13 Day Treasures of Sri Lanka

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Tuesday Departure
Heritance Negombo Negombo
Cinnamon Lodge Habarana Habarana
OZO Kandy Kandy
Araliya Green Hills Nuwara Eliya
Cinnamon Wild Yala Tissamaharama
Marriott Resort Weligama Bay Weligama
The Kingsbury Colombo Colombo
Thursday Departure
Heritance Negombo Negombo
Cinnamon Lodge Habarana Habarana
OZO Kandy Kandy
Araliya Green Hills Nuwara Eliya
Cinnamon Wild Yala Tissamaharama
Marriott Resort Weligama Bay Weligama
The Kingsbury Colombo Colombo

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Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip featuring touring days that require walking for extended periods of time over uneven, moderate to difficult terrain. There are a few early wake-ups to cover the territory. The climb to the top of Sirigrya Rock involves over 1200 steps. The visit to Dambulla is an approximately 10 minute climb up a steep hill. Safari activities will be conducted in small safari vehicles on roads that are often rough and bumpy, and wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.

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Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Round trip flights Sydney-Colombo, Colombo-Sydney
    Other departure cities available. Please click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 12 nights First Class accommodations
    • 2 nights Negombo
    • 2 nights Habarana
    • 2 nights Kandy
    • 1 night Nuwara Eliya
    • 2 nights Yala National Park
    • 2 nights Weligama Bay
    • 1 night Colombo
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • Train from Nuwara Eliya to Ella Gap*
  • 24 meals: 12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners (including welcome and farewell dinners)
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features
  • National Park Fees  

*Some departures will travel to Ella by train while others will take a scenic road by coach


Tour Highlights

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.
  • Walk through the Negombo Fish Market where fishing boats arrive with their catch of the day
  • Visit a National Park in the Cultural Triangle, one of the best places in Sri Lanka to view wild elephants
  • Glimpse into village life in Hiriwadunna where you are welcomed with a hosted lunch
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Polonnaruwa, where Kings ruled Sri Lanka over 800 years ago
  • Tour the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress dating back over 1500 years, rising from the central plains
  • At the inspirational cave temples of Dambulla, view golden Buddha statues and murals
  • Tour the gold-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, one of Sri Lanka’s most sacred sites
  • In Kandy, dinner at the home of a local family with specially prepared Sri Lankan specialties
  • Travel to the town of Nuwara Eliya in the center of Sri Lanka’s magnificent tea country
  • Learn about the growing, harvesting and processing of “Ceylon” tea at a Tea Estate factory
  • A Jeep Safari at Yala National Park highlights Sri Lanka’s astonishing wildlife and stunning landscapes
  • Tour the colonial town of Galle, with its historic fort built in the 1500s by the Portuguese
  • Enjoy a scenic cruise along the Madu River, passing dozens of islets forested with mangroves

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Note: Gratuities for tour manager and coach driver are included.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip featuring touring days that require walking for extended periods of time over uneven, moderate to difficult terrain. There are a few early wake-ups to cover the territory. The climb to the top of Sirigrya Rock involves over 1200 steps. The visit to Dambulla is an approximately 10 minute climb up a steep hill. Safari activities will be conducted in small safari vehicles on roads that are often rough and bumpy, and wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.

Note: your itinerary will change depending upon the day of the week you depart. Click a day above to see what is included.

DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Sri Lanka
Welcome to Sri Lanka, an enchanting island with a fascinating heritage known as the “jewel” of the Indian Ocean. Upon arrival at the airport in Colombo, meeting and transfer to the palm-fringed beach town of Negombo. The rest of the day is yours to acclimate to your new time zone and enjoy the relaxing setting and gentle sea breezes
Overnight: Negombo

