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THE NATURE OF THE ISLAND TOUR

A TOLL OF NATURE, CULTURE WILDLIFE AND THE SEA - 14N/15D

STARTING FROM - 890 USD PER PERSON

The mesmerising island invites individual travelers who would be escorted by expert professional local guides who speak your language, to discover the zest of Sri Lanka through a time tested journey from Buddhist archaeological sites to green-kissed jungle with its exotic wildlife and magnificent elephants. Experience the century-old traditions that keeps the culture alive.

You would be guaranteed to take home precious memories and unforgettable imagery in this seductive land full of spiritual goodness and heartfelt serenity. The country of Sri Lanka calls its own the 7 exclusive UNESCO World Heritage sites. Commencing from Colombo, we arrive with escort at the culture rich Habarana. From here, we venture onto the royal city of Polonnaruwa, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its impressive Royal Palace, temples and monasteries that also spreads to Anuradhapura and Mihintale. The next journey calls us to the Rock fortress Sigiriya built by King Kasyapa and then to the Rock temples of Dambulla. We then tread downwards to the gorgeous city of Kandy which houses the famous Temple of the Tooth of Buddha and next to elephant orphanage and Matale spice garden along with the Peradeniya botanical garden. Known as one of the best scenic train rides in the world, we would then take you to Ella and then to Yala national parks. From the temples that reverberates the legends of history to the pristine south beaches, you would also be delighted with the dynamic shopping spree in the heart of Colombo.

DAY 01: COLOMBO AIRPORT - NEGOMBO

The tast of the fishing village

Upon your arrival in Colombo, you will be warmly greeted by our chauffer cum guide who would take you to the beach haven of Negombo for your well deserved relaxation. You may visit the vibrant fishing village and the town of Negombo during this afternoon and enjoy a sizzling hot plate of fresh sea food served by our staff.

Overnight dinner in Goldi Sands Beach Hotel – Camelot Beach Hotel

DAY 02: NEGOMBO - HABARANA

Visit the regal past of the Island

Upon a delectable breakfast, you will travel to Habarana, a city that gallantly rises with its legendary forests, waterways and wildlife with a splendid array of interesting places around.

The afternoon can be spent in relaxation at the hotel and its wellness centre or enjoy a forest safari to sightsee the herds of elephants or indulge in an unforgettable village tour and be treated to a tropical lunch from the villages (optional).

Overnight dinner Royal Retreat hotel – Kassapa Lion Rock – Saunter Paradise

DAY 03: ANURADHAPURA – MIHINTALE

On the trail of Buddhism

After breakfast we will escort you on a full day excursion to Anuradhapura and Mihintale, the ever-significant cities of ancient Sri Lanka. You would be amazed by the serene Buddhist monuments and ruins in Anuradhapura, in which the most important temple the “Bo” tree is venerated, under which Buddhists believe that Buddha attained enlightenment. You would be taken them to Mihintale, the worshipped hill where Buddhism adorned to the country where the ruins of the locations bear witness to its sacredness.

Overnight dinner Royal Retreat hotel – Kassapa Lion Rock – Saunter Paradise

DAY 04: HABARANA - SIGIRIYA - POLONNARUWA - HABARANA

A land like no other

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and be transferred to Sigiriya, known as the best preserved royal city center in Asia since the first millennium. You will be enchanted by the prestigious rise of the 200-meter rock fortress, with its combination of buildings, trees, pathways, water gardens built gallantly by King Kashyapa (477AD – 495 AD). Surrounding the mighty rock is the Royal Garden which is one of the 7 world wonders and is also a popular tourist destination.

After a delectable tropical local lunch, you will experience Polonnaruwa, the medieval capital of Sri Lanka, which rests on the banks of the lake Parakrama Samudra. You will be amazed by the ancient ruins of spectacular Royal Palaces and many monuments preserved as a UNESCO site. Return to Habarana and as an option you can enjoy the safari to Minneriya to witness wild elephants.

Overnight dinner Royal Retreat hotel – Kassapa Lion Rock – Saunter Paradise

DAY 05: DAMBULLA - MATALE - KANDY

Discover the spirituality of the island

Upon having breakfast, you will be escorted to Dambulla, infamous for its golden rock temple located on the cliff of hundred meters formed by 5 sanctuaries that entwine many caves. From Dambulla we would proceed to the hillside royal city of Kandy and en route pay a visit to the spice garden that would allow you to encounter a spectrum of spices.

Upon your arrival in Kandy, you would be delighted to venture on a City tour and visit the temple of tooth and enjoy the sights and sounds of cultural show in evening.

Overnight dinner Topaz Hotel – Grand Kandyan – Serene Grand

DAY 06: KANDY - PERADENIYA - PINNAWALA – KANDY

A day with Elephants and Orchids

After Breakfast you will enjoy an excursion to Peradeniya which houses the famous botanical gardens endowed with spices, trees and plants renowned in traditional Ayurvedic medicine and also indulge in the orchid house with more than 300 varieties of orchids. You will then travel to Pinnawela, where you can visit the elephant orphanage. After lunch, you may return to Kandy for shopping with a visit to a batik and semi-precious stone factory.

