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 Tour Starts In
Starts In
Negombo
Small Group Tour Ends In
Ends In
Colombo
Accomodation
Accomodation
4.5 - 5 Star
16
Max Group Size
16
Small Group
Trip Style
Small Group
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
Sri Lanka
Trip Operated By:
APT
APT
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Trip Code:
SL13

Itinerary

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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)
1 Arrive Negombo
Welcome to Negombo! This coastal city north of the capital Colombo offers a laid-back introduction to Sri Lanka. We'll meet you on arrival and take you to your hotel. Stay Two Nights: The Heritance Negombo
2 Negombo
This morning, get a feel for the Sri Lankan way of life, exploring the streets and secret corners of Negombo with local expert Mark Forbes. Later, discover a fish market where seafood is king, which will surprise the senses with intense smells and flavours. Then, as the sun sets, it's time to kick back on a leisurely cruise across the city's lagoon before dinner. (B/D)
3 Dambulla
Some monuments simply take your breath away and today the Dambulla Cave Temple is no exception. After breakfast, make your way to this World Heritage-listed Buddhist temple system, one of the largest and best-preserved in Sri Lanka. The temple's five shrine rooms are all in caves, housing ornate statues and ancient artwork relating to the life of Buddha. Stay Three Nights: The Heritance Kandalama (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Indulge in local specialities as you dine by candlelight in a cavern at the Caves of Heritance.
4 Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Today, brace yourself for perhaps Sri Lanka's most dramatic sight. Sigiriya Rock Fortress rises from the forest floor, an extraordinary monument to the reign of King Kasyapa, centuries ago. This ancient World heritage-listed citadel commands spectacular views if you're up for the climb. This evening, taste your way through a seven-course feast for dinner. (B/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Perhaps choose to head out on a village trek, cycle around the local countryside or indulge in a spa treatment.
5 Polonnaruwa, Minneriya
Set out for a day's adventure, beginning in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa after breakfast. This World Heritage-listed archaeological park etches a lost kingdom into an ethereal landscape. Moving on this afternoon to Minneriya National Park for a safari, where the chance to see Sri Lankan elephants in their natural habitat is a must. As you return to your resort tonight, enjoy time to relax. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • Choose from a range of dining options this evening.
6 Kandy
Once the gardens of royalty, be wowed by giant trees and vivid floral displays at the Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya, on the outskirts of Kandy. Swapping serenity for city buzz, take a tuk tuk city tour of Kandy and visit the iconic Temple of The Buddha's Tooth before enjoying a cultural show. Stay Two Nights: Kandy, Earl's Regency (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • The day is yours. You could tour a fresh produce market with a culinary expert in preparation for your Sri Lankan cooking class. Or visit Tamarind Gardens for lunch and to learn of the paddock-to-plate ethos of the farm, as your lunch is prepared before your very eyes. Later, learn about incense stick making.
7 Kandy
Today a number of exciting culinary experiences await. (B/L/D)

Freedom of Choice:
  • The day is yours. You could tour a fresh produce market with a culinary expert in preparation for your Sri Lankan cooking class. Or visit Tamarind Gardens for lunch and to learn of the paddock-to-plate ethos of the farm, as your lunch is prepared before your very eyes. Later, learn about incense stick making.
8 Nuwara Eliya
Kandy's tropical climate and lush surrounds make this the perfect tea-production region. Best viewed by rail, hop aboard a scenic train through undulating tea plantations en route to Nuwara Eliya. Arrive at your hotel to sit back and enjoy the views over high tea. Stay Two Nights: Nuwara Eliya, Heritance Tea Factory (B/L/D)
9 Nuwara Eliya
Test your tastebuds this morning by sampling some of the region's best brews with an expert tea taster. You'll learn how tea leaf varieties, climate, soil conditions and processing influence the quality of the final product. Tonight, take a step back in time with dinner at a converted Railway Carriage restaurant at the Heritance Tea Factory. (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 feel at one with nature over a barbecue dinner in the heart of the Sri Lankan hinterland. Stay Two Nights: Yala National Park, Chena Huts (B/L/D)
11 Yala National Park
This morning, excitement builds as you board your Jeep safari within the wilds of Yala National Park. From herds of elephants, sloth bears and jackals, to the elusive leopards that can be spotted draped along tree branches, there are a myriad opportunities to view incredible wildlife today. (B/L/D)
12 Galle, Colombo
It's time to set off to Sri Lanka's capital Colombo, but not before a stop in the fortified port city of Galle. Founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century, prepare to be charmed by Galle's eclectic history and culture, as you explore this city's impressive colonial architecture. Later, in Colombo, views of the Indian Ocean from your iconic hotel are hard to beat. Stay: Colombo, Galle Face Hotel (B/L)
13 Depart Colombo
With one final flourish before your flight tonight, take a guided walking tour of Colombo this morning. A great way to discover the capital's colonial character and convivial feel within the bustle of a major city. Fortified by a final dinner at the Ministry of Crab seafood restaurant, you'll then be transferred 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
Journey Highlights
  • Embark on a jeep safari in Yala National Park for your chance to see Asian Elephants and Leopards
  • Uncover the ancient world of Sigirya Rock Fortress, nestled in the jungle-covered interior of Sri Lanka
  • For a unique culinary experience in an old railway carriage prepare to Dine on Wheels
Trip Inclusions
  • Experiences in eight destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in two locations
  • Everything as detailed, including gratuities
  • Expert APT Tour Director
Included Meals
  • Luxury dining - a total of 32 meals are included throughout this tour
Accommodation
  • Stay at the gateway to Yala National Park and enjoy every creature comfort during a decadent stay at Chena Huts
  • Gaze out onto Indian Ocean from the old-world charm and refined elegance of the Galle Face Hotel
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices are seasonal and are subject to change
  • Prices include porterage, gratuities and sundries
  • Prices are for land and rail only. Flights not included

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Tuesday 24 Sep 2019 Sunday 06 Oct 2019 360per person 8,835per person Sold Out
Wednesday 25 Sep 2019 Monday 07 Oct 2019 352per person 8,643per person Sold Out
Tuesday 22 Oct 2019 Sunday 03 Nov 2019 352per person 8,643per person Sold Out
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Wednesday 12 Feb 2020 Monday 24 Feb 2020 520solo traveller 12,675solo traveller Sold Out
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Tuesday 12 Jan 2021 Sunday 24 Jan 2021 372per person 9,123per person Sold Out
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Tuesday 09 Mar 2021 Sunday 21 Mar 2021 400per person 9,795per person Sold Out
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