8 Days 7 Nights
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All ages
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Valid unril 31st October 2020.
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Negombo – Pinnawala – Sigiriya – Kandy – Down South Beaches 

 

Experience the beautiful island of Sri Lanka in this magical 8 day fully inclusive package rich in culture, heritage and beautiful landscapes. A perfect mix where we explore ancient temples, an Elephant sanctuary and magnificent decorated walled forts protecting stunning art.

We end your journey with three fabulous days relaxing at your chosen hotel and the nearby stunning southern beaches. Taking in beautiful sunsets as you dine on the beach this package is a great mix of time to relax and cultural discovery,

Guests will also enjoy the warmth and hospitality of  the Sri Lanka people and you will be always greeted with a smile from the lush green mountains to its golden beaches.

 

 

Is this package for me?

TRAVEL STYLE Private getaway perfect for couples, families, friends or the solo adventurer.
SERVICE LEVEL Superior level of accommodation and your personal guide will be taking care of you and attending all matters needed. This package is a premium quality Great Journey hosted by our Local Expert Partner in Sri Lanka – Travel Trends Leisure.
PHYSICAL RATING Great for people of all ages and average levels of fitness.
TRIP TYPE Private Package

What’s Included?

  • Seven nights accommodation in double/twin shared room
  • Breakfast & dinner at your overnight hotel
  • Private Guide
  • All transfers in a private A/C vehicle
  • Colombo City Tour
  • Kandy Temple of the Tooth Relic
  • Pinnawla Elephant Orphanage
  • Cultural Dance Show
  • Sigiriya Lions Rock Fortress
  • Peradeniya Botanical Garden
  • Matale Spice Garden
  • Village Tour
  • All packages booked within the Peak season includes a gala dinner either on Christmas Day or New Years Eve at your Hotel or if you package does not include these dates on a night of the guests choosing.

 

Transportation:

  • Upgraded air conditioned private vehicle

 

Pricing Per Guest (USD)

Winter Season
17th September to the 1st December, 16th January to the 30th April

Travelling Style Superior
Solo Traveller $1,405
Twin Share $982
Triple Share $626
4 to 6 Guests $835

 

Peak Season
2nd December to the 15th January

Travelling Style Superior
Solo Traveller $1,545
Twin Share $1,133
Triple Share $778
4 to 6 Guests $987

 

Summer Season

1st May to the 16th September

Travelling Style Superior
Solo Traveller $1,418
Twin Share $1,007
Triple Share $651
4 to 6 Guests $860
Excluding triple share, where adult groups are an odd number of guests then prices are based on twin share plus one single room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Flights

 

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Day 1: Arrival (D)

 Airport > Hotel > City Tour 

You will be warmly greeted at the airport by your local Guide and our Local Expert representative to ensure the transfer to your hotel goes smoothly. We are starting our journey at Negombo well known for its beaches, canals and bustling seafood markets. Its also conveniently located close to Colombo where we will head in the afternoon for a city tour with your local guide. Famed for its port, you will experience the history reflected in the cities architecture and stunning temples. Returning to the hotel in the late afternoon you will have time to relax before enjoying a welcome dinner.

Overnight and dinner at Negombo

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Day 2: Departure to Kandy (B,D)

Negombo > Pinnawala > Kandy 

After breakfast we head to Pinnawala to visit an Elephant Orphanage. Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, a riverside sanctuary cares for elephants displaced from wild habitats. Established in 1975 with just seven orphans, the orphanage is home now to hundreds of abandoned or injured elephants who are looked after with warmth, love and affection. The elephants at the orphanage are bathed daily in a river located nearby and you will never forget watching these majestic creatures frolic and play.

After lunch which we suggest you take looking over the river where the Elephants bath we then continue our journey towards the cultural city of Kandy. and we end day with our first taste of the rich history and culture that is Kandy. Then take time to relax at your hotel and enjoy the Sri Lankan cuisine at your hotel’s restaurant again experiencing the exotic tastes of Sri Lanka.

