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Discover Sri Lanka - From Wildlife Safaris to Five-Star Hotels

Fall in love with the unspoiled beauty of Sri Lanka on this 11-day luxury small group tour (max. 16 travellers). Stay in five-star style as you journey through the striking landscapes of this island nation and discover the bustling Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, the 150-year old tradition of the tea plantations and the unique game animals of Yala National Park. Includes daily breakfasts, a selection of handpicked lunches and dinners, an all-inclusive stay at one of Sri Lanka's most luxurious hotels - the beautiful Ceylon Tea Trails, a thrilling jeep safari, an indulgent massage, private transportation, expert local leaders plus insider experiences and more. Magical Maldives Extension available with a 5-night all-inclusive beach indulgence only 1.5 hours from Sri Lanka (see below for more details).

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Calling all culture buffs *and *food enthusiasts. Relish in the intimacy of a luxurious small group, 16-person tour, through one of the world’s most stunning landscapes where you’ll discover colonial history, stunning white beaches, head-turning terrain and UNESCO World-Heritage sites through insider experiences with the very best local guides. Sri Lanka truly is a nature lover’s dream.

What You’ll Love

Five-Star Accommodation – Stay in bungalows among tea plantations and in eco-luxury amid paddy fields

In between exploring the tropical country of Sri Lanka, you'll end each day in the best handpicked,** five-star accommodation.**

With a name that references “a garden of lakes”, Sigiriya’s Jetwing Vil Uyana offers world-class Sri Lankan hospitality in an exclusive sanctuary amid the paddy fields. Built on the agricultural lands of Sri Lankan ancestors, you’ll truly feel the blend of rustic tradition and modern luxury. Spend** two nights in eco-luxury** and awken to the sounds of surrounding wildlife as you experience a rural haven **dusted with contemporary comforts. Return from a day visiting the exceptional UNESCO World-Heritage site of the Sigiriya rock fortress** and indulge your mind and body in a complimentary Ayurveda massage at the hotel’s Island Spa. Finish your day with a dip in the** lush plunge pool** and settle into a great book in the library.

Discover the tranquility of the vibrant green hills of Sri Lanka’s tea country with two all-inclusive nights at the majestic Ceylon Tea Trails. At 4,000ft above sea level, Ceylon Tea Trails comprises a collection of five beautifully restored plantation bungalows set around the picturesque Castlereagh Lake near the town of Hatton. Originally built for British tea managers during the days of the Raj, you’ll overlook the grand tea plantations while enjoying chic style, fine cuisine and the finest service. Feel like an honoured guest as you unwind in the panoramic infinity pool overlooking the stunning lake and indulge in service provided by your personal housekeeper, chef butler.

Spend two memorable nights at Jetwing Lighthouse in Galle *- an elegant hotel that is the ultimate tropical retreat amid the sun, sea and sand of *Sri Lanka’s southern coast. Perched directly on the rocky shores of the** Indian Ocean, Jetwing Lighthouse is the effortless luxury you need after a day discovering the historic city of Galle. Unwind on the **expansive hotel terrace with a drink in hand as you gaze out over the spectacular Sri Lankan sunset.

The Experiences & Sights – Embark on an exciting game drive through the national park and enjoy a tea picking and tasting experience among the plantations

Begin 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.

Uncover the beauty of the** Golden Temple of Dambulla, the unique paved monastery that has been a *pilgrimage destination for 22 centuries, *dating back to the first century. 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, Sigiriya’s climb to the top is tough but is rewarded with *spectacular panoramic views that make it well worth it. 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.

Take an incredible drive through Sri Lanka’s magical hill country. Filled with lush tea plantations amid a beautiful backdrop, you’ll learn about the 150-year old tradition that remains a major export for the country, while also enjoying a wonderful tasting experience of some of the world’s best teas.

Embark on an exciting safari adventure through Yala National Park – the most visited national park in the country. Enjoy a guided game drive that’ll take you from open parkland and jungle *to *waterholes, streams and lagoons in the hopes of spotting the incredible array of wildlife. This is your opportunity to spot elephants, leopards, sloth bears, water buffalos, monkeys and more!

