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Sri Lanka is a verdant utopia for travellers looking for golden beaches, history, culture and delicious regional bites, you’ll be met with an array of exciting Insight Experiences. From taking a walking tour through the backstreets of Colombo with a Local Expert, to visiting Rahju’s Contemporary Art Gallery and a tea plantation, enjoy travelling with a group of like-minded individuals and a knowledgeable Travel Director, who will be on hand to guide you throughout your trip.

Package Includes
  • Round trip airfare from home city to Columbo
  • 9 nights guided vacation, with stays in exceptional accommodation
  • Dining Summary: 9 Breakfasts (B), 2 Lunch (L), 6 Dinners (D) and 2 Dinners with Wine (DW).
  • INCLUDED INSIGHT SERVICES
    • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
    • Enjoy the comfort of Insight’s luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
    • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert’s fascinating commentary.
    • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
    • Hotel and restaurant tips are included – you’ll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
    • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
    • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.

INSIGHT CHOICE

  • Sigiriya: Choose between climbing Sigirya Rock or a visit to Sigirya Botanical Gardens.

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

  • Colombo: Head on a leisurely walking tour of Colombo with Mark Forbes, a photographer and wildlife enthusiast, and discover the hidden treasures this city has to offer.
  • Kandy: Meet a practising Buddhist and embark on a guided walking tour through Ritigala jungle and hear tales of the forest dwelling monks, a monastic community, who once inhabited the monastic reserve, devoting their lives to living simply in the forest.
  • Kandy: Visit Rahju’s Contemporary Art Gallery and enjoy a private viewing of his magnificent paintings and discuss his unique perspectives on life over a cup of tea.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Colombo: Take a panoramic city tour of Colombo including all the main sights and Pettah market.
  • Colombo: Explore by Tuk-Tuk old Colombo town and cruise the city streets while watching the sun lower over the Indian ocean. See the city lights come alive for an evening of buzzing activity.
  • Wilpattu National Park: Ascend deep into the lush, dense jungle on a jeep safari in search for Sri Lanka’s big four. Keep your eyes peeled for leopards, elephants, sloth bears and an array of colourful birds.
  • Anuradhapura: With your Travelling Concierge you will visit the former capital of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura. Admire the architectural wonders of this first-kingdom that ruled for a thousand years.
  • Sigiriya: Visit this famous fortress set upon its prominent rocky outcrop.
  • Polonnaruwa: Your visit to the archaeological park will reveal what life in the area was like when the city was thriving, 800-years-ago.
  • Dambulla: See Raja Maha Vihara – the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s Cave Temples.
  • Kandy: Enjoy a traditional dance performance in the evening.
  • Kandy: Visit the site of the Sacred Tooth Relic Temple.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Colombo: Join your Travelling Concierge and get to know your fellow travellers during your Welcome Dinner.
  • Nuwara Eliya: Enjoy an evening cooking demonstration of Sri Lankan and South Indian cuisine with local chef, before dining on your creations.
  • Nuwara Eliya: Join your Local Expert to visit a tea plantation and learn how this crop is produced. You’ll even have the opportunity to experience the traditional technique of tea-leaf picking, before sampling some of the freshest tea possible.
  • Nuwara Eliya: Your mouth-watering Celebration Dinner features the best of Sri Lankan cuisine.
  • Dining Summary: 9 Breakfasts (B), 3 Lunches (L), 2 Dinners (D) and 2 Dinners with Wine (DW). Festive Highlight Dinner: 21 Dec departure includes a Christmas Eve Highlight Dinner in Kandy.

January 14 or 28, 2021 Based on Double
Vancouver $6599 + $913 tax
Kelowna, Victoria, Comox $6599 + $913 tax
Calgary, Edmonton $6499 + $913 tax
Single Room Supplement add $1690
Pre-Pay Gratuities
(Travel Director and Driver)
add $134 per person

 

Day 1 – Welcome to Sri Lanka.

