Classic Tour - 7 Nights


From £1542 £1148 /pp

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by Ellison from United Kingdom

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The most popular circuit of the island is recommended for anyone who wishes to see the island’s main sights in a relaxing manner. By spending a couple of nights at each location, our Classic Tour is an ideal combination of sightseeing and leisurely travel between destinations.

The tour includes an extended stay in the Cultural Triangle visiting all of its fascinating temples and ancient cities including the impressive Sigiriya Rock Fortress. After relaxing for a few days at the pretty town of Kandy you will take a train journey through the wonderful tea covered Hill Country and stay in a tea estate bungalow or a colonial bungalow at Nuwara Eliya overnight.

Lovely winding roads take you down to the lowlands through magnificent scenery to reach the island’s famous tropical beaches. A beach stay in addition to this tour will make a memorable 2 week holiday in Sri Lanka.

This is a private tour with your own vehicle and driver-guide.

Tour Map

Tour Itinerary


The flight from LHR to CMB takes approximately 10 hours (Via Sri Lankan Airline)


22 Miles Approx 30 Minutes over the express highway

Relax On Arrival At Colombo
The Mount Lavinia Hotel (1877) is an ideal place to relax upon arrival in Sri Lanka. The hotel has a private stretch of beach for its guests and wonderful Indian Ocean sunsets can be seen from its Terrace Bar.


First Class Hotels :
The Mount Lavinia Hotel

Special Choice :
Lake Lodge Colombo


94 Miles Approx 4 Hours

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
Pinnawela is Sri Lanka’s most visited attraction, and provides a very relaxed place to spend a few hours watching elephants. Set in a pretty riverside location, this is home to about 70 Elephants- the largest group of orphaned Elephants in the world! Most have been found injured or abandoned in the wild. Baby calves, some only a few weeks old are fed by bottle and the whole herd is then bathed in the adjoining river. A tour highlight for many visitors to Sri Lanka.

The Golden Cave Temple At Dambulla
The 5 Cave Temples Of Dambulla are a series of rock temples that have been hewn from a gigantic boulder that contain a very beautiful collection of sculptures, paintings and frescoes from various periods of the island’s history.

Cave No 2 – The Temple Of The Great Kings is the biggest and most spectacular cave temple with over 150 statues and 1500 paintings! The ceilings and walls are covered by the finest murals to be seen in Sri Lanka.


First Class Hotels :
Chaaya Village , Habarana

Special Choice :
Thilanka Resort And Spa , Dambulla


The Ancient City Of Polonnaruwa
The Medieval capital of Polonnaruwa has the feeling of a city that was once ‘lost in the jungle’ – which indeed it was, until it was ‘rediscovered’ by colonial administrators in the 19th Century. Ruins of royal palaces, stupas and monasteries are scattered over several square kilometers around a vast lake known as the Sea Of Parakrama.

The Inner Quadrangle area of the ancient city contains the most exquisite historical remains in the whole of Sri Lanka. The highlight of any visit to Polonnaruwa is The Gal Vihare (Temple Of The Rock) consisting of 4 rock cut Buddhas that are among the masterpieces of Buddhist Art, and one of the world’s great artistic treasures.


First Class Hotels :
Habarana Village By Cinnamon

Special Choice :
Thilanka Resort And Spa , Dambulla


44 Miles Approx 2.5 Hours

The Magnificent Sigiriya Rock Fortress
The amazing rock fortress of Sigiriya is often listed as 8th Wonder Of The Ancient World and is easily the most impressive historic sight in Sri Lanka. You enter through The Royal Pleasure Gardens with a series of ponds and landscaped terraces until the ascent of the rock fortress begins through a series of dramatic staircases.

Hidden half-way is a cave that reveals the Sigiriya Frescoes. This is Sri Lanka’s premier artistic treasure and is a must for all visitors. If you have a head for heights, you can reach the top via the gigantic Lions Paws, which are the remnants of a huge stone lion that used to guard the entrance. There are stunning views of the forested plains below from the top.

Spice Gardens Of Matale
The low hills of Matale are ideal for growing spices such as cardamom, pepper, vanilla, cloves and nutmeg. You can have a look around a spice garden and buy some aromatic spices here too!

Kandyan Dance Performance
Spend the evening in Kandy watching a colourful Kandyan Dance And Cultural Performance, to the sound of rhythmic temple drums.


First Class Hotels :
Cinnamon Citadel , Kandy

Special Choice :
Ozo Kandy , Kandy



Peradeniya Gardens And Its Beautiful Orchid Houses
The gardens at Peradeniya were one of the jewels of colonial era Ceylon. Initially developed to try out introduced tropical crops like rubber in the island, it soon expanded to become one of the great tropical collections of the world.

During WW2, the Supreme Headquarters of Lord Mountbatten Of Burma were hidden inside the gardens. The Orchid House at Peradeniya contains 300 varieties of orchids that are wonderfully displayed.

