14 Day Treasures of Sri Lanka

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Monday Departure
Heritance Negombo Negombo
Habarana Village Habarana
OZO Kandy Kandy
Araliya Green Hills Nuwara Eliya
Cinnamon Wild Yala Tissamaharama
Marriott Resort Weligama Bay Weligama
Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo Hotel Colombo
Thursday Departure
Heritance Negombo Negombo
Habarana Village Habarana
OZO Kandy Kandy
Araliya Green Hills Nuwara Eliya
Cinnamon Wild Yala Tissamaharama
Marriott Resort Weligama Bay Weligama
Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo Hotel Colombo

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Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip featuring some tours that include uneven, moderate to difficult terrain. Expect from two to three hours walking on some touring days. Safari activities will be conducted in small safari vehicles on roads that are often rough and bumpy, and wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.

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Flight Details


Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Round trip flights New York-Colombo, Colombo-New York
    Other departure cities available. Please click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 12 nights First Class accommodations
    • 2 nights Negombo
    • 2 nights Habarana
    • 2 nights Kandy
    • 1 night Nuwara Eliya
    • 2 nights Yala National Park
    • 2 nights Weligama Bay
    • 1 night Colombo
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • Train from Nuwara Eliya to Ella Gap
  • 22 meals: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 8 dinners (including Welcome and Farewell dinners)
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features
  • National Park Fees  

Tour Highlights

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals
  • Walk through the lively Negombo Fish Market where fishing boats arrive with their catch of the day
  • Travel to Minneriya National Park, one of the best places in Sri Lanka to view wild elephants
  • Glimpse into the daily life of the Hiriwadunna people who welcome you with a home hosted lunch
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Polonnaruwa, where Kings ruled Sri Lanka over 800 years ago
  • Tour the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress dating back over 1500 years, rising from the central plains
  • At the inspirational rock sanctuary of Dambulla, view golden temples, statues and wall paintings
  • Tour the gold-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, one of Sri Lanka’s most sacred sites
  • In Kandy, dinner at the home of a local family with specially prepared Sri Lankan specialties
  • Travel to the town of Nuwara Eliya in the center of Sri Lanka’s magnificent tea country
  • Learn about the growing, harvesting and processing of “Ceylon” tea at a Tea Estate factory
  • A Jeep Safari at Yala National Park highlights Sri Lanka’s astonishing wildlife and stunning landscapes
  • Tour the colonial town of Galle, with its historic fort built in the 1500s by the Portuguese
  • Enjoy a scenic cruise along the Madu River, passing dozens of islets forested with mangroves

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip featuring some tours that include uneven, moderate to difficult terrain. Expect from two to three hours walking on some touring days. Safari activities will be conducted in small safari vehicles on roads that are often rough and bumpy, and wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. This is a Small Group program. For more information, click here.

Note: your itinerary will change depending upon the day of the week you depart. Click a day above to see what is included.

DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Sri Lanka
Depart for Sri Lanka

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Colombo, Transfer to Negombo
Welcome to Sri Lanka, an enchanting island with a fascinating heritage known as the “jewel” of the Indian Ocean. Upon arrival at the airport in Colombo, meeting and transfer to the palm-fringed beach town of Negombo. The rest of the day is yours to acclimate to your new time zone and enjoy the relaxing setting and gentle sea breezes
Overnight: Negombo

