9 day Taste of Sri Lanka tour with flights

Including return international flights, all transfers, small group touring experience, 4-star hotel accommodation throughout, delicious breakfast daily, dedicated air-conditioned transportation, extensive sightseeing and more.

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  • 9 day Taste of Sri Lanka tour with flights
  • 9 day Taste of Sri Lanka tour with flights
  • 9 day Taste of Sri Lanka tour with flights
  • 9 day Taste of Sri Lanka tour with flights
  • 9 day Taste of Sri Lanka tour with flights
  • 9 day Taste of Sri Lanka tour with flights
  • 9 day Taste of Sri Lanka tour with flights
  • 9 day Taste of Sri Lanka tour with flights
  • 9 day Taste of Sri Lanka tour with flights
  • 9 day Taste of Sri Lanka tour with flights
  • 9 day Taste of Sri Lanka tour with flights
  • 9 day Taste of Sri Lanka tour with flights
  • 9 day Taste of Sri Lanka tour with flights
 

Highlights

 

Discover the rich heritage, extraordinary diversity and local culture of some of Sri Lanka’s most incredible cities, on a 9 day Taste of Sri Lanka tour.

Fly to the bustling capital city of Colombo, the first stop on your Sri Lankan adventure. Stop by the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, and have the opportunity to learn about the conservation efforts in place to protect the 93 elephants that call this place home. Arrive in Sigiriya and visit its most iconic site, the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Also known as Lion Rock, this impressive natural beauty stands an incredible 200 metres tall and is by far one of Sri Lanka’s most recognisable sites.

Embark on a thrilling jeep safari through Minneriya National Park, and keep a look out for the local wildlife that live here. The park is known for having the largest wild Asian Elephant gathering in the world and is a popular destination for many seasoned travellers. It’s then on to Kandy, where you’ll spend time exploring the streets and indulging in local street eats. Spend time in Nuwara Eliya before arriving in the beach side town of Beruwala, your home for the next 2 nights. Beruwala is the perfect place to sit back and relax, as you enjoy time lazing by the pool, doing as little or as much as you like.

Want to extend your trip? Opt to enjoy a 12 day itinerary that includes a 3 night 5-star stopover in stunning Singapore.

 
 

Day 1: New Zealand – airplane-takeoff – Colombo

Board your flight bound for the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo. On arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. 

Please note, some flights may depart the night before.

For those purchasing the Tour Only option, your tour starts today. Please make your own way to the hotel.

Day 2: Colombo – Pinnawala – Sigiriya (B)

Journey to Sigiriya today. On the way you’ll stop at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphange, orginally opened back in 1975 and currently home to over 93 elephants. You’ll have the chance to get up close to these gorgeous animals and learn about the conservation efforts that are being undertaken to protect their species.

Day 3: Sigiriya – Minneriya National Park – Sigiriya (B)

Rise early this morning as you head out to visit one of Sigiriya’s most iconic site, the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Commonly known as Lion Rock, the incredible natural beauty stands a staggering 200 metres tall and is one of Sri Lanka’s most recognisable sites. It’s then on to Minneriya National Park, where you’ll embark on a thrilling safari experience. Keep a look out for the many elephants that call this place home, with the park once known to have the largest wild Asian elephant gathering in the world.

Day 4: Sigiriya – Kandy (B)

Head for Kandy today, one of Sri Lanka’s former capital cities. Stop in at the Spice and Herbal Garden in Matale on the way, before arriving in Kandy this afternoon. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998, the city is known for its beautiful lake and iconic Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore, before visiting a temple and enjoying a cultural dance show in the evening.

Day 5: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya (B)

Today sees you explore the lush tea country of Sri Lanka, before stopping by the magnificent Peradeniya Botanical Gardens on your way to Nuwara Eliya. Spend time exploring this quaint city, strolling through the local markets, visiting the Seetha Amman Temple and more.

