Ceylon: The Children’s Island
From £ 1736 per person
Welcome to Ceylon, where cultural ancient civilizations speak to you through the stones. Dip into the fun of discovery and exuberance of coming up close and personal with wild animals in their natural habitat, train travel through central Sri Lanka and visit some of the most celebrated and legendary monuments in Sri Lanka.
During this 8 day family holiday to Sri Lanka you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with the kind locals, explore this beautiful country and the flora and fauna it offers as well enjoy the delicious cuisine. This trip is action packed with activities for families, guaranteeing countless smiles and unforgettable moments.
Starting from £1,600 per person on the basis of 4 persons
THE PRICE INCLUDES:
> All transfers and transport in a private, air conditioned vehicle, with an English speaking driver.
> Domestic flights and train travel as stated in the itinerary.
> Hotels: double rooms in Luxury hotels.
> Your meals: Half board plus additional meals as stated in the itinerary.
> Visits and activities as stated in the itinerary.
THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE :
> International flights.
> International airport taxes.
> Breakfast on Day 1, Lunch on Days 1,2,4,5,6,7,8 and Dinner on Day 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Sri Lanka Tourist Visa.
> Travel insurance.
> Drinks and personal expenses.
> Everything that is not written in ‘The Price Includes’.
> All quotations are subject change depending on availability and prices can be adjusted according to fluctuations in exchange rates and increased government taxes. This can affect the total price. All rates are based on the best available price to date and are subject to change at the time of booking.
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Day 1: Colombo – Galle│ Happy Landings in Sri Lanka
Upon touch down in Colombo, Sri Lanka, you will be met by your driver in the airport who will transfer you to Galle. This two hour journey to south Sri Lanka takes you along the coast through the beautiful city of Bentota. Upon arrival in Galle you will check-in to your hotel where you can spend the evening before turning in for the night. If you arrive in Galle early in the day, your driver will be at your disposal to take you into the city center for some city exploration.
Day 2: Galle – Yala National Park │ Exploring Galle
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be met by your driver who will take you to the Galle Fort. Galle Fort, which is located in the Bay of Galle, was first built in 1588 by the Portuguese and later extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century. Continue exploring the city of Galle visiting the Fortaleza, a large courtyard at a spice warehouse surrounded by deep colonnaded porches and the Dutch Hospital, before being transferred to Yala National Park where you will check into your hotel and spend the night.
Day 3: Yala National Park - Ella │ Discovering Sri Lanka’s Beautiful Landscapes
Begin your day early with a hearty breakfast in preparation for the exciting day ahead! After breakfast you will head into Yala National Park for a Jeep Safari of the beautiful national park. . This tour brings you up close with untamed wildlife and landscapes. Be on the lookout for elephants, leopards and sloth bears to name but a few of the beautiful animals that call Yala National Park home. In the afternoon your driver will transfer you to Ella where you will visit Budalla before checking in to your hotel at night.
Day 4: Ella – Kandy │Train Travel to Kandy
In the morning after breakfast your driver will take you to Little Adam’s Peak which is a beautiful site for a morning walk, followed by a visit to Ella Rock. After visiting the Demodara Nine Arch Bridge and having lunch, you will board a train to take you to Kandy. This authentic train ride takes you back in time, experiencing colonial Sri Lanka, chugging along through beautiful landscapes on either side. Upon arrival in Kandy, you will be met by your driver who will take you to your hotel for check-in for the night.
Day 5: Kandy – Matale - Dambulla│ From Spice Gardens to The Dambulla Caves
In the morning your driver will meet you at your hotel after breakfast to take you to Dambulla via Matale. In Matale you will visit the Spice Gardens where you can learn about the production of Chocolate, Vanilla, Pepper and Cinnamon as well as explore the beautiful grounds. Onwards to Dambulla where in the afternoon you will visit the Dambulla Caves before heading for dinner and then onwards to your hotel in Dambulla for the night.
Day 6: Dambulla – Sigiriya – Habarana –Polonnaruwa – Dambulla │ A Day of All Things Sri Lankan
Early in the morning you will be met by your driver who will take you to Sigiriya where you will climb the renowned Sigiriya Rock Fortress to take in the panoramic views of beautiful landscapes across Sigiriya. After the decent you will enjoy a delicious Sri Lankan lunch before driving to Habarana and Polonnaruwa. Polonnaruwa was the kingdom from which Sri Lankan kings ruled the island from the 11th till the 13th century and is now made up of beautiful, ancient ruins. Enjoy an early dinner here before returning to your hotel in Dambulla for the night.
Day 7: Dambulla – Kalpitiya│ Dolphin and Whale Watching in Kalpitiya
Early in the morning your driver will meet you at your hotel to transfer you to Kalpitiya. This 3 hour drive from central Sri Lanka to the west coast of Sri Lanka takes you through small villages and lush greenery. Upon arrival in Kalpitiya you will check into your beach side hotel before being met by a guide who will take you on your sea adventure for dolphin and whale watching. Spend the day at sea before being met by your driver who will return you to your hotel for the night.
Day 8: Kalpitiya - Colombo│ Airport Transfer for Departure
Waking up this morning marks the last day of your Sri Lankan holiday with Shanti Travel. After breakfast at your hotel your driver will meet you and take you either directly to the airport for your departure flight, or via central Colombo for some last minute souvenir shopping. Enjoy your last coastal drive before heading home, taking in the one-of-a-kind sights and absorbing this wonderful country. We bid you farewell and look forward to touring with you on your next holiday to Asia.
Lalith, Sri Lanka expert
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