DAY 3, Wednesday - Negombo City Tour, Beach Walk, Welcome Dinner
Begin the day with a city tour of delightful Negombo, once the most important source of cinnamon during the Dutch era. Visit the port, which was once a major trading port for the Portuguese and later for the Dutch after they took over during the middle of the 17th century. Due to the settlers’ cultural, religious and architectural influences, you will view many colonial style buildings and a large number of elaborate Roman Catholic churches and statues of saints, thus the reason why Negombo has been nicknamed “Little Rome”. Proceed to the ruins of a Dutch fort dating back to 1678. Nearby, on the green lawn of the Esplanade, perhaps watch children playing cricket – a big favorite in Sri Lanka! Afterwards, return to the hotel. In the afternoon, take a delightful walk together on the nearby beach. Stop to share coffee, tea and local snacks before returning to the hotel. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the memorable journey that lies ahead, followed by a festive Welcome Dinner. Try favorite dishes created from a delectable blend of Portuguese, Dutch, Malay and Indian influences accented by fragrant curries
Overnight: Negombo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Thursday - Negombo Fish Market, Habarana, Minneriya National Park
The day starts early with a walk through the bustling Negombo Fish Market, where fishing boats arrive with their catch of the day. Watch the lively fish auctions on the beach before returning to the hotel for breakfast. After, travel to Hanarana and check into your hotel. In the afternoon, a great experience lies ahead on your travels through Minneriya National Park, one of the best places in the entire country to view wild elephants, often present in huge numbers. Dominated by the ancient Minneriya tank, a reservoir created by the Anuradhapura Kingdom, the park is abundant in lush tropical forest and wetlands that provide shelter for sambar deer, buffalo, and crocodiles. Drive along scenic roads back to your hotel in Habarana. Time to freshen up at the hotel before a lovely dinner together
Overnight: Habarana
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Friday - Hiriwadunna Village, Home Hosted Lunch, Ancient Polonnaruwa
Discover what life is like in an authentic Sri Lankan Village! Arrive in Hiriwadunna, a tiny settlement of less than 2,500 people where they grow all of their own food, raise cattle and barter their daily needs. Walk along paths where medicinal wild ginger grows, and laundry is strung between trees. See hundreds of colorful butterflies fluttering and hovering along the low shrubs. Life is simple here away from the stress of a bustling metropolitan city. Enjoy this tiny glimpse into the everyday life of the Hiriwadunna people. End the tour with a visit to a local house where you are warmly greeted by the family to join them for a typical Sri Lankan lunch with rice & curry. Afternoon drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Polonnaruwa, where kings ruled the central plains of Sri Lanka over 800 years ago. The glories of that age can be found in the archaeological park, with hundreds of massive ancient structures. Return to the hotel for dinner
Overnight: Habarana
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Saturday - Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Temples of Dambulla, Cooking Demo, Kandy
A fascinating day awaits you in the cultural center of Sigiriya, where thriving ancient cities once existed. At the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, dating back 1500 years, delight in exhilarating views over the surrounding area of covered moats, lily-ponds nestled in water gardens and quiet shrines. Rising from the central plains, this iconic rocky outcrop is surely Sri Lanka's most dramatic sight! Near vertical walls soar to a flat topped summit that contains the ruins of an ancient civilization, thought to be once the epicenter of the short lived kingdom of Kassapa. Continue to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Dambulla to view the golden temples, statues, grottoes and huge wall paintings in this extraordinary rock sanctuary, inspiration for Buddhist pilgrims. Then, a change of pace as you walk leisurely through the stalls of the food market to buy fresh vegetables for the chef-led cooking demonstration. You’ll learn some of the secrets of typical and unique Sri Lankan cooking methods using coconut milk, curry and spices, followed by a delicious lunch of regional favorites at a local restaurant. Next, drive east along roads lined with fragrant spice plantations. Stop to visit Euphoria spice garden which displays most of the spices Sri Lanka is famous for and then proceed to Kandy, the last capital of Sri Lankan kings. Tonight is at leisure in Kandy
Overnight: Kandy
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Sunday - Temple of the Tooth Relic, Kandy Market, Home Hosted Dinner
Morning visit to the gold-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Considered one of Sri Lanka’s most sacred sites. This Buddhist temple is believed to house a tooth of Buddha. Explore the temple housed in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy visited by both locals and tourists bearing flowers and incense throughout the day in this genuine place of worship. Afterward, visit a family-owned gem lapidary where you learn about the different types of gemstones and how they are mined. In the afternoon, time to stroll through the Kandy Market where every lane reveals colorful treasures. This is the perfect place to shop for beautiful handmade Batik Sarongs and Sarees. See local artists creating their craft and bargain to your heart’s content! Tonight, you’re invited to the home of a local family for a specially prepared dinner of local favorites. Learn more about life in this lovely city as you’re welcomed with typical warm Sri Lankan hospitality
