This classic tour across Sri Lanka, former Ceylon, will make you explore all the best attractions this country has to offer.

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This classic tour across Sri Lanka, former Ceylon, will make you explore all the best attractions this country has to offer.

The highlights of the trip include:

  • Colombo, the hectic capital city
  • Negombo, a popular seaside destination with beautiful beaches
  • Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa ancienty historic sites
  • Sigiriya fortress 
  • Kandy and the Sacred Temple of the Tooth
  • Nuwara Eliya and its beautiful green landscapes
  • Galle and its colonial buildings. 

Trip summary

  • Travel style Tailor-made travel
  • Departure Colombo
  • End Colombo
  • Countries
    • Sri Lanka
  • City
    • Negombo
    • Jaffna
    • Anurādhapura
    • Dambulla
    • Kandy
    • Nuwara Eliya
    • Ella
    • Galle
    • Colombo
  • Theme Art, history and cultural trips
  • Accommodation Standard, Superior, Deluxe
  • Flight Excluded
  • Guide Included
  • The tour has met our highest standards

Detailed itinerary

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  • 1
    Colombo / Negombo (Approx. 45 min)
    Day 1 Transfer by car

    Welcome to Sri Lanka! Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo. Sri Lanka offers visa on arrival: you need to have a valid passport, two passport -size photos with a light background and electronic travel authorization from Department of Immigration & Emigration (DI&E) of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

    After completing immigration and custom formalities, you will exit the airport and meet with your tour representative at the arrival area. After the greetings, assisted transfer to the hotel in Negombo. On arrival, check in for your stay.

    Spend your day relaxing on the sun kissed beaches. 

    Services included: Accommodation, transportation. 

    Visited places:
    • Colombo
    • Negombo
  • 2
    Negombo / Jaffna (Approx. 06 hrs)
    Day 2 Transfer by car

    In the morning departure for Jaffna (about 6 hours). In the afternoon visit of the city, which for centuries was the religious and cultural center of the Hindu-Tamil part of Sri Lanka, particularly during the so-called kingdom of Jaffna, the Tamil dynasty that reigned for four centuries starting from the 13th century.

    We will visit the Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil, one of the most important Hindu temples in Sri Lanka, the Manthri Manai and the Jaffna Public Library.

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Dinner, Transportation, Tourist Guide, Entrance fees.

    Visited places:
    • Negombo
    • Jaffna
  • 3
    Jaffna
    Day 3 Transfer by car

    Morning dedicated to the exploration of the surroundings of Jaffna. Immediately out of the city you are projected into a green landscape of palm trees, colorful temples, sacred springs and sunny coasts: you will visit the ruins of Kantarodai, the Keerimalai springs, and the islands of Karaitivu and Velanai (connected to the mainland by panoramic causeways, almost at sea level, with a view on the activities of fishermen).

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Dinner, Transportation, Tourist Guide, Entrance fees.

    Visited places:
    • Jaffna
  • 4
    Jaffna / Anuradhapura (Approx. 04 hrs & 30 min)
    Day 4 Transfer by car

    In the morning visit a fishing village outside the city and the picturesque and colorful Chunnakam Market, the local market in Jaffna. After lunch departure for Anuradhapura (about 4 hours and 30 minute): stop along the route at the Elephant Pass, the collection point for elephants from central Sri Lanka, which were then marched up to Kaits and embarked on the ships leaving for India.

    Inclusions:  Accommodation, Breakfast, Dinner, Transportation, Tourist Guide, Entrance fees.

    Visited places:
    • Jaffna
    • Anurādhapura
  • 5
    Anuradhapura / Dambulla (Approx. 01 hrs & 30 min)
    Day 5 Transfer by car

    In the morning visit of Anuradhapura, the first Sinhalese capital, from the 4th century BC to the 10th century.

    In the afternoon visit the beautiful temples carved into the caves at Dambulla. At the end of the visit, with a short "craft" catamaran ride on Lake Kandalama you will reach a point where one or two elephants (belonging to a private "elephant compound", exclusively open only for Mistral customers) go to do the bath together with their "mahouts": it will be possible to participate in the exciting bathing experience, playing with the elephants in the water and rewarding them in the end with delicious fruit!

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Dinner, Transportation, Tourist Guide, Entrance fees.

