BOOK EARLY & SAVE BIG! Experience the wonders of Sri Lanka! Be awe-struck by the rock fortress of Sigiriya, and explore by-gone eras amongst colonial tea fields and ancient monuments. This well-paced itinerary also gives you the opportunity to see fascinating wildlife with a visit to Habarana and Yala National Park, then complete the journey with time to relax in the sun and sand of Bentota’s world-class beaches. BONUS OFFER return flights Australia to Sri Lanka for $875 per person including taxes & fees. Click on the RED HOT DEAL logo above for details
DAY 1 COLOMBO
Welcome to Sri Lanka! Your tour commences with an arrival transfer to your hotel in the vibrant capital city of Colombo. It is a diverse mix of people, architecture and religion influenced by ancient kingdoms and European settlers and a great starting point for your Sri Lankan adventure. If time permits, depending on your flight, you will explore with your guide the highlights of this wonderful capital which include Pettah Bazaar, Wolvendaal Dutch Church, Gotami Vihara and Hindu Kovil at Slave Island, one of Colombo’s most impressive Hindu Temples. (D)
Cinnamon Lake (5 star)
DAY 2 COLOMBO – SIGIRIYA ROCK FORTRESS – HABARANA
Depart Colombo and travel along the bustling Kandy Road past small villages, chaotic towns and roadside carts selling an array of local produce. On arrival in Habarana and check in to the secluded Cinnamon Lodge, an eco-friendly hotel set in 27 acres of wooded gardens. This afternoon travel to nearby Sigiriya Rock Fortress, or Lion Rock, one of Sri Lanka’s most iconic sights. Take the opportunity to climb to the top of this striking rock with its sheer vertical walls supporting the remnants of an ancient 5th century city. (B, D)
Cinnamon Lodge (5 star)
DAY 3 HABARANA / POLONNARUWA
Explore the ancient royal capital of Polonnaruwa, one of the most beautiful centres in Sri Lanka’s cultural heritage. Discover on foot, or by bicycle (optional - to be paid locally), the wonderful treasures that remain in the archaeological park including the four beautiful rock-cut Buddha statues at Gal Vihara Temple. Afterwards you have the opportunity to visit a local village house where you can experience first-hand the cooking methods of a local family and enjoy a traditional lunch (optional - to be paid locally). End your day with another night relaxing in the natural surrounds of the area. (B, D)
Cinnamon Lodge (5 star)
DAY 4 HABARANA - DAMBULLA – KANDY
Proceed to Kandy, stopping en-route to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site, Dambulla Cave Temple, the best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. This Buddhist place of worship is thought to date back to the 1st century, and houses the country’s most sacred Buddha images.
Next stop at Matale, where you will have the opportunity to experience one of Sri Lanka's famous exports - spices. Explore the delightful green and fragrant Spice Garden where expert staff will introduce you to different spices including nutmeg, pepper vines, cloves trees, curry, cinnamon, and the precious cardamom (which grows in the shade of high jungle trees and can only be harvested by hand).
On arrival in Kandy check in at Cinnamon Citadel (4 star) which is set on a lush hill side overlooking the river, with a beautiful outdoor pool. Afterwards, visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, a complex said to hold the tooth of the Lord Buddha himself. Continue on to see the Royal Botanical Gardens before an afternoon free to wander around the city’s lake and explore the local markets. This evening enjoy a Kandyan Dance performance, a colourful spectacle including fire-walkers. (B, D)
Cinnamon Citadel (4 star)
DAY 5 KANDY / NUWARA ELIYA
Continue your exploration of the scenic high country with an excursion to Nuwara Eliya. Where the colourful chaos of Sri Lanka meets colonial bungalows, well-tended lawns and red telephone boxes. Discover the journey from tree to cup of the world-famous high-grown Ceylon Tea. With your expert guide, walk through a local tea plantation, meet with a Tea plucker and visit the factory to see the processing stage followed by a tea-tasting session. Return to Kandy in the late afternoon. (B, D)
Cinnamon Citadel (4 star)
DAY 6 KANDY – YALA NATIONAL PARK
This morning depart Kandy where you continue onto to Yala National Park, staying at Cinnamon Wild Yala. Which features an idyllic location to explore the wilderness and enjoy creature comforts at the resort. Early this morning depart Kandy where you continue onto to Yala National Park, staying at Cinnamon Wild Yala. Yala, is the second largest National Park in Sri Lanka and home to a great diversity of wildlife, most famous of which is the leopard. (B, D)
Cinnamon Wild Yala (4 star)
DAY 7 YALA NATIONAL PARK
Early this morning you will join a jeep safari in Yala. This expansive national park is a beautiful area where lowland scrub sits on a long stretch of coastline. It is also home a fascinating array of wild animals! Look out for elephants, sloth bears, water buffaloes, wild boars, crocodiles and of course leopards. Yala is known as one of the best places in the world to spot the elusive big cat. (B, D)
Cinnamon Wild Yala (4 star)
DAY 8 YALA NATIONAL PARK – GALLE – BENTOTA
Travel the scenic route from Sri Lanka’s southeast coast to Galle in the southwest. En route visit beautiful beaches, the Wevurukannala Buddha Statue (the largest in the island) and stilt fishermen in Koggala. Once in Galle you will enjoy a tour of the Heritage listed fort area with its charming laneways, rich trading history and Dutch-colonial buildings. Your last stop for the day is the stunning beach town of Bentota. Check in to the Cinnamon Bey Resort, a great place to un-wind as your Sri Lankan your journey nears its end (B, D)
Cinnamon Bey Bentota (4 star)
DAY 9/10 BENTOTA
Sri Lankan beaches are world-class and Bentota is one of the best. Relax, refresh and reflect on your travels with two full day free. With six specialty dinning options, a large pool and spa facilities there is plenty to keep you occupied at the hotel, or head out to experience the beautiful coastline and explore all it has to offer. (B, D)
DAY 11 BENTOTA - COLOMBO
Your tour concludes with a departure transfer to the airport. (B)
Single price normally $5,200. ON SALE $3,090 (book by 31 December 2018 - for sale periods above only)
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PLUS Bonus return flights Australia to Sri Lanka from $875* per person
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For travel 19 April – 30 June 2019 plus 01 September to 30 November 2019. Tours, Flights and hotels are subject to availability on booking.
*Bonus $875 air fare is per person, and is valid ONLY when booked in-conjunction with this tour. During the hot deal period. Your fare includes taxes and fees. The offer is valid for flights from Australian Capital cities to Colombo return, departing 18 April – 30 June and 01 September – 30 November 2019. For departures from other cities a surcharge may apply.
Subject to limited availability on booking, for travel in economy class on our choice of selected full service airlines (such as but not limited to; Singapore, Malaysian, Sri Lankan and their code share partners).
The choice of airline will vary depending on your travel date and departure city. This will be advised to you on booking.
If you are not happy with the airline or route offered you can request stopovers, specific flights & airlines, however these requests may attract a surcharge. Please ask for further information on booking and we will provide you with all the details and the airline available for your requested dates.
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