England Cricket Tour to Sri Lanka 2018
ODIs & T20 Extension

The Sapphire Tour

7th – 25th October 2018

If you love shorter format cricket then look no further than our Sapphire Tour, which takes in all five ODIs in Dambulla, Kandy and Colombo. A wonderful blend of cricket and days at leisure for sightseeing or relaxation, with the option to extend your trip with the International T20

Prices from £2,949 per person

The Sapphire Tour

Tour package includes
  • 17 nights’ accommodation on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
  • The opportunity to extend your time in Colombo and attend the T20.
  • Return, international, economy flights from the UK. Upgrades are available on request.
  • All airport transfers in air-conditioned transport.
  • Services of a Howzat Travel Tour Manager.
  • Tour welcome drink and tour farewell dinner with special guest.
  • Limited edition lightweight tour polo shirt.
  • Match tickets are guaranteed but not included in the tour price at this stage. Once we know ticket options and pricing, including hospitality options, these will be communicated to you and added to your invoice at cost.

 

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Countdown to Match Day

10th October 2018

ODI & T20 Match Venues

Dambulla, Kandy & Colombo

Tour Itinerary

The Sapphire Tour
  • Monday 8th October – Colombo/Negombo
    On arrival at Bandaranayaka International Airport, you will be met by your Tour Manager and transferred to your hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure. In the evening, you are invited to join your Tour Manager and the rest of your group for a welcome drink and an introduction to your tour. This will also be an ideal chance for you to meet your fellow Howzat Travellers.
  • Tuesday 9th October – Negombo/Dambulla
    After breakfast, check out of your hotel and depart for Dambulla (80 miles / 3 hours). On arrival in Dambulla, check in to your hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure.
  • Wednesday 10th October – 1st Sri Lanka v England ODI (D/N)
    After breakfast and a leisurely morning, transfer to the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium for the first One Day International between Sri and England. After the day’s play, return to your hotel.
  • Thursday 11th October
    Day at leisure / optional day tour to Anuradhapura. SEE OPTIONS HERE >
  • Friday 12th October
    Day at leisure or optional half-day tours to Sigiriya & Polonnaruwa. SEE OPTIONS HERE >
  • Saturday 13th October – 2nd Sri Lanka v England ODI
    After breakfast, transfer to the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium for the second One Day International between Sri and England. After the day’s play, return to your hotel.
  • Sunday 14th October
    Day at leisure (rain reserve day) or optional Local Village Experience. SEE OPTIONS HERE >
  • Monday 15th October – Dambulla/Kandy
    After breakfast, check out of your hotel and depart for Kandy (45 miles / 2 hours). En route, visit the Dambulla Rock Temple. Climb up to the temple, which was donated by King Walagambahu to Buddhist monks in the 1st Century BC. Dambulla is a World Heritage Site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls, and the ceiling is the largest area of paintings found in the world. These caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock spanning 14 meters. Also en route, visit a spice garden in Matale. You will be introduced to numerous different spices that Sri Lanka is famous for, and also shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. On arrival in Kandy, check in to your hotel. The rest of the day and evening is at leisure.
  • Tuesday 16th October
    Day at leisure / optional sightseeing tour of Kandy / optional visit to the Temple of the Tooth Relic. SEE OPTIONS HERE >
  • Wednesday 17th October – 3rd Sri Lanka v England ODI (D/N)
    After breakfast and a leisurely morning, transfer to the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium for the third One Day International between Sri and England. After the day’s play, return to your hotel.
  • Thursday 18th October
    Day at leisure.
  • Friday 19th October – Kandy
    Day at leisure / optional day tour to Nuwara Eliya. SEE OPTIONS HERE >
  • Saturday 20th October – 4th Sri Lanka v England ODI
    After breakfast, transfer to the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium for the fourth One Day International between Sri and England. After the day’s play, return to your hotel.
  • Sunday 21st October – Kandy/Colombo
    After breakfast, depart for Colombo (70 miles / 3 hours), en route visiting the elephant orphanage at Pinnawela. This orphanage is the home to around 90 elephants, some of which are babies found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. They are being cared, fed and trained by the wildlife authorities. We may also get the chance to accompany the elephants to a river close-by and see them having their daily bath. On arrival in Colombo, check in to your hotel. The rest of the day and evening is at leisure.
  • Monday 22nd October – Colombo
    Day at leisure / optional sightseeing tour of Colombo. SEE OPTIONS HERE >
  • Tuesday 23rd October – 5th Sri Lanka v England ODI (D/N)
    After breakfast and a leisurely morning, transfer to the R.Premadasa Stadium for the fifth One Day International between Sri Lanka and England. After the day’s play, return to your hotel.
  • Wednesday 24th October
    Day at leisure (rain reserve day).
  • Thursday 25th October
    Check out of your hotel and transfer to Bandaranayaka International Airport for your international flight back to the UK.

