Sri Lanka

Ancient Sri Lanka: A 10-Day Cultural Tour

Recently voted the #1 country to travel to by Lonely Planet, you'll discover unique Sri Lanka as you experience the sights, mingle with the friendly locals and learn about the inherent Buddhist culture. From the lively capital of Colombo to the ancient sights of the Cultural Triangle, you’ll experience this country from a cultural perspective. Discover the Buddhist temple, striking sculptures, ancient monasteries and captivating stupas on a 10-day tour of this unique country. Includes nine nights of accommodation, daily breakfast and nightly dinners, English-speaking guides, air-conditioned transportation throughout and much more on an intimate, small-group tour (maximum 14 travellers).

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Inclusion Highlights:
  • Inclusions valid for one person (based on twin share - you must purchase two packages)
  • Nine nights of four-star accommodation in prime locations including Negombo, Dambulla, Kandy and Colombo
  • Daily breakfast
  • Nightly dinners (excluding Negombo)

Explore some of Sri Lanka’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and enjoy a half-day safari tour in 8,890-hectare Minneriya National Park where you’ll catch captivating views of the Gathering of the wild elephants. All the while, learning about the ancient Buddhist culture that is so ingrained in the country’s past and present, and staying in deluxe accommodation in prime locations.

What You’ll Love…

The Sights – Uncover the ancient architecture and rich history of The Cultural Triangle

Situated in the centre of the island and covering the ground of many UNESCO World Heritage Sites—including the ancient cities of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla and Kandy—The Cultural Triangle is the basis for exploring Sri Lanka's past.

Uncover the beauty of the Dambulla cave temple, the unique paved monastery that has been a pilgrimage destination for 22 centuries, dating back to the first century, and showcasing intricate religious carvings, 153 Buddhist statues and murals that date back to the 2nd century BC. Climb to the summit for amazing views of 80 caves which were once meditating grounds for Buddhist monks.

Not far from here, is the ancient city of Sigiriya – an impressive rock fortress in central Sri Lanka. Also known as ‘Lion Rock’, due to the huge lion gateway that once stood at the entrance, your steep climb to the top will be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. At the peak, you’ll find the remains of a Buddhist monastery built in the 14th century, atop the remnants of an extinct volcano.

Sri Lanka serves up a remarkable feast for the senses. Visit the city of Kandy, the gateway to the nation’s tea plantations, set on a plateau surrounded by hypnotic mountains. Besides exploring the impressive array of colonial architecture, no visit here is complete without a stop at the Temple of the Tooth - one of Buddhism's most sacred sites.

Enjoy a half-day safari tour at Minneriya National Park in view of the famous Gathering of the wild elephants. It is the largest known meeting place of Asian Elephants in the world, where herds of up to 300 elephants can be seen.

End your journey in the capital of Colombo - a port city famous for its ancient east-west trade routes, with a vibrant colonial heritage reflected in its mansions and lush gardens.

Your Package Includes:

  • Nine nights of four-star accommodation in prime locations including Negombo, Dambulla, Kandy and Colombo
  • Daily breakfast
  • Nightly dinners (excluding Negombo)
  • Air-conditioned transportation throughout the tour
  • Entrance and park fees as per the itinerary
  • Insider experience in the comfort of a small group tour (maximum 14 travellers)
  • Service charges and taxes
  • Local sim card (1 per room, please provide copy of passport prior to arrival to obtain)

The '7 day change of mind guarantee' does not apply for Tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Luxury Escapes Refund Policy applies.

Valid for the following departure dates:

Low Season

11, 23 January 2019

6, 20 February 2019

8, 20, 23, 27 March 2019

3, 6, 15, 20 April 2019

6, 11, 19, 24 June 2019

4, 9, 13, 18 September 2019

High Season

1, 18 July 2019

8, 20 August 2019

High Season Surcharge: A surcharge of AU$100 per person applies for July tour departures and a surcharge of AU$175 per person applies for August tour departures. Surcharge payable directly to the tour operator.

Important: Please allow for travelling time from Australia. International flights are not included in your package and must be purchased separately. It is your responsibility to make your own travel arrangements and ensure that you arrive in Negombo for your chosen tour start date.

The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 8 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise, an additional single traveller surcharge will apply (see below). Single travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.

Single Traveller Surcharge: If travelling alone a single traveller surcharge of AU$345 applies to all departure dates, payable directly to the tour company after booking.

Maximum tour group size is 14 people, minimum is two.

Connecting rooms may be possible, subject to availability at each hotel.

Single Travellers: Upon booking, please ensure you mention in special notes that you are travelling solo.

Tour includes accommodation at the following hotels or similar:

  • Amagi Aria, Negombo
  • Thilanka Hotel, Dambulla
  • Royal Kandyan, Kandy
  • Galadari Hotel, Colombo

Hotel check-in is from 2pm and check-out is noon.

Please note: If a double bed is required, please request this in special notes upon booking.

International flights are not included on this tour.

Airport transfers on the day of arrival and departure are included on this tour.

Please note: Arrival/Departure transfera are included only on tour start/end dates. In the case of prior arrivals or late departures, additional charges will apply.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated). Menus are subject to change without notice.

Dinner is not included on your first night in Negombo.

Allocated hotels are subject to availability and may be replaced with a similar hotel depending on your chosen tour date.

Booking confirmation must be presented at check-in.

All surcharges are payable directly to the tour company.

Please note disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this before making your booking. Hotels may not have ramps, wide entryways or elevators to accommodate disabled passengers or devices such as wheelchairs, walkers and motorised scooters. Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs, walking frames and motorised scooters may not be taken aboard motor coaches.

This program is active. Walking is done over cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs, steps, and significant slopes. Many historical cities have specific driving regulations, with set drop off and pick up points, that result in extra walking to and from the sights. The pacing is active as many sites are included.

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