England in Sri Lanka 2014
28 November – 18 December (21 days)
Our main tour starts with a relaxing 2 night stay on the beach at Negombo, before heading off to explore the best Sri lanka has to offer. Visit 4 of the 8 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Sri Lanka; see amazing wildlife in one of the countries’ national parks; explore the famed ‘Cultural Triangle’; cool down in the lusciously green countryside of the tea growing area. Along with way, enjoy 4 or 5 ODI matches.
TOUR PRICES (per person, excluding international flights)
|Spice Tour||£ 2,950||£ 4,150|
Friday 28 November
Depart UKWe have purposely excluded flights from our packages in order to give you the flexibility of choosing your most convenient UK departure airport and/or stopovers en-route. Please contact us on 01844 343800 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a tailored quote
DAY 1 Saturday 29 November
NegomboOn arrival at Colombo airport, you will be met and transferred to the Jetwing Blue Hotel in the nearby seaside village of Negombo. Rooms are upgraded Super Deluxe category. Check in time is 2pm. If you are on the early morning flight into Colombo you may want to consider a pre-registered room, which would allow immediate check in – contact us for a quote
Alternatively, you may choose to go to Colombo for the 2nd ODI (day) – supplement payable.
DAY 2 Sunday 30 NovemberDay at leisure. This evening join us for our ‘Welcome’ cocktail party to meet your tour group. Includes canapés & drinks
DAY 3 Monday 01 December
Negombo –TangalleToday we travel to Tangalle. En-route we will stop in Galle to visit the iconic fort – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and the Galle cricket ground. After lunch (cost included) we continue on to Tangalle on the south coast to check into our deluxe rooms at the Ranna 212 Beach resort
DAY 4 Tuesday 02 December
TangalleFree day to relax and enjoy the stunning beach and all the facilities the resort has to offer
DAY 5 Wednesday 03 December
3rd ODI – Hambantota (day/night)Morning at leisure. Coach transfer to the Suriyawawe International Cricket Stadium for the 3rd ODI between Sri Lanka and England
DAY 6 Thursday 04 December
TangalleAnother free day to relax and enjoy the resort facilities.
DAY 7 Friday 05 December
Tangalle – Nuwara EliyaToday we depart Tangalle and wind our way north to the hill station of Nuwara Eliya, stopping for lunch on the way (cost included). Built entirely during the 19th century Nuwara Eliya’s architecture mimics that of an English village. Upon arrival, check into the Grand Hotel
Alternatively if you would like to travel up to Colombo with some of our regulars to see the 4th ODI before re-joining the group in Habarana on 7th Dec, please contact us for a quote
DAY 8 Saturday 06 December
Nuwara EliyaDay at leisure to relax and take the opportunity to watch the 4th ODI from Colombo on TV. You may like to have a round of golf on the renowned championship course.
DAY 9 Sunday 07 December
Nuwara Eliya – HabaranaThis morning we visit a tea plantation before travelling on to Dambulla stopping en-route for lunch (cost included) at the Matale Spice Gardens. After lunch we visit the World Heritage site of the Dambulla Cave Temple before checking into upgraded deluxe rooms at the Cinnamon Lodge Hotel.
DAY 10 Monday 08 December
Minneriya National ParkMorning at leisure. This afternoon we embark on a jeep safari in the Minneriya Giritale National Park, home to Sri Lanka’s wildlife such as Sambar deer, leopards and elephants Afternoon at leisure
DAY 11 Tuesday 09 December
Sigiriya Rock FortressThis morning we visit another World Heritage Site – the stunning 5th Century Sigiriya rock fortress, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ at 200 meters high was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. At its base is a moat, rampart and extensive gardens. Take a climb to the top of the rock to view the world-renowned frescoes.
Afternoon at leisure
DAY 12 Wednesday 10 December
5th ODI – Pallekele, Kandy (day)This morning we head to Kandy, arriving in time to check into the Earl’s Regency Hotel before heading to the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium for the 5th ODI
DAY 13 Thursday 11 December
KandyDay at leisure. This evening we visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic, after which there will be time to explore and/or have dinner at a restaurant in Kandy (own expense).
DAY 14 Friday 12 December
KandyThis morning we visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, followed by a tour of the city of Kandy.
This evening, join us for our ‘Cricket Cocktail Party’ where there will be ample opportunity to meet our guest ex-cricketer who will offer insights into all matters cricket. Drinks and canapés included.
DAY 15 Saturday 13 December
6th ODI – Pallekele, Kandy (day/night)Transfer by coach to the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy for the 6th ODI match
DAY 16 Sunday 14 December
KandyDay at leisure
DAY 17 Monday 15 December
Kandy – ColomboToday we leave Kandy and head to Colombo, stopping after an hour’s drive at the famous Pinnewela Elephant Orphanage. After a visit to the orphanage we have lunch (cost included) whilst watching the elephants taking their daily bath in the local river. We then continue on to Colombo, where we check in to the Taj Samudra Hotel
DAY 18 Tuesday 16 December
7th ODI – Colombo (day/night)Morning at leisure. Coach transfer to the Premadasa International Cricket Stadium for the final ODI
DAY 19 Wednesday 17 December
ColomboThis morning we take a ½ day tour of the city, visiting local markets and Independence Square. Afternoon is at leisure.
DAY 20 Thursday 18 December
Colombo – UKCoach transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Early evening arrival into the UK