Overnight dinner Topaz Hotel – Grand Kandyan – Serene Grand

DAY 07: KANDY - NUWARA ELIYA

Scape to little England

Upon breakfast, you would travel to the “Little England”, famously known as Nuwara Eliya. Be captured by the gorgeous mountains, cool breezes and spread of tea plantations. Nuwara Eliya, a mountain terrain positioned at about 2,000 Meters above sea level, bears a colonial atmosphere with its Victorian-style architecture and infrastructure. The winding hill laden roads would also lead you to Ramboda falls and numerous tea factories which you would be happy to visit. Upon arrival your accommodation is arranged at Nuwara Eliya, The Grand hotel. That afternoon you may visit the city and enjoy the colonial sites and scenery.

Overnight dinner Galway Height – Heaven Seven – Season Villa

DAY 08: KANDY - NUWARA ELIYA – ELLA

The scenic train ride to Ella

Enjoy a tantalising breakfast this day and you would be transferred to the illustrious Nanu Oya train station (10 km from Nuwara Eliya) to be driven ‘on rail’ to Ella , a journey that spans about 3.5 hrs. Known as the most beautiful and scenic train ride in the world, you can enjoy a lifetime worth of mountains, tea plantations and the unique lifestyle that passes you by. Lunch would be served on train. Once you arrive in Ella, your dedicated driver would escort you to sightsee and experience Ella.

Overnight dinner in Ella Gap – Mountain Heaven

DAY 09: ELLA - YALA

Experience the wildderness

Post breakfast, you will depart to Yala National Park via Ella, situated amongst the gorgeous highlands of Sri Lanka . Upon arrival in Yala you will enjoy an adrenaline pumping experience with an energetic jeep safari in the park and return to the handpicked hotel. Yala is an enigmatic site of many wonderous species, including the Sri Lankan Leopard, crocodiles, elephants, buffaloes with a wide array of migratory birds.

Dinner at the Neem Villas – Hibiscus Resort hotel

DAY 10: YALA - SOUTH SEA. MIRISSA OR BENTOTA

Discover the island’s exotic beaches

You will enjoy breakfast in the hotel and be escorted to the south coast of the island for another peak of your leisurely rejuvenation. We have provided a splendid array of hotels in Mirissa and Bentota in which you can decide on the place you really love for your beach stay. We would also provide you with alternatives if you prefer other resorts/ hotels.

Overnight dinner Garton’s Scape – Paradise Club – Pandanus Beach Resort

DAY 11: YALA - SOUTH SEA. MIRISSA OR BENTOTA

Place to Relax

Upon having breakfast, you will continue to dwell in your leisurely holiday in the south coast. The good choice of hotels we have handpicked for you in Mirissa and Bentota would give you the best of experiences in the south coast. We would also provide you with alternatives if you prefer other resorts/ hotels.

Overnight dinner Garton’s Scape – Paradise Club – Pandanus Beach Resort

DAY 12: YALA - SOUTH SEA. MIRISSA OR BENTOTA

A moment with whales

After breakfast, you holiday will continue amidst the sands of the southern coast. We have offered you a choice of hotels from Mirissa or Bentota, but you can decide on the most preferred place in the southern part of the island, as per your taste and we are willing to make a change in booking.

Overnight dinner Garton’s Scape – Paradise Club – Pandanus Beach Resort

DAY 13: YALA - SOUTH SEA. MIRISSA OR BENTOTA

A land like no other

Upon breakfast, you will enjoy the seas and the sands of the southern coast on another day of sheer relaxation. The choice of hotels in Mirissa or Bentota that we have provided you with, would give you the best holiday, but in case you need to opt for another hotel or resort, please let us know as we know you want the best for your tantalising beach stay.

Overnight dinner Garton’s Scape – Paradise Club – Pandanus Beach Resort

DAY 14: YALA - SOUTH SEA. MIRISSA OR BENTOTA

Let's save the turtles

Upon breakfast, you will enjoy the seas and the sands of the southern coast on another day of sheer relaxation. The choice of hotels in Mirissa or Bentota that we have provided you with, would give you the best holiday, but in case you need to opt for another hotel or resort, please let us know as we know you want the best for your tantalising beach stay.

Overnight dinner Garton’s Scape – Paradise Club – Pandanus Beach Resort

DAY 15 : BENTOTA - GALLE - COLOMBO – AIRPORT

So Sri Lanka

After breakfast, you would be driven to Colombo where you can indulge in a short trek in the city that does not stop its vibrant buzz. Be amazed by the rising skyscrapers yet engulfed by some of the old buildings. You may witness the century old clock tower and certain colonial style buildings of a British Era. Enjoy and be thrilled by the Pettah bazaar where you can bargain and get the most surprising items for lesser prices. Also enjoy the Hindu and Buddhist Temples. At the end of this tour, you would be transferred to the airport for your way back home to Italy.