DAY 2, Wednesday - Negombo City Tour, Beach Walk, Welcome Dinner
Begin the day with a city tour of delightful Negombo, once the most important source of cinnamon during the Dutch era. Visit the port, which was once a major trading port for the Portuguese and later for the Dutch after they took over during the middle of the 17th century. Due to the settlers’ cultural, religious and architectural influences, you will view many colonial style buildings and a large number of elaborate Roman Catholic churches and statues of saints, the reason why Negombo has been nicknamed “Little Rome”. Proceed to the ruins of a Dutch fort dating back to 1678. Nearby, on the green lawn of the Esplanade, perhaps watch children playing cricket – a big favorite in Sri Lanka! Afterwards, return to the hotel for the remainder of the day at leisure. Stop to share coffee, tea and local snacks before returning to the hotel. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the memorable journey that lies ahead. Take a delightful walk together on the nearby beach followed by a Welcome Dinner. Try favorite dishes created from a delectable blend of Portuguese, Dutch, Malay and Indian influences accented by fragrant curries
Overnight: Negombo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Thursday - Negombo Fish Market, Habarana, , Ancient Polonnaruwa
The day starts early with a walk through the bustling Negombo Fish Market, where fishing boats arrive with their catch of the day. Watch the fish auctions on the beach before returning to the hotel for breakfast. After, travel to Habarana, center of the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka and check into your hotel. In the afternoon, drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Polonnaruwa, where kings ruled the central plains of Sri Lanka over 800 years ago. The glories of that age can be found in the archaeological park, with hundreds of massive ancient structures. Return to the hotel for dinner
Overnight: Habarana
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Friday - Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Hiriwadunna Village, Safari
Today will be a long and rewarding day. Early departure from the hotel to visit Sigiriya, where thriving ancient cities once existed. At the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, dating back 1500 years, delight in exhilarating views over the surrounding area of covered moats, lily-ponds nestled in water gardens and quiet shrines. Rising from the central plains, this iconic rocky outcrop is surely Sri Lanka's most dramatic sight! Near vertical walls soar to a flat topped summit that contains the ruins of an ancient civilization, thought to be once the epicenter of the short lived kingdom of Kassapa. Head back towards your hotel to discover what life is like in an authentic Sri Lankan Village! Wander down a dirt lane off the main road to Hiriwadunna, a tiny settlement of less than 2,500 people where they grow their own food and raise cattle. During your walk, keep an eye out for colorful butterflies, birds and native plants. See how coconuts are harvested and try a drink from a freshly cut coconut! Visit a local house for a demonstration on how local products are processed followed by a typical Sri Lankan lunch with rice & curry. After lunch, float by means of a local catamaran on the Habarana reservoir, gliding gently through lotus plants. In the afternoon, a great experience lies ahead with a visit to a National Park*, one of the best places in the country to view wild elephants. The parks are a mixed forest and wetlands that provide shelter for sambar deer, buffalo, and crocodiles. Return in the evening to your hotel in Habarana with time to freshen up before dinner
*Visit will be at either Minneriya, Kaudulla or Eco Park depending on seasonal elephant migration patterns
Overnight: Habarana
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Saturday - Temples of Dambulla, Cooking Demo, Kandy
This morning, depart for the UNESCO World Heritage site of Dambulla to visit the cave temples, filled with Buddha statues and huge wall paintings. This extraordinary rock sanctuary dating back over 2,000 years serves as inspiration for Buddhist pilgrims. Depart and stop at one of many roadside market stands to buy fresh vegetables for the chef-led cooking demonstration at a spice garden. You’ll learn some of the secrets of typical and unique Sri Lankan cooking methods using coconut milk, curry and spices, followed by a delicious lunch of regional favorites After lunch, tour the Euphoria spice garden which displays most of the spices Sri Lanka is famous for and find out the various uses of each plant. Then proceed to Kandy, the last capital of Sri Lankan kings. Tonight is yours to explore the variety of restaurants that Kandy has to offer on your own
Overnight: Kandy
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Sunday - Temple of the Tooth Relic, Kandy Market, Home Hosted Dinner
Morning visit to the gold-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Considered one of Sri Lanka’s most sacred sites, this Buddhist temple is believed to house a tooth of Buddha. Explore the temple housed in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy visited by both locals and tourists bearing flowers and incense throughout the day in this genuine place of worship. Afterward, visit a family-owned gem lapidary where you learn about the different types of gemstones and how they are mined. In the afternoon, time to stroll through the Kandy Market where every lane reveals colorful treasures. Tonight, you’re invited to the home of a local family for a specially prepared dinner of local favorites. Enjoy a performance by a Kandayan dancer and drummer before you’re welcomed into the home with typical warm Sri Lankan hospitality. Enjoy a cup of tea and learn how to prepare a typical dish before sitting down to enjoy your meal
