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Endowed with an idyllic palm fringed coastline, a whopping eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites & a host of national parks that feature all manner of creatures great and small Sri Lanka is slowly emerging as a holiday hotspot that's not to be missed. Combine this with a relaxing stay in the Maldives.
Home ColomboDestination Home Colombo Meals included Hotel The Gateway Hotel , or similar A warm welcome awaits you at the arrival lounge of the Bandaranaike International Airport. You will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. Check in and relax after your international flight. Please note: Most flights into Sri Lanka arrive late in the evening of day 1. Please Note: 2020 departures staying at The Goldi Sands Hotel in Colombo
Colombo SigiriyaDestination Colombo Sigiriya Meals included Breakfast, Dinner Hotel 5 Sigiriya Jungles, or similar Today enjoy a late start, taking time to relax and prepare for an exciting first day of touring. We’ll leave the hotel around 9.30-10am, bound for Sigiriya, or Lion Rock. En route we'll spend the afternoon on a private jeep safari at either Minneriya or Kaudulla National Park to witness the unique phenomenon of elephant 'gathering'. During the dry season – from June to September – hundreds of elephants travel to ancient reservoirs located within the parks for water. Minneriya and Kaudulla are two of the best places in the country to see wild elephants. Outside of the dry season (and depending on the elephant migration patterns) the safari will be conducted in one of the surrounding parks. This evening, enjoy a pre-dinner nip of arrack (a potent local spirit made from the fermented sap of coconut flowers), or a glass of something else to suit your taste.
Sigiriya Lion Rock SigiriyaDestination Sigiriya Lion Rock Sigiriya Meals included Breakfast, Dinner Hotel 5 Sigiriya Jungles, or similar This morning we'll climb the ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya, or Lion Rock – one of the highlights of any visit to Sri Lanka. A dramatic rocky outcrop that rises from the surrounding plains like a mirage, the 200-metre tall rock column is topped by the ruins of a 5th-century citadel. Reaching the top of the rock requires a little leg work, but is well worth the effort. The stunning stone facade has been weathered over many centuries and the panoramic view from the top is awe-inspiring. On our climb we’ll explore the beautiful water garden, the boulder garden, the colourful frescoes and the so-called 'mirror wall'. Once we pass the lion's paws, hewn from solid rock, it’s a steep climb with plenty of steps and walkways. Those who don't wish to venture to the top can rest at the lion's paws until the rest of the group return. This evening, enjoy another round of arrack before dinner. OPTIONAL TOUR -COOKING DEMONSTRATION AND LUNCH Late morning take part in a Cooking Demonstration of Sri Lankan rice and curry preparation and enjoy a typical Sri Lankan lunch overlooking the paddy fields. OPTIONAL TOUR -MEDIEVAL CAPITAL CITY OF POLONNARUWA This afternoon enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Medieval Capital City of Polonnaruwa. This was declared as an UNESCO heritage site in 1982. After the demise of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa became the middle historic capital of Sri Lanka (1017 – 1235 AD)
Sigiriya KandyDestination Sigiriya Kandy Meals included Breakfast, Dinner Hotel 5 Earl’s Regency, or similar This morning we leave for Kandy. En route, visit the Matale Spice Garden to learn more about Sri Lanka's agricultural heritage. We then continue on to the Sacred City of Kandy, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. The second largest city in the country, and the capital of the central hill regions, Kandy remains a very peaceful place that's centred around a lake. It's home to a famous Buddhist pilgrimage site, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa), not to mention well-preserved ruins of the royal palaces. Spend your afternoon in Kandy exploring or relaxing as you wish. Late afternoon saunter around the Kandy Lake, the atmosphere alone will intrigue you to spend a few moments here. Visit the Temple of Tooth, with its guardian elephants is a deeply significant Buddhist site that contains a tooth of Buddha collected from his funeral pyre and this draws thousands of pilgrims from across the world.
