Grand Journey of Sri Lanka & the Maldives - MV Yasawa Princess

Grand Journey of Sri Lanka & the Maldives - MV Yasawa Princess

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Grand Journey of Sri Lanka & the Maldives - MV Yasawa Princess

18 Days Starting in Colombo, Sri Lanka and ending in Malé, Maldives

Visiting: Colombo, Negombo, Dambulla, Habarana, Sigiriya, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Yala National Park, Galle, Malé, Rasdhoo, Embudu, Alikoi Rah, Maayafushi, United Kingdom

Tour operator:

Riviera Travel

Ship Name:
MV Yasawa Princess
Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Ship Capacity:

56

Physical rating:

Please contact Riviera Travel if you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility.

Age range:

18-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Please contact Riviera Travel with specific dietary requests.

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Cruise

Activities:

4WD

From:
$5629 (USD) including Flights from the UK

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Tour Overview

As soon as you arrive, your senses are overwhelmed by Sri Lanka! The warm tropical air, the colourful wild flowers and the jungle, the striking colours of the saris adorning every woman, the variety of exotic fruits and spices, the beauty of the countryside, the mystique of countless temples and orange-clad Buddhist monks and wild elephants – this is a varied place indeed! Marco Polo, arguably the greatest explorer of all time, described it simply as the finest island in the world!



Sri Lanka has attracted countless invaders and visitors from nearby India, the Arabs, the Portuguese, Dutch and finally the British. The 145 years of British rule left an indelible mark on Sri Lanka’s culture and institutions – from a deep love of cricket to the red pillar-boxes still found on street corners. Today, this fabled island of spices and gems is a vibrant blend of entrancing Buddhist culture, ancient cities, wildlife- rich lowland jungles, home to leopards, elephants and monkeys, a mist-shrouded hill country and tropical palm-fringed beaches.



Sigiriya Rock, an impregnable 5th century palace and fortress clinging to the top of an immense granite monolith soaring up 600 feet is Sri Lanka’s most remarkable sight, with amazing views of the jungle-covered plain below. Around the base of the rock we see beautifully laid out fountains, gardens and bathing pools, incredibly still working, linked by an ingenious web of underground, gravity-fed water channels.



The cave temples of Dambulla, another World Heritage site, highlight Sri Lanka’s extraordinary artistic heritage. Here we visit the Royal Botanical Gardens which also contain, in a typical colonial house, the wartime HQ of Lord Louis Mountbatten and Far Eastern Command, as well as one of Buddhism’s holiest shrines, the Temple of the Tooth.



Sri Lanka was one of the original ‘Spice Islands’ with cinnamon, cochinilla, nutmeg and all manner of other exotic flavours combined with fresh vegetables including peppers, aubergines and okra blending wonderfully with fresh seafood and meat giving a truly unique and delicious cuisine.



Embark on a unique and unforgettable seven-night cruise exploring the best of the Maldives, one of the lowest countries in the world with an average of 1.5 metres above sea level. The best way to explore and travel through this island nation is by boat. So kick off your shoes, forget the news, relax, rejuvenate and enjoy the welcoming hospitality of this unique island nation. What makes these numerous tiny islands so special is that they’re actually the crowns of coral reefs and submerged volcanic mountains



Your days are filled with carefree pleasures, such as relaxing on pearly white-sand beaches in the shade of natural tropical vegetation, taking a dip in crystal waters of sparkling azure hues, and gazing at the glittering night sky. There are plenty of opportunities to snorkel beneath the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and immerse yourself in remarkable underwater worlds. The Maldives is blessed with beautiful reefs and home to fascinating marine life, from colourful tropical fish to whale sharks, manta rays and turtles.

Highlights

  • Explore four UNESCO world heritage sites of the Golden Temple Dambulla, sacred city of Kandy, Sigiriya and the old town Galle Fort and experience superb scenery, shimmering paddy fields, rubber and spice plantations, verdant tea estates, swaying coconut groves, and exotic wildlife

  • Visit feeding time at the Elephant Transit Home, where elephant orphans are looked after, before being re-introduced to the wild as endorsed by the Born Free Foundation and enjoy a 4x4 drive in Yala National Park, famed for its wildlife.