Overnight: Kandy
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Monday - The Tea Experience in Nuwara Eliya
Today, travel to Nuwara Eliya via Ramboda. Learn about the growing and harvesting of tea as you walk through the terraced fields to a Tea Estate & factory to observe the processing of the leaves, how they are graded and packed along with a sampling of many different varieties of “Ceylon” teas. Afterward, proceed to Nuwara Eliya, nestled in the center of Sri Lanka’s tea country, surrounded by breathtaking views of bright green rolling hills, meadows, mountains and rushing waterfalls. This hill town was a popular 19th century resort and escape for the hard-working English and Scottish pioneers of Sri Lanka’s tea industry. Free time at the hotel before a late afternoon walk through the charming center of the city with its old brick Post Office and country houses that evoke nostalgia of Colonial British Ceylon. A “tuk tuk” ride takes you to the Old Church with its pretty rose garden. After a visit to the church, return to the hotel. Tonight, is at leisure to explore the restaurants in Nuwara Eliya on your own
Overnight: Nuwara Eliya
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Tuesday - Ella, Yala National Park
This morning, travel through mountains and valleys covered with velvet green tea plantations to the hill town of Ella*. Leaving the tea plantations behind, disembark at the Ella Gap, and stop for photos at stunning Ravana Falls, the widest waterfall in the country. The day ends at magnificent Yala National Park, a nature reserve with a national park that encompasses a vast wilderness of grassy plains, scrub jungle, lakes, and wetlands with the highest density of leopard in Asia. Dinner together at the lodge in Yala National Park
*Some departures will travel to Ella by train while others will take a scenic road by coach
Overnight: Yala National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Wednesday - Jeep Safari in Yala National Park
Linger this morning and savor your leisure time in this wildlife paradise. Get ready for the sights and sounds of the afternoon Jeep Safari -- you’ll experience the best of the country’s natural wildlife and natural landscape. Set out in a 4x4 with an expert guide, that will share facts about the wildlife. Spot colorful storks perched at the shores of the lagoon near dozing crocodiles. If you’re lucky, gaze at distinct Sri Lankan leopards, which can be seen throughout the park. See crocodiles by the water and spot a variety of bird life at many of the water holes. Catch sight of raptors, including crested serpent eagles and white-bellied sea eagles. Around the lagoons, perhaps see flamingos, pelicans, spoonbills, rare black-necked storks, grey herons, and darters. An astonishing day! At tonight’s dinner at the lodge, compare stories of today’s adventure
Overnight: Yala National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Thursday - Coastal Road to Weligama Bay
A gorgeous drive along the winding coastal road takes you to fabled Weligama Bay, whose name means, "sandy village," after its soft pristine sand, rolling surf and endless sunshine. Weligama is a place rich in history and beauty with calm blue mangrove-fringed lagoons – a paradise! The day is yours to enjoy diving, snorkeling, surfing and sunbathing next to the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. Enjoy dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Weligama Bay
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Friday - Galle Tour, Meditation with Buddhist Monks
Morning drive to the pretty colonial town of Galle, the “jewel of the south”, bursting with exotic scents of spices and sea air. En route, see the famous stilted fishermen that perch on handmade structures of wood and twine to catch their fish. Arrive at the historic Galle fort, built in the 1500s by the Portuguese and extensively restored after the 2004 tsunami. Admire the sights in town including St. Mary’s Cathedral, the picturesque natural harbor and the Galle International Stadium. Afternoon visit to a nearby temple, where you learn the art of silent meditation from a Buddhist Monk. Evening is at leisure to enjoy all of the delights of this lovely town
Overnight: Weligama Bay
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Saturday - Madu River Safari, Cricket Club, Colombo
Embark on a scenic cruise this morning along the Madu River, passing dozens of islets forested with mangroves. View the 200 year old Kothduwa Buddhist Temple, watch locals cultivating cinnamon on Cinnamon Island and see traditional fishing techniques as small boats glide by. More than 46 species of birds reside in this area, including many aquatic varieties along with huge water lilies and colorful butterflies. The cruise ends at the Turtle Hatchery, where you learn about the rescue and protection of turtle eggs. On to the capital city of Colombo on your last day in Sri Lanka. A late afternoon visit to a cricket club where you may get a glimpse of a cricket match or a practice session. At tonight's Farewell Dinner, share wonderful memories with your newfound friends
Overnight: Colombo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Sunday - Depart Sri Lanka
Transfer to the airport in Colombo for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Sri Lanka
Depart for Sri Lanka