Overnight and dinner in Kandy

 

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Day 3: Kandy (B,D)

Kandy > Sigiriya > Kandy

After breakfast we take the climb to the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Today Sigiriya is famous for its ‘Mirror Wall’, which consists of poems and paragraphs carved by visitors to the rock many years ago and for its magnificent frescoes of shapely be-jewelled maidens, vibrant colours and the water garden similar to the Ajantha frescoes of India. Sigiriya is in fact, the best-preserved city center in Asia from the first millennium and has been named as a UNESCO world heritage site and 8th Wonder of the World.

We also explore a traditional village travelling by a bullock cart followed by a local catamaran ride to see how locals have gone about their daily lives for generations. We then continue our journey towards the cultural city of Kandy exploring a local spice garden en route to discover the beautiful smells and tastes of Sri Lankan spices and herbs.  We end the day with our first taste of the rich history and culture that is Kandy. Then take time to relax at your hotel and enjoy the Sri Lankan cuisine at your hotel’s restaurant again experiencing the exotic tastes of Sri Lanka.

Overnight and dinner in Kandy

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Day 4: Kandy (B,D)

Kandy

After breakfast your Guide will take you to visit the stunning Peradeniya Botanical Garden. Then we continue to explore this fascinating city including a cultural dance performance and the famous  Temple of the Tooth Relic. This palace complex and the city of Kandy itself is considered one of the holy places at the heart of the Buddhist religion. The Temple of Kandy is the product of the last peregrination of the relic of the tooth of Lord Buddha. Many make the pilgrimage here still to this day.

Late afternoon we return to your hotel so you can relax and enjoy dinner at its restaurant.

Overnight and dinner in Kandy

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Day 5: Down South Beaches (B,D)

Kandy > Down South Beaches

After a leisurely breakfast we depart to the southern beaches of Sri Lanka. Experience the lush beautiful but changing landscapes as we take this drive and we will ensure we stop to take in the views and sample some local snacks.

The exact beaches you will explore is dependent on your chosen hotel but with kilometres of stunning coastline we think you will fall in love with this coastal paradise.

Its time to relax and catch your breath and there is no better way to do that than relaxing at this area’s stunningly beautiful beaches.  Spend the rest of the day between your hotel and its facilities and time on the white sands. We end the day dining on the beach as we take in a glorious sunset.

Overnight and dinner at the beach

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Day 6: Relax on the beach (B,D)

Down South 

Now its time to relax. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and then head to the beach. There are also local markets to explore and places to snorkel or if there are some waves take a surf lesson.

Again your choices for lunch are endless and we end the day relaxing on the beach taking in the sunset as you dine.

Overnight and dinner at the beach

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Day 7: Relax on the beach (B,D)

Down South 

After breakfast between November and April you can arrange an optional tour to watch the passing whales and dolphins. Otherwise you can continue to explore the local sights, relax at the hotel or head back to the stunning white sands of the beaches.

Overnight and dinner at the beach

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Day 8: Departure

Down South > Colombo Airport

Breakfast will be served at the hotel and then you will be free to head out or relax at the hotel until it is time to transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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Click on the tabs below to view our partner Hotels and Resorts.

Your Hotels

Negombo
Suriya Resort  Hotel Club Dolphin Pegasus Reef
Deluxe Room Double or Twin  Superior Rooms Double or Twin  Standard Double or Twin  
Suriya Resort is nestled on 11 acres of breathtaking natural beauty featuring friendly world-class service. A unique feature of the resort is the combination of the turquoise blue Indian Ocean and the serene tranquility of the Ging Oya River that surrounds the premises. The resort also features a lush tropical landscape inundated with coconut trees, palms, and mangroves. Sprawled along a stretch of golden beach, Club Hotel Dolphin is the ideal spot to both begin your beach holiday in tropical Sri Lanka, and end it with a bang, thanks to its close proximity to the international airport.

Laze along the beach, cruise the river on a kayak, challenge someone to a game of tennis or volleyball, indulge in a blissful spa treatment, or simply lounge the day away in the island’s longest swimming pool at our property. With a comprehensive range of modern amenities, the resort is an exciting family vacation waiting to unfold.

