Travel to Sri Lanka
Depart Dublin on your overnight flight to Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka.
Upon your early morning arrival in Colombo you will be met by our local representative before being transferred to your hotel in Colombo by coach.
Colombo City Tour
In the afternoon, you will embark on a city tour of Colombo with your local guide. Later on, get to know your group during a welcome meal at your hotel.
Travel from Colombo to your hotel in Dambulla, with a visit to Dambulla Cave Temple en route. A sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries, this cave monastery, with its five sanctuaries, is the largest, best-preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka. Explore the ancient drawings, rock towers and murals that are contained within this World Heritage Site.
Local Village Visit
Experience a local village visit to observe their rural lifestyle and immerse yourself in traditional culture. Take a ride on a bullock cart through a banana plantation, cross the Lake Habarana by canoe ride.
After breakfast visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Sigiriya. The spectacular ‘Lion’s Rock’ fortress, is a large ancient rock palace surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens.
Spend the morning on an exhilarating climb up Sigiriya rock. The climb is strenuous but not difficult with approximately 1200 steps to the summit. A sheer 200m tall magma plug leftover from an eroded volcano jutting out of a flat rain-forest covered plain.
This afternoon, enjoy an excursion of the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. This UNESCO World Heritage site includes the Royal Palace complex and Gal Vihara rock temple of the Buddha. Explore this wonderful site by bike and discover the many stone monuments that lie within.
After breakfast, depart for Kandy, visiting a spice garden in Matale en route. You will have the chance to witness a cooking demonstration of local Sri Lankan cuisine.
Upon arrival in Kandy you will have the remainder of the day at leisure to explore the last royal capital of Sri Lanka, famed for its setting beside a lake and cradled by hills.
White Water Rafting
After breakfast depart Kandy for Kitulagala. Experience White Water rafting as you travel down the Kelani River, covering 5 major rapids and 4 minor rapids over a distance of 5kms.
Continue from Kitulagala to your hotel in Nuwara Eliya. Enjoy some sightseeing of the area with your guide before having the remainder of the day at leisure to explore further independently.
After breakfast you will transfer to Udawalawe National Park. With herds of elephants, wild buffalo, sambar deer and leopards, Udawalawe National Park is the Sri Lankan national park that best rivals the savannah reserves of Africa. The park is lightly vegetated but it has a stark beauty and the lack of dense vegetation makes game-watching easy.
Partake in an afternoon jeep safari before retiring to your camp for the night, where you will enjoy dinner with your group.
After breakfast, depart Udawalawe for Hikkaduwa, a small town on the south coast of Sri Lanka. Relax and enjoy a full day at leisure in delightful Hikkaduwa Beach surroundings.
Enjoy dinner at your hotel in Hikkaduwa, before spending the remainder of the evening as you wish.
This morning visit a nearby market to purchase fresh ingredients with the help of a local cuisine expert. Back at your hotel, you will use these ingredients during a cooking lesson designed to teach you some authentic Sri Lankan culinary styles.
In the afternoon enjoy a tour of the Galle Fort with your tour guide. Galle Fort, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. The city of Galle has a very colourful history and this famous fort has remained a hive of activity until this day. You will experience some of the scenic sights of Galle city, with free time to explore at your leisure.
You will have three full days at leisure in the delightful surroundings of Hikkaduwa Beach. Enjoy the warm sunshine and clear blue seas, sit and watch the surfers or snorkel the impressive coral reef just off the shore. Your local guide will be happy to suggest activities to suit your interests.
Enjoy one final morning soaking up the atmosphere in Hikkaduwa.
Transfer to Colombo
Transfer from Hikkaduwa to Colombo for your overnight flight home.
Arrive back into Dublin airport in the early morning after your once in a lifetime adventure in Sri Lanka.