Day 6: Nuwara Eliya – Beruwala (B)

Drive to Beruwala this morning, where the rest of the day is yours to do as little or as much as you like.

Day 7: Beruwala (B)

Today is yours to spend however you like. Spend time by the pool, or head out to discover the hidden gems of this fantastic beach side town.

Day 8: Beruwala – Colombo – airplane-takeoff – New Zealand (B)

Transfer back to Colombo this morning, ready for your flight home to New Zealand.

Day 9: New Zealand 

Arrive home today.

 

Day 1: New Zealand – airplane-takeoff – Singapore

Depart New Zealand bound for Singapore. On arrival, make your own way to your hotel. Your base for your Singapore stay is the 5-star Grand Park Orchard. This hotel is a hop, skip and jump from the famed stretch of Orchard Road – a haven for shopaholics – and comes equipped with an outdoor swimming pool, gym and 24-hour room service.  The main diner is Mitzo Restaurant & Bar, and Bar Canary is an alfresco space that is the perfect go-to for evening drinks. Your private hideaway while at the hotel is Deluxe Room. These contemporary retreats have free WiFi, pillow menu, rain shower and in-room safe. 

For those purchasing the Tour Only option, your tour starts today. Please make your own way to the hotel.

Day 2: Singapore (B)

Take breakfast at the hotel and then begin your first full day discovering Singapore and its bounty of things to see, do and experience. Today, you may tick off the island’s biggest sights, such as Orchard Road, Gardens by the Bay, the Merlion and Universal Studios Singapore. Wander through Singapore Botanic Gardens, hop into an observation carriage at the Singapore Flyer, or learn about the city-state’s history at the National Museum of Singapore. The Grand Park Orchard hotel also operates a free bus shuttle to Orchard Road, Suntec City and some other major landmarks around Singapore.

Day 3: Singapore (B)

Another free day to uncover Singapore’s treasures. Eager foodies may choose today to dive into Singapore’s culinary cred and make a beeline for one of the city’s hawker centres – Maxwell Food Centre, Old Airport Road Food Centre, Tiong Bahru Market, Chinatown Complex Food Centre. Feast on plates of Hainanese chicken rice, biryani, spicy laksa and sizzling satay from hole-in-the-wall stalls and vendors dishing up fare so good some have been awarded a Michelin bib. Once you’ve had your fix of hawker cuisine, other options for you to pursue may include exploring Geylang and its colourful line up of historic shophouses; visiting the flamingos and other species at Jurong Bird Park; exploring more of Chinatown; or meandering between quirky boutiques along Haji Lane. 

Day 4: Singapore – airplane-takeoff – Colombo (B)

Enjoy one last breakfast in Singapore, before heading to the airport to board your flight bound for the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo. On arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. 

Day 5: Colombo – Pinnawala – Sigiriya (B)

Journey to Sigiriya today. On the way you’ll stop at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphange, orginally opened back in 1975 and currently home to over 93 elephants. You’ll have the chance to get up close to these gorgeous animals and learn about the conservation efforts that are being undertaken to protect their species.

Day 6: Sigiriya – Minneriya National Park – Sigiriya (B)

Rise early this morning as you head out to visit one of Sigiriya’s most iconic site, the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Commonly known as Lion Rock, the incredible natural beauty stands a staggering 200 metres tall and is one of Sri Lanka’s most recognisable sites. It’s then on to Minneriya National Park, where you’ll embark on a thrilling safari experience. Keep a look out for the many elephants that call this place home, with the park once known to have the largest wild Asian elephant gathering in the world.

Day 7: Sigiriya – Kandy (B)

Head for Kandy today, one of Sri Lanka’s former capital cities. Stop in at the Spice and Herbal Garden in Matale on the way, before arriving in Kandy this afternoon. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998, the city is known for its beautiful lake and iconic Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore, before visiting a temple and enjoying a cultural dance show in the evening.

