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Arriving to the country’s capital, Colombo, there’s a two night stay in the nearby coastal town of Negombo before the group makes its way to the cultural triangle. On the way, there’s a special visit to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.  Then, from ancient culture, it’s onto to the highlands for a fine cup of tea at our unique boutique eco lodge, where we enjoy an easy pace two night stay, before visiting the city of Kandy. After, journey to the hill country of Sri Lanka’s Central Province, with an overnight stay in thepicturesque town of Nuwara Eliya, reminding many visitors of a ‘little England’.

From the hills, we make our way down to Udawalawe National Park, including a jeep safari to see the elephant population. On our final leg of our discovery, we have a south coast visit of the old fort city of Galle, enjoying a relaxing two night stay at our resort hotel before a final night in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo.

During your Sri Lankan encounter you’ll enjoy the country’s unique cuisine plus there’s time to enjoy some unique Ayurveda spa treatments.

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    45+
  • Duration:
    14 Days
  • Status:
    Bookings open
  • Region:
    Asia
  • Destinations:
    Sri Lanka
  • Travel Style:
    Tour
  • Accomodation:
    Permanent tented camp sites,Quality hotels
  • Prices:
    See PRICES
  • Transport:
    Minivan
  • Pace:
    2
  • Group Size:
    maximum 12
  • Trip Code:
    srilanka17-10
  • Terms:
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REVIEWS

'I found Sri Lanka to be a surprisingly diverse and beautiful country. The accommodation was excellent and the food was superb. The highlight on this trip however was the people, who are so friendly and gentle. If you've never holidayed in an Asian country, then Sri Lanka is the perfect place to start.'

Judy, 56 years, Sydney, New South Wales

'The holiday was just what I needed with the right balance of activity and relaxation. Sri Lanka is a beautiful country, well worth visiting.'

Sonia, 49 years, ACT
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INCLUSIONS

  • 13 nights of accommodation
  • Daily full breakfast
  • 3 lunches
  • 1 high tea
  • 10 dinners including a welcome and farewell dinner
  • English speaking Sri Lankan national group tour leader
  • 1 train journey
  • Transportation by air-conditioned mini-van tourist vehicle
  • Tours and excursions as per itinerary
  • Free wi-fi on the tour vehicle
  • Porterage, service charges and government tax
  • Bottled water during touring (2 bottles per day)
  • Maximum group size 12
  • Airport transfers (group flight) # 

    # airport transfer provided for nominated group flight, booked with us as part of your package

Itinerary

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS
  • The highlight visit to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • A local village visit by jeep with lunch, Dambulla
  • Dambulla Rock Cave Temple
  • A tea factory visit & tea tasting, Madulkelle
  • A nature trail walk in Madulkelle
  • The Royal Botanical Gardens, Kandy
  • The Temple of the Tooth, Kandy
  • An evening Kandyan Dance Performance
  • A train journey from Kandy to Nanu Oya
  • English High Tea in Nuwara Eliya
  • Udawalawe National Park entrance and jeep safari
  • A Madu River boat ride
  • A Turtle hatchery visit
  • The Gangarama Temple, Colombo

DAY 1 -  SATURDAY 14 OCTOBER 2017
Arrive To Colombo Sri Lanka

If you arriving on the group flight, you land late in the evening to Colombo. You will be met on arrival at Colombo International Airport by a tour representative and transferred to our group hotel in Negombo, not far from the airport.*

Meals: n/a

* if you are not arriving on the group flight, booked with us as part of your package, an airport transfer service fee applies.  

DAY 02 - SUNDAY 15 OCTOBER 2017
Negombo

The morning is at your leisure, including breakfast at your beach side hotel.

After lunch, there is a welcome drink and briefing by your guide at the hotel. We then carry on with a sightseeing tour of Negombo, visiting the fishing village and the local market.  We return to the hotel to refresh and to enjoy a welcome group dinner in-house.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 03 - MONDAY 16 OCTOBER 2017
Negombo / Pinnawala / Dambulla 

It’s an earlier start today to ensure we have the time to enjoy our first stop at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, before travelling onto Dambulla, the cultural centre of Sri Lanka.

There is breakfast at the hotel and then make our way to the Elephant Orphanage. This orphanage is the home for about 89 elephants, of which some are baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. They are being cared, fed and trained by the wildlife authorities. The best time to visit is during the feeding times, when we will have the opportunity of seeing the baby elephants being bottle-fed.  There may also be the chance to accompany the elephants to a river close-by and see them having their daily bath.

