Travel 2 Touring 18/19

CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

INDIAN SUBCONTINENT

1

LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

1

SRI LANKA

RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

1

Dambulla

Sigiriya

2

LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

1

Kandy

2

Negombo

1

LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

Bandarawela 2

Colombo

1

1

1

SMALL GROUP TOUR

Yala National Park

Galle

2

Mirissa

PRICES FROM £1429pp

INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

TOUR DETAILS • Witness the amazing Sri Lankan seafood on offer at the Negombo seafood market • Spend time with welcoming locals keen to share the mysteries of Sri Lankan cuisine – learn to cook Tamil, Sinhalese and Bergher dishes in their homes • Sri Lanka will spoil your senses as you taste traditional flavour filled curries and sweet desserts whilst looking at banquets of rainbow spices, vibrant vegetables and colourful sambol PRICES INCLUDE • 11 nights’ hotel accommodation • Meals as specified: 10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 3 dinners • Transportation throughout tour, private vehicle, safari vehicle and train • Services of a qualified English-speaking guide throughout • Transfer and sightseeing as per itinerary (excludes ‘optional’ items) DEPARTURES 2019: Jan 1, 4, 8, 15, 18, 22, 29; Feb 5, 8, 12, 19, 26; Mar 5, 8, 12, 19, 22, 26, 29; Apr 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 30; May 7, 21; Jun 4, 11, 25; Jul 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Aug 6, 13, 20, 27; Sep 3, 10, 17, 24; Oct 1, 15, 29; Nov 12, 19, 26; Dec 3, 10, 17, 24, 27, 31 £1429 per person PRICES FROM:

12 day Real Food Adventure Negombo • Dambulla • Sigiriya • Kandy • Bandarawela • Yala National Park • Mirissa • Galle • Colombo

Day 1: Negombo Welcome to Sri Lanka. Known as the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’, the island offers travellers palm- studded beaches, rolling plantations, and sacred sights steeped in spirituality. With charming people, mysterious ruins and some of the best cuisine in the world, Sri Lanka’s hypnotic essence will remain with you long after you return home. Day 2: Dambulla In the morning, wake early and catch the action at the Negombo fish market. The market is situated at the northern end of a lagoon renowned for lobsters, crabs and prawns. Weave through stalls piled with shark, squid, barracuda and unheard of sea creatures as the sellers call out their wares, and get a great insight into local commerce. Head inland to Dambulla, home to vibrantly decorated cave-temples and a great base to explore the wide array of natural wonders and historic sites in this fascinating area. Your evening is free to explore. (BL) Day 3: Dambulla After breakfast, drive to Sigiriya. Here, you will have the opportunity to climb to the top of the rock to witness its elaborate ancient fortress complex. The 200 metre high ancient remains of a defensive capital built by a fearful king, ‘Lion’s Rock’ houses dynamic 5th Century frescos, terraced gardens and splashing fountains. Next, observe age-old traditions at a nearby chena cultivation area, one of the oldest forms of agriculture known to humans. (BL) Day 4: Kandy Located high on a cliff face are the impressive Dambulla Cave temples. You will have time to explore these and admire the many Buddha images, frescoes and paintings. Kandy is a pleasant city surrounded by lush green countryside, and it’s home to a picturesque lake, old shops, a bustling market and some great restaurants. That evening observe locals worshiping in Kandy’s Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth), one of Sri Lanka’s most sacred shrines that houses a Tooth Relic of the Lord Buddha. (BL) Day 5: Kandy In the morning you’ll enjoy a guided walk around Kandy’s peaceful city centre, including a tour of the Central Market. The rest of the day is free for you to explore. (BD)

Day 6: Bandarawela In the morning, you will take a picturesque train ride to the town of Bandarawela. Journey past waterfalls, little villages and up through the mountains on the scenic railway to this town in the cool highlands, once popular with British plantation managers. (BD) Day 7: Bandarawela Rise early for an easy walk through the verdant surrounds of the region’s tea plantations. Learn about the country’s most important export at the tea factory, one of the oldest in the area. (BL) Day 8: Yala National Park Drive to the wilderness of Yala National Park. The park has an impressive array of wildlife, including sloth bears and lots of birds. (BD) Day 9: Mirissa Start the day sweetly discovering 2 of Sri Lanka’s favourite ingredients. Try buffalo curd, served in bright terracotta pots with thick, golden treacle, often eaten as a snack, as an accompaniment to meals or as a desert. En route to the beautiful beach village of Mirissa, discover the Muslim influence on Sri Lankan food with dishes like biryani and watalappam at lunch in Hambantota. (BL) Day 10: Mirissa Meet with a local fisherman and learn about their craft, and how their lives have changed after the tsunami. In the evening take a tour of the Royal Dutch Fort, exploring the winding passageways, maze of gallery-filled narrow streets and 400 years of rich history. (BL) Day 11: Colombo Head north for the final stop on this gastronomic adventure to Sri Lanka’s commercial heart, Colombo. The city is a cosmopolitan mix of vibrant street markets, colonial buildings, interesting museums, fine restaurants and great shopping opportunities. (BL) Day 12: Colombo The trip will conclude on the morning of day 12. There are no activities planned for the final day and you are free to leave at any time.

TOUR STYLE: Small Group

GROUP SIZE: 12 max

PHYSICAL DEMAND:

ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: 3 stars

Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.

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