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10 Day Taste of Sri Lanka with Flights

$1,799
Per Person

Typically $3,499
This package includes return flights from Australia, 8 nights accommodation, daily breakfast, airport transfers, English speaking guide and all transport throughout, Sightseeing as mentioned in itinerary and small groups with only a maximum of 10 people!

the tour

Our Sri Lanka tour with flights is by far our most popular package. Sri Lanka was recently voted Lonely Planet’s #1 destination and it’s easy to see why – endless beaches, rich history, exotic wildlife and so much more! Our 10 Day Taste of Sri Lanka package includes flights from Australia and is the perfect short break to make the most out of this amazing destination.

Our tour starts in the coastal city of Negombo, just a 30 minute drive from Colombo airport. First, you will first travel to the cultural area in the center of the country. The cultural area is the home of the breathtaking Sigiriya or ‘Lions Rock’. If you feel up to you, climb the hundreds of steps to see with ancient palace ruins at the top. Plus a marvellous view over the Sri Lankan countryside.  The cultural area is also home to Minneriya National Park, where the largest heard of elephants gather in the world. Enjoy an optional elephant safari through the National Park to see these majestic creatures. Our travellers have also seen elephants wander down to the lake for refreshments, all from the comfort of their hotel!

Next, you will travel through lush green hills and tea plantations to the English town of Nuwara Eliya. At a few degrees lower than the coast, you will enjoy a relaxing stay in the refreshing countryside. Finally, our Sri Lanka tour heads back to the west coast where you will spend a couple of nights on some of the countries finest beaches.

INCLUSIONS

Our Sri Lanka tour comes with flights from Australia. Plus 8 nights accommodation in quality hotels, daily breakfast and airport transfers. We provide a professional English speaking driver guide throughout the tour, as well as modern comfortable transport. Sightseeing is included as mentioned in the itinerary and we operate small groups with a maximum of 10 people! Please contact us for more information.

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Itinerary

DAY 1: Depart Australia, Arrive Columbo, Sri Lanka

On arrival at Colombo International airport, you will be welcomed by a representative and transferred to your hotel in Negombo, a 30 minute drive away.

Note: Some airline schedules may depart on Day 0.

MEALS: In-flight

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Negombo

DAY 2: Negombo Free Day

Enjoy a day at leisure to relax after the flight and explore the beach town of Negombo. Alternatively, take our optional sightseeing tour around Colombo.

City Tour Itinerary: You will proceed to do a Colombo city tour in this throbbing city, a heady mix of cultures thrives. Here, contrasting landmarks – ancient sites, colonial masterpieces and ultra – modern skyscrapers sit side by side. Quaint old shops and wayside stalls lie under the shadows of glittering stores and sprawling shopping malls. Similarly, lifestyles and traditions old and new continue, making Colombo a unique and exciting city. Its history dates far back: the port of Colombo was influential as early as the 5th century when ships from Rome, Arabia, and China traded with Sinhalese kings for food supplies, spices and jewels.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Negombo

OPTIONAL: City Tour $15

DAY 3: Negombo ~ Pinnawela ~ Habarana ~ Cultural Hotel

After breakfast you will proceed to the Cultural Area, on your way you will have the option to visit the famous Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, while in the Orphanage you will have the chance to feed milk to the baby Elephants (09.30-11.00am) followed by river bathing (optional). The orphanage is a remarkable project that began in 1972 which was created to protect abandoned or orphaned wild elephants who would not otherwise have survived in the wild. From the banks of the river you can watch these gleeful herds of elephants splashing around freely on the river. AFter we continue to the cultural area where we check into our hotel and enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Alternatively you can take an optional village tour to discover Hiriwaduna Village where an Authentic Sri Lankan Lunch will be provided. Take a ride in a bullock cart swaying from side to side on an unpaved trail, enjoy a nature walk through a scrub jungle, and wade through a local stream with low hanging branches and cross a lake in an ‘oruwa’, the traditional mode of over water transport. Spend time with a farmer harvesting crops under his guidance and taste authentic village cuisine prepared by the farmer’s family with freshly picked produce and local herbs cooked in clay pots over an open hearth fuelled by firewood you are welcome to participate in the cooking process.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Cultural Area

OPTIONAL: Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage Entrance $20 / Hiriwaduna Village Tour $18

