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Sri Lanka Cultural Highlights Tour

  • Route:
  • Anuradhapura
  • Polonnaruwa
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Dambulla Rock Temple
  • Matale
  • Peradeniya
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Kitulgala
8 DAYS from £639pp

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the ancient city of Polonnaruwa
  • Pay a visit to the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Rock Temple, both World Heritage Sites
  • Experience the rich Sri Lankan Spice Gardens
  • City tour of Kandy, a World Heritage Site
  • Visit the famous Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
  • Stopover at a tea factory & see the production of Ceylon tea
  • City tour of Colombo

To book call us on 0800 408 0506

Sri Lanka Cultural Highlights Tour

Sri Lanka is a historic and cultural storehouse set against a backdrop of stunning beauty. No visit to the island is complete unless you venture into the interior and sample these wonders at first hand. Our 7 night Scenic Highlights tour, staying at premier hotels, gives a fascinating insight into the wonders that exist in Sri Lanka today - the ancient cities and temples of past civilisations, the fascinating highlands where world famous Ceylon tea is grown on the steep hillsides, the lakeside city of Kandy, the last stronghold of the Sri Lankan Kings, an orphanage where baby elephants are reared and trained by their loving keepers; there is much to see.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

You will be met at the airport on arrival and transferred to the Sigiriya Village Hotel. The remainder of the day is spent at your own leisure with dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2

After breakfast visit Anuradhapura, the first capital of the island dating from the 4th century BC. See the sacred Bo Tree, world famous Samadhi Buddha, the remains of the Brazen Palace and rock carvings. Afternoon at leisure with optional bird watching or nature ramble (payable locally). Dinner and overnight stay at the Sigiriya Village Hotel.

Day 3

After breakfast, proceed to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, the second capital of Sri Lanka in the 11th & 12th centuries AD. See the ruins of the Royal Palace, Lotus Bath and Polonnaruwa Statue and visit the Gal Vihara with its splendid carved Buddha statues. Afternoon at leisure with optional Sri Lankan wood carving experience or a visit to the Polonnaruwa Rest House (payable locally). Dinner and overnight stay at the Sigiriya Village Hotel.

Day 4

Early morning exploration of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress which is a World Heritage site dating back from the 5th century AD, built by the King Kashyapa. Return to your hotel for a late breakfast. In the afternoon visit the world heritage site of Dambulla Rock Temple dating from the 1st century BC and the impressive cave temples which have over 2000 square metres of painted walls. Meal and overnight at hotel.

Day 5

After breakfast, proceed to Matale visiting its Spice Garden and a Batik factory to experience the rich variety of the countries spices and marvel at the batik paintings. In the afternoon experience a city tour of Kandy, a World Heritage site, visit a gem museum and lapidary as well as a bazaar and an arts and crafts centre, plus enjoy a drive around Kandy Lake. Dinner and overnight at the Tourmaline Hotel.

Day 6 - 8

Important Information

Minimum

This tour will run with a minimum of 2 people.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPrice
21 Dec 201731 Dec 2017£799pp
16 Jan 201831 Mar 2018£699pp
01 Apr 201830 Apr 2018£685pp
01 Jan 201815 Jan 2018£789pp
21 Jun 201830 Jun 2018£639pp
01 Jul 201831 Aug 2018£685pp
01 May 201820 Jun 2018£669pp
08 Sep 201831 Oct 2018£685pp
01 Nov 201820 Dec 2018£729pp
21 Dec 201831 Dec 2018£839pp
01 Sep 201807 Sep 2018£655pp

Please note

Single travellers & couples may not always travel as a group. If the hotels detailed are not available alternatives will be used of a similar standard. The tour may also be reversed but all sites mentioned & content will remain the same.

Flight Times

Depending on flight times, a night may need to be spent in Colombo prior to the tour or prior to departing for Maldives or Kerala (for extension in Maldives or Kerala). The cost on Half Board is £119pp. Single supplement from £65pppn.

Fact File

  • Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee
  • Average Flying time: 10-14 hours
  • Spoken Language(s): Sinhala, Tamil, English

Here to help

  • Get in touch with one of our experts on Sri Lanka
  • 0800 408 0506 (free)
  • (mobile friendly)
  • Request a call back

Hotels and Accommodation

Sigiriya Village

Sigiriya Village

Tourmaline

Tourmaline

Heritance Tea Factory

Heritance Tea Factory

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