OR EXTEND YOUR TRIP TO TAKE IN THE T20 INTERNATIONAL…

  • Friday 26th October
    Day at leisure.
  • Saturday 27th October – Only Sri Lanka v England T20
    After breakfast and a day at leisure, transfer to the R.Premadasa Stadium for the T20 International between Sri and England. After the match, return to your hotel.
  • Friday 28th October
    Check out of your hotel and transfer to Bandaranayaka International Airport for your international flight back to the UK.

International Flights

Please state your preferred flight option as you complete the secure online booking process

Emirates

Equivalent options are available from Manchester, Birmingham, Gatwick, Newcastle & Glasgow. Surcharges may apply.

Upgrades may be available – please contact us to enquire.

Option 1

International Outbound Flights
EK2 & EK650
Depart Heathrow: Sunday 7th October at 1340
Arrive Dubai: Monday 8th October at 0040
Depart Dubai: Monday 8th October at 0235
Arrive Colombo: Monday 8th October at 0825

International Inbound Flights
EK651 & EK3
Depart Colombo: Thursday 25th October at 0955
Arrive Dubai: Thursday 25th October at 1300
Depart Dubai: Thursday 25th October at 1430
Arrive Heathrow: Thursday 25th October at 1820

Option 2

International Outbound Flights
EK32 & EK348
Depart Heathrow: Sunday 7th October at 1900
Arrive Dubai: Monday 8th October at 0550
Depart Dubai: Monday 8th October at 0745
Arrive Colombo: Monday 8th October at 1330

International Inbound Flights
EK651 & EK3
Depart Colombo: Thursday 25th October at 0955
Arrive Dubai: Thursday 25th October at 1300
Depart Dubai: Thursday 25th October at 1430
Arrive Heathrow: Thursday 25th October at 1820

Sri Lankan Airlines

Your only direct flight option to Sri Lanka…

Upgrades may be available – please contact us to enquire.

International Outbound Flight
UL504
Depart Heathrow: Sunday 7th October at 2130
Arrive Colombo: Monday 8th October at 1245

International Inbound Flight
UL503
Depart Colombo: Thursday 25th October at 1305
Arrive Heathrow: Thursday 25th October at 2000

The Sapphire Tour & T20 Extension

Choose from the tour package options below

Sapphire Tour

The Sapphire Tour package includes:

Excellent hotels on a B&B basis throughout the tour. All match transfers in air-conditioned transport.

Accommodation

Hotels

Jetwing Blue, NegomboJetwing Blue, Negombo
(Deluxe Room)
8th – 9th October (1 night)
Hotel website

Mahaweli Reach Hotel, Kandy
(Deluxe Room)
15th – 21st October (6 nights)
Hotel website

Sigiriya Jungles, Sigiriya
(Deluxe Room)
9th – 15th October (6 nights)
Hotel website

Confirmed bookings pre-19/04/18 at Jetwing Lake

Movenpick, Colombo
(Deluxe Room)
21st – 25th October (4 nights)
Hotel website

Sapphire Price

  • £2,949 per person
  • Single supplement available for £1,000

Match Tickets

Match tickets are guaranteed but not included in the tour price at this stage. Once we know ticket options and pricing, including hospitality options, these will be communicated to you and added to your invoice at cost.

Not Included:

  • Any meals except those specified in the itinerary.
  • Expenses of a personal nature, such as telephone calls, laundry, table drinks, tips and gratuities.
  • Use of rooms before/after normal check in/out times.
  • Individual’s travel insurance.

T20 Extension

The T20 Extension package includes:

An excellent hotel on a B&B basis. Match transfers in air-conditioned transport.

Accommodation

Movenpick, Colombo
(Deluxe Room)
25th – 28th October (3 nights)
Hotel website

T20 Extension Price

  • £400 per person
  • Single supplement available for £190

Match Tickets

Match tickets are guaranteed but not included in the tour price at this stage. Once we know ticket options and pricing, including hospitality options, these will be communicated to you and added to your invoice at cost.

Not Included:

  • Any meals except those specified in the itinerary.
  • Expenses of a personal nature, such as telephone calls, laundry, table drinks, tips and gratuities.
  • Use of rooms before/after normal check in/out times.
  • Individual’s travel insurance.

Bespoke

Didn’t find exactly what you were looking for?

If you did not find exactly what you are looking for within our set packages, please let us know as we are very flexible in organising tailor-made packages to suit your exact requirements.

If you have travelled to Sri Lanka previously and wish to explore alternative options before, after or between the cricket, simply contact us to let us know what you’d prefer to do instead. We will then build your perfect bespoke itinerary.

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Tour Extensions & Add-Ons

Sri Lanka with its jaw-dropping, beautiful scenery is one of those destinations on almost everyone’s list of places they just have to visit, so be sure to enjoy some world-class sightseeing!

Cultural Sightseeing & Add-Ons

Maldives Paradise Stopovers

Sapphire Tour

£2,949 per person
Single sup. £1,000

T20 Extension

£400 per person
Single sup. £190

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