DAY 4: Cultural Hotel ~ Sigiriya ~ Minneriya

After an early breakfast in the morning you will climb the “Sigiriya”, the Lion Rock a UNESCO world heritage site, the unique icon of Sri Lanka. A testimony to the inventiveness of the ancient civilizations of the land, the once impenetrable stronghold of King Kassapa, ‘Sihagiri’ or Lion’s Rock as it was called then, is considered to be the 8th wonder of the world today. The feats of artistry, architecture and engineering at Sigiriya continue to impress visitors with their utter magnificence, even thousands of years on. Intricately landscaped pleasure gardens sprawl out below the rock, giant lion paws hewn in stone mark the entrance to the fortress at its foot and a highly polished mirror wall still carries the scrawled writings of ancient poets. A somewhat treacherous climb up the rock is well worth it to see the impressive ruins of a once glorious city at the summit – 370m high. And the 360-degree view from the top is equally astounding. (optional). You will then have a chance to have lunch.

In the evening take the option of an exclusive Jeep Safari through the Minneriya National Park which is highly famous for its elephants and wildlife. Minneriya National Park is home to one of the most spectacular natural events in the world – the Elephant Gathering, sometimes you will see up to 300 majestic Asian elephants. Visitors can also look forward to sighting of other mammals such as Sambar, and Sri Lanka’s two endemic species of monkey, the Purple-faced leaf monkey and Toque Macaque. Although rare, there have been sightings of the Sri Lankan Leopard and Sloth Bear as well as the Gray Slender Loris. The Minneriya National Park is also an ideal location for bird watchers as it attracts many endemic and migrant species. Large flocks of birds are a common sight, especially water birds such as Cormorants, Pelicans, Painted Stork and Lesser Adjutant Stork. (optional)

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Cultural Area

OPTIONAL: Minneriya Safari $60 / Sigiriya Climb $49

DAY 5: Cultural Hotel ~ Dambulla ~ Matale ~ Kandy

After breakfast you will proceed to Mahiyanaganaya via Kandy visiting the famous Dambulla Rock Temple (optional). Standing approximately 100m high, the approach to the entrance of the caves entails climbing up the face of the rock, although stone steps have now been cut to make the climb easier. Whilst climbing to the entrance of caves, take time to stop and enjoy the view of the surrounding area, which is truly breathtaking.

On the way to Kandy we visit a spice Garden in Matale, as well as also enjoy a complimentary Head massage. There are shops where you can purchase different spices of Sri Lanka.

After lunch we visit the Silk factory & Gem Museum in Kandy. Kandy is famous for precious gems where you can purchase the world-famous Ceylon Blue Sapphire worn by the British Royal family. Just north of the lake, the golden-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth Houses Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic – a tooth of the Buddha. During puja (offerings or prayers), the heavily guarded room housing the tooth is open to devotees and tourists. However, you don’t actually see the tooth. It’s kept in a gold casket shaped like a dagoba (stupa), which contains a series of six dagoba caskets of diminishing size. The entire temple complex covers a large area, and as well as the main shrine there are numerous other temples and museums within the complex. (optional)

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Kandy

OPTIONAL: Dambulla Cave Temple $15 / Tooth Relic $15

DAY 6: Kandy ~ Nuwara Eliya

Breakfast at hotel and then proceed to Nuwara Eliya, driving through scenic lush valleys tea plantations. You have the option to take a train ride from Baudulla to Nanu Oya and meet up with your guide at the other end. We stop for lunch with a view en route to Nuwara Eliya and then visit a local Tea Factory Plantation to witness the process how the world-famous Ceylon Tea is made.

Hidden away high in the central mountains at an altitude of over 6000 feet, Nuwara Eliya is the resort capital of the hills – and a world away from the hot tropical beach atmosphere of the coast, not just in climate but in its character too. The British planters who flocked to the region to grow tea in the mid-19th century developed Nuwara Eliya as their summer retreat. Created as an exact replica of an English town it is often called ‘Little England’; and with its primarily colonial architecture, the stately Victoria Park, golf course, racing track, boating lake and grand period style hotels – and the cold, frequent showers of rain adding to the illusion, you could well be in an old English country town. This is the heart of the tea country, and is also a good base for excursions to discover other attractions of the hills.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

OPTIONAL: Train ride from Baudulla to Nanu Oya $18

DAY 7: Nuwara Eliya ~ Bentota

After breakfast at the hotel you will drive to the west coast for your last couple of nights in Sri Lanka. On arrival, you will check into the hotel and spend the day at your leisure.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Bentota

DAY 8: Bentota ~ Free Day

Enjoy a full day at leisure to relax and soak up the sun at this stunning destination. There is an optional tour for the Balapitiya River Cruise where you are able to see beautiful small uninhabited islands and also visit Kosgoda turtle hatchery.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Bentota

OPTIONAL: Balapitiya River Cruise & Turtle Hatchery $30

DAY 9: End of Tour, Departure

After breakfast at the hotel, you will start your way back to the airport for your onward flight home. Most flights from Colombo leave late evening so we will take a leisurely drive back to Colombo to enjoy a last morning at the beach and also have time for last minute shopping in Colombo before being dropped off at the airport in time for your return flight.

