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Remarkable East

Splendour in Sri Lanka

An In Style Tour

14 Days | June 2018 | Limited to 12 passengers

With its sumptuous rolling green hills bountiful with tea plantations, a tropical climate and world renowned sights, Sri Lanka enchants its visitors with these known attractions. But it’s often the unexpected discoveries that stay with people after they return home. Sri Lanka will surprise you with its sophistication — with a contemporary side that people don’t expect to find in a country so relatively new to tourism — and with the genuine warmth of Sri Lankans that touches you every day of your journey. From the people making your cup of tea to the chef at your hotel and all those you meet in between — the genuine friendliness of Sri Lankans also surprises so many. Amid the luxury of Splendour in Sri Lanka, discover the country’s surprises with us.

Tour Highlights

Splendour in Sri Lanka is for travellers who want to experience Sri Lanka’s renowned luxury accommodation along with a selection of its most signifcant historical and cultural sights. A lightly active program that includes easy walking tours, gently immersive activities and the company of like-minded travellers. With sophisticated dining and optional curated shopping at Sri Lanka’s fnest venues, this tour incorporates contemporary themes rarely experienced by visitors. The tour includes simply the best accommodation in the land and ample leisure time to enjoy it.

  • Experience a 3-night stay at the renowned luxury plantation resort Tea Trails
  • Fly over central and southern Sri Lanka in a private charter plane
  • Enjoy 2 nights at the iconic Galle Face Hotel in Junior Suites with access to the exclusive Long Room
  • Search for leopards at Yala National Park with jeep safaris led by expert naturalists and receive priority park access
  • Climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Discover the history of tea and the art of tasting during The Tea Experience
  • Take a scenic rail journey in Sri Lanka’s hill country
  • Pamper yourself with a massage at Chena Huts
  • Uncover the secrets of Sri Lankan cuisine during a cooking class
  • Enjoy all-inclusive stays (including drinks) at Tea Trails and Chena Huts
  • A leisurely paced tour

Sri Lanka 14 Days

June 2018

  • LEGEND
  • Number of nights
  • Journey by plane
  • Journey by vehicle/train
  • DESTINATIONS / DAYS
  • Colombo (arrival)
  • Colombo, 2 days
  • Thirappane, 2 days
  • Kandy, 2 days
  • Dickoya, 3 days
  • Yala, 2 days
  • Galle, 2 days
  • Colombo (departure)

Colombo

You will be met upon arrival and accompanied to the iconic Galle Face Hotel, a majestic 150-yearold heritage property that is a landmark of the city. Discover the work of Sri Lanka’s renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa and his influential movement `Tropical Modernism’ with a short tour of his Colombo residence in the afternoon. Experience contemporary dining tonight with a three-course welcome dinner at Rare.

Overnight at the Galle Face Hotel, Colombo

Colombo

Immerse yourself in the history of Colombo with a city walk led by resident guide Mark Forbes. A gentle walking tour that will reveal the city’s landmark buildings takes you into the bustling local market of Pettah and includes a cheeky gin and tonic at the Grand Oriental Hotel. Later, you may wish to visit the boutiques and stores we know in the city with optional shopping, or relax at your hotel.

Overnight at the Galle Face Hotel, Colombo

Colombo — Dambulla — Thirappane

Drive to Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle, visiting the Dambulla Cave Temples en route. Marvel at age-old rock paintings and cave temples at this World-Heritage site — often an unexpected highlight. Afterwards, proceed to Ulagalla Resort. As you arrive, your eyes are sure to be drawn to the main pool — said to be the largest swimming pool in Sri Lanka.

Overnight at Ulagalla Resort, Thirappane

Thirappane — Anuradhapura — Thirappane

Discover the ancient capital of Anuradhapura: visit the main stupa with its soaring spire and join pilgrims praying at the sacred Bodhi tree. Returning to the hotel, the afternoon is yours at leisure. Read by your villa’s private plunge pool or perhaps pamper yourself with a spa treatment (direct payment).

