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Discover Sri Lanka
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12 days

from $2,343 AUD

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Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Casual trips offer immersive travel experiences at an unbeatable value with free time and plenty of choices built into the itineraries. Accommodations are comfortable, well-located, and modest. Trips are led by dynamic local guides, some meals and activities are included, and transportation is provided for included excursions.

Max 15

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Explore four UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Sigiriya rock fortress, the Golden Temple of Dambulla, and the sacred cities of Kandy and Anuradhapura.
  • Learn about tea harvesting at a plantation in Ceylon, and stay at an eco-lodge located on a tea estate.
  • Join a ranger on safari in Wilpattu National Park, home to a thriving leopard population, and learn about local conservation efforts.
Itinerary

Be enchanted by Sri Lanka on an unforgettable 11-day journey. Explore Sigiriya rock fortress and refresh your spirit at the unusual Golden Temple of Dambulla, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stroll spice gardens and tea plantations, and ride through Wilpattu National Park with a forest ranger in search of elephants and leopards. Come away with a deep understanding of why early Arab traders called this island country “Serendib,” a name that gave English speakers the word “serendipity.”

Day 1: Colombo

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2: Colombo/Wilpattu National Park

Depart early and visit a coconut plantation, learning about farming and popular coconut-based products. Continue north to Wilpattu National Park, known for its leopard population. Explore the park on a 4x4 and meet with a local expert to hear about conservation efforts and the issues of human encroachment on wildlife reserves. Overnight at a safari camp, located just outside the National Park.

Day 3: Wilpattu National Park/Anuradhapura

Travel to the sacred city of Anuradhapura — a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk through the ruins and discover ancient Buddhist monasteries and temples. Enjoy some free time this afternoon and opt to rent a bike.

Day 4: Anuradhapura/Dambulla

Enjoy a walk through Habarana, a rural farming village, and learn about daily life. Relax with a canoe trip on the lake, ride on a bull cart, taste a local lunch, and venture out into the rice and vegetable fields. Later, continue on to Dambulla for the evening.

Day 5: Dambulla

Head to Sigiriya (Lion) rock fortress and climb the steps to the top of this captivating site to discover UNESCO-listed ruins and take in stellar views. After, enjoy some free time to explore Dambulla.

Day 6: Dambulla/Kandy

Tour the impressive Dambulla Cave Temple and admire ancient Buddhist murals and statues then visit a spice garden in Matale to learn about the theraputic uses of local spices. Continue on to Kandy and enjoy a tour of the Temple of the Tooth, which houses an important relic — a tooth of Lord Buddha kept in a well-preserved golden casket. This evening, listen to some traditional music at a cultural show.

Day 7: Kandy

Today, visit the impressive Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya, considered a national asset. Enjoy the lush surroundings, pavilions, conservancy, orchid house, and stunning Javan fig tree. After, visit Sthree Craft Shop and Café, a G for Good-supported social enterprise that helps local women and youth. Here, we view a handicraft demonstration, listen to a lecture lecture, and enjoy afternoon high tea. Taste local teas, scones, clotted cream, jam, and an assortment of sweet cakes and pastries. Later, enjoy some free time to walk through the city and around Kandy Lake.

Day 8: Kandy/Nuwara Eliya

Travel through scenic mountains to the tea-producing town of Nuwara Eliya, stopping at a traditional tea plantation in the central highlands to gain insight into the process of growing tea and its effect on the Ceylon region. Enjoy a cup of perfectly blended pure Ceylon tea then continue exploring the English countryside atmosphere which was once governed by English and Scottish planters. Walk through the green grass and lanes, enjoying stunning views of this countryside hamlet. Opt to enjoy high tea at the Grand Hotel.

Day 9: Nuwara Eliya/Udawalawe

Enjoy a picnic breakfast and hike through the highlands in Horton Plains National Park. Continue on to our tented camp on the border of Udawalawe National Park. This evening, enjoy a cooking demonstration by the camp chef to learn about local specialties.

Day 10: Udawalawe

Enjoy a wildlife safari drive into the park to observe elephants who are in abundance here. After, visit and enjoy a lecture at the Elephant Transit Home, a haven for orphaned elephants who are rehabilitated then released back into the wild, many directly into Udawalawe National Park.

Day 11: Udawalawe/Negombo

Drive to Negombo and enjoy free time to explore the city and check out the beautiful Portuguese and Dutch architecture.

Day 12: Negombo

Depart at any time.

PRICES & DATES

  • date 06 Jan 2020 - 17 Jan 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,929 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    Sold Out

  • date 13 Jan 2020 - 24 Jan 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,929 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,238 AUD Per Person

  • date 20 Jan 2020 - 31 Jan 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,343 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,652 AUD Per Person

  • date 03 Feb 2020 - 14 Feb 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,929 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,238 AUD Per Person

  • date 17 Feb 2020 - 28 Feb 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,929 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,238 AUD Per Person

  • date 24 Feb 2020 - 06 Mar 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,929 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,238 AUD Per Person

  • date 02 Mar 2020 - 13 Mar 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,819 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,128 AUD Per Person

  • date 06 Apr 2020 - 17 Apr 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,819 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,128 AUD Per Person

  • date 20 Jul 2020 - 31 Jul 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,699 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,008 AUD Per Person

  • date 27 Jul 2020 - 07 Aug 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,699 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,008 AUD Per Person

  • date 28 Dec 2020 - 08 Jan 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,929 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,238 AUD Per Person

  • date 04 Jan 2021 - 15 Jan 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,929 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,238 AUD Per Person

  • date 11 Jan 2021 - 22 Jan 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,929 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,238 AUD Per Person

  • date 18 Jan 2021 - 29 Jan 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,929 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,238 AUD Per Person

  • date 25 Jan 2021 - 05 Feb 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,929 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,238 AUD Per Person

  • date 01 Feb 2021 - 12 Feb 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,929 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,238 AUD Per Person

  • date 08 Feb 2021 - 19 Feb 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,929 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,238 AUD Per Person

  • date 15 Feb 2021 - 26 Feb 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,929 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,238 AUD Per Person

  • date 22 Feb 2021 - 05 Mar 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,929 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,238 AUD Per Person

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy or single occupancy unless otherwise noted, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. Optional activities are at an additional cost.

  • Accommodation: Hotel/lodges (9 nts), tented camp (2 nts).
  • Meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Transport: Private vehicle, boat, 4x4
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Wilpattu Safari and Conservation Talk, Wilpattu National Park
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Agricultural Village Experience, Habarana
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: High Tea and Handicrafts, Kandy
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Elephant Rehabilitation Centre, Udawalawe
  • Your G for Good Moment: Sthree Craft Shop and Café, Kandy
  • Your Hands-On Moment: Visit a Coconut Plantation, Colombo
  • Your Foodie Moment: Sri Lankan Cooking Demonstration, Udawalawe
  • Arrival transfer
  • Tour of Anuradhapura ruins
  • Tour the Sigiriya rock fortress
  • Dambulla cave temple visit
  • Visit a Matale spice garden
  • Tour the Temple of the Tooth
  • Cultural show
  • Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens
  • Tour Nuwara Eliya area and a Ceylon tea plantation
  • Hike in Horton Plains National Park
  • Safari drive in Udawalawe National Park
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Any activity not described in What's Included
  • Meals on your own
  • Gratuities

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $3,678

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

Age Requirement:12+

All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.