- Nature's Paradise Tour Feb 2014
Enjoy a comprehensive tour around the
beautiful tropical paradise of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka has some of the
densest leopard concentrations of anywhere in the world, as
hopefully we'll see for ourselves on our wonderful tour in
We'll visit natural
wildlife parks teeming with birds, animals, reptiles and
fish. We'll see the oldest known tree in the world,
sites of some of the oldest human civilization, beautiful
beaches, bustling cities, and so very much more.
Enjoy 13 days of touring one of the world's most beautiful
island paradises - Sri Lanka - in February 2014. We'll see
abundant wildlife of all types, stunning natural beauty, and treat ourselves to
stays in some of Sri Lanka's best hotels.
In addition to traveling in a comfortable high quality coach, we
will also enjoy an elephant ride and a scenic train ride.
We visit all six of Sri Lanka's World Heritage sites of outstanding
significance, plus national nature parks, historical monuments,
and plenty more.
Of course you can add anything extra you like before
and/or after the main tour activities, so you've everything you need for a
wonderful, varied and complete 2014 vacation.
We've carefully chosen the best time of year (from a weather
perspective) to give you the best possible Sri Lankan
Sri Lanka was named the number one best destination in the world
Lonely Planet in October 2012. Come
see for yourself why it is so deserving of this accolade.
Tour Dates (2014)
Start Date and Options
Our tour starts in Colombo,
Sri Lanka, on Saturday 15 February 2014.
Depending on the day you
'lose' as you cross the dateline (and which is of course
returned to you when you go back home) and the air itinerary you
select, you probably need to start your travels on Friday 14 or
Thursday 13 Feb. You are welcome to arrive any time at all
on Saturday 15th.
We are offering a pre-tour
option in Singapore if you'd like to break the journey and
arrive in Sri Lanka more refreshed.
End Date and Options
Our tour ends in Negombo
(close to Colombo and the main international airport), on
Thursday 27 February 2014.
You are of course welcome to
stay on in Sri Lanka as you wish. Alternatively, you are
welcome to leave at any time on Thursday to connect with ongoing
We are offering a post-tour
option in Bangkok if you'd like to add another destination and
experience to your vacation, too.
Your tour experience is
abundantly complete without being completely exhausting.
carefully designed it to give you as broad an experience as
possible, while still allowing for a relatively easy and relaxed
And, of course, everything
is optional, if you want to spend a lazy day by the pool rather
than an active day out and about sightseeing, then stay at the
hotel for the day instead. It is all up to you.
This is actually two tours
in one. We have two guides, and when we stop at places,
we'll typically split the group in two. One half will be
for 'easy walkers' - people who want to move at a leisurely
relaxed pace, and the other half will be for 'active walkers' -
people who are keen to see and do as much as possible, and
willing to walk at a faster pace accordingly.
There is a huge amount of
sightseeing all included - look at this long list :
Large luxury coach for best
views and comfort while touring
Two expert English speaking
national guides, plus an assistant, local guides as needed, and
dedicated Travel Insider tour leader
Two night stay in the capital
city of Colombo in the luxury Cinnamon Grand Hotel
Three night stay at the
luxury Cinnamon Lodge Hotel in Habarana
Two night stay in the ancient
former capital of Kandy at the Cinnamon Citadel in upgraded deluxe
One night stay in Nuwara
Eliya at the St Andrews Hotel
Two night stay in a Jungle
Chalet at the elite Chaaya Wild Resort, Yala
One night stay at the award
Lighthouse Hotel, Galle
One night stay at the award
Lagoon Hotel, Negombo
Cooked breakfasts every morning
Feature dinners on the first
and last nights
Visits to and touring around
all six of Sri Lanka's World Heritage Sites of Extraordinary
Global Cultural Significance
Area touring every day
An elephant ride
Talking about elephants, a
visit to the world famous Pinnawala Elephant orphanage
An open-air carriage scenic
train ride from Peradeniya to Nanu Oya
Evening wildlife safari in
Your choice of a morning or
afternoon wildlife safari in Yala (or do both as an option
if you wish)
Half day city tour Colombo
Evening tour of Galle Fort
Tour of Kandy
Spice Market visit and
Visit to the ancient capital
city of Polonnaruwa
Visit to the ancient capital
city and fortress of Sigiriya
Visit to the sacred city of
Visit to the pilgrimage site
Visit to the 5th century, 40
ft high Buddha statue at Avukana
Visit to the Golden Temple of
Dambulla and its labyrinth of shrine caves
Visit to the Temple of the
The Peradeniya Royal Botanical
Visit to a Tea Plantation
Visit to the multi-religion
holy site of Kataragama
Tour of Galle Fort and Museum
Tour of Negombo and visit to
their Fish Market
Short stops in other towns
This tour gives you an opportunity to visit all the
major attractions in Sri Lanka, including all six World
Heritage cultural sites, the capital city, and plenty of
game parks and wildlife experiences.
