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SRI LANKA:  Cultural, Cuisine & Craft Tour

SRI LANKA: Cultural, Cuisine & Craft Tour
27th August - 9th September 2019 : Places Available

Destinations: Sri Lanka

Tour Grading Moderate: Suitable for travellers with an above average level of fitness and mobility

Tour Commences In: Negombo

Number of Days: 14 days / 13 nights

Accommodation: Luxury / Deluxe 5 & 4 Star modern & Boutique Hotels

Leaders: Australina Tour Manager and specialist local Guide

Tour Concludes In: Colombo

Tour Style: Luxury Escorted Small Group Tour

Meals: Breakfast; 13: Lunch; 1:

Transportation: Luxury private chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicles

Tour Summary

Join us on our fabulous tour of the emerald isle of Sri Lanka as we explore its culture, cuisines and crafts and more. Savour all the experiences this unique country has to offer. There’s an abundance of treasures to discover including eight UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The holy cave of Dambulla with buddhas inside; the sacred city of Anuradhapura and the former capital Polonnaruwa. Climb the magnificent rock fortress of Sirigiya, stroll through magnificent gardens and watch a performance of traditional dance at the Temple of the Tooth in the serene city of Kandy. Have the time of your life on a very scenic railway Then learn the art and science of tea making while staying on a working tea plantation in the heart of the Ceylon tea country.
Wild life lovers be on alert at Yala National Park home to elephants, leopards, sloth bears, and more.
Admire the beauty and charm as you walk the cobblestones of the 17th-century Dutch fort in Galle. Colombo retains its history as it moves towards a cosmopolitan lifestyle.
There’s a variety of arts, crafts and local specialized artisan to meet along the way.
So join as a solo traveller, gather couple of friends or three, or maybe even a group of friends and indulge with us on this enchanting tropical island and share our passion of this exotic journey.

Tour Inclusions

  • Private international & domestic airport arrival and departure transfers for all guests
  • 5 & 4 star modern & boutique accommodation as per your choice
  • Luxury private Chauffeur driven luxury air- conditioned vehicles for all transfers & sightseeing
  • Fully escorted by our experienced professional specialist tour guide
  • Meals and 'Teas' as indicated in Itinerary; B = Breakfast: L = Lunch: D = Dinner:
  • Train Ticket Admission fees to all monuments, activities, excursions and shows as per the itinerary
  • Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)
  • Bottled water included whilst touring in vehicle
  • An exclusive information travel package

Brief Itinerary

Day 1:    Tuesday 27th August 2019:    Arrive Sri Lanka
Day 2:    Wednesday 28th August 2019:    Negombo – Sigiriya:
Day 3:    Thursday 29th August 2019:    Sigiriya:   
Day 4:    Friday 30th August 2019:    Sigiriya – Kandy:  
Day 5:    Saturday 31st August 2019:     Kandy:   
Day 6:    Sunday 1st September 2019:     Kandy:   
Day 7:    Monday 2nd September 2019:     Kandy – Nuwara Eilya:   
Day 8:    Tuesday 3rd September 2019:    Nuwara Eilya:   
Day 9:    Wednesday 4th September 2019:    Nuwara Eilya:   
Day 10:    Thursday 5th September 2019:    Nuwara Eilya – Galle:   
Day 11:    Friday 6th September 2019:     Galle:   
Day 12:    Saturday 7th September 2019:     Galle – Colombo:   
Day 13:   Sunday 8th September 2019:      Colombo:   
Day 14:    Monday 9th September 2019:     Depart Colombo:   

Full Itinerary

Day 1:    Tuesday 27th August 2019:    Arrive Sri Lanka

Welcome to Sri Lanka. You will be met by you private guide at airport and transfered to your hotel in nearby Negombo. the rest of the day is at your leisure.
If time permits this afternoon, we can visit an art and craft market nearby and see how the village ladies have empowered themselves by displaying their craftsmanship and creativity.

 

Day 2:    Wednesday 28th August 2019:    Negombo – Sigiriya:    (B)

After breakfast we drive to Sigiriya (Approx. 4 Hrs) En route we visit the Sacred city of Anuradhapura and stop off at pottery workshop where a pioneering family continues ancient traditions. We continue our drive to visit the golden temple of Dambulla and cave. The interior of the cave is filled with spectacular Buddhas. despite its commercial air this remains an important holy site.  Later we continue our drive to our hotel.

 

Day 3:    Thursday 29th August 2019:    Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Sigiriya:    (B)

This morning we visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa ruins and discover more about Sri Lankas history. Later There morning, climb Sigiriya’s Rock, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. it is commonly called the 'Fortress in the Sky' and is probably the most fantastic natural wonder of Sri Lanka. It is also known as 'Lion Rock' because it appears as huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the Palace on the summit of this 600 foot rock.
We continue our drive to Polonnaruwa, another important royal capital and more recent than Anuradhapura, with its well preserved 12th century ruins and impressive stone culture that recalls an inspired past. 

 

Day 4:    Friday 30th August 2019:    Sigiriya – Kandy:    (B)

This morning we drive to Kandy. along the way we visit Matale spice garden for lunch that includes a lovely fresh authentic meal followed with a walk around a spice plantation. it's fabulous to see this.
We stop and visit a craft Heritage centre which draws on the rich traditions of the area producing batik and embroidery. We visit the workshop to view the artisans at work. We continue with home visit of a Batik artist for tea and view the wonderful array of textiles, old furniture and many other art works that are on display.