  • Visit Kandy and see the Temple of the Tooth, said to house Buddha’s tooth, plus visit the stunning Royal Botanical Gardens and the local tea-growing areas in Nuwara Eliya with a Ceylon tea tasting as your sightseeing tour.

  • Enjoy an unforgettable beach barbecue on a desert island.

  • Explore the extraordinary underwater worlds of the Maldives and visit the world’s smallest Capital City of Malé.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Departure
Location: Colombo
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Lunch

You should arrive at the airport to take your flight to Colombo.



Please note that this itinerary will be operating on the following departure dates:



26/01/2024 & 08/03/2024



After your lunchtime arrival we stay for one night at the four-star Arie Lagoon Hotel.

Day 2 : Colombo
Location: Colombo, Negombo
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Arie Lagoon
Meals Included: Lunch

After your lunchtime arrival we stay for one night at the four-star Arie Lagoon Hotel.

Day 3 : Dambulla
Location: Dambulla, Habarana
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Habarana Village Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today the adventure begins and the sights and the sounds of Sri Lanka gradually unfold. The countryside is stunning – scenic paddy fields studded by water buffalos accompanied by wiry, loin-clothed farmers, extensive coconut groves, pineapple fields, working elephants with attentive mahouts astride their necks and everywhere the dense jungle interspersed by huge lakes.



We visit the amazing, 1st century cave temples of Dambulla, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a wonderful introduction to the Buddhist religion. Set in an immense granite outcrop and reached by a number of steps, this serie of five caves are richly adorned with remarkably preserved frescoes and over 150 Buddhist statues. In the caves’ semi-darkness, surrounded by the serene faces of dozens of beautifully painted statues, it’s not difficult to imagine the incredible sense of awe this sacred site held for generations of worshippers.



We stay two nights at the four-star Habarana Village Hotel by Cinnamon.

Day 4 : Sigiriya Rock
Location: Sigiriya
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning you visit what for many will surely be the most memorable and fascinating monument in Sri Lanka: Sigiriya, or the ‘Lion Rock’, is a massive 600ft granite tower with sheer cliffs on all sides crowned by the remains of a 1,500 year old royal palace. The entire site is encircled by a moat and ramparts enclosing a variety of water gardens, the remains of numerous buildings and caves. As you approach Sigiriya rock, you see some of the finest ancient murals in the country – the ‘cloud maidens’ are found under a fold of rock and show in exquisite detail a procession of jewelled, beautifully dressed women bearing offerings of lilies and lotus flowers. Facing us is the imposing final entrance to the palace above: in ancient times the colossal head of a lion (hence ‘Lion Rock’) was built in brick and plaster, visitors entering through its mouth. Today, just the two front paws remain, their claws menacingly extended, still guarding the palace. It should be noted that there are numerous steps to the top of Sigiriya rock, but should pose no problem for those with normal mobility. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy our hotel’s pool and facilities.

Day 5 : Kandy
Location: Kandy
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Cinnamon Citadel Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we leave Sigiriya for Kandy. Sri Lanka is noted for its magnificent spices so en route we visit a fascinating garden where we see many indigenous plants such as pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon before arriving at Kandy, the country’s royal capital.



You stay two nights with dinner at the four-star Cinnamon Citadel Hotel, beautifully located overlooking the scenic Mahaweli River and surrounded by peaceful forested hillsides. The hotel as a pool overlooking the river, with a colonnaded lobby, a charming bar and restaurant. 



Kandy is famous for its traditional dancing and so this evening we experience a colourful and hugely skilful display of this ancient art.

Day 6 : Kandy
Location: Kandy
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Cinnamon Citadel Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Kandy’s crowded and bustling streets teem with daily comings and goings: the many white-uniformed children returning from school and the myriad of shops. The centre is dominated by a beautiful lake and the fascinating Temple of the Tooth, said to hold Buddha’s tooth. This is Buddhism’s most sacred shrine on the island and during our visit (today or tomorrow morning), you may be lucky enough to witness one of the many ceremonies. You also visit the stunning Royal Botanical Gardens. Planted over 150 years and covering a huge 150 acres, the gardens hold thousands of plant species and some superb examples of mature tropical trees. Strolling through lawns, shady avenues and immaculately kept flower beds, we see exotic birds and the commemorative trees planted by Edward VII, George VI, Princess Anne and the Queen.



