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  • Negombo: Join your Travelling Concierge and get to know your fellow travellers during your Welcome Dinner.
  • Nuwara Eliya: Walk through the tea plantations and reach the home of local tea pluckers to experience their lifestyle as you join the family for a meal. The culinary experience is completely different to that of general Sri Lankan cuisine as the origin is from Southern India.
  • Colombo: Your mouth-watering Celebration Dinner features the best of Sri Lankan cuisine.
  • Dining Summary: 8 Breakfasts (B), 1 Lunch (L), 5 Dinners (D) and 2 Dinners with Wine (DW). Festive Highlight Dinner: 21 Dec departure includes a Christmas Eve Highlight Dinner in Kandy.
The Classical Sri Lanka tour starts and ends in Colombo. The Classical Sri Lanka is a Luxury tour that takes 9 days taking you through Colombo, Sri Lanka and other destinations in Sri Lanka.

Discover the history, cultural highlights and scenic beauty of this tear-shaped island, including visits to the local markets and the archeological marvel of Polonnaruwa. Stay in luxury in the misty hills of Nuwara Eliya, savour the freshest tea possible during a plantation visit and take in the wondrous mountain ranges from the Mahaweli Reach Hotel.
Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport. On arrival at Colombo airport, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel in Negombo. Take the afternoon to relax in this thriving fishing town. At 19:00, join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Dinner. (Dinner with Wine)
Meals
  • Dinner with Wine
Accommodation
  • Jetwing Beach, Negombo.
Visit a pineapple plantation where you are taken on a guided tour of the estate. Continue to Habarana, in the centre of Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, an excellent base to explore the region. Visit the evocative Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka's first known kingdom and the former capital of the island. See the rich architectural wonders of dagobas, brick towers and pools built during the city's thousand years of rule over the country. (Breakfast / Dinner)
Meals
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Accommodation
  • Habarana Village.
In the morning, travel to Sigiriya to visit the dramatic rocky outcrop of the famous rock fortress. This iconic ruin of an ancient civilisation rests on top of near vertical walls of a flat-topped summit and it is truly grandiose. Continue to Polonnaruwa, an archaeological marvel that reveals what life was like around 800 years ago, when the city was the thriving epicentre of commercial and religious life. In the archaeological park, you'll see hundreds of ancient structures, tombs, temples, statues and stupas, it's a sight to behold. (Breakfast / Dinner)
Meals
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Accommodation
  • Habarana Village.
Journey to Dambulla to see the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s Cave Temples, Raja Maha Vihara. Known for spectacular interiors filled with Buddha and Hindu statues, the site’s history dates to 1 B.C. Reach Kandy and stop at a wonderful hilltop cottage overlooking the Hunas Mountain Ranges. Here you'll receive insider access to artist Rahju’s private studio. Discuss art, mysticism, religion, and the cosmos with the artist himself over a cup of tea and see how his work has been influenced by these themes during a private viewing of his magnificent paintings. Continue to Dalada Maligawa, the Sacred Tooth Relic, to see this most sacred site to the Sri Lankan Buddhists. Here, enjoy a performance of traditional dance to the melodic drum. In the evening, dine at a local restaurant. (Breakfast / Dinner)
Meals
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Accommodation
  • Mahaweli Reach Hotel, Kandy.
Your journey continues to Nuwara Eliya, where the rolling hills and cooler temperatures became a haven for English and Scottish pioneers of the tea industry. During your visit of a tea plantation, your Local Expert will show you how tea is produced today. At the tea garden, try your hand at the traditional technique of tea leaf picking, and sample some of the freshest tea possible. Walk through the tea plantations and reach the home of local tea pluckers. Share a meal with their family and learn about life in the tea plantations. In the evening, join your Travelling Concierge for an orientation of this quaint city, with 19th century architecture mimicking that of an English country town. (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Meals
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Accommodation
  • Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya.
Enjoy an entire day at leisure to relax or continue exploring as you wish. Your Travelling Concierge is on hand to assist with any arrangements. (Breakfast)
Meals
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya.
Journey along Sri Lanka's rugged south coast to the fortified Old Town of Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During your orientation, see the ramparts of the Galle Fort, considered one of the best examples of a living fortified city built by Europeans in south and south-east Asia. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to relax or continue exploring as you wish. (Breakfast / Dinner)
Meals
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Accommodation
  • Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle.
Join your Local Expert, a proud and passionate Sri Lankan, who will provide a deeper insight to Galle Fort and share the stories that make it 'a home for thousands.' In the evening, at a local restaurant, join your newfound friends and toast your travels during your Celebration Dinner. (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Meals
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner with Wine
Accommodation
  • Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle.
Your trip draws to a close after breakfast with a transfer to Colombo airport for your onward flight, or the Lakeside Colombo hotel for those continuing their stay. On arrival at your home airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your private transfer home. (Breakfast)
Meals
  • Breakfast
what’s included
Accommodation
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Complimentary, private airport transfers are included on start and end dates and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.
Transport
  • Luxury Gold is proud to offer various modes of transportation, from luxury coach to included flight to safari jeep and more, so that you always travel in comfort and experience your journey and destination in the best possible and most appropriate way.
Guide
  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas. See booking conditions for exemptions.
Others
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary, available on departures with 15 or more guests.
  • From time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with a Luxury Gold Flourish, which is a local speciality representing the destination.
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to/from Colombo are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Classical Sri Lanka tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Duration 9 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 12 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Colombo, Sri Lanka/ Colombo, Sri Lanka
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A deposit of 200 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 62 days before departure. For any departures within 27 July 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Classical Sri Lanka tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this Classical Sri Lanka tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Classical Sri Lanka tour. You can cancel the tour up to 63 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 62 days of departure.
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