Asia Comfort Singles Small Group Tour Splendours of Sri Lanka Small Group Tour

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Price
$1299 per person
Duration
8 days
Destination
Sri Lanka

WEEKLY DEPARTURES Luxe Small Group Tour of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a spectacular and culturally rich island paradise. Discover its splendours as you travel with a small group no larger than 12 travellers!
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Sri Lanka is a true hidden gem of South-East Asia and this 8-day small group tour introduces you to its many splendours. The island is blessed with green forests, vast sandy beaches and stunning ancient treasures. Start your adventure in the city of Colombo. Explore impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites scattered. Hop on your jeep in Walpattu, Horton Plains and Minneriya to spot elephants or the famed Sri Lankan Leopard. Trek through lush forests, climb up to temples carved in huge boulders and sip exotic Sri Lankan tea. All while staying in 4-5 star hotels and being looked after by expert local guides on this special small group adventure.

What's included

Destination
Departure Location
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Return Location
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Tour Start Date & Time
May 28, 2022 3:00 pm View other Times
Additional Information
Departs in 2022: Every Saturday, please contact us to check your preferred date Booking Code: SRLHTT8M
Price includes
  • Accommodation based on twin share room
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily breakfast
  • Expert local guides
  • First class hotels
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Small group tour
  • Transport in air conditioned vehicles
Price does not include
  • Any items or services not specified in the itinerary
  • Entrance tickets to sites on tour
  • International flights
  • Meals, unless expressly states
  • Medical and emergency insurance
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa arrangements
Additional Prices
Solo travellers: Singles can opt to share with another traveller or pay a supplement for own room Extend Your Stay: We can book hotels for you before or after the tour Pre-Departure Tests: A COVID-19 PCR test may be required for international travel Travel Insurance: Insurance is essential - please ask us for a quote

Trip overview

Adventure through the heart of Sri Lanka on this 8-day trip with expert guides. Stay in the comfort of hand-picked, 4-5 star hotels and uncover unmissable highlights and immersive travel experiences.

Distances aren’t long, so there’s plenty to discover in a week: watch as one of the world’s largest elephant gatherings unfolds before you at Minneriya National Park, visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth in Kandy and other magnificent UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites. Trek the highlights of Horton Plains, take a tour of lush hillside tea plantations and look out for the beloved Sri Lankan leopard on a jeep safari.

This tour has been carefully designed to offer you a personal introduction to the Sri Lankan way of life and provide precious Sri Lankan moments that you’ll treasure for years to come!

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Inclusions at a glance

  • Accommodation – 7 nights 4 & 5-star hotels as per the itinerary
  • Meals – 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Transportation – travel by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Escorted tour – services of experienced guides, licenced by the Ministry of Tourism
  • Sightseeing – visited on the tour (excludes entrance fees):
    • Wilpattu National Park
    • Ritigala Monastery
    • Anuradhapura Sacred Area
    • Polonnaruwa Ancient City
    • Minneriya National Park
    • Kandy Temple of the Tooth Relic
    • Dambulla Cave Temple
    • Horton Plains National Park
  • Services – included on the escorted tour:
    • Jeep safaris at Wilpattu, Ritigala, Minneriya National Park & Horton Plains
    • Airport transfers by shuttle bus

Small group tour highlights

Witness the incredible migration of over 300 elephants are you park up the Jeep on the banks of Minneriya National Park Reservoir and watch on as one of the largest elephant gatherings in the world unfolds before your very eyes.

Visit the iconic Royal Cave Temple of Dambulla, sacred Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, the Gal Viharaya ‘Rock Temple’ of Polonnaruwa and plenty other UNESCO World-Heritage Listed sites with local, expert guides.

Experience pinch-yourself moments while trekking the highlands of Horton Plains. Then watch out for the thundering waterfalls and the beloved Sri Lankan Leopard on an included Jeep safari through the park.

Take a tour to the lush hillside of Sri Lanka’s famous tea plantations! Witness the process of making the prestigious Celyon Tea and try a cuppa’ yourself!

Start and finish your adventure in the commercial capital, Colombo with included international airport transfers.

 

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Join a small group tour to immerse yourself in the wonders of Sri Lanka, with its cultural highlights and stunning natural wonders.

