The Enchanted Island

The Enchanted Island

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The Enchanted Island

14 Days Starting in Colombo, Sri Lanka and ending in Ahungalla, Sri Lanka

Visiting: Sri Lanka

Tour operator:

Cox & Kings

Group size:

0 - 18

Age range:

-99

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Small Group

Activities:

Walking

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$3052
$2914 including Flights from the UK Exclusive Tourhub Members Discount: -$137

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Tour Overview

The teardrop-shaped island of Sri Lanka contains a wealth of cultural, archaeological and natural treasures. This comprehensive tour visits both popular and lesser-known sites in the north, centre and south of the country. Highlights include the jungle-bound fortress of Sigiriya, wildlife-rich Yala National Park, and the cave temples of Dambulla.

Highlights

  • Visit the impressive Dambulla caves & Sigiriya rock fortress

  • Witness a Puja ceremony at the Temple of the Tooth

  • Stay in an authentic converted tea factory

  • Finish the tour with relaxation on the beach

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Fly To Colombo

Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Colombo with Sri Lankan Airlines. (N)

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Day 2 : Colombo

Accommodation Name: Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo

Meals Included: Lunch

Afternoon arrival and transfer to the Cinnamon Lakeside for 1 night. Enjoy a welcome afternoon tea at the Galle Face Hotel. (L)

Day 3 : Dambulla

Accommodation Name: Heritance Kandalama

Meals Included: Breakfast

In the morning, transfer to Dambulla. Stay 3 nights at the Heritance Kandalama. (B)

Day 4 : Anuradhapura - Mihintale

Accommodation Name: Heritance Kandalama

Meals Included: Breakfast

Drive to the ancient Anuradhapura. This city was Sri Lanka's capital for 1,400 years and contains fabulous Buddhist shrines and relics. Afternoon visit to Mihintale, the birthplace of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. (B)

Day 5 : Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa

Accommodation Name: Heritance Kandalama

Meals Included: Breakfast

Morning visit to the rock-fortress town of Sigiriya. Continue to the 11th-century capital of Polonnaruwa. (B)

Day 6 : Dambulla - Kandy

Accommodation Name: Earls Regency Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Morning visit to Dambulla, home to Asia's most impressive cave temples. Continue to the beautiful hill station of Kandy and stay 2 nights at the Earls Regency. Afternoon city tour. This evening, take time to watch a traditional Kandyan dance performance and visit the Temple of the Tooth for the evening puja. (B)

Day 7 : Kandy

Accommodation Name: Earls Regency Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Kandy is set on the shores of a beautiful manmade lake and the area abounds with rich and varied plant life. Morning visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 8 : Nuwara Eliya

Accommodation Name: Heritance Tea Factory

Meals Included: Breakfast

Early morning drive to Nuwara Eliya hill station via a tea plantation. Situated at 2,000 metres above sea level, Nuwara Eliya attracted the British in the 18th century and their legacy is still visible. Stay at the Heritance Tea Factory for 2 nights. (B)

Day 9 : Horton Plains

Accommodation Name: Heritance Tea Factory

Meals Included: Breakfast

Early morning visit to Horton Plains, situated on Sri Lanka's highest plateau (this excursion involves a 2.5-hour walk*). Horton Plains is inhabited by large populations of monkeys and sambar deer. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)

Day 10 : Ella - Yala

Accommodation Name: Cinnamon Wild Yala

Meals Included: Breakfast

Visit the Rawana Ella Falls and impressive Buduruwagala statues before continuing to the Elephant Transit Home. Then drive to Yala and stay for 2 nights at the Cinnamon Wild. (B)

Day 11 : Yala

Accommodation Name: Cinnamon Wild Yala

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Morning wildlife safari in Yala National Park. Covering 1,300 sq km, the park encompasses a diversity of jungle habitats, including scrub, brackish lagoons and riverside locations. Creatures that may be seen include elephants, leopards, sloth bears, spotted deer, sambar deer, wild pigs, jackals, marsh crocodiles and a great variety of birdlife. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 12 : Galle - Ahungalla

