Day 1: Australia – – Colombo, Sri Lanka
A Singapore Airlines flight takes you from Australia to Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. A transfer will see you ferried from the airport to the hotel for check in.
For those purchasing the Tour Only option, your tour starts today. Please make your own way to the hotel.
Day 2: Colombo – Sigiriya (B,D)
Travel to Sigiriya after breakfast. This four-hour journey is broken up with a pitstop at Dambulla Rock Cave Temple, also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla. This cave complex was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.
Day 3: Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa – Minneriya National Park (B,D)
The tour travels to Polonnaruwa, a former medieval capital city, to uncover its long-stretching history. There is time to relax at the hotel before you head out on a private afternoon jeep safari through Minneriya National Park.
Day 4: Sigiriya (B,L,D)
Explore one of the region’s most recognisable landmarks today at Sigiriya Rock Fortress (Lion’s Rock). This ancient citadel has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982. After spending some time relaxing at the hotel, slip on an apron and get hands-on with a cooking class.
Day 5: Sigiriya – Kandy (B,D)
Leave Sigiriya behind as you travel to Kandy, an ancient city known for its lake, temple and preserved ruins. The main drawcard of Kandy is the Temple of the Tooth, which houses a relic of one of Buddha’s teeth. You’ll visit the temple this evening.
Day 6: Kandy (B,D)
Get to know Kandy from aboard a tuk tuk on a city tour. You can then revisit any places or sites that caught your eye with free time.
Day 7: Kandy – Hill Country (B,D)
Head into the lush, cool surrounds of Sri Lanka’s Hill Country. Visit a tea plantation to learn about the tea-making process and pick up some tea as a take-home souvenir.
Day 8: Hill Country – Kataragama, Yala National Park (B,D)
The group makes its way to Nanu Oya Railway Station, ready to board the train towards Ella. This journey offers incredible scenery of the heart of tea country and various waterfalls. Once in Ella, continue travelling to Kataragama.
Please note that train tickets are issued by the railway on a manual basis one month before arrival, therefore train travel is subject to availability. In the event, the train is unavailable the journey will be adjusted to include a lunch in a tea country with the vistas including waterfalls still available and visible via coach.
Day 9: Kataragama, Yala National Park (B,D)
Visit Kataragama Temple this morning and learn about its history. In the late afternoon, the group ventures to Yala National Park for a thrilling jeep safari – be on the lookout for an elusive leopard!
Day 10: Kataragama, Yala National Park – Bentota area (B,D)
Move from the countryside to the coast as you journey to Galle. Enjoy a city tour of the formerly Dutch-operated Galle Fort and then be taken to the Bentota area to commence the relaxing, end-of-trip beach break.
Day 11: Bentota area (B,D)
Soak up the Sri Lankan sunshine as you lay by the hotel’s pool, or head out to explore and sight-see.
Day 12: Bentota area (B,D)
A free day to do as much or as little as you like.
Day 13: Bentota area – Colombo (B,D)
Drive to Colombo after breakfast and check in to the hotel. There is a city tour of Colombo in the afternoon, which is followed by a dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 14: Colombo – – Australia (B)
After a late check out you will be transferred to the airport to catch your return flight to Australia.
For those purchasing the Tour Only option, at the appropriate time please make your own way from the hotel to your next travel arrangements.
Day 15: Australia
Arrive home today.