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Sri Lanka Tours
Itineraries from 14 to 17 days showing the best of Sri Lanka
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.
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.
Carefully designed to offer the perfect blend of sightseeing and relaxation, Distant Journeys’ 17-day Very Best of Sri Lanka escorted tour showcases the very best of the culture, landscapes and wildlife that Sri Lanka has to offer. And 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.
We are also delighted to introduce our brand-new Exclusively Solo 14-day Treasures of Sri Lanka tour. Offering stress-free travel, friendship and freedom, with the bonus of no single occupancy supplements they are exceptional value too.
For anyone wishing to enjoy real exclusivity on a touring holiday to Sri Lanka, Distant Journeys offers the same expertly-crafted itinerary as a Private Tour. 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.
At Distant Journeys we are true escorted touring experts. From our knowledgeable Directors and Reservations consultants at Head Office to our Tour Managers on the ground, each person plays a unique role in ensuring you have the holiday of a lifetime.
We have extensive experience in the travel industry and in creating the best escorted tours of Sri Lanka from the UK. You can be confident that our escorted tours to Sri Lanka are of the highest standard.
Our success is evident having now become 13-time winners at the prestigious British Travel Awards, and we have been awarded Feefo’s highest Platinum Trusted rating.
Your money is 100% safe when you book with Distant Journeys. All our Sri Lankan touring packages are fully-bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL no. 10913).
We have won numerous awards at the British Travel Awards, most recently ‘Best Small Holiday Company to Australasia’, ‘Best Small Holiday to Sub-Saharan Africa’ and ‘Best Small Escorted Tours Holiday Company’.
Our customers are at the heart of what we do, and this is reflected across our company. We have received an incredible 4.8/5 customer experience rating with independent reviews provider Feefo, and were awarded its highest ‘Platinum Trusted’ rating, for consistently delivering an excellent level of customer service.
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
Walking tour of Colombo’s thriving food scene
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
Safari in Udawalawe National Park
Choose the holiday style that’s right for you
We all have our own individual requirements when it comes to how we travel. It’s your holiday, and at Distant Journeys you can choose the style of holiday that suits you best.
Our Classic escorted tours are a great way to travel and experience Sri Lanka. Enjoy the scenery, culture and sights with a group of like-minded people, guided by a friendly and knowledgeable Tour Manager who will bring the destination to life. Our Very Best of Sri Lanka tour covers all of the countries many highlights and travels with no more than 24 people.
Our Exclusively Solo itineraries are crafted to include activities and sightseeing to create friendships forged through shared experiences, and memories to last a lifetime. You will be accompanied by a Tour Manager, dedicated to ensuring you get the best from every moment of your holiday and at the end of a busy day, you can retreat to the privacy of your own hotel room. Travelling with no more than 19 people, these tours represent great value for solo travellers.
For those who like to travel as a couple or with a group of friends, our Private Tours offer an intimate, exclusive holiday experience that is surprisingly affordable. Enjoy the same expertly-crafted itinerary and hand-picked hotels, but with the exclusivity and convenience of your own friendly and knowledgeable guides, your own private vehicle and a departure date to suit you.
All our tours to Sri Lanka are offered as a Private Tour.
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 Qatar Airways from London Heathrow
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
All pre-payable airport taxes
All hotel porterage
ATOL protection for your holiday
Our Price Promise
Freedom & Flexibility
Distant Journeys’ escorted tours offer the perfect balance between an organised, comprehensive itinerary and the freedom and flexibility that our guests really appreciate.
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.