Accommodation Name: Heritance Ahungalla

Meals Included: Breakfast

Drive to Ahungalla, stopping for a tour of Galle Fort. Stay 2 nights at Heritance Ahungalla or upgrade to the Cinnamon Bentota Resort & Spa (Premium Terrace Room) from £122. (B)

Day 13 : Ahungalla

Accommodation Name: Heritance Ahungalla , Cinnamon Bentota Beach

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day at leisure. (B)

Day 14 : Fly To London

Meals Included: Breakfast

Transfer to Colombo and fly to London with Sri Lankan Airlines. (B)

What's Included

  • Small group size - average 14 people (max 18)

  • 4- & 5-star accommodation

  • Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available

  • Direct international flights with Sri Lankan Airlines

  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles

  • Experienced local tour manager

  • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 1 dinner

  • Upgrade to half-board in Dambulla, Kandy & Ahungalla (7 nights) for £111

  • Wildlife safari & national park entrance fees

  • Hotel porterage

What's Not Included

  • Insurance

  • Optional

Check out our Q&As

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Yes, Direct international flights with Sri Lankan Airlines is included.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    The maximum average group size is 14 people.

  • Is there private tour option available ?

    This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. So, should you want to spend longer in a particular location, or add another experience or destination, we can make all the arrangements for you. Please contact our travel specialists for guideline prices.

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Yes, Single supplement available from £595.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As Detailed in itinerary.

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    4- & 5-star accommodation available on this tour.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, Local English speaking tour guide on this tour.

  • What is the difference between a 'single' supplement and 'sole' supplement?

    A 'single' traveller is someone occupying a single room while travelling with one or more other people, for example a single person travelling on a group tour. A 'sole' traveller is someone travelling on their own. As a single traveller on a group tour (except those in the SoloTravellers collection), please check the single supplement price. If you wish to add an extension to that tour, please th

  • When will I get my tickets?

    Travel documents will be sent approximately two weeks prior to departure (third party suppliers' policies may vary), unless your booking is made within six weeks of departure, in which case final documents will be sent as soon as possible.

  • When do I need to pay my final balance?

    Final payment must be made no less than 75 days before departure.

  • What are the four tour categories?

    ***LUXURY These are our most comfortable tours and will usually feature 5-star deluxe accommodation throughout*** ***SUPERIOR Most Cox & Kings tours fall under this category and are based in 4- or 5-star accommodation where available, or the best alternative elsewhere*** ***STANDARD Simpler in emphasis, these itineraries typically feature 4-star or good 3-star accommodation throughout, or the best alternative elsewhere*** ***DISCOVERY Best suited to the hardier traveller, these tours typically include some quite basic accommodation, possibly longer and rougher road journeys and, in some cases, more strenuous activities, such as trekking***

  • Why do I have to pay more for my holiday if I am a single traveller?

    Most hotels around the world charge more per person for a single occupancy room than for a shared twin room, because the cost of maintaining a room for one person can be almost as high as it is for two. In addition, many single occupancy rooms are the same as twin / double rooms. The Solo Travellers collection of small group tours is specially created to include accommodation based on single occu

  • Can Cox & Kings arrange my visa?

    We cannot arrange your visa but we can recommend a reputable visa assistance company who can help with your application. Please contact your tour consultant for details.

  • Do your prices include flights?

    All prices for Cox & Kings holidays include international flights, except where indicated. Australasia and Canada holidays do not include international flights so that you may benefit from the best prices at the time you choose to book, taking advantage of major seasonal variations and short term special offers. For all destinations, you may be able to arrange your own flights. If you wish to do

  • What is a non-exclusive escorted group tour?

    The vast majority of our group tours are exclusive to Cox & Kings clients. However, there are a few exceptions where holidaymakers who booked their tour with another travel company travel in the group.

  • When will I get a detailed itinerary?

    If you are travelling on a group tour, you will receive a detailed itinerary with your travel pack. If travelling on a private basis, you will receive your detailed itinerary with your confirmation invoice.

  • Do I need inoculations?

    Many of our destinations have recommended health precautions, which you can read about in our regional documents and health pages. However, we recommend that you contact your doctor who will be able to give you professional advice, arrange any vaccinations and give advice on malaria protection. Alternatively, visit the NHS website for more information.

