Spirit of Sri Lanka

13 Day Small Group Tour from Negombo to Colombo with APT

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on APT's 13 Day Spirit of Sri Lanka. Experience the historical and natural wonders of Sri Lanka as you journey through this diverse country and explore the magnificent Dambulla Cave Temple, marvel at the ancient Sigiriya Rock and search for elusive leopards in Yala National Park.

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Small Group
Scenic / Cultural
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Countries Explored:
Sri Lanka
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1 Arrive Negombo
Your flight arrives late at the airport tonight when you will be transferred to your hotel. Stay Two Nights: The Heritance Negombo
2 Negombo
Today you will get a feel for the Sri Lankan way of life on a guided walking tour of Negombo, exclusively designed by local expert Mark Forbes. Embrace the local verve for seafood as you visit a fish market, then embark on a sunset cruise on the city’s spectacular lagoon. (B/D)
3 Dambulla
After breakfast travel to the magnificent Dambulla Cave Temple. This World Heritage-listed Buddhist temple complex is one of the largest and best-preserved in Sri Lanka. The temple’s five incredible sanctuaries are home to a number of ornate statues and a variety of ancient art relating to the life of Buddha. This evening, enjoy a special Signature Experience dinner. Stay Three Nights: Heritance Kandalama (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Savour a unique dining experience as you enjoy dinner underground in the Caves of Heritance. Indulge in a variety of local Sri Lankan dishes as you dine by the light of flaming torches and candle lanterns.
4 Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Glimpse Sri Lanka’s majestic past with a tour of the World Heritage-listed Sigiriya Rock Fortress, an ancient citadel and castle ruins, once the home to King Kasyapa. This afternoon, choose from a range of sightseeing options. Tonight, dine like royalty as you indulge in a seven course feast for dinner. (B/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • You might choose to head out on a village trek, cycle around the local countryside, or relax with a spa treatment.
5 Polonnaruwa, Minneriya
After breakfast, the World Heritage-listed ancient city of Polonnaruwa awaits. Later, embark on a safari of the captivating Minneriya National Park, to spy Sri Lankan elephants in their natural environment. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Choose from a range of dining options for dinner this evening.
6 Kandy
This morning, visit the exquisite Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya. Later, take to Tuk Tuks for a city tour and visit to The Temple of The Buddha’s Tooth before enjoying a cultural show. Stay Two Nights: Kandy, Earl’s Regency (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Choose from a range of dining options for dinner this evening.
7 Kandy
Today a number of exciting culinary experiences await. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Spend the day with local legend Suzy, as she leads you through her favourite fresh produce market to gather the finest ingredients. Alternatively, journey to Tamarind Gardens, a sustainable community farm which boasts a restaurant with views over the surrounding hills. Discover the paddock to plate ethos of the farm as your lunch is prepared before your very eyes, then immerse yourself in village life to learn about incense stick making.
8 Nuwara Eliya
Today travel through countless tea plantations aboard a scenic train en route to Nuwara Eliya. Upon arrival at your hotel this afternoon, take in the view while enjoying high tea. Stay Two Nights: Nuwara Eliya, Heritance Tea Factory (B/L/D)
9 Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast, sample the region’s famed produce with a trained tea taster to discover how tea leaf varieties, climate, soil conditions and processing influences the quality of the final product. (B/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Dine tonight in a converted Railway Carriage restaurant at the Heritance Tea Factory as the evening mist rolls in.
10 Yala National Park
Descend from the mist shrouded hills of Sri Lanka’s interior, back to the island’s coastal lowlands. Your hotel for the next two nights sits on the border of the spectacular Yala National Park. Here elephants, wild boar and if you’re lucky leopards, are known to frequent the resort’s grounds. This evening enjoy a barbecue dinner in the heart of the Sri Lankan bush. Stay Two Nights: Yala National Park, Chena Huts (B/L/D)
11 Yala National Park
Today you will discover your wild side on a Jeep safari of the neighbouring Yala National Park. From herds of elephants, sloth bears, and jackals, to the elusive leopards that can be spotted reclining in the park’s trees, there are plenty of opportunities for viewing a plethora of wildlife today. (B/L/D)
12 Galle, Colombo
En route to Colombo, discover the eclectic history and culture of Galle. Founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century, this fortified port city is known for its impressive fort and charming colonial architecture. Stay: Colombo, Galle Face Hotel (B/D)
13 Depart Colombo
This morning embark on a guided walking tour of Colombo to experience the colonial influences that make this a much loved city. Enjoy dinner at the Ministry of Crab seafood restaurant before transferring to the airport for an evening flight. (B/L/D)

APT Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • For a unique culinary experience in an old railway carriage prepare to Dine on Wheels.
  • Embark on a jeep safari in Yala National Park for your chance to see Asian Elephants and Leopards.
  • Explore the hillside tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya and get a taste for the real Sri Lanka.
Trip Inclusions
  • All-inclusive sightseeing in eight destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in two locations
  • Everything as detailed, including gratuities
  • Expert APT Tour Director throughout your journey
Included Meals
  • A total of 32 included meals over the course of your tour
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices include port charges, gratuities and sundries
  • Disruptions to cruising and itinerary may occur
  • Prices are for land/rail only. Flights not included

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Tuesday 24 Sep 2019 Sunday 06 Oct 2019 360per person 8,835per person Enquire
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