We stay in high quality hotels as part of enjoying all
aspects of an idyllic visit to
this tropical island paradise.
Click here for the
detailed day by day itinerary.
By dealing direct and
cutting out the middle men, we've come up with an extraordinary
value tour. Other tours can cost twice as much (see, for
this tour and its 2013 not 2014 price - it goes to the same
places and even uses most of the same hotels we do).
Your special Travel Insider
tour price is $2545 per person, share twin.
A single supplement of $1045
is available. We will also help to match together singles
if you'd like to share with a compatible fellow single traveler.
These prices reflect a 3% discount
A $500 per person
non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your place on
The tour does not include the
costs of travel between your home and the tour start and end
We are staying in some of
the best hotels in Sri Lanka (Cinnamon Grand, Colombo; Cinnamon
Lodge, Habarana; Cinnamon Citadel, Kandy; St Andrews, Nuwara
Eliya; Chaaya Wild, Yala; The Lighthouse, Galle; and Jetwing
Lagoon, Negombo) and our rooms will be comfortable and of high
Indeed, the Cinnamon Lodge,
Habarana, where we'll stay for three nights won the 2011 Sri
Lanka Tourism Award for being the best Five Star Resort in the
However, most of the hotels
also have upgraded rooms available for an extra price, and a few
even have ultra deluxe suites, too.
Upgraded rooms may be larger
than standard rooms, may have a higher standard of fittings and
furniture and amenities, sometimes have a bath as well as
shower, and may have better views.
If you'd like to upgrade
your hotel stays to these enhanced quality rooms, this would add
$195 per person (share twin) to the price.
If you'd like to enjoy the
full luxury of suites, let us know and we'll get a custom quote
What about the Air Fare?
You will save money and gain
flexible convenience if you arrange your own air travel.
These days airlines seldom give discounts to groups, and
sometimes even charge more, while also adding extra restrictions
to the tickets!
You can choose whichever
carrier has the best fare and the best schedules for you, and
you can also choose a carrier that you wish to earn miles with.
You can even cash in miles and fly on frequent flier awards.
We'll be pleased to answer
any questions you might have about arranging your air
transportation, of course.
Where in Sri Lanka Should I Fly
Sri Lanka's main airport is
the Bandaranaike International Airport, located some 20 miles
north of Colombo (where our tour starts) and a few miles south
of Negombo (where our tour ends). Its airport code is CMB.
As a measure of Sri Lanka's
massive growth in tourism, not only is CMB doubling its
passenger and flight handling capacity, but a second
international airport that will also serve Colombo is opening -
Ratmalana Airport, code RML.
At the time of writing
(April 2013) no major international airlines are yet flying to
RML, but this might change by February 2014. Ratmalana is
south of Colombo, and while it might be convenient to fly in to
RML, it would not be convenient for you to depart from RML
because our last night will be spent north of Colombo.
