Are you after the cultural adventure of a lifetime, topped with a touch of glamour? Why not take a tour of Sri Lanka, followed by a classy stop in Dubai? Start with exploring Sri Lanka’s culture and history on the ‘Highlights of Sri Lanka’ tour.
With seven world Heritage sites, endless ancient architecture, natural wonders and wildlife, Sri Lanka is one of the most intriguing and enchanting destinations in the world. Discover lush nature reserves, amazing temples, ancient ruins and an overwhelming culture unlike anything you've experienced before. You will visit sights including the Lion Rock, an ancient fortress, the town of Sigiriya, the ancient city of Polonnaruqa, the Minneriya National Park, the Rangiriya Dambulla Cave Temple, Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, Temple of the Tooth, as well as experience a Kandyan Cultural Dance Show and much more. What makes this tour even more special, is that the tour encompasses stays at the 4* Heritance Kandalama and Earls Regency hotels, or similar, ensuring a luxurious and comfortable experience. What’s more, our on-the-ground expert guides will greet you off your flight and will always be on hand to give you a rich Sri Lankan experience, ensuring your trip is smooth, intriguing and authentic. But this amazing package doesn’t end there! End your holiday with a glamorous finale in Dubai with a stay at the 5* Fairmont Dubai. Revel at breath-taking vistas of Dubai’s splendid skyline from roof top pools or through various floor to ceiling windows. With a contemporary, yet elegant design, the hotel has an indulgent ambiance, which when combined with its array of amenities, means the hotel provides all that you would expect from a 5* hotel. Enjoy spa treatments, a work out at the gym and then take your pick of the hotel’s 13 restaurants, entertainment venues and night clubs. Perhaps, try the revolutionary Noire restaurant, the Middle East’s only dining in the dark concept, or perhaps venture out. Being located on the Sheikh Zayed Road, the hotel boasts a mere 10 minute journey by car or metro to the Dubai mall, mall of emirates, Dubai fountain, Jumeirah Public Beach, world Trade centre & Burj Khalifa. This package not only fulfils the desire for rich culture and awe inspiring tales of history, but it also encompasses a visit to one of the world’s most futuristic, indulgent and snazzy cities in the world, promising a holiday to remember for all.
- A visit to one of the world’s most futuristic, indulgent and snazzy cities in the world – Dubai.
- Discover lush nature reserves, amazing temples, ancient ruins, Heritage sites and an overwhelming culture with a tour of one of the most intriguing and enchanting destinations in the world – Sri Lanka.
- Luxurious 4 & 5 star accommodation throughout the holiday.
- Departs: london
- Arrives: colombo, Sri Lanka
- Departs: colombo, Sri Lanka
- Arrives: dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Departs: dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Arrives: london
Highlights of Sri Lanka
- As Per Itinerary
- As Per Itinerary
- Visit the ancient city of Sigiriya
- Game drive at Minneriya National Park
- Explore the jewels of Kandy
The Highlights of Sri Lanka Private Tour showcases some of the most cultural and historic sites in the world, including:
- Lion Rock, an ancient fortress
- The town of Sigiriya
- Ancient city of Polonnaruqa
- Minneriya National Park
- Rangiriya Dambulla Cave Temple
- Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
- Temple of the Tooth
- Kandyan Cultural Dance Show
Day 1 - Arrival to Kandalama
On arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport you will be met by Your Travel Representative from The Holiday Place and be transferred to your hotel in Kandalama.
(Airport to Kandalama: approximately 04 Hours / 170 km)
Day 2 - Kandalama to Sigiriya
Today you will visit the Lion Rock, one of the seven World Heritage sites in the island.
(Kandalama to Sigiriya: approximately 04 Hour / 36 Km)
This is an ancient rock fortress and ruins of a castle, which was once the home to King Kasyapa. The entrance to the original fortress was through the mouth of a lion, however the ravages of time has resulted with only a part of the massive paws remaining today. A testiment to ancient artistry and architectural ingenuity – Sigiriya has many attractions to its visitors – its gardens (boulder, water & terraced), its artistry (the world renowned frescos), the mirror wall and the dramatic history linked to the construction of the Lion Rock. An original Lost City, Sigiriya is a must see in any visit to the Cultural Triangle.
Return to Kandalama and spend your afternoon at leisure.
Day 3 - Kandalama to Polonnaruwa
This morning set off to explore the medieval capital of Sri Lanka – Polonnaruwa.