Welcome to Sri Lanka. A land of historic ruins, sweeping beaches and mouth-watering food, you’ve made it to paradise. On arrival, you’ll be picked up and transferred to your hotel, the Taj Samudra, Colombo. A contemporary, luxury build situated on the seafront, it provides an idyllic ambience at sunset. Unwind and rejuvenate before meeting your fellow travellers and Travel Director at 19:00 for a Welcome Dinner with drinks.

Hotel: Hotel Taj Samudra, Colombo
Meals: Dinner with Wine

Day 2 – Explore Colombo.

There’s no better way to get to know a city than to walk through its back streets and experience it like a local. In the morning, head on a leisurely walking tour of Colombo with Mark Forbes, a photographer and wildlife enthusiast, and discover the hidden treasures this city has to offer. Journey through a myriad of buildings that date back from 17th century and were erected mainly during the Dutch & British rule. Visit Pettah Market, where locals head to pick up fresh fruit and vegetables, garments and jewellery. This market place is older than the buildings around it and an area best explored with a local. Later, board your customised Tuk-Tuk and head out to explore the hustle and bustle of an afternoon in old Colombo town as it rolls into sunset. Cruise the city streets while watching the sun lower over the Indian ocean and enjoy the chaos as the workday winds down and the city lights come alive for an evening of buzzing activity.

Day 3 – Welcome to the Jungle.

After breakfast, begin your journey to Wilpattu National Park. A unique complex of over fifty wetlands and gravel roads that trace watering holes, the perfect place to observe wildlife. On arrival, check into your luxury safari camp located on the boarder of the park, a quintessential glamping experience and satisfying blend of comfort and nature. Enjoy relaxing in your spacious living room, with views of the lush, green jungle just steps away. In the evening, venture deep into the thick wilderness. Explore the park by jeep safari, taking the back roads in search for Sri Lanka’s big four — leopards, elephants, sloth bear and deer.

Day 4 – Jungle Safari.

Today you will enjoy a full day of journeying through the jungle.

Day 5 – Wilpattu to Sigiriya.

In the morning head south making your way to Sigiriya. Stop on your journey at Anuradhapura complex temple, one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, sprawling with a rich collection of archaeological wonders. Now a World Heritage site, you’ll have the opportunity to explore its ancient ruins with your Travel Director. After, meet a practising Buddhist and embark on a guided walking tour through Ritigala’s jungle-enveloped paths. Hear tales and secrets of the forest dwelling monks, who once inhabited the monastic reserve. Begin your gradual ascent, making your way through seemingly endless paths and flights of carved stairs. This was once a place of meditation, congregation, teaching and general life for a monastic community who devoted their lives to living simply in the forest.

Day 6 – Exploring Sigiriya’s Ancient Kingdom.

Surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens and reservoirs, Sigiriya is steeped in history. Explore Sigiriya with Insight Choice. Choose between climbing Sigiriya Rock or a visit to Sigiriya Botanical Gardens. Later, visit the historic city of Polonnaruwa by tuk-tuk, the second most ancient of Sri Lanka’s kingdoms, where you will explore remains of ancient temples and tombs. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site for yourself before heading back to your hotel.

Day 7 – Colourful Caves and Rainforests.

Today you’ll visit the colourful Dambulla Caves. Also known as the Golden Temple caves, this World Heritage Site is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. Take in its mighty artwork dedicated to Gautama Buddha as you explore with your group. Stop at Matale Spice Garden, home to exotic plant species and spice trees, and find out how those spices are used in the preparation of local dishes. Later, arrive in Kandy. Surrounded by mountains, rainforest and tea plantations, this sacred city if famous for its Buddhist sites, such as the Temple of the Tooth shrine. Once here you’ll enjoy a cultural evening of drums and dance performance. Your accommodation for the evening is, Mahaweli Reach. Located next to the mighty Mahaweli River, this traditional hotel is based in the hill capital of Sri Lanka and offers incredible culture, history and authentic dining options.

Day 8 – Tea Country Hills.

In the morning head to the Sacred Tooth Relic. Located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic, a tooth of Buddha is located here. Later, visit Rahju’s contemporary art gallery. Enjoy a private viewing of his magnificent paintings and discuss his unique perspectives on life over a cup of tea. Continue to Nuwara Eliya. A city in Sri Lanka’s tea country hills, this pretty destination is famous for Seetha Amman Temple, a Hindu shrine and Galway’s Land National Park. In the evening, participate in a cooking demonstration, where you’ll learn to cook Sri Lankan and South Indian cuisine with a local chef before indulging on your hard work.