Day 8: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya (B)

Today sees you explore the lush tea country of Sri Lanka, before stopping by the magnificent Peradeniya Botanical Gardens on your way to Nuwara Eliya. Spend time exploring this quaint city, strolling through the local markets, visiting the Seetha Amman Temple and more.

Day 9: Nuwara Eliya – Beruwala (B)

Drive to Beruwala this morning, where the rest of the day is yours to do as little or as much as you like.

Day 10: Beruwala (B)

Today is yours to spend however you like. Spend time by the pool, or head out to discover the hidden gems of this fantastic beach side town.

Day 11: Beruwala – Colombo – airplane-takeoff – New Zealand (B)

Transfer back to Colombo this morning, ready for your flight home to New Zealand.

Day 12: New Zealand 

Arrive home today.

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international flights, plus all transfers throughout Sri Lanka
  • Small group experience with a maximum of 20 people
  • 7 nights’ 4-star twin share hotel accommodation
  • Delicious breakfast daily
  • Dedicated air-conditioned transportation with English-speaking tour guides throughout
  • All sightseeing and monument entrance fees as per itinerary
  • 2021 travel dates available 
  • Option to extend to a 12 day package to include a 3 night stopover in Singapore staying at the 5-star Grand Park Orchard Hotel

Highlights:

  • Fly to the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo and explore its rich and diverse history
  • Stop by the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, currently home to over 93 elephants
  • Embark on an epic jeep safari through the beautiful Minneriya National Park
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kandy, and see its iconic Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
  • Head to Nuwara Eliya to wander through its bustling local markets, before spending time relaxing in the beach side town of Beruwela
 

Fine Print

 

How to book:

  • Bookings essential
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Must book minimum 65 days prior to departure
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Payment Information:

  • A deposit of $299 per person is due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date
  • Full payment at the time of booking is required if you optioned to purchase Tour Only (if applicable)
  • All peak season surcharges, interstate surcharges (if applicable) and Flexi Flight cost (if applicable) are also due at the time of purchase and will be reflected at the checkout stage
  • Final payment is due 120 days prior to travel. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment
  • Up to 12 Months Interest Free available: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/up-to-12-months-interest-free/
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • All payments received are non-refundable and non-transferable
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment

Documentation: Documentation will be provided after final payment is complete and within 2-3 weeks of travel, including E-Ticket instructions, hotel confirmation, itinerary extension & optional tour confirmation (where applicable) and destination travel tips.

Tour Excludes:

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Anything not mentioned or ‘optional’ in the itinerary.

Single Supplement:

9 day itinerary – $299 per person in addition to your twin share price.
12 day itinerary – $749 per person in addition to your twin share price.

Please purchase one twin share voucher and then purchase your single supplement. You can purchase your single supplement by clicking here.

As a single traveller, enjoy the comforts of the amenities of your own hotel rooms. Travelling by yourself will ensure your trip is not only memorable but truly exclusive!   

Tour Only: To purchase this tour without the return international and internal Singapore to Colombo flights, click here. By selecting this option, all airport transfers (if applicable) will be forfeited. Please refer to the live calendar to view and select Tour Only start date. 

Group size: 2 -20 people 

Accommodation: The accommodation listed below may be subject to change, but will remain of a similar or higher standard. Any changes remain beyond our control and all efforts are made to communicate these as soon as possible. We endeavour to always book non-smoking rooms however these cannot be guaranteed. Rooms offered are based on a lead in room type and any bedding configuration preferences are on a request basis only.

Colombo: Fairway Colombo or similar 
Sigiriya: Kassapa Lions Rock or similar 
Kandy: Hotel Topaz or similar 
Nuwara: Eliya Heaven Seven or similar 
Beruwela: The Palms or similar
Singapore stopover package: Grand Park Orchard Hotel 

Please note: all accommodation star ratings are based on local ratings.  

