Expressions Holidays arranges luxury, tailor-made holidays to Sri Lanka staying at our personally selected range of Sri Lankan hotels. We offer tailor-made touring holidays, beach holidays and cultural holidays throughout Sri Lanka with a range of accommodation options from eco-lodges to luxury resorts.Enjoy an authentic and cultural adventure in this fascinating country, with experiences from spa treatments to walking, from bird-watching to staying in tented camps, from visiting temples to tea plantations. We will tailor-make your luxury holiday to Sri Lanka to your requirements and tastes. Click on the tabs above to find out more about us, our holidays and the regions of Sri Lanka.Client Testimonials: "Our choice of the Geoffrey Bawa tour could not have been a better one. To stay in hotels designed by him and to visit others we did not stay in surpassed our expectations. We hope other people take advantage of this tour. They would never be disappointed."Mr & Mrs C, April 2016"Very enjoyable indeed in every way."Mrs M, April 2016"Thanks for organising a fantastic holiday for our family"Mr B, April 2016"I had a marvellous time and so much of that was down to your excellent advice and planning, thank you so very much…Our chauffeur/guide was knowledgeable, courteous, an excellent driver (of course) and especially kind and caring towards us. We met so many kind, considerate and charming people, I really want to go back and see more of the country, so you’ll be hearing from me again. Thank you for making it such a great holiday."Mrs H, February 2015
An Expressions holiday to Sri Lanka is tailor-made according to your requirements and can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. Sri Lanka contains a kaleidoscope of experiences and provides so much more than just a tropical beach holiday – the wealth of culture and history, contrasting scenery, typical architecture, wildlife and varied pastimes promise an enriching holiday experience. We will link all these experiences together to create a tailor-made holiday to suit to your tastes, anything from a single beach stay to a chauffeur-driven tour. Young or old, family or couple, beach-bound or culture-vulture – whatever your holiday style, we’ll find the correct solution for you. Expressions Holidays has made a personal selection based on first-hand visits and experiences of what we consider to be the very best in its category throughout Sri Lanka. We will combine a comfortable hotel stay with truly fascinating cultural, sporting and wildlife experiences that reflect the beautiful facets of this tropical island.Flight arrangementsSri Lankan Airways operates daily flights to Colombo from London Heathrow. Most flights leave London in the afternoon or evening. Flight time is about 11 hours. There is economy and a business class cabin. In the course of 2012 the business class cabins are being upgraded to fully reclining flat-beds. From Colombo you can also take the Sri Lankan air taxi to regional centres throughout the country. Sri Lankan Airways also operates flights to the Maldives via Colombo, making Sri Lanka and the Maldives a perfect two-centre combination.Travel within Sri LankaWe include private transfers with all our holidays to Sri Lanka, and a personal chauffer with all our touring holidays. Your English-speaking chauffeur guide will meet you on arrival at Colombo airport, then accompany you on your journey around the island. All our holidays are for individuals, so you travel as your own party and do not join a group.It is also possible to hire a car in Sri Lanka and can be arranged locally or in advance. A more popular option is to hire a car with driver for day trips or excursions, which again can be arranged by us in advance or by the hotel locally. Single centre holidaysSri Lanka is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a luxurious holiday with tropical sun, sea and sand, spending your days walking along long stretches of sandy beach and perhaps making the odd excursion to explore further afield. All of our properties along the coast would be wonderful for a relaxing week or two by the beach. Hotels in Negombo, Bentota and Galle offer the better options for shopping and dining out nearby. For those who love to stay in one place and explore cultural sites and wildlife at a leisurely pace, you could easily stay for a week or more in the Cultural Triangle, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya or Galle. The Cultural Triangle promises an abundance of history and archaeology; Kandy allows you to fully appreciate the nature and culture of this amazing country and discover cultural sites around Sri Lanka’s ancient royal capital; Nuwara Eliya gives you the opportunity to explore tea plantations and enjoy leisurely pursuits; while Galle offers an historic town and lovely coastline.Twin-centre holidaysThe obvious combination here is for a stay in the country and a stay on the coast. That way, depending on the areas you choose, you will experience a wide range of what Sri Lanka has to offer but without the constant travelling of a touring holiday. Almost any two centres would work together. The combination you choose will give you some subtle differences though in terms of scenery and cultural experiences. Or you can make the focus of one stay much more rural or wildlife associated. Choose any of the hotels in these regions to suit your style.Touring holidaysA touring holiday of Sri Lanka is at the heart of what many of our clients want to experience from this fascinating country and it is where we excel at using our personal knowledge and experience to tailor a holiday that is a perfect match for you. Stay in several different locations around Sri Lanka, allowing time to explore and relax in each. Combine a few nights on the beach with stays in the Kandy Hills, in the Cultural Triangle, on a high tea estate or in a national wildlife park, in Galle, Negombo or Colombo. It makes sense to factor in a night or two in Colombo, Negombo, Wadduwa or at the Wallawwa near the airport, at the beginning and/or end of your holiday to coincide with flight times.