Other highlights are the Avenue of Royal Palms and ‘Bat’ Drive where you can spot the large fruit-eating ‘Flying Foxes’ hanging upside down! The gardens also house Lord Mountbatten’s imposing HQ from World War II. 

Day 7 : Train Nuwara Eliya
Location: Nuwara Eliya
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Golden Ridge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today you leave Kandy and the train  from Peradeniya Station to Nanu Oya, Nuwara Eliya. We journey through increasingly mountainous scenery including some spectacular views of Sri Lanka’s premier tea growing areas. Lush tropical jungle gives way to tall pine forests and then box-like tea bushes, few at first and then seemingly covering every fold of the  landscape like a huge green carpet right to the landscape horizon. Arriving early afternoon to Nuwara Eliya, the main hill station, is nearly 7,000 feet above sea level and called ‘little England’ due to its spring-like climate, parks and gold course. You stay one-night at the four-star Golden Ridge Hotel, located within a 5 acre ridge. 

Day 8 : Elephant Transit Home & Yala
Location: Yala National Park
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: superior Chaarya Resort and Spa Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

You say goodbye to Sri Lanka’s hill country this morning on your way to Yala National Park in the south of Sri Lanka.  At around midday we arrive at the Elephant Transit Home, supported by the UK’s Born Free Foundation, at Udawalawe National Park, where you’ll be able to watch young elephant orphans being given one of their daily feeds.



You stay two nights at the excellent three-star superior Chaarya Resort and Spa Hotel, near Tissamaharama. 

Day 9 : Yala National Park
Location: Yala National Park
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: superior Chaarya Resort and Spa Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

An early start this morning, accompanied by the unique sound of a tropical ‘dawn chorus’. As the morning mist disappears with the rising sun you explore the jungle and its incredible range of wildlife in 4x4 vehicles. The normally elusive leopard offers the Park’s most exciting game viewing and Yala has a high concentration of these big cats. They are the island’s top predator so are far less shy than elsewhere in the world. Yala is also known for its elephants, saltwater crocodiles, wild boar, sloth bears, monitor lizards and a huge variety of birdlife. After a late breakfast you can relax by the hotel’s pool before an optional second, early evening park drive (book and pay local).

Day 10 : Yala To Colombo
Location: Galle, Colombo
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: superior Kingsbury Colombo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we journey to Colombo, stopping at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Galle, with its imposing 16th century Dutch fort. In the late afternoon we arrive at the four-star superior Kingsbury Colombo for one night.

Day 11 : Fly To Malé
Location: Malé
Accommodation: MV Yasawa Princess
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transfer from your hotel to Colombo airport for the 1hr.25 flight to the Maldivian capital Malé with a short domestic flight to Maamagili Regional Airport in South Ari Atoll.  On arrival you’ll be taken by dhoni (traditional Maldivian wooden boat) to the Yasawa Princess, your charming cosy home for the week, where the friendly crew will help you check into your comfortable cabin. During this evening’s informal welcome meeting, you’ll be briefed on week’s itinerary, meet crew members and the other guests on board. Enjoy your complimentary pre-dinner cocktail as you catch the first of many spectacular sunsets over the Indian Ocean.

Day 12 : Hurasdhoo Deserted Island
Location: Rasdhoo
Accommodation: MV Yasawa Princess
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Get your first taste of cruising as we take a short cruise north west to  Hurasdhoo, a small deserted island with a white sandy beach. Take the opportunity for snorkelling to experience your first taste of the underwater world or relax and soaking up the sun and cooling off with a dip in the Indian Ocean. The ship’s tender makes trips to this beautiful island in the morning and afternoon.



For a small additional charge payable locally, you may wish to take a boat out with local guides and go in search of the graceful giant manta ray visiting a manta ray cleaning station with the option to snorkel (seasonal January to April). Tonight, you may wish to experience reef night fishing with traditional hand line bottom fishing technique (catch and release method).