Nestled between lush tropical gardens and the cerulean Indian Ocean, this Colombo Airport hotel is situated just 24 km from the Bandaranaike International Airport and 13 km from the Colombo city centre. With a quiet and tranquil surrounding, it is the perfect base for leisure and corporate travellers alike.
Dambulla / Sigiriya
Sigiriana Resort by Thilanka Hotel Sigiriya Sigiriya Village 
Deluxe Room Double or Twin  Superior Rooms Double or Twin  Superior Rooms Double or Twin 
A tranquil luxury resort in the heart of Dambulla surrounded by paddy fields and orchards with modern amenities at your fingertips. Sigiriana Resort by Thilanka offers an authentic experience of Sri Lanka in the most luxurious setting hidden away in the jungle. You will leave in a state of complete rejuvenation in body, mind and soul. At the beating heart of the cultural triangle of the country, cocooned within the Sigiriya Natural Reserve and offering a glorious view of the world renowned Sigiriya Rock fortress, lies Hotel Sigiriya. An eco hotel taking guests back to the stories of Kings and dynasties. Entwined as one with nature, this rustic luxury hotel is also the gateway to bird trails, jungle treks, elephant watching and safaris through the nearby National Parks, all with the assistance of the Resident Naturalist. A village-themed hotel in the heart of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle, tucked away in peaceful tranquillity under the shade of the majestic Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Like the legendary fortress, at the foot of which it stands, it remains quietly immersed in the surrounding forest – a hidden sanctuary of rest where rural Sri Lankan hospitality is yours to experience
Kandy
Thilanka Hotel Royal Classic Nature Resort  Serendip Stone Bungalow
Deluxe Room Double or Twin Deluxe Room Double or Twin Classic Rooms Double or Twin
Bursting with vibrant, luscious beauty of the hill country, gloriously adorned with wild strawberries and ferns, lies Thilanka Hotel in the historic city of Kandy with an ethereal touch of exotic grandeur. Standing alone in awesome splendor, set in serene tranquility, Hotel Thilanka is a symbol of glory and magnificence. A spectacular luxury property features 30 spacious rooms with Panorama Restaurant, VIP Lounge, Sports Bar, VIP Lounge, Pool Bar, 03 Banquet Halls, Conference Hall, Gym, Spa & Outdoor Pool with Mountain View and Garden Area with high end amenities. Serendip Stone Luxury Hotel is located in a beautifully surrounded two-acre property of manicured lawns and tropical gardens. The former colonial bungalow built of hand-hewed stone in Tudor, Elizabethan, Edwardian design stands a monument dedicated to Colonial British architecture.  Its specious suites overlooking the river, perfumed with surrounding Frangipani trees invite any visitor to enjoy the serenity and infinite beauty.  Birds, butterflies, flora, foot-paths, simple village life surrounded by the semi-mountainous terrain makes sun-rise and sun-set a beautiful spectacle. All this conveniently located within six kilometers from Kandy.
DownSouth
Temple Tree Resort & Spa Citrus Hikkaduw Hotel Kabalana
Superior Rooms with Double or Twins Superior Rooms Double or Twin Deluxe Room Double or Twin 
Placed beside the dazzling blue ocean by Induruwa in the south west of Sri Lanka, it is where golden sunsets arouse the passion in the hearts of loved ones. Take a dip in the swimming pool and let the water play with the sun on your skin as you get that perfect tan. Beautiful views from your rooms will take away all your cares. Famed for its staff attention to detail and customer service delivered with that famous smile. Be awed by the unparalleled luxury and experiences Temple Tree Resorts & Spa Induruwa has to offer in Sri Lanka. Discover the eclectic paradise of Hikkaduwa, and explore the surrounding beaches and countryside and the vibrant nightlife as you bask in idyllic bliss amidst the sun kissed beaches of southern Sri Lanka. Providing you with the perfect accommodation for your beach vacation, there is no better place to experience this enchanting city than Citrus Hikkaduwa. Famed for its shallow fringing reef, Hikkaduwa is perfect for water sports such as snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing and glass bottom boat rides. Discover your “place of joy” at Citrus Hikkaduwa. Hotel Kabalana is located directly facing the prime surfing spot on Ahangama Beach. Experience the ambience of a Pharaoh’s palace in ancient Egypt with the very best in modern amenities and comforts, as well as the authentic Sri Lankan hospitality

These are our selected Hotel Partners, and after you have booked your Great Journey, we will contact you, seeking your preference of hotels. We cannot guarantee your preference, and in the unlikely chance that all of our Partner Hotels are unavailable, we reserve the right to provide an alternative comparable hotel. If you are not satisfied with the available alternative, then Guests may cancel their booking and receive a full refund.

