Highlights: Colombo - Kandy - Hanthana - Galle - Bentota
Other departures: Manchester - £2320, Birmingham - £2309, Newcastle - £2320, Glasgow - £2320
Colombo - Taru Villas – Lake lodge
Hanthana - W15 Hanthana
Bentota - Taru Villas - The Muse The above price includes:
• Accommodation at the above-mentioned hotels as mentioned above.
• Colombo City Tour with Mark Forbes
• train ride from Colombo to Kandy
• Domestic flight from Kandy to Colombo
• Air-conditioned transportation with services of an English-speaking Chauffeur Guide throughout the tour.
• All applicable current local taxes, but subject to change at the time of booking. W15 Hanthana Inclusions:
• All Inclusive (3 meals, high tea, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, plus 10 experiences) Special Amenities from NextStep Journey
· Tropical flower garlands on arrival
· A bottle of mineral water per person, per day
Sri Lanka is a lush, tropical island paradise, known to Arab traders as Serendib – hence "serendipity", meaning discovery by happy accident. Set in the Indian Ocean in South Asia, the tropical island nation of Sri Lanka has a history dating back to the birth of time. It is a place where the original soul of Buddhism still flourishes and where nature’s beauty remains abundant and un-spoilt. There are 8 world heritage sites in Sri Lanka. The 3 ancient and magnificent cities of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, and Sigiriya were inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1982 followed by Galle, Kandy, and the Sinharaja Forest Reserve in 1988. The Golden Temple of Dambulla in 1991 and finally the Central highlands were added in 2010. These places of historical and natural significance are not to be missed for any visitor to Sri Lanka. Having a history marked by four centuries of colonial rule, the country still manages to safeguard remnants from the past in their original grandeur. Some of the more renowned historic sites are the Galle Fort built originally by the Portuguese, Colombo Harbour, and the ancient city of Polonnaruwa all confirming Sri Lanka’s ancient and colorful past. Itinerary:
Day 1: Airport/ Colombo
Arrive at Colombo Bandaranaike Airport. Our airport representative will meet you on arrival and introduce you to the chauffeur guide who will accompany you throughout the tour. Transfer to accommodation in Colombo and check-in to the hotel. (Private Transfer – approximate driving duration 1-2 hours) Enjoy the hotel amenities leisurely.
Overnight accommodation at Taru Villas – Lake Lodge on a Breakfast basis. Day 2: Colombo City Tour (Breakfast)
After breakfast, proceed to the commercial capital of Sri Lanka - Colombo City for some shopping. (Approximate drive duration: 3 -4 hours). Do an exclusive Walking tour of Colombo with Mark Forbes. Meet Mark Forbes of Colombo City Walks – a curator, researcher, photographer, wildlife enthusiast, and the man behind the brainchild ‘Colombo City Walks’, founded to introduce the hidden treasures of the commercial capital of Colombo to locals and foreign guests alike. Meet at the Dutch Hospital Shopping precinct and enjoy three exciting hours as Mark takes you through the streets, alleyways, passageways, shops, hotels, churches, and buildings of Fort and Pettah. While on your walk you will find the oldest clock-tower in Asia, see the original colonial-era emblem of HSBC and learn about the budget allocated and spent by the British government to build the Grand Oriental Hotel. You will end your walking tour back at the Dutch Hospital where you may enjoy a beer (or two) reminiscing on the days’ events. On completion, check-in to the hotel and relax. Overnight accommodation at Taru Villas – Lake Lodge on a Breakfast basis. Day 3: Colombo/ Kandy - Train / Hanthana (Breakfast & Dinner)
You will be dropped at Fort railway station. Take the train to Kandy, enjoy the train ride for approximately 4 hours. You will be picked up from Kandy railway station and transfer to W15 Hanthana. Overnight accommodation at W15 Hanthana (Stable Suite) on AI Day 4: Hanthana (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Enjoy facilities at W15 Hanthana. Such as tea factory visit, meditation, hiking, and bird watching. Overnight accommodation at W15 Hanthana (Stable Suite) on AI Day 5: Hanthana/ Colombo – Domestic Flight/ Bentota (Breakfast & Dinner)
Today, take the domestic flight from Kandy to Colombo. Enjoy the breathtaking aerial view of this mighty island. Reach Colombo, transfer to the hotel in Bentota. (Approximate drive duration:2-3hours). Overnight accommodation at Taru Villas – The Muse (Superior Room) on Half Board Day 6: Bentota (Breakfast & Dinner)
Enjoy the stay. Overnight accommodation at Taru Villas – The Muse (Superior Room) on Half Board Day 7: Bentota/ Galle (Breakfast & Dinner)
After breakfast, commence a trip to Galle and visit the Dutch Galle Fort. (Approximate drive duration: 1 – 1 ½ hour). First built by the Portuguese in 1588 and was fortified by the Dutch in 1600, Galle Fort presently is a UNESCO declared world heritage site. Today this 90-acre fort is a compilation of various religions, architecture, and cultures. The whole area is filled with a fusion of restaurants from all around the world and quaint little boutique shops displaying beautiful collections of old and new. The roads are adorned with unique items such as classic vehicles, bicycles, and statues that scream the styles of a bygone era in Down South Sri Lanka. Galle Lighthouse which was built on the rampart of the landmark Galle Fort is Sri Lanka’s oldest lighthouse dating back to 1848. On completion, return to the hotel and relax. Overnight accommodation at Taru Villas – The Muse (Superior Room) on Half Board Day 8: Bentota/ Airport Breakfast
Today you will be transferred to the Colombo Airport to catch your flight home accompanied with all the happy memories of the tropical isle, Sri Lanka. (Approximate drive duration 2-3 hours) Ayubowan! We look forward to greeting you soon in Sri Lanka! Above price excludes:
• Any expenses of personal nature.
• Tips & portages.
• Early check-ins & late check-outs.
• Entrance fees and services not mentioned above.
• Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions above. Prices are per person subject to change and availability.