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Colombo, Transfer to Negombo
Welcome to Sri Lanka, an enchanting island with a fascinating heritage known as the “jewel” of the Indian Ocean. Upon arrival at the airport in Colombo, meeting and transfer to the palm-fringed beach town of Negombo. The rest of the day is yours to acclimate to your new time zone and enjoy the relaxing setting and gentle sea breezes
Overnight: Negombo

DAY 3, Saturday - Negombo City Tour, Beach Walk, Welcome Dinner
Begin the day with a city tour of delightful Negombo, once the most important source of cinnamon during the Dutch era. Visit the port, which was once a major trading port for the Portuguese and later for the Dutch after they took over during the middle of the 17th century. Due to the settlers’ cultural, religious and architectural influences, you will view many colonial style buildings and a large number of elaborate Roman Catholic churches and statues of saints, thus the reason why Negombo has been nicknamed “Little Rome”. Proceed to the ruins of a Dutch fort dating back to 1678. Nearby, on the green lawn of the Esplanade, perhaps watch children playing cricket – a big favorite in Sri Lanka! Afterwards, return to the hotel. In the afternoon, take a delightful walk together on the nearby beach. Stop to share coffee, tea and local snacks before returning to the hotel. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the memorable journey that lies ahead, followed by a festive Welcome Dinner. Try favorite dishes created from a delectable blend of Portuguese, Dutch, Malay and Indian influences accented by fragrant curries
Overnight: Negombo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Sunday - Negombo Fish Market, Habarana, Minneriya National Park
The day starts early with a walk through the bustling Negombo Fish Market, where fishing boats arrive with their catch of the day. Watch the lively fish auctions on the beach before returning to the hotel for breakfast. After, travel to Hanarana and check into your hotel. In the afternoon, a great experience lies ahead on your travels through Minneriya National Park, one of the best places in the entire country to view wild elephants, often present in huge numbers. Dominated by the ancient Minneriya tank, a reservoir created by the Anuradhapura Kingdom, the park is abundant in lush tropical forest and wetlands that provide shelter for sambar deer, buffalo, and crocodiles. Drive along scenic roads back to your hotel in Habarana. Time to freshen up at the hotel before a lovely dinner together
Overnight: Habarana
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Hiriwadunna Village, Home Hosted Lunch, Ancient Polonnaruwa
Discover what life is like in an authentic Sri Lankan Village! Arrive in Hiriwadunna, a tiny settlement of less than 2,500 people where they grow all of their own food, raise cattle and barter their daily needs. Walk along paths where medicinal wild ginger grows, and laundry is strung between trees. See hundreds of colorful butterflies fluttering and hovering along the low shrubs. Life is simple here away from the stress of a bustling metropolitan city. Enjoy this tiny glimpse into the everyday life of the Hiriwadunna people. End the tour with a visit to a local house where you are warmly greeted by the family to join them for a typical Sri Lankan lunch with rice & curry. Afternoon drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Polonnaruwa, where kings ruled the central plains of Sri Lanka over 800 years ago. The glories of that age can be found in the archaeological park, with hundreds of massive ancient structures. Return to the hotel for dinner
Overnight: Habarana
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Temples of Dambulla, Cooking Demo, Kandy
A fascinating day awaits you in the cultural center of Sigiriya, where thriving ancient cities once existed. At the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, dating back 1500 years, delight in exhilarating views over the surrounding area of covered moats, lily-ponds nestled in water gardens and quiet shrines. Rising from the central plains, this iconic rocky outcrop is surely Sri Lanka's most dramatic sight! Near vertical walls soar to a flat topped summit that contains the ruins of an ancient civilization, thought to be once the epicenter of the short lived kingdom of Kassapa. Continue to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Dambulla to view the golden temples, statues, grottoes and huge wall paintings in this extraordinary rock sanctuary, inspiration for Buddhist pilgrims. Then, a change of pace as you walk leisurely through the stalls of the food market to buy fresh vegetables for the chef-led cooking demonstration. You’ll learn some of the secrets of typical and unique Sri Lankan cooking methods using coconut milk, curry and spices, followed by a delicious lunch of regional favorites at a local restaurant. Next, drive east along roads lined with fragrant spice plantations. Stop to visit Euphoria spice garden which displays most of the spices Sri Lanka is famous for and then proceed to Kandy, the last capital of Sri Lankan kings. Tonight is at leisure in Kandy
Overnight: Kandy
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Wednesday - Temple of the Tooth Relic, Kandy Market, Home Hosted Dinner
Morning visit to the gold-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Considered one of Sri Lanka’s most sacred sites. This Buddhist temple is believed to house a tooth of Buddha. Explore the temple housed in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy visited by both locals and tourists bearing flowers and incense throughout the day in this genuine place of worship. Afterward, visit a family-owned gem lapidary where you learn about the different types of gemstones and how they are mined. In the afternoon, time to stroll through the Kandy Market where every lane reveals colorful treasures. This is the perfect place to shop for beautiful handmade Batik Sarongs and Sarees. See local artists creating their craft and bargain to your heart’s content! Tonight, you’re invited to the home of a local family for a specially prepared dinner of local favorites. Learn more about life in this lovely city as you’re welcomed with typical warm Sri Lankan hospitality
