England Cricket Tour to Sri Lanka 2018
Pre Test Tour Sightseeing Extension

Pre Test Tour Sightseeing Extension

30th October – 5th November 2018

Embrace the culture of Sri Lanka with this five-night sightseeing tour around the heart of the country. Visit four world heritage sites, sample some of the world’s best tea and take-in some of the best views the country has to offer…

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Pre Test Tour Sightseeing Extension

Package includes
  • 5 nights’ accommodation on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
  • All sightseeing & entrance fees – Pinnawala, Dambulla Rock Cave Temple, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Sigiriya Village Visit, Royal Botanical Gardens, Temple of the Tooth
  • All coach transfers with Wi-Fi.
  • Mineral Bottled Water throughout the tour (Two 500ml bottles per person, per day)

 

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Sightseeing Destinations

Negombo, Dambulla, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya & Galle

Tour Itinerary

  • Wednesday 31st 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 the day is at leisure.
  • Thursday 1st November – Negombo/Pinnawela/Dambulla
    After breakfast at the hotel, leave for Dambulla. Stop to enjoy lunch and the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawela. This orphanage is the home to around 90 elephants, of which some are baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. They are being cared for, fed and trained by the wildlife authorities. We will try to visit during the feeding times, when one will have the opportunity of seeing the baby elephants being bottle-fed. Also, feel free to accompany the elephants to a river close-by and see them having their daily bath. Upon arrival in Dambulla, check-in to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.
  • Friday 2nd November
    After breakfast at the hotel, we will head to Sigiriya and the world famous Sigiriya Rock. Climb the 5th century fortress, which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart and extensive gardens, including the renowned water gardens surround the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approach. After this, we will visit  Polonnaruwa, which was the second capital city of Sri Lanka. Built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD this is also a world heritage site! Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya – where 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in ‘Upright’, ‘Sedentary’ and ‘Recumbent’  postures carved out of rock, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, King Parakramabahu’s statue, and the Parakrama Samudraya lake built by King Parakramabahu.  There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic. At the end of the day, return to the hotel.
  • Saturday 3rd November – Dambulla/Kandy
    After breakfast at the hotel, leave for Kandy, stopping to visit the Dambulla Rock Temple. Climb up to the temple, which was donated by king Walagambahu in the 1st century BC to Buddhist monks. Dambulla Rock Temple 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 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 visit a spice garden in Matale, to see the different spices, which Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be introduced to the different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. Upon arrival in Kandy, check-in and get settled at your hotel. This afternoon, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Kandy. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, and is a World Heritage Site. The name ‘Kandy’ conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala King, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and Bazaar, the arts & crafts centre and a gem museum and a lapidary. In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
  • Sunday 4th November – Kandy/Nuwara Eliya
    After breakfast at the hotel, visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. This botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala King and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in size and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. After this, return to the hotel and check-out. Depart for Nuwara Eliya. En-route visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced. You will be told all about the process of manufacturing tea and how the tea is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory. Proceed to Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka’s most popular hill resort. Nuwara Eliya is the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country, producing a significant share of the world’s best tea. Nuwara-Eliya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia. Check in to your hotel and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya, drive through “Little England” before returning to the hotel for an overnight stay.
  • Monday 5th November – Nuwara Eliya/Galle
    After breakfast at the hotel, head to Galle. Upon arrival in Galle, join your Test tour itinerary.

International Flights

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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: Tuesday 30th October at 1340
Arrive Dubai: Wednesday 31st October at 0040
Depart Dubai: Wednesday 31st October at 0235
Arrive Colombo: Wednesday 31st October at 0825

International Inbound Flights
*Please see your chosen tour package for details.

Option 2

International Outbound Flights
EK32 & EK348
Depart Heathrow: Tuesday 30th October at 1900
Arrive Dubai: Wednesday 31st October at 0550
Depart Dubai: Wednesday 31st October at 0655
Arrive Colombo: Wednesday 31st October at 1230

International Inbound Flights
*Please see your chosen tour package for details.

Sri Lankan Airlines

Your only direct flight options to Sri Lanka…

Upgrades may be available – please contact us to enquire

Option 1

International Outbound Flight
UL506
Depart Heathrow: Tuesday 30th October at 1235
Arrive Colombo: Wednesday 31st October at 0430

International Inbound Flight
*Please see your chosen tour package for details.

Option 2

International Outbound Flight
UL504
Depart Heathrow: Tuesday 30th October at 2130
Arrive Colombo: Wednesday 31st October at 1245

International Inbound Flight
*Please see your chosen tour package for details.

Pre Test Tour Sightseeing Extension ** PLEASE ENQUIRE **

Accommodation & Price

Accommodation

Price ** PLEASE ENQUIRE **

Jetwing Beach, Negombo
(Deluxe Room)

31st October – 1st November (1 night)
Hotel website

Cinnamon Citadel, Kandy
(Superior Room)

3rd – 4th November (1 night)
Hotel website

Jetwing Lake, DambullaJetwing Lake, Dambulla
(Superior Room)

1st – 3rd November (2 nights)
Hotel website

Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya
(Deluxe Room)

4th – 5th November (1 night)
Hotel website

  • £790 per person
  • Single supplement available for £290

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.

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!

Post Tour Sightseeing Extension

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