8 nights/9 days
Experience the colonial heritage of seaside Negombo, the life of a tea planter in the tea-clad valleys of the highlands, the old Dutch fortress city of Galle and bustling Colombo, as well as picturesque mountain scenery, coastlines, tropical forests and plantations, a turtle hatchery and much more besides.Click here to download a full pdf itinerary for this touring holiday.This tour takes you first from London to Bandaranaike International Airport. Here, your English-speaking chauffeur-guide collects you and takes you towards the coast and the historic fishing city of Negombo. Spend one night at Jetwing Beach. On Day Two, continue on to Ambewela in Tea Country, and spend three nights at Jetwing Warwick Gardens. Your two days here allow time to explore Tea Country, with a visit to a tea factory, the Botanical Gardens, and a walk through the plantations, as well as a trip to Horton Plains National Park. On your fifth day, travel south to the Dutch Fort of Galle, and spend two nights at the Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel, which was designed by Geoffrey Bawa. Spend your one full day here exploring the old streets of the fort. Then, on Day Seven, drive north via the coast of the south-west to Colombo for your final night. Stay the Regency at the Galle Face Hotel, and enjoy a city tour as well as a relaxing evening. Return home on Day Nine.Day 1 Arrive Colombo to NegomboYou will be met on arrival and driven by your English-speaking chauffeur guide who will accompany you throughout your tour of Sri Lanka. Drive to the chic and contemporary Jetwing Beach for one night in Negombo (approximately 20 minutes drive). Negombo is an important fishing town and shows its interesting colonial heritage through its many historic buildings reminiscent mainly of the Dutch and British. Although it was the Portuguese who had brought the dominating influence of the Catholic Church, giving rise to the nickname ‘Little Rome’. The Dutch legacy is seen in the remains of the grand Dutch Fort and the Dutch canal, now called Hamilton Canal. Day 2 From Negombo to Ambewala After breakfast head off inland towards the hills and to Nuwara Eliya in the high tea country (approximately 6 hours drive). Pause a while in this curious hill town known as Little England with its racecourse, golf course, lake and British colonial buildings. Then continue to Jetwing Warwick Gardens, near Ambewela. Rejuvenate your spirit in the heart of the magical world of Ceylon tea, a place for solitude and picturesque surroundings wherever the eye can see. Day 3 In Ambewela – Tea Experience in the HighlandsEnjoy a leisurely breakfast as the sun burns through the morning mist. This 118-year-old English planter’s house is picturesquely tucked within the Ambewela mountain range overlooking a deep tea-clad valley, located on 30 acres of its own farm and tea plantation. Walk through the tea plantations and visit a tea factory to see how tea is manufactured. Attractions such as Nuwara Eliya, Hakgala Botanical Gardens and Horton Plains are nearby. Day 4 In Ambewela – excursion to Horton Plains or scenic driveAn early morning drive will take you to Horton Plains National Park, a world apart from the rest of Sri Lanka, a misty and a rain-swept landscape that has fostered the growth of a unique ecosystem. Follow a circular walking trail that leads you to World’s End, a sheer drop of 1,000 metres down to the valley below, and to Bakers Waterfalls, straight out of a picture postcard. Alternatively, go on a scenic drive, or maybe a train journey, around the highlands instead. Day 5 From Ambewela to Galle Today after an early breakfast, you will be driven through mountain scenery and down to the lush tropical forests and plantations of Sri Lanka’s south-west (approximately 6 hours drive). Visit a turtle hatchery en route. Stay just outside historic Galle, on the coast, for two nights at the Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel, an architectural masterpiece created by the late Geoffrey Bawa, Sri Lanka’s iconic architect. Day 6 GalleAfter breakfast, head off to explore Galle at leisure, taking in the rich heritage, culture and architecture of this historic fortress town and port. Galle Fort, constructed by the Dutch East India Company as a fortified town, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is still intact and has a thriving community living and working within its walls. Walk along the ramparts with the sea on one side and the famous Galle cricket ground on the other. The myriad narrow streets within the Fort are fascinating for their architecture and are lined with official buildings, shops and town houses, some of which have been converted to stylish villas and boutique hotels.Day 7 From Galle to Colombo, along the south-west coastHead towards Colombo, Sri Lanka`s commercial capital (approximately 3 hours drive) a hectic mix of old and new, colonial architecture sitting alongside modern glass. Enjoy a short city tour and indulge in some shopping. Check-in to The Regency at the Galle Face Hotel and, in the evening, sip sunset cocktails on the chequer board of the Galle Face Hotel before exploring Colombo by night. Day 8 ColomboA day to explore Colombo’s sights and do some shopping or just relax at the hotel, by the swimming pool, on the terrace or in the Regency Spa. Day 9 Departure from Colombo Transfer to the airport (approximately 1 hour’s drive) for your flight home.PRICE INFORMATIONPrices from £2,270 per personIncluded in this tour:• Return scheduled flights with British Airways or Sri Lankan Airlines to Colombo in economy class• Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room• Private English-speaking chauffeur-guide in an air-conditioned Japanese car throughout the itinerary• Entrance fees to the monuments listed aboveNot included: • Visas• Meals, except as specified above • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses• Camera fees where applicable• InsuranceClick on the 'Hotel Information' tab above to find out about each of the hotels featured in this itinerary.
Below is some information about the hotels featured in this touring holiday itinerary.Negombo:Jetwing Beach, the cool, contemporary architecture complements a charming stretch of beach. There is a lovely spa, great restaurant and a choice of water sports (Deluxe Room)Tea Country:Warwick Gardens, a boutique tea estate ‘bungalow’ hidden in scenic mountains. Bedrooms are spacious with luxuriously fitted bathrooms (Deluxe Room)Galle:Jetwing Lighthouse, commanding superb views across the Indian Ocean and just two kilometres from Galle, this hotel offers two restaurants, two pools, spa, tennis and squash courts (Deluxe Room)Colombo:The Regency at the Galle Face Hotel, dating back to 1864, the colonial Galle Face continues to feature prominently in Colombo life. There are nine places to eat, a swimming pool and spa. The south wing is known as The Regency and retains the original features alongside luxurious additions (Deluxe Room).Prices from £2,270 per personIncluded in this tour:
• Return scheduled flights with British Airways or Sri Lankan Airlines to Colombo in economy class• Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room• Private English-speaking chauffeur-guide in an air-conditioned Japanese car throughout the itinerary• Entrance fees to the monuments listed aboveNot included:• Visas• Meals, except as specified above • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses• Camera fees where applicable• Insurance.
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