Overnight: Kandy
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Monday - The Tea Experience in Nuwara Eliya
Today, travel to Nuwara Eliya via Ramboda with a stop at a Tea Estate and factory. Learn about the growing and harvesting of tea as you walk through the working factory to observe the processing of the leaves as well as how they are graded and packed. See how tea is traditionally picked and perhaps climb up into the steep terraced fields to try your hand at plucking tea leaves! End your visit with a sampling of different varieties of “Ceylon” teas. After lunch, proceed to Nuwara Eliya, nestled in the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country, surrounded by breathtaking views of bright green rolling hills, meadows, mountains and rushing waterfalls. This hill town was a popular 19th century resort and escape for the hard-working English and Scottish pioneers of Sri Lanka’s tea industry. Check into the hotel before a late afternoon walk through the charming center of the city with its old brick Post Office and country houses that evoke nostalgia of Colonial British Ceylon. A “tuk tuk” ride takes you to the Old Church with its pretty rose garden. After a visit to the church, complete your exploration of Sri Lanka's tea country with a proper cup of evening tea! Tonight is at leisure to explore the restaurants in Nuwara Eliya on your own
Overnight: Nuwara Eliya
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Tuesday - Ella, Yala National Park
Time at leisure this morning before departing to travel through mountains and valleys covered with velvet green tea plantations to the hill town of Ella*. Stop for photos at stunning Ravana Falls, the widest waterfall in the country. Arrive this evening at Yala National Park, a nature reserve that encompasses a vast wilderness of grassy plains, scrub jungle, lakes, and wetlands with the highest density of leopards in Asia. Dinner tonight at the lodge in Yala National Park
*Some departures will travel to Ella by train while others will take a scenic road by coach
Overnight: Yala National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Wednesday - Jeep Safari in Yala National Park
Linger this morning and savor your leisure time in this wildlife paradise or choose to arrange an additional optional tour available locally at the hotel. Please visit this link for tour information. In the afternoon, get ready for the sights and sounds of a Jeep Safari -- you’ll experience the best of the country’s native wildlife and natural landscape. Set out in a 4x4 with an expert guide that will share facts about the wildlife. If you’re lucky, you may catch sight of the distinct Sri Lankan leopards. See crocodiles by the water and spot a variety of bird life at many of the watering holes. Around the lagoons, perhaps see flamingos, pelicans, spoonbills, rare black-necked storks, grey herons, and darters. An astonishing day! At tonight’s dinner at the hotel, compare stories of today’s adventure
Overnight: Yala National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Thursday - Coastal Road to Weligama Bay, Discussion with Buddhist Monks
A gorgeous drive along the winding coastal road takes you to Weligama Bay, whose name means, "sandy village," after its soft pristine sand, rolling surf and endless sunshine. In the afternoon, visit a nearby meditation center to participate in a discussion with a Buddhist Monk on meditation. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions and learn how to apply these principles and teachings. Return to the hotel for dinner
Overnight: Weligama Bay
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Friday - Galle Fort and City Tour
Morning drive to the pretty colonial town of Galle, the “jewel of the south”, bursting with exotic scents of spices and sea air. En route, see the famous stilted fishermen that perch on handmade structures of wood and twine to catch their fish. Arrive at the historic Galle fort, built in the 1500s by the Portuguese and extensively restored after the 2004 tsunami. Admire the sights in town including St. Mary’s Cathedral, the picturesque natural harbor and the Galle International Stadium. Return to the hotel after lunch to enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure in picturesque Weligama Bay
Overnight: Weligama Bay
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Saturday - Madu River Safari, Cricket Club, Colombo
Depart Weligama this morning to embark on a scenic cruise along the Madu River, passing dozens of islets forested with mangroves. View the 200 year old Kothduwa Buddhist Temple, watch locals cultivating cinnamon on Cinnamon Island and see traditional fishing techniques as small boats glide by. More than 46 species of birds reside in this area, including many aquatic varieties along with huge water lilies. Continue to a Turtle Hatchery, where you learn about the rescue and protection of turtle eggs while seeing newly hatched turtles. On to the capital city of Colombo for a panoramic tour of the city. A late afternoon visit to a cricket club where you may get a glimpse of a cricket match or a practice session. At tonight's Farewell Dinner, share wonderful memories with your newfound friends
Overnight: Colombo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Sunday - Depart Sri Lanka
Transfer to the airport in Colombo for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Sri Lanka
Welcome to Sri Lanka, an enchanting island with a fascinating heritage known as the “jewel” of the Indian Ocean. Upon arrival at the airport in Colombo, meeting and transfer to the palm-fringed beach town of Negombo. The rest of the day is yours to acclimate to your new time zone and enjoy the relaxing setting and gentle sea breezes
Overnight: Negombo