Day 13 : Embudu Deserted Island
Location: Embudu
Accommodation: MV Yasawa Princess
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A short cruise to the western edge of the atoll we moor up near the small charming deserted island of Embudu. The tender takes you to the island in the morning and afternoon. Access to snorkelling is with ease, with a bit of luck you may find local residents Eagle rays or turtles passing by or simply relax on the long stretch of beach. You really are in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Tonight, why not try your hand at traditional fishing in the open ocean under the stars? Maldivians are true fishermen at heart, so you’re in good hands with our local guides. 

Day 14 : Raiydhigaa Island & Beach Bbq
Location: Embudu
Accommodation: MV Yasawa Princess
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a leisurely cruise this morning, we arrive at the island of Raiydhigaa with a natural habour. With soft white sands, lush coconut trees and astonishingly clear water, this remarkably picturesque island appears to have sprung to life from the cover of a travel magazine! There is easy access to the reef for snorkelling. Lunch today is a picnic on the island.



For many, this evening will be a real highlight. Few experiences can compare with a meticulously prepared barbecue on the beach, served with warm Maldivian hospitality. Enjoy a wide selection of delicious food including music and dancing under a starlit sky, a truly memorable experience.

Day 15 : Alikoi Rah Sandbank
Location: Alikoi Rah
Accommodation: MV Yasawa Princess
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Located in the centre of Ari Atoll is Alikoi Rah sandbank, a snorkellers haven with a house reef abundant to spot colourful fish, turtles and rays, visiting in the morning and afternoon.  This evening we watch the sky take on an array of magical shades of orange as we take a sunset cruise to the nearby Maaya sandbank.

Day 16 : Maayafushi Sandbar
Location: Maayafushi
Accommodation: MV Yasawa Princess
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Heading to the northern edge of Ari atoll, visited in the morning and afternoon is the large sandbar of Maayafushi is renowned for flocks of common seabirds. A wonderful sandbar with a stunning sea-green lagoon and a surrounding reef, making snorkelling an absolute dream.

Day 17 : Malé
Location: Malé
Accommodation: MV Yasawa Princess
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we cross the open Ocean channel of Alihuras Kandu cooling off with a final dip in the warm ocean clear waters on a sandbar en route to Male. Once reaching our final mooring, our dhoni is ready to take you on an informal guided tour to the world’s smallest capital city.



With an area of approximately 2.3 square miles and a population of over 150,000, Malé is a fascinating commercial hub of the country. See the bustle and buzz of everyday life including local markets, whilst wondering around. Enjoy locals favourite pastime of having an ice cream or coffee or simply watch the world go by from one of various cafés in the area of Boduthakurufaanu Magu.

Day 18 : Return Flight
Location: United Kingdom
Accommodation: UK Return
Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, we take our return flight to the UK via Colombo.

Ship Details

MV Yasawa Princess

Image Of Ship

With its friendly crew and informal atmosphere (t-shirts and shorts are the order of the day), convivial bar and partly open-air dining area, the 180-foot MV Yasawa Princess is just perfect for an intimate cruise around the remarkable atolls of the Maldives.

There are just 28 cosy and simply-furnished cabins and four passenger decks, which offer a bar (open from midday for alcoholic drinks), restaurant, small spa area, sun deck and forward observation lounge. All meals on board are included and consist of a generous breakfast buffet, a lunchtime buffet or island picnic, and a buffet dinner. There is also a self-service tea and coffee station available all day. A dhoni and tender accompany the Yasawa Princess, providing easy access to the various islands and sandbanks visited.

The ship now also boasts a newly added aft swimming platform, so you can easily get in and out of the water. Beach towels are provided while Wi-Fi is available at an extra charge, although coverage can be patchy at times. There is a fully staffed PADI dive centre on board, with a variety of courses and dive packages available - please call us for details.

