Sri Lanka & The Maldives

14 days

Indicative cost incl. flights:

 

£2,900pp / £3,155pp

3-4 star & Apr / Jan

 

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Day 1
This evening you will catch your overnight flight from London to Sri Lanka.
Day 2
You will arrive into Colombo this morning where you will be met by your private chauffeur guide and car, and transferred 4 hours north to Sigiriya, in the heart of the 'Cultural Triangle'.
Day 3
Today you will enjoy a guided tour of two spectacular UNESCO World Heritage sites: Sigiriya Rock and Polonnaruwa. The rock at Sigiriya is a bit of a climb but the views along the way are well worth it for the jungle vistas below and ruins of an ancient palace at the top. Afterwards you will visit the ancient city ruins of Polonnaruwa, which was built by the Cholas in the 12th century and much of the iconic architecture remains today.
Day 4
You will head south to Kandy today via The Golden Temple of Dambulla, Sri Lanka's most exquisite cave temple and one of our favourite religious sights in Sri Lanka.
Day 5
Today you will have a Kandy city tour, visiting Kandy Lake, the market place, the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens and the Arts and Crafts Centre. This evening you'll head to the iconic Temple of the Tooth to witness a puja ceremony.
Day 6
Today you will take the train from Kandy station and travel 3.5 hours through the scenic hills and tea estates to Nuwara Eliya. Spot the colourful traditional tea pickers in the lush plantations, glorious mountain views, old bridges, waterfalls, and small villages. Your chauffeur guide will then meet you at Nuwara Eliya train station with your main luggage and drop you off at your next hotel.
Day 7
Today you have a highlights tour of Nuwara Eliya, dubbed as 'Little England' because of its scenery and cooler climate. Visit a traditional tea factory, and this afternoon you'll have 'High Tea' Sri Lankan style on the manicured lawn of the iconic Grand Hotel.
Day 8
Transfer 5 hours back towards the airport, where you’ll stay your final night in a charming boutique property surrounded by pineapple plantations.
Day 9
You will be driven to the airport for your 1 hour flight to the Maldives today. From Male airport you will take a speedboat or seaplane transfer to your idyllic Maldivian island resort. Spend the next 5 days completely at leisure in this absolute paradise!
Day 10
At leisure in the Maldives.
Day 11
At leisure in the Maldives.
Day 12
At leisure in the Maldives.
Day 13
At leisure in the Maldives.
Day 14
Today you will be taken back to the airport by speedboat or seaplane transfer for your flight home.

Everything we do is tailor-made; our itineraries are just suggestions to give you an idea of what is possible. Please contact us so we can tailor the perfect holiday exclusively for you.

Our ‘Sri Lanka and Maldives’ trip is the ideal break; it couples history and culture with relaxation and indulgence to ensure you get both a real cultural adventure and the chance to rest and rejuvenate!

In Sri Lanka the journey takes in two of the country’s great ancient cities, Sigiriya and Kandy, both of which are so rare and spectacular that they’ve been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. You will be able to climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, explore the Dambulla Cave Temples and see countless wild elephant in Minneriya National Park. In Kandy, the most famous site is the Temple of the Tooth where it is believed there is a relic of the Lord Buddha’s tooth kept in a casket, and for those who like to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens is a must-visit. The itinerary then traces alongside lush green tea plantations by train into the incredibly scenic Tea Country, where you’ll see the highlights of Nuwara Eliya (Sri Lanka’s highest town) with its British colonial influences, visit a traditional tea factory and enjoy afternoon ‘High Tea’ Sri Lankan style. Your final night is back near the airport in a wonderfully characterful converted bungalow surrounded by pineapple plantations.

It’s then just a short hop over to The Maldives for 5 nights, where pristine private island resorts are ringed with shimmering white sand, vibrant coral reefs and exotic marine life. There’s little to do here other than dive, snorkel, dine and relax – just what is needed after a week of busy sightseeing!

2 nts Sigiriya – 2 nts Kandy – 2 nts Tea Country – 1 nt Gampaha – 5 nts Maldives Beach


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