Bedding: 1 x double bed or 2 x single beds
Please note, all bedding configurations are on the request basis only and cannot be guaranteed.

Maximum room capacity: 2 people 

Triple share: Not available 

Itinerary: Please note, tour itinerary is subject to change without prior notice based upon weather, traffic condition and other unforeseen occurrences. 

Tipping: If you have enjoyed the knowledge, service and expertise of your tour guide and driver a tip (while not compulsory) is appropriate towards the end of your tour. While it may not be customary in New Zealand, tipping is entrenched into many cultures especially within the tourism industry globally. It helps reward and inspire excellent service. The following is provided to assist our guests, but we leave the decision to provide a gratuity entirely at their discretion:

Driver/Guide: Our past guests have left gratuities based on their overall service of LKR 500 per day/ per person.

Gratuities aren’t compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry.

Health: Different levels of travel involve varying degrees of activity and we recommend a good level of fitness and health in order to fully experience the package and optional tours purchased, including site-seeing by foot, climbing of stairs or extended day touring. It remains each passenger’s responsibility to inform Webjet Exclusives of any health or mobility issues that may impact the running of the tour, both for the safety of the passenger concerned and for other travellers in the group.

Fitness Level Requirement/Mobility: Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchairs access, so, unfortunately, our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile.
Please note: a reasonable level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. Help cover yourself for the unexpected with Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.

Any deposits paid at the time of purchase are non-refundable. 

 

Travel Dates

 

2021:

1 February 
8 February 
15 February 
22 February 
1 March 
8 March 
15 March 
22 March 
29 March 
5 April 
12 April
19 April 
26 April 
3 May 
10 May 
17 May 
24 May 
31 May 
7 June
14 June
21 June
28 June
5 July
12 July
19 July
26 July
2 August 
9 August 
16 August 
23 August 
30 August 
6 September
13 September
20 September
27 September
4 October
11 October
18 October

12 day itinerary:

2020:

17 January
24 January
31 January 
3 February
7 February
14 February
21 February
28 February
6 March 
13 March
20 March
27 March
3 April 
10 April 
17 April
24 April
1 May
8 May
15 May
22 May
29 May
5 June
12 June
19 June
26 June
3 July
10 July
24 July
31 July
7 August
14 August
21 August
28 August 
4 September
11 September
18 September
25 September
2 October
9 October
16 October
23 October
30 October 

2021:

29 January
5 February 
12 February 
19 February 
26 February 
5 March 
12 March 
19 March 
26 March 
2 April 
9 April
16 April 
23 April
30 April 
7 May 
14 May 
21 May 
28 May 
4 June
11 June
18 June
25 June
2 July
9 July
16 July
23 July
30 July
6 August 
13 August 
20 August 
27 August 
3 September
10 September
17 September
24 September
1 October
8 October
15 October

Surcharges will apply to some dates, please see the availability calendar for more details

Availability on departure dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BOOK NOW button

Tour Only option – Navigate to the Fine Print tab and proceed to “click here” for Tour Only option to view live availability.  Note, Tour Only option commences on Day 1 of the flight-inclusive itinerary.

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

 

Flight Information

 

Airline Information:

  • Return economy flights departing Auckland with Sri Lankan Airlines, Singapore Airlines and their codeshare partners or similar
  • Wellington & Christchurch – A $250 interstate surcharge per person apply
  • Flights include one piece of checked-in baggage per person weighing no more than 20kg
  • Once your booking is confirmed, no further changes can be made, and your booking will remain non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable

 Flight Conditions:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before/after, involve up to 3 transits, stopover or a substitute airline
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided at the time of booking. Names cannot be changed once booked
  • One-way flights cannot be accommodated. All flights within the package must be utilised, any flight intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being cancelled
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules
  • Flight itineraries will be provided with final documentation
  • Airline schedule changes can occur and are beyond our control. If you have received your documents an updated itinerary will be provided

