11 DAYS ●
Sri Lanka is an enchanting land of beauty, diversity and unique culture that has long enthralled travellers. Venture amongst its timeless ruins, delicious gastronomy and incredible natural beauty to capture its essence for yourself.
Discover the caves and ruins of ancient civilisations at these historic sites
Sip ceylon tea at a plantation in the hills of the 'city of light'
Enjoy unique and traditional culinary experiences
Explore Sri Lanka's capital aboard a World War II jeep
Our Exclusive Collection Charms of Sri Lanka Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.
Take a safari in Minneriya National Park
Learn about Sri Lanka's plethora of herbs and spices at a spice garden
Celebrate seafood at the fantastic Ministry of Crab
Ride a steam train to Nuwara Eliya and enjoy high tea on arrival
Our Charms of Sri Lanka itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly overnight to Colombo. On arrival you will be met by your expert tour guide and transferred to your hotel in the coastal town of Negombo, a short drive from Colombo. The rest of the day is yours to explore. (D)
Journey from Negombo to Habarana, the heartland of ancient Sinhalese civilisations and traditionally known as ‘The King’s Land’. Later, visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress, or Lion Rock, the site chosen by King Kassappa for his 5th-century palace. Wander through the water gardens and climb to the summit for breathtaking views over the central plains. This evening, enjoy a unique dining experience at the Paddy Museum – local cuisine is prepared in a traditional village kitchen and eaten in a rustic and simple ambience looking over paddy fields and fruit trees. (B,D)
A city that reached its age of magnificence in the 12th century. Explore these wonderfully well-preserved
ruins and learn more about this old civilisation. Continue to Minneriya National Park, where you will head out on safari. Wildlife in the area includes elephants, spotted and sambur deer and dozens of bird species. Dine tonight on gourmet delights in a truly unique setting – a cave. Eat by the light of flaming torches and lanterns watching your food arrive over a little bridge shadowed by an enormous banyan tree. (B,D)
Set out for cultural capital Kandy. En route stop at Dambulla Cave Temple, a Buddhist place of worship for an incredible 22 centuries. Within the five cave sanctuaries you’ll find Sri Lanka’s most sacred Buddha images in the form of beautifully rendered murals and statues. Continue to Matale, where you will visit a spice garden to take a cup of herbal tea and learn about the therapeutic values of various herbs and spices. After a delicious lunch eaten among lush rice fronds in a paddy field, arrive in Kandy. (B,L)
Today, you will be welcomed into the colonial-style home of a Sri Lankan family to taste the fantastic flavours of real-home cooking. Starting with a fresh fruit juice or local beer, sit around the dining table and share a lunch of traditional foods such as green mango and red rice. Round off the meal with a local Ceylon tea or coffee brewed from beans grown of the family’s own plantation. Later in the afternoon enjoy a city tour of Kandy. Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, which houses an object of much devotion – Buddha’s tooth. Also visit Kandy Temple and see a cultural show. (B,L,D)
Transfer to Peradeniya where you will board an old steam train to puff your way to Nanu Oya. Seated in a scenic carriage you will have unparalleled views over the passing hill country. Disembark the train and continue to Nuwara Eliya where you will take high tea at your hotel. (B)
Journey higher into the mist-laced hills, to an area blanketed in lush, green tea bushes. Visit a plantation where you will have access to the factory to watch the process that goes into making the perfect cup of Ceylon tea. End the day in style with an expertly blended cup. This evening, dine in the Railway Carriage Restaurant. Once a carriage of a former narrow-gauge engine that transported tea down from the highlands, you will be served with top quality food from around the world in surroundings finished in teak and brass. (B,D)
Travel down through the highlands, lingering over those final glimpses of the lush, emerald-hued hills to Sri Lanka’s vibrant capital city Colombo. On arrival, there will be time at leisure before dinner at the Gallery Café, an internationallyacclaimed gallery and restaurant housed in the offices of the worldfamous local architect Geoffrey Bawa. (B,D)
Climb aboard a World War II jeep for a unique and exciting tour of the city. Feel the sea breeze as you cruise around in an open-top vintage vehicle stopping to visit the Dutch Hospital, the old lighthouse, the Grand Oriental Hotel, Gangarama Seema Malakaya and much more. This evening, dinner will be served at the Ministry of Crab, a restaurant that is a celebration of Sri Lanka’s seafood. (B,D)
Today is a free day until you are transferred to Colombo airport to board 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.
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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