 

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  • DAY 1
  • DAY 2
  • DAY 3
  • DAY 4
  • DAY 5
  • DAY 6
  • DAY 7
  • DAY 8
DAY 1

Arrive Colombo

Welcome to Sri Lanka! Look out for the sign at Colombo International Airport for the private arrival shuttle to your hotel at 3.00pm. Meet in the hotel lobby around 7pm for an informal welcome meeting with your group and guide. Feel free to explore Colombo on your own pace until then. After the meeting, head out to a local restaurant for an optional tour group dinner and get to know your new travel mates!

  • Accommodation
    Fairway Colombo – 4 Star
  • Included Activities
    Welcome Meeting
  • Optional Activities
    Group Dinner
DAY 2

Colombo, Wilpattu National Park Safari, Anuradhapura

Grab yourself a window seat and get ready to head off the beaten track as we head north towards one of Sri Lanka’s biggest reserves, the Wilpattu National Park! Wilpattu has earned its name ‘Land of Lakes’ thanks to the serene natural bodies of water that cover the vast park. Jump in the Jeep and keep your eyes peeled for a healthy population of Sri Lankan Leopards, elephants, sloth bears, spotted deer, mongoose, and water buffalo throughout an included safari! You might even get the chance to watch on while predators and prey make the ultimate fight for survival and mother nature takes its course! After an action-packed day of safari, put your feet up at your hotel in Anuradhapura.

  • Accommodation
    Palm Garden Village – 4 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast
  • Included Activities
    Wilpattu Jeep Safari
  • Entrance Fees
    Wilpattu National Park – 2250 LKR
DAY 3

Anuradhapura, Ritigala Jeep Safari, Sigiriya

After breakfast, follow your guide to the ancient city of Anuradhapura to learn of one of the greatest and oldest civilizations in the world! Once home to 113 kings over 1,300 years, the ancient capital city showcases some of Sri Lanka’s richest and most fascinating history. Hear stories of the sacred Sri Maha Bodhi tree and visit the Uwanwelisaya stupa, Samadhi Buddha statue and Isurumuniya Rock Temple with your guide. In the afternoon, put on your hiking shoes for a trek up to the Ancient Ritigala Monastery.

Nestled within the dense and lush forest of northern Sri Lanka’s highest mountain, Mt Ritigala, lays the ruins of the forest monastery dating back thousands of years. Get your camera ready because the views from the summit are some of Sri Lanka’s best! Finish up a big day in the north at your 5-star Forest Hotel in Sigiriya.

  • Accommodation
    Amaara Forest Hotel – 5 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast
  • Included Activities
    Anuradhapura Sightseeing
    Jeep Safari to Ritigala
  • Entrance Fees
    Ritigala Monastery – 200 LKR
    Anuradhapura Sacred Area – 3750 LKR
DAY 4

Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Park, Sigiriya

Fill up on breakfast for the big day ahead! First up, a visit to the Ancient Kingdom of Polonnaruwa for an included bicycle tour with your local guide. The sheer size of Polonnaruwa is enormous, making a bicycle the best way to explore. Visit its UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites, including Gal Viharaya or “Rock Temple” where you will see four colossal statues of the Buddha cut into the stone and plenty of ancient palaces and royal baths. In the evening, visit the Minneriya National Park to witness the incredible migration of over 300 elephants! Park your Jeep on the bank of the reservoir, switch off the engine and watch carefully as herds of elephants – one by one – roll on to the grass-covered banks to feed. The park is famed for hosting some of the largest elephant gatherings in the world on a regular basis and is truly a magnet for wildlife enthusiasts across the globe.

  • Accommodation
    Amaara Forest Hotel – 5 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast
  • Included Activities
    Polonnaruwa Tour on Bicycle
    Minneriya Nationa Park Jeep Safari
  • Entrance Fees
    Polonnaruwa Ancient City – 3750 LKR
    Minneriya Nationa Park – 2250 LKR
DAY 5

Sigiriya, Dambulla, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya

This morning we’ll make our way to Dambulla, a city treasured by many kings since the 1st century B.C to visit the iconic Royal Cave Temple and Golden Temple of Dambulla. These unique cave structures host magnificent drawings and cave paintings with fascinating stories that shape Sri Lankan history. Listen carefully as your guide explains.

