• Pricing From $13,495 pp
  • Single Supplement $3,000
  • From Negombo
  • Duration 12 Days
  • Max Group Size 15
  • Activity Level Moderate
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Join us on this incredible adventure to Sri Lanka. Explore pristine rainforests, ancient rock fortresses and some of the most perfect beaches on the planet. Not to mention the extraordinary wildlife, superb food and welcoming people. Recently named Lonely Planet’s number one destination, Sri Lanka is on trend for many reasons.

Considered nature’s treasure chest, it also has an incredible cultural heritage. Sri Lanka is home to one of the oldest civilisations in the world where its written history exceeds 2,550 years. Its pre-history consists of planned cities, magnificent palaces and expansive man
made reservoirs, stunning temples and monasteries, green gardens and fascinating monuments. Step into a world of wonder as Bill Peach Journeys explores this fascinating country in comfort and luxury. There are so many reasons to join us on this journey to Sri Lanka.

Highlights

  • Visit the fascinating and diverse cities of Colombo, Kandy and Galle rich in culture and history
  • Luxury accommodation throughout including the Grand Uda Walawa Safari Resort and Shangri La Hotel Colombo
  • Unique Sri Lankan experiences including visiting spice, tea and cinnamon plantations
  • Travel on the luxury heritage train “Viceroy Special” from Negombo to Matale
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Dambulla Caves, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, The Temple of the Tooth
  • Enjoy wildlife jeep safaris in Minneriya National Park and Udawalawa National Park
  • All touring, transfers, entrance fees, porterage and meals included
  • Escorted throughout by an experienced Journey Director and local English speaking guides

Tour Departures

Tour Code SL2020
Departs 17 Mar 2020
Returns 28 Mar 2020
Price From $13,495 pp
Single Supplement $3,000
Day 1: Arrive Colombo

Upon arrival in Colombo, a private transfer awaits to transport you through to your boutique hotel, the award winning Wallawwa, an atmospheric 18th century manor house which exudes style and serenity set in 200-year-old tropical gardens in the Negombo hinterland.

Overnight: The Wallawwa or similar

Day 2: Negombo

Today is a relaxing day at leisure to recover from the flight.

For those interested, there will be the opportunity to tour Negombo. Tonight there will be a welcome dinner.

Overnight: The Wallawwa or similar

Day 3: Negombo - Colombo - Sigiriya

This morning board the luxury heritage train “Viceroy Special” from Negombo to Matale enjoying lunch on board. Harking back to years gone by, we watch the verdant scenery pass from this beautiful heritage train complete with period fittings, a bar, dining and recreation area with plush seating and an observation cabin. Upon arrival, we then transfer by coach to Sigiriya.

This afternoon we visit Dambulla Caves, an enchanting destination which perfectly showcases Sri Lanka’s spiritual and natural charm. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a
cave system with spectacular sculpture & painting strewn throughout. It represents one of the oldest sites for Buddhist monasticism with a history of pilgrimage for 22 centuries.

Overnight: Water Garden Hotel or similar

Day 4: Sigiriya

Today we visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa which showcases Sri Lankan architecture dating back to the 12th century AD. We will explore the monumental ruins of the fabulous garden-city created by Parakramabahu I, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

We transfer to Minneriya National Park for a jeep safari to see the wild elephants, which can number in excess of 200. Cameras at the ready as they come to feed and bathe during what is known as ‘the Gathering’. The elephants are joined by flocks of birds, such as little cormorants, painted storks, herons and large pelicans which fish in the shallow waters.

Overnight: Water Garden Hotel or similar

Day 5: Sigiriya

This morning drive to Hiriwaduna where we will experience a short bullock cart ride to reach the village. A chance to interact with the locals and enjoy a catamaran ride on Habarana Lake. After a cooking demonstration we transfer to Sigiriya Rock Fortress, one of Sri Lanka’s most historical monuments. Referred to by locals as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is an ancient palace and fortress complex of urban planning, water engineering, horticulture and arts. For those interested, a climb to the top offers breathtaking views of the surrounding national park.

Overnight: Water Garden Hotel or similar

Day 6: Sigiriya - Matale - Kandy

Transfer to Matale and discover why Sri Lanka is also known as the ‘Land of Spices’ as we visit a plantation. We will gain an insight into the age old industry of spice production, which attracted many European and Asian merchants to the ports of ancient Sri Lanka. Continuing on we arrive at picturesque Kandy. Sri Lanka’s second biggest city and at one time, capital of the last Sinhalese Kingdom. Here we will visit the UNESCO Heritage Listed Temple of the Tooth Relic, one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. We will take a tuk tuk ride through this lovely lakeside city to the upper lake region for panoramic views over the city.

