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Experience Sri Lanka's colonial past with stays in four heritage properties and discover the historic attractions of bustling Colombo, sacred Kandy, Nuwara Eliya hill station and Galle Fort.
- 12 nights in hotels and 1 in flight
- 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 12 dinners, including a farewell dinner
- VIP door-to-door travel service
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE,
- UK Branch and additional cancellation rights on overseas holidays for over 50s, or a price reduction if not required (cover is subject to medical questions)
- Return flights and transfers
- Saga tour manager
- Welcome drink reception
- Porterage at all hotels
- Colombo city tour
- Dambulla Cave Temple and Matale spice garden
- City tour of Kandy
- Botanical garden and tea estate
- Game drive in Yala National Park
- Visit to the shrine of Lord Skanda and Temple of Kiri Vebera
- Bundala Bird Sanctuary Guided tour of Galle
Day 1 - 2 UK to Colombo
Arrive in the morning for an overnight stay at the locally rated 4-star Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo.
Day 3 Colombo to Habarana
Get a panoramic taste of Colombo city with its tuk-tuks and mopeds on a tour that takes you past stupas and the bustling bazaar. Then escape the chaos of the city and follow a scenic route past pineapple farms and paddy fields to Habarana. Stay two nights at the locally rated 5-star Cinnamon Lodge.
Day 4 Habanara-Sigirya-Polonnaruwa
Today is at lesiure. Optional excursions to Sigirya Rock Fortress and Polonnaruwa in the afternoon.
Day 5 Habarana-Dambulla-Kandy
Head for the hill country and cooler temperatures, stopping to explore UNESCO-listed Dambulla Cave Temple. Join white-robed pilgrims visiting this venerable cave complex that is packed with murals and figures of Buddha, and other gods and goddesses. Keep an eye out for monkeys that snatch and grab floral temple offerings. Stop at a spice garden in Matale to learn more about the cultivation, trade, and uses of local spice.
Day 6 Kandy
Explore the Royal Palace and the ornate golden-roofed Temple of the Tooth, home to a sacred tooth relic of Buddah that attracts thousands of pilgrims. By way of contrast visit the Royal Botanic Garden of Peradeniya and admire its orchid collection and towering exotic trees.
Day 7 Kandy-Peradeniya-Nuwara Eliya
Head high into the beautiful hill country, stopping to visit one of the great tea plantations. Learn all about tea cultivation, the finer points of production, and have a cuppa of the local leaf.
Day 8 Nuwara Eliya-Yala
Head high into the beautiful hill country, stopping to visit one of the great tea plantations. Learn all about tea cultivation, the finer points of production, and have a cuppa of the local leaf. Stay overnight at the locally rated 4-star Araliya Green City Hotel in Nuwara Eliya, a former colonial retreat.
Day 9 Yala-Kataragama-Yala
Go on a jeep safari in wildlife-rich Yala National Park with a knowledgeable local guide to see elephants, water-buffalo, monkeys, crocodile, all manner of exotic bird life, and perhaps even a leopard. In the evening visit the holy town of Kataragama, one of the 16 places consecrated by Buddha. Here visit the Shrine of Lord Skanda and the Buddhist temple of Kiri Vehera that dates back to the 3rd century.
Day 10 Yala
Champagne breakfast at the hotel, and, if your visit is in term time, visit a local school supported by the Saga Charitable Trust, the rest of the day is at leisure, you might like to watch the wildlife from the hotel observation decks.
Day 11 Yala-Bundala-Galle-Beruwala
Look for spoonbill and pelican at the Bundala Bird Sanctuary, then head for the former Dutch-colonial trading port of Galle for a walking tour of this atmospheric UNESCO-listed city. Continue to the locally rated 4-star Cinnamon Bey for a three-night all-inclusive stay.
Day 12 Beruwala
At leisure, or perhaps join an optional excursion.
Day 13 Beruwala
Day at leisure, you might want to spend it on the wonderful beach.
Day 14 Beruwala to UK
Travel to Colombo Airport for your return flight, arriving for your included UK door-to-door travel service home.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on a single traveller. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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