Day 1 Departure from London or a UK regional airport.
Day 2 Arrival in Colombo and transfer to the nearby beach resort of Negombo for some relaxation time after your flight.
Day 3 Morning at leisure; check-out the local tea shops, take a dip in the Indian Ocean or just relax by the pool? In the afternoon we'll head into Colombo for a tour of some of the City's sites including an evening street food tour of the lively night bazaar.
Day 4 Heading northeast into the interior our first stop will be the spectacular, World Heritage cave temples of Dambulla. From here we'll continue through this forested region to Giritale for our accommodation in a superbly situated lake-side resort.
Day 5 In the morning we'll visit the nearby, spectacular rock fortress of Sigiriya with a walk to the summit allowing your to discover the mountain's famous 'Maidens of the Clouds'. Afternoon activities consist of a cycling tour of the ruined ancient city and medieval capital of Polonnaruwa including a guided tour of the fascinating primate research centre.
Day 6 Drive south to Kandy with a stop on the way at a spice garden before checking in to our lakeside hotel. In the afternoon we'll have a chance to witness the Buddhist puja, or blessing ceremony at the famous Temple of the Tooth.
Day 7 Morning tour of the town's reputed botanical gardens while in the afternoon you'll have the chance to actually learn some local style, traditional dance and drumming with one of Kandy's celebrated dance troops!
Day 8 Off to the lush jungle of Kithulgala for a rafting trip down the picturesque river and a nature hike at Kelanivally rainforest. Overnight in a riverside lodge.
Day 9 Morning ride by local train to the old British hill town and tea centre of Nuwara Eliya with a chance in the afternoon to visit one of the region's plantations, learn about the tea producing process and of course sample the local brews.
Day 10 Transfer out of the hill country onto the coastal plains with a visit to Yala National Park and a late afternoon jeep safari.
Day 11 An early morning jeep safari too before heading down to the coast to the small town of Tangalle for 2 night's accommodation in a low-key but charming beach resort.
Day 12 At leisure with options including a visit to Udawalawe National Park and its elephant orphanage or a wildlife watching boat tour through nearby Kalametiya Wildife and Bird Sanctuary.
Day 13 Short drive along the coast to another UNESCO site - Galle - where we'll explore on foot the fortifications and narrow streets of the old Dutch walled town, built on a rock jutting into the Indian Ocean.
Day 14 Weather permitting an optional whale watching trip can be organised in nearby Mirissa or a morning relaxing before an afternoon drive back up the coast to Negombo.
Day 15 Morning transfer to the airport and return flight and arrival home.
Note: This tour is offered with or without return flights from London to Colombo - those persons not wishing to take up the flight option should join the tour on day 2 in Colombo and would finish the tour in Colombo on day 15.
Please note these are photos of sample hotels and resorts; accommodation options may vary and are subject to availability
Secluded resort on a forested hillside overlooking a nearby lake. Giritale has great rooms and on a good day you can spot wild elephants by the lake at the same time as you sup a g and t on their spectacularly situated terrace.
Hotel Suisse in Kandy. A former British governor’s residence located in the heart of the town by the scenic lake
The Plantation is our choice in Kithulgara. Overlooking the scenic Kelani River and surrounded by lush forest
The atmospheric former governor’s residence is our choice in the old colonial tea capital of Nuwara Eliya. Convenient central location opposite Victoria Park and the town’s racecourse
The comfortable Paradise Beach Resort with a garden and pool facing the Indian Ocean itself is our choice for a beginning and end of tour relaxation spot conveniently close to Colombo Airport
The cosy, beach-side Pigeon Island Resort in the small east coast town of Nilaveli north of the fishing port of Trincomalee
Charming, resort style but low key Lakeside at Nuwarawewa with spacious garden and pool and comfortable rooms with balconies on the outskirts of Anuradhapura Town.
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