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8 Day Taste of Sri Lanka

  • Experience the wonders of vibrant Sri Lanka
  • Tour Kandy, Colombo, Nuwara Eliya & More
Includes Return International Flights

Bustling cities, remote villages, historic temples and vibrant tea plantations; Sri Lanka is a destination for all the senses. From the historic delights of Kandy to Colombo and Newara Eliya, every inch of this spectacular country has the power to thrill, inspire, delight and surprise.

Experience a taste of Sri Lanka on this incredible eight day highlights package visiting Colombo, Matale, Negombo and beyond. Enjoy a guided tour of Kandy, Sri Lanka’s holiest city; visit the UNESCO listed Dambulla Rock Cave Temple, a unique attraction of spectacular frescoes and statues; enjoy a scenic train ride among the emerald tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya; learn about exotic Sri Lankan flavours at a spice garden in Matale; enjoy a free day in the Sigiriya/Kandalama area; and so much more. This fantastic trip includes return international flights with SriLankan Airlines, six nights hotel accommodation, daily breakfast, and more.

ITINERARY

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Today depart from *Sydney, Melbourne, *Brisbane or *Adelaide for Negombo, Sri Lanka! Fly with award-winning SriLankan Airlines. Please note: Customers departing from Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide will fly via Melbourne. Upon arrival be met and transferred to the hotel. 

Overnight Negombo (Standard or Premium Hotel Option) Meals included: In-Flight

After breakfast at the hotel, embark on a city tour of Negombo - a traditional fishing town and gourmet food lover’s paradise home to wide sandy beaches, beautiful Colonial era buildings, and restaurants serving deliciously fresh seafood. A few of the standout attractions in the area include the Dutch Fort, St. Mary’s Church, and Angurukaramulla Buddhist Temple.

Afterwards, continue to Dambulla and visit the famous Dambulla Rock Cave Temple . An icon of Sri Lanka, it houses unique drawings in five magnificently constructed cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla. As you enter the retreat, look straight up to the gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold. At the end of your tour you will be transferred to the hotel.

Overnight Sigiriya/Kandalama Area (Standard or Premium Hotel Option) Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy the day at leisure, or take the opportunity to join an optional morning tour to Sigiriya Rock Fortress (not included) or an afternoon Minneriya National Park Safari optional tour (not included) - or if you like there is time to do both!

Optional Morning Tour: Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Sigiriya, the 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa, is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site and one of the finest monuments in Sri Lanka. Surrounded by ramparts and moats, Sigiriya - the Lion Rock - is coated by frescoes that relate to Gupta style paintings found in the Ajanta caves of India. Wander through the symmetrical royal gardens, through the ‘lion paws’ at the base of monument, and ascend the rock for a magnificent view of the surrounding countryside. Delve into the fascinating history of the site at the Sigiriya Museum downstairs.

Optional Afternoon Tour: Minneriya National Park Safari 
If you're up for a serious rumble in the jungle, then Minneriya is your Colosseum! Spreading over 8800 hectares, this is a sanctuary for elephants. Minneriya is also home to herds of deer and ample birdlife, but its star remains between swaying trunks and flapping ears. Your guide will park the jeep on the bank of the reservoir and switch off its engine with the hope that herds of elephants, one by one will stroll the grass covered banks to feed on tender shoots.

Overnight Sigiriya/Kandalama, (Standard or Premium Hotel Option) Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel travel to Matale to visit an authentic spice garden. An agricultural zone in the Central Province, Matale makes a remarkable contribution to the crops of the island; from tea to rubber, vegetables and spices. Uncover the therapeutic values of spices and learn what it takes to produce these fragrant delights over a refreshing cup of herbal tea.

Continue onto Kandy and enjoy an afternoon city tour. Last ruled by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe, before it was brought under the British rule in 1815, a World Heritage Listed city offering an array of cultural and historic delights. Experience the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, with an ancient Kandyan legacy engraved around its crown jewel. A stroll across this lakeside city, cradled among the misty hills, will take in the city centre, as well as a bazaar, arts and crafts centre and gem, and lapidary museum. Walk in colour as you glide through fresh fruits and vegetables in the Kandy market. Tonight, step to the beat of traditional music and drumming amplified by a cultural show revealing the rich and vibrant culture of Sri Lanka.

Overnight Kandy (Standard or Premium Hotel Option) Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast transfer to the Peradeniya Railway Station and enjoy a scenic train ride to Nuwara Eliya. The very first steam trains were running in Sri Lanka to bring tea, the greatest commercial export of colonial Ceylon, to Colombo. Major Thomas Skinner was instrumental in convincing the British colonial government to spend approximately £800,000 to set up the network of railway lines, bridges and aqueducts needed for the line. Today it stands as one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. Enjoy an incredible journey through the rolling hills covered with tea estate after tea estate. Upon arrival in Nuwara Eliya you will be transferred to the hotel.

Overnight: Nuwara Eliya (Standard or Premium Hotel Option) Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast enjoy a panoramic city tour of Nuwara Eliya, and head into the hills covered in lush green blankets of tea plantations. Step into a tea factory that processes the prestigious brand of Ceylon Tea and experience a rich tradition which has been kept alive since the early 1800s. Observe the hissing and swishing of machines while inhaling the heavenly scent arising from these facilities. End the tour with a perfectly blended cup of pure Ceylon Tea. After the tour continue onwards to Colombo. Don't forget to ask your guide to pre-book a table for you at the famous Ministry of Crab for dinner (not included).