Ship Name:

MV Yasawa Princess

Adults Only Areas:

adults only

Ship Children Facilities:

none

Ship Nursery:

none

Smoking Areas:

some

Ship Size:

mini

Ship Style:

luxury

Ship Type:

ocean

Ship Kind:

Yacht

Ship Currency:

USD

Ship Language:

en

Ship Capacity:

56

Number of Cabins:

28

Ship Launch Year:

2008

Ship Length (Meters):

55 M

Bridge Deck

Sun DeckBridge

Lower Main Deck

Cabins

Restaurant/Bar Deck

BarRestaurantGalleyForward LoungeSpa

There are just 28 cosy and simply-furnished cabins and four passenger decks.

Bridge Deck Standard Deck (Grade B )

Bridge Deck cabins are 115 square feet (10.6 square metres), on the highest passenger deck. As per the A Deck cabins, they are are air-conditioned and tastefully decorated, with twin or double beds, hairdryer, safe, compact dressing table, en-suite shower/WC and large window. Access with a door opening onto an outside walkway deck.

Lower Main Deck Standard Cabin (Grade B L )

Cabins on the lowest deck are 142 square feet (13 square metres). They are all air-conditioned and tastefully decorated, with twin or double beds, hairdryer, safe, compact dressing table, en-suite shower/WC and porthole. Access with a door opening onto an outside walkway deck.

A Deck Standard Cabin (Grade A )

A-deck cabins are 117 square feet (10.8 square metres). As per the lower main-deck cabins, they are are air-conditioned and tastefully decorated, with twin or double beds, hairdryer, safe, compact dressing table, en-suite shower/WC and large window. They are accessed from the deck.

A-Deck Standard Cabin (Grade A )

A-deck cabins are 117 square feet (10.8 square metres). As per the lower main-deck cabins, they are are air-conditioned and tastefully decorated, with twin or double beds, hairdryer, safe, compact dressing table, en-suite shower/WC and large window. They are accessed from the deck.

All meals on board are included and consist of a generous breakfast buffet, a lunchtime buffet or island picnic, and a buffet dinner. There is also a self-service tea and coffee station available all day.

Restaurant

Partly open-air dining area

There are just 28 cosy and simply-furnished cabins and four passenger decks, which offer a bar (open from midday for alcoholic drinks), restaurant, small spa area, sun deck and forward observation lounge. 

  • Partly open-air dining area
  • Convivial bar
  • Small spa area
  • Sun deck
  • Cosy forward observation lounge
  • Self-service unlimited tea, coffee and bottled water station
  • Aft swimming platform
  • Beach towels are provided
  • PADI dive centre on board
  • Wi-Fi (charges apply)

There are no dedicated children's facilities on board.

The ship now also boasts a newly added aft swimming platform, so you can easily get in and out of the water. 

There is a small spa area.

Tips are not charged at a set percentage and are not included in the holiday cost, as we understand that giving a gratuity should be entirely at your discretion.

As a guideline we would recommend giving €8-12 per person per day should you feel that is appropriate. Usually, an envelope is left in your cabin on the final evening, for you to drop off at reception, if you choose to, the following morning. The tips are divided equally between the crew.

Should you also wish to give a gratuity directly to your Riviera Travel Cruise Director and Concierge, this is also at your discretion.

Dietary Requirements

We cater for most dietary requirements; please ensure you contact the reservations team when making your booking.

Disabled Facilities

Our ships are not adapted for wheelchair access; if you are intending to take a wheelchair with you please contact us.Due to popularity of river cruising when there is more than one ship in port the ships could be moored alongside each other. If our ship happens to be moored away from the landing pier disembarking could involve walking across gang planks and the sun deck of other ships.River cruises operate with a smaller crew than ocean cruises and do not have the crew available to personally attend to passengers with reduced mobility therefore a travelling companion would need to be able to help with any physical needs.The itinerary we include with our river cruises involves shore excursions visiting places with cobbled streets which can be on an incline making navigation of these streets difficult for anyone with reduced mobility.Cruising down the Rhine, Danube or any of the European rivers we offer gives you the opportunity to take in the spectacular scenery and there is a lot to enjoy from the comfort of the ship. If you can’t do many shore excursions, river cruising in Europe can still be very enjoyable and worthwhile, please contact us with any concerns you may have.

Dress Code

There is no requirement to bring formal dress; smart/casual is acceptable for both day and evening as there is no dress code enforced. However men are requested not to wear shorts for dinner or vest tops at any time in the dining room. Men may wish to wear a jacket and tie for dinner. The Captain’s Dinner offers the opportunity, should you wish, for more special attire.