  • What happens if a group tour does not reach its minimum numbers? Will it be cancelled?

    If a group tour does not reach its minimum numbers, we will either offer for you to take your holiday on a private basis (which may involve a supplement), or you will be fully refunded.

Reviews of this operator

Richard Martin (Google Reviewer)  

We have travelled regularly with...

28-Nov-2019

We have travelled regularly with Cox & Kings as a couple and in family groups to wide range of destinations around the world. Their helpful and knowledgeable staff have organised first rate itineraries for us to destinations they’ve visited, giving firsthand knowledge of these places. It’s hard to fault their local operations too, they provide that essential (and seamless) support to their customers throughout each trip from start to finish.

BARRY DYKE (Google Reviewer)  

Just returned from a two...

22-Oct-2023

Just returned from a two week Athens and Peloponnese tour which, with the exception of one hotel, was wonderful. It was made by our superb guide, Maria, who brought everything to life throughout the tour. She was outstanding. The tour was very well arranged except, in our opinion, the last day which entailed a northerly trip to Opympus to see what seemed to be a new site, before heading back to Athens. It was really too long a day on the coach, even though that was comfortable being a full size with only 18 tourists. Our view was we could have missed Olympus and driven strait back, just 5-6 hours. Anyway we loved the experience and recommend it highly. Very good value indeed. (Just change the hotel near Delphi which was grim) Our extra two nights in Athens was brilliant with ti è to see the War museum, the gardens, the Benaki(fabulous) and enjoy great self selected food. Happy to provide more inf to anyone Forgot to say the return flight, with Aegean was one of the worst we’ve ever encountered. Cramped worse than any cheap airline, even Ryanair!! Why bother all the fuss of providing a meal for an afternoon flight?? Save the cost and take out one or two rows of seats. The cost must be about the same.

Anne Watkis (Google Reviewer)  

My partner and I have...

25-Mar-2023

My partner and I have just returned from a tour of the Golden Triangle booked through a travel agent in cirencester. We flew to Delhi on 10th March and home on the 22nd. It was a small group tour (15). Honestly it was a wonderful sightseeing trip. The hotels, starting at the TAj Palace Delhi was exceptional. Great rooms, service and food. The daily trips were very well organised by our holiday guide Mayank Dixit. He was a wonderful guide, took care of the practical element of our trips, was very knowledgeable about india and the various places we visited. His professionalism and knowledge made the holiday. He is guiding for a waterway tours in November, which we might therefore go on. Shimla was amazing. I worried about appropriate clothing re their modesty rules, but it was all fine. Just take something to cover your head and shoulders. Men are fine in shirts too. I loved india and, although the tour was busy, Mayank smoothed the way for us all. Highly recommended.

Ellen Patton (Google Reviewer)  

They had an itinerary to...

09-Mar-2023

They had an itinerary to India online with no single supplement, I inquired about it and received an auto reply that someone would contact me. When I checked the very next day the supplement of £945 had been added. I called immediately to see why the pricing had changed and was told they update their prices regularly. Seems like a bait and switch. Will not book with the agency.

Gerry Wood (Google Reviewer)  

BE VERY WARY OF BOOKING...

03-Feb-2020

BE VERY WARY OF BOOKING WITH COX AND KINGS/ABERCROMBIE & KENT UNTIL THE ACQUISITION IS STABLE. We traveled with Cox & Kings to India in October/November 2019 on a 21 day tour. Because of their impending acquisition by Abercrombie and Kent, a lot of the hotels and transfers had not been paid for. No-one met us on arrival at Delhi airport, none of the transfers for the Shimla extension had been booked, and we had to pay again to stay in the hotel listed in the itinerary on the last night. My phone bill trying to get the UK office to step in was o £206.33. I was out of pocket by £440 and my family had a very stressful time for 6 of the 21 days, not knowing what was going to happen the next day. After spending £15,000 on the tour, Cox & Kings/Abercrombie & Kent offered me a £300 credit against another booking in the next 12 months. Needless to say I won't be taking them up on this. My booking reference was 171352 and the feedback (complaint) reference was E25BQF.

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    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of cox & kings charges.

    Up to 75 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

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