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Honeymoons and weddings abroad are tailor-made by Expressions Holidays. Contact us for a range of honeymoon and wedding destinations around the world and an amazing choice of honeymoons from island-hopping to visiting cultural sites.

With Authentic Experiences from Expressions Holidays you enter a world of genuine holiday and travel experiences within the framework of one of our tailor-made holidays, be its significance culture, gastronomy, wine appreciation, wildlife, sports or special occasions.

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Expressions Families affords you an amazing choice of sophisticated resorts ideally suited to families in selected destinations worldwide. You can also choose according to required facilities in resort and we suggest holidays for families with grandparents and single parent families too.

Expressions Holidays offers you tailor-made rail holidays and journeys by train, including luxury trains, scenic journeys and classic rail tours.

Tailor-made journeys and tours for individuals and small groups to selected destinations around the world from Burma to Italy, from Vietnam to India.
  • Luxury, tailor-made hotel holidays to Colombo

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    Luxury holidays to Colombo

    A visit to Colombo is a fascinating experience, and the city is the perfect location to start or end your holiday in Sri Lanka.
    Colombo has gradually grown from humble beginnings as a tiny 5th century trading post for gems to become Sri Lanka’s largest city and its most important port. The island’s commercial capital is a hectic mix of old and new, colonial architecture sitting next to modern glass and tree-lined residential suburbs bordered by shacks. Nifty 3-wheelers and the occasional bullock cart vie with noisy buses and 4-wheel drives for supremacy on the streets. There is a lot to see and explore during your stay in Colombo.

    To the north of the city is Fort, a business area with shops and offices and touches of residual colonial charm. The fort which gave the district its name has long since gone, though the Lighthouse Clock Tower in North Chatham Street and the 18th century ‘Queen’s House’, now the president’s official residence, still exist.

    To the south is Galle Face Green, a sea-front expanse of green lawn beside an esplanade which is used to host race meetings and sports events and is a popular gathering place, especially for kite-flying or a sunset stroll. At its south end stands the colonial Galle Face Hotel, the oldest hotel in Colombo which was built in 1864.

    Further south is Cinnamon Gardens, the city’s most fashionable neighbourhood with tree-lined streets and colonial mansions. A small national art gallery borders the pleasant Viharamahadevi Park. The National Museum, on Albert Crescent, has a collection ranging from religious bronzes to posessions of the last Kandyan kings.

    All around the city, Buddhist temples, Hindu Kovils, mosques and churches give a glimpse into the spiritual vibrancy of Sri Lankan life, especially during religious festivals. Gangaramaya Buddhist temple, in particular, is fascinating for any visitor, as well as the Hindu Temple at Sea Street which is lined with goldsmith's shops, the Dutch Church at Wolfendal, dating back to 1749 and the historic Davatagaha Mosque.

    Colombo also offers some excellent shopping opportunities: the lively Pettah Bazaar competes with shopping malls and fashion stores and you can buy anything from gems to cricket bats. Stores such as Barefoot, Paradise Road, Gandhara and Odel have a designer-chic range of home ware, fabrics, arts & crafts and clothes.

    There are a range of luxury hotels in Colombo, including the oldest hotel east of Suez, modern boutique hotels and homely guest houses.


    Climate: Colombo has an average temperature of 27C, often reaching above 30C during the day, slightly cooler in the evenings and during the monsoon season (May to August). It is hot and sticky, less so on the seafront with the sea breezes.

    Festivals and Events
    February: Navam Perahera - a 3-day pageant ending on Poya day(full moon), with dance troupes and decorated elephants, at Gangaramaya temple and along neighbouring streets.

    There are plenty of options for things to do in the city:
    Fashion, jewellery, art, trendy homeware and Sri Lankan arts and crafts; Golf at Royal Colombo golf course; National Museum; Variety of restaurants; Afternoon tea or cocktails on the Ocean terrace of the Galle Face Hotel; Walking along the seafront at Galle Face Green; Pettah Bazaar; Buddhist temples (Gangaramaya, Bellanwilla); Colourful Hindu Kovils (Sri Subramaniam and Kailawasanthan Swamidevasthanam, the oldest); Dutch period museum.
    Near Colombo – Kelaniya Raja Maha Temple; Nightclubs and musical entertainment e.g. jazz, Asian pop bands, calypso, (mainly in the hotels).

    Getting out and about

    Driving Distances: Colombo to Colombo International airport: 1 hour Colombo to Bentota: 2 hours, Colombo to Galle: 2 hours, Colombo to Kandy: 3.5 hours, Colombo to Dambulla: 4 hours.

  • Touring holidays in Sri Lanka

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    Tailor-made luxury touring holidays of Sri Lanka with driver-guide
  • A tour around the work of Geoffrey Bawa

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    11 night architectural tour discovering the work of Geoffrey Bawa. Prices from £2480 per person.

    Best of Sri Lanka Tour

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    Spend two weeks exploring Sri Lanka and seeing the best of the country. Prices from £3150 per person.

    Highlights of Sri Lanka tour

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    Spend 7 days in Sri Lanka visiting the country's key places. Prices from £1950 per person.

    North and North East Sri Lanka tour

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    Spend 8 days exploring the lesser-visited northern part of Sri Lanka. Prices from £1920 per person.

    Sri Lanka colonial heritage tour

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    Spend 8 nights exploring Sri Lanka's colonial past. Prices from £1990 per person.

    Southern Sri Lanka Luxury Tour

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    Spend two weeks in southern Sri Lanka where you stay in luxurious hotels. Prices from £4490 per person.

    Wildlife of Sri Lanka tour

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    Spot whales, elephants and leopards during this 10 day tour of Sri Lanka. Prices from £2350 per person.
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