Your Package Includes:

  • Ten nights in luxury hotels including Jetwing Vil Uyana and an all-inclusive stay at one of Sri Lanka’s most luxurious hotels – Ceylon Tea Trails
  • A selection of gourmet experiences including daily breakfasts, four lunches and four dinners
  • Expert local English-speaking guides
  • Private transportation throughout
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Return airport transfers
  • A traditional massage experience
  • A morning jeep safari tour in Yala National Park
  • *Tea experience *and tasting in the tea plantations
  • Climb the UNESCO World Heritage-Listed Sigiriya rock fortress
  • A local** spice tour**

Magical Maldives Extension – 5-night all-inclusive beach indulgence only 1.5 hours from Sri Lanka (flights included)

With the extreme closeness of the Maldives, why not end your trip with a little bit of relaxed sunshine combined with a lot of luxury?

After your Sri Lanka tour ends, fly from the airport of Colombo to the magical waters of Male and experience paradise on earth at Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives. Indulge in unbelievable inclusions such as return flights and boat transfers, a welcome glass of bubbles *each, *daily champagne breakfasts, daily lunches, nightly dinners served in any of the resort's three restaurants and unlimited daily beers, wines, spirits and cocktails from 10am.

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa is a world of five-star barefoot bliss that offers both exciting activity and ultimate relaxation in equal measures. Stay in a stunning Beach Suite that defines island chic luxury where you can open the doors and walk straight onto the white sand beach to enjoy the turquoise waters of the lagoon.

Start each day in paradise with an included daily sumptuous champagne breakfast. For your included lunches and dinners, wander down over-water walkways to your choice of three restaurants, all with unlimited alcoholic beverages.

Then, relax into island time or take part in once-in-a-lifetime diving and sea experiences. Diving and snorkelling enthusiasts will be in deep sea heaven with included snorkelling tours (whale sharks often swim by) and dives in the one of the world's most beautiful reefs with PADI accredited dive masters (up to three dives per person, per stay as an alternative to spa credits). Or opt to relax at the resort in** five-star luxury** with a pampering experience of US$100 credit to redeem at SPA Cenvaree for each guest.

Your Extension Package Includes:

  • Return flights from Colombo, Sri Lanka to Male, Maldives
  • Internal flights and** speedboat transfers** to the resort
  • Five nights of five-star accommodation at the Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives
  • Welcome glass of bubbles each
  • *Daily champagne breakfasts *featuring unlimited French champagne available through to mid-morning at the Reef restaurant
  • Daily lunches and nightly dinners at a choice of three restaurants including a la carte Thai delicacies at Suan Bua, Italian at Azzuri Mare or Western and Asian options at Reef
  • Selected alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages served daily from 10am until midnight including house wines (red, white, sparkling, and rosé), beer, spirits (including Absolut Vodka, Johnnie Walker, Gordon’s London Dry Gin and Jack Daniels), cocktails, soft drinks, tea, coffee and juices
  • Mini-bar replenished once a day with soft drinks, mineral waters, beers and two bottles of wine
  • One US$100 spa credit per person to redeem at SPA Cenvaree
  • *Choice of excursions *including a snorkelling tour, whale shark boat trip, sunset cruise, local island exploration and sunset fishing (guests can book each excursion once per stay only)

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.

After you have made your booking, please follow the instructions on your confirmation email and ensure you complete your traveller information details within 48 hours.

Valid for select departure dates from Colombo

Low Season:

5 September 2018

19 September 2018

3 October 2018

17 October 2018

23 November 2018

5 December 2018

8 May 2019

15 May 2019

5 June 2019

19 June 2019

High Season:

15 January 2019

14 February 2019

5 March 2019

20 March 2019

14 April 2019

24 April 2019

Tour includes accommodation at the following hotels:

Jetwing Colombo Seven

Jetwing Vil Uyana

Mahaweli Reach

Ceylon Tea Trails

Jetwing Yala

Jetwing Lighthouse

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives (extension only)

Accommodation is subject to availability and may be substituted for a hotel of a similar standard.

Maximum tour capacity is 16 people, minimum tour capacity is two people.

Tipping and gratuities are not included in the package and are at your own discretion (as a guide, approx. US$10-15 per person, per day is the industry standard).

*Arrival and departure transfers are only available on the first and last day of the tour. *Any arrivals and departures outside of these days will need to make their own arrangements to/from the airport.

Travellers should have a basic level of physical fitness and mobility and must be able to negotiate uneven surfaces, climb stairs and board boats.

Travellers are advised to check with their local health professional at least 45 days prior to departure, as some vaccinations require 30 days or more to be effective. Proof of vaccination is not usually required unless you are coming from an infected area.

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas.

