Travel 2 Touring 18/19

Bay of Bengal

NIGHTS STAYED

1

INDIAN SUBCONTINENT

LAND NIGHTS STAYED

SRI LANKA

1

(3 nights’ Dambulla or Sigiriya)

Anuradhapura

Sigiriya

3

LAND AIR NIGHTS STAYED

Dambulla

3

Polonnaruwa

1

Kandy

2

Nuwara Eliya

LAND RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

1

Airport

1

1

Colombo

Udawalawe

Yala

1

(1 night Yala or Udawalawe)

Indian Ocean LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

1

INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

PRIVATE TOUR

RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

1

• Climb Sigiriya, or Lion Rock, Sri Lanka’s most eye-catching landmark • Explore the ancient ruins and temples of Sri Lanka’s first and second capitals of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa • The ancient city of Kandy, home to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic • Choose to visit one of Sri Lanka’s, 2 most famous National Parks, Udawalawe or Yala LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1

PRICES FROM £699pp

8 day Discover Sri Lanka Dambulla • Anuradhapura • Polonnaruwa • Sigiriya • Kandy • Nuwara Eliya • Yala/ Udawalawe • Galle

Day 1: Colombo - Sigiriya/Dambulla On arrival in Colombo, your tour will commence with a drive to the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka, stopping en route to taste the sweet pineapple of this region. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Standard: Kassapa Lion Rock Hotel; Superior: Green Paradise; In the morning, enjoy a visit to a Sri Lankan village and then perhaps take an optional excursion to Anuradhapura, the first capital of Sri Lanka or visit Hiriwadunna Village which includes a catamaran boat ride and bullock cart ride. In the afternoon, visit the Dambulla Rock Temple, a World Heritage Site hosting the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples with the largest area of wall paintings in the world, or perhaps take an optional jeep safari at Minneriya National Park, home to the largest gathering of wild elephants in the world. The best time to enjoy this jeep safari is from August to December. (Optional touring cannot be combined) (B) Day 3: Polonnaruwa & Sigiriya Drive to Polonnaruwa, the second capital of Sri Lanka, before a late afternoon climb to the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Also known as Lion Rock, towering high over the surrounding plain and home to an ancient fortress that dates back over 1,500 years, enjoy exceptional views as you look out over the old moat, ramparts and water garden that surround the base of the rock. (B) Day 4: Sigiriya - Kandy Set off for your 2-night stay in Kandy, visiting a spice garden en route. In the evening, see the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic, and enjoy a colourful cultural show with traditional dancing. (B) Standard: Hilltop Hotel; Superior: Topaz Hotel; Deluxe: Grand Kandyan (2 nights) Day 5: Kandy Relax and wander around the lake and the streets of Kandy, the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings. In the afternoon, take a peaceful stroll around the Royal Botanical Gardens. (B) Day 6: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya Take a magical train journey (weather and availability permitting, optional extra) through Sri Lanka’s tea country, an unforgettable way to see the local hill villages. In Nuwara Eliya, visit a tea factory and continue to explore the scenery of Sri Lanka’s most Deluxe: Cinnamon Lodge (3 nights) Day 2: Anuradhapura & Dambulla

popular hill resort. (B) Standard: Galway Forest; Superior: St Andrews Hotel; Deluxe: Grand Hotel Day 7: Nuwara Eliya - Yala or Udawalawe Enjoy a scenic drive through the hill country to either Udawalawe or Yala to start your chosen wildlife safari. Yala boasts one of the highest-density leopard populations in the world and sightings are commonplace. In Udawalawe you’ll visit the Elephant Transit Home for orphaned elephants before taking a jeep safari to see the animals in their natural wild surroundings. (B) Day 8: Yala or Udawalawe - Galle - Colombo Drive from either Yala or Udawalawe National Parks to the city of Galle where you can wander the streets and discover one of the best examples of a living fortified city built by Europeans in South Asia. Continue your journey back to Colombo or transfer to the beach hotel of your choice. (B) Note: Due to the movements of the wildlife it may be necessary to change the itinerary whilst in Sri Lanka. Yala National Park is closed for approx. 6 wks in Sep/ Oct, therefore jeep safaris will operate to Udawalawe during this time.

TOUR DETAILS

£699 per person

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PRICES INCLUDE • 7 nights’ accommodation in named hotels or similar • Meals as specified: 7 breakfasts • Touring by private air-conditioned vehicle • Services of an English-speaking chauffeur guide • Airport transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary

DEPARTURES Daily

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TOUR STYLE: Independent

GROUP SIZE: 2+

PHYSICAL DEMAND:

ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: 3 - 4 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.

Optional Pre/Post Stay After a busy week exploring, enjoy a relax- ing break on the Sri Lanka south or west coast with its golden beaches. Add-on nights are available in the beach hotel of your choice. Please call for details. CINNAMON LODGE Cinnamon Lodge is located in the heart of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle and sprawls over 27 acres of lush forest land. 137 chalets are designed to provide privacy and comfort for a most relaxing stay.

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