MEALS: Breakfast, In-Flight

OVERNIGHT: In-Flight

DAY 10: Arrive Australia

Today you will arrive home to Australia. Thank you for travelling with MyHoliday2!

Note: Some flights may depart very early on this day and arrive in Australia on Day 11.

MEALS: In-Flight

Description

Our Sri Lanka tour with flights is by far our most popular package. Sri Lanka was recently voted Lonely Planet’s #1 destination and it’s easy to see why – endless beaches, rich history, exotic wildlife and so much more! Our 10 Day Taste of Sri Lanka package includes flights from Australia and is the perfect short break to make the most out of this amazing destination.

Our tour starts in the coastal city of Negombo, just a 30 minute drive from Colombo airport. First, you will first travel to the cultural area in the center of the country. The cultural area is the home of the breathtaking Sigiriya or ‘Lions Rock’. If you feel up to you, climb the hundreds of steps to see with ancient palace ruins at the top. Plus a marvellous view over the Sri Lankan countryside.  The cultural area is also home to Minneriya National Park, where the largest heard of elephants gather in the world. Enjoy an optional elephant safari through the National Park to see these majestic creatures. Our travellers have also seen elephants wander down to the lake for refreshments, all from the comfort of their hotel!

Next, you will travel through lush green hills and tea plantations to the English town of Nuwara Eliya. At a few degrees lower than the coast, you will enjoy a relaxing stay in the refreshing countryside. Finally, our Sri Lanka tour heads back to the west coast where you will spend a couple of nights on some of the countries finest beaches.

INCLUSIONS

Our Sri Lanka tour comes with flights from Australia. Plus 8 nights accommodation in quality hotels, daily breakfast and airport transfers. We provide a professional English speaking driver guide throughout the tour, as well as modern comfortable transport. Sightseeing is included as mentioned in the itinerary and we operate small groups with a maximum of 10 people! Please contact us for more information.

DEPARTURE DATES

 

DEPARTURE DATES 2021:

April: *6, *13, 20

May: 4, 11, 25

June: 1, 8, *15

July: *6, 20, 27

August: 3, 17, 24

September: 7, *14, *21

October: *12, *19

November: *2, *16

December: *7

 

DEPARTURE DATES 2022:

January: *11, *25

February: *8, *22

March: *8, *22

April: *19

 

*Dates marked with * incur a surcharge of $200 per person

INCLUSIONS

 

Return flights ex MEL/PER/*SYD/*BNE

9 Day guided tour of Sri Lanka

8 Nights accommodation

A/C Transportation throughout

See Negombo, Kandy, Bentota, Nuwara Eliya & More

Marvel at the impressive Sigirya “Lions’ Rock”

Visit Matale Spice Garden

Complimentary Head massage

Sightseeing tour around Nuwara Eliya

Visit a Tea Factory for Famous Ceylon Tea

Relax on stunning beaches in Bentota

All car expenses such as fuel, toll, taxes etc

Professional English speaking guide

Airport transfers

Small groups – Maximum 10 people

 

*Flights ex Sydney and Brisbane incur a surcharges of $100 per person

EXCLUSIONS

 

Sri Lanka Visa fee

Meals not mentioned in itinerary

Optional tours

Personal expenses

Tipping (Not mandatory but recommended $5 per day)

Travel insurance

HOTELS

 

3 STAR HOTELS:

Negombo: Paradise Beach Hotel

Cultural Area: The Lake Hotel

Kandy: Serene Kandy Hotel

Nuwara Eliya: Ashely Hotel

Bentota Area: Arena Hotel

 

4  STAR HOTELS:

Negombo: Amagi Aria Hotel

Cultural Area: The Deer Park Hotel

Kandy: Randholee Resort & Spa

Nuwara Eliya: Ripon Grand Hotel

Bentota Area: Earl’s Reef Hotel

 

In the unlikely event that the listed hotels are fully booked, alternative hotels of the same standard will be used.