After our wonderful elephant encounter, we drive to Dambulla and check in to our hotel, located on the beautiful setting of Amaya Lake.  Dinner is at the hotel this evening.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 04 - TUESDAY 17 OCTOBER 2017
Dambulla / Sigiriya / Village Visit

Today is a full day and we have an early departure to make our way to Sigiriya, a 5th century rock fortress.

Sigiriya Rock Fortress is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock.  Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway.  These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster. There’s time at the rock to make the climb to the top and enjoy the bountiful views in all directions.

Afterwards, we take a jeep ride though the village paths up to the lake, then cross the lake by canoe. We take part in a cooking demonstration by the local women of the village and enjoy a locally prepared lunch. After lunch, the jeep brings us back to our van and we make our way back to our hotel.

Tonight, there’s a group dinner at our hotel restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OPTIONAL TOUR
An afternoon visit Mineriya National Park by safari jeeps to witness Wild Elephants This park consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to Sri Lanka’s favourites such as sambar deer, leopards and elephants. However the central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank built in the 3rd century AD by King Mahasena. This tank is an incredible place to observe the elephants who come to bathe and graze on the grasses as well as the huge flocks of birds (cormorants and painted storks to name but a few) that come to fish in the shallow waters. (Jeep Hire and Entrance to be paid directly @ USD 45 Per Person) 

DAY 05 - WEDNESDAY 18 OCTOBER 2017
Sigiriya / Dambulla / Matale / Madulkelle

Today we travel to the stunning highland regions of the tea plantations.

We have breakfast at our hotel. Our first stop is a visit to the Dambulla Rock Temple. We climb up to the temple, which was donated by king Walagambahu in the 1stcentury BC to Buddhist monks. Dambulla is a World Heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 square metres of painted walls and the ceiling is the largest area of paintings found in the world. These caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock spanning 14 metres.

From Dambulla we drive to a spice garden in Matale, to see the different spices, for which Sri Lanka is famous. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed and take lunch at the Spice Garden.

After our Spice Garden visit we head high up in the mountains to a very special tea and eco lodge, situated in a tea plantation.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 06 – THURSDAY 19 OCTOBER 2017
Madulkelle

Relax and enjoy morning breakfast service at our tea and eco lodge. 

This morning we take in a tea tour. From our lodge, we are picked up by tuk tuk and taken to the tea factory, to learn and experience the harvest, production and brewing of a fine cup of Ceylon tea. The experience begins at the hotel’s tea estate where you will learn the art of picking tea then visit a working tea factory to see withering and packaging processes (orthodox process) and finally, a tea tasting session either at the factory or back at the hotel.

Lunch is in the beautiful setting of our lodge today. There is some time to relax after lunch and then we get ready to set off for some light trekking with a bird watching experience. You will appreciate the local hill country life, enjoy the emerald landscapes and trek through old Ceylon’s ancient tea valleys.  You should expect to see some of the endemic birds like Ceylon Hanging Parrot, Sri Lankan Grackle and Yellow Fronted Barbet. Also, other birds like the Black Eagle, Brahmin Kite, Black Hooded Oriole and Wood Peckers.

This evening, dinner awaits in the lodge’s boutique dining room.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  

DAY 07 – FRIDAY 20 OCTOBER 2017
Madulkelle / Kandy 

Breakfast is at our eco lodge and we then leave for Kandy. On arrival to Kandy there’s a walking orientation tour of Kandy, including a visit to the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. This botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British.  It is 147 acres and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.

After our orientation tour, we check into our Kandy hotel for our overnight stay. Kandy is a great town to explore at leisure and you have the rest of the afternoon to make your own discoveries.

This evening we visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and afterwards, witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.  We then return to our hotel for a group dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 08 - SATURDAY 21 OCTOBER 2017
Kandy / Nuwara Eliya

Breakfast is at our hotel and then we travel to Kandy Railway Station to board a train for a scenic journey through tea plantations and waterfalls up to Nanu Oya. On arrival into Nanu Oya railway station, we will be transferred to Nuwara Eliya. We check into our colonial style hotel and later in the afternoon experience a traditional English high tea.

Meal: Breakfast, High Tea

DAY 09 – SUNDAY 22 OCTOBER 2017
Nuwara Eliya / Udawalawe

After breakfast, we travel to Udawalawe via Elle and Wellawaya.  You can relax at our hotel or take the optional tour.