Overnight: Colombo (Standard or Premium Hotel Option) Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast and check out, around mid morning, proceed to Colombo for a city tour. A race course, which was a horse racing hub in 1893 and a World War II airstrip, will be your first stop. The course is now furnished with lavish clothing, food and tea boutiques. After, head to Pettah to explore the Floating Market's architecturally designed stalls, where concrete floors and minimalist decor are designed to reflect the calm water of the lake below. Afterwards, head to Independence Square, where the revamped shopping arcade has turned the colonial masterpiece into one of the trendiest shopping areas in Sri Lanka. Listen for the chiming bells of Gangaramaya Temple.

Early this evening you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight back to Australia.

Meals included: Breakfast

Tour Inclusions

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  • Tour the vibrant coastal city of Negombo
  • Visit the UNESCO listed Dambulla Rock Cave Temple
  • Enjoy a free day at leisure in the Sigiriya/ Kandalama area
  • Learn of exotic Sri Lankan flavours at a spice garden in Matale
  • Enjoy a guided city tour of Kandy, Sri Lanka's holiest city
  • See the Sacred Temple of the Tooth in Kandy
  • Experience a cultural show with traditional music and drumming
  • Enjoy a scenic train ride amongst the tea plantations to Nuwara Eliya
  • Visit a tea factory and sample a perfectly blended cup of Ceylon tea
  • Explore the capital city of Colombo on tour
  • Visit the floating markets of Pettah
  • Return international flights (economy class) departing *SYD/MEL/*BNE/*ADL
  • Fly with award-winning SriLankan Airlines
  • 6 nights hotel accommodation (Standard Or Premium Option)
  • Enjoy daily breakfast
  • English speaking National Tour Guide
  • Airline taxes and surcharges
  • Transportation by private A/C vehicles
  • Return airport transfers with meet and assist

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 

Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant (unless otherwise stated).


 
Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 31st August 2018.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies:
- Standard Package: $260
- Premium Package: $420
 
Departure Dates (2018)
May: 23, 25, 27, 30 (SOLD OUT)
June: 5, 6, 10, 14
July: 25*
August: 3*, 17*, 31*
 
Surcharges
Please note: dates/months with a * incur a flight high season surcharge of $100 per person

Departure Cities
*Sydney, Melbourne, *Brisbane or *Adelaide.
 
Interstate Surcharges
*Sydney, *Brisbane or *Adelaide: $250 per person.



Full Service Airline(s) Used


Sri Lankan Airlines plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability).

Please note: One way flights can not be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation.

 

Arrive Early
Not available.
 
Stay behind in Colombo, Sri Lanka
$200 per person, subject to availability.
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
 
Stopover Packages
Not available.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
Not available.



Accommodation Used


Standard Package

3-4 Star (self-rated):

- Negombo: Camelot Beach Hotel

- Kandalama/Sigiriya: Hotel Sigiriya

- Kandy: Hotel Topaz

- Nuwara Eliya: Jetwing St.Andrew's Hotel

- Colombo: Fairway Colombo

 

Premium Package
4-5 star (self rated):
- Negombo: Arie Lagoon
- Kandalama/Sigiriya: Heritance Kandalama
- Kandy: Earl’s Regent Hotel
- Nuwara Eliya: Araliya Green Hills
- Colombo: Hotel Galadari
Please note: rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.
 
Extra Nights
Not available.
 
Maximum Room Capacity
2 people.
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children/infants 12 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
Not available.    
 
Bedding Configuration
Double or twin bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Not available.



Minimum group size 10, maximum group size 24 per vehicle.
 
Optional Tours / Activities
Day 3:
- Morning Sigiriya Rock Fortress Half Day Tour: $55
- Afternoon Minneriya National Park Safari: $90
Please note:
- prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions
- The optional tours listed above must be purchased on checkout or over the phone prior to submitting your passenger information form (subject to availability) 
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.



- Visa fees and requirements (A visa is a strict requirement if travelling on an Australian passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
- Recommended gratuities/tipping: 1000 Rupees (approx. $9 AUD) per person per guide / driver
- Optional activities/tours
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.



CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
 
Sri Lanka:
Sri Lanka is a year round destination. The weather doesn’t run like clockwork here! However, there will rarely be weather so dramatic that it will stand in the way of a brilliant holiday with plenty of warm weather and sunshine. The temperature is constant at around 27°C on the coast, both the air and the water!
 
TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
 
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 
 
Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 

FLIGHTS
 
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
COACH TOUR
 
Meals:
Daily breakfast is included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note: a general level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Gratuities/Tipping:
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip for the tour leader and driver is 1000 rupees (approx. $9 AUD) per person per day, which will be collected whilst on tour. 



A Tourist Visa for Sri Lanka is a strict requirement if travelling on an Australian Passport. You will be able to start your Visa application process once you receive your final travel documentation approximately 6 weeks prior to departure.
 
TripADeal offers a fast, secure and easy service to obtain a Visa for this country - This Evisa can take approximately 4 business days to complete.
 
Please start arranging your visa as soon as you receive your documentation to account for any delays due to consulate operating hours. 
 
Please Note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required.



We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.



Voluntary Changes


This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.

 

· 1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

· 2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

· Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

· Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

· Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

 
Name Changes Due To Passenger Error

· If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
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