SRI LANKA: Boutique VIP: Cultural, Cuisine & Craft Tour
27th August - 9th September 2019 : Places Available
Destinations: Sri Lanka
Tour Grading Moderate: Suitable for travellers with an above average level of fitness and mobility
Tour Commences In: Negombo
Number of Days: 14 days / 13 nights
Accommodation: Luxury / Deluxe 5 & 4 Star modern & Boutique Hotels
Leaders: Australina Tour Manager and specialist local Guide
Tour Concludes In: Colombo
Tour Style: Luxury Escorted Small Group Tour
Meals: Breakfast; 13: Lunch; 2:
Transportation: Luxury private chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicles
Join us on our fabulous tour of the emerald isle of Sri Lanka as we explore its culture, cuisines and crafts and more. Savour all the experiences this unique country has to offer. There’s an abundance of treasures to discover including eight UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The holy cave of Dambulla with buddhas inside; the sacred city of Anuradhapura and the former capital Polonnaruwa. Climb the magnificent rock fortress of Sirigiya, stroll through magnificent gardens and watch a performance of traditional dance at the Temple of the Tooth in the serene city of Kandy. Have the time of your life on a very scenic railway Then learn the art and science of tea making while staying on a working tea plantation in the heart of the Ceylon tea country.
Wild life lovers be on alert at Yala National Park home to elephants, leopards, sloth bears, and more.
Admire the beauty and charm as you walk the cobblestones of the 17th-century Dutch fort in Galle. Colombo retains its history as it moves towards a cosmopolitan lifestyle.
There’s a variety of arts, crafts and local specialized artisan to meet along the way.
So join as a solo traveller, gather couple of friends or three, or maybe even a group of friends and indulge with us on this enchanting tropical island and share our passion of this exotic journey.
- Private international & domestic airport arrival and departure transfers for all guests
- 5 & 4 star modern & boutique accommodation as per your choice
- Luxury private Chauffeur driven luxury air- conditioned vehicles for all transfers & sightseeing
- Fully escorted by our experienced professional specialist tour guide
- Meals and 'Teas' as indicated in Itinerary; B = Breakfast: L = Lunch: D = Dinner:
- Train Ticket Admission fees to all monuments, activities, excursions and shows as per the itinerary
- Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)
- Bottled water included whilst touring in vehicle
- An exclusive information travel package
Day 1: Tuesday 27th August 2019: Arrive Sri Lanka
Day 2: Wednesday 28th August 2019: Negombo – Sigiriya:
Day 3: Thursday 29th August 2019: Sigiriya:
Day 4: Friday 30th August 2019: Sigiriya – Kandy:
Day 5: Saturday 31st August 2019: Kandy:
Day 6: Sunday 1st September 2019: Kandy:
Day 7: Monday 2nd September 2019: Kandy – Nuwara Eilya:
Day 8: Tuesday 3rd September 2019: Nuwara Eilya:
Day 9: Wednesday 4th September 2019: Nuwara Eilya:
Day 10: Thursday 5th September 2019: Nuwara Eilya – Galle:
Day 11: Friday 6th September 2019: Galle:
Day 12: Saturday 7th September 2019: Galle – Colombo:
Day 13: Sunday 8th September 2019: Colombo:
Day 14: Monday 9th September 2019: Depart Colombo:
All our hotels are excellent 5 & 4 star boutique hotel. We highly recommend our hotels as they have excellent services and facilities. All rooms have modern facilities, private bathrooms with double & two twin beds.
Climate & Clothing:
The climate in Sri Lanka is warm to hot all year around. The rainy season is June till October. (but can rain anytime) The general rule is to bring comfortable clothing including lightweight cottons. Comfortable walking shoes are essential as is a light waterproof jacket. We provide a detailed packing list to all our guests prior to departure.
Currency & Money Matters:
The currency is the Sri Lankan Rupee. Divided into 100 cents. It is issued by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. The abbreviation is generally Rs., but "LKR" is occasionally used to distinguish it from other currencies also called rupee. major credit cards are accepted, in tourist orientated establishments. ATM’s are in most cities.
The electric current is 230V, 50 cycles. Plugs come in a bewildering range of variations. Besides the primary plug type, which is similar to Indian plugs, you may well find US-, EU- and British-style plugs in your room.
