Sri Lanka & Maldives in 15 Days

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Malé
Colombo
Kandy
Negombo
Nuwara Eliya
Sigiriya
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All transfers.
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.

14 days trip including flights*

13 days and 12 nights in destination

1

NYC - CMB

2

NYC - CMB

Seeduwa

3

Dambulla

4

Dambulla

5

Kandy

6

Kandy

7

Beruwela

8

Beruwela

9

Maldives

10

Maldives

11

Maldives

12

Maldives

13

Maldives

14

CMB - NYC

* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

1st Day: US - Night on board

Arrival at US 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 - Seeduwa

Arrive at Colombo International Airport and transfer to Seeduwa, 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 Seeduwa.

3rd Day: Seeduwa - 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.

Included
Sigiriya Rock Fortress
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
Ancient City of Polonnaruwa Excursion
Optional
Jeep Safari to Minneriya National Park
5th Day: Dambulla - Kandy

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, set off for Dambulla to visit the Golden Temple, a sacred 2,000-year-old pilgrimage site carved into the rocks. The walls and ceilings are covered with Buddhist murals and there are more than 130 Buddha statues in its interior. Next, en route to Kandy, enjoy a tour of the Spice Gardens and an authentic Batik Factory. Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in the afternoon before arriving in Kandy, set on a plateau surrounded by breathtaking mountains. Transfer to the hotel. In the evening enjoy an entertaining cultural performance for a taste of Sri Lankan folklore. Overnight stay in Kandy.

Included
Kandy City Tour
Included
Dambulla Cave Temples & Spice Gardens
6th Day: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Kandy

Breakfast at the hotel. Leave for Nuwara Eliya for an afternoon of sightseeing. Nuwara Eliya is known as the 'Little England' of Sri Lanka and is a beautiful region, filled with lush-tea plantation and typical farmlands. Visit a traditional tea plantation to learn about the production process and savour the flavour of authentic Sri Lankan tea, which makes up for around 25% of global tea exports! Enjoy sightseeing in Nuwara Eliya to admire its typical colonial architecture and cool climate before heading to the train station to take a scenic train ride back to Kandy. One of the most popular experiences in Sri Lanka, take in the amazing countryside views as the train weaves its way through plantations and mountains. Arrive in Kandy and spend the evening exploring this charming city at leisure. Overnight stay in Kandy.

Included
Scenic Train Ride
Included
Nuwara Eliya Sightseeing
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
Galle Fort & Turtle Hatchery Excursion
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

All-Inclusive. Spend another relaxing day in paradise. Enjoy the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and lounging on the white sand beaches. Overnight in the Maldives.

14th Day: Maldives - Night on board

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, leave for Malé Airport for your return flight back to the US. 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.

Accommodation: 12 Nights

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Included activities

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Included

Included activity for day 3 in Sigiriya

Duration 03:30h Approx. Pick up time: 14:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Challenging

Sigiriya Rock Fortress

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.

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Included

Included activity for day 5 in Kandy

Duration 02:30h Approx. Pick up time: 16:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

Kandy City Tour

Enjoy a tour of an authentic Batik Factory before visiting the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in the afternoon.

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Included

Included activity for day 5 in Dambulla Caves

Duration 03:30h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

Dambulla Cave Temples & Spice Gardens

Visit the Golden Temple, a sacred 2,000-year-old pilgrimage site carved into the rocks. Next, enjoy a tour of the Spice Gardens.

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Included

Included activity for day 6 in Nuwara Eliya

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

Scenic Train Ride

Experience the beauty of the Sri Lankan highlands with a Scenic Train Ride from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy.

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Optional

Suggested activity for day 4

Duration 03:30h Approx. Pick up time: 07:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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.

more information
Optional

Suggested activity for day 4

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: 02:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

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.

more information
Optional

Suggested activity for day 8 in Galle

Duration 07:00h Approx. Pick up time: 10:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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.

more information

The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main US airports.
  • International flights: US - Colombo, Male - US. *
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  • International flight: Colombo - Male.
  • Scenic train ride from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy. **
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  • 12 nights accommodation in Superior and Luxury category hotels.
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  • 7 breakfasts in Sri Lanka and 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.
    See itinerary
  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Speedboat transfers in the Maldives.
  • Welcome drink per person on arrival to the resort in the Maldives.
  • Family-friendly hotels.
  • 25% discount on Spa Menu in the Maldives.
  • 15 minutes jetlag massage in the Maldives.
  • Deluxe Beach Villa in the Maldives.
  • English-speaking guide.
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

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 traveling 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.

* 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:
Food: Breakfast (7:30 to 9:30), lunch (12:30 to14:30 except Fridays. Friday 13:30 to 14:30) and dinner (19:00 to 21:00) served at the Mela Restaurant with a combination of buffets with a variety of international cuisine to please everyone’s taste. Selection of snacks served at the Blitz Bar & Café (Morning 10:00 to 11:00, Evening 16:00 to 17:00 and night 23:00 to 00:00).
Beverage: Selection of cocktails, mocktails, house wines, types of canned juices, soft drinks, draft beer, house spirits, mineralised water, tea and coffee available at the Blitz Bar & Café from 10:00 to 00:00. Unlimited “all you can drink” mineralised water, soft drinks, draft beer, cordial juices, tea & coffee and house wine available at the Mela Restaurant during meal hours.

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 US 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.

  • Entry requirements
    Passport with a minimum of six months validity and a return ticket. One passport page.
  • Visa
    An ETA (Electronic Travel Authorisation) must be obtained before traveling. Available online here: http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/.
  • Currency
    Sri Lankan Rupee.
  • Language
    Sinhalese.
  • Electricity
    220V. Mostly European and UK plugs
  • Health
    There are no mandatory vaccinations for travelers from the US.
  • 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

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.

 

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