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Sri Lanka "the Grand tour"

Here is the opportunity to take a "grand tour" of the isle of Sri Lanka with Abans Tours. Ten days to discover the enchantment of an island with a recorded history of over 2600 years, where the Portuguese, Dutch and the British have left legacies and untold stories. It is here where you mix adventure and pleasure, where mysteries and myths add to the magic and where a range of hotels, resorts and boutique hotels provide exclusive stays.

The grand tour will take you to almost every patch of this "pearl shaped island" in the Indian Ocean unfolding the life of a nation renowned for its warmth and hospitality.

"Seven-Nights in Excusive Sri Lanka" in this isle that many have referred to as the "closest to paradise" will offer an unforgettable holiday you have ever wished for.

The first port of call is the fishing village now the town of Negombo and then to discover the Rock fortress of Sigiriya, one of the world heritage sites, to the 12century one time capital of Polonnaruwa where granite rock statutes seem to tell the story of a civilization that had marvel many. On the east coast, you will discover Trincomalee home to one of the world's natural harbors where the white sands of the beaches edge the Indian Ocean where fish sing and birds chatter. Jack Jersey perhaps fell in love with Trincomalee to write and sing the love song titled "Trincomalee". After two nights in Trincomalee you will reach the royal Kingdom of Kandy, driving through stunning landscapes where Cacao plantations blend with rice fields where coconut trees give shelter to pineapple plantations and pepper creepers, and where mid grown tea perfects the picture of variety being the "spice of life"! Lord Mount Baton's too may have been touched to base the South East Asia command headquarters during World War II in Kandy, now the lushes Royal Botanical gardens of Peradeniya. Moving thereon you will be invited to taste some of the finest tea of the world... "Ceylon Tea" straight off the tea gardens on the misty hills on your journey to Nuwara Eliya the holiday hideout of the Brits during the British occupation. Here you will master the art of making that perfect cuppa as by the "British Tea Planters". Moving further south, passing the beautiful tea plantations perched on the hills with exceptional views over mountains, waterfalls and valleys to exploring the wild life safari park at Yala home to that elusive leopard and the majestic elephant to mention but a few.

Driving along the south coast of the isle one reaches Galle where the Portuguese and later the Dutch built their Fort. The beach at Galle fringed by Coconut trees swaying to the gentle breeze of the Indian Ocean is an experience never to be forgotten.

You have the option of extending your holiday thereafter, if the mood is to relax on the beach before you complete the grand tour of Sri Lanka.

Day 1 - Airport / Negombo


 

After the completion of arrival formalities at the Colombo International Airport you will embark on the grand tour of this fascinating island arriving at Negombo. Overnight in Negombo at Hotel Amagi lagoon or similar.

Day 2 - Negombo / Dambulla / Sigiriya

After breakfast leave for SIGIRIYA, visiting the DAMBULLA golden rock temple. In the afternoon climb Sigiriya Rock the one time 'Rock Fortress', a UNESCO World Heritage site built in the 5th century AD by KING KASYAPPA. Overnight at Hotel Elephas Resort or similar

Day 3 - Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa

After breakfast proceed to POLONNARUWA, the 2nd capital of Ceylon. After a visit to the archaeological museum, drive to royal palace of KING PARAKRAMA BAHU the Great. Also get to see the quadrangle of temples including the GAL VIHARE with its monolithic granite statues emerging from the shrub jungles around watched by armies of monkeys.

Overnight at Hotel Sudu Araliya or similar

Day 4 - Polonnaruwa / Trincomalee

After breakfast leave for Trincomalee location of the natural Deep water harbour. A visit fort Fredric which was initially constructed by the Portuguese in 1623 and later rebuilt by the Dutch prior to be taken over by the British in 1782 is a must. The well-known place of worship by the Hindus, Koneswaram Temple is located within the fort.

Your hotel is located in Nilaveli. A dip in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean on the east coast is where you will discover Coral island a sanctuary for birds. You could also trek to pigeon hill for a panoramic view of the Indian Ocean. Overnight at the Pigeon Island Beach Resort or similar.