 

Day 5:    Saturday 31st August 2019:     Kandy:    (B)

Kandy city tour with temple of the tooth and upper lake drive. Visit Kandy central markets which sell a variety of authentic produce and spices. We also visit the gem museum and simulation mine. A very interesting tour.
And a side note, Princess Diana's now Kate, Duchess of Cambridge's engagement ring is a blue sapphire from Sri Lanka.

 

Day 6:    Sunday 1st September 2019:     Kandy:    (B)

This morning we drive through the beautiful scenery of the Dumbara valley to visit home of weaving families. The Dumbara region is resident to the weavers of Sri Lanka who were tasked with creating unique designs for the ancient Kings of Sri Lanka. Later this afternoon we stroll around the fabulous Peradeniya gardens of Kandy. .

 

Day 7:    Monday 2nd September 2019:     Kandy – Nuwara Eilya:    (B)

After breakfast, we transfer to the local train station for what is one of the best scenic highlights of the journey, the train ride to Nuwara Eilya. Along the way admire the admire the fabulous views of forests, mountains, tea estates and waterfalls. After checking into our hotel, High Tea is served in the picturesque gardens of the Grand Hotel. the rest of the day is at your leisure.

 

Day 8:    Tuesday 3rd September 2019:    Nuwara Eilya:    (B)

This morning we visit tea estate and factory to see how Ceylon tea is plucked, manufactures and packaged. Participate in a tea tasting with an expert. This afternoon we visit the local city of Nuwara Eilya, which is often referred to as 'Little England' This genteel highland community does have a 'rose tinted' English country feel to it with its colonial era bungalows and Tudor styled hotels as well as tendered hedgerows and stunning gardens.

 

Day 9:    Wednesday 4th September 2019:    Nuwara Eilya - Yala:    (B)

This morning we drive to Yala.  En route visit the fabulous Ella waterfalls. Later this afternoon, participate in a safari at Yala national park. This National Park is known for being one of the best places in the world to see leopards as the population density is high. You can also see elephants, sloths, bears, mongooses, monkeys, crocodiles and hundreds of variety of birds

 

Day 10:    Thursday 5th September 2019:    Yala – Galle:    (B)

After breakfast we drive to Galle. We stop and visit the wonderful women who are world renowned for Beeralu lace making. You will be in awe of their skill and ease at which they move their bobbins. We then visit a pottery workshop. Pottery is one of the oldest skills of mankind and Sri Lanka has a long history. Later we check into our hotel. Free evening to relax, perhaps walk on the nearby beach.

 

Day 11:    Friday 6th September 2019:     Galle:    (B)

This morning we visit local weaving mills and a handcrafts centre. Sri Lanka has a proud heritage of arts and crafts. This afternoon we tour the UNESCO World Heritage Site Galle Fort. This city is delightful to walk, as an exotic old trading port it's blessed with imposing Dutch-colonial buildings, ancient mosques and churches, beautiful grand mansions and wonderful museums. 

 

Day 12:    Saturday 7th September 2019:     Galle – Colombo:    (B)

Later this morning we drive to Colombo after breakfast (Approx. 3 Hrs)  En route we will visit Dodanduwa coconut coir fibre workshop, making carpets and colourful mats. Fascinating to see this craft. This afternoon we will tour the highlights of Colombo on our city tour. 

 

Day 13:   Sunday 8th September 2019:     Galle – Colombo:    (B/L)

This morning we visit a fabulous Gallery with a weaving workshop. lunch is in a lovely garden café. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
This evening we have our farewell dinner at one of the 50 best restaurants in the World. WOW

 

Day 14:    Monday 9th September 2019:     Depart Colombo:    (B)

Our small group tour concludes after breakfast and for most guests today it is time to say farewell to acquaintances, new-found friends and Sri Lanka.
At your leisure before transferring to the airport for your onward or homebound journey.
Depending on your departure itinerary, you may have time for some last-minute sightseeing and shopping. We are able to organise our private guide to accompany you.
You may like to linger longer and enjoy this beautiful emerald Isle.  Please don’t hesitate to contact Boutique Tours and Travel for further travel arrangements.

Our itineraries are carefully planned to ensure you are rewarded with the best experiences in Sri Lanka.  The magic of travelling in a small group allows us to cater for spontaneity.  It is sometimes these unplanned moments that can be the most memorable and together with the rich tapestry of experiences and the characters  that we meet along the way that will make this a very special tour.

Please contact as soon as possible to secure your place on this fabulous boutique small group tour. 

Tour Hotels

Negombo: Villa Hundira  
Sigiriya:   Aliya Resort & Spa
Kandy: Villa Rosa  
Nuwara Eilya:   Ferncliff Bungalow
Yala:   Thaulle Resort
Galle:   Amari Galle Hotel
Colombo:   Galle Face Hotel

 

Start Date End Date Luxury Deluxe Boutique Availability
1400 27 Aug 2019 9 Sep 2019 $4,200.00 $4,200.00 Space Available Book Now

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