Sri Lanka - Pearl of the Indian Ocean

Classic Touring

13 Days from $5,149

Feb 2020 - Mar 2020 Departures

Head to this paradise island afloat in the Indian Ocean to discover mysterious ancient sites, lush tea plantations, idyllic beaches and more.

Overview

What's included

  • ​​Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • 12 nights in 4 & 5-star hotels      
  • 25 meals: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 11 dinners including welcome drinks & dinner and farewell dinner
  • Free scheduled group transfers are available on arrival & departure. Other transport & porterage included

Included excursions

  • Tour of Colombo
  • Minneriya National Park
  • Sigiriya including Lion Rock
  • Walk at Hiriwaduna
  • Matale Spice Gardens
  • Kandy Botanical Gardens
  • Kandy tour including Temple of the Tooth
  • Tea plantation visit
  • Tour of Galle & Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery
  • Train journey from Kandy to Nanu Oya
  • Local Flavours - Farewell beach barbecue in Beruwala with unlimited soft & alcoholic drinks

Optional excursions

  • ​Polonnaruwa
  • Dambulla cave temples​
  • Yoga session in Beruwala
  • Sri Lankan Arrack dinner

Itinerary

Make your own way to Colombo where you can meet us for the scheduled group transfers to your hotel. Arrive at your hotel in Colombo where, the rest of the day is at leisure. This evening join your fellow travellers for dinner at a local restaurant where you’ll eat traditional Sri Lankan food.

After breakfast, a short sightseeing tour will introduce you to the highlights of Colombo. Grand colonial-era buildings and Buddhist temples rub shoulders with modern skyscrapers and high-end boutiques.

We will then head to Habarana. This afternoon, we will visit Minneriya National Park, which is home to deer, leopards and elephants.

Today we visit Sigiriya, one of Sri Lanka’s seven World Heritage sites in the island’s Cultural Triangle. Later, we’ll visit the ancient Hiriwaduna Buddhist Temple before crossing a jungle rivulet by catamaran to reach a farmer’s ‘wattle and daub’ house.

Polonnaruwa is the second most ancient of Sri Lanka’s cities and you can discover more on this mornings optional excursion here.

This afternoon there’s an optional excursion to Dambulla cave temples that contain more than 150 images of Buddha. Alternatively, take the day to explore at your own pace.

Today we’ll visit unesco-listed Anuradhapura, the first capital and the grandest city of ancient Sri Lanka.

This morning we head to Kandy via the aromatic Matale Spice Gardens.

Kandy was the last royal capital of Sri Lanka and the Royal Botanical Gardens at nearby Peradeniya are a delight to explore. The famous Tooth Relic of Buddha can also be found in Kandy and this afternoon we’ll visit the temple. For lunch you’ll visit the Sthree Café which serves fresh vegetarian cuisine, providing a traditional Sri Lankan dining experience.

Nuwara Eliya, which we reach by a combination of train and road, is the home of Ceylon tea. Visit a tea plantation and enjoy a tasting.

We arrive in Beruwala today, where you can spend the next three days at leisure. On day 11, you might choose to join an optional morning yoga session and later that day we offer a special optional dinner. 

We’ll take a city tour of Galle today before visiting the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery. This evening we’ll enjoy a farewell barbecue dinner on the beach with unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks.

Your tour comes to an end today. Scheduled group transfers are available to the airport​, please see www.justyou.com/transfers

Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your vacation before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your vacation information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Sri Lanka - Yoga Session

Sri Lanka - Yoga Session

from $49

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Why not ease into the day with Yoga!
Yoga is a collection of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. Yoga is an early method of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) and breathing. It helps to improve health and happiness. Your Guru today will help and guide you through this authentic practice.

Two-hour experience – Moderate activity – Enlightening

Sri Lanka - Ceylon Arrack Dinner

Sri Lanka - Ceylon Arrack Dinner

from $199

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This evening you will experience a true taste sensation; learning about and sampling the famous Ceylon drink; Arrack, along with a complementary multi course meal.

Ceylon Arrack is a spirit distilled from the sap of the coconut flower, the sap is the juice that would have turned the coconut flower into a coconut. Sap collection is a timeless art handed down from one generation to another. The Ceylon 'toddy tappers' can be seen early morning at the top of the tall coconut trees 'tight-rope walking' effortlessly from tree to tree, where coconut trees grow in abundance. The sap has its own natural yeast and starts fermenting naturally once collected and must be distilled within 24 hours of being collected. Arrack is therefore one of the few/rare spirits in the world which is a distillate of a 100% natural fermentation.

Before the dinner you will be taken through the history of arrack and the brand, concluding in a tasting of the different types of arrack. To follow, a specifically designed multi-course dinner by Chef Adam Gaunt from the Flying Fish in Sydney. Which is sure to excite your palette and tingle your taste buds!

Evening excursion – Minimal walking – A taste sensation!

Sri Lanka - Polonnaruwa

Sri Lanka - Polonnaruwa

from $89

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Polonnaruwa - The second most ancient of Sri Lanka's kingdoms, was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, who defeated the Chola invaders in 1070. This city is known to have been the pinnacle of the Golden Age of Sri Lanka, during the reign of Parakramabahu I, a ruler whose goal that no drop of water falling from the heavens be wasted led to the development of irrigation systems which are still utilized to this day. The greatest of these systems – the Parakrama Samudra (Sea of Parakrama) is a tank so vast that it is often mistaken for an ocean. It circles the main city like a ribbon, acting both as a defensive border against intruders and the lifeline of the people in times of peace.

Half day - Moderate walking - Historical Highlight

Sri Lanka - Dambulla Cave Temples

Sri Lanka - Dambulla Cave Temples

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Dambulla – located in the north central province, this UNESCO World Heritage Site which dates back to the 1st century BC is an amazing complex of five caves. First used as a refuge by an ancient king who on regaining his throne, commissioned magnificent carved images within the living rock. Cave inscriptions dating from the 2nd Century BC can be found and on the walls are many paintings most of which belong to the Kandy period (early 19th century).

This temple is a perfect location to view evolution of ancient Sri Lankan art and is an important historical site due to the amalgamation of the material from many eras.

Half day - Moderate walking - Not to be missed

Accommodation

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The 4-star Habarana Village by cinnamon is wonderfully situated and borders a stunning lake. <br><br> Hotel facilities include a restuarant, bar and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, mini-bar, tea/coffee-making facilities and a TV.
The 4-star Cinnamon Citadel in Kandy is an ideal base from which to discover this fascinating ancient city while also providing plenty of opportunities for relaxation in a peaceful setting. <br><br> Hotel facilities include a choice of restaurants, bar and swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, minibar and hairdryer.
Surrounded by vast tea estates, the Blackpool Hotel has the style of ancient colonialism but with modern touch. The hotel has an outdoor warm water pool, lounge, bar and restaurant. The 57 rooms are decorated with traditional Sri Lankan design and feature air conditioning, TV, safe, free Wi-Fi and private bathroom facilities.
The 5-star Cinnamon Bey is situated in Beruwela. <br><br> Hotel facilities include a restaurant, spa, bar and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, hairdryer, mini-bar, tea/coffee-making facilities and a TV.

Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel Colombo

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Make Your Own Way

Friday 28 Feb 2020

13 Days

$5,649

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Make Your Own Way

Friday 20 Mar 2020

13 Days

$5,149

Available

CALL 1-800-280-1795