Classic Sri Lanka 9 Days


$2,499.00

Pace: Moderate

Sri Lanka, like a small teardrop in the ocean, is where terraced Ceylon tea plantations are enveloped by misty highlands, herds of elephants criss-cross the lush wilderness, and balmy palm-fringed beaches are blessed by tranquil cerulean waters of the Indian Ocean.

Enjoy a tour of Sri Lanka's premium natural and historical attractions, encountering wildlife, ancient and colonial architecture, and the gracious people of this beautiful land. Provides a varied itinerary covering guided sightseeing of Sri Lanka's main tourist attractions, wildlife encounters, sampling tea at a plantation, and is suitable for travellers of all ages.

Tour Highlights

  • Get up close and personal with elephants at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • Climb the astonishing Sigriya Rock Fortress and see the remnants of an ancient city
  • Enjoy a scenic train ride from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
  • Discover Sri Lanka’s most famous export at a tea factory & plantation
  • Retreat to the timeless seaside, harbour and town of Galle
  • Visit a sea turtle farm and hatchery

Overview

  • Day 1: Australia Colombo Negombo
  • Day 2: Negombo Pinnawala Habarana
  • Day 3: Habarana Sigiriya Dambulla Habarana
  • Day 4: Habarana Matale Kandy
  • Day 5: Kandy Nuwara Eliya
  • Day 6: Nuwara Eliya Yala
  • Day 7: Yala Galle Bentota
  • Day 8: Bentota Colombo Australia
  • Day 9: Australia

Note: Itinerary may be subject to change.

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2020

Minimum no. 6 passengers per departure

2020

Twin Share Per Person

All prices are in AUD

Single Supplement

Triple Share Unavailable

17 Apr* 11 Sep
SPECIAL
From 
$2,499
Travel dates: 02 Oct, 16 Oct
+$750
01 May 02 Oct*
15 May* 16 Oct*
28 Aug
SPECIAL
30 Oct
SPECIAL
* = Peak Season Surcharge $350 per person

 

Fly Singapore Airlines from $2,299 per person#

Valid for travel on selected dates: 28 Aug, 11 Sep & 30 Oct 2020
#T&Cs: International long haul sectors only. Subject to availability and applicable fare difference.

2021

Minimum no. 6 passengers per departure

2021

Twin Share Per Person

All prices are in AUD

Single Supplement

Triple Share Unavailable

27 Mar 10 Sep From 
$2,499
+$750
02 Apr 15 Oct
16 Apr 29 Oct*
14 May
* = Peak Season Surcharge $350 per person

 

 

Itinerary

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  • Day 1: Australia Colombo Negombo

    Fly to Colombo via a connecting city. On arrival, you will be met at the airport by a tour representative and transferred to your hotel.

    Note: Depending on the city of departure, some flights may depart the night before (i.e. on Day 0). Flights will be via connecting cities and may involve more than one transit.

  • Day 2: Negombo Pinnawala Habarana

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch*, Dinner

    Optional Activity: Habarana Village Tour

    This morning, visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. The orphanage was established in 1975 to house abandoned and injured elephants. Today, the number of elephants in the orphanage has increased to more than 40, including baby elephants brought in from various parts of the country and those born as a result of the captive breeding program. Later, you can join a special Habarana Village Tour with lunch* (at your own expense).

    Optional: Hop on a bullock cart and explore a village in Habarana

    Get a feel for the simple lifestyle of the local farmlands and its people. Board a canoe for a short trip to a farmer’s house for a feel of authentic Sri Lankan countryside hospitality. Discover the life of a farmer and the variety of crops being harvested. Lunch is served at the farmhouse.

  • Day 3: Habarana Sigiriya Dambulla Habarana

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Journey on to the ancient city of Sigiriya this morning and climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress passing by a sheltered gallery of elaborate painted frescoes as well as a pair of massive lion’s paws. Drive onwards to the UNESCO World Heritage Dambulla Cave Temple, which was once the spiritual heart of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. This massive complex houses five sacred cave temples decorated with intricate Buddhist mural paintings and hundreds of invaluable statues.

  • Day 4: Habarana Matale Kandy

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    En route to Kandy, spend time in a spice plantation in Matale and discover the variety of plants being cultivated, from cinnamon to cardamom, and nutmeg to pepper vines. Drive to Kandy and visit The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, which is said to house one of the Buddha’s teeth. Enjoy a lively cultural dance performance tonight.

  • Day 5: Kandy Nuwara Eliya
    Train ride to Nuwara Eliya, the ‘City of Light’

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    This morning, enjoy a scenic train ride from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya – the ‘City of Light’. On arrival, visit a Tea Factory & Plantation. The tea here is famous for its distinct flavour and aroma. Nuwara Eliya is known as the ‘Little England of Sri Lanka’ as it was first established in 19th century, by the British. This charming city is set against a backdrop of misty mountains and valleys, cascading waterfalls and acres of fragrant tea plantation.

  • Day 6: Nuwara Eliya Yala

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Optional Activity: Afternoon Safari at Yala National Park

    Arrive in Yala and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Go on an adventure on an optional Afternoon Safari at Yala National Park. See if you can spot the elusive leopard.

