Sri Lanka – Group Tour escorted by Susie Potter – 15 October 2019

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TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1: 15 October 2019 – Arrive Negombo

Depart Sydney at 4pm, arrive Singapore at 9.20pm
Depart Singapore at 10.40pm, arrive Colombo at 11.55pm

Meet and assist on arrival at Colombo airport. Proceed to Negombo and check in at hotel.

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Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Jetwing Beach Hotel (Deluxe Room)

Day 2: 16 October 2019 – Negombo – Dambulla – Sigiriya

Negombo to Dambulla: Approx. 03 Hrs.
Dambulla to Sigiriya: Approx. 30 Mins.

This morning after breakfast we will check out and travel to visit the Dambulla Cave Temple.

In the city of Dambulla lies a hub which has been treasured by many kings since the 1st century B.C. Today, an icon in the face of Sri Lanka, Dambulla Rock Temple houses some of the most unique drawings in magnificently constructed 5 cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla. Observe how exquisitely cave paintings are done along walls that shelter 150 statues of Lord Buddha. As you enter the retreat, look straight up to the gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold over a land, which today houses an important junction in the country’s economic and cultural uplifting.

Once complete travel to Check In at the hotel.

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Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Sigiriya – Superior Room

Day 3: 17 October 2019 – Sigiriya – Habarana – Minneriya – Sigiriya

Sigiriya to Habarana: Approx. 30 Mins
Habarana to Minneriya: Approx. 30 Mins.
Minneriya to Sigiriya: Approx. 30 Mins

This morning after breakfast we will travel to explore the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, on arrival embark on a guided tour.

The 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site – Sigiriya – doesn’t only boast of ancient Sri Lankan engineering & urban planning supremacy but also acclaims to be one of the finest monuments of art & culture. Step through the gigantic ‘Lion Paws’ – overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below – to comprehend the absolute splendour that once dominated this rock fortress. Surrounded by ramparts & moats the Lion Rock – resembling the mythological ‘City of Gods’ – is coated by frescoes that relate to Gupta style paintings found in Ajanta caves of India. Walk in the shade of an eminent ‘mirror wall’ embracing the Western face of Sigiriya representing an artistic hundred meters laminated with graffiti. Wander into the well-fabricated museum downstairs for an epic journey of yesteryears to realize how the citadel floated above citizens with the castle, ponds and irrigation systems that pumped water right onto its summit with an ingenious hydraulic system describing a colossal masterpiece of the great king which remained a wonder in Asia for centuries.

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There after travel for Lunch at Cinnamon Lodge

Once lunch is complete we will then head out on safari at the Minneriya National Park.

If you’re up for a serious rumble in the jungle, then Minneriya is your Colosseum! Spreading over 8800 hectares, this is a sanctuary for elephants. Minneriya is home to herds of deer and ample birdlife, but its spotlight remains between swaying trunks & flapping ears. Park your jeep on the bank of the reservoir and switch off its engine. Watch carefully as herds of elephants – one by one – roll on to the grass-covered banks, to feed on tender shoots. In fact, this is the largest elephant gathering in the world – over 300 at a time – which has garnished the park to become a magnet for wildlife enthusiasts across the globe.

On completion return to the hotel

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Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel Sigiriya – Superior Room

Day 4: 18 October 2019 – Sigiriya – Matale – Kandy

Sigiriya to Matale: Approx. 1.5 Hrs.
Matale to Kandy: Approx. 1 Hrs.

This morning after breakfast we will check out from the hotel and will proceed to visit a Spice Garden in Matale.

An agricultural zone in the Central Province, Matale seldom drops off the maps due to its remarkable contribution through flagship crops of the island extending from tea, rubber & vegetables to spices. Spearheading the Rebellion back in 1848, Matale today takes immense pride in its story woven around spices. Stop by the side of a spice garden – into which you will be most welcome – and observe the therapeutic values of spices & processes over a refreshing cup of herbal tea! Or spend some time idling on the hardened streets if you mean a real town adventure filled with voices and colours.

Travel to Kandy and check in at the hotel.

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Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Ozo Kandy – Sleep Room

Day 5: 19 October 2019 Kandy

After breakfast at the hotel leisurely travel to explore the city of Kandy on a Guided Kandy City Tour.