OPTIONAL TOUR
In the afternoon there’s the option to visit to an Elephant Transit Home (entrance fees USD20)

Dinner this evening is at our hotel.

Meal: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10 - MONDAY 23 OCTOBER 2017
Udawalawe

We have breakfast at our hotel before we take a Jeep Safari to visit the Udawalawe National Park.

Udawalawe National Park was established in 1972 to protect the catchment area of the Walawe reservoir, crucial to the livelihoods of the farmers in the south east dry zone. With the land only recently reverting back from cultivation, the park has some fascinating characteristics that make it well worth a visit. Not least of these is the large elephant population.

Udawalawe is the most reliable place to see elephants in their wild habitat year round. Some 400-500 elephants live in the park and herds of up to 50 are commonly seen. The open plains are covered in thick manna grass up to the borders of the large reservoir in the centre and the Walawe River. The park is also covered by some abandoned teak plantation and dense scrub jungle. This variety in habitat makes for a rich variety of wildlife and game. As well as elephants, leopards live in the park (though you will be very lucky to spot one), toque monkeys, grey langur, spotted deer, wild pig and sambar. There are numerous bird species of course and Udawalawe is particularly rich in raptor species, among them the white bellied sea eagle and the crested serpent eagle.

OPTIONAL TOUR
Afternoon optional visit to return to Udawalawe National Park 
(Entrance Fees USD 45 to be paid directly)

Dinner this evening is at our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner  

DAY 11 – TUESDAY 24 OCTOBER 2017
Udawalawe / Weligama / Galle

Breakfast is at our hotel and then we leave for Galle, on the south coast. En route we visit the Stilt Fishing at Weligama. 

On arrival to Galle we check into our hotel and the rest of your day is at your leisure. You may like to take a dip in one of the hotel pools.

Tonight, take the option to dine within the walls of the old fort city, or otherwise relax with dining in house at our group hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12 – WEDNESDAY 25 OCTOBER 2017
Galle 

We have breakfast at our Galle hotel.

This morning we take a sightseeing tour of the Galle Dutch fortress. 

There will be time at leisure to explore the old fort city plus time for some shopping. At the end of the afternoon there’s the option to make your own way back to the hotel by tuk tuk or meet the group transfer. You may like to enjoy dinner within the walls of the old fort city.

Shopping Tip: for gifts or personal shopping you may like to visit:  Barefoot. Look out for the Spa Ceylon range of personal care items including body lotions, perfumes and bathroom items.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13 – THURSDAY 26 OCTOBER 2017
Galle - Balapitiya  - Colombo

We have breakfast at our Galle hotel before leaving for Colombo.

En route, we stop to enjoy a scenic cruise along the Madhu River, a relaxing trip with plenty of interesting stops.

We cruise in a canopied, outboard motor powered boat; pausing to view a 200-year-old temple & to watch the locals cultivating cinnamon. All while passing dozens of islets forested with mangroves, appreciating the timeless natural rhythms of rural life.

You may also see traditional fishing techniques in action & can view demonstrations of coir manufacture and rope making.

Today, we also visit a Turtle Hatchery at Kosgoda.  At the end of the day we check in to our hotel in Colombo. Tonight, come together for a highlight dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Farewell Dinner

DAY 14 - FRIDAY 27 OCTOBER 2017
Departure Transfer

Breakfast is at our hotel.

This morning we take a sightseeing tour of Colombo city. We drive through the Commercial area of the “Fort” so named, because both the Portuguese and Dutch had a Fort at this point. We drive past “Pettah”; a noisy Oriental bazaar with a hotchpotch of ancient vehicles, bargains, mosques & temples.  We continue the tour through the Wolvendaal Dutch Church, Hultsdorf Law courts, to the residential area of Cinnamon Gardens and on to the Independence Square and Bandaranayke Memorial International Conference Hall. We also visit Gangaramaya Temple.

After our sightseeing tour we return to the hotel, and dinner will be at the hotel. Then we transfer in the evening to the international airport, to meet the homeward bound group flight.

Meal: Breakfast, Dinner

Note: It is one group transfer to the airport, scheduled to suit the nominated group flight with Singapore Airlines returning to Australia. If you are not on this flight you have the option to take the transfer if the timing suits your flight itinerary (no additional service fee applies). Otherwise, an alternative transfer can be requested (to be booked in advance at time of finalising your trip details and a service fee applies).