GREAT JOURNEY’S

Exclusions

  • Visa fee
  • Flights & airport taxes
  • Other personal expenses
  • Beverages
  • Other activities
  • Tips, and all services not clearly mentioned
  • Meals not specifically mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Travel Insurance which is required

Guide surcharge:

Guide Type Individual Group
French speaking guide $80 per day $80 per day
Chinese speaking guide $110 per day $110 per day
German Speaking guide $80 per day $80 per day
Spanish speaking guide $80 per day $80 per day
Russian speaking guide $80 per day $80 per day
Italian speaking guide $80 per day $80 per day
Japanese speaking guide $110 per day $110 per day

 

Remarks

  • Prices are net per person in United States Dollars (USD) and are subject to change without prior notice
  • Prices are based on twin-share basis except solo travellers and are subject to room availability upon Package booking
  • No refund for any un-utilized Package
  • Surcharge for other languages speaking guide (Advise at time of booking)
  • Airport transfer surcharge of USD 5 per person each way for pick-up or send-off from 21:00 hrs to 06:00hrs (adjust based on group size)

Child policy

  • Child under 2: Free of charge
  • Child under 12 years old sharing room with adult: 50% of package cost for Adult twin share price
  • Child 12 years old and above: 100% of adult cost

CANCELLATION: 

  • Period before arrival* Amount of Cancellation of the holiday price
  • More than 60 days before arrival- Free Of Charge (FOC)
  • More than 45 days before arrival– 30%
  • Less than 21 days before arrival – 50%
  • Less than 14 days before arrival – 80%
  • Failure on traveling date at point of arrival 100%

Local Culture

The Sri Lankan people are very modest, so avoid wearing clothes that are too short or revealing in public and in particular at religious or culturally significant places.

Ask permission before taking someone’s photo.

Due to the nature of travel in Asia, a backpack is more suited to this trip than a suitcase.

Local Dress

In Sri Lanka, the dress standard is more conservative than it is back home. When packing, try to choose long, loose, lightweight, clothing that will keep you comfortable in the mostly hot and humid Asian climate.

Local Flights

There are no flights on this Package

Joining Hotel

For details of your joining hotel, please refer to your Green Cultural Travel tour voucher. Alternatively, contact the Green Cultural Travel office or your travel agent.

Arrival Complications

We don’t expect any problems, and nor should you. However, if you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled for any reason, please contact us immediately. Please refer to our emergency contact details.

Emergency Contact

If you need to contact us in an emergency, it is best to call either the Green Cultural Travel Local Representative or our Green Cultural Travel Local Office first. If you don’t receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message with your contact information so they can return your call as soon as possible.

Emergency contact numbers

Emergency contact: +94 70 3 012 221

General contact number: +94 11 3 633 950

Office hours: Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5.30 pm

Passports

You must have your passport with you at all times in Sri Lanka. Before leaving home, check that it will be valid for at least six months after you plan to leave Sri Lanka.

Visas

Transit visas good for 48 hours are free. Thirty-day visitor visas cost US$25 to US$100, depending on your nationality. Apply in advance online (www.eta.gov.lk).

Obtaining a Visa

Before visiting Sri Lanka, do the following to get a 30-day visa:

Visit the Sri Lanka electronic visa website (www.eta.gov.lk) several days before arriving.

Follow the online application process and pay with a credit or debit card.

Once approved, print out the visa confirmation

What to Take

What you need to bring depends on the trip you have chosen and the countries or regions you are planning to visit during your entire vacation. We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible.

Most travellers carry a small to medium size backpack or rolling bag or suitcase.

You will also need a day pack or bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like iPods and mobile phones.

Spending Money

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others, while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs. Consider your likely spending habits when budgeting for drinks, shopping and tipping.

