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Our 17-day Very Best of Sri Lanka tour showcases the very best of the culture, landscapes and wildlife that Sri Lanka has to offer.

Sri Lanka, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, is an irresistible destination. This tranquil island boasts idyllic beaches, ancient ruins, sacred temples, verdant tea plantations and of course, oodles of elephants and other wildlife. Distant Journeys’ Very Best of Sri Lanka escorted tour is a brand-new itinerary, carefully designed to offer the perfect blend of sightseeing and relaxation. With a maximum group size of only 24 guests, our small group tour of Sri Lanka is the perfect introduction to this beautiful island nation.

For anyone wishing to enjoy real exclusivity on a touring holiday to Sri Lanka, Distant Journeys proudly introduce Private Touring. If you’re a couple celebrating a special occasion, or a group of friends who like to holiday together, you will find the option of Private Touring in Sri Lanka surprisingly affordable.

Our Sri Lankan adventure begins in Colombo, the country’s lively capital and ends in the historic former Dutch port town of Galle. In between, we explore the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka’s interior, packed full of ancient ruins and sacred sites – the cave frescoes of Dambulla, the ancient site of Sigiriya, and the sacred Temple of the Tooth. We travel into the hills and tea plantations, see elephants in Minneriya National Park and search for leopards in Yala, Sri Lanka’s most famous National Park. Along the way, you will be guided by a friendly, knowledgeable Tour Manager, who is there to ensure you get the very best from your holiday.

With prices starting from only £2,295 per person, and including superior accommodation, breakfast and dinner every day as well as a very special high tea our 17-day Very Best of Sri Lanka tour represents exceptional value for money as well as an adventure that you will never forget.

Over 75 years’ experience creating and delivering the finest touring holidays

You can rest assured that our tour to Sri Lanka will be of the highest standard, as through their combined experience of over 75 years in the travel industry, our Directors have become genuine experts in putting together escorted tours and knowing exactly what elements of a touring holiday are most important to the tastes and requirements of travellers from the UK.

Award-winning holidays

Our friendly travel professionals have expert knowledge of the destinations we visit and are always happy to share their passion and enthusiasm with you. The exceptional quality of our touring holidays means that Distant Journeys has been a ten-time winner at the prestigious British Travel Awards.

Customer satisfaction with a Platinum guarantee

Our customers really love what we do. This is demonstrated by the fact Distant Journeys has achieved an amazing 99% satisfaction rating with Feefo, the independent reviews provider. We are extremely proud also to have been awarded Feefo’s highest ‘Platinum Trusted’ rating, for consistently delivering an excellent level of customer service.

Book in confidence with Financial Protection

Distant Journeys tours to Sri Lanka are fully bonded by ATOL, meaning you can book in confidence, safe in the knowledge your money is 100% protected.

Our Covid Guarantee

If Distant Journeys is unable to operate your tour due to Covid-19, we will give you the option to change to another tour, defer your holiday to a later departure date or cancel your holiday with a full refund. That’s peace of mind in these uncertain times.

Sri Lanka holiday highlights

Our escorted tours to Sri Lanka are packed full of unforgettable experiences. Here are just some of them…

  • View the caves and frescoes of Dambulla, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Search for leopards on safari in Yala National Park
  • Explore the ancient site of Sigiriya, with the opportunity to climb Sigiriya Rock
  • Learn about the tea-making process at a plantation in Nuwara Eliya
  • Visit the sacred ‘Temple of the Tooth’, said to hold a relic of Buddha himself
  • See the elephants in Minneriya National Park
  • Explore the former Dutch fort town of Galle
  • Visit a charity-funded school and engage with the local children
  • Tour the majestic Royal Palace complex in Polonnaruwa
  • Sightseeing tours of Colombo, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Galle
  • Take an optional scenic rail journey from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

Our tour to Sri Lanka from the UK represents exceptional value for money. With holiday prices starting from only £2,295 per person for a 17-day tour, we are offering you the opportunity to explore Sri Lanka’s many attractions, with so much included but without it costing a small fortune.

We include so much

Every Distant Journeys tour to Sri Lanka from the UK is meticulously planned, and designed to offer great value by including many meals, activities and experiences in the price of the tour. As you would expect from a touring holiday, we include return international flights from the UK on an award-winning scheduled airline, with all your on-board meals and drinks included. Once you have arrived in Sri Lanka, you will enjoy transportation in modern air-conditioned coaches, hotel porterage for your luggage, all pre-payable airport and resort taxes, and all the entrance fees to the many incredible places you will visit.

Breakfast and dinner are included each day, in addition to lunch one day and high tea on another.
What’s more, to help you make the most of your time, you will be accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout your journey; a friendly, helpful guide who will ensure you can enjoy every moment of your well-earned holiday.