Kandy Nuwara EliyaDestination Kandy Nuwara Eliya Meals included Breakfast, Dinner Hotel The Blackpool Hotel, or similar After breakfast we bid farewell to Kandy and hop on what is widely recognised as one of the world’s most scenic train rides, winding around mist-shrouded hilltops, through vivid green valleys and past waterfalls, on our way to Nuwara Eliya. Apart from taking in the breathtaking scenery of tea country, this is a great opportunity to mingle with locals. Often referred to as ‘Little England’, Nuwara Eliya, is a genteel highland community with a British country village feel to it thanks to the resident colonial-era bungalows, which come courtesy of its British roots. Upon arrival to Hill Country, visit a tea plantation and factory. Here you will enjoy the absolute tea experience, taking you to the moment the young tea leaves are plucked from the plantation to being processed in the factory to make a steamy cup of tea. If you are interested, the tea factory is the best place to purchase good quality tea. Please note: it is not possible to confirm the train ticket reservation due to the fact that Sri Lanka Railway has a manual system for reservations. Tickets can only be booked 30 days prior to departure. The 1st and 2nd class carriages are basic, but have air-conditioning. On the rare occasion that the train is fully booked we’ll travel by road instead.
Nuwara Eliya YalaDestination Nuwara Eliya Yala Meals included Breakfast, Dinner Hotel Mandara Rosen, or similar This morning we make our way to Yala/Tissamaharama. After checking in to your hotel spend your afternoon on a guided game drive spotting the abundant flora and fauna of Yala National Park. As one of the largest national parks in the country Yala is the ideal place to spot the rare Sri Lankan leopard. Please note that Yala National Park closes for a period between the months of September and October. The exact closure dates are made clear closer to the time. The closure is due to the prevailing dry weather prior to this time and taking into consideration the well-being of the wildlife in the reserve. For departure dates that fall over this period (please refer to dates in Fine Print section under Yala National Park Closure), Yala National park will be replaced with a visit to Udawalawe National Park. Although smaller in size to Yala National Park, Udawalawe National Park is considered one of the world's best places to see wild elephants. Largely comprised of grasslands and bush forest, Udawalawe is also one of the best national parks in Sri Lanka for game spotting and being far less crowded than Yala, it makes for a more enjoyable experience for travellers and therefore, we believe is a more than suitable alternative.
Yala Galle ColomboDestination Yala Galle Colombo Meals included Breakfast, Dinner Hotel 5 Galle Face Hotel, or similar This morning we leave for Colombo. En route we explore the Galle Fort and its fortifications. Galle is a carefully preserved colonial city, which features an interesting blend of European architecture (Portuguese, Dutch and English) as well as South-Asian traditions. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. As we continue on to Colombo we'll also visit a turtle hatchery. There are only seven species of marine turtles in the world and five of them are found in the warm, clear waters off Sri Lanka’s coast: the hawksbill, loggerhead, green, leatherback and olive ridley.
Colombo Male Airport -MaldivesDestination Colombo Male Airport -Maldives Meals included Dinner Hotel 4 Adaaran Club Rannalhi, or similar Welcome to Paradise! A visit to the Maldives is truly a dream come true. This stunning tropical nation lies within the Indian Ocean and is composed of 26 colourful coral atolls composed of hundreds of idyllic islands. The Maldives is world famous for it’s beautiful beaches, sapphire blue lagoons and extensive coral reefs. Upon arrival you will be welcomed and then transferred to your hotel by speed boat. After checking in, the rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure, taking in the gorgeous tropical landscape.
