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12 days from £2,099 per person

This introduction to the ‘Land of Serendipity’ reveals mountaintop fortresses, ancient capitals hidden in dense forest and national parks where elephants roam free. Starting and finishing in the island’s capital, Colombo, you’ll journey to Buddhist temples and botanical gardens, stopping to sample some of the world’s best tea along the way. A safari drive in Yala National Park is a great opportunity to spot Sri Lankan wildlife - we’ll be on the lookout for leopards, buffalo, elephants and crocodiles.

13 included excursions and visits

  • City tours of Colombo and Galle
  • Buddhist shrines at Anuradhapura
  • Visits to Hiriwaduna local village, Sigiriya Rock fortress, the Golden Temple at Dambulla, the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Temple of the Tooth and the Elephant Transit Home
  • Kandyan dance performance
  • Tea plantation tour in the Nuwara Eliya area
  • High tea at the Colonial Hill Club
  • Yala National Park safari

Including...

  • 10 nights in hotels and 1 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • 20 meals: 10 breakfasts (days 3-12) 10 dinners (days 2-11)

Plus all these benefits

  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Services of a local Titan tour manager
  • International flights (prices are based on return flights with SriLankan Airlines/Emirates from London Heathrow or Gatwick - Emirates flights via Dubai. Supplements may apply from other airports)
  • Best available coaches with experienced drivers
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes and duties

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The Best of Sri Lanka


VIP Outbound2

Day 1 UK - In flight

Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Colombo.

In flight


Colombo

On arrival in Colombo we transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo (4T+)


Colombo - Habarana

Colombo is Sri Lanka’s commercial centre, a curious mix of eastern tradition and western infiltration. Our morning tour includes a visit to the fort built by the Portuguese and a view of the buzzing Pettah bazaar district from our coach, where the streets are crammed with stalls and shops. We continue our journey to Habarana, in the heart of the island, where we’ll stay for three nights.

Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana (4T+)


Anuradhapura - Hiriwaduna Village

We head to Anuradhapura, ruled by the Sinhalese Kings for over 1,000 years. Star attractions include ancient Buddhist shrines, dagobas (bell-shaped memorials) and pokunas (stone water tanks). We also visit the sacred 2,000-year-old Sri Maha Bodi tree. Later, we’ll visit a typical Sri Lankan village for an introduction to local culture and indigenous farming practices.


Sigiriya

Adventure awaits us this morning in Sigiriya, a 182m-high rock plateau on which a 5th century ruler built a fortress and palace. The spectacular ‘lion rock’ fortress stands majestically over the green jungle. Carved in a niche in the rocks are frescoes of beautiful women. This afternoon you’re free to relax or join an optional excursion to Polonnaruwa, built in the 12th century by King Parakramabahu. The remains of the King’s Palace include shrines, temples, dagobas and the Gal Vihara.


Habarana - Dambulla - Kandy

Today’s tour takes in the serene Golden Temple at Dambulla, a home for Buddhist monks since 3 BC. Over the 22 centuries, the five natural caves that make up this sacred pilgrimage site, have been decorated with brilliant murals and exceptional sculptures. Marvel at the rock-hewn Buddha and explore. We then stop at a spice garden before reaching Kandy, last capital of the ancient kings, which nestles among low hills looped by the Mahaweli River.

Cinnamon Citadel Hotel, Kandy (4T)


Royal Botanical Gardens - Temple of the Tooth

This morning’s tour reveals the Royal Botanical Gardens, where you can admire stunning flora and fauna. The afternoon is at leisure. This evening, watch Kandyan dancers perform the enchanting national dance of Sri Lanka, before we continue our journey to the sacred Temple of the Tooth.


Kandy - Tea Plantation - Nuwara Eliya

Today, we’ll make tracks for Nuwara Eliya, home of Ceylon tea. It was built during the 19th century in the style of an old English country town, with some local twists. Victorian- and Tudor-style homes line the pretty lake, and tuk-tuks can be found parked beside a red phone box. Tea lovers will be in their element as we tour a plantation, where workers - or ‘pluckers’ - pick each delicate leaf by hand. See the entire manufacturing process, from grading the tea by quality and size through to its final preparation. Later on, we’ll head to the wonderful Colonial Hill Club for high tea.

The Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya (3T+)


Nuwara Eliya - Elephant Transit Home - Yala

Our journey continues to the Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawe. Unlike many other sanctuaries, this home rehabilitates orphaned and injured elephants until they’re strong and old enough to be released back into the wild. We continue on to Yala, on the south coast of the island.

Cinnamon Wild Yala (4T)


Yala National Park

We rise early for our safari in Sri Lanka’s best-known national park, in search of the elusive Sri Lankan leopard. Even if we fail to catch a glimpse of this majestic predator, there’s plenty more to see, including elephants, buffalo, monkeys, deer and crocodiles. Relax for the rest of the day, or join an optional evening bird trail with an expert local guide.


Yala - Galle - Beruwala

The Old Town of Galle, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in southern Asia. The Portuguese first took control of the city in the early 16th century and began the fortification process, only to surrender it to the Dutch East India Company around 150 years later. The Dutch built substantial ramparts and walls, which are still standing today. Following our short tour, we head up the coast to Beruwala.

