Ancient Legacy Tour
Sri Lanka’s Cultural Best in Five Days!
Our four nights/five day tour is designed to give you the best of Sri Lanka’s culture at a leisurely and unhurried pace. Beginning with a day of relaxation and rest on the Negombo beach and its vibrant night-time dining and entertainment, the tour takes you through Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, and Dambulla, as well as Sigiriya, ending in the picturesque hill capital of Kandy.
Sri Lanka’s history is full of wonder and amazement. From its culture and architecture, to its advanced use of irrigation and city planning it is an island of many wonders for you to explore and enjoy.
DAY 01 - AIR PORT – NEGOMBO
Arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport to a warm welcome from your chauffeur guide who will transfer you to Negombo, just six kilometres away.
Depending on your arrival time, you could rest and recuperate at the hotel or explore the city’s fishing village for its fresh exotic seafood, and the colonial Dutch Fort to observe the bustling seaside town and its dwellers as they go about their busy daily lives. Alternatively, simply lounge at the beach and enjoy some cold beverages and a special gourmet feast of a complimentary mixed seafood platter.
Overnight stay in Camlot Beach Hotel Negombo.
DAY 02 – NEGOMBO – ANURADHAPURA – HABARANA
After an early breakfast, travel to the ancient city of Anuradhapura to visit the famed “Atamasthana” (Eight sacred sites) – Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, Ruvanvelisaya, Thuparamaya, Jethawanaramaya, Abhayagiri Dagoba, Mirisaveti Stupa, Lankaramaya, and Lovamahapaya.
After lunch, visit many other ancient sites such as the royal palaces, gardens, and bathing ponds – beautiful examples of ancient engineering and artistry.
Alternatively, head back to the hotel where you can relax by the pool, or treat yourself to an Ayurveda spa treatment.
Overnight stay in Kassapa Lion Rock Habarana.
DAY 03 – HABARANA – POLONNARUWA – SIGIRIYA
Breakfast at the hotel, and transfer to the Polonnaruwa cultural site.
Visit the beautiful forested Polonnaruwa archaeological park, ancient Sri Lanka’s second capital, and its palaces, temples, tombs, and stupas, each with its own historical significance and mystique.
A visit to the Gal Viharaya or ‘Rock Temple’ to see the 12th century rock carvings of the Buddha and caves is also recommended.
At lunchtime, ask your guide about our special Sri Lankan family lunch option. An authentic Sri Lankan culinary feast served to you in a traditional village family home – a truly unforgettable experience.
From here travel to Sigiriya to climb up the world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and be amazed at the ruins of the royal palace of King Kassapa.
Back at the hotel spend some time at leisure by the pool, or as an option you could also try out an elephant safari at either Minneriya or Kaudulla before sunset, or visit the village of Hiriwaduna and experience its people and their hospitality, along with boat and cart rides through its natural beauty.
Overnight stay in Kassapa Lion Rock Habarana
DAY 04 – HABARANA – DAMBULLA – KANDY
Transfer to Kandy via Dambulla after breakfast at the hotel.
In Dambulla, visit another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Dambulla Golden Temple, with its beautifully preserved examples of Buddhist art and sculpture within its extensive gold gilded cave complex.
In transit to Kandy, stop at Matale for a walk through one of Sri Lanka’s famous spice gardens, home to the worlds’ highest quality cinnamon, cloves, cardamoms, pepper and other famous exotic spices.
On arrival in Kandy take a city tour after lunch and visit the fruit and vegetable markets, gem museums and curio shops, or take a stroll around the picturesque Kandy Lake. Views of the city from the popular Upper Lake Drive are especially nice.
In the late afternoon be entertained by a colourful cultural music and dance performance before visiting the sacred Temple of the Tooth to pay your respects.
Overnight stay in Thilanka Resort And Spa Kandy.
DAY 05 – KANDY – PINNAWALA – AIR PORT
After breakfast at the hotel, head to the airport via the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and get up close with the orphaned and disabled elephants, rehabilitated and cared for at the site. Get there early to see the baby elephants bottle fed with milk, and then bathed in the Mahaweli River.
Arrive at the Airport in time for the connecting flight, with what we hope will be plenty of happy memories. See you again soon!
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. (Bed + Dinner + Breakfast)
- Transport in an Air-Conditioned car with English speaking Chauffeur Guide.
- Service charge at hotels and currently applicable Government taxes.
- Departure and Check-out Assistance at Airport
- Food & lodging for the driver .
- Petrol, toll and parking for the vehicle.
- Vehicle insurance up to LKR 500,000 per person.
- 24hrs customer care service.
Tour Package excludes
- Entrance/excursion fees to the places mentioned in our itinerary.
- Air fare/Visa fees.
- Lunch/beverages, and any the other meals not mentioned in the program.
- Sightseeing/visits at any place other than mentioned in the tour program.
- Any extras such as Tips and other expenses of a personal nature, Ayurveda spa treatments, etc.
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.
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
Please note we require 30% of the payment on confirmation with the balance settled 15 days prior to arrival, or full payment can be settled on confirmation.
Any cancellation should be notified in writing, 10 days prior to the arrival date, 40% would be charged , for cancellations made within 7 days , and for ‘No Shows 100 % would be charge.