Holiday Itinerary - Grand Tour of Sri Lanka

Day 1: Depart UK 

Day 2: Arrive Colombo

Embark on a sightseeing tour of this bustling city. See the Galle Face Green promenade, Dutch Hospital precinct, Fort Railway Station, a Hindu Kovil, the Beira Lake, Independence Square and the Pettah Bazaar area. (D)

Day 3: Colombo - Anuradhapura - Sigiriya

Journey through the lush Sri Lankan countryside to Anuradhapura, the country’s ancient capital. Enjoy a city tour taking in the well-preserved ruins of this area and the Sri Maha Bodhi (or Bo Tree), the oldest recorded tree in the world. Later, continue to Sigiriya, UNESCO World heritage site. (B,D)

Day 4: Sigiriya - Minneriya - Sigiriya

Visit the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress which has served both as a long-standing Buddhist monastery and a fortress. Surrounded by a network of gardens and moats, it is a historical, geological and anthropological landmark. The ancient ruins of the upper palace can be found on the summit, which at 656ft above sea level affords magnificent views across the beautiful Sri Lankan countryside. Later, enjoy a safari drive to either Minneriya, Kaudulla or Eco National Parks, where 24 species of mammals can be seen including elephants and Sambar
deer. (B,D) 

Note: A number of steep steps must be climbed to reach the top of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

Day 5: Polonnaruwa - Dambulla - Kandy

TThis morning visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Polonnaruwa. Continue this afternoon to the Dambulla Rock Cave Temple and Sri Lankan spice gardens. Arrive in Kandy this evening. (B,D)

Day 6: Kandy

Visit the famous Temple of the Tooth then enjoy a comprehensive tour of this green city, taking in the colourful market place, the upper lake drive, the Gem Museum, the Arts & Crafts Centre and the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, renowned for their collection of orchids, spices and medicinal plants. This evening, enjoy a cultural show and be entertained by Kandyan dancers and drummers. (B,D)

Day 7: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya

Experience one of the world’s most stunning rail journeys on a quintessential Sri Lankan rail service. The train winds its way through the forests and tea plantations en route to Nuwara Eliya. Otherwise known as ‘Little England’, Nuwara Eliya is set over 6,000ft above sea level and is surrounded by rolling hills and lush tea plantations. It is considered the capital of Sri Lanka’s tea industry. This evening, enjoy a sightseeing tour around the town. (B,D)

Day 8: Nuwara Eliya - Ella - Tissamaharama

Visit a tea factory and learn about the tea manufacturing process. Continue to Ella and view the famous Demodara nine arch railway bridge. Later, make the short climb up the 3740ft Little Adams peak. At the top you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of an endless valley, tea plantations and waterfalls. After, visit the famous Ravana Ella Falls before continuing to Tissamaharama. (B,D)

Day 9: Yala National Park

Take a jeep safari through Yala National Park. Yala is home to one of the highest densities of leopards in the world and is a birdwatcher’s paradise, with around 130 species recorded in the park. Also look out for elephants, sloth bears, water buffalo, macaques and mugger crocodiles. Later, enjoy a second safari tour. (B,D)
Note: During the months of Sep/Oct Bundala Park will be used instead of Yala.

Day 10: Tissamaharama - Galle

Travel to Galle which is situated on a peninsula with stunning views of the ocean, and enjoy a city tour that includes Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B,D)

Day 11 – Galle - Colombo

Continue to Colombo or if you are extending your stay transfer straight to your chosen beach hotel.

Day 12 – Colombo - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. (B)

A small group tour : A great way to experience some of Archers' more exotic holiday locations, their small group tours can go places a classic tour can’t. You’ll be in safe hands with their expert local guides so you can get up close to the local people, culture and wildlife.

Steady paced tour.

Friendly Faces

The best - and Archers mean the best - tour directors

You’ll love them, because they love what they do and it shows. They have in-depth knowledge of the places you’ll visit, warm, friendly natures and will be on hand every step of the way with commentary entirely in English. Archers are sure you’ll be thrilled with your Tour Directors ~ 96% of customers rate them ‘excellent’ or ‘good’.