Our escorted tour of Sri Lanka includes:

  • Return economy class flights with Etihad Airways from London Heathrow and Manchester
  • Airport transfers overseas
  • Superior hotels, with great locations
  • Daily breakfast and dinner, plus a lunch and a high tea
  • Experienced local tour managers and drivers
  • Incredible excursions
  • All pre-payable airport taxes
  • All hotel porterage
  • ATOL protection for your holiday
  • Our Price Promise
  • COVID Guarantee

Distant Journeys’ escorted tours offer the perfect balance between an organised, comprehensive itinerary and the freedom and flexibility that our guests really appreciate.

With our escorted tour of Sri Lanka, you can choose to fly from London Heathrow or Manchester, whichever is more convenient for you. Once overseas, we think it’s important to include all the iconic sights and lesser-known delights of the country, but to also have the flexibility to offer experiences that really interest you.

Freedom Days

We have built in some Freedom Days in Sri Lanka, with a choice of activities for you to choose from. Nature and wildlife lovers may wish to immerse themselves in the island’s natural beauty with a trek through a rainforest in Kandy, rich in native birdlife, or enjoy a whale watching cruise in search of the magnificent blue whale off the coast of Galle. Maybe take a tuk tuk to explore the rural temples of Gampola, or learn to cook like a local under the tuition of a renowned local chef in Galle. It’s all about making the most of your holiday, your way.

Choose your Yala Safari Experience

The Very Best of Sri Lanka tour includes a two-night stay in Yala National Park, home to an eclectic array of wildlife including elephants, bears, crocodiles, wild boars and of course the elusive leopard. Our hotel is the stunning Jetwing Yala, from where we will venture into the National Park on a thrilling safari.

For those wanting to get even closer to nature, there is an alternative to spend the two nights in Yala at one of Sri Lanka’s amazing safari camps. Set in truly remarkable locations, you’ll enjoy two safari drives into lesser-known areas of Yala and all meals, along with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Please enquire for details and supplements.

Our Private Tours of Sri Lanka offer a unique and exclusive travel experience. Whether your Sri Lanka touring holiday is to celebrate a special occasion as a couple, or whether you are a group of friends who enjoy travelling together, Distant Journeys Private Tours are a surprisingly affordable alternative to our Small Group Tours.

Affordable and convenient

A Private Tour benefits from the intimacy and convenience of travelling in your own private vehicle with your own friendly and knowledgeable local guide and your own choice of departure date. It’s your holiday, your way. What’s more, supplements start from just £95 per person, and a couple can enjoy a Private Tour all to themselves from only a £395 per person supplement. You choose your own Very Best of Sri Lanka departure date – we’ll take care of the rest.

The ideal touring holiday, to Sri Lanka and elsewhere, is one that includes the iconic, must-see places that are on everyone’s wish list, but that also allows the time and space to enjoy a host of authentic and enriching experiences.

The intimate and relaxed way to explore

With each tour limited to a maximum of 24 guests, Distant Journeys’ escorted tours of Sri Lanka ensure you have the chance to explore in the company of a small group of people, enjoying a number of included special experiences to create unforgettable memories. Visit a remarkable charity-funded school, view the magnificent Cave Temple at Dambulla and scout for leopards on a safari in Yala National Park – these are just a few of many activities to look forward to.

Friendly and knowledgeable Tour Managers

Tour Managers and local guides play a huge part in the success of any tour of Sri Lanka, and at Distant Journeys we make sure that only the very best guides are chosen to escort our groups. They will expertly lead us through the country, sharing information and insights gained through their knowledge of the local culture, customs and history. The tour guides love to share their enthusiasm for Sri Lanka and are always happy to offer advice and recommendations, to ensure that your holiday is every bit as special as you would like it to be.

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Award-Winning Holidays


We have won 10 awards in the last five years, at the British Travel Awards;  ‘Best Small Holiday Company to Australasia’ ‘Best Small Holiday to Sub-Saharan Africa’ and ‘Best Small Escorted Tours Holiday Company’.

99% Customer Satisfaction

Distant Journeys have achieved an incredible 99% satisfaction rating, verified by independent reviews provider Feefo and we have been awarded their highest Platinum Trusted Rating.

100 % Financial Protection

All Distant Journeys holidays are fully bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority, meaning you can book in the confidence your money is 100% safe.

Guaranteed Price Promise

We want you to have the peace of mind you are paying the best price for your holiday, so Distant Journeys guarantees this through our Price Promise.

  • We will reward you for booking early. The earlier you book the better the offer you’ll receive.
  • We never offer last minute discounts, so you can be confident you’ll never see your holiday cheaper once you have booked.
  • We will never add surcharges onto the cost of your holiday, once you have booked.
  • We will price match any identical holiday you find and give you £200 off a future booking.


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