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Tailor Made Highlights of Sri Lanka (2016)

Luxury Tailor Made Travel: A private journey with expert local guides, customized to your interests

Private journey
Days: 8  |  From: $3,225


Luxury Tailor Made Journeys depart on the dates that work for you and feature expert local guides throughout your journey. The itinerary below can be customized to your interests.

Itinerary

Tailor Made Highlights of Sri Lanka

Day 1: Arrive Colombo, Sri Lanka

Arrive in Colombo, where you are met and transferred to your hotel.

Taj Samudra, Colombo

Day 2: Galle | Historic Fort

Set out to explore the historic city of Galle. Set on a promontory, the 16th-century Galle Fort — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — was constructed by the Portuguese, before being taken over and fortified by the Dutch. Stroll through the quaint and narrow alleyways, perhaps pausing to shop for gems or browse the many art galleries. See the ramparts, St. Mary’s Cathedral and cricket grounds. Then, visit the fascinating National Maritime Museum as well as a tea plantation, which produces virgin white tea -- the only tea untouched by hand. Return to Colombo and spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.

Taj Samudra, Colombo   |   Meals: B

Day 3: Thirappane | Ancient Capital

Travel overland to Thirappane in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle. Discover the nearby city of Anuradhapura, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its 400-foot Jetavanaramaya Dagoba stupa was once the world’s third tallest structure, surpassed by the pyramids of Giza. See the sacred Sri Maha Bodhi Tree; grown from a cutting of the Bo tree in India, it has been continuously looked after for over 2,000 years. Settle in to your resort this evening. Once an ancestral estate of the local Anuradhapura nobility, it features a 150-year-old mansion at its center, offset by chalets on 58 acres of verdant land.

Ulagalla Resort   |   Meals: B

Day 4: Thirappane | Rock Fortress

After a morning at leisure, discover Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built by King Kashyapa in the 5th Century AD. Rising over 600 feet from the scrub jungle, it was once the innermost stronghold of the fortified town. Hidden in caves around the citadel are some of the most magnificent ancient frescoes in South Asia.

Ulagalla Resort   |   Meals: B

Days 5-6: Kandy | Magnificent Flora

Depart overland for Kandy, stopping at the Dambulla Cave Temples, some of the most impressive cave temples in Sri Lanka. Also, visit Matale Spice Garden en route. Check in to your hotel, spending the balance of the day at leisure. The next day, see Peradeniya’s Royal Botanical Gardens, where 300 varieties of orchids are found. Later, drive around Kandy Lake. Visit the bazaar, gem museum and lapidary. In the evening, see the Temple of the Tooth Relic, where — according to tradition — a sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha is kept enshrined.

Meals: B

Day 7: Colombo | Exploring on Foot

Return to Colombo today. In the afternoon, embark on an historic walking tour with a Colombo native. Experience Pettah Bazaar, and visit the Old Dutch Museum, former home to Count August Carl Van Ranzow.

Taj Samudra, Colombo   |   Meals: B

Day 8: Depart Colombo

Transfer to the airport and board your homebound flight.

Meals: B







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