Itineraries are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. If there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

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ACCOMMODATION

HOTELS

Destination

Accommodation Name

Nights

Negombo

Jetwing Beach

2

Dambulla

Amaya Lake

2

Madulkelle

Madulkelle Tea & Eco Lodge

2

Kandy

Ozo Hotel

1

Udawalawe

The Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort

2

Galle

Jetwing Lighthouse

2

Bentota

Vivanta by Taj

2

Colombo

Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel

Day use

Hotels are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

Please note that the Ozo Hotel in Kandy is of 3.5 star quality. We use this hotel, as it is very centrally located and it is within walking distance to the town centre. This will eliminate travel time to/from 4-5 star hotels which is quite a distance away from town.

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

JETWING BEACH, NEGOMBO
Located on the golden sands of Negombo, effortlessly combining beauty and luxury. Jetwing Beach is a landmark property of Jetwing Hotels. Designed by the internationally renowned Sri Lankan architect, Geoffrey Bawa, the hotel is a wonderful example of Sri Lankan design amidst a tropical paradise. A magnificent pool to swim in, a spa full of wellness treatments and elegant rooms. With five dining options to choose from, guests are assured of delectable cuisine, both local and international.

There are 75 well appointed rooms, decorated in earthy tones creating a relaxing ambience and also are equipped with carefully picked furniture and luxurious modern bathrooms. Each room has a private terrace or balcony with a fantastic view.

JETWING LAKE, DAMBULLA
Jetwing Lake nimbly combines contemporary architecture with the solitude of the Siyambalaweva banks, and its placid ambience. Sprawled on an expansive area of 18 acres, the hotel is a languid retreat with easy access to Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle and its curiosities.

Besides an internationally inspired menu, and an in house Chinese Restaurant, for those preferring an experience of a true Sri Lanka flavour, Jetwing Lake also specialises in authentic Sri Lankan cuisine, prepared from fresh produce grown locally in the area.

Dressed in contemporary elements that subtly blend in with the surrounding area, the rooms are designed to offer guests complete, unhindered rest in an ambience of luxury. These living spaces are generously proportioned, with plush bathrooms that afford sensuous soaking away in their luxury bathtubs.

MADULKELLE TEA & ECO LODGE, MADULKELLE
Permanent tented lodgings with a main lodge building

Imagine waking up to the sounds of birds chirping outside your room, and stepping out to the most spectacular views imaginable; majestic mountains, lush green valleys and tea plantations, crystal clear streams. This is Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge, the first of its kind in Sri Lanka offering a contemporary concept to the traditional warmth and hospitality that Sri Lanka is famous for.  Nestled on a picturesque tea plantation, on the Knuckles Mountain Range 1000 metres above sea level, Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge treats guests to magnificent views, friendly and courteous service, plus plenty of things to see and do.

The Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge offers 18 secluded permanent tented lodgings, with comfortable amenities. All lodges are made of high quality tarpaulin canvas specially imported from South Africa. This is the very same material used by many world renowned safari camps especially in campsites all over Africa.

OZO HOTEL, KANDY

Inspired by Sri Lankan charm. Stunning views over the mist-covered mountains, and sublime beds that'll give you sleep so deep, you’ll be waking up before the alarm goes off with ease.

Start your day right with EAT2GO Breakfast Boost, enjoy local flavours and international favourites, or unwind at rooftop lounge BOMMU with a drink, snack and a side of fresh mountain breeze. Just minutes from the renowned Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic) along with other historical sites nearby.

 

ST ANDEWS HOTEL, NUWARA ELIYA

Old world charm ensconces the atmosphere within Jetwing St. Andrews. Situated in Nuwara Eliya, which was a favourite holiday destination for the Colonial rulers, this mock Tudor Country house is the ideal location to retreat to for those in search of cooler climates.

The entire hotel has been styled tastefully and with authenticity. The deep colour themes, the comfortable furnishings and the overall ambiance contribute to making this colonial mansion a delightful place at which to stay.  

THE GRAND UDAWALAWE SAFARI RESORT, UDA-WALAWAWE
The Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort, offering 4-star facilities, is the only hotel of its’ class in the area and an environmental friendly hotel. Situated on 7 acres of land only 500 metres from the Ath Athuru Sevana (Elephant Orphanage), and is only a five minutes drive from the Uda Walawe National Park. 

Rooms include air conditioning, 24 hours TV / DVD Players, free wi-fi, tea making facilities    24 hours room services, direct dialing telephone (including IDD) / 24 hours laundry service and a doctor on call. 