Last ruled by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe – before it was brought under the British rule in 1815, Kandy – the World Heritage Site & last royal capital of Sri Lankan kings – crafts an array of culture, history and heritage in the minds of visitors across the globe. Experience an ancient Kandyan legacy engraved around its crown jewel, the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. A stroll across this small lakeside town – cradled among the misty hills – will feature the Kandy City Centre – bundled with latest and world class brands, bazaar, an arts & crafts centre, as well as a gem museum & lapidary. Walk in colour as you glide through fresh fruits and vegetables in the Kandy market. Fine tune your evening by stepping to the beat of traditional music & drumming amplified by a cultural show enhancing the rich and vibrant culture of the Wonder of Asia, Sri Lanka.

Once complete return to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Ozo Kandy – Sleep Room

Day 6: 20 October 2019 Kandy – Peradeniya – Nanuoya Railway Station – Tea Plantation, Nuwara Eliya

Kandy to Peradeniya: Approx. 15 Mins
Peradeniya to Nanu Oya Train journey: Approx. 4 Hrs.
Nanu Oya to Nuwara Eliya: Approx. 20 Mins.

After Breakfast this morning we will check out from the hotel and continue our way to Peradeniya railway station to board a train heading to the city of Nuwara Eliya. We embark on arguably one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. On arrival at the Nanu Oya Railway Station you will be met by our guide.

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While travelling to Nuwara Eliya we will visit a Tea Plantation for a tour.

Sri Lanka, Tea and Tourism are words which cannot be separated. Take a tour to the cold & misty hills that take pride of an ultimate tea tour, covering lush green blankets of tea plantations. Or just step into a tea factory processing the prestigious brand of Ceylon Tea, to observe a rich tradition kept alive up to date. As you observe the hissing and swishing of machines, inhaling the heavenly scent arising from these facilities, make sure to end your day in style over a perfectly blended cup of pure Ceylon Tea.

There after travel to Check In at the hotel.

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Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Grand Hotel – Deluxe Room

Day 7: 21 October 2019 Nuwara Eliya – Yala

Nuwara Eliya to Yala: Approx. 04 Hrs.

After breakfast we will check out and travel to Yala. On arrival at the hotel Check In at the hotel & rest of the day will be at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Jetwing Yala – Superior Room

Day 8: 22 October 2019 Yala

With packed breakfast at the hotel we will travel to the Yala National Park for a morning safari.

Spreading into a vast 1259 Km2 Yala – with its glory spinning around vast grasslands, shrubs and dunes – rightfully is the heartland of wildlife in Sri Lanka. As your jeep rumble through the giant gates of Yala, you are not only stepping into the most visited national park in the country, but also the lands of a civilization which thrived during the reign of Sri Lankan kings. You name it, and Yala has it! Its usual inmates cover herds of elephant, sloth bear, spotted dear, jackal, extensively populated birdlife as well as the highest density of leopards in the world that garnish the park to be one of the finest destinations in the country. Feel the rough track as your jeep thunders over rocks and swish passing narrow bends for an exhilarating experience blended with the cries of wilderness under the tropical sun.

Once completed return to the hotel & freshen up before travelling back to the Yala National park for an evening safari.

There after once complete return to the hotel.

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Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Jetwing Yala – Superior Room

Day 9: 23 October 2019 Yala – Weligama – Galle

Yala to Weligama: Approx. 03 Hrs.
Weligama to Galle: Approx. 01 Hrs.

This morning after breakfast we will check out from the hotel and travel to the South coastal city of Gale. En-route visit the Stilt Fisherman in Weligama

Weligama is the best place to have your own way with sails and surf boards while diving enthusiasts too may feel the same bliss as they reach this small fishing town. Watch carefully how ‘stilt-fishermen’ have excelled in their patience in this photographer’s paradise while dipping your toes in soft waves that caress the shores of gold, an experience that never grows old under the sun shining so bold!

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There after travel to the coastal city of Galle and embark on a guided tour of the Old Galle Dutch Fortress.

