vegetables and spices. Stop by the side of a spice garden to observe the therapeutic values of spices & processes over a refreshing cup of herbal tea. There will be time to wander the streets and soak up some of the local colour and culture.

 
Kandy

After breakfast at the hotel commence sightseeing in Kandy.

Kandy – World Heritage Site & last royal capital of Sri Lankan kings – reflects Sri Lankan culture, history and heritage. See the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha, stroll through the bazaar with its arts & crafts centre, gem museum and lapidary. Drive towards Victoria Golf Course, one of the best golf courses in the world. Or observe the sights and scents of the fresh fruits and vegetables in the Kandy market.

Later, return to the hotel and spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

 
Kandy - Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast at your hotel take the scenic drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya.

On arrival, experience a 2 hour tour of the area: See misty valleys, twisting through blankets of tea bushes. The city is still studded with colonial bungalows, hedgerows and one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in the world. Walk through the green grass and red-brick walls, with breathtaking countryside views. Drive through green valleys of the hill country pierced by waterfalls & dotted with tea pluckers draped in brightly coloured saris.
Optionally (not included), rent a bike for a gentle ride along the banks of Lake Gregory.

On completion return to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

 
Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast enjoy the day at leisure to explore the city and surrounding area.

 
Nuwara Eliya –Galle – Ahungalla

Today the tour departs the mountains and travels south from Nuwara Eliya toward Galle, with a guided tour on arrival.

Galle, Sri Lanka’s southern capital is the intersection where Dutch architecture meets the tropics. Galle’s original ramparts and bastions showcase a heritage preserved for more than 3 1/2 centuries. Soak up the combined history and culture of this fascinating coastal city as you are guided through the ancient walled streets.

Later, proceed up the coast to Ahungalla and check in at the hotel.

 
Ahungalla – Colombo

After breakfast, depart Ahungalla for Colombo and check in to the hotel. In the afternoon, experience sight-seeing in Colombo by modern tuk tuk. Observe the contrasts of thriving Colombo on your guided tour. Ride to Pettah to see the Floating Market and head along Bauddhaloka Mawatha toward the colonial Independence Square. Have a chilled beer at the Dutch Hospital while gazing through windows showcasing Sri Lankan fashion, jewellery & handicrafts. Smell the scent of incense while listening to the chiming bells of Gangarama temple.

On completion proceed to check in at the hotel.

Tonight, you have the option of dining in the area; visit the famous MOC restaurant, The Lagoon or others, or enjoy a dinner at the “Curry Leaf” hotel restaurant (not included).

 
Colombo – Australia

Check out this morning and be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Note: some flights may arrive home on Day 11.

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Experience Sri Lanka in all its glory from incredible lush landscapes to the intricate details of life on the land, in the city and of traditional cultures. With breakfast daily, spend 9 nights in the best located hotel accommodation for this eye-opening tour including full-service flights, transfers, sightseeing fees and English-speaking guides. See ancient cities, traditional temples and enjoy guided tours throughout Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Galle and Colombo. Visit a working spice garden and tea plantation, taste traditional local cuisine and even try your hand at creating your own!

DEPOSIT

  • Deposit is $1,350*pp
  • Deposit is non-refundable

Balance is due 120 days before departure

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT PRICE

Single supplement available:

  • Low season $555*pp
  • Shoulder season $530*pp
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips and Porterage: Tipping for excellent service is welcomed but not expected and at guest discretion
  • Entrance fees to optional sites not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Any other services not specified above

PRE/POST ACCOMMODATION – Amsterdam

  • Pre tour NEGOMBO: $240 per room per night; twin-share including breakfast (excludes transfers)
  • Post tour COLOMBO: $225 per room per night; twin-share including breakfast (excludes transfers)

EARLY ARRIVAL/STAY BEHIND BREAK FEE

  • $150 per person plus airfare difference

PRICES
All prices are subject to change and AUD per person twin-share unless otherwise specified.

PASSPORTS

Copies of passports valid for 6 months beyond trip completion is strictly required at the time of booking. You are liable for all fees due to incorrect or incomplete full names, or passports lacking the required validity.

VISA

A tourist visa is strictly required for Australian and most other nationalities travelling to Sri Lanka. Please request your preliminary tour documentation to begin your visa application no earlier than 8 weeks before departure. It is your responsibility to check all requirements with your local consulate, embassy or visa centre.