DAY 2, Friday - Negombo City Tour, Beach Walk, Welcome Dinner
Begin the day with a city tour of delightful Negombo, once the most important source of cinnamon during the Dutch era. Visit the port, which was once a major trading port for the Portuguese and later for the Dutch after they took over during the middle of the 17th century. Due to the settlers’ cultural, religious and architectural influences, you will view many colonial style buildings and a large number of elaborate Roman Catholic churches and statues of saints, the reason why Negombo has been nicknamed “Little Rome”. Proceed to the ruins of a Dutch fort dating back to 1678. Nearby, on the green lawn of the Esplanade, perhaps watch children playing cricket – a big favorite in Sri Lanka! Afterwards, return to the hotel. In the afternoon, take a delightful walk together on the nearby beach. Stop to share coffee, tea and local snacks before returning to the hotel. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the memorable journey that lies ahead, followed by a festive Welcome Dinner. Try favorite dishes created from a delectable blend of Portuguese, Dutch, Malay and Indian influences accented by fragrant curries
Overnight: Negombo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - Negombo Fish Market, Habarana, Ancient Polonnaruwa
The day starts early with a walk through the bustling Negombo Fish Market, where fishing boats arrive with their catch of the day. Watch the fish auctions on the beach before returning to the hotel for breakfast. After, travel to Habarana, center of the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka and check into your hotel. In the afternoon, drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Polonnaruwa, where kings ruled the central plains of Sri Lanka over 800 years ago. The glories of that age can be found in the archaeological park, with hundreds of massive ancient structures. Return to the hotel for dinner
Overnight: Habarana
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Sunday - Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Hiriwadunna Village, Safari
Today will be a long and rewarding day. Early departure from the hotel to visit Sigiriya, where thriving ancient cities once existed. At the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, dating back 1500 years, delight in exhilarating views over the surrounding area of covered moats, lily-ponds nestled in water gardens and quiet shrines. Rising from the central plains, this iconic rocky outcrop is surely Sri Lanka's most dramatic sight! Near vertical walls soar to a flat topped summit that contains the ruins of an ancient civilization, thought to be once the epicenter of the short lived kingdom of Kassapa. Head back towards your hotel to discover what life is like in an authentic Sri Lankan Village! Wander down a dirt lane off the main road to Hiriwadunna, a tiny settlement of less than 2,500 people where they grow their own food and raise cattle. During your walk, keep an eye out for colorful butterflies, birds and native plants. See how coconuts are harvested and try a drink from a freshly cut coconut! Visit a local house for a demonstration on how local products are processed followed by a typical Sri Lankan lunch with rice & curry. After lunch, float by means of a local catamaran on the Habarana reservoir, gliding gently through lotus plants. In the afternoon, a great experience lies ahead with a visit to a National Park*, one of the best places in the country to view wild elephants. The parks are a mixed forest and wetlands that provide shelter for sambar deer, buffalo, and crocodiles. Return in the evening to your hotel in Habarana with time to freshen up before dinner
*Visit will be at either Minneriya, Kaudulla or Eco Park depending on seasonal elephant migration patterns
Overnight: Habarana
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Temples of Dambulla, Cooking Demo, Kandy