Laundry Service

A limited laundry service is available on board, except on the day of disembarkation. A dry cleaning service is not available.

Medical Facilities

If you have any concerns about your health whilst on tour, please see your Cruise Director or Concierge. They will be able to advise you about chemists and availability of doctors, etc. In an emergency you could always phone our emergency number as issued on your itinerary. There are no on-board medical personnel, although specific crew members will have basic first aid training. However, the ship can stop at any time to transfer any passenger requiring emergency medical attention to local medical facilities.

Smoking and E-Cigarette Policy

Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is not permitted anywhere on board except for designated areas on the sun deck.More and more countries in Europe are adopting a stricter legislation on smoking in public places. Smoking is not allowed on any public transport and there may be other restrictions in hotels, bars and restaurants.

What's Included

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • Fully Guided

  • International Travel

    Scheduled return flights to and from Colombo and from Colombo to Malé with a domestic flight in the Maldives

  • All port charges & airport taxes

What's Not Included

Check out our Q&As

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

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Return flights to and from Colombo and from Colombo to Malé with a domestic flight in the Maldives are included.

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Please consult your GP regarding the appropriate inoculations required for Sri Lanka at least a month before departure. Whilst the travelling schedule shall pose no problems for people of any age in normal physical health, we would point out that we enjoy several walking tours around a number of historical sites where paths are uneven and uphill. To fully enjoy the Maldives cruise, you should be able to swim.The cruise is not suitable for customers who are unable to climb stairs, as there are no lifts on-board the MV Yasawa Princess.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    We are unable to accommodate children under 9 years old at the date of departure.

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

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    For almost 40 years

  • I have reduced mobility; can I still travel?

    We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to contact us to discuss these concerns

  • Do I require travel insurance?

    It is a condition of booking that you carry suitable travel insurance.

  • What is my luggage allowance?

    You will receive details of your luggage allowance with your final travel documents, which are sent approximately 10 days prior to your date of departure.

Reviews of this Operator

David Clarke (Google Reviewer)  

This review is for the...

08-Aug-2023

This review is for the italian Lake Como trip Aug 1-8 Wow what a trip. Riviera from start to finish were excellent the booking and help line answering questions were very good and clear. The travel booklet you get is laid out that it is simple to read and follow with step by step info from booking in to flights to meeting the guides. Our guide Matt Purse was just the best guide and real credit to Riviera with his knowledge and straight forward approach to running the trips. Matt kept us informed and told us all the sort of info you want to know without going over the top....This chap should teach other reps ..thank you so much. The coaches they use are all clean and well equipped with usb chargers and have aircon. The places chosen to visit were well researched even down to where coaches park or drop you off. The Bernina Express was the highlight for our family and matts photo tip was welcomed. The only down point was the hotel,a little dated and evening meal in main restuarant was a bit of a let down. I think we were lucky with our room on level 7 and with balcony as the walls are very thin and noise travels. We would book again with riviera

Barbara Shillaker (Google Reviewer)  

I have been on three...

11-Jan-2024

I have been on three trips with Riviera Travel so far, with two more booked during 2024. Highly recommended. Excellent tour guides. Great program of visits. Great hotels used.

Valerie Pascoe  

We would go again in a heartbeat

22-Jan-2022

Oh my goodness, what a relief it was to actually get away! Full marks to all at Riviera for keeping us up to date before our trip and for the help so cheerfully and patiently given with the extra admin that Covid brought our way. We felt totally safe with the measures taken on board, thank you very much for this. Without exception, Staff were fantastic and our every need was attended to. The additional Covid testing ran smoothly, organised by our Riviera Reps. The guided tours were most interesting: the guides very knowledgeable and more importantly, interesting to listen to. We loved this trip and would do it again in a heartbeat. Thank you again Riviera, you were FAB!

Chris Wilson (Google Reviewer)  

Second escorted tour with this...

25-Jul-2022

Second escorted tour with this company. Did 5 days in Iceland tour. Everything went smoothly, excellent tour guide, Per. Extremely knowledgeable and interesting guy. Very friendly too. Highly recommend. Just let down by the room given at the hotel, but I guess the travel company doesn't have control over this.