You must obtain Comprehensive Travel Insurance as a condition of travelling with Boutique Tours & Travel. We recommend that you purchase insurance at the time of Booking. http://www.boutiquetours.com.au/insurance
You may apply for insurance here at a very good rate.
Sinhalese and Tamil are the two languages that enjoy the status of being official languages in the country.
Our hotel offers a wonderful selection of dishes at their buffet breakfasts with a wide variety of both menu and venue for lunches and evening meals
Medical Services & Facilities:
Our hotels have access to a doctor if required. They can also assist guests with purchasing of medicine. The international hospitals in India are very good and have western trained medical and surgical specialists. Dental care is also available
Passports & Visas:
To enter Sri Lanka you require a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry and with at least two blank pages. A visa is required. https://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/visainfo/center.jsp#
Pre & Post Tour Accommodation:
Boutique Tours & Travel suggests that you may like to arrive a day before the start of your tour to allow time to relax and refresh. You are also very welcome to linger longer after the tour is completed. Boutique Tours & Travel has negotiated special overnight rates at many hotels for both pre and post tour accommodation. Please request when booking.
Despite the size of the country, the standard time throughout India is GMT +5.30.
We know that some of our guests are not familiar with tipping customs, so any gratuities (eg to waiters, porters etc) are already taken care of as part of your fee. A tip from you to the guides and drivers is always a goodwill gesture.
Our small group tours provide you with a good balance of group activity and personal discovery.
Most of our road journeys between major cities are longer than 3 hours so we include modern Luxury sedan cars or minibuses for this tour. They are spacious and comfortable so we can all enjoy the journey.
Water & Beverages:
Our hotels offer bottled water and bottled water is provided when travelling in our vehicles. Most teas are available with most meals. Alcoholic beverages are not included in the cost of this tour.
- Ancient City of Polonnaruwa (1982)
- Ancient City of Sigiriya (1982)
- Golden Temple of Dambulla (1991)
- Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications (1988)
- Sacred City of Anuradhapura (1982)
- Sacred City of Kandy (1988)
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Day 1: Tuesday 27th August 2019: Arrive Sri Lanka
Welcome to Sri Lanka. You will be met by your private guide at airport and transferred to your hotel in nearby Negombo. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
If time permits this afternoon, we can visit an art and craft market nearby and see how the village ladies have empowered themselves by displaying their craftsmanship and creativity.
Day 2: Wednesday 28th August 2019: Negombo – Sigiriya: (B)
After breakfast we drive to Sigiriya (Approx. 4 Hrs) En route we visit the sacred city of Anuradhapura and stop off at a pottery workshop where a pioneering family continues ancient traditions. We continue our drive to visit the golden temple of Dambulla and cave. The interior of the cave is filled with spectacular Buddhas. It still remains an important holy site. Later we continue our drive to our hotel.
Day 3: Thursday 29th August 2019: Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Sigiriya: (B)
This morning, there is an option to climb Sigiriya’s Rock, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is commonly called the 'Fortress in the Sky' and is probably the most fantastic natural wonder of Sri Lanka. It is also known as 'Lion Rock' because it appears as huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the Palace on the summit of this 600 foot rock.
We continue our drive to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, another important royal capital and more recent than Anuradhapura, with its well preserved 12th century ruins and impressive stone culture that recalls an inspired past.
Day 4: Friday 30th August 2019: Sigiriya – Kandy: (B/L)
This morning we drive to Kandy. Along the way we visit Matale spice garden for lunch and enjoy a delicious fresh authentic meal followed with a tour around a spice plantation.
We stop and visit a craft Heritage centre which draws on the rich traditions of the area producing batik and embroidery. We visit a workshop to view artisans at work. We visit a home of a Batik artist enjoy tea and view the wonderful array of textiles, old furniture and the many other art works that are on display.
Day 5: Saturday 31st August 2019: Kandy: (B)
Today we explore Kandy on our city tour with temple of the tooth and drive to the upper lake area. We stroll Kandy’s central markets which sell a variety of authentic produce and spices. We also visit the gem museum and with a simulation mine. A very interesting tour.