Day 5- Trincomalee

A day at leisure to enjoy the warm waters of the Indian Ocean

Overnight at the Pigeon Island Beach Resort or similar.

Day 6 - Trincomalee / Kandy (Via Matale)

After breakfast leave for KANDY visiting a spice garden and Batik factory en-route in MATALE.

Continue to KANDY, arrival transfer to hotel.

A visit to a Gem Museum and viewing a wide range of exotic Gem stones, the handicraft center and a drive upper lake for a panoramic view of the garden city. Thereafter visit the sacred Temple, Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha also referred as "Sri Dalada Maligawa" and witness the religious ceremony just before sunset at auspicious time set by the temple.

Evening witness the spectacular performance of a Kandyan dance show. Return to hotel for overnight at Hotel Earls Regent or similar

Day 7 - Kandy / Nuwara Eliya

After early breakfast visit the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya after breakfast. This exotic garden of 147 acres is home to more than 4000 species of plants including some a unique collection of orchids.

Thereafter proceed to Nuwara Eliya escaping to the cool misty hills covered by pine trees and winding around the rolling carpets of tea, dotted steams and cascading waterfalls culminating with a visit to the tea factory where you will be enlightened in the entire process of tea manufacture. This is where the world's cuppa is brewed.

Evening take a stroll in the town and to the beautiful Gregory's Lake. Transfer to Hotel Galway Forest Lodge or similar for overnight.

Day 8 - Nuwara Eliya / Yala

After breakfast leave for YALA driving through stunning countryside. Late afternoon embark on a jeep safari of the Yala National Game Park home to that elusive leopard and the majestic elephant to mention but a few. Transfer to hotel for overnight.

Day 9 - Yala / Galle

After Breakfast Drive along the south coast of the isle to Galle where the Portuguese and later the Dutch built their Fort. The beach at Galle fringed by Coconut trees swaying to the gentle breeze of the Indian Ocean is an experience never to be forgotten.

Overnight at Hotel Lady Hill or similar.

Day 10 - Galle / Colombo / Airport

After breakfast proceed to Colombo and drive through the City of Colombo: the Galle Face Green with a panoramic view of the Indian Ocean, the Presidential Secretariat (former Parliament), the Ganagarama Temple and the Independence Square.

Later in the day, transfer to Airport for Departure.

Extending your holiday...

3 extra Days in Bentota

Most fall in love with the beauty of the island and the beaches, so we have provided the option to extend your holiday for a further 3 days or so in Galle or on the exotic beach at Bentota. If Bentota is the choice, we propose Pandanus Beach Resort & Spa or similar resort.

Sri Lanka "the Grand Tour"

  • Accommodation in Hotels mentioned or similar
  • Meal plan on Bed Breakfast basis
  • Transportation in air-conditioned vehicles an English Speaking chauffeur guide.
  • English speaking guide service for Groups on request.
  • Government taxes including service charge at hotels
  • Airport transfers

From USD 855.00

Beach stay extension supplement from USD 195

Additional Information at a glance

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Price Prices are per person sharing a Double/Twin Room
Hotel Check In Between 1200 hrs and 1400 hrs
Hotel Check Out Between 1000 hrs and 1100 hrs
Double Room Occupancy 2 adults
Single Room Occupancy 1 adult
Wi-Fi Most hotels
Local Currency Sri Lankan rupees
Hotel Availability Hotels detailed above are subject to availability. In the event that one or more of these hotels are unavailable alternate, equivalent hotel will be provided.
Travel documents You will receive your, hotel and transfer information on confirmation of the booking. Train and excursion vouchers will be given upon arrival in Sri Lanka
Cancellation Conditions Refer to the Terms and Conditions.

Exclusions

  • Air travel
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities to chauffeur/guide
  • VISA fees
  • Personal expenses on site
  • Optional Excursions
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • And any other item not specifically mentioned.

Payment Policy

All packages will be confirmed after full payment is received.