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Sri Lanka Discovery & Rail Journey with Magical Maldives Escape

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Holiday Overview

Departure Date: 03 February 2025 - 17 Nights
Alternative Departure Dates Available
  • Duration 17 NIGHTS
  • Departure Date Range Nov 2024 - Apr 2025
  • Holiday type Touring Holidays
  • Holiday code ASA2227

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Complimentary
All-Inclusive hotel stay in the Maldives

Discover the incredible natural wonders, ancient treasures, and cultural delights of magnificent Sri Lanka, before embracing tropical bliss with a four-night Maldives retreat.

Your 12-night fully escorted tour of Sri Lanka commences with an overnight stay in dynamic Colombo, before touring the revered Dambulla Cave Temple, a complex renowned for its well-preserved Buddhist paintings.

Other highlights include travelling to Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka’s famed tea country, on one of the world’s most scenic train rides, a thrilling private jeep safari through Yala National Park, and exploration of the Royal Botanical Gardens.

In a fitting finale to your holiday, you’ll savour a four-night hotel stay at the OBLU XPERIENCE Ailafushi. With lush green gardens and endless views of the turquoise Indian Ocean, you’ll while away the hours unwinding at this tranquil resort in perfect harmony with its surroundings.

Your Imagine Holiday Includes

Hotel Stays

1 night five-star stay in Colombo at  The Kingsbury Hotel with breakfast

3 night five-star hotel stay at the Heritance Kandalama with breakfast and dinner
2 night four-star hotel stay at the Cinnamon Citadel Kandy with breakfast and dinner
2 night four-star stay in Nuwara Eliya at The Grand Hotel with breakfast and dinner
2 night four-star hotel stay in Yala National Park at the Jetwing Yala with breakfast and dinner
2 night five-star hotel stay at the Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa with breakfast
4 night four-star all-inclusive hotel stay in the Maldives at the OBLU XPERIENCE Ailafushi

Fully Escorted Tours

Dambulla Cave Temple

Polonnaruwa
Traditional Sri Lankan lunch at a local farmer’s house
National Park Jeep safari at either Minneriya National Park, Kaudulla National Park or Wasgamuwa National Park
Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Rural school visit
Private Spice Garden
Kandy walking tour
Temple of the Tooth, featuring the sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha
Royal Botanical Garden visit
Visit Master Ruwan (Private Dancing School) with traditional dance performances
Visit a tea plantation and factory to observe the manufacturing and grading process of tea
Evening authentic High Tea at the Grand Hotel
Nine Arches Bridge & Mini Adam’s Peak tour
Private safari tour of Yala National Park by Jeep^
Watch a Stilt Fishing demonstration
Tour of Galle Fortress

Scenic Rail Journey

Ride the Podi Manike scenic train from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya*

All flights and transfers

Overnight Flight

*Scenic train ride between Kandy and Nuwara Eliya will be subject to availability. ^Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. +Hotel may vary depending on departure date.
Named hotels are based on availability and are subject to change without notice. Alternative hotels will always be of equal or higher star rating.
The departure date is subject to change based on flight times specified during the booking process.

Your Tour

Your Itinerary

Day 1
Fly Overnight to Sri Lanka

Your holiday begins as you fly from the UK to your destination.

Day 2
Colombo: Hotel Stay

Today, you’ll arrive in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s dynamic capital, where old-world masterfully clashes with modernity. Admire ornate British and Dutch colonial buildings and colourful markets, with an evening at leisure, before resting your head for the night.

Overnight: The Kingsbury Hotel

Day 3
Kandalama: Hotel Stay & Tour

Venture to Sigiriya for a tour of the Dambulla Cave Temple, a revered complex sprawled across a hill and the largest of its kind in Sri Lanka. You’ll then transfer to Kandalama, where you’ll spend the next three nights.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Heritance Kandalama

Day 4
Kandalama: Hotel Stay & Tour

Today you’ll journey to Polonnaruwa. You’ll explore this intriguing medieval city by bicycle. Next, you’ll visit a local farmer’s house where you’ll savour a traditional Sri Lankan lunch, before enjoying a thrilling jeep safari.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight: Heritance Kandalama

Day 5
Kandalama: Hotel Stay & Tour

The Cultural Triangle encompasses ancient cities like Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa. On a village tour, you’ll experience the traditional way of life in this historic region, enjoying cultural performances, and savouring the delicious local cuisine.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight: Heritance Kandalama

Day 6
Kandy: Hotel Stay & Tour

Today, you’ll learn about fragrant spices as your guide explains shows you how they are grown. You’ll then transfer to Kandy where you’ll spend the next two nights and savour a walking tour and a visit to the Temple of the Tooth.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Overnight: Cinnamon Citadel Kandy

Day 7
Kandy: Hotel Stay & Tour

Enjoy the tranquillity of the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, bursting with over 4,000 plant and tree species. Following lunch, you’ll visit the Master Ruwan, a guru of the ancient Kandyan art of dancing and drumming at his private dancing school.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Overnight: Cinnamon Citadel Kandy