Triple share rooms are available

UPGRADES & OPTIONS

 

UPGRADES:

Upgrade to 4 Star Hotels for $200 per person

 

OPTIONAL TOURS:

DAY 2: Colombo City Tour – $15

DAY 3: Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage – $20

DAY 3: Hiriwaduna Village Tour – $18

DAY 4: Climb Sigiriya – $49

DAY 4: Minneriya Safari – $60 (Inform MyHoliday2 Staff prior to travel so we book the Jeep)

DAY 5: Dambulla & Tooth Temples – $15

DAY 8: Balapitiya River Cruise – $30

 

Our optional tours are priced in AUD per person and payable on arrival in Sri Lanka. These rates are subject to change with currency fluctuations.

 

EXTEND YOUR TRIP:

Extend your time in Sri Lanka by extending your return flight:

$100 per person [plus any difference in airfare if applicable]

Note: Extensions cannot be made once flights are ticketed.

 

EXTRA NIGHTS:

Extend your time in Sri Lanka with extra nights pre or post tour

 

PRE-TOUR

3 Star Hotel Negombo – $180

4 Star Hotel Negombo – $210

 

POST TOUR

3 Star Hotel Bentota – $200

4 Star Hotel Bentota– $250

 

Prices are based per room per night and include breakfast. Pre- Tour extra nights include airport transfers. Post-Tour extra nights DO NOT include airport transfers.

TOUR INFORMATION

 

VALIDITY:

Voucher valid on selected dates until 19 April 2022

Voucher valid for 1 person based on twin/double share

Bookings must be made at least 60 days prior to departure

 

RATES:

10 Day Taste of Sri Lanka 3 Star Package ex MEL/PER –  $1799 per person

10 Day Taste of Sri Lanka 3 Star Package ex SYD/BNE – $1899 per person

10 Day Taste of Sri Lanka 4 Star Package ex MEL/PER –  $1999 per person

10 Day Taste of Sri Lanka 4 Star Package ex SYD/BNE – $2099 per person

 

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:

A single traveller surcharge applies for solo travellers

3 Star Hotels – $500 per person

4 Star Hotels – $600 per person

 

GROUP SIZE:

Minimum of 2 people

Maximum 10 people

 

CHILDREN POLICY:

Children under the age of 2 only pay airline taxes

Children aged 2-11 require a child voucher: Please contact MyHoliday2 for prices

Children aged 12+ require an adult voucher

Child vouchers only apply if in addition to two full paying adults

Maximum room capacity is 2 adults and 2 children (1 in existing bedding, 1 in extra bed)

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

This package is available with flights from Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane or Sydney and are subject to availability.

Flights ex BNE/SYD incur a surcharge, see rates above.

Airlines used include and are not limited to Sri Lankan Airlines, Malaysian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, Qantas, China Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, Malindo Airlines, China Southern, Cathay Pacific and other airlines and their codeshare partners.

Flight portion of this package is non-refundable and 21 Day Money Guarantee does not apply

All travel documents are non-transferrable / non-changeable

Any required extensions to flights must be made prior to tickets being issued. If customer requests to change their outbound/return date after tickets are issued, request shall be denied.

Name changes are not permitted. Should a name change be required a full new ticket shall be issued and customers will be required to purchase a new ticket at market rate.

Travel insurance is recommended. MyHoliday2 takes no responsibility for any travel issues that may arise

Day tours included in itinerary may join a larger group than specified

It is the customers responsibility to obtain the correct visa for their destination and cover all fees associated

It is the customers responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport for travel and must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the period of intended stay.

We offer a 21 Day Money Back Guarantee. See Refund policy for details

After 21 days from purchase, travel vouchers/tour packages are non refundable

Travel vouchers are non-redeemable for cash

Travel vouchers cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer/promotion

Travel vouchers must be redeemed within the validity period or will be deemed void

MyHoliday2 pricing reflects current market rates, so package prices may fluctuate from day to day. This is the nature of the tourism industry, and MyHoliday2 is not obliged to refund you to match any subsequent price reductions after purchase

Although some airlines no longer require reconfirmation of flights, Reconfirm the ticket 3 days prior to each journey.

For frequent flyer eligibility, baggage allowance and special requirement (Special meals, seating request, medical requirements), please contact your travel consultant.

Please note maximum 2 pieces of checked luggage allowed per person / Not exceeding 158 cm (62 inch).

Please note, flights may require a stopover of more than 5 hours.

Some departure dates may require you to depart Australia on Day 0 or return to Australia on Day 11

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