END OF YOUR TOUR

TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Meet & Greet Service, Luggage Assistance & Hotel Transfer.
  • Shared Double Room Accommodation for the period, as per Tour.
  • Meal plan on Half Board basis. (From dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day)
  • Transport in an Air-Conditioned car with English speaking Chauffeur Guide.
  • Welcome drinks in all hotels.
  • A bottle of mineral water per person per day.
  • Service charge at hotels and currently applicable Government taxes.Departure and Check-out Assistance at the Airport
  • Food & lodging for the driver .
  • Petrol, toll and parking for the vehicle.
  • Vehicle insurance of up to LKR 500,000 per person.
  • 24/7 customer care service.
  • Airport taxes.
  • All government taxes.
  • A local SIM card to communicate with the guide at the tour .
  • Online payment fees

Relax Lanka’s Extras (Value Plus) on Complimentary Basis:

  • Complimentary cultural show entrance tickets for 2 pax.
  • 01 local SIM card (data/voice) loaded with USD 03.
  • Free upgrade to the next room category on availability.

TOUR PACKAGE EXCLUDES

  • Air Fare.
  • Lunch/beverages, and any the other meals not mentioned in the program.
  • Tips to guides and drivers.
  • Visa fees.
  • Options and extensions : visits at any place other than mentioned in the tour program
  • Entrance/excursion fees to the places mentioned in our itinerary.
  • Any extras such as tips and other expenses of a personal nature, Ayurveda spa treatments, etc
  • Services that are not indicated on the program.

CHILD POLICY

  • Below 5 Years – FOC
  • Age between 5 – 12: With Extra Bed – Will Pay 50% of adult rate (when sharing room with parents).
  • Age between 5 – 12: Without Extra Bed – Will Pay 25% of adult rate (when sharing room with parents).

PROGRAMME SCHEDULE

  • The presented program schedule is only a suggested itinerary.
  • You can always let us know your feedback according to your preference and based on this We can Taylor make accordingly.
  • Our trips can always be adapted to your budget and, based on your proposals, contact us for a personalized estimate.
  • Kindly share the confirmed program with all your travel partners to minimize the errors while on tour.

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

  • Any international flights to Colombo and from Colombo are not included in this quotation.

TRAIN TICKETS

  • The bookings for tickets by train to Nanu Oya and Ella are subject to availability.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

  • Travel insurance is not included in this The Nature of The Island Tour. Since Travel insurance is mandatory fact as such, we recommend that you obtain the insurance cover from Allianz insurance or any other company in your country.

PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE BY ALLIANZ

  • Being the destination management company in Sri Lanka, we have the insurance cover applicable for the tour operator liability insurance from the Allianz Insurance which covers areas such as Rafting, Hot Air Balloon, Tracking, Zip Line, Whale Watching, Safari, Biking, Hiking, Fishing, Boat Riding, Water Sports and Camping.

RECOMMENDED PERIOD TO DO THIS TOUR

  • Since your beach holiday we have base in Southern Coastal beaches in Sri Lanka, we recommend that you undertake this tour from November to April where you can enjoy crystal beaches for sun bathing.

VISA

  • For this Sri Lanka Classic tour obtaining the required visa(s) is the responsibility of each individual traveler, since the visa requirements vary depending on your nationality we recommend that you check on the website www.eta.gov.lk for more information with regard to your visa to visit Sri Lanka.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • No refund for unused services.
  • Splitting of package is not allowed.
  • Please note that in the event of local conditions that will prevail at the time of your travel owing to unforeseen circumstances, we will be compelled to make modifications to the tour contents without prior notice.
  • Prices per person sharing a double room for groups of minimum 3 pax and above.

IT’S IMPORTANT

  • Standard check-in time and check-out time at the hotels 1400 Hrs – 1200 Hrs.
  • Availability at hotels is subject to confirmation of the tour and travel dates.

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • Any cancellation should be notified in writing, 10 days prior to the arrival date, 25% would be charged, for cancellations made within 7 days, and for ‘No Show’ 100 % would be charged. For any arrivals from 20 December to 28 February full payment is required.

PAYMENT METHODS

  • Bank Transfer
  • Online Payments
  • Credit card Payments

RELAX LANKA TOURS is a full-service travel company that offers to provide propensity customers with a presence in Sri Lanka. Our deep knowledge of the region and our network of contacts will put us in a position to create perfect travel for you.

Whether you are looking for a family trip, a romantic getaway, an extraordinary adventure, or a special event, we can organize it. And after having entrusted us with the organization of your travel guide and will continue to do it will not be the cause of waiting for you to leave. We are proud to be able to satisfy the needs and desires of all world customers, enriching their travels with a unique selection of inter-cultural activities for the benefit of clients.

OUR SERVICES

We will prepare the tour according to your wishes, and based on this data on all measures, the following services:

  • Booking of accommodation and meals
  • Transportation planning
  • Guides
  • Organizing ticket for monuments, museums, etc.
  • Pre-departure information
  • Other services required

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