Expressions Holidays is an independent specialist tour operator which was established in 1989 and offers tailor-made holidays to Sri Lanka, providing personal service with a professional approach. We pride ourselves on interpreting your demands and requirements to provide you with the holiday that you want, ensuring a successful match between client and holiday.. Not only are your holidays tailor-made to your individual requirements, but you also have the chance to deal with one person from beginning to end, offering you confidence and security and the best possible prices.Personal and professional serviceWe personally know the majority of the hotels that we feature, and we put together our holidays with our clients in mind. Contact with Expressions Holidays means contact with the people who know the holidays, who will share their knowledge and experience with you – our team of travel consultants know the country and culture very well, and operate a concierge service that helps you to explore every aspect of special interest or activity that fits with your holiday. All aspects of your holiday are personalised, from the itinerary to your holiday confirmation and documentation which provides you with information that is relevant to you. From the point of initial contact with us, you will deal with the same sales consultant, who will handle all aspects of your booking and ticketing. We approach your holiday in a way that offers you the arrangements you want, not to slot you in to pre-existing arrangements. This might mean juggling dates, securing the last available room at a hotel or tailoring a complex itinerary involving numerous components. Your holiday is as individually fashioned and tailor-made as you want it to be.How we price your holidayAll prices mentioned on our website and in our brochure are simply guides, as there are many variations that might affect the price including exchange rates, flight costs and special offers. To find out exact prices for the holiday that you are interested in, contact us for a tailor-made quotation.All our holiday arrangements have been designed to afford you maximum flexibility and freedom of choice. We include travel arrangements, whether it be flight, ferry or tunnel crossing or rail travel as well as many nights' hotel accommodation as you want, in as many different places.Our Price GuaranteeWe guarantee that once you have made a firm booking with a deposit payment, there will be no increases in the price of your holiday due to currency movements. If, for any reason, there have been changes in the price of the holiday you want, you will be advised at the time of booking.Full Financial ProtectionFull financial protection is offered when you book a holiday with us. Our air holidays are ATOL protected, and we are a member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited to protect non-flight packages. We are also members of ABTA and AITO (the Association of Independent Tour Operators), an organisation of some of Britain’s best specialist tour operators.
A holiday in Sri Lanka can encompass an amazing kaleidoscope of experiences, from lazing by palm-fringed beaches to gazing regally over stunning landscapes from the top of Sigiriya Rock Fortress and chancing upon a herd of elephants in the wild. This pearl drop island of Serendipity is a powerful assault on the senses...a dizzy world of aromatic fragrances, succulent tropical fruits, uplifting Ayurveda massage, sun-drenched villages and friendly island life. Regions of Sri Lanka Roughly only half the size of England, yet packed with a whole continent’s worth of temples and ruins, wildlife reserves and luxury beach resorts, Sri Lanka is a beautiful, bite-sized slice of paradise offering a whole world of diverse escapes. Littered with elegant colonial hotels and enchanting boutique lodges, Sri Lanka also offers luxury at a relative snip. Young or old, family or couple, beach-bound or culture-vulture – a visit to Sri Lanka satisfies everyone. Formerly an Arab trading port, the commercial capital Colombo is a bustling, colourful town, with a fabulous bazaar, colonial churches and craft markets. To the north of Colombo lies Negombo and the beaches of the west coast, whilst to the south Wadduwa is the start of a string of fabulous beaches running all the way down and around Sri Lanka’s southwest coast, with a collection of intimate, exquisite beach resorts. Further southward lies historic Galle, a reminder of the Dutch presence on the island. Inviting as Sri Lanka’s coastline is, however, the island’s interior is worth the airfare alone, with forest parks sheltering leopards and wild Asian elephants, a verdant hill country carpeted in tea plantations with lovely boutique planter’s house hotels, and what no visitor to Sri Lanka should be allowed to miss, the Cultural Triangle, a small area boasting five UNESCO World Heritage Sites in an area no bigger than Kent. New to tourism is the north and north east of Sri Lanka, strewn with Hindu temples, colonial gems and long white beaches offering spectacular snorkelling. Visit the individual region pages to find out more about the highlights of the area, Things to see in Sri LankaCricket is a national sport, played on every dusty maidan and patch of grass from Jaffna to Galle; a real highlight of any trip to the south is Galle Fort, where you can wander round the ancient ramparts at sunset, watching cricket games below, or stroll the narrow streets in search of antiques in tiny, friendly shops; local festivals such as Vesak full moon in May and Poson full moon in July, as well as the famous Esala Festival in Kandy in July and August, when Buddha’s tooth is taken out from the temple and paraded through the streets; visiting national parks, sheltering an abundance of wildlife including leopards, elephants, bears and hundreds of species of birds; buying tea, gems, jewellery, spices; fantastic spicy local cuisine, specialising in fish dishes, and delicious ‘egg hoppers’; tea-tasting in the hill country; Sigirya Rock Fortress; the Cave temples of Dambulla; the medieval capital and ruins of Polonnaruwa; the sacred city of Anuradhapura; the west coast beaches flanked by palm trees, including Negombo, Beruwela, Bentota and Galle; the elephant orphanage at Pinnawela; the tea plantations near Nuwara Eilya, a region known locally as Little England; Ayurvedic massage; a warm welcome wherever you go.
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CapitalSri Jayawardenapura-Kotte, with Colombo the commercial capital AirportBandaranaike International Airport is 1 hour from downtown Colombo CurrencySri Lankan Rupee (£1 = 208 Sri Lankan Rupees) Size268 miles long and 139 miles wide Population21 million Average temperatureThe climate varies dramatically between coast and interior year-round, and between the south-west and north-east according to time of year. Average coastal temperatures in areas we feature is 30 degrees whereas the temperature is much cooler in the hills, with hot water bottles needed (and provided) at most hotels. Rainy season in the south-west is September to October, and April to May in the north-east.
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