Local guides 

There’s no better way to get to the heart of a place and its people than by way of local introduction. We’ve sought out the most friendly and fascinating people to guide the way and bring you closer to the essence of the local culture.

Authentic experiences

It’s humbling to be invited to be part of a slightly more intimate display of cultural traditions and treasures, to get up close and watch artisans refine their work or musicians expressing something that captures the spirit of their home. From local Italian chefs to traditional farmers in Myanmar, Archers have met some unforgettable characters with unique skills and have woven them into their holidays so you can meet them too.

Departure dates & prices 2018 - Grand Tour of Sri Lanka 7% discount on all dates

Archers access real-time airline pricing to offer you the best holiday price available on the day you book. The 'from' price shown is a guide at the time of going to print, based on two people sharing a room, travelling on 17 Sept 2018. 

January 8, 15, 22

May 26

October 8, 20, 27

February 5, 10, 19, 26

June 11

November 12, 26

March 5, 19, 26

August 20

December 3, 17

April 2, 16, 30

September 3,17

All holidays subject to Archers Holidays Terms & Conditions

Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website

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Grand Tour of Sri Lanka

12 Days Escorted Touring Holiday - 7% Discount

Holiday prices from only £1902

Journey through lush forests to sacred temples and ancient ruins, through misty hills on winding railways; from the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Temple of the Tooth to the leopards of Yala National Park, Sri Lanka is a place of endless appeal.

Holiday Highlights - Grand Tour of Sri Lanka

  • Colombo - visit the attractive Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct and the wide lawns of Galle Face Green
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress - the ruins of this 5th century palace are one of the country’s most dramatic sights
  • Kandy - visit the Temple of the Tooth which houses one of Sri Lanka’s most important relics
  • Rail journey to Nuwara Eliya - a stunning railway journey from Kandy to the misty hills of Nuwara Eliya
  • Nuwara Eliya - a sightseeing tour in the capital of Sri Lanka’s tea industry
  • Yala National Park - spot leopards and water buffalo on a jeep safari.

All this included in your holiday.

  • VIP private home pick up service
  • Flights
  • Accommodation on tour
  • 10 breakfasts, 10 dinners
  • Services of a local guide
  • Transfers
  • Airport taxes/service charges

Why not ...

Enjoy Grand Tour of Sri Lanka as a private tour. 12 day private tour.

Extend your stay

6 nights - Sri Lanka Beach : Includes transfers.
7 nights - Maldives : Includes flights and transfers.

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Made for you

When it comes to holidays Archers know everyone has different needs and wishes. So they make sure they create their holiday experiences with this in mind. And they always listen to what's important to you so that, when it's time to travel, the whole experience is as smooth as possible.

A private chauffeur
You’ll be picked up at home and whisked off to your departure point (within 50 miles) in a private, air-conditioned car, with a driver who’ll happily load and unload your luggage. At the close of your trip, you’ll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again.

Which airport?
Choose your point of departure from up to 27 regional airports and select the flight time and airline that suit you best. Archers access flight prices and availability in real time, so you can get your holiday off on the right foot in a way that’s convenient for you.

Take advantage of a more luxurious cabin or access Archers’ competitively priced upgrade options with some of the world’s leading airlines.

Stay longer in a spot you love, add a cruise or unwind for a few days on the beach. Follow your heart, not a fixed itinerary!

Multiple destinations
If you’re time-rich and on a roll, why not keep the momentum of your adventure going by combining back-to-back trips? We’ve got some great recommendations.

Single room offers
Whether you’re travelling solo or as part of a group but prefer your own room, Archers can waive the usual single room supplement on some of their most popular holidays. If you’re happy to share a room with someone else, then take advantage of their ‘Single Share’ offer ~ take a twin room with a fellow traveller of the same gender, and if there’s no one to share with you’ll get a room to yourself at no added cost! Call Archers for more details.


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