16 Dec A family getaway to Sri Lanka and Abu Dhabi – fr. £4,825 pf
A fabulous family getaway combining a family holiday to Sri Lanka and Abu Dhabi in this idyllic mix of culture, adventure, beach and city break.
You will feel that your luxury family holiday has began the minute you arrive in Sri Lanka and are greeted by your own personal chauffeur and guide who will accompany you on your sight seeing days. We have carefully mixed the days to include visits to several cultural world heritage sites, exciting wildlife tours, exhilarating white water rafting and some beach relaxation time too – something for all the family!
During your family holiday to Sri Lanka, you will see the stunning Rock Fortress at Sigiriya, Kassapa’s Palace, the amazing Dambulla Cave Temples and the Temple which houses the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha. The children especially will enjoy the exciting wildlife 4 x 4 safari through Minneriya National Park, the visit to the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala as well as the 5km rafting experience in the picturesque Kelani River at Kitulgala. 3 beach stay days relaxing on the pristine white sand besides the turquiose ocean is the perfect end to the Sri Lanka part of the holiday.
3 nights family holiday to Abu Dhabi concludes this amazing family getaway. All days here are completely leisure days for you to chose from the vast array of activities available in this vibrant city that never stands still. Whether you chose to have the highest high tea, visit the tower with the greatest lean, experience one of the many cultural tours such as a visit to the Emirates Palace or Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, stroll around the harbour, visit museums, haggle at the markets or simply relax at your hotel, Abu Dhabi has it all!
This Barefoot-Traveller family holiday package is carefully designed to be a mix of experiences to satisfy every member of the family. It is based on good 4* and 5* accommodation throughout the holiday but can be tweaked to suit your budget and itinerary preferences if required.
Highlights of Family Gateway to Sri Lanka and Abu Dhabi
- Explore Sri Lanka’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Wild Safari at Minneriya National Park
- Relax in the scenic, lush highlands staying at a former tea plantation
- White Water Rafting in Sri Lanka
- 3night beach stay at The Ritz Carlton (5*), Abu Dhabi
Total cost for two adults & two children (under 12) @ GBP 4825
– Return International flights including all applicable taxes
- Accommodation in a double room and a triple room (details as specified above) at the hotels mentioned above or of a similar standard
- Transportation in a private a/c vehicle with English Speaking Driver Guide throughout the tour (including return airport transfers)
- Entrance fees to Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Kandy Temple, Minneriya National Park and Pinnawala
- Visit to the Dambulla Cave Temples
- White water rafting in Kitulgala 8km
- Vehicle for safari at Minneriya National Park
- All currently applicable taxes
- Accommodation at The Ritz – Carlton, staying in a Deluxe Club room on bed and breakfast basis for 3 nights.
- Return airport transfers in a private taxi
- All currently applicable taxes
- Lunch throughout
- Camera and video permits at Kandy Temple (US$2.00 per item)
- Expenses of personal nature
- Services not mentioned above
- 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
- Meals not mentioned in the program (daily lunch and dinner)
- All expenses of personal nature
- Additional services not mentioned above
The Tour (15days / 14Nights)
Day 1: Departure
Overnight flight on Etihad Airways economy class from London Heathrow to Colombo via Abu Dhabi
Day 2: SRI LANKA; Negombo
Upon arrival at the Colombo Airport, you will be met by your chauffeur / guide and be transferred to your hotel in Negombo (transfer time: approx. 25m). Check-in at Jetwing Lagoon (4*), staying in x1 triple Deluxe room on half board basis. Enjoy rest of your day at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 3: Negombo – Sigirya
After breakfast, in the company of your guide, leave for the cultural triangle visiting en route an Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala (transfer time: approx. 2h). Afterwards, proceed to Sigiriya (transfer time: approx. 2h 30m) and check-in at Aliya Resort and Spa (4*), staying in x1 Deluxe room with Attic on half board basis. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 4: Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya and Minneriya
A day of culture as you explore the stunning Rock Fortress at Sigiriya and the ruins of Kassapa’s Palace, an UNESCO world heritage site dating back to the 5th century early morning after breakfast. Afternoon, go on to tour the ancient and sacred capital of Polonnaruwa visiting key sites including the rock inscriptions of Nissankamalla. Later in the evening, take a safari at nearby Minneriya National Park 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 the hotel upon completion for dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 5: Sigirya – Dambulla – Kandy
Breakfast at the hotel and leave afterwards to visit the amazing Dambulla Cave Temples (transfer time: approx. 30m). Upon completion, proceed to Kandy (transfer time: approx. 2h 30m) and check-in at Earl’s Regency (4*) staying in a x1 triple Standard room on half board basis. Early in the evening, embark on a sightseeing tour of Kandy including one of the most sacred Buddhist shrines in the world – the temple which houses the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha. Upon completion return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 6: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer afterwards to Nuwara Eliya, travelling through lush green vegetation and tea plantation (transfer time: approx. 2h 30m). Arrive and check-in at Grand Hotel hotel (4*), staying in x1 triple Deluxe rooms on half board basis. Take a city tour of this beautiful city. Rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 7: Nuwara Eliya - Kitulgala
In the company of your guide, head to Kitulgala (transfer time: approx. 2hr), which is the main white water rafting location in Sri Lanka. Kitulgala is famous for its hiking trails, nature paths and the vast collection of endemic birds, such as the Grey Hornbill, the Yellow Fronted Barbet and the Scarlet Minivit, no less its virgin flora. You will be staying in at Palm Stone Retreat (4*) in x1 Nelum suite on half board basis. Embark on a rafting experience which begins in the picturesque Kelani River at Kitulgala, covering 5 major and 4 minor rapids over 5km in distance. The experience that we have included as part of your package includes safety gear, modern rafts, and a comprehensive safety briefing by an experienced white water rafting instructor beforehand. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 8: Kitulgala – Bentota
Breakfast at the hotel and proceed to Bentota (transfer time: approx. 3h30m). Check-in at Centara Ceysands Resort and Spa (4*) staying in x1 Family room on half board basis. Rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 9 - 11: Bentota
Days at leisure at Centara Cesands Resort and Spa on half board basis
Day 12: Departure
Proceed to the Colombo Airport (transfer time: approx. 2h) for your flight to Abu Dhabi.
Day 12: ABU DHABI
Check in at The Ritz – Carlton, staying in a Deluxe Club room on bed and breakfast basis. Spend rest of the day at leisure.
Day 13 - 14: Abu Dhabi
Days at leisure
Day 15: Depart
Check out from the hotel, and proceed to the airport for your flight back home.