This morning, depart for the UNESCO World Heritage site of Dambulla to visit the cave temples, filled with Buddha statues and huge wall paintings. This extraordinary rock sanctuary dating back over 2,000 years serves as inspiration for Buddhist pilgrims. Depart and stop at one of many roadside market stands to buy fresh vegetables for the chef-led cooking demonstration at a spice garden. You’ll learn some of the secrets of typical and unique Sri Lankan cooking methods using coconut milk, curry and spices, followed by a delicious lunch of regional favorites After lunch, tour the Euphoria spice garden which displays most of the spices Sri Lanka is famous for and find out the various uses of each plant. Then proceed to Kandy, the last capital of Sri Lankan kings. Tonight is yours to explore the variety of restaurants that Kandy has to offer on your own
Overnight: Kandy
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Tuesday - Temple of the Tooth Relic, Kandy Market, Home Hosted Dinner
Morning visit to the gold-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Considered one of Sri Lanka’s most sacred sites, this Buddhist temple is believed to house a tooth of Buddha. Explore the temple housed in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy visited by both locals and tourists bearing flowers and incense throughout the day in this genuine place of worship. Afterward, visit a family-owned gem lapidary where you learn about the different types of gemstones and how they are mined. In the afternoon, time to stroll through the Kandy Market where every lane reveals colorful treasures. Tonight, you’re invited to the home of a local family for a specially prepared dinner of local favorites. Enjoy a performance by a Kandayan dancer and drummer before you’re welcomed into the home with typical warm Sri Lankan hospitality. Enjoy a cup of tea and learn how to prepare a typical dish before sitting down to enjoy your meal
Overnight: Kandy
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - The Tea Experience in Nuwara Eliya
Today, travel to Nuwara Eliya via Ramboda with a stop at a Tea Estate and factory. Learn about the growing and harvesting of tea as you walk through the working factory to observe the processing of the leaves as well as how they are graded and packed. See how tea is traditionally picked and perhaps climb up into the steep terraced fields to try your hand at plucking tea leaves! End your visit with a sampling of different varieties of “Ceylon” teas. After lunch, proceed to Nuwara Eliya, nestled in the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country, surrounded by breathtaking views of bright green rolling hills, meadows, mountains and rushing waterfalls. This hill town was a popular 19th century resort and escape for the hard-working English and Scottish pioneers of Sri Lanka’s tea industry. Check into the hotel before a late afternoon walk through the charming center of the city with its old brick Post Office and country houses that evoke nostalgia of Colonial British Ceylon. A “tuk tuk” ride takes you to the Old Church with its pretty rose garden. After a visit to the church, complete your exploration of Sri Lanka's tea country with a proper cup of evening tea! Tonight is at leisure to explore the restaurants in Nuwara Eliya on your own
Overnight: Nuwara Eliya
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Thursday - Ella, Yala National Park
Time at leisure this morning before departing to travel through mountains and valleys covered with velvet green tea plantations to the hill town of Ella*. Stop for photos at stunning Ravana Falls, the widest waterfall in the country. Arrive this evening at Yala National Park, a nature reserve that encompasses a vast wilderness of grassy plains, scrub jungle, lakes, and wetlands with the highest density of leopards in Asia. Dinner tonight at the lodge in Yala National Park
*Some departures will travel to Ella by train while others will take a scenic road by coach
Overnight: Yala National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Jeep Safari in Yala National Park