(Kandalama to Polonnaruwa: approximately 02 Hours / 70 Km)
The second most ancient of Sri Lanka's kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, who defeated the Chola invaders in 1070 CE to reunite the country once more under a local leader. This city is known to have been the pinnacle of the Golden Age of Sri Lanka, during the reign of Parakramabahu I, a ruler whose goal that no drop of water falling from the heavens be wasted led to the development of irrigation systems which are still utilised to this day. The greatest of these systems – the Parakrama Samudra (Sea of Parakrama) is a tank so vast that it is often mistaken for an ocean. It circles the main city like a ribbon, acting both as a defensive border against intruders and the lifeline of the people in times of peace.
In the afternoon enjoy a game drive at the MInneriya National Park.
Located between Habarana and Polonnaruwa, the 8,890 hectares of Minneriya National Park consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to favorites such as sambar deer, leopards and elephants. However the central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank (built in 3rd century AD by King Mahasena). During the dry season (June to September), this tank is an incredible place to observe the elephants who come to bathe and graze, as well as the huge flocks of birds (cormorants and painted storks to name but a few) that come to fish in the shallow waters.
Day 4 - Kandalama to Kandy
This morning you will leave Kandalama and drive to Kandy
(Kandalama to Kandy: approximately 03 Hours / 92 Km)
En route you will visit the Rangiriya Dambulla Cave Temple – which is located in the North Central Province. This UNESCO World Heritage Site which dates back to the 01st century BC is an amazing complex of 05 caves, first used as a refuge by an ancient king who on regaining his throne, commissioned magnificent carved images within the living rock. Later kings made further improvements and the caves contain
over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is a colossal figure spanning 15 meters. Cave inscriptions from the 2nd Century BC are found and on the walls are many paintings most of which belong to the Kandy period (early 19th century). This temple is a perfect location to view evolution of ancient Sri Lankan art and is an important historical site due to the amalgamation of the material from many eras.
Next you will stop for a break at the Matale Spice Gardens. Here you will indulge your senses and have the opportunity to sample some of the homeopathic remedies of the East.
Continue to Kandy and check in at your hotel.
Day 5 - Kandy to Pinnawala
This morning you will proc-eed to visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
(Kandy to Pinnawala: approximately 01 Hour / 40 Km)
The world famous Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage- a venture initiated by the Sri Lankan Government to safe guard one of its National Treasures, the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage has been operating for over 30 years, nurturing orphaned calves, treating the feeble and rehabilitating the injured. Today, the orphanage has 60 elephants, with hundred watching their antics during their bathing times!! It is a definite treat watching them frolick in the water and observe the unique characteristics of each and every one of Sri Lanka’s gentle giants! The ideal time to watch them is 1000hrs-1200hrs and 1400hrs-1600hrs.
Return to Kandy.
In the afternoon enjoy a city tour of Kandy including a visit to the famous Temple of the Tooth which is commonly known as "Sri Dalada Maligawa" and is situated in the city of hills, Kandy. It is an important shrine for Buddhists as it holds the tooth relic of Lord Buddha. It is famous for its carvings and the beautiful art that is unique to Sri Lanka. The most important part of the Dalada Maligawa is the octagon (Pathirppuwa). The Sri Dalada Maligawa is the most sacred temple in the whole of Sri Lanka. Thousands of people line up each day to get a glimpse of its majesty.
Later you will enjoy a Kandyan Cultural Dance Show.
Day 6 - depart Kandy
After breakfast this morning leave to the airport to board your departure flight.
(Kandy to Airport: approximately 03 Hours / 115 Km)
I was very satisfied with this tour and my driver was excellent and couldn't be more helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. The hotels were good. I was very satisfied with the tour so I was happy with what I had paid.
David Gray reviewing Highlights of Sri Lanka (30-Mar-2017)
- Fairmont Room - Standard
- Bed and Breakfast
- Try a dinner in the dark!
- Unique Spa experience at the Fairmont
- Dining will excite the senses at the Fairmont
The Fairmont Dubai features a unique contemporary design based on traditional wind towers. The tower features a tall atrium and dramatic exterior lighting displays creating an iconic landmark in the financial heart of Dubai. This hotel is ideally situated for both business and leisure travellers, just minutes from Dubai's shopping facilities, golf courses, beaches and directly linked to the World Trade Centre by the Fairmont Walkway. The resort facilities include The Willow Stream Spa, which offers a variety of treatments and encompasses a fully equipped health club while two rooftop swimming pools offer fantastic views over the city. The hotel features a choice of restaurants as well as the chic wine bar Cin Cin, and a Cigar Bar. The Fairmont Dubai holds to the Fairmont ethos offering extraordinary hotels in extraordinary places.
Very attentive staff made this an enjoyable place to stay - just over the road from the monorail & a free courtesy bus to the Dubai shopping meant it was ideally situated
Christine Hunt reviewing Fairmont Dubai (25-Mar-2017)
£1479 per person
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