Beach and culture holiday | Maldives
FROM: R32,900 pp

PRIVATE TOUR: See the best of the Indian Ocean. Discover grand temples, intricate ruins and a rich, intriguing culture combined with beautiful gardens and leafy wildlife parks in spectacular Sri Lanka. Then, breathtaking beaches and idyllic pleasures are waiting to be experienced in stunning Maldives.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates

Trip Highlights

Polonnaruwa - 11th century city
Dambulla - Remarkable rock temple
Relax in the beautiful Maldives
Matale - Spice gardens
Sigiriya - The famous 5th century fortress ruins
Kandy - Temple of the Tooth, city tour and cultural show and the Ceylon Tea Museum
Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya

Included

Breakfast daily, 4 lunches and 5 dinners
Touring and excursions as per itinerary
Escorted by a licensed English speaking chauffeur guide in Sri Lanka
An airport arrival transfer days 1 and 5, and a departure transfer days 5 and 10
A 2 or more people travelling policy applies for this private tour
9 nights STANDARD hotels. SUPERIOR and DELUXE hotel options are also available upon request. Accommodation rating – See Trip Notes for details
Entrance fees to all included sites in Sri Lanka
Specialist local guides at some sites
All transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned tourism vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tipping - An entirely personal gesture
Flight from Colombo (Sri Lanka) to Male (Maldives)

Itinerary

Day 1

Colombo to Giritale

Colombo - Giritale. Welcome to Sri Lanka! Upon arrival at Colombo Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Giritale.
Overnight: Giritale

Day 2

Polonnaruwa & Sigiriya

Today we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Polonnaruwa, once the capital city of Sri Lanka, now a world heritage site. See the intricate ruins of the Royal Palace, the Lotus bath, King Parakramabahu’s Statue and a beautiful artificial lake, as well as several temples. Afterwards, we head to Sigiriya where we climb to the top Lion rock to see the remains of this amazing 5th century fortress.
Overnight: Giritale  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Dambulla Rock Temple

Giritale - Kandy. En route to Kandy, we explore Dambulla Rock Temple, located in a cave. Here, we view the ornate painted walls and ceilings comprising of over 150 images of the Buddha. See the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 metres. Next, we head to the spice garden in Matale to learn about how the spices are grown. In the evening, we visit the splendid Temple of the Tooth Relic, afterwards we enjoy a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.
Overnight: Kandy  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Kandy city tour

This morning we take a leisurely stroll and admire the Royal Botanical gardens in Peradeniya, home to 147 acres of flowers, trees and plants. Next, we enjoy a city tour of Kandy, visiting the town, bazaar, arts and crafts centre, a gem museum and lapidary. There'll also be a visit to the Ceylon Tea Museum where you can learn all about the tea-picking process. Afterwards, we head to Colombo.
Overnight: Colombo  |  Breakfast

Days 5-9

Relaxation in the Maldives

Colombo - Male. Transfer to the airport on day 5 for your flight to Male (NOTE: the flight is not included in this package, please let us know your flight details so we can arrange the airport transfers accordingly) . Upon arrival in Male, we will be met at the airport and transferred to the resort by speedboat and the rest of the day is free for you to relax in paradise!

Enjoy a four blissful days relaxing on the white sands, swimming, snorkelling and admiring the sparkling seas. There’s so much to do - why not take a glass bottom boat ride, go reef diving, fishing, surfing or just laze about.
Overnight: Maldives  |  Breakfast x 5, Lunch x 4, Dinner x 5

Day 10

Male

Transfer back to Male Airport for your onward flight.

Consider extending your stay and go in search of Sri Lanka's elephants, leopards and abundant wildlife in one or more of Sri Lanka's famous national parks. Extend your stay by a day, a week or even two! We offer a variety of properties for you to choose from. Browse our best places to visit, Sri Lanka's best beaches or wildlife in Sri Lanka pages for suggestions on what to see and do on your holiday. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please let us know so we can accommodate your request.
Breakfast

Upgrade your Maldives stay!

Treat yourself in the Maldives and upgrade from a 3 star to a 4 star resort on a half board basis, please contact us for further information.

For information about visas, top travel tips, best time to travel and much more, take a look through our travel guide.

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the per person price. 2 or more people travelling policy applies for this private tour. Please note - if you are travelling over Christmas/New Year period a supplement will apply.

 
Price /
Person
Single
Supp.
Sri Lanka & the Maldives - 10 days
R32900
R19900

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Colombo
Ends
Male
Departs
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
Our rating: Standard
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 9, Lunch: 4, Dinner: 5
Visiting
Giritale, Colombo, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Kandy, Dambulla, The Maldives
Countries
A stupa in one of the Dambulla caves
Maldives Beach Couple

Extra Tour Info

The Cultural Triangle
Our guide to visiting Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle
Updated
1st June 2020
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