Linger this morning and savor your leisure time in this wildlife paradise or choose to arrange an additional optional tour available locally at the hotel. Please visit this link for tour information. In the afternoon, get ready for the sights and sounds of a Jeep Safari -- you’ll experience the best of the country’s native wildlife and natural landscape. Set out in a 4x4 with an expert guide that will share facts about the wildlife. If you’re lucky, you may catch sight of the distinct Sri Lankan leopards. See crocodiles by the water and spot a variety of bird life at many of the watering holes. Around the lagoons, perhaps see flamingos, pelicans, spoonbills, rare black-necked storks, grey herons, and darters. An astonishing day! At tonight’s dinner at the hotel, compare stories of today’s adventure
Overnight: Yala National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Coastal Road to Weligama Bay, Discussion with Buddhist Monks
A gorgeous drive along the winding coastal road takes you to Weligama Bay, whose name means, "sandy village," after its soft pristine sand, rolling surf and endless sunshine. In the afternoon, visit a nearby meditation center to participate in a discussion with a Buddhist Monk on meditation. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions and learn how to apply these principles and teachings. Return to the hotel for dinner
Overnight: Weligama Bay
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Sunday - Galle Fort and City Tour
Morning drive to the pretty colonial town of Galle, the “jewel of the south”, bursting with exotic scents of spices and sea air. En route, see the famous stilted fishermen that perch on handmade structures of wood and twine to catch their fish. Arrive at the historic Galle fort, built in the 1500s by the Portuguese and extensively restored after the 2004 tsunami. Admire the sights in town including St. Mary’s Cathedral, the picturesque natural harbor and the Galle International Stadium.Return to the hotel after lunch to enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure in picturesque Weligama Bay
Overnight: Weligama Bay
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Monday - Madu River Safari, Cricket Club, Colombo
Depart Weligama this morning to embark on a scenic cruise along the Madu River, passing dozens of islets forested with mangroves. View the 200 year old Kothduwa Buddhist Temple, watch locals cultivating cinnamon on Cinnamon Island and see traditional fishing techniques as small boats glide by. More than 46 species of birds reside in this area, including many aquatic varieties along with huge water lilies. Continue to a Turtle Hatchery, where you learn about the rescue and protection of turtle eggs while seeing newly hatched turtles. On to the capital city of Colombo for a panoramic tour of the city. A late afternoon visit to a cricket club where you may get a glimpse of a cricket match or a practice session. At tonight's Farewell Dinner, share wonderful memories with your newfound friends
Overnight: Colombo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Tuesday - Depart Sri Lanka
Transfer to the airport in Colombo for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Himalayan Kingdoms: Nepal & Bhutan, October 2018
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Simply wonderful. Nepal is bustling with activity, with smells, with life! Most enjoyable were the walkabouts through Bhaktapur, and Tharu village in Chitwan National Park which allowed us to chat with the locals and have a closeup look at the way they live. The dinner, home visits and the conversations about life in Nepal were priceless. Bhutan is more than amazing! It’s pristine environment and culturally rich history is fascinating. I loved the dress-up in traditional Bhutanese dres. The hike to Tiger’s Nest, is wonderfully rewarding ... At first sight, Tiger’s Nest was blanketed with clouds, but as the clouds lifted it was breathtaking and hastened our steps. Thanks to our guides Rajesh (Nepal), and Dawa (Bhutan) and our drivers who did a stellar job in ensuring everything went smoothly!