Day 9 – Exploring Nuwara Eliya.

Rise early this morning for an excursion to Horton Plains for a trek to World’s End, where a stunning escarpment that plunges 880 metres down to the jungle floor. World’s End is situated in one of the most popular National Parks in Sri Lanka and is the only one where you can are able walk freely as there are no elephants. Stand in awe and capture incredible views of the expansive plateau before mist and cloud obscure the scene. In the afternoon, you will be treated to an special experience when you visit a tea factory and tea gardens. Walk in the plantation during plucking time and spend time with a tea plucker to learn about their life, before enjoying a tasting session with a tea expert. In the evening, toast to your travels with your new friends over a Celebration Dinner at your hotel.

Day 10 – Goodbye Colombo.

It’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers as your journey comes to an end. You’ll be driven back to Colombo airport for your onward flight. A stop will be made in Colombo for those extending their stay

Meals: Breakfast

The Insight difference

As an Insight traveller, you’ll enjoy an altogether deeper, more enriching experience; not just meeting local people, but joining them for unique opportunities to share their stories, passions, customs and expertise.

We’ll take you to places that you otherwise wouldn’t get to if you travelled independently.

Insight Experiences – A carefully curated collection of memories-in-the-making.When you travel with Insight, we’ll introduce you to authentic experiences, fascinating activities and expert insights that you could never enjoy as an independent traveller. Your journey will include unique Insight Experiences from a carefully curated collection. We’ve selected a few of our favourite Insight Vacations experiences below. With these and many more, magical moments and memories await you…

Deliciously Authentic Dining – Dining well isn’t just about great food; ambience, service, location – and, of course, good company – are all essential ingredients of an unforgettable meal. When you travel with us, we provide dining experiences that really connect you to the heart and soul of each destination. In addition, we’ve designed our deliciously varied menu of dining choices to perfectly complement each well-planned day of your journey with us.
Dining the Insight Way – So Many Delicious Ways to Dine

Travel in Style –When you travel with us, we want you to feel entirely relaxed and at ease throughout your holiday. So naturally, we take care of the driving, leaving you free to sit back, and enjoy the journey.  Our experienced coach drivers are hand-picked to transfer you seamlessly to your destination, via the best and most scenic routes. Sitting high above the traffic in your uniquely customised Insight Vacations coach, you’ll enjoy the best possible views along with personal air conditioning and double the legroom of a standard coach.  And you can catch up online, sharing your photos and highlights with our complimentary Wi-Fi.  It’s a sociable way to travel, too. As part of a smaller group, Insight guests enjoy spending quality time together, really getting to know each other – and their Travel Director and coach driver – en route to the next amazing destination.

Hand-Picked Hotels – At Insight, we believe that where you stay makes the difference between a good holiday and an unforgettable one. That’s why we take the greatest possible care in choosing hotels that are truly exceptional in terms of style, location and service. With Insight, your hotels will always be stylish, comfortable and well located. And on some journeys, you’ll have a chance to stay somewhere truly remarkable. Whether that’s a castle steeped in centuries of history, a French chateau set on a beautiful vineyard estate, or an elegant boutique hotel in the heart of one of Europe’s great cities, these are places that will stay with you as treasured memories, for life.

Smaller Group Camaraderie – With an average of just 32 guests and a maximum size of 40, our group travel opportunities are smaller than you’ll find elsewhere. Fewer people means you’ll be able to savour the personal service and companionship of an intimate group as you get to know your like-minded travel friends.

