After breakfast, we leave the hill country behind. As we descend, we travel through local villages dotted on the mountainside. Marvel at the vistas of tea plantations, forests and waterfalls in an area blessed with some of the most beautiful views in Sri Lanka. This afternoon, we visit the Elephant Transit Home, a wonderful facility which rehabilitates orphaned baby elephants with a view to releasing them back into the wild. Later, we arrive at the stunning Jetwing Yala Hotel, our home for the next two nights.
Safari camp experience
2 nights from £395 per person supplement
For those wanting to get closer to nature, there is the opportunity to spend two nights in one of Sri Lanka’s amazing safari camps. Set in 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 call for details.
Included meals: Breakfast and dinner
We have an early start this morning as we venture into the scenic Yala National Park, the second largest national park in Sri Lanka. Yala is home to an eclectic array of wildlife including elephants, bears, crocodiles and wild boars. Whilst elusive, the park also boasts the world’s highest concentration of leopards per square kilometre and provides the best opportunity to spot this majestic animal. Our afternoon has been left at leisure to enjoy our hotel, or should we wish, maybe further explore Yala National Park, during an optional afternoon safari.
Included meals: Breakfast and dinner
Following breakfast, we say goodbye to Yala and travel towards Galle, a striking and historic city on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. The main maritime port for the country for more than 200 years, Galle is famous for its Dutch fort with its colonial buildings, stylish cafés and quirky boutique shops. We take a brief sightseeing tour before arriving at the Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel, sat impressively atop a hillock, overlooking the sapphire waters of the Indian Ocean. This unique hotel was built by the renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa, and inspired by Dutch colonial design.
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
With so much on offer, today’s Freedom Day is the perfect opportunity to explore this fascinating region in a way that suits you. For those happy with an early start, there is the option to take a whale watching cruise, in search of the magnificent blue whale. For the adventurous amongst us, we can take a tuk tuk safari – a fun-filled ‘off the beaten track’ adventure to explore lesser known areas of Galle. Alternatively, discover how to paint traditional Sri Lankan masks with help from a renowned artist or learn to cook like a local. For a more relaxing day, be sure to take advantage of the many facilities our hotel has to offer, including spa treatments and two outdoor swimming pools.
Included meals: Breakfast and dinner
All good things must come to an end. Nevertheless, we have our final day at leisure including complimentary late check-out, allowing us to further explore the area of Galle, or enjoy one last relaxing day by the poolside to recharge our batteries and freshen up before our evening flight.
Included meals: Breakfast and in-flight meals and drinks
All flights travel via Abu Dhabi. This morning, we arrive into London Heathrow or Manchester, as our Sri Lankan adventure comes to an end.
Included meals: In-flight meals and drinks
At Distant Journeys we believe our Small Group touring holidays to Sri Lanka deliver exceptional value for money. Please see below for dates, prices and availability. If you‘d like to take advantage of our Private Touring option and enjoy the exclusivity and flexibility of travelling as an even smaller group or as a couple, you can find below the supplements to the main tour price.
|Departure date||Price (pp)||Availability|
|24 January||£2,295||JUST LAUNCHED|
|07 February||£2,295||ONLY 6 ROOMS LEFT|
|07 March||£2,295||JUST LAUNCHED|
|23 January||£2,395||ONLY 7 ROOMS LEFT|
|06 February||£2,395||ONLY 3 ROOMS LEFT|
|06 March||£2,395||JUST LAUNCHED|
|Number of Guests||Tour Supplement (pp)|
|15+ guests||No extra charge|
Prices: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin or double room.
Single occupancy supplement:
01 September 2021 – 31 August 2022 £545.
01 September 2022 – 31 August 2023 £595.
Deposit: £500 per person if travelling in economy class, £1,500 per person if travelling in business class.
Flight upgrades: Etihad Airways upgrade to Business Class flights from £2,495 per person return.
Private touring: Guests choosing a private tour may select their own departure date. Please note, alternative airlines may be considered or further supplements may apply in certain periods when international flight prices are higher.
Visa information: An e-Tourist visa is required for travel to Sri Lanka. For more information on applying for your visa and the associated costs, please refer to our Important Information on pages 42-43 of our India & Sri Lanka brochure.
Important information: Prices are subject to availability but the correct price will always be confirmed before you book. For full terms and conditions see our terms and conditions page.
Our tours to Sri Lanka have been carefully crafted to offer exceptional value for money. When you book the Very Best of Sri Lanka tour, you can be assured that so much of what you will do and see on holiday is already included in the price. That’s all your scheduled international flights, overseas transfers, hand-picked hotels, an experienced local tour manager, and many wonderful excursions, all taken care of. We also include breakfast and dinner every day, plus a lunch and a high tea, so you can enjoy all the gorgeous food Sri Lanka has to offer.
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Distant Journeys’ escorted tour of Sri Lanka is a brand-new itinerary. The inaugural departure is in January 2022, and we will update this page with reviews as soon as our returning customers have been contacted by Feefo, the independent reviews company. In the meantime, why not take a look at the reviews for our other tours? We’re very grateful to have received lots of wonderful reviews from our happy guests.