    Visited places:
    • Anurādhapura
    • Dambulla
  • 6
    Dambulla / Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa / Dambulla (Approx. 01 hrs & 30 min)
    Day 6 Transfer by car

    In the morning departure for Sigiriya: visit of the imposing fortress, declared World Heritage by UNESCO, built on the rock in the 5th century and about 370 meters high. 

    In the afternoon, visit of Polonnaruwa (also declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO), the second ancient capital of the Sinhalese kingdom between the 11th and 13th centuries AD, whose temples and sculptures are among the best preserved in the country.

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Dinner, Transportation, Tourist Guide, Entrance fees.

    Visited places:
    • Dambulla
  • 7
    Dambulla / Matale / Kandy (Approx. 02 hrs & 30 min)
    Day 7 Transfer by car
    In the morning visit the beautiful temples carved into the caves at Dambulla (the temples are located on the top of a hill with 400 steps; the climb takes about 40'). Then proceed to Kandy: stop along the way and at a spice plantation at Matale.
     
    Included: Accommodation, Breakfast, Dinner, Transportation, Tourist Guide, Entrance fees.
    Visited places:
    • Dambulla
    • Kandy
  • 8
    Kandy / Nuwara Eliya (Approx. 02 hrs & 30 min)
    Day 8 Transfer by car

    In the morning proceed to Nuwara Eliya, a picturesque mountain station already known at the time of the British colony (1889 meters above sea level): along the way, stop and visit a tea factory and some fascinating natural glimpses.

    Inclusions:  Accommodation, Breakfast, Dinner, Transportation, Tourist Guide, Entrance fees.

    Visited places:
    • Kandy
    • Nuwara Eliya
  • 9
    Nuwara Eliya / Ella (Approx. 02 hrs & 30 min)
    Day 9 Transfer by train

    In the morning transfer to the Nanu Oya train station (10 km from Nuwara Eliya) and departure by train to Ella (about 3 ½ hours): the train allows you to make one of the journeys more evocative of the country, enjoying the wonderful mountain landscapes from a different perspective than the traditional "road" one Upon arrival, continue to Yala Park.

    Inclusions:   Accommodation, Breakfast, Dinner, Transportation, Tourist Guide, Entrance fees.

    Visited places:
    • Nuwara Eliya
    • Ella
  • 10
    Ella / Buduruwegala / Galle (Approx. 04 hrs & 30 min)
    Day 10 Transfer by car

    In the morning visit of the beautiful complex of Buduruwegala, composed of seven statues dating back to the 10th century, carved in a single rock, in the middle of the jungle, among which that of Buddha is the highest on the island (about 15 mt) and still preserves traces of the original color applied to the garments.

    Departure for Galle, a Portuguese, Dutch and finally English colony: visit of the fascinating colonial town upon arrival.

    Inclusions: Accommodation, Breakfast, Dinner, Transportation, Tourist Guide, Entrance fees.

    Visited places:
    • Ella
    • Galle
  • 11
    Galle / Colombo (Approx. 03 hrs & 30 min)
    Day 11 Transfer by car

    Morning at leisure to stroll in the ancient and charming quarter of the Fort. In the early afternoon return to Colombo and panoramic tour of the capital. The tour will end with a stop at the historic Galle Face Hotel to savor the last cup of tea before departure.

    Inclusions:  Accommodation, Breakfast, Dinner, Transportation, Tourist Guide, Entrance fees.

    Visited places:
    • Galle
    • Colombo
  • 12
    Colombo / Colombo Airport (Approx. 45 min)
    Day 12 Transfer by car

    After breakfast, departure transfer to the airport.

    Included: Breakfast, Transportation.

    Visited places:
    • Colombo
  • Prices and conditions

    Price includes
    • Accommodation in shared single/ double or twin/ triple room with private bathroom.
    • Meals are as stated in the programme B = Breakfast  |  D = Dinner.  
    • Transfers and tours with local Italian/ English - speaking chauffeur guide in private air-conditioned vehicle.
    • All entrance fees as mentioned in the program.
    • 500ml x 2 Water Bottle per day per person.
    • Airport assistance.
    Price does not include
    • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
    • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the program.
    • International flights.
    • Optional activities.
    • Everything not mentioned in "the price includes" section. 

    Children below 05 years – Free of Charge. 5 - 12 years sharing parent’s room (Maximum 1 child) Extra Child 50% on adult rate.