AMARI RESORT, GALLE
Enriched with lush natural greenery, bursts of spices in the air, stunning architecture and fascinating sculptures set against dramatic coastal scenery explore and unearth Galle’s unimaginable beauty.

Seaside inspired with influences of the local colonial heritage, all guestrooms at Amari Galle Sri Lanka have been designed with the stunning seascape centre stage. Flexible living spaces, light and airy, spacious yet still cosy, the hotel will offer you the choice of modern yet homely deluxe rooms to exquisite suite accommodation all designed within a theme of natural simplicity complete with modern technology. 

OZO HOTEL COLOMBO
Understated, unassuming but with an unexpected twist. Cozy rooms complete with Sri Lankan charm. Sleep quality trumps and comfy beds rule.

Enjoy amazing local food with zest and spice to hit the spot and their ON14 rooftop lounge.

Located a couple minutes from Galle Road and an hour’s drive from Bandaranaike International Airport, close enough to the city centre yet far enough to get away.

 

Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page.

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PRICES

 

Prices per person (in AUD)

Your Own Room

Standard: Tour only

 $4635

Pre tour hotel stay, inc. breakfast, Jetwing Beach Negombo

$300 

Tipping Fund (Kitty) paid directly on day 1 of tour ^ 

USD65 

International Airfares

Quoted on request

^ Tipping Fund, day 1
On day one of the tour a local payment of USD65 per person is payable to your tour director. This is used to tip hotel service personnel, the tour bus driver and other service personnel assisting with the tour group services.

Tipping your local Tour Director
Tipping your tour director is customary for good service. The tip for your tour director is not included with the tipping fund.  As a guide, a tip of USD3-4 per person, per day is suggested. On the final day of the tour, we recommend handing over your tip in an envelope to your tour director.

OTHER PRICE INFORMATION:

SHARE & SAVE
If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same gender, save $850 on package prices above that include your own room (not sharing). 

AIRPORT TRANSFERS 
Only applies if you are not travelling on the nominated group flight booked with us as part of your package.  

Not included: 

  • Airfares
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Tips/gratuities for your tour director
  • Tips/gratuities where a service is not provided as part of the itinerary package
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications 
ROOMMATE MATCH 

Roommate matching is optional.

On your request and subject to availability, we will match you with another group member (same gender) so that you can share a room and take advantage of the twin share price.

Reduced Single Supplement:
If we are not able to offer you a roommate match, a 'Reduced Single Supplement' price will be offered. This represents a $200 saving on the standard single supplement price. Alternatively, you have the option to decline and receive a full refund of your tour deposit.

If you are not prepared to pay for a Reduced Single Supplement we recommend you should not pay for the airfare until you have a guaranteed roommate match and this is advised by us in writing.

This supplement becomes due after we finalise the group and before departure.  The Reduced Single Supplement offer only applies to bookings secured with a deposit by Thursday 13 April 2017.

Please note: if a roommate becomes available after receiving advice of a Reduce Single Supplement rate, your booking automatically reverts to the twin share price and any monies paid for the Reduced Single Supplement will be refunded.

GETTING THERE

Arrive to: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Depart from: Colombo, Sri Lanka You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country

GROUP NOMINATED FLIGHTS:
15 OCTOBER 2017 SQ468 SINGAPORE/COLOMBO  Depart 22:35 / Arrive 23:5528 OCTOBER 2017 SQ469 COLOMBO/SINGAPORE  Depart 01:10 / Arrive 07:40 

Airport Transfers:    Included with group nominated flight

DETAILS

This page contains the details about the trip not already explained on other pages.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience.

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
This is a small group tour, with a maximum group size of 12 travellers. This tour is exclusively for single or solo travellers. It will depart with minimum of 3 travellers.

THE PACE  [3 out of 5]
This is a moderately paced, small group tour with a maximum of 12 travellers.  You should be reasonably fit to enjoy this tour. Some days will require early morning starts and much of the sightseeing is on foot.

The itinerary includes many ancient places such as temples and to make a full discovery of these places of visits, climbing stairs is required. If you have injuries or a fitness level that impedes walking, mobility and climbing stairs you should consider carefully if this tour is the right experience for you. Please talk to our staff before you book to assess your suitability.

TIPPING GUIDE & THE TIPPING FUND
Tipping Fund, day 1
On day one of the tour a local payment of USD65 per person is payable to your tour director. This is used to tip hotel service personnel, the tour bus driver and other service personnel assisting with the tour group services.