Overnight: Kandy
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - The Tea Experience in Nuwara Eliya
Today, travel to Nuwara Eliya via Ramboda. Learn about the growing and harvesting of tea as you walk through the terraced fields to a Tea Estate & factory to observe the processing of the leaves, how they are graded and packed along with a sampling of many different varieties of “Ceylon” teas. Afterward, proceed to Nuwara Eliya, nestled in the center of Sri Lanka’s tea country, surrounded by breathtaking views of bright green rolling hills, meadows, mountains and rushing waterfalls. This hill town was a popular 19th century resort and escape for the hard-working English and Scottish pioneers of Sri Lanka’s tea industry. Free time at the hotel before a late afternoon walk through the charming center of the city with its old brick Post Office and country houses that evoke nostalgia of Colonial British Ceylon. A “tuk tuk” ride takes you to the Old Church with its pretty rose garden. After a visit to the church, return to the hotel. Tonight, is at leisure to explore the restaurants in Nuwara Eliya on your own
Overnight: Nuwara Eliya
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Friday - Ella, Yala National Park
This morning, travel through mountains and valleys covered with velvet green tea plantations to the hill town of Ella*. Leaving the tea plantations behind, disembark at the Ella Gap, and stop for photos at stunning Ravana Falls, the widest waterfall in the country. The day ends at magnificent Yala National Park, a nature reserve with a national park that encompasses a vast wilderness of grassy plains, scrub jungle, lakes, and wetlands with the highest density of leopard in Asia. Dinner together at the lodge in Yala National Park
*Some departures will travel to Ella by train while others will take a scenic road by coach
Overnight: Yala National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Jeep Safari in Yala National Park
Linger this morning and savor your leisure time in this wildlife paradise. Get ready for the sights and sounds of the afternoon Jeep Safari -- you’ll experience the best of the country’s natural wildlife and natural landscape. Set out in a 4x4 with an expert guide, that will share facts about the wildlife. Spot colorful storks perched at the shores of the lagoon near dozing crocodiles. If you’re lucky, gaze at distinct Sri Lankan leopards, which can be seen throughout the park. See crocodiles by the water and spot a variety of bird life at many of the water holes. Catch sight of raptors, including crested serpent eagles and white-bellied sea eagles. Around the lagoons, perhaps see flamingos, pelicans, spoonbills, rare black-necked storks, grey herons, and darters. An astonishing day! At tonight’s dinner at the lodge, compare stories of today’s adventure
Overnight: Yala National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Sunday - Coastal Road to Weligama Bay
A gorgeous drive along the winding coastal road takes you to fabled Weligama Bay, whose name means, "sandy village," after its soft pristine sand, rolling surf and endless sunshine. Weligama is a place rich in history and beauty with calm blue mangrove-fringed lagoons – a paradise! The day is yours to enjoy diving, snorkeling, surfing and sunbathing next to the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. Enjoy dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Weligama Bay
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Monday - Galle Tour, Meditation with Buddhist Monks
Morning drive to the pretty colonial town of Galle, the “jewel of the south”, bursting with exotic scents of spices and sea air. En route, see the famous stilted fishermen that perch on handmade structures of wood and twine to catch their fish. Arrive at the historic Galle fort, built in the 1500s by the Portuguese and extensively restored after the 2004 tsunami. Admire the sights in town including St. Mary’s Cathedral, the picturesque natural harbor and the Galle International Stadium. Afternoon visit to a nearby temple, where you learn the art of silent meditation from a Buddhist Monk. Evening is at leisure to enjoy all of the delights of this lovely town
Overnight: Weligama Bay
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Tuesday - Madu River Safari, Cricket Club, Colombo
Embark on a scenic cruise this morning along the Madu River, passing dozens of islets forested with mangroves. View the 200 year old Kothduwa Buddhist Temple, watch locals cultivating cinnamon on Cinnamon Island and see traditional fishing techniques as small boats glide by. More than 46 species of birds reside in this area, including many aquatic varieties along with huge water lilies and colorful butterflies. The cruise ends at the Turtle Hatchery, where you learn about the rescue and protection of turtle eggs. On to the capital city of Colombo on your last day in Sri Lanka. A late afternoon visit to a cricket club where you may get a glimpse of a cricket match or a practice session. At tonight's Farewell Dinner, share wonderful memories with your newfound friends
Overnight: Colombo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Wednesday - Depart Sri Lanka
Transfer to the airport in Colombo for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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We are still talking about our wonderful Gate 1 trip, the things we learned, the people we met, and the fun we had. The more I think about this trip, the more I understand how difficult it is to plan an itinerary that pleases all on the trip. I must say that there was something for everyone ... we have no complaints. Our guides were all wonderful, especially Usa, our tour manager. She was efficient, pleasant, knowledgeable, and friendly for TWO WEEKS, and that is hard to do! I will have more thoughts once we get back to Houston, but at this point, I think we made a great decision to go with Gate 1.