MaldivesDestination Maldives Meals included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Hotel 4 Adaaran Club Rannalhi, or similar This morning enjoy a delicious breakfast while admiring the surrounding low-lying islands that make up the utopian Maldives. Every atoll here is formed by centuries of coral reef growth, and each is encircled by a shallow lagoon, protected by the surrounding reef systems. The islands here have tropical castaway qualities: tall coconut palms, white sandy beaches and crystal clear lagoons. Today you may enjoy an entire day of leisure, participating in some of the many exciting activities that the islands have to offer. Our hotel offers some phenomenal snorkeling opportunities, where you can explore the shallow oases at the islands edge. You may also choose to enjoy some exciting optional water sport activities, such as catamaran sailing where you can experience the thrill of riding the winds and speeding through the crystal waters. Canoeing may also appeal to those who seek tranquility while they enjoy the surrounding natural beauty. Windsurfing is also an activity available to the more adventurous. There really is no end to the adventures you may seek as you explore the wonderful Maldives jet-skiing, parasailing, and scuba diving may also be on your list.
MaldivesDestination Maldives Meals included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Hotel 4 Adaaran Club Rannalhi, or similar Following another delicious breakfast this morning, you may enjoy yet another day of leisure in the dreamy Maldives. Enjoy any number of the incredible activities available to you, and make the most of your fantastic adventure here. Alternatively, relax on the beach and take in the picture-perfect surroundings while dipping your toes in the warm, luscious waters of the Indian Ocean. You will have never known true relaxation until you set foot on this luxurious white sandy beach.
MaldivesDestination Maldives Meals included Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Hotel 4 Adaaran Club Rannalhi, or similar Enjoy your morning today with a scrumptious breakfast while taking in the fresh breeze as you are serenaded by the sound of the waves lapping the beach. Admire the view beyond the horizon of the Indian Ocean and prepare for another day of leisure and exciting optional activities in the Maldives. DAY 12 Destination Male Home Meals included Breakfast Hotel N/A Following breakfast this morning we must leave our island paradise as we check-out from out hotel and proceed to the airport via speed boat. Here you will board your flight home. We hope your tour has ended with sweet and happy memories of worlds beyond your wildest dreams.
HomeDestination Home Meals included Hotel N/A Arrive home today, with memories to last a lifetime.
Return international airfares with Singapore Airlines
Return flight from Colombo to Male with Sri Lankan Airlines
Return airport transfers throughout
7 nights deluxe accommodation in 4 to 5 star hotels throughout Sri Lanka
4 nights in the Maldives staying at the stunning Adaaran Resort, in an iconic overwater bunaglow
Breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 6 dinners in Sri Lanka, plus all meals in Maldives
All inclusives drinks at your Maldives resort
Return Speed Boat transfer Male to Maldives
The services of a professional English-speaking guide throughout Sri Lanka
In-depth sightseeing & all entry fees as per the itinerary
Dedicated private transportation throughout
24/7 customer service and your own Dedicated Support Agent
Colombo -Enjoy a tour of Pettah Bazaar, Independence Square, Red Mosque and the Dutch Reformed Church
Sigiriya -Climb the magnificent rock fortress of Sigiriya, also known as Lion Rock
Kandy -Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, a famous Buddhist site within the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy
Kandy -Enjoy a traditional cultural performance
Nuwara Eliya -Emark on a famous train ride through Sri Lanka’s tea country
Yala National Park -Wildlife game drive exploring the dynamic wildlife and the most luxuriant plant life in this epic national park
Galle -Walk along the old stone fortifications that surround this historic coastal town
Galle -Vist the Turtle Hatchery on route to Colombo; there are only seven species of marine turtles in the world and five are found off Sri Lanka’s coast.
