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Sri Lanka
Commences Negombo 16 March and ends Colombo 29 March 2019

  • Program Status Places Available
  • Price $6,290
  • Program Code TWSL19
  • Single Supplement $1,630
  • Activity Rating Moderate
  • Program Leader Bruce Bulmer

Tour Itinerary

  • 13 Nights 
    • 2 - Negombo 
    • 2 - Kandalama 
    • 1 - Trincomalee
    • 2 - Habarana 
    • 2 - Kandy 
    • 1 - Nuwara Eliya
    • 1 - Yala N.P.
    • 2 - Galle

Commences Negombo 16 March and ends Colombo 29 March 2019

Tour Highlights

  • Discover coastal fishing towns with colourful markets and white sand beaches 
  • Explore the ancient city of Anuradhapura dating back 5000 years
  • Experience Trincomalee deep sea port with Portuguese and Dutch architecture
  • View the fascinating monuments of Polonnaruwa with ancient massive rock carvings of Buddha
  • Visit Sigiriya rock fortress built 477-495 AD with well-preserved frescoes
  • See cool highland tea-country plantations and hillside colonial buildings
  • Experience the picturesque hillside capital city of Kandy with the exotic Botanical Gardens & Temple of the Tooth  
  • Take a safari in Yala National Park, where wildlife is abundant incl. the world's highest concentration of leopard 

Tour Overview

Like a pearl, the shape of the island belies the varied and beautiful landscape from coastal plains to cool highlands. Our tour takes in the coastal fishing towns; hillside villages; and velvety green tea country where pickers dot the landscape; as well as the Yala National Park where a large number of wildlife species live, including leopard.

Boasting an ancient history dating back 5,000 years, Anuradhapura (the capital from the 5th century BC to 9th century AD and now a UNESCO World Heritage site) was the centre of the island's Buddhist civilisation. Sigiriya, another World Heritage site, is a spectacular rock fortress of 1.6 hectares where the Royal Palace stood from 495 AD. Many frescoes still remain, as do the water gardens and moat. Kataragama, the seat of government of many Sinhalese kings in ancient times, is a fascinating pilgrimage town sacred to Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim visitors alike who come here to worship.

The country also has an interesting colonial past, including the Portuguese and Dutch influences from the 17th century. However, modern Sri Lanka, proud of its rich history, also boasts beautiful hotels, delicious food and many gardens enjoyed by visitors. The Royal Botanical Gardens, for instance, in the exotic hill city of Kandy are spectacular. Sri Lanka is truly a gem!

Tour Inclusions

    • 13 nights en-suite 4-5 star hotel accommodation
    • Typical breakfast, dinners and lunches daily
    • Touring by comfortable coach/van
    • Transport and field trips as indicated
    • Applicable entry fees and permits
    • Accompanying local guide
    • Services of a Program Leader
    • Gratuities and necessary tips
    • Detailed Program Information Booklet
 

Moderate

This program includes placeswhich can only be explored on foot and where walking tours may be a little longer and not always on the flat. Accommodation may have some stairs and or have some rooms which may involve some walking to access.
All our programs naturally involve some walking in order to discover bet­ter the places visited and, although we arrange porterage where this is available, participants are expected to be able to handle their own bags. Our program leaders will always try to make as much of the program as possible available for those who find walking longer distances, uphill or down steps difficult but, in same places, this cannot always be avoided.
If you have any concerns at all about your level of fitness, please do not hesitate to talk to us and discuss further with the experts who know the particular demands of each program.

Register your interest early

Follow these simple steps to secure your place on one of our unique tours:

  1. Select the program or programs you are interested in joining and make a note of the program code that appears next to the program price (eg: GCTAD14).
  2. Access the Golden Compass booking form here.
  3. Complete the details you have available (we understand your flights and travel insurance details may not be confirmed when you make your booking).
  4. Print and sign your form, then simply scan and email your form direct to info@goldencompasstours.co.nz. If you prefer you can fax your form to +44 (0) 1494 431 144, or post it to our New Zealand postal address at:

  Golden Compass, P O Box 3452 Shortland St. Auckland 1140, New Zealand.

Please note we require a deposit of NZD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 70 days prior to the start of your program or programs in the UK, Europe, North Africa or Asia. 

Once the deposit payment has been taken you will then be sent your confirmation letter either by email or post (as you prefer). An invoice for the balance will be issued to you 12 weeks prior to the departure of your first tour or tours. Full payment by MasterCard, Visa or electronic bank transfer is required 70 days prior to the start of your tour. 

If you need any assistance please call our Freephone number on 0800 132 385.