Overnight: The Radh Hotel or similar

Day 7: Kandy

After your morning at leisure, enjoy an interactive cooking demonstration and learn the basics of Sri Lankan cuisine. After lunch we visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden, which displays more than 4000 species of plants, including orchids.

Overnight: The Radh Hotel or similar

Day 8: Kandy - Udawalawa

Today we transfer by coach to Udawalawa. After lunch we depart for a safari in Udawalawa National Park, an important habitat for water birds and Sri Lankan elephants which was created as a sanctuary for displaced wild animals. Mostly comprised of grasslands and bush forest, the park is framed by soaring highlands on its northern boundary.

Overnight: Grand Uda Walawa Safari Resort or similar

Day 9: Udawalawa - Galle

An early morning safari in Udawalawa National Park before transferring to Galle, a city rich in culture and history having been a prominent seaport for the Persians, Arabs, Greeks, Romans, Malays, Indians, and Chinese. One of the best preserved colonial-era cities in Southeast Asia, Galle has been declared a World Heritage City.

Overnight: Marriot Welligama or similar

Day 10: Galle

Today we tour Galle exploring the varied architecture reflecting Portuguese, Dutch and British rule including the majestic Galle Fort which is testimony to Dutch rule in the 17th century.

Overnight: Marriot Welligama or similar

Day 11: Galle

An early morning transfer to Mirissa, one of the best locations in the world to see a gigantic Blue Whale. Of the 80 species of cetaceans identified worldwide, 26 are found in the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal. Sea turtles and numerous dolphins in pods may also be spotted.

Later this morning we visit a cinnamon plantation and discover the unique process of harvesting this spice before enjoying a cinnamon infused lunch. We visit the legendary Handungoda Tea Estate famous for the white tea it produces. It is said to have been exclusively produced for the Chinese Emperor Tsong. Our farewell dinner this evening will be accompanied by traditional music.

Overnight: Marriot Welligama or similar

Day 12: Galle - Depart Colombo

Mid morning we transfer to Colombo. Sri Lanka’s capital and bustling commercial hub, Colombo was a magnet for successive traders and conquerors – initially the Arab merchants, then Portuguese, Dutch and British imperialists. Colombo’s colourful street markets, colonial-era buildings, museums and galleries, churches, mosques and temples exemplify its diverse history.

Following lunch we check in to our hotel where you can relax in your room or enjoy some last minute shopping. After dinner at the hotel, transfer to the international airport to board your flight home taking with you fond memories of an unforgettable Sri Lankan discovery.

Pre Flight Accommodation: Shangri La Colombo or similar


About Luxury World Journeys

Our worldwide collection of journeys are operated by a select number of preferred travel partners who we have chosen because of their expertise within special regions and who combine the same style and superior level of service that has become synonymous with Bill Peach Journeys. Each of the worldwide journeys has a Bill Peach Journeys stamp of quality.

Fully Inclusive

When you travel on a Bill Peach Luxury World Journey everything is included.  It means not only does your holiday include accommodation, dining, and all excursions but every one of these elements is the best in its class. Throughout the journey, you will have a Journey Director on hand to look after each detail.

Mode of Transport

The coaches that we use for the ground component of this journey are fully air-conditioned.

International Flights

Flights from your home port to Sri Lanka are not included in the journey price. Should you require flights to and from Sri Lanka, we can provide a competitive quote on airfares and pre and post tour accommodation in Sri Lanka, at the commencement and conclusion of your journey.

Level of fitness required: Moderate

This journey is more challenging and designed for the more active traveller who is looking to venture off the beaten path. To fully participate in all activities, the traveller must be able to walk up to 1km on even surfaces unaided, travel by four-wheel drive vehicles along ungraded roads and walk up steps unassisted.

We strongly urge you to consider the fitness rating before selecting your preferred journey, in respect for your fellow travellers. Bill Peach Journeys reserves the right to refuse travel to any client whose fitness level is below the recommended rating.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to cover you against such things as personal illness or accident, cancellation, loss of baggage etc. Please make sure you carry a copy of your Travel Insurance policy with you at all times.

Terms and Conditions

Please refer to the T&C’s for more information. Terms & Conditions (PDF)