Cinnamon Bey Hotel, Beruwala (4T)


VIP Inbound

Day 12 Beruwala - Colombo - UK

Today we transfer to Colombo Airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

Arrive Home



VIP Outbound2

Day 1 London - In flight

Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow or Gatwick Airport for a scheduled SriLankan Airlines flight to Colombo or Emirates flight to Colombo via Dubai.

In flight


Colombo

On arrival at Colombo we transfer to the Gateway Hotel (4T). This flourishing seaport is Sri Lanka’s commercial centre; a curious mix of eastern tradition and western sophistication. Our afternoon tour includes a visit to the fort built by the Portuguese and also an exploration of the buzzing Pettah bazaar district, where the streets are crammed with stalls and shops.

Gateway Hotel


Colombo - Anuradhapura - Habarana

This morning we head north to Anuradhapura, ruled by the Sinhalese Kings for over 1,000 years. Star attractions include ancient Buddhist shrines, dagobas (bell-shaped memorials) and pokunas (stone water tanks). We also visit the sacred 2,000-year-old Sri Maha Bodi tree, before continuing our journey to Habarana. Here we stay at the Cinnamon Lodge (4T+) for three nights.

Cinnamon Lodge


Habarana - Hiriwaduna Village - Sigiriya

After breakfast, we visit a typical Sri Lankan village for a fascinating introduction to local culture and indigenous farming practices. Further adventure awaits in Sigiriya, a 182m rock plateau on which the 5th century ruler, Kasyapa, built a fortress and palace. The spectacular ‘lion rock’ fortress stands majestically over the lush green jungle surroundings, whilst carved in a niche in the rocks are the famous frescoes of beautiful women.


Habarana

Today you are free to enjoy the beautiful surroundings at the charming Cinnamon Lodge. Or perhaps you may like to join our locally-booked optional excursion to Polonnaruwa. The glamour and wealth of a bygone age are evident in Polonnaruwa, built in the 12th century by King Parakramabahu. The remains of the King’s Palace include shrines, temples, dagobas and the Gal Vihara.


Habarana - Dambulla - Kandy

Today’s tour takes in a splendid visit to the serene Golden Temple at Dambulla, named for its gilded interior. Marvel at the recumbent figure of the Buddha hewn from solid rock and explore each of the five magical caves that comprise the shrine. We stop at a spice garden before reaching Kandy, last capital of the ancient kings', which nestles amongst low hills looped by the Mahaweli River. The evening is spent at leisure at the very comfortable Cinnamon Citadel Hotel (4T), our accommodation for the next two nights.

Cinnamon Citadel Hotel


Royal Botanical Gardens - Temple of the Tooth

This morning’s tour reveals the scenic wonder of the gorgeous Royal Botanical Gardens where you can admire stunning flora and fauna. The afternoon is at leisure, but you may wish to take an optional excursion to the Elephant Sanctuary at Pinnawala, where orphaned and injured elephants are rescued and lovingly cared for. This evening, watch Kandyan dancers perform the enchanting national dance of Sri Lanka before continuing our journey to the sacred Temple of the Tooth.


Kandy - Tea Plantation - Nuwara Eliya

We continue to Nuwara Eliya, built during the 19th century in an architectural style mimicking that of an old English country town. This famous home of Ceylon Tea is set 1,900m above sea level, at the foot of Mount Piduruthalagala. ‘Tea country’ Victorian and Tudor style homes line the pretty blue lake, adding to its charm. Tea lovers will be in their element on a fabulous tour to a tea plantation, where tea workers, or pluckers, pick each delicate leaf by hand. See the entire manufacturing process, from grading the tea by quality and size through to its final preparation. After relaxing at our night’s accommodation, The Grand Hotel (3T+), we head to the wonderful Colonial Hill Club for High Tea.

The Grand Hotel


Nuwara Eliya - Elephant Transit Home - Yala

Our journey continues to the Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawe. Unlike many other sanctuaries, this home rehabilitates orphaned and injured elephants until they are strong and old enough to be released back into the wild. We continue to Cinnamon Wild Yala (4T), where we stay for two nights.

Cinnamon Wild Yala


Yala National Park

We rise early for our safari in Sri Lanka’s best known national park in search of the elusive Sri Lankan leopard. Even if we fail to catch a glimpse of this majestic predator, there is much else to see, including elephants, buffalo, monkeys, deer and crocodiles. Relax at leisure, or perhaps join an optional evening bird trail with an expert local guide.


Yala - Galle - Beruwala

The Old Town of Galle, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in southern Asia. The Portuguese first took control of the city in the early 16th century and began the fortification process, only to surrender it to the Dutch East India Company around 150 years later. The Dutch built substantial ramparts and walls, which are still standing today, and the British, who later controlled the country, left them intact and unchanged. Following our short tour we head to Beruwala for an overnight stay at The Cinnamon Bey Hotel (4T).

Chaaya Tranz Hotel


VIP Inbound

Day 12 Beruwala - Colombo - London

Today we transfer to Colombo Airport for a scheduled SriLankan Airlines or Emirates flight via Dubai, to London Heathrow or Gatwick Airport. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle for the journey home.

Arrive Home


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Important information about your destination

Visa is not included, please call for details Please note: • 2019 departures are not part of the small group tours range - the maximum number of passengers in 2019 is 34 • Yala National Park may be closed during times of drought. If this occurs, a visit to an alternative national park will be arranged.

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The Best of Sri Lanka

12 days from £2,099) per person