Joining and Leaving the Tour
Joining the tour is simple
straightforward - simply arrive in Sri Lanka on or before
Saturday 15 February. You can arrive any time on the
Saturday, because there are no tour activities scheduled until
Sunday morning, although you of course do have a room reserved
for you at our Colombo hotel on Saturday night.
We will be offering
transfers from the airport into Colombo to meet the flights
people arrive in on.
Leaving the tour is also
simple. The tour ends on Thursday morning 27 February, and
you can take any flight at any time that day (or stay on as you
choose). We'll be coordinating transfers to the airport on
How to Extend or Vary this Tour
There are many ways you can
extend or vary this tour.
You can spend more time
in Sri Lanka before the start of this tour, and/or anywhere else
you wish, too.
We recommend that you arrive into
Sri Lanka a day or more before the Sunday 16 Feb official tour
start (or take our Singapore pre-tour option), so as to give you a chance to unwind from the
flights and at least partially pre-adjust to the time zone
changes and jet lag.
Arriving a day or more early
also gives you some 'emergency' time, just in case your flights
are delayed or connections are missed or bags are lost.
Fortunately, we spend the first two nights in Colombo, so if you
do arrive on the actual tour start day, there is some extra
'emergency time' built in to the schedule as well to allow
either you or your luggage to catch up, if the worst comes to
During the tour, all of the
day touring is of course optional and you can substitute your
own activities if you prefer.
After the tour, you can
spend more time in Sri Lanka, or travel on anywhere else you
So, you have many choices
about adding extra time and sightseeing. We're here to help ensure your experience is as good as
possible, and will be pleased to help you with your pre or post
tour planning - please don't hesitate to ask.
We also offer a couple of
Travel Insider optional extensions.
Pre-Tour Option in Singapore
There's a good chance your
flights to Sri Lanka may see you changing planes in Singapore
anyway, so why not take advantage of this and spend two or three
nights in Singapore prior to the start of your Sri Lanka tour.
We're offering a two or
three night Singapore pre-tour option that will include some
local Singapore sightseeing.
It is a relatively short 3.5
- 4 hour flight from Singapore to Colombo in Sri Lanka.
Let us know if you'd like
more details on this.
Post-Tour Option in Bangkok
gateway/connection city is Bangkok and so we are offering a two
or three night stopover in Bangkok starting from Thursday 27 Feb
when we leave Sri Lanka.
It is a relatively short 3.5
hour flight from Colombo to Bangkok.
Let us know if you'd like
more details on this.
Both Options - Arranging Air
If you choose to do both the
Singapore and the Bangkok options, you might find it easiest to
buy an international ticket to Singapore and back from Bangkok,
and then to arrange a separate ticket on SriLankan Airlines from
Singapore to Colombo and on to Bangkok.
Your travel agent can
advise/assist you with this, of course.
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Need More Information?
If you've a question or need
more clarification, go ahead and ask. Simply
send us an email, or feel free to call us at (206)337-2317.
Tour Terms and Conditions
standard terms and conditions
apply to this tour.
In addition, please note
these extra terms :
1. Deposit is
required within seven days of your participation being
confirmed. Full payment
is due on or before 15 November 2013.
2. US, UK, EU,
Canadian, Australian, New Zealand (and most other) citizens require a
current passport that will not expire for at least six months
after the date of their planned return from Sri Lanka in order
to be admitted to Sri Lanka, and also require a visa.
These can simply be applied for and obtained
and cost US$30. Citizens of other countries should check with the
airline that will transport them to Sri Lanka to determine what
passport and visa requirements may apply.
plenty of room in the coach's luggage bays for as much luggage
as you choose to bring, and most hotels provide porterage.
But airlines charge massively for extra luggage and some people
like to handle their own bags to save time when checking in and
out of hotels, so you might want to try to limit your luggage to
one major suitcase and a carry on per person.
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25 April 2013, last update
26 Jun 2019