*The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 18 years or older (based on twin share). *If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise if travelling alone, you must purchase the Single Traveller package option. See the package options for further details. Single travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.

All surcharges are payable directly to Luxury Escapes.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.

Please note that on some religious holidays throughout the year, alcohol can not be served in public spaces. Should this happen to fall during your travel dates, please respect the local beliefs and refrain from drinking alcohol in public.

Additional expenses such as (but not limited to) international flights are not included with this package.

Package cannot be split.

Travel insurance is compulsory. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.

Strictly no refunds for this package for amendments and change of date.

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations.

Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.

Please note: disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this when making your booking.

*Green tax: *A green tax of US$6 per person applies and is payable directly to the resort on check out (for extension only)

Guests can enjoy each excursion just once during the stay (for extension only)

Before making a reservation, please ensure that the name on the reservation is the same as it appears on your passport. An error may result in a name change penalty or boarding being denied by the airline. Luxury Escapes accepts no responsibility for accuracy of name on the travel documents.

The value and comparative savings have been determined based on published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving.

Occasionally our itineraries are updated prior to departure to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers’ feedback as well as updates from our ground operators. Please note that while we operate successful tours in this region throughout the year, some changes may be necessary due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities may also vary from time to time.

All activities and services are subject to availability. Please note that full terms and conditions apply – refer LuxuryEscapes.com/terms

DAY 1: COLOMBO

On arrival in Colombo you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. As most flights arrive into Colombo late in the evening, there are no activities scheduled for today and the evening (depending on your arrival time) is at your leisure.

ACCOMMODATION: Jetwing Colombo Seven

DAY 2: COLOMBO – PINNAWALA - SIGIRIYA

This morning we depart for Sigiriya, with a visit to Dambulla with its rock temple dating back to the first century BC. The caves of Dambulla sheltered King Walagamba during his 14 years of exile from Anuradhapura.

We continue on to Sigiriya arriving late afternoon where you have some time to unwind before your group dinner.

ACCOMMODATION: Jetwing Vil Uyana

MEALS: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 3: SIGIRIYA

This morning after breakfast we climb the fifth-century, UNESCO World Heritage-Listed Sigiriya rock fortress, also known as ‘Lion Rock’ due to the huge lion gateway that once stood at the entrance. On one of its stairways, frescoes which are the only known ancient work of Sinhala secular painting can be observed.

We enjoy a local lunch before we continue to Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka’s ancient capital featuring the Rock Temple and ancient palace ruins.

Returning to the hotel in the late afternoon, the rest of the evening is at your leisure.

ACCOMMODATION: Jetwing Vil Uyana

MEALS: Breakfast & Lunch

DAY 4: SIGIRIYA – MATALE – KANDY

This morning we depart for Kandy, with a stop en route at the Spice Garden in Matale to discover the different spices Sri Lanka is famous for. We continue to Kandy for a city tour incorporating Upper Lake Drive, the market square and the Temple of Tooth - the sacred temple home to the palm-leaf transcripts dating back to 1687.

Kandy is rich with temples, shrines and monasteries and is an example of Buddhism’s influence in Sri Lanka today.

After checking into the hotel the evening is at leisure.

ACCOMMODATION: Mahaweli Reach

MEALS: Breakfast & Lunch

DAY 5: KANDY – HATTON

Today we enjoy a scenic drive through the hillside tea plantations to Hatton, regarded as one of the most beautiful journeys in Sri Lanka. Witness green rolling hills and tea pickers at work in the tea plantations.

Arrive at Tea Trails, a cluster of colonial-era planters' bungalows packed with period furnishings. Each bungalow has its own housekeeper, chef, butler and houseboys – you'll feel like an honoured guest.

ACCOMMODATION: Ceylon Tea Trails

MEALS: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 6: HATTON

After breakfast you enjoy a morning “Tea Experience” with a visit to the plantations and factory. First introduced to the country in 1867 by Englishman James Taylor, today tea is Sri Lanka’s main export. You will be able to personally acquaint yourself with the art of tea plucking and learn about the full process from planting and varietal differences to the auction process and tasting.

The remainder of the day is at leisure. Relax at your bungalow or explore the local trails which wind through the tea gardens by mountain bike or on foot.

ACCOMMODATION: Ceylon Tea Trails

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 7: HATTON - YALA NATIONAL PARK

This morning transfer southeast from Hatton to Yala National Park (approx. 5 hrs). Stop on the way for lunch before arriving in Yala in the late afternoon where the evening is at leisure.

