Day 1 – Depart UK
Depart UK and fly to Colombo international airport.
Day 2 – Arrive Colombo and explore the city
Arrive in Colombo, transfer to your hotel then explore the city at your own pace. Overnight in Colombo.
Day 3 – Escorted tour of Colombo
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before a full day escorted tour of Colombo visiting the 100-year old clock tower, Independence Square, Nelum Pokuna and Pettah Bazaar. Overnight in Colombo.
Day 4 – Pinnawala elephant orphanage and Kandy
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before transferring inland to the elephant orphanage. Established in 1975, this centre provides you with the opportunity to get up close to the elephants, including calves. Drive on to Kandy. Overnight in Kandy.
Day 5 – Kandy and Royal Botanical Gardens
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before exploring Kandy with your guide. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings before the country was brought under British rule in 1815. Visit the town’s market, arts and crafts centre, gem museum and lapidary. After lunch visit the splendid Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya, home to over 4,000 species of plants spread over 147 acres. Overnight in Kandy.
Day 6 – Guided tour of Sigiriya and Matale
Spend the morning exploring Sigiriya with your guide. Sigiriya, also known as Lion Rock, is a rock fortress built in the 5th century consisting of 1,200 steps. Then travel to Matale, renowned for its welcoming climate and world famous spice gardens. Watch a cookery demonstration to learn more about cooking curries. Return to Kandy. Overnight in Kandy.
Day 7 – Nuwara Eliya
Travel by train through Sri Lanka’s famous tea country, marvelling at the stunning surroundings. Nuwara Eliya is high up in hill country and has a cool climate and amazing views. The town plays a pivotal role in the world’s tea industry. Overnight at Nuwara Eliya.
Day 8 – Tea plantation tour of Nuwara Eliya
Spend the morning exploring a tea plantation and learning about the manufacturing process, including how tea is graded then tasting samples. The rest of your day is at leisure. Overnight at Nuwara Eliya.
Day 9 – Yala National Park
After breakfast, journey to the gates of Yala National Park via the spectacular Ela Waterfalls. Yala is Sri Lanka’s most popular wildlife attraction and offers excellent game viewing of elephant, leopard and water buffalo in particular. Your afternoon is at leisure. Overnight at Yala.
Day 10 – Yala National Park
Start and end today with an adventurous jeep safari into the Yala National Park. Game drives normally take place at 6am and 3:30pm when the animals come to the waterholes and are more visible. You will be accompanied by an experienced guide/tracker to help you spot as many animals as possible. Overnight at Yala.
Day 11 – Yala National Park
Enjoy two adventurous jeep safaris into the Yala National Park. Game drives normally take place at 6am and 3:30pm when the animals come to the waterholes and are more visible. You will be accompanied by an experienced guide/tracker to help you spot as many animals as possible. Overnight at Yala.
Day 12 – Galle Fort tour
Leave Yala this morning and head west to the charming town of Galle. This city remains the best example of a fortified city built by the Portugese during their period in Sri Lanka. Today Galle Fort is a world heritage site and is famous for its intricate lace and ebony carvings. Overnight in Galle.
Day 13 – Galle city tour
Enjoy an escorted city tour of Galle. The city consists of narrow streets lined with European style buildings, traditional churches and small shops selling lace and jewellery. Walk to the lighthouse and seawall. Overnight in Galle.
Day 14 – Fly to the Maldives
Leave Galle and drive to Colombo from where you fly to the Maldives. Arrive in Male and transfer to the domestic air terminal for your seaplane journey to your island. Overnight in Maldives.
Days 15 to 20 – Maldives
Enjoy a further six nights in the Maldives, soaking up the sunshine and relaxing on the beach at your resort. Overnight in Maldives.
Day 16 – Leave The Maldives and fly home to UK
Leave the resort this morning and fly from Male to Colombo airport in time for your flight back to the UK.
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