Day 8
Nuwara Eliya: Hotel Stay & Tour

Today, you’ll savour one of the world’s most scenic train rides as you travel from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya, the heart of the nation’s famed tea country. Upon arrival, you’ll explore Little England, before heading to your hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Overnight: The Grand Hotel

Day 9
Nuwara Eliya: Hotel Stay & Tour

You’ll first drive to a tea plantation and tea factory. Walk through the production process and enjoy a cup of Ceylon Tea, before returning to your hotel where you’ll indulge in an authentic High Tea.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Overnight: The Grand Hotel

Day 10
Yala: Hotel Stay & Tour

Today, you’ll transfer to Ella to explore the Nine Arches Bridge and trek to Mini Adam’s Peak. Walk along the railroad passing over the bridge and listen to your hiking guide explain the history, before heading to Mini Adam’s Peak.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Overnight: Jetwing Yala

Day 11
Yala: Hotel Stay & Tour

Early this morning, you’ll join a guided safari tour of Yala National Park. As you tour by private jeep, keep your binoculars handy. Return to Jetwing Yala hotel for a late breakfast, with the rest of the day at leisure.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Overnight: Jetwing Yala

Day 12
Weligama: Hotel Stay & Tour

Today, you’ll savour a stunning three-hour coastal drive to Weligama where your next hotel stay awaits. En route, you’ll visit the traditional technique of spear fishermen wading the shallows on stilts.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa

Day 13
Weligama: Hotel Stay & Tour

Today, you’ll drive to Galle. This historic city is best known for its handmade lace, beautiful beaches, and Galle Fort. Take a tour of the Fort, a World Heritage site and one of Sri Lanka’s most impressive colonial landmarks.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Overnight: Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa

Days 14 - 17
Maldives: Hotel Stay

The perfect finale to your holiday, you’ll relish the next four nights in the paradisal setting of the Maldives. Delight in sumptuous beauty and massage treatments, an endless array of dining options, and delicious beverages served from a swim up bar.

Meals Included: All-Inclusive Board Basis

Overnight: OBLU XPERIENCE Ailafushi

Day 18
Maldives: Fly Home

Your holiday complete, today you’ll head to the airport for your flight home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Your Tour Highlights

Dambulla Cave Temple
Built in the 1st century BC, Dambulla is the nation’s largest and best-preserved cave-temple and a World Heritage Site. Admire the 2,000sqm of painted cave walls and ceilings extending across the five-cave complex – the largest area of paintings on earth. Ascend the 364 steps in the company of pilgrims carrying fruit and flower offerings.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Sigiriya Rock Fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a symbol of Sri Lanka's rich history and culture. Built in the 5th century, it served as the palace for King Kasyapa. Here, you could climb the rock to see the palace ruins, enjoy stunning views of the surrounding landscape, and admire the famous frescoes of the Sigiriya Maidens.
Scenic Train Journey
Boarding the intercity train from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya, considered one of the world’s most scenic train rides, be sure to sit on the right side of the observation carriages, guaranteeing the best vantage point for the stunning scenery passing by (train ride subject to availability).
Yala National Park
Yala National Park is Sri Lanka's biggest national park. In the early morning hours, you’ll enjoy an exciting private safari by jeep and experience the thrill of the wild. You may spot a few residents here: wild elephants, boars and buffaloes, sloth bears, sambal deer and crocodiles, as well as around 215 bird species.

Prices

Twin-Share Prices from £4,199pp

Alternative Departure Dates
11 November 2024
11 Nov 2024
17 nights
Itinerary Includes: , Colombo, Kandamala, , , Kandy, , Nuwara Eliya, , Yala, , Weligama, , Maldives,
Fr From £3,999pp
02 December 2024
02 Dec 2024
17 nights
Itinerary Includes: , Colombo, Kandalama, , , Kandy, , Nuwara Eliya, , Yala, , Weligama, , Maldives,
Fr From £4,099pp
13 January 2025
13 Jan 2025
17 nights
Itinerary Includes: , Colombo, Kandalama, , , Kandy, , Nuwara Eliya, , Yala, , Weligama, , Maldives,
Fr From £4,399pp
10 March 2025
10 Mar 2025
17 nights
Itinerary Includes: , Colombo, Kandalama, , , Kandy, , Nuwara Eliya, , Yala, , Weligama, , Maldives,
Fr From £4,399pp
21 April 2025
21 Apr 2025
17 nights
Itinerary Includes: , Colombo, Kandalama, , , Kandy, , Nuwara Eliya, , Yala, , Weligama, , Maldives,
Fr From £4,199pp