Kathryn Jurin, GB  

Riviera South Africa tour - awesome

21-May-2021

Riviera have amazing holidays and tours to choose from. The one we chose was South Africa and wow! It turned out to be our best trip ever - incredible memories we will never forget. We’ve been all over the world which was because of all our experiences, this one was awesome. The organisation of the holiday, the guide and the travel was e cells that. The choice of hotels, meals, restaurants, trips was absolutely fantastic - very good quality and character - nothing bland or boring! The Riviera guide was permanently with us along with a South Africa guide and they were both extremely friendly, professional, informative and you could ask any questions you want! I would massively recommend this holiday/trip and when you’ve experienced it, you realise how reasonable the price is. We reflect on this trip a lot and thank you Riviera for giving us such a wonderful experience.

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Barry, GB  

Rhine Christmas markets cruise

09-Dec-2019

Just completed a 5 day trip on the Rhine. Our first river cruise and a tester for future cruises. The boat was well appointed and the cabin and public areas were spotlessly clean. The staff were attentive and contributed to the very relaxed atmosphere on the boat. The quality of the food surpassed that which we have experiened on sea cruises in recent years. I have written little because it was a faultless experience. We have booked a further cruise (in France) on the basis of our experience.

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Joan Yarker (Google Reviewer)  

My first cruise and I...

23-Sep-2023

My first cruise and I couldn’t have done better than my recent Seine River cruise. Carmen the tour organiser was excellent and always willing to go the extra mile to sort out any problems. The crew were amazing , friendly and helpful, the captain was great when explaining the controls on the bridge. Everything was very clean, food truly delicious and the pianist a delight and I was able to indulge my passion for dancing. My fellow guests were a delight and I made many new friends. Thank you Riviera

Christine Hardy (Google Reviewer)  

Although most people seem to...

10-Mar-2024

Although most people seem to book and pay for their holidays online, because we live close by we prefer to make a personal visit. In my opinion if they are offering this as an option they should be better equipped to accommodate visits in person. We have not been on our river cruise yet, so can't comment on that yet.

Rob Steele (Google Reviewer)  

My 3rd Riviera trip within...

16-Feb-2024

My 3rd Riviera trip within a year and I wasn't disappointed 😁 This time it was https://www.rivieratravel.co.uk/escorted-tours/southern-india-coastal-route-solo-travellers This trip, although not cheap, it really offers exceptional value for money as you see a lot of Tamil Nadu and Kerela, stay in fantastic hotels, excellent breakfasts every day as well as some lunches and dinners also included. George Bareham, our "Tour Manager" was brilliant, very professional, but also friendly and diligent. Satheeshan, our local guide was helpful and picked me up antibiotics when I got ill, he was a nice chap, if (for my taste) went on a bit and used 20 words when 1 would suffice. Mr Sweeny, our coach driver was fantastic,really professional and an exceptionally good driver. His assistant, Murgon wad a delight, always smiling and attentive. This is a full on trip, early morning starts and quite a packed itinerary, but still leaving time to laze around some brilliant hotel swimming pools. Only a couple of suggestions to improve the holiday. More shopping time in Cochin and change carriers from Etihad who, unfortunately aren't the excellent airline they used to be. But, will I use Riviera Travel again - Yes 😁

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Presently in Croatia staying at...

22-Sep-2023

Presently in Croatia staying at Arauana Hotel, supposedly a 4 star property, but wouldn't give it any star rating. Rooms are small and dirty. Wallpaper blistering. Meals served in a shed like lean-to. Food like warm, greasy and always self service. Second holiday with Riviera this year and neither at standard advertised. Have travelled with them previously and everything was fine, but standards have really dropped. Have booked a holiday with them next year and now dreading it. Certainly don't provide the standard advertised. We have never stayed in such a hovel and have visited youngsters in back packers accommodation which was far better than this supposedly 4 star accommodation. There are no indoor bars or lounges only a shed as a so called restaurant. Absolutely disgusting. Won't be boking with them again

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    Up to 101 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

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