Maldives -Relax on one of the 1000 blissful islands that make up the Maldives
- Travel insurance (compulsory) Tipping
- Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
- Optional activities
- Personal expenses
now and secure your package with only a $100 deposit per person.
a 2nd instalment of $2749 per person within 28 days.
will then be invoiced for final payment 90 days prior to departure.
the purple 'Reserve Your Seat' tab to begin your booking (you must 'Sign Up' first by entering your email and creating a password)
select the purple 'Book now' tab of the tour you have selected
your Departure Date, Departure City, Number of Passengers, Room Configuration, any Upgrade Options, and enter any Special Requests
the purple ‘Proceed to Secure Checkout' tab
your credit card or PayPal details to secure your deposit/payment
your order is complete, you will be prompted to complete a Booking Form so that we can fulfil your booking
booking is confirmed once your Booking Form is submitted and you can begin the countdown to your Inspiring Vacation!
will then be allocated and contacted by one of our Dedicated Support Agent's (within 48 hours) who will support you right up until you return from your journey
service airline used will be Singapore Airlines (Sri Lankan Airlines or Emirates if unavailable)
airfares with Sri Lanka airlines or similar
will require a minimum of 1 transit (maximum 2)
customers will likely require two stops in either direction
tickets will include 20 kilos checked baggage per person, along with 7 kilos of hand luggage.
the airlines baggage allowance, we recommend travelling with 20 kilos per person due to restrictions with internal flights (where applicable), as well as coach and train transportation. Also, you will be responsible for handling your luggage at all times as the services of porters is not included. If travelling over this amount, you will be liable for any excess baggage fees enforced by the airline, payable direct.
ticketed, flights are non-refundable; any changes will be subject to the airline rules and change fees
names as per passport (including all middle names) are required
airline schedule changes or cancellations are beyond our control
Premium Economy or Business Class upgrades
Economy -Not available.
Class upgrade available from an additional $4,500 per person (subject to availability).
Land Only discount
A reduction of $1,000 per person applies if you wish to arrange your own airfares. To purchase a land-only fare, please select this option in the booking process under 'Departure City'.
Please note, if you are not arriving or departing as per the group itinerary, airport transfers are also no longer included. If you would like us to arrange this service for you, please refer to the ‘Extra services’ section for pricing.
Singapore Stopover Package
You may wish to stop over in Singapore before or after your tour.
Includes: 3 nights at the 4 star Furama Riverfront or similar Breakfast daily Return airport transfers
Cost -$499 per person Twin Share ($998 Single Share)
If you wish to book the Singapore stopover package before or after your tour, please select this under 'Upgrade Options' before completing your booking. You will then be invoiced for this in your final payment.
The $150pp extension supplement does not apply if selecting this option.
How to extend your stay
Some customers like to enhance their holiday by extending their stay pre-and/or post-tour. If you wish to do so, please follow these steps:
Follow the ‘Book Now’ prompts after signing up, until you reach the 'Special Requests' field
Here, please specify your preferred flight arrangements and if you require additional accommodation, with the number of nights needed.
After finalising your purchase and submitting your booking form, a member of our team will be in contact with you via email to verify your request.
Please note, a supplement of $150 per person (plus any applicable fare and tax differences) applies to deviate from the standard itinerary. We will contact you via email with a quote and proposed flight itinerary, and then proceed with collecting the additional payment required to confirm your request.
You can enhance your holiday by arriving or departing before or after the tour, adding a stopover package en-route or booking a tour extension. On this tour you can choose from the following options:
Take the hassle out of getting to the airport with private chauffeur transfers to and from your home airport. Your personal chauffeur will meet and greet you, attend to your luggage and drive you to your destination in a luxury vehicle.
30km of airport: $139 per vehicle (max 2 guests)
30km of airport: You may add this option to your booking and the final price will be adjusted based on the transfer distance.
Additional surcharges may apply depending on pick-up time, tolls and government levies.
Airport Chauffeur can be selected once you have finalised your tour purchase and paid your deposit. When completing your Passenger Booking Form, you will be asked if you would like to add this service, where any applicable cost will be added to your final balance.
Pre and post tour accommodation (deviating from group flights forfeits your group airport transfers)
Pre-tour accommodation: $240 per room per night for double/twin/single including breakfast and transfer
Post-tour accommodation: $313 per room per night for double/twin/single including breakfast and transfer
Arrival and departure airport transfers
Transfer: $60 per vehicle
Transfer: $60 per vehicle
Your transfer may be shared with other Inspiring Vacations customers.
