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With a Kenyan father, Indian grandparents, and a Portuguese surname, travel is in my blood. I am enthralled by East Africa and would happily talk about Africa’s wildlife, cultures and experiences all day, every day.

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Overview

  • from $5,245 PP
  • 13 Nights
  • Private
  • Nov - Apr
  • Easy
  • 11hrs from London / 19hrs from NYC

Highlights

This 13-nights itinerary is one of the most unforgettable, combining some of the most enchanting destinations in Sri Lanka with the luxuries and breathtaking tropical scenery of the Maldives. Discover fascinating history in magnificent ancient cities, including the UNESCO-listed Sigiriya Fortress, and immerse yourself in the relaxing emerald tea-carpeted hills in tea country, exploring tea plantations and charming villages with your private guide. After eight nights you’ll jet off to the tropical secluded paradise of the Maldives for a luxurious five-night stay, enjoying some of the world’s most spectacular beaches and abundant marine life in pristine turquoise waters.

Our Flexi - Promise

  • 10% deposit to book

    Book your trip with us and pay a reduced deposit with the rest 90 days before your departure

  • Full Flexibility

    If you are not comfortable travelling, you have the right to cancel and get a refund up to 45 days before your departure

  • ATOL & ABTOT Protected

    Your trip with us is fully financially protected by our travel insurers. Peace of mind guaranteed.

  • No Change Fees

    We will not charge you any admin fees if you would like to change your travel dates or destination with us

What's Included

Maldives
  • 13 nights 4 and 5 star hotel accommodation, on a bed and breakfast basis – 8 nights in Sri Lanka, 5 nights in the Maldives
  • Meals as stated on the itinerary
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Private driver/guide
  • Expert trip planning advice
  • Flexible, customised itinerary
  • 24/7 support from our dedicated staff

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 Colombo: Arrival into Sri Lanka

Colombo

After touching down in Colombo, Sri Lanka, you’ll be met by your private driver/guide who will drive you to your nearby hotel. After your long flight, you’ll need time to rest and recuperate, so you’ll have the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps relaxing and taking advantage of the facilities at your accommodation. If you want to stretch your legs, you might explore the historic architecture in Colombo, with magnificent colonial buildings influenced by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. There are plenty of shopping opportunities and restaurants to enjoy too. If your feet get tired, you can get around by tuk-tuk.

Day 2 - Day 4 Ulagalla: The ‘Cultural Triangle’

Mihintale, Anuradhapura

Your private driver will bring you north to the “Cultural Triangle” today, with a visit to the ancient city of Anuradhapura, famous for its well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sinhala civilisation. If you’d like you can visit Minhintale, the ruins of a fascinating ancient hospital built in the 9th-century. You’ll stay at a luxury hotel in Ulagalla near the ancient capitals, with time during your stay to visit the UNESCO-listed Sigiriya Fortress, one of the most photographed sites in Sri Lanka. The ancient rock fortress located is dominated by a massive column of rock that rises more than 650 feet from the ground.

Day 4 - Day 6 Kandy: Ancient Temples and Gardens

Kandy, Sri Lanka

Journey to Kandy today, stopping to visit the UNESCO-protected Dambulla Cave Temples which feature ancient artwork and 157 Buddha statues, set within a network of caves. After reaching your hotel in the city, enjoy relaxing among the beautiful, lush surroundings. During your time here, you’ll visit the Temple of the Tooth, a Buddhist temple that houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. We also suggest visiting the botanical gardens with a private guide. Located a few miles west of the city along the Mahaweli River, the gardens are the most impressive in Sri Lanka, especially renowned for its collection of orchids.

Day 6 - Day 8 Hatton: Tea Country

Hatton, Sri Lanka

Heading south, your private driver will bring you into spectacular Tea Country where you’ll be surrounded by green in every direction. Nearly evry hillside is covered with brilliant tea bushes. On early mornings, they’re usually covered in mist that slowly dissipates, revealing the tall conical mountain known as Adam’s Peak. From here you’ll be able to explore the highlands’ lush tea plantations and take advantage of opportunities to cycle or take a trek through the stunning landscapes. Routes wind past brightly painted Hindu temples and stone churches, through tiny hamlets home to tea pickers who are descendants of south Indian Tamil workers.

Day 8 Colombo: Unwind and Relax

Colombo, Sri Lanka

With your time in Sri Lanka soon coming to an end, your private driver will bring you back to Colombo where you’ll spend the night closer to the airport. You’ll have the afternoon to enjoy at your leisure – we suggest spending time in the spa and lounging around the pool, the perfect way to relax before jetting off to the Maldives. This evening, you might want to indulge in the tasty eats at the on-site restaurant, and then get your bags packed and ready before a peaceful night’s rest.

Day 9 - Day 14 The Maldives

Maldives

Check out of your Colombo hotel, taking private transfer back to the airport where you’ll catch your flight to the Maldives, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, known as one of the world’s most breathtaking with hundreds of postcard-perfect islands surrounded by warm water in a myriad of brilliant blue hues. While you could spend your days simply gazing out at the scenery, there are plenty of active pursuits to enjoy too, including outstanding snorkelling and diving among vibrant coral reefs, windsurfing, sailing and more. Luxury resorts here are renowned for their world-class spas and restaurants helmed by top chefs serving mouthwatering cuisine.

What's not Included

  • As we have clients from all over the world. Our itineraries do not include flights. If you would like us to include flights in your trip, we are happy to do so. Please speak to your travel specialist at the planning stage to include them.
  • Gratuities for local guides
  • We strongly advise all guests to purchase comprehensive travel insurance
  • Visas if required

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