Seamless, Stress-free Travel – Wherever you stay on your travels with us, you’ll enjoy a seamless, stress-free experience, with nothing at all to distract you from relaxing and getting maximum enjoyment from your vacation. We work passionately, 24 hours a day, to ensure you, and tens of thousands of other travelers, can confidently explore your dream destinations.
Insight Vacations Travel at Ease – Your safety is our utmost priority, and in the rare event of a circumstance requiring attention, no matter the scale, you can rest assured that we are always in close communication with our Travel Directors, regional offices and partners in the places in which we operate. We find practical solutions for travel issues and will take care of all the details so you can travel at ease.
Your Insight Travel Director – Your highly-skilled Travel Director will be on hand to share knowledge, advice, act as a travelling concierge, give practical assistance, and manage the details of your journey so that everything runs smoothly. Leave the baggage handling, check-ins, reservations, tips, and all the other details to us. Hassle-free travel is our speciality and we’ve thought of everything, leaving you to relax and effortlessly enjoy your vacation. If you would like suggestions on how you could spend your free time, your Travel Director will be only too happy to offer guidance. See for yourself, and meet our Travel Directors as they guide you through a selection of trips.
Local Experts – Our introductions to locals make it possible for you to gain a meaningful understanding of what it is like to actually live in an area. Historians, artisans, chefs, growers and other local experts who reside in the region will share their stories, traditions and insights, bringing the places you visit to life in a meaningful way. Nothing compares to hearing and seeing first hand from local legends who are passionate about their way of life and keen to share it with others.

Insight Cares – Enriching Travel Experiences. As one of The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, Insight Vacations is a founding member of the TreadRight Foundation and shares a collective desire to protect and conserve the stunningly beautiful environments, fascinating cultures and awe-inspiring communities of our natural world. TreadRight is a not-for-profit organisation that works tirelessly to ensure the environment and communities we visit remain for generations to come. Since 2008, TreadRight has supported more than 40 sustainable tourism projects worldwide, working with expert project partners who directly oversee these projects on the ground. When travelling with Insight on select Premium itineraries, you’ll see some of these incredible projects in action. In Perugia, experience one of the last remaining hand-weaving textiles in Italy, reminiscent of great medieval and renaissance textile traditions in Italy. In choosing Insight Vacations you are helping TreadRight continue its life-changing work. Visit TreadRight.org for more information

* Canadian passport holders require a visa for Sri Lanka. An ETA visa must be obtained prior to departure. Applications are available Online. Please see important visa details sent with your invoice. * Full Passport Details and Flight Details are required prior to final payment. * Day 1: Upon arriving Sri Lanka’s International airport, guests will be transferred to the hotel in Colombo. Later that evening meet with the Travel Director and fellow travellers for the Welcome Reception. * Day 10: Complimentary transfer to Colombo airport is available.

* A valid passport with at least six months validity after your return date is required. * Travellers are required to provide Insight Vacations with flight details prior to final payment. They can be added to the reservation at any time through Manage My Booking on our website: https://www.insightvacations.com/ca or call our Sales Centre.

Terms & Conditions

All rates are per person, based on double occupancy in Canadian dollars (unless otherwise stated) New bookings only. Space and price may be limited and subject to availability at the time of booking.  Errors or omissions may occur on the above information with no guarantee of being honoured. Terms and conditions apply. Tax is not included in the above base fare. Above tax amount includes non-refundable $30 per adult Booking Management Fee. $50 per adult cancellation fee. Not included in the above rates: Xpresspost fee, recommended medical, cancellation or baggage insurance. Child rate is applicable when travelling with 2 paying adults sharing 1 hotel room, using the existing bedding. Price Match Policy: Travel Best Bets makes every effort to remain competitive by offering our ‘Match or Beat Any Price’ offer however due to certain restrictions  there will be some product we cannot match or beat. Please note the star ratings found on www.travelbestbets.com are determined by Travel Best Bets based on a number of factors and may not match the star rating found in the Tour Operator’s brochure. Please view our star ratings by clicking here. Due to an increasing volume of disputed bookings, we will only accept payment for air only travel to India, the Philippines and the continent of Africa through the following means: book and pay cash in person or by direct deposit into our business account – once the transaction is verified and a copy of the receipt emailed or faxed to our office, we will confirm the booking. Please contact us for details on how to book using this method.Please note there maybe a tax increase when FREE connectors are added with Air Canada Vacations. Please contact [email protected] for photo credit information. BPCPA #3287