Dinah M. Houston, TX
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Terrific, as usual! We’re now in double digits with traveling with Gate 1! Shyam, our guide, was superb. He conveyed his love of country, gave a good explanation of each day’s activities, and made sure everyone in the group was satisfied. He’s a gem. Also, his helper, Rohan, was great, and the driver did a terrific job. We were very pleased with the hotel selections and the itinerary. We have 2 more tours scheduled with Gate 1 this year. Keep up the good work!

Ronald R. Chicago, IL
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One of the best trips of my entire life! Thank you for everything Gate 1, a truly lovely experience.

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Our trip was wonderful! We loved Sri Lanka. Our guide Shyam was the best. He handled everything, and made the trip very informative and fun. Gate 1 is a great company. We’ll be back!

Gail E. Sacramento, CA
Treasures of Sri Lanka, January 2019
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As usual, Gate 1 did not disappoint. Sri Lanka was fabulous... with an abundance of friendly people, fabulous landscape and micro climates. It was rich in history and spirituality (Budha and Hindu temples everywhere) make this island very interesting to discover. I would be interested in expanding my exploration into the Northern part of Sri Lanka sometime in the future. I need to find out where in the world I will travel to in 2020...

Tamara R. Citrus Heights, CA
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It was lovely, Kevin our tour director was awesome!!! Fellow travelers were tons of fun & had similar interests, and the scenery was to die for!! Especially Milford Sound.