    Optional: Go on an afternoon safari and spot wildlife at Yala National Park

    Yala National Park was established in 1938 originally as a sportsman’s shooting reserve and is home to the world’s largest population of leopards. Travel by Jeep to get up close to elephants, wild boars, buffaloes, crocodiles, peacocks, jackals, sloth bears and more.

  • Day 7: Yala Galle Bentota

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Bid farewell to the wilderness this morning and retreat to the timeless seaside town and harbour of Galle. On arrival, explore Galle Dutch Fort, which was once the port of call for ships that sailed in from Europe. Visit a turtle hatchery and watch sea turtles being released back into the sea. Depart Galle this afternoon for Bentota, a quiet and soothing coastal town bordered by sun-baked sandy beaches and beautiful coconut palm trees affording dreamy views of the Indian Ocean.

  • Day 8: Bentota Colombo Australia

    Meals: Breakfast

    Return to Colombo this morning. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight or journey home via connecting cities.

    Note: Depending on the city of departure and airline chosen, some flights may depart in the early morning hours on the following day (i.e. on Day 9). Flights will be via connecting cities and may involve more than one transit.

    Suggestion: Explore India after the tour for 6 nights from $1,399 per person

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  • Day 9: Australia

    Arrive home today.

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Inclusions

Departure City
Sydney/Melbourne/Perth (included in package)
Brisbane/Adelaide from $300 per person (flights may be via Sydney or Melbourne)
Inclusions
  • Economy class international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges flying Malaysia Airlines (or if unavailable, Thai Airways or Sri Lankan Airlines)
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary
  • Coach transportation & transfers
  • Local English-speaking chauffeur guide
Exclusions
  • Tour guide and driver service fee (Guide: 1776 Rupees per person per day)
  • Optional activities
  • ETA for Sri Lanka (mandatory)
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenses and anything else not mentioned in Inclusions
Additional Notes
Flight Upgrade:

  • Airline Upgrade: Singapore Airlines from $500 per person (economy class long haul int’l sectors)

 

Optional Activities

Get to know Sri Lanka better with our list of in-depth activities recommended to add another dimension to your trip.

Habarana Village Tour

$35 per person

Experience a special village tour of Habarana. Hop on a bullock cart ride through verdant paddy fields and appreciate the simple lifestyle of the local farmlands and its people. Then, board a canoe for a short trip to a farmer’s house for a feel of authentic Sri Lankan countryside hospitality. Discover the life of a farmer and the variety of crops being harvested. Lunch is served at the farmhouse. Head back on a thrilling tuk tuk ride.

Includes: Local English-speaking guide, bullock cart ride, canoe ride, farmer’s house visit with lunch, and return transfer by tuk tuk ride. Subject to a minimum of 2 passengers.

Afternoon Safari at Yala National Park

$150 per person

Yala National Park was established in 1938 originally as a sportsman’s shooting reserve and is home to the world’s largest population of leopards. Travel by Jeep to get up close to elephants, wild boars, buffaloes, crocodiles, peacocks, jackals, sloth bears and more. You can also spot many colourful resident and migratory birds that are scattered throughout the national park.

Includes: Return transfers, local English-speaking guide, park entry, and safari by jeep. Subject to a minimum of 2 passengers.

 

Extend Your Trip

Arrive Early in Colombo
  • Early arrival airfare surcharge: From $250 per person (subject to availability and applicable fare difference)
  • Pre-tour accommodation (incl. breakfast and one way transfer): $350/twin room/night (subject to availability)
Stay Behind in Colombo
  • Stay behind airfare surcharge: From $250 per person (subject to availability and applicable fare difference)
  • Post-tour accommodation (incl. breakfast and one way transfer): $350/twin room/night (subject to availability)
Stopover in an intermediate city

(subject to airline/flight routing)

Stopover airfare surcharge: From $250 per person per city (subject to availability and applicable fare difference)

 

Stopover in Singapore for 2 Nights From $399 per person

Includes hotel stay with breakfast, city tour and return transfers

Upgrade your flights to Singapore Airlines to book this package

Singapore is loved as a hot destination, full of contrasts inside a small area. The food culture is diverse; Chinese, Indian and Malay dishes such as stir-fried noodles, roti chennai, and laksa are well known. You will see hundreds of different street foods in Chinatown.

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Accommodation

City
Hotel Name
Negombo Pledge 3 Hotel or similar
Habarana Amaya Lake or similar
Kandy Amaya Hills Kandy or similar
Nuwara Eliya Araliya Green Hills or similar
Yala Chaarya Resort & Spa by Chandrika Hotels or similar
Bentota Avani Bentota Resort & Spa or similar

 

FAQs

No discounts apply for children. Same price as adults.

Triple share is not available. The third person will need to pay a single supplement in addition to the twin share package price.

All foreign nationals must obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to enter Sri Lanka. Please apply for an ETA prior to travel here: http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/ (official website). Visas will be granted on arrival at the airport provided you can produce an official ETA documentation to the relevant airport authorities. Please ensure your passports have at least 6 months validity from the date of return.