18 DAYS ●
Partner flies FREE!
Discover the wonders of Sri Lanka on
this laid-back journey with plenty of
time to explore for yourself. Travel to
ancient temples, beautiful beaches and
spot elephants and leopards on this
wildlife packed itinerary.
Spot leopards at Wilpattu National Park
Tour the historic town of Galle
Wander throuhg this UNESCO heritage ancient kingdom
Visit a tea plantation and taste the local produce
Fly overnight to Colombo. On arrival you
will be met by your expert tour guide and
transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is
yours to explore. (D)
Embark on a city tour of Colombo this
morning. Explore Fort district, the historic
centre of the city. Wander through Pettah
Market. Visit the Dutch Church of Wolvendaal,
dating back to 1749, Kelaniya Buddhist
Temple, a major pilgrimage site for Buddhist
devotees, and Colombo's finest museums.
Travel to Wilpattu National Park where the
abundance of wildlife have made their home
around the many lakes. Enjoy an afternoon
Jeep safari with the chance to spot elephants,
sambar deer and even leopards. Continue to
Anuradhapura for an overnight stay. (B,L,D)
Rise early and drive to Ritigala Jungle
Monastery, where you will explore the ancient
ruins. Continue to Sigiriya. This afternoon is at
your leisure to relax or explore. (B,L)
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed
Sigiriya Rock Fortress, the heart of King
Kassappa’s kingdom between 477 and
495AD. Climb to the top of the fortress
for spectacular views. Visit the Heavenly
Maiden’s frescoes before driving to the ancient
kingdom of Polonnaruwa, also a UNESCO
World Heritage-listed site. Tour the ruins of
the Royal Palace and Gal Vihara, a 12thcentury
rock temple. This afternoon, there
will be an optional excursion to the local
Hiriwadunna village, and get an insight into
how this rural community live. (B,L,D)
Travel to Dambulla and tour the Dambulla
Rock Temple. Dating back to the 1st century
BC, the temple is made up of five cave
sanctuaries, containing around 150 Buddha
statues and colourful frescoes. Continue
to Kandy, a sacred Buddhist city, visiting
a spice garden in Matale for lunch and a
cooking class en route. This evening you will
be treated to a cultural dance performance.
Explore the Peradeniya Royal Botanical
Gardens, which were created as leisure
gardens for a Sinhala king and the Royal
Palace. Later visit the Temple of the Sacred
Tooth Relic, one of the most sacred Buddhist
sites in the world. This afternoon will be free
for your explore independently. (B,L)
Leave Kandy this morning and travel by road
to the lush hillside town of Nuwara Eliya,
known as the ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka.
Visit a tea plantation for a tour and to taste
the produce enroute. This afternoon enjoy high tea at the Grand Hotel (B,L,D)
Today enjoy a morning at leisure or rise early
for an optional sunrise walk at Horton Plains.
Set on a high-altitude plateau, Horton Plains
encompasses an eco-system so unique and
fascinating that it is a part of the UNESCO
World Heritage site that covers the whole of
Sri Lanka’s Central Highlands. Later drive
to the spectacularly-set hill village of Bandarawela.
Today you will have a chance to explore more of the wonderful central highlands, including the lovely nearby town of Ella (shuttle service provided, taking around 20 minutes drive), with a whole day at your leisure. Perhaps take a walk through the trails, tea plantations, paddy fields and dense forest. For those feeling more adventurous join an optional hike to Little Adams Peak for breathtaking views over the lush highlands. (B)
Today head to Yala National park and enjoy an
afternoon jeep safari. It is home to elephants,
deer and the elusive leopards, of which one of
the world’s largest populations can be found.
The next day, spot more wildlife on another
jeep safari in the morning, with the option for
an additional drive in the afternoon. (B,L,D)
Drive to the Hummanaya Blow Hole, the
second largest of its kind in the world. After
lunch, continue to Dikwella Wewurukannala
Temple dominated by an image of a seated
Buddha that is over 48m high. Continue
the drive along the coastline to the beautiful
beachside town of Mirissa. (B,L,D)
Soak up the sun today with some beach
time at the charming Mirissa town. Between
September to April, you may want to join
an optional whale watching trip to catch a
glimpse of these magnificent creatures. (B)
Travel south to the city of Galle, Sri Lanka’s
greatest colonial treasure, and once the
greatest port in Ceylon. See the lighthouse
and the Old Town and the UNESCO World
Heritage-listed Dutch Fort, before exploring
narrow streets dotted with Dutch colonial
villas, museums and antique shops on
a walking or cycling tour. Finish the day
in Bentota, Sri Lanka’s favourite beach
Today visit Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery, home to
Sri Lanka’s pioneering conservation project,
established in 1981 to protect Sri Lanka’s sea
turtles. Later enjoy a safari on the river Madu
to journey through winding waters lined with
Mangrove trees ending in the Madu Lagoon
on its way to the Indian Ocean. This wetland
area is well known for its biodiversity and you
can spot many of the 300 species of wildlife
discovered in the region so far. This evening,
enjoy a wonderful farewell dinner with your
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK
arriving home the same or following day. (B)
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal. If your tour departs in less than 30 days, please call our travel experts to book.
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A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form.
To call the UK the international access code is 0044 then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625. Mobile Phones Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find high quality coverage. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost.
Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Bhutan is no exception. We have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount is calculated for each tour. We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.
Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is served in the hotel and usually includes western dishes. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste. Any food/diet requests MUST be specified at the time of booking and you should mention it again to the National Escort/ Local Guides when you meet them – they will do their utmost to cater for any special requests, such as vegetarian meals or food to be avoided in case of allergies.
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