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The trip was wonderful and far exceeded all expectations! Silvia, our tour coordinator, was outstanding. She was attentive to the smallest detail and very knowledgeable of the area. We never saw her without a smile. Accommodations were wonderful and the meals consistently excellent. While all of our guides were exceptional, our guide at Terre del Paine, Chris, was outstanding. He conveyed his love of Patagonia with his hikes and gave us an even deeper appreciation of the area. The staff and crew of the Stella created a once in a lifetime experience. Thank you Gate 1. We look forward to taking another Discovery tour.

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It was fantastic! From the iguanas in Galápagos to the monkeys in the jungle, from the volcanoes to the coast, it was all so awesome! Our guide, Antonio, was the best and went beyond his duty to make everything perfect! He made the trip even better. What a wonderful adventure this was!

Sandy G. Palatka, FL
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The trip was excellent in every way. The itinerary was wonderful. Very nice hotels, good meals and Richard was a fantastic guide.

Isobel F. Toronto, Canada
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I was very happy with this trip. We had a good group and our tour manager and local guides were all excellent. Food, hotels and activities exceeded my modest expectations.

Bob A. Columbus, OH
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We had a great time in Sri Lanka! We enjoyed all the activities and learned a lot about the history and culture of the country. We look forward to our next Gate 1 trip in March.

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South American Glaciers, Forests & Lakes with 4 Day Patagonia Cruise, January 2019
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Our trip to Patagonia with Discovery was awesome! Each and every day was wonderful, and exciting, while experiencing the most mind-blowing natural beauty of the world. Our tour guide Gabriel is the best guide I have ever had on Gate 1 or any other group tour. Gabriel was in control, professional, courteous, helpful, entertaining, informative, kind, all with the upmost concern for group safety at all times. The Patagonia Discovery trip is unique and very special!

Mary A. Edgewater, NJ
Gems of Southeast Asia, January 2019
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This was our first Gate 1 Tour. We normally travel independently. We had a fabulous time doing the “Gems of South East Asia." We loved the small group (there were only 14 of us) and everyone got along really well. Panya did an outstanding job as our main tour guide. He went out of his way to accommodate everyone’s wishes and was very friendly, knowledgeable, thoughtful and compassionate. We had two vegans + a vegetarian + a non-fish eater in our group and he made sure everyone’s needs were taken care of at each restaurant. All the local tour guides were awesome too. We hope to use Gate 1 again in the future.

Lynda G. San Jose, CA
Gems of Southeast Asia, January 2019
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Our trip was wonderful. The guides were terrific, the sites and experiences were outstanding and the pace of activities was perfect. The tour was extremely well organized and the details and directions throughout were very clear. We especially enjoyed engaging in hands on experiences with residents in some of the countries. In addition to being very informative about the places we were visiting and the life and history in each of the countries we visited, our guides were instrumental in making suggestions and helping us navigate our way around cities on our own leisure time.

Elaine C. Stamford, CT
Moroccan Allure, December 2018
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It was outstanding! Amine was an amazing guide--knowledgeable, extremely organized as well as fun and, of course, Morocco is a fascinating destination.

Carol A. Winter Park, FL
Explore Dubai & Oman, December 2018
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The trip was outstanding and exceeded my expectations! Our exceptional guide, Hend, deserves acknowledgement for performing extraordinary knowledge, professionalism, warmth and ensuring everyone had the best possible travel experiences!

June T. Yonkers, NY
India, Nepal & Bhutan, Tradition & Majesty, November 2018
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We had a great trip. Everything went perfect. The guides were excellent. Some of the best we’ve experienced. Don’t let them get away. Transportation, hotels and food were all great!

Richard M. Bettendorf, IA
Treasures of Sri Lanka, November 2018
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We had a very nice holiday in Sri Lanka. This was our first trip with Gate 1 and we are 100% satisfied with the superior standard of hotels you chose for us. The itinerary was varied and interesting, changing between nature and culture. Our guide, Heshan, was excellent, very helpful and very knowledgeable about the history, flora and fauna. The coach was always clean and fresh flowers were put on our seats daily. The couch driver and the assistant were excellent, and worked well as a team to get us safely through the chaotic traffic in Sri Lanka cities. Overall, very memorable and positive experience. We will definitely use your company in the future and recommend you to our friends.