We have provided some specific recommendations below to assist you to plan your budget and manage your money while on holiday.

Money Exchange

During your holiday, you will use the Sri Lankan Rupee as local currencies. Because currency exchange rates in South East Asia do fluctuate quite frequently, we ask that you refer to the following website for the most up to date information on exchange rates: www.xe.com

The best way to access local currency in Sri Lanka is from an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) with a debit card. ATMs are readily available throughout South East Asia and will usually accept cards from both the Visa and MasterCard international networks. If possible, travel with both a Visa and a MasterCard to provide backup in case of loss or access problems with one card. Please note, your bank will usually charge a fee for overseas withdrawals.

Some Rupee is recommended for those occasions when ATMs are not accessible such as a number of islands and remote provinces. You should bring some cash with you for emergency situations (please refer to our trip dossier) but not a substantial amount as carrying only cash is high risk. The ideal mix is two or more ATM card/s with some cash as back-up.

Credit cards are accepted at some upmarket hotels and restaurants, and some larger stores if shopping for big items. They are of no use at smaller establishments.

Cash advances with your credit card are also possible at some banks. However, the process is time-consuming and tends to attract high fees.

Traveller’s cheques can be tricky, time-consuming and expensive to exchange. While we do not recommend that you bring them as your primary source of funds, you may choose to bring one or two cheques in case of emergency. Thomas Cook or American Express travellers’ cheques in US currency are the easiest to exchange.

Tipping

Depending on the service, it is customary in Asia to tip service providers, such as waiters, approximately 10%. Though not compulsory, tipping is expected and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your holiday. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is an opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides range from $1.5-$3.5 USD per person, per day, depending on the quality and length of the service. If unsure, ask your local Green Cultural Travel representative.

Health

Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.

We recommend that you carry a small First Aid kit, hand sanitizers or antibacterial wipes, and any personal medical supplies you might require.

Please be aware that for those Packages that are in remote areas and away from medical facilities. For legal reasons, our Green Cultural Travel representatives are prohibited from administering any drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. In Asia, pharmacies tend to stock the same western drugs available in your home country, but they are usually locally produced and may have different names. To ensure you can access to the right treatment, ask your doctor for the details of the active components and dosage instructions if you think you might need to purchase prescription medication while here.

When selecting your trip, please read the brochure and itinerary carefully to assess your ability to cope with our style of travel.

Safety and Security

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government’s advice for their latest travel information before departure.

We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt for keeping your passport, air tickets, travellers’ cheques, cash, and other valuable items safe. Leave your expensive jewellery at home. You won’t need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables while on tour. We recommend a lock for securing your luggage.

During your journey, you will have some free time to pursue your own interests. You can relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your Green Cultural Travel representative can assist you with options available in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary. We, therefore, offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your personal judgment before selecting an activity in your free time.

Although the locations you will visit on your selected Package are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering about at night. We recommend our guests stay in small groups and take taxis for any night time excursions, including restaurant visits.

Protests and Demonstrations

Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.

Medical Form

As a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their personal luggage. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. These requirements ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to complete their chosen trip comfortably. While our

Representatives work hard to ensure all our traveller’s needs are catered for, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day’s activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information.

A Word of Warning

When exploring on your own carry only the necessary minimum with you and use a well-hidden money belt for cash and credit cards. The majority of your valuables, including your passport, should be left in the hotel safe. You can organise use of the safe at the reception of your accommodation. There is no need to get paranoid, just be cautious.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory to participate in any of our packages. Your Green Cultural Travel representative will communicate with you prior to your departure to ensure you have insurance in place and we will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy, please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance, we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name.

Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage, and emergency contact telephone number.

Green Cultural Travel – Community Programs

As we are owned by Green Cultural Travel Hub Limited UEN 201705140R a Singapore registered “Not for Profit” company our profits allow us to continue our support of community projects in the destinations our guests visit.

Purchasers of our Packages will automatically become members of our Green Cultural Travel Hub and Members of our Hub receive a bi- monthly magazine and access to some great travel specials and follow the progress of the community programs we support. Guests can also take the opportunity when booking a Package to make their own donation to Green Cultural Travel Hub Limited.