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Alternative Departure Dates
11 November 2024
11 Nov 2024
17 nights
Itinerary Includes: , Colombo, Kandamala, , , Kandy, , Nuwara Eliya, , Yala, , Weligama, , Maldives,
Fr From £5,999pp
02 December 2024
02 Dec 2024
17 nights
Itinerary Includes: , Colombo, Kandalama, , , Kandy, , Nuwara Eliya, , Yala, , Weligama, , Maldives,
Fr From £6,099pp
13 January 2025
13 Jan 2025
17 nights
Itinerary Includes: , Colombo, Kandalama, , , Kandy, , Nuwara Eliya, , Yala, , Weligama, , Maldives,
Fr From £6,399pp
10 March 2025
10 Mar 2025
17 nights
Itinerary Includes: , Colombo, Kandalama, , , Kandy, , Nuwara Eliya, , Yala, , Weligama, , Maldives,
Fr From £6,399pp
21 April 2025
21 Apr 2025
17 nights
Itinerary Includes: , Colombo, Kandalama, , , Kandy, , Nuwara Eliya, , Yala, , Weligama, , Maldives,
Fr From £6,199pp

Your Hotel Stay

Colombo

Included Hotel

The Kingsbury Hotel (Or Similar)

Perfect located near Galle Face Green, The Kingsbury Hotel Colombo is celebrated as one of the finest five-star hotels in Colombo. The Kingsbury provides you with unparalleled dining experiences, accommodation, and spa facilities, ensuring you a luxurious stay. You’ll savour local cuisine at Harbour Court, freshly prepared seafood at The Ocean Seafood Restaurant, or experience true opulence with a dazzling drink at the chic rooftop bar, Sky Lounge. Following dinner, you could retreat to the luxury spa for rejuvenating therapies and treatments or retire to your intimate, warmly coloured room, sinking into plush, white bedding.

Kandalama

Included Hotel

Heritance Kandalama (Or Similar)

Located in Kandalama, enchanting Heritance Kandalama nestles beside a lake amid a dense forest at the core of Sri Lanka’s astounding Cultural Triangle, close to several World Heritage Sites. The five-star property is shaped like the outspread wings of a bird and extends one kilometre, rising seven floors, yet almost appears to be part of the mountainside. Expect the finest comforts and service, including the 152 guestrooms and suites that feature timbered floors and private balconies. Dining options include a 6th floor restaurant revealing panoramic views and exclusive picnics in paddy fields and candle-lit cave dinners. Facilities extend to a spa, library, and a lakeside outdoor pool.

Kandy

Included Hotel

Cinnamon Citadel Kandy (Or Similar)

Nestled among sweeping green hills, you’ll awake to tranquil misty mornings in Cinnamon Citadel Kandy, the ideal retreat for your relaxed getaway. After long days of exploration, you’ll relish dining on sumptuous cuisine; at Café C, appreciate riverbank views as you sample an array of contemporary fusion cuisine or, at Lounge Bar, sip on tantalising signature drinks, paired with other bites and beverages, with views over still waters. Followed by a dip in the tranquil open-air swimming pool, return to your room; enjoy a calming, dimly lit atmosphere before unwinding in soft, cosy linens for the night.

Nuwara Eliya

Included Hotel

The Grand Hotel (Or Similar)

Experience a symphony of elegance and opulence at The Grand Hotel. An iconic landmark itself, this is the one and only luxury colonial hotel in Nuwara Eilya. Enjoy a calm and contemporary stay in elegant Edwardian styled rooms and enjoy a world of epicurean delight with a phenomenal selection of culinary options available on-site.

Yala

Included Hotel

Jetwing Yala (Or Similar)

Beautifully situated beside the serene Yala National Park, Jetwing Yala rests on an uncharted patch of coastal wilderness on Sri Lanka’s southern shoreline. You’ll find an array of restaurants and bars here, including The Restaurant – a prime fine dining space overlooking the coast – and The Bar, which features outdoor seating to experience the best of Yala’s inviting ambience. Invest in your wellness at Ayu Spa with beauty and body treatments and authentic Balinese massages. Each room at Jetwing Yala features hues of red and green to immerse you in tropical vibrancy, and you’ll find it easy to unwind here, settling into your canopy bed.

Weligama

Included Hotel

Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa (Or Similar)

During your stay at Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa, you’ll marvel at Sri Lanka’s captivating beauty, enjoying its prime location near Mirissa Beach, as well as five-star hotel accommodation and amenities. Come evening, you’ll delight in fine dining at the upscale Big Fish, light fare and refreshments at Tides Bar, and poolside dining at Surf’s Up Pool & Beach Bar. After a plunge in the sparkling outdoor pool or a luxurious treatment at Quan Spa, relax and recharge in your spacious room with indulgent bedding, a marble bathroom and oversized tub, and private balcony.

Maldives

Included Hotel

OBLU XPERIENCE Ailafushi (Or Similar)

The OBLU XPERIENCE Ailafushi provides you with a true taste of the Maldives; this free-spirited all-inclusive hotel offers the perfect retreat stay. This brand-new resort stylishly showcases the tropical island lifestyle with its vibrant rooms and breath taking views. Enjoy flavoursome cuisine with international influences at the Main Restaurant or enjoy a unique gourmet dining experience on the beachfront at The Copper Pot Truck. If you’re feeling adventurous, enjoy the beautiful waters and tranquil landscapes in the most immersive way possible – from a canoe or stand-up paddleboard, which the hotel will provide for you to use in order to unlock the wonders of the ocean.

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