Temple Of The Buddha’s Tooth
Delightfully located in a valley surrounded by hills, Kandy was the last capital of the ancient kings. The UNESCO protected Old Town area is a lovely place for an afternoon walk along a maze of streets leading to the Temple Of The Buddha’s Tooth and the Kandy Lake, magnificently framed against forest clad hills in the background.

Visit The Temple Of The Buddha’s Tooth in the evening, for the ‘’pooja ceremony’’ that starts around 6:30 pm. At this time crowds gather to offer flowers and prayers to the sacred relic in the inner sanctum and the temple drummers are in full swing – a magical experience.


First Class Hotels :
Cinnamon Citadel , Kandy

Special Choice :
Hotel Thilanka , Kandy


A Train Journey Of Approx 4 Hours

By Train Through The Hill Country
The Highland Queen leaves Kandy Railway Station for a spectacular journey through the Hill Country. There are lovely views of waterfalls and tea estates among the glorious scenery of the Great Western mountain range. Clients are booked on the super luxury Expo or Rajadhani Carriage or the Observation Car when available.

Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya (Sinhala: plain of the city) is a resort city in the Central Mountain Range of Sri Lanka. Blessed a with salubrious climate, breathtaking views of valleys, meadows, mountains and greenery; it’s hard to imagine that Nuwara Eliya is only 180 Km from the hot and humid Colombo.

Nuwara Eliya, also known as ‘Little’ England’, was the favorite hill station of the British who tried to create the resort into a typical English Village. The old brick Post office, country house like hill club, with its hunting pictures, mounted hunting trophies and fish, and it’s strict formal dinner attire; the 18 hole golf course, race course etc., evoke nostalgia of Colonial British Ceylon.


First Class Hotels :
Ferncliff , Nuwara Eliya

Special Choice :
The Grand Hotel , Nuwara Eliya


A Journey Of Approx 5 Hours

Devon And St Clair’s Falls
The spectacular descent of the Hill Country towards Sri Lanka’s beaches passes two of the island’s most famous waterfalls, Devon and St Clair’s Falls, which are easily viewed from the roadside.

The Mlesna Tea Centre overlooking St Clair’s Tea Estate has a nice viewing platform and a Tea Museum. A great place to stop for a cup of tea.

Kithulgala is a very pretty location with tropical rainforest and luxuriant vegetation in the valley of the Kelani River. This is where Sir David Lean’s classic wartime film ‘The Bridge On The River Kwai was filmed.

Sri Lanka’s Beach Resorts
A beach stay on Sri Lanka’s famous palm fringed coastline combined in addition to this tour will make for an excellent 2 week holiday on the island.


Depart Sri Lanka – Daytime flights arrive back in UK the same day.

More Information:


First Class - Room And Breakfast (Breakfast)
Special Choice – Half Board (Breakfast + Dinner)

Based On 2 Persons Sharing Room

*Price Excludes Beach Stay

Terms and Conditions

• Private tour of Sri Lanka in an air-conditioned vehicle with English speaking driver/guide.
• All entry fees for places of interest as described in itinerary including jeep hire at national parks.
• Train Tickets.
• Meal plan as stated.

• Flight and accommodation supplements may apply at peak periods.
• Beach stay at end of tour if required will be charged separately with options given.

• Children under 6 years of age sharing parents bed are given the land tour FREE OF CHARGE!!
• Special rates available for 2 adults and 1 child sharing triple room.
• Discounts available for families and larger groups.

• You are welcome to suggest changes or alterations such as a more relaxed tour with fewer activities, additional nights at places that may interest you, and adventure activities like white-water rafting.
• Tell us about any special interests and we will incorporate them in to your tour schedule.
If you want to widen your choice of tour hotel options, go to our View All Hotels index and tell us the mix of hotel you wish to stay at? If you have chosen your own hotels, we will include these along with your quote request.

All distances are point to point and do not include stops for sightseeing en-route. Actual travelling times may vary according to traffic, local weather and other factors.

There are a large number of beach hotels featured on our website. You are welcome to browse the Beach Hotels index and ask for your own choice of beach hotel. Alternatively we will feature a standard set of 6 beach hotel options that we can personally recommend.

You are welcome to specify the actual number of beach nights you require.

Unless specified, we usually feature the clockwise version of the tour for Winter Season (October-May) enquiries, and an anti-clockwise version of the tour for Summer Season (June – September) enquiries as the occurance of fine weather, sea bathing, snorkelling and watersports depends very much on the coast that is ‘in season’ at the time of your travel.

Need Assistance?

We can prepare custom tours to fit your budget. Contact us to discuss your travel requirements, and we can advise you on how best we can assist you.

Need Assistance?

We can prepare custom tours to fit your budget. Contact us to discuss your travel requirements, and we can advise you on how best we can assist you.

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