Travel from ancient ruined cities to unspoiled rainforest and from glorious beaches to serene river valleys-in the island nation of Sri Lanka. You’ll experience the best of everything this jewel of a country has to offer as you learn about its history, delight in its zesty cuisine and fall in love with its captivating culture.
DAYS 1 & 2
Colombo, Sri Lanka
You are met on arrival at the airport, and taken to your hotel in Colombo. Tour through the highlights of the city.(B)
Gale Face Hotel, Colombo
DAYS 3 & 4
Explore the grand Sigiriya Rock Fortress, built in the 5th century and the medieval city of Polonnaruwa. Visit Lankathillaka Gedige, a massive temple ruin with a headless colossal Buddha statue, and Gal Vihara, with three huge Buddha statues carved out of its granite cliff face. Then take a scenic Jeep safari through Minneriya National Park.(B)
Vil Uyaa, Sigiriva
DAYS 5 & 6
Drive to Kandy and visit a gem museum and witness a colorful cultural performance. Explore the Temple of the Tooth to observe a pooja ceremony and see Sri Lanka’s most valuable Buddhist relic, a tooth of Lord Buddha. On the morning of Day 6, explore the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya.(2B)
Hotel Earl’s Regency, Kandy
This morning depart for Pinnawela and a visit to the endearing Elephant Orphanage where you can observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.(B)
Tea Factory Hotel, Nuwara Eliya
DAYS 8 & 9
Nuwara Eliya Yala National Park
On your drive to Yala, stop and visit Ravana Ella Waterfalls and the Buduruwagala Buddha statue, the tallest upright statues of Buddha in the country. On Day 9, enjoy both morning and afternoon jeep excursions into Yala National Park.(2B)
Yala Village Hotel, Yala
DAYS 10 & 11
Today visit the fishing village of Ussangoda and the Galle Fort, built by the Dutch in the 17th century, and today a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take a boat ride on the Madhu River and continue to Kosgoda to visit a Turtle hatchery to see hundreds of baby turtles that will be released to their natural habitat. (2B)
Taj Exotica, Bentota or similar
DAYS 12 & 13
Seeduwa Depart for Home
On Day 13, you will be taken to the airport for your flight home or on to your next destination.(2B)
Airport Garden Hotel, Seeduwa
December 31, 2011
From $3,605.00 per person double occupancy.
From $2,440.00 single room supplement.
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- All transfers and fully guided daily sightseeing provided by a private deluxe A/C vehicle
- Local English-speaking guide for sightseeing in each city
- Entrance fees per final scheduled itinerary
- Airport porterage, where available (2 bags per person)
- Local taxes
- TravcoAssist (Medical Travel Assistance Plan)
All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.
Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.