A side note; Princess Diana's, now Kate, Duchess of Cambridge's engagement ring is a blue sapphire from Sri Lanka.
Day 6: Sunday 1st September 2019: Kandy: (B)
This morning we drive through the beautiful scenery of the Dumbara valley to visit home of weaving families. The Dumbara region is resident to the weavers of Sri Lanka who were tasked with creating unique designs for the ancient Kings of Sri Lanka. This afternoon we meander the fabulous Peradeniya botanical gardens of Kandy. The orchids, palms, and herb gardens here shouldn’t be missed.
(Optional) Complete the day with an unforgettable show of Traditional Kandyan Dance in the city centre.
Day 7: Monday 2nd September 2019: Kandy – Nuwara Eilya: (B)
After breakfast we transfer to a train station for what is one of the best scenic highlights of the journey, the train ride is to Nuwara Eilya. Along the way admire the fabulous views of forests, mountains, tea estates and waterfalls. After checking into our hotel High Tea is served in the picturesque gardens. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Optional high tea is available.
Day 8: Tuesday 3rd September 2019: Nuwara Eilya: (B)
This morning we visit a tea estate and factory to see how Ceylon tea is plucked, manufactured and packaged. We participate in a tea tasting with an expert. Later we visit the local city of Nuwara Eilya which is often referred to as 'Little England'. This genteel highland community does have a 'rose tinted English country feel to it with its colonial era bungalows and Tudor styled hotels as well as tendered hedge-rows and stunning gardens.
Day 9: Wednesday 4th September 2019: Nuwara Eilya – Yala: (B)
This morning we drive to Yala. This National Park is known for being one of the best places in the world to see leopards It has a high population density) You can also see elephants, sloths, bears, mongooses, monkeys, crocodiles and hundreds of different types of birds. En route we visit the scenic Ella waterfalls. Later this afternoon, participate in a safari at Yala national park.
Day 10: Thursday 5th September 2019: Yala – Galle: (B)
After breakfast we drive to picturesque city of Galle. We stop along the way and visit the wonderful women who are world renowned for Beeralu lace making. You will be in awe of their skill and ease at which they move their bobbins. We then visit a pottery workshop. Pottery is one of the oldest skills of mankind and Sri Lanka has a long history. Later we check into our hotel. You have a free evening to relax; perhaps walk on the nearby beach.
Day 11: Friday 6th September 2019: Galle: (B)
Sri Lanka has a proud heritage of arts and crafts and this morning we visit local weaving mills and a handcrafts centre.
This afternoon we tour the UNESCO World Heritage Site Galle Fort. As an exotic old trading port it's blessed with imposing Dutch-colonial buildings, ancient mosques and churches, beautiful grand mansions and wonderful museums. This city is delightful to explore on foot.
Optional visit to Mask carver.
Day 12: Saturday 7th September 2019: Galle – Colombo: (B)
Later this morning we drive to Colombo. En route we will visit Dodanduwa coconut coir fibre workshop that makes carpets and colourful mats. This is a fascinating process to see. This afternoon we tour the highlights of Colombo on our city tour.
Day 13: Sunday 8th September 2019: Galle – Colombo: (B/L)
This morning we visit a fabulous Gallery with a weaving workshop. Lunch is in a lovely garden café. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
This evening we have our finale dinner at one of the 50 best restaurants in the World. WOW.
Day 14: Monday 9th September 2019: Depart Colombo: (B)
Our small group tour concludes after breakfast and for most guests today it is time to say farewell to new-found friends and Sri Lanka.
At your leisure before transferring to the airport for your onward or homebound journey.
Depending on your departure itinerary, you may have time for some last-minute sightseeing and shopping. We are able to organise our private guide to accompany you.You may like to linger longer and enjoy this beautiful emerald Isle, please don’t hesitate to contact Boutique Tours and Travel for further travel arrangements.
Our itineraries are carefully planned to ensure you are rewarded with the best experiences in Sri Lanka. The magic of travelling in a small group allows us to cater for spontaneity. It is sometimes these unplanned moments that can be the most memorable and together with the rich tapestry of experiences and the characters that we meet along the way that will make this a very special tour.
Please contact as soon as possible to secure your place on this fabulous boutique small group tour.