Next up, we’ll transfer to the city of Kandy to visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth. Last ruled by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe – before it was brought under British rule in 1815, Kandy crafts an array of culture, history and heritage in the minds of visitors worldwide. Take a stroll through the small lakeside town – cradled among the misty hills – and shop the bazaars, an arts & crafts centre, and fresh fruit and vegetable markets. Tonight we’ll sleep in 5-star comfort at our hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

  • Accommodation
    Araliya Red Hotel – 5 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast
  • Included Activities
    Dambulla & Kandy Sightseeing
  • Entrance Fees
    The Temple of the Tooth in Kandy – 1500 LKR
    Dambulla Cave Temple – 1500 LKR
DAY 6

Nuwara Eliya, Horton Plains Trek & Jeep Safari, Nuwara Eliya

Prepare for plenty of ‘oh wow’ moments in the central highlands of Sri Lanka! Today, we’ll head towards the Horton Plains National Park to trek the endless stretches of green pastures at this eco-tourism hideout! Sitting at an altitude of 7,000ft, the plateau is covered in flora and fauna varieties that may be found nowhere else on Earth. Along the trek, watch out for the thundering Bakers Falls, and catch a glimspe of the ‘World’s End’ lookout. Then make the most of an included Jeep Safari across the plains – watch out for Sambar Deer, Wild Boar, Otters and the beloved Sri Lankan Leopard. In the late afternoon, enjoy free time back in Nuwara Eliya to wander through the countryside.

  • Accommodation
    Araliya Red Hotel – 5 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast
  • Included Activities
    Horton Plains Trekking & Jeep Safari
  • Entrance Fees
    Horton Plains National Park – 2250 LKR
DAY 7

Nuwara Eliya, Tea Factory, Colombo

A trip to Sri Lanka wouldn’t be complete without a visit to its famed Tea Plantations! Take a tour to the cold and misty hills blanketed with lush green tea plants and tour the factories as they process the prestigious brand of Ceylon Tea. Inhale the heavenly scent arising from these facilities, and then try the perfect blend of pure Celyon tea! Then, make your way back to the commercial capital of Sri Lanka – Colombo. This afternoon you’ll enjoy a Panoramic City Tour through the clean streets edging the crystal white Racecourse, then visit the neighbourhood of Pettah – famous for its open-air floating markets and bazaars.

Check out the city’s Independence Square and then finish up in Sri Lanka’s trendiest part of town with time for a quick shop for last-minute souvenirs and designer goods. The rest of the afternoon and evening are yours to explore the bustling metropolitan city!

  • Accommodation
    Fairway Colombo – 4 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast
  • Included Activities
    Tea Factory Visit
    Colombo Panoramic City Tour
DAY 8

Farewell Colombo

All great things must come to an end! Today, we say our farewells to new travel mates over one last breakfast at the hotel. Check-out of the hotel by 11.00am and feel free to explore the city at your own pace until the airport departure shuttle at 3.00pm.

  • Meals Included
    Breakfast

More about Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is spectacular, culturally rich, affordable and much less crowded than other countries in the Indian subcontinent. This is where you come to see the sacred home of the world’s oldest living human-planted tree (Anuradhapura) and be wowed by the sight of hundreds of elephants gathering around a watering hole (Minneriya). Find a favourite beach, meditate in a 2000-year-old temple, exchange smiles while strolling through welcoming villages, marvel at birds and other wildlife, try to keep count of how many delicious meals you have enjoyed. Wander past colonial gems in Colombo and discover the World Heritage-listed sites of Kandy Temple and Galle Dutch Fort. It's a country that once you visit, will be etched in your memories and hold a special place in your heart!
Sri Lanka is a true hidden gem of South-East Asia and this 8-day small group tour introduces you to its many splendours. The island is blessed with green forests, vast sandy beaches and stunning ancient treasures. Start your adventure in the city of Colombo. Explore impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites scattered. Hop on your jeep in Walpattu, Horton Plains and Minneriya to spot elephants or the famed Sri Lankan Leopard. Trek through lush forests, climb up to temples carved in huge boulders and sip exotic Sri Lankan tea. All while staying in 4-5 star hotels and being looked after by expert local guides on this special small group adventure.

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Tour departures

This small group tour departs from Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Saturdays in 2022.

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Splendours of Sri Lanka Small Group Tour

Price
$1299 per person
Duration
8 days
Destination
Sri Lanka

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