Galle, the epic Southern capital, is the intersection where classic Dutch architecture meets a tropical setting creating a vivid atmosphere in beauty. Walk the Dutch-haunted streets listening to the creaks of wooden saloon doors and observe how European architecture mingles with South Asian traditions today flooding cultural enthusiasts on a global scale. Its original ramparts and bastions preserved up to date showcase evidences of a heritage preserved for more than 3 1/2 centuries. Walk clockwise within the fort to observe the ‘old gate’ carrying the British coat of arms. Flanking the old gate is the Zwart bastion – the oldest of all – and the lighthouse standing 18 feet in its glory next to the Point Utrecht Bastion. This Dutch bliss is painted with streets that spread in a rectangular grid pattern pierced with houses carrying Dutch colonial style verandas. Hop into the Dutch Hospital Shopping Complex to be mesmerized by an array of souvenir selections. However, its hallmark stands a reality where the Dutch fort remains a working community with its usual buzz of administrative offices, court complex, commercial buildings, churches and Southern folks frequenting its streets bracing the air of the Elysium of architecture, Galle!

There after travel to Check In at the Hotel.

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Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Amari Galle – Deluxe Ocean View Room

Day 10: 24 October 2019 Galle – Negombo

Galle to Negombo: Approx. 3 Hrs

After breakfast at the hotel check out from the hotel and we continue our way to Negombo.
On arrival at the hotel check in and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Jetwing Beach Hotel (Deluxe Room)

Day 11: 25 October 2019 – Depart Negombo

Negombo to Airport: Approx. 40 Mins.

After breakfast check out and proceed to the airport in time for your scheduled departure flight.

Depart Colombo at 12.35am, Arrive Singapore at 7.20pm
Depart Singapore at 11.10pm, Arrive Adelaide at 8.30am (26th of October, 19)
*Return flights are not escorted

Meals: Breakfast

HOTEL LIST

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PRICING

$4,995 per person twin share (with early bird discount…..book and deposit by 8 Feb 19)
$5,095 per person twin share from 9 Feb 19

$5,495 single share (with early bird discount…..book and deposit by 8 Feb 19)
$5,595 single share from 9 Feb 19

INCLUSIONS

  • Services of experienced tour escort Susie Potter from Sutherland Shire Cruise & Travel
  • Economy class flights with Singapore Airlines from Sydney to Colombo and return
  • All accommodation and meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All transportation, daily tours and entrance fees to scenic attractions (not camera fees) as per the itinerary
  • National Tour Escort accompanying us throughout our tour through Sri Lanka
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees to Dambulla, Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park, Cultural Show, Kandy Temple, Visit to a Tea Plantation (Nuwara Eliya), Yala National Park, and Galle Museum.
  • Safari jeep at the Minneriya National Park.
  • Safari jeep at the Yala National Park
  • Train Tickets from Peradeniya to Nanu Oya Railway stations
  • Single Entry visa to Sri Lanka for Australian passport holders
  • Tipping
  • Travel Insurance (age and pre-existing medical condition loadings may apply if applicable)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenditure such as all drinks (including at meals) laundry service and souvenirs
  • Camera and Video entry charges at Monuments/Forts etc
  • Most Lunches and Dinners
  • Cost of beverages throughout the tour

BOOKING CONDITIONS

CANCELLATION:

Deposits are non-refundable.
Once full payment has been made 100% cancellation fees apply.

ITINERARY CHANGES:

We reserve the right to vary itineraries should circumstances dictate.
We are not liable for changes are made by third party suppliers and are outside our control.

PAYMENTS

DEPOSIT: A non-refundable deposit of $2000 per person due on booking.  Travel insurance will be taken out at this time to ensure cover for cancellation and amendment due to unforeseen circumstances.  Any age or medical loadings will be additional to the $2000 deposit due.

FINAL PAYMENT: 1st July 2019

The price is in Australian dollars and inclusions are as per itinerary.  The price is based on minimum numbers and should this number not be reached the price of the tour may increase or may not be escorted.
Pricing is subject to currency fluctuations, if the currency fluctuations are more than 3% then the itinerary may need to be re-costed.


CREDIT CARD

We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express payments. 1% surcharge if paid by Visa or MasterCard; a 2% surcharge applies if paid by American Express or Diners.


DIRECT/ INTERNET DEPOSITS

BSB: 112-879
Account Number: 448 497 107
Account Name: Sutherland Shire Cruise and Travel

Notification of the deposit must be made by emailing on susie@sutherlandtravel.com.au


For more information contact susie@sutherlandtravel.com.au
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