Tipping your local Tour Director
Tipping your tour director is customary for good service. The tip for your tour director is not included with the tipping fund.  As a guide, a tip of USD3-4 per person, per day is suggested. On the final day of the tour, we recommend handing over your tip in an envelope to your tour director.

TRANSPORT
Touring is mostly by road. There is also a local train journey during the day, a boat ride and a tuk tuk transfer for an excursion in the highlands.  While in the National Park there is a jeep safari.

If the group size finalises between 3 to 6 passengers, a six seater van is used for the group touring with one driver-guide (not a driver and a guide).  Where the group size finalises with 7 to 12 passengers a mini tourist van/coach with a driver and guide is included.

ABOUT THE MEALS   
It’s regular that our trips included welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

The Local Cuisine
The lunch and dinner meals included with the itinerary are Sri Lankan cuisine.

We offer group dining experiences at local quality restaurants. The group will not be limited to buffet style meals, but will have the freedom of choosing from a la carte menus at most restaurants. There may be occasions where the group will dine at the hotel restaurants, due to limited choice of restaurants in the area. For days where lunch or dinner isn’t included, the guide is available to offer recommendations. There may be one, or a few exceptions with western-style options. The hotel breakfasts will offer a variety including Sri Lankan breakfast and some western breakfast options.  

The traditional cuisine of Sri Lanka has been influenced by many nationalities over the years including the Dutch, English, Arabs, Malays, Moors, Indians and Portuguese. Food is colourful with many vegetarian options and by the coast seafood features.  The staple diet is rice and curry and the curry is usually offered as a variety of small dishes of curry including vegetarian, chicken, fish and some beef and mutton curries.  The curries are accompanied by other dishes including dhal and sambol (like a chutney). Coconut milk is widely used in the curries. And contrary to belief of some westerners, curries are not usually ‘hot’ in taste, but rather ‘spiced’ for flavour. Given Sri Lanka is a tropical island, tropical fruits are abundant. Be sure to sip on a King Coconut juice.

We advise travellers against street food and that you only dine at places that are recommended by your guide or guide/leader.  By following best advice it’s far less likely that you will become unwell with any stomach complaints.

About the Water in Sri Lanka
Due to poor quality of drinking water in Sri Lanka, you must only drink bottled water and only bottled water from reliable sources. Also, use bottled water for brushing teeth. Most hotels have bottled water included in the room for the purpose of brushing teeth.

Please be sure to advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. We always do our best to accommodate special diet needs and in most cases, special dietary needs can be met. However, in some destinations the variety of choice for certain special diets may be limited. If you are concerned please check with us before you book.

GROUP GUIDE
This is a private group tour with a driver and tour guide from Sri Lanka. Your tour guide is there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services. If the group size falls below 7 passengers, then a driver-guide will escort the group.

PERSONAL EXPENSES
In addition to your tour inclusions you will have some personal expenses including meals, snacks and drinks not included with the tour package. Also, consider a budget for souvenirs and miscellaneous expenses such as laundry. 

When setting a budget for personal expenses consider what meals are included and not included. This itinerary has a full breakfast each day and mostly one main meal a day. Therefore either lunch or dinner each day would be an additional expense each day. We recommend around AUD30 per day for personal expenses not included with the tour package.  You should increase this budget if you like to enjoy alcoholic beverages.

For anyone that enjoys some shopping there will be opportunities to purchase local items and these costs could be a small amount to a lot, all depending on personal preferences for travel shopping.

TRAVEL GUIDE QUICK FACTS
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TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'I found Sri Lanka to be a surprisingly diverse and beautiful country. The accommodation was excellent and the food was superb. The highlight on this trip however was the people, who are so friendly and gentle. If you've never holidayed in an Asian country, then Sri Lanka is the perfect place to start.'

Judy, 56 years, Sydney, New South Wales

'The holiday was just what I needed with the right balance of activity and relaxation. Sri Lanka is a beautiful country, well worth visiting.'

Sonia, 49 years, ACT
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Travel solo, not alone when you join one of our small group tours. Share your journey, without the drawbacks of big coach tours or the solitude of being alone.
Age-Matched Tours
From our traveller feedback we know that our age-matched holidays are one of the main reasons that solo travellers choose to join us. All our 'Solos Only ' tours are age-matched, making for a better chance that you'll be travelling other like minded single travellers.