Jessica L. Queensland, Australia
Moroccan Allure, October 2018
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The Morocco Allure Discovery was probably the coolest tour I have ever been on. It seemed there was always some fabulous activity next to go too. The food was very good and the hotels were exotic and comfortable. Amine our tour manager, well, you're very lucky to have him. Loved Morocco!!!!

Susan C. Chula Vista, CA
Treasures of Sri Lanka, November 2018
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It was a fantastic trip. Heshan our guide was knowledgeable and nice. Fantastic food and wonderful country.

Douwe D. Flagstaff Hill, Australia
Jordan, Tradition & Inspiration, November 2018
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It was fabulous. I’ve been hoping to get to Jordan for years. It did not disappoint. Awe inspiring sites, good weather, fantastic guide, great food and the warm and welcoming Jordanian people. Could not have been better.

Patricia D. Falmouth, ME
Uganda Wildlife Exploration, November 2018
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The trip was magnificent. Easily the most physically demanding trip I have ever taken (jungle treks) ... I am 72 years old and in good health but the porters made the gorilla trek possible! The Ugandan people seem naturally friendly and outgoing. I love them. Morris 1 and Morris 2 are exceptional guides and just great guys. I recommend this trip to anyone and everyone. All of my Gate 1 trips have been super. My wife and I have always been taken care of extremely well. We go with another couple ... A great time for us to get together and have a great time. Thanks Gate 1 for another fantastic adventure.

James A. Shreveport, LA
Amazing China with Tibet, October 2018
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It was a fantastic trip. I cannot say enough about our experiences in China and Tibet. The cruise down the Yangtze river was also terrific. Our tour guide, Frank, and the local guides were knowledgeable, and extremely helpful. Looking forward to traveling with Gate 1 again.

Jim T. Newland, NC
Jordan, Tradition & Inspiration, November 2018
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I wasn't sure what to expect and honestly was a little nervous to go to that part of the world. But I was pleasantly mistaken! This trip to Jordan was wonderful and such an eye-opening experience. The country is beautiful, safe and full of history. Our tour guide was exceptional! He knew so much and was a lot of fun! I'm grateful that Gate 1 created this tour and did it completely in Jordan (instead of a combo with another country). It really gives the traveler time to fully enjoy and appreciate Jordan. Yet another great trip with Gate 1! :)

Shannon F. Elmhurst, NY
Spiritual Southern India, October 2018
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It was a great trip. Our guide was very knowledgeable about everything which was appreciated. The accommodations and food were fantastic. The sights were wonderful. A fantastic trip in every possible way!

David O. Florence, MA
Israel, Ancient & Modern Culture, November 2018
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Fabulous. We couldn’t ask for anything better!! The tour guide Simon was the best and made us all feel welcome and special. Our bus driver Mottie was great and we felt very safe when he drove. He was very skilled. Simon’s knowledge was over the top. He explained so much to help us understand everything we saw and shared many personal stories with us. We were sorry to end our tour. This was truly a once in a lifetime adventure. Would recommend Gate 1 and Simon in a heartbeat.

Sheila S. Brooklyn, NY
Amazing China with Tibet, October 2018
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My trip to China and Tibet was great. Our tour manager Ivy was exceptionally good and made this trip even more special. Her attention to details was amazing. This was the smallest group I have ever traveled with and I loved it as it allowed us to experience many things that wouldn't have been possible for a large group. Loved all the local guides as well. Loved the country, food and all the accommodations .. Would love to go back and experience more of this amazing country.

Agamani S. Lawrence, KS
Uganda Wildlife Exploration, October 2018
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It was wonderful! What a surprise Uganda was. The gorilla tracking was harder than I expected (and I am pretty athletic) but I survived.

Ella S. Treasure Island, FL
Moroccