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14 Days

Temples, Treasures & All-Inc. Indian Ocean

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Malé
Colombo
Kandy
Negombo
Nuwara Eliya
Sigiriya
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Activities
Some meals
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Land in Colombo and witness breathtaking views from the top of the Lion Rock in Sigiriya. Discover the wildlife of Minneriya National Park, explore the cave temples of Dambulla and enjoy the majestic architecture and tea plantations of Kandy and Nuwara Eliya before you find your bliss on the pristine beaches of Beruwala and Seeduwa. Relax further in the All-Inclusive comforts of the Maldives.

1st Day: UK/Ireland - Night on board

Arrival at your UK/Ireland departure airport ready to check-in for an overnight flight to Colombo. Night on board.

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

2nd Day: Colombo - Negombo

Arrive at Colombo International Airport and transfer to Negombo, on the west coast of Sri Lanka. The rest of the day is at your leisure to enjoy your beautiful surroundings or take a relaxing stroll along the idyllic coastline. Known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka exudes natural beauty and tropical charms. Overnight stay in Negombo.

* A first PCR test will be carried out at the hotel before check-in.

3rd Day: Negombo - Sigiriya - Dambulla

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, travel to the Sigiriya region and, on arrival, set off to visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress, also known as Lion Rock. Within its triple-moated defence, the huge rock rises to a sheer height of almost 500 feet. On its summit are the foundations of what was once a sumptuous palace and gardens complete with an ancient swimming pool. Head back down to ground level and transfer to Dambulla, a historic town in the centre of the island. Get settled at the hotel and overnight stay in Dambulla.

4th Day: Dambulla - Minneriya - Dambulla

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the morning at your leisure, sightseeing in the city or relaxing at your own pace. We recommend an optional excursion to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, one of Sri Lanka's most breathtaking archaeological sites.* In the afternoon, we recomend an optional excursion to Minneriya National Park. ** Return to the hotel and overnight stay in Dambulla.

Optional Excursion to the Ancient City of Polonnaruwa: Drive for approx. 1.5 hours to the ancient medieval capital of Polonnaruwa, filled with timeless archaeological sites. Situated on the Parakrama Samudraya Lake, explore the fascinating ancient ruins, surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes. 

** Optional Excursion to the Minneriya National Park: enjoy an exciting jeep safari at Minneriya National Park, famous for its large population of elephants. Experience excellent game viewing as you travel through the fertile plains of Minneriya, watching for herds of elephants, water buffalo, monkeys and birdlife. 

$40 to be paid in destination in concept of entrance fee and jeep for the safari at Minneriya National Park.

Optional excursions/activities will be confirmed on a case-by-case basis based on existing limitations.

5th Day: Dambulla - Kandy

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, head to Kandy to visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic* in the afternoon. Let this land impress you with its setting on a plateau surrounded by breathtaking mountains and a beautiful lake in the centre of the city. Transfer to the hotel. In the evening enjoy an entertaining cultural performance for a taste of Sri Lankan folklore. Overnight stay in Kandy.

* The visit to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic will NOT be available for Tuesday departures.

6th Day: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Kandy

Breakfast at the hotel and leave for Nuwara Eliya. Known as the 'Little England' of Sri Lanka, it's a beautiful region, filled with lush-tea plantation and typical farmlands. Enjoy sightseeing in Nuwara Eliya* to admire its typical colonial architecture and cool climate before heading back to Kandy. Arrive, get settled at the hotel and overnight stay in Kandy.

* You won't be able to get out of the car during the sightseeing tour.

** A second PCR test will be carried out at the hotel before check-in.

7th Day: Kandy - Beruwala

Breakfast at the hotel. Leave the highlands behind for the idyllic shores of Beruwala, a famous resort town with a large number of hotels, providing first-class facilities and stunning beaches. Beruwala is also famous for water sports such as sailing, water-skiing, para-sailing and water scooters. The rest of the day is at your leisure to relax on the beautiful beaches and soak up the tropical landscapes. Overnight stay in Beruwala.

8th Day: Beruwala

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, enjoying the facilities of your hotel or relaxing on the beach. We recommend an optional excursion to Galle Fort and a Turtle Hatchery.* Overnight stay in Beruwala.

* Optional Excursion to Galle Fort & Turtle Hatchery: Head to Galle, a major city of Sri Lanka's south coast, to explore the huge Galle Fort, dating back to the 17th-century. With elements of Dutch and Portuguese architectural influences, learn about this period in the island's history. Afterwards, head to the Ahungalla Turtle Hatchery, where visitors have the unique opportunity to watch newborn turtles preparing to be released into the wild.

Optional excursions/activities will be confirmed on a case-by-case basis based on existing limitations.

9th Day: Beruwala - Colombo - Maldives

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to Colombo airport for your flight to Malé, the capital of the Maldives. Enjoy an exciting speedboat transfer to your hotel, passing paradise atolls and admiring the landscape. Arrive at the hotel and settle in, ready for an idyllic All-Inclusive stay. Overnight stay in the Maldives.

10th Day: Maldives

All-Inclusive. Spend the day at your leisure and take the opportunity to snorkel in the turquoise waters or simply unwind with a beachside massage. Overnight at your hotel.

11th Day: Maldives

All-Inclusive. Enjoy a day at your leisure in the Maldives. We recommend relaxing on the idyllic beaches or getting your adrenalin pumping with some watersports such as windsurfing or kayaking. Overnight stay in the Maldives.

12th Day: Maldives

All-Inclusive. Relax at your leisure and enjoy another day in paradise. Be sure to snorkel in the clear waters of the Indian Ocean, which are teeming with marine life, and end the day with a sunset cocktail. You deserve it! Overnight stay in the Maldives.

13th Day: Maldives - Night on board

Breakfast at the hotel. It's time to bid farewell to paradise and take your speedboat transfer to the airport for a flight back to the UK/Ireland. Night on board.

14th Day: UK/Ireland

Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip.

Accommodation: 11 Nights

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Included in all our trips

Included

  • Garden Room in the Maldives.

Included

  • Garden Room in the Maldives.

Available Activities

Activities availability is subject to departure dates and itinerary selected.
See the price of optional activities after selecting the date in the next step
Optional

Ancient City of Polonnaruwa Excursion

Drive for approx. 1.5 hours to the ancient medieval capital of Polonnaruwa, filled with timeless archaeological sites. Situated on the Parakrama Samudraya Lake, explore the fascinating ancient ruins, surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes.
Suggested activity for day 4
Optional

Jeep Safari to Minneriya National Park

Experience excellent game viewing as you travel through the fertile plains of Minneriya, watching for herds of elephants, water buffalo, monkeys and birdlife.
Suggested activity for day 4
Optional

Galle Fort & Turtle Hatchery Excursion

Head to Galle to explore the huge Galle Fort, dating back to the 17th-century and visit the Ahungalla Turtle Hatchery, where visitors have the unique opportunity to watch newborn turtles preparing to be released into the wild.
Suggested activity for day 8

The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. 
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  • Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Colombo, Male - UK/Ireland. *
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  • International flight: Colombo - Male.
  • Scenic train ride from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy. **
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  • 11 nights accommodation in Superior and Luxury category hotels.
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  • 7 breakfasts in Sri Lanka & All-Inclusive in the Maldives. ***
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  • Transfers in air conditioned vehicle in Sri Lanka.
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Speedboat transfers in the Maldives.
  • Garden Room in the Maldives.
  • ATOL Protection.
  • English-speaking guide.

Not included

Sri Lankan visa (required)*, drinks, tips and any other services** not mentioned in what's included.

* Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the Sri Lankan government has suspended the visa on arrival service for foreigners travelling to Sri Lanka. Instead, a visa can be obtained prior to travel through the following link: www.eta.gov.lk 

** $40 to be paid in destination for the entrance fee and jeep for the safari at Minneriya National Park.

See important notes

* You will need to add private arrival or departure airport transfers if your flight arrives in Colombo airport between midnight and 8:00 a.m. and/or departs from Colombo airport before 4:00 p.m. 

** Due to Covid-19 and while the local authorities do not allow public transportation for tourists, it will not be possible to include the train journey.

Once the train ride is allowed again, sales and seat reservations open 30 days before departure and cannot be 100% guaranteed.

*** All-Inclusive package includes: Breakfast (7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.), Lunch (12:30 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.), and Dinner (7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.) served in Maaga Restaurant and Afternoon Tea served at Bluu Restaurant, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. including bottled water, non-carbonated drinks, house brand soft drinks, fruit juice, draught beer, red and white house table wine, house brand spirits and a selection of cocktails at Bluu Restaurant. All-Inclusive activities: One Dolphin Cruise or snorkelling trip per minimum stay of four nights, Kayak, Sup, Volleyball, Windsurf, Paddle Boat, Foosball, Billiard and Board games (Subject to availability). Lessons and certificates are available for an extra charge.

Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

If you are traveling to Sri Lanka with a UK passport, you will require a Sri Lankan visa. For other passport holders, we recommend that you check with the Sri Lankan Embassy for further details.

Useful information

  • Entry requirements
    Passport with a minimum of six months validity and a return ticket.
  • Visa
    An ETA (Electronic Travel Authorisation) must be obtained before travelling. Available online here: http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/.
  • Currency
    Sri Lankan Rupee.
  • Language
    Sinhalese.
  • Electricity
    220V. Adapter required.
  • Health
    There are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers from EU countries.
  • Time zone
    UTC + 05:30.
  • Other useful information
    People drive on the left-hand side of the road. Moving the head from side to side means yes.
  • Tourist Office website
    http://www.srilanka.travel

Offer conditions

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

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