Joy T. Sandys, BM
Incredible India & Nepal, September 2018
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It was wonderful!!! The sites were beautiful, the guides were knowledgeable and the hotels were great!! My daughters and I really enjoyed the trip!!

Cecilia B. Palo Alto, CA
Himalayan Kingdoms: Nepal & Bhutan, September 2018
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The trip was wonderful. Our two tour managers put their hearts in it and made our trip a life time experience ....The tour guide in Nepal was very thoughtful to prepare the masks for us when walking through the dusty city ...

Christine L. Augusta, GA
Spiritual Southern India, September 2018
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I have traveled on small group tours quite often, but this surpassed all expectations. Our guide in India was outstanding and the group I traveled with have all said they would travel again with her. I will certainly be booking through Gate 1 again.

Robert G. Vermont South, Australia
Incredible India & Nepal, April 2018
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The trip was amazing! What a wonderful and unique experience. We were awash in an explosion of cultural sights, sounds, emotions, and immersions...What made the trip especially memorable was all the people to people interaction. From riding on a rickshaw through the streets of Delhi, to visiting a local village in Nepal, to having dinner with a Tibetan refugee family, to interacting with children at a local school in Chitawan. That's what's so great about discovery tours: small groups and lots of interaction with people!

Mike G. Lansdale, PA
Treasures of Sri Lanka, March 2018
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We had a wonderful trip to Sri Lanka, everything went smoothly. Stayed in superb hotels, food was really good, and really appreciated the food and beverage package. Nipuna the tour manager along with Ravi the bus driver were first class. Would like to have stayed in Nuwara Eilya an extra day. Gate 1 Travel is the best.....our second trip with you and hopefully not the last.

Susan Y. Maleny, QLD, AU
Spiritual Southern India, February 2018
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We had a great time on your trip into India and will be looking for more of your interesting trips in the future. Thanks again to your Guide, Driver and his assistant for making it a very memorable trip for us.

Vicki P. Emu Plains, NSW, AU
Spiritual Southern India, February 2018
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Our trip was a great success. Our guide Jay was very good, very passionate and knowledgeable about the subjects and good fun too. The hotels were all good and I enjoyed the restaurants we were taken to...I greatly enjoyed seeing the traditional dancers, seeing how bronzes are made, the silk weavers and much more...I would certainly not hesitate to travel with Gate 1 again.

Christina C. Calico Creek, QLD, AU
Treasures of Sri Lanka, February 2018
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This was one of the best trips ever with gate1. Denver was a super guide with lots of knowledge and little extras that made it special. Fabulous animal sightings and great excursions.

Joan S. Nobleboro, ME
Spiritual Southern India, January 2018
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It is the most wonderful trip we had. Our guide jairaj is the best. The itinerary is very good. What a surprise to find south India so interesting. The resort hotels were awesome. My friends all ask why south India? What is there to see? Now after all our photos and stories, they are lining up to come and experience. I would be interested in other parts of India is it is proven as good.

Lily C. Vancouver, BC, CA
Spiritual Southern India, January 2018
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The India vacation was excellent. My wife and I had a wonderful time and it was all due to the professionalism of the tour guide Seerdar and his staff. He was very knowledgeable, looks out for the safety of his group. It was amazing how the driver could maneuver his large bus through those narrow streets. Thank you and your team for making our vacation worthwhile. Kudos to Gate1!!!!

Lakeram A. Queens Vlg, NY
Spiritual Southern India, January 2018
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Awesome. My trip was awesome. And it was a spiritual journey. India is the most fascinating country on Earth. For the first time in my life I was not ready to go home. This was my third visit to India with Gate1 and I am already thinking about a fourth. Our guide, Sridar was amazing. His patience and diplomacy with our group is worthy of a raise! I can't thank you enough for the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful adventure.

Stephen R. Akron, OH
Spiritual Southern India, September 2017
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Our trip was a tremendous experience. Such gentle and welcoming people, delicious food everywhere, and amazing sights and activities made truly wonderful memories. Our tour director ‘Jay' is very knowledgeable and very helpful. This is our third trip with Gate 1 and our second with Discovery Tours—and we’ll be coming back for more.

David L. Sacramento, CA