Please specify in the 'Special Request' field when making your purchase your preferred travel arrangements and if you would like our team to book additional nights' accommodation and/or airport transfers. The additional cost for these land arrangements will be added to your final payment invoice and are subject to availability.
Escape busy airport terminals and relax at a cosy and catered lounge instead. Departure lounge access in Sydney $70 per person (up to 6 hours); Melbourne & Brisbane $55 per person (up to 3 hours).
Airport lounge passes can be selected once you have finalised your tour purchase and paid your deposit. When completing your Passenger Booking Form, you will be asked if you would like to add this service, where any applicable cost will be added to your final balance.
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.
As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.
This particular tour is categorised as a “3”:
3 – Moderate Tour: A good level of fitness and mobility is required, as this tour includes a moderate level of physical activity and is considered a medium-fast paced tour. You should be able to walk up and down stairs, get on and off the coach and able to walk reasonable distances of approximately 2 kilometres per day or more with ease. Any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aids, other than a walking stick or hiking poles, then this tour is not suitable.
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. At the commencement of your tour you will be asked to provide tipping to your guide towards a ‘kitty’, which is then used towards the guide tipping for the services of helpers, hotel staff, restaurants and airport porterage. You will be asked for AUD$35 per person. Please note that this tipping is not for the guide or driver, merely for the guide to tip the services of other local workers during your tour. While not made compulsory, if you choose not to contribute to the kitty it means that the guide is tipping for these services out of their own pocket. Your cooperation in this instance is most appreciated.
Further, tipping for your guide and driver will be collected at the conclusion of their services. To remove the uncertainty and stress of not knowing how much is appropriate to tip we recommend AUD$6 per person per day for your guide and AUD$3 per person per day for your driver to be paid in local currency. The amount you wish to contribute is dependent on the services received and at the complete discretion of the guest. Thank you for your understanding.
Final documentation, including e-tickets and hotel details, will be provided approximately 30 days prior to travel.
Children must be 2 years old or over and share a room with parents at all times. Children are the same price as adults.
The total length of the tour in days includes time spent inflight and is subject to change, depending on the flight schedule. Please refer to the day-by-day itinerary for the time spent in your destination(s).
Train Journey -Day 5
Please note that it is not possible to confirm the train ticket reservation due to the fact that Sri Lanka Railway has a manual system for reservations. Tickets can only be booked 30 days prior to departure. The 1st and 2nd class is basic but has air-conditioning. The nonairconditioned 3rd class sometimes is the only option based availability. On the rare occasion the train is fully booked we’ll conduct the route by road.
Please note that Yala National Park closes for a period between the months of September and October. The exact closure dates are made clear closer to the time. The closure is due to the prevailing dry weather prior to this time and taking into consideration the well-being of the wildlife in the reserve. For departure dates that fall over this period, as defined in the departure dates listed below, Yala National park will be replaced with a visit to Udawalawe National Park.
Although smaller in size to Yala National Park, Udawalawe National Park is considered one of the world's best places to see wild elephants. Largely comprised of grasslands and bush forest, Udawalawe is also one of the best national parks in Sri Lanka for game spotting and being far less crowded than Yala, it makes for a more enjoyable experience for travellers and therefore, we believe is a more than suitable alternative.
14 SEP 2019 28 SEP 2019 12 OCT 2019
Demonstration and Lunch -$23 per person
Capital City of Polonnaruwa -$46 per person
Optional tours can be selected once you have finalised your tour purchase and paid your deposit. When completing your Passenger Booking Form, you will be asked if you would like to add Optional Tours, where the applicable cost will be added to your final balance. If you choose not to select them at this time, you can choose to add them later by logging in to your Account online or speaking with your Dedicated Support Agent for assistance.