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Classical Sri Lanka

9 days with Luxury Gold by Insight   Rating: Deluxe

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight.

Day 2 Welcome to Colombo
On arrival at Colombo Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel in Negombo. Take the afternoon to relax in this thriving fishing town. In the evening, join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Reception with a delicious meal.(WD)

Day 3 Habarana and the Cultural Triangle
Visit a Pineapple Plantation this morning where you are taken on a guided tour of the estate. Head for Habarana, in the centre of Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle of UNESCO World Heritage sites - an excellent base to explore the region. In the afternoon, visit the evocative Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka's first known kingdom and the former capital of the island. See the rich architectural wonders of dagobas, brick towers, pools and crumbling towers, built during the city's thousand years of rule over the country.(BB / D)

Day 4 Rock fortresses and archaeological relics
In the morning, head to Sigiriya to visit the dramatic rocky outcrop of the famous rock fortress. This iconic ruin of an ancient civilisation rests on top of near vertical walls of a flat-topped summit; it is truly grandiose. Then, head for Polonnaruwa, an archaeological marvel that reveals what life was like some 800 years ago when the city was the thriving epicentre of commercial and religious life. In the archaeological park, you'll see hundreds of ancient structures, tombs, temples, statues and stupas - a sight to behold.(BB / D)

Day 5 Dambulla – Kandy
(Relaxed Start) Head off to Dambulla to see the most impressive of Sri Lanka's Cave Temples, Raja Maha Vihara. Known for the spectacular Buddha and Hindu statue filled interiors, the site's history dates to the 1st century BC. In Dambulla, head to a local market where your Travelling Concierge will introduce you to stall holders while you learn about Sri Lankan fruits and vegetables. Later, visit the Dalada Maligawa - the Sacred Tooth Relic - to see this most sacred site to the Buddhists of Sri Lanka. Here, enjoy a performance of traditional dance to the melodic drum.(BB / D)

Day 6 Tea Plantations in Little England
In the morning, head for Nuwara Eliya, with rolling hills and cooler temperatures, this haven was a favourite for English and Scottish pioneers of the tea industry. During your visit of a tea plantation, your Local Expert will show you how tea is produced today. At the tea garden, try your hand at the traditional technique of tea leave picking, and sample some of the freshest tea possible. Come evening, join your Travelling Concierge for a tour of the quaint city, with 19th century architecture mimicking that of an English country town.(BB / D)

Day 7 Nuwara Eilya at Leisure
(Relaxed Start) Enjoy a full day at leisure to take in the breathking scenery. Perhaps play a round of golf, visit a Strawberry Farm (available Dec to Apr) or explore the Galway Forest Nature Reserve and its many waterfalls?(BB)

Day 8 Colombo sightseeing
Head to Colombo where your afternoon sightseeing takes in all of the must-sees including Fort, the former British administrative centre and military garrison, the goldsmith's quarters in the heart of Pettah and the Bazaar area. In the evening, at a local restaurant, join your newfound friends in a special Celebration Dinner with drinks.(BB / CD)

Day 9 Kandy – Colombo
Your tour draws to a close after breakfast with a transfer to Colombo Airport for your onward flight.(BB)
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All This Included
Discover the history, cultural highlights and scenic beauty of this tear-shaped island. Including visits to the local markets and the archeological marvel of Polonnaruwa. - Stay in luxury in the misty hills of Nuwara Eliya - Savour the freshest tea possible on a plantation visit - Take in the wondrous mountain ranges from the Mahaweli Reach Hotel.

EPICUREAN DINING
  • Negombo: Join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Reception and dinner.
  • Colombo: The mouth-watering Celebration Dinner with drinks features the best of Sri Lankan cuisine.
  • 7 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 3 Dinners (D) and 1 Restaurant Dinner (RD); plus 1 Welcome Dinner and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) both with beer, wine or soft drinks. 23 Dec: This departure has a Christmas highlight dinner included.
OUTSTANDING HOTELS
  • Negombo: Relax after your flight, at the fantastic beachside Jetwing Beach Hotel. With spacious guest rooms and wonderful facilities, including a large outdoor pool and spa. This is a great place to start your holiday.
  • Habarana: Offering bungalow-style rooms surrounded by greenery, Habarana Village is a perfect location to explore the Cultural Triangle. The hotel features an outdoor pool and facilities for tennis, volleyball and badminton.
  • Kandy: Situated along the banks of Mahaweli River, Mahaweli Reach Hotel offers 5-star accommodation with rolling mountains as a backdrop. It features a large outdoor pool, Ayurvedic centre and fitness facilities.
  • Colombo: Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo sits in the heart of Colombo, nestled between a lake and the bustling city, creating the perfect, urban getaway.
INCLUSIVE LUXURY GOLD SERVICES
  • Be escorted by the crème de la crème of Insight Travelling Concierges - handpicked for every departure. This skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40-seat coach, with extended leg room and an on-board restroom. It's Business Class comfort, complete with complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy during your luxury coaching tour.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling with prompt delivery to inside your door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • With Insight Flourishes, from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Airport transfers to and from your hotel are included.
Highlights
EXCLUSIVE INSIGHTS
  • Dambulla: Visit the local market and meet the local stall holders.
  • Kandy: Visit the Sacred Tooth Relic Temple and in the evening, witness a traditional dance performance.
  • Nuwara Eliya: During your visit of a tea plantation, our Local Expert will show you how tea is produced today. Pick up your own tea leaves and sample some of the freshest tea possible.

Accommodations
Negombo: Jetwing Beach
Harbarna: Habarana Village by Cinnamon
Kandy: Mahaweli Reach
Nuwara Eliya: Grand Hotel
Colombo: Cinnamon Lakeside
Notes
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.