13 Dec Chic Sri Lanka fr. £ 2,600pp
Sample the culture, style and stunning scenery of Sri Lanka with Barefoot Traveller’s 15 day Chic Sri Lanka tour which takes you to the cultural heart of Sri Lanka. With your own personal chauffeur and guide, you’ll visit amazing World Heritage sites, the charming hill country of the tea highlands and the natural beauty of Sri Lanka’s beaches, National Parks and wildlife.
All done in style with our carefully selected hotels, each with a distinctive style and an emphasis on impeccable service and elegant surroundings.
Highlights of Chic Sri Lanka
- Discover stunning Sri Lanka including 6 of its UNESCO World Heritage sites including Sigiriya Rock Fortress and the Golden Temple of Dambulla
- Relax in timeless style in the scenic, lush highlands
- Wildlife safari in Yala & Minneriya National Park home to elephants, wild buffalo & crocodiles
- 3 night Ocean stay at the Fortress Resort & Spa, Galle
- Elegant and high quality accommodation in a series of boutique luxury hotels
Price per person sharing a double / twin room from £2,600
- International flights from London Heathrow
- Accommodation as specified above or equivalent standard for 14 nights
- All meals as indicated in the detailed itinerary
- Transportation in a private a/c vehicle with an English Speaking Driver Guide throughout the tour
- Vehicle for the safari at National Parks
- All entrance fees
- – All applicable taxes
- Meals and beverages when not mentioned above
- Alcoholic beverages
- Camera/video permits at the Elephant Orphanage and Kandy Temple
- Gratuities to guides, drivers, wait-staff, maid service, porters, telephone calls and items of a personal nature.
- Vehicle whilst at leisure unless specified otherwise
- Visa fee (@USD35 per person) – please refer http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/ for more information and to obtain the ETA visa
- Any other expenses not mentioned above
– All prices are subject to availability and excluding peak periods
The Tour (15 Days)
Depart from London Heathrow. Direct flight to Colombo.
Day 2 Colombo:
Upon arrival at Colombo airport you will be met by your personal chauffeur guide. Transfer to your hotel (transfer time: approx.1h) staying in the grandeur of the Tintagel, an elegant, colonial mansion which was the former residence of the world’s first female prime minister in the heart of Colombo, you’re perfectly placed for an afternoon tour of the city taking in the sights of the Pettah Bazaar, the Fort area, Museums and the city park. Relax in the tranquil setting of the hotel’s peaceful courtyard pool and garden before dinner and enjoy the art and antiques of your elegant surroundings. Overnight stay in Deluxe Room on bed and breakfast basis.
Day 3 Sigiriya:
In the company of your guide, you head to the cultural heart of Sri Lanka, visiting an Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala en route (transfer time: approx. 4h30m).In Sigiriya, relax in luxury at the lakeside setting of the award winning Jetwing Vil Uyana. The eco-themed hotel and spa has lakeside villas and chalets, all differing slightly in style but perfectly blending sleek design with the natural surroundings. Overnight stay in Standard Room on half-board basis.
Day 4 Sigiriya & Polonnaruwa:
A day of culture as you explore the stunning Rock Fortress at Sigiriya and the ruins of Kasyapa’s Palace, an UNESCO world heritage site dating back to the 5th century. We go on to tour the ancient and sacred capital of Polonnaruwa visiting key sites including the rock inscriptions of Nissankamalla. Return to your hotel to enjoy the excellent facilities including on-site spa.
Day 5 Minneriya:
After a relaxing morning, take a safari trip with your guide to nearby Minneriya National Park (transfer time: approx.30m), home to wild elephants, water buffalo, mongoose and monkeys. The Park is also an important site for bird-watching and butterflies and is a great opportunity to witness wild elephants in their natural habitat. Return to your Jetwing Vil Uyana hotel.
Day 6 Sigiriya - Kandy:
Today you head to Kandy, visiting the amazing Dambulla caves (1st Century B.C.) en route with the option to call at a beautiful spice garden at Matale (transfer time: approx.2h30m). Arriving in Kandy, you will stay at the exclusive Kandy House voted one of the finest luxury small hotels in Sri Lanka. An ancestral manor house with just 9 bedrooms, the Kandy House sits among lush gardens with deep verandahs and an infinity pool. Overnight stay in Deluxe Room on half-board basis.
Day 7 Kandy:
After a visit to nearby Peradeniya and the Botanical Gardens famous for its orchids and beautiful lawns, tour the city of Kandy, once the seat of the Kandyan kings from the 14th century and sample Sinhala culture including visits to the bazaar, arts & crafts centre, the lake and the Temple of the Tooth Relic. Return to the Kandy House hotel.
Optional: If you are travelling during the month of August, it is well worth spending two nights in Kandy for an unforgettable spectacle of culture as the city of Kandy comes alive during the Esala Perahera which is the world’s oldest, religious and cultural pageant. Be sure to book your front row seat during one of the ten street processions that takes place in the Kandy city starting from the Temple of the Tooth. festivities come complete with fire dancers, over 100 mighty elephants and of course the famed replica of the tooth relic of Lord Buddha around which this procession is based. (Prices for this experience start from GBP 50 per person)
Day 8 Nuwara Eliya & Hatton:
After breakfast, you leave Kandy and head for the lush hill country and tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya. Taking a scenic mountain route, there will be chance to visit a tea plantation before arriving in Hatton and your stunning accommodation at Tea Trails (transfer time: approx.3h30m). Set in the World Heritage site of the Central Highlands with a backdrop of mountains, four luxurious former tea plantation bungalows, each with its own distinct style, butler, dedicated chef and manager, offer elegant and stylish rooms for a memorable stay. Overnight stay in a Luxury Room on all-inclusive basis.
Day 9 Hatton:
After breakfast, a day of leisure to explore and enjoy your beautiful surroundings. Each bungalow has its own swimming pool and leisure facilities and with an all-inclusive package for the day, the emphasis is on impeccable service and enjoying the gourmet food on offer from your resident chef which includes lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. A Travellers Choice Award Winner, the Tea Trails is a perfect spot for an elegant break amidst stunning scenery.
Day 10 Yala:
Leaving Hatton after breakfast, you travel to the edge of Yala National Park, where you’ll be staying in a luxurious Jungle Chalet with four poster bed at the Chaaya Wild on half board basis (transfer time: approx.6h). Set in a stunning location the hotel is perfectly placed for safari and the park is famous for its large herds of wild elephants, deer, crocodiles, wild buffalo and peacocks.
Day 11 Yala National Park:
A jeep safari in Yala National Park which is home to wild elephants, wild boars, wild buffaloes, leopards, deer and crocodiles. Spend the afternoon relaxing at the hotel pool or take advantage of the scenery with additional tours before dinner.
Day 12 Galle:
Departing Yala after breakfast, you head for the coast and Galle (transfer time: approx.4h). Arriving at Koggala and The Fortress, a luxury hotel overlooking the ocean with 47 rooms, it’s a stylish and sleek hotel, large enough to have top facilities whilst retaining its sense of intimacy and exclusivity that you would expect from a boutique-styled hotel. Overnight stay in a double Fortress Room on half-board basis.
Days 13 & 14 Galle:
Spend your remaining time in Galle exactly as you choose. Relaxing at the pool, spa or beach or maybe spend some time visiting Galle, itself an UNESCO World Heritage site. The Dutch museum and colonial Dutch church are just two famous attractions definitely worth seeing. We can arrange for your guide and chauffeur to be at your disposal.
After breakfast, depart for the airport (transfer time: approx.3h) and your return flight to London Heathrow.