Overnight at Ulagalla Resort, Thirappane

Thirappane — Sigiriya — Kandy

Start early to visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress, one of the country’s main drawcards. Explore this ancient royal complex with its beautiful rock frescoes and climb the 1200 steps to the rock’s summit to be rewarded with panoramic views. Enjoy lunch at an organic farm where coconuts, coffee and pepper grow, before reaching Kandy.

Overnight at The Kandy House, Kandy

Kandy

Today you can choose to discover the city of Kandy with a guided tour of its colonial buildings, local markets and lake; or learn the secrets of Sri Lankan recipes with a cooking class and market visit. Later, visit the `Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic’ and witness the rituals and offerings at this revered Buddhist site.

Overnight at The Kandy House, Kandy

Kandy — Hatton — Dickoya

Board a train to Hatton for a scenic rail journey. Travel through mist and sunshine winding your way through the hills and plantations as the Sri Lankan countryside unfolds before your eyes. From Hatton a short drive will take you to your home away from home for the next three nights: Ceylon Tea Trails — a luxury plantation resort and Sri Lanka’s frst Relais & Chateaux hotel. Expect homemade cakes and fresh finger sandwiches when high tea is served once you have settled in.

Overnight at Tea Trails, Dickoya

Dickoya

The day begins with bed tea served by your private butler. Linger over English or Sri Lankan breakfast — served on the verandah overlooking Castlereagh Reservoir. Discover the secrets of Ceylon tea today during The Tea Experience. A true tea expert will guide us through tea production from the plantation to the tea factory and reveal the art of tea tasting.

Overnight at Tea Trails, Dickoya

Dickoya

Explore Sri Lanka’s tea country with a day walk and picnic lunch through the plantations and local villages at our doorstep. Take in the panoramic views of Castlereagh Reservoir and see the ladies plucking tea as we meander through plantations. Pause for lunch among the tea bushes with a picnic prepared by our Tea Trails chef. Be rewarded with high tea and sparkling wine after the walk.

Overnight at Tea Trails, Dickoya

Dickoya — Yala

Linger over your final bed tea and breakfast at Tea Trails, before boarding a private charter flight on Castlereagh Reservoir. Your eight-seater plane will take off from the water before a scenic flight over central and southern Sri Lanka to reach your next destination, Yala. The approximately one-hour flight will grant you a unique perspective of the country. In the afternoon, search for leopards, elephant and other wildlife on a jeep safari in Yala National Park. End the day with sundowners, with drinks all-inclusive during your stay at Chena Huts.

Overnight at Chena Huts, Yala

Yala

Expect priority access to Yala National Park for this morning’s jeep safari led by an expert naturalist. Afterwards, the day is yours to enjoy your private pool and the natural beauty at Chena Huts — which is surrounded by the beach, the jungle and a lake. Elephants have been known to wander through this property. Unwind at the onsite spa, with a massage included during your stay.

Overnight at Chena Huts, Yala

Yala — Galle

Drive to Galle, one of Southeast Asia’s bestpreserved colonial-era cities, loved for its quaint cobbled streets, its history and its impressive fort walls. Enjoy two-nights at Taru Vilas — two sophisticated, boutique villas inside Galle Fort. Afternoon at leisure, before sunset drinks on the rooftop terrace of our private villa, followed by dinner.

Overnight at Taru Villas, Galle

Galle

Explore the history of Galle Fort. A gentle walking tour with a local guide and character will reveal the legacy of the rampart walls, colonial buildings and lighthouse that are all landmarks of this World Heritage-listed city. There will be time today to relax at the villa or visit the charming boutiques of Galle if you wish — shopping for art, local textiles and high quality homewares. Mark our fnal night with a candlelit dinner by the pool at Rampart Street.

Overnight at Taru Villas, Galle

Galle — Airport

Bid farewell to Splendour in Sri Lanka. Drive to Colombo airport for departing flights.

Splendour in Sri Lanka

$13,435 per person twin share $5,200 single supplement

  • Fully escorted from Colombo by Lincoln Harris
  • English-speaking Sri Lankan guide days 1–7
  • Return economy class international flights^
  • 13 nights’ accommodation
  • All breakfasts and dinners, 7x lunches
  • Transport by air conditioned mini coach for all transfers, sightseeing and touring as per the itinerary
  • Train ride from Kandy to Hatton

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