BAGGAGE POLICY

Each person is entitled to a strict maximum of one checked bag not exceeding 20kg, plus one carry-on bag not exceeding 7kg. However, you are strongly encouraged to pack lightly below these limits, as you will be required to carry your own bag between the coach and hotel rooms, and to and from any other transport, while travelling to multiple cities and hotels.

FINAL DOCUMENTATION

Electronic documentation including e-tickets are generally emailed within two weeks of departure of your core tour, irrespective of early departures, pre-tour extensions or stopovers.

FLIGHTS

The default full-service carrier included in your package will be provided when you receive your final documentation. Example default carriers include: Cathay Pacific, Sri Lankan, Singapore, Malaysian airlines, or similar. Please contact your travel consultant at the time of booking for premium economy and business class upgrade quotes.

All flights or airfare related fees and costs are due immediately upon confirmation by cash payment. Frequent flyer points redemption is not permitted. Pre-set airline meals can be requested at the time of booking (or no later than one week before departure) and is subject to availability. All flights may involve up to two transits.

ITINERARY

The indicative itinerary and its order are subject to change based on local conditions and as we see fit to ensure the smooth and safe operation of the tour. The indicated length of trip includes time in flight and is subject to change depending on the prevailing flight schedule to be provided when you receive your final documentation.

TIPPING

Tipping for guides and drivers is welcomed but not expected in Sri Lanka. Tipping is at the discretion of the guest, 1000 Sri Lankan rupees (approx. AUD$10) is sufficient.

HOTELS

Reference hotels are listed and may be substituted with properties of a similar standard. Final hotels will be provided when you receive your final documentation. All hotel ratings are self-rated locally. All rooms are lead-in type. Triple-share is available in the form of extra bedding.

CHILD POLICY

This tour is not suitable for persons under 12 years old. Passengers under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. There is no child discount.

REFUND POLICY

All costs and fees are fully non-refundable at all times.

GROUP SIZE

Minimum 10 passengers required to operate, maximum 20 passengers per vehicle.

OPTIONAL PROGRAMS

Optional programs are subject to availability, time and weather permitting, and prepayable in AUD at the point of purchase. Some tours require minimum numbers to operate. Non-participants must wait at the venue for the group to conclude the activity.

BREAKAWAY POLICY

It is a condition of booking that you must always remain with the tour group and guide for the entirety of the tour. Any departure or deviation from the set tour itinerary is strictly prohibited. Penalties including cancellation of remaining accommodation and other arrangements will be enforced.
BREAK FEE

A ‘break fee’ for early arrivals, stay behind or stopovers is collected for any deviations from the set dates and group tickets. Transfers are not included for arrivals and departures outside of the set group arrangements.

TRANSFERS

Group transfers are at designated times. Transfers outside designated group arrangements incur additional costs. No refunds are provided for unused transfers.

SHOPPING

Cultural shopping stops and learning experiences are/may be included. Your participation is expected and there is no compulsion to purchase goods. Please exercise discretion and retain receipts of all purchases. We cannot be held responsible for any purchases.

CURRENCY

Exchanging some local currency before leaving home is advisable. The local currency can be used for optional programs, tipping, shopping and expenses of a personal nature.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Travel insurance is strongly recommended. Please contact your travel consultant for a quote on discounted insurance.

REFUND POLICY

All trip costs and fees are fully non-refundable at all times.

COMPLAINTS POLICY

All efforts must be made to resolve issues on tour with the tour leader. Formal complaints must be submitted within 14 days of tour completion.

DIETARY

Special meals are generally not available on tour. Please notify your guide of any special dietary requirements. Certain meals can be requested for the flights at the time of booking, subject to availability.

FITNESS

A basic level of fitness is required for full days of brisk walking with intermittent breaks. This tour is not suitable for people requiring assistance or walking aid.

PASSENGER INFOMATION CHANGES AND AMENDMENTS

All amendments and changes are subject to a $150 fee per person, per change. Amendments and changes requested within 60 days of departure for travel will incur a $350 fee per person, per change.

From $2,399 pp*
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Total: $4,798.00


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All prices are per person twin share unless stated otherwise