ACCOMMODATION: Jetwing Yala

MEALS: Breakfast & Lunch

DAY 8: YALA

This morning you enjoy an early morning jeep safari in the beautiful Yala National Park. Yala is the best location to sight and photograph the rare and remarkable leopards and other highlights of Yala include wild elephants, bears, wild boars, buffalos, deer, crocodiles and many species of birds. The National Park ranges from open parkland to jungle with waterholes, streams, small lakes and lagoons.

Return to the hotel for breakfast and the rest of the day is at your leisure for your own discoveries, or to relax by the hotel’s pool or down by the beach – the choice is yours.

ACCOMMODATION: Jetwing Yala

MEALS: Breakfast

DAY 9: YALA – GALLE

This morning we depart for Galle after breakfast.

We enjoy a stop en route to visit the Weligama stilt fishermen and watch them going about their daily routine. In chest-deep water just a few metres off the shore, the stilt fishermen perch on a single pole planted into the sea-bed. This is a common method of fishing amongst the locals in the Southern part of Sri Lanka.

Continue to Galle, arriving in the late afternoon.

ACCOMMODATION: Jetwing Lighthouse

MEALS: Breakfast

DAY 10: GALLE

The morning we enjoy a tour of Galle with its colonial architecture and UNESCO World Heritage-Listed sixteenth century fort. Before Colombo, Galle was the main seaport of Sri Lanka and houses the fort which was initially built by the Portuguese in 1619 and later further developed by the Dutch and the British.

The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure.

This evening you enjoy a final group dinner at the hotel.

ACCOMMODATION: Jetwing Lighthouse

MEALS: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 11: TOUR ENDS

Your tour ends today with a transfer back to Colombo for your onward flight.

MEALS: Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXTENSION – MALDIVES PACKAGE

DAY 11: FLY TO THE MALDIVES

This morning you are transferred to Colombo airport for your flight to Male. On arrival in Male you will board another flight and then onto a speedboat transfer to the Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives – your paradise home for the next 5 nights.

ACCOMMODATION: Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives

MEALS: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 12 – 15: INDULGE IN PARADISE

ACCOMMODATION: Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily

DAY 16: FLY HOME

This morning you are transferred to Male airport for your flight back to Colombo where your arrangements come to an end.

MEALS: Breakfast

The tour begins and ends in Colombo (same for the extended tour).

*Your international flights are not included in your package. *Flights to Colombo from Australia will typically take a minimum of one stop and approximately 12 - 16 hours, departing from most major cities with Malaysian Airlines, Qantas, Emirates, Sri Lankan Airlines and more.

Book your flight through us. First, confirm your tour booking dates. Our Tours Concierge will then be in touch within 48 business hours to assist with additional arrangements, with no booking fee to you.

Please book your flight out of Colombo (CMB) anytime after** midday on Day 11. If you are extending your journey to the 16-day tour you will need to book your flight out of Colombo (CMB) anytime after 9pm **on Day 16.

A visa may be required to the destination you are visiting. It is each traveller’s responsibility to ensure they are holding a current visa. Please take the time to visit our preferred vendor website Visa’s Direct to assist you with any visa application requirements and processes. If you require any supporting documentation when applying for your visa please let us know and we would be more than happy to assist. Click here to visit the website.

Ceylon Tea Trails – fantastic stop over both accommodation and staff. Local guide fantastic on all 11 days, best on any holiday in past 15 years.
- M & P Fitzgerald - Sept 2017
Our tour guide was beyond expectations – extensive commentary and lots of care taken of all passengers. The driver was excellent! We will be keeping our eye out for the next Luxury Escape!!!
- D& D Brennan - Oct 2017
Great tour; we will recommend to family & friends.
- A Dorca – Nov 2017
Very good tour. Excellent guide. This older traveller would have preferred later starts and more free time – but overall fantastic trip.
- W Davies – Jan 2018
In short: Paradise on Earth really exists! Our holiday in Centara Grand was indeed one of those holidays that are hard to come home from. Sheer luxury and relaxation from morning till night.
- TripAdvisor
Imagine swimming around in a aquarium with animals from the ocean, 30 degrees Celsius lovely turquoise water, just outside your doorstep every morning. The island is perfect built for everyone who stays here, spa and restaurants, lots of activities with a staff lovely and great service minded.
- TripAdvisor