Flexi Flight Options: 

Arrive early and/or extend your stay:

  • If you wish to arrive earlier and/or extend your stay this can be accommodated for an additional $250.00 per person when flying in and out of the same cities per the itinerary
  • To arrive early or extend your stay, you must detail at the time of booking how many days you wish to extend via the dropdown selections.
  • Flights will be booked using the promotional carrier outlined above in the Airline Information along with any codeshare partners. Tickets will be issued as per the request in the booking form and emailed to you. Any further change requests post booking will incur change fees so please ensure you confirm your exact dates at the time of booking.
  • Accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. In the event you arrive early or extend your stay, you will forfeit any included airport transfers (where applicable) and will need to make your own way to and from the airport.
  • In the event you need to make any changes after flights have been ticketed, an additional cost of $250.00 per person plus any airline fees and additional airfare and taxes will apply.
  • Your airline tickets will automatically be issued per the dates and itinerary of the tour unless otherwise advised at the time of completing the booking form.

Change your itinerary routing:

  • If you wish to change your arrival and/or departure city this can be done for an additional $400.00 per person. For example, your tour may begin and end in Zurich, but you may wish to fly into London, make your own way to Zurich then fly out of Zurich at the conclusion of the tour.
  • To change your arrival and/or departure city you must detail this at the time of the booking within the special requests box by advising the airport you wish to fly into and the airport you wish to fly out of
  • Changes to the arrival and/or departure cities must be on the same continent as the original arrival/departure city of the tour itinerary.
  • Flights will be booked using the promotional carrier outlined above in the Airline Information along with any codeshare partners. Tickets will be issued as per the request in the special request box on the booking form and emailed to you. Any further change requests post booking will incur change fees so please ensure you confirm your exact dates at the time of booking.
  • In the event you require additional internal flights to meet the tours arrival or departure points, these will need to be booked by the individual customer at their own expense. It is the responsibility of the customer to make sure they allow ample time to connect with the start/end of the tour.
  • Accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. In the event you make changes to your flight itinerary you will forfeit any included airport transfers (where applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport.
  • In the event you need to make any changes after flights have been ticketed, the cost is an $250.00 per person plus any airline fees and additional airfare and taxes will apply
  • Your airline tickets will automatically be issued per the dates and itinerary of the tour unless otherwise advised at the time of completing the booking form.

Premium Economy and Business Class Upgrades (where available):

  • Premium economy and business class upgrades may be available on select itineraries and airlines. Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop-down box on the booking form at the time of completing the booking form.
  • Upon completing your booking, a quote will be sent via email which includes the additional amount due per person should you wish to proceed with the upgrade, together with the payment due date which is typically 24-48 hours.
  • In the event we don’t hear from you at all we will proceed with issuing economy class tickets as per the deal inclusions and send these through to you via email.
  • The flights will be quoted using the promotional carrier outlined above along with their codeshare partners in the Airline Information
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfers (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport.
  • In the event you need to make any changes post booking, the cost is $250.00 per person plus any airline fees and additional airfare and taxes will apply. You may still subject to seat availability upgrade from economy to premium economy or business class.

Tour Only:

  • Tour only options may be available on selected deals, please refer to the fine print tab of the deal for specifics
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport
  • All tour only bookings remain strictly non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable from the time of purchase. Webjet Exclusives will not be able to assist with flight change requests/schedule changes for airfares not booked by Webjet Exclusives

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international flights, plus all transfers throughout Sri Lanka
  • Small group experience with a maximum of 20 people
  • 7 nights’ 4-star twin share hotel accommodation
  • Delicious breakfast daily
  • Dedicated air-conditioned transportation with English-speaking tour guides throughout
  • All sightseeing and monument entrance fees as per itinerary
  • 2021 travel dates available 
  • Option to extend to a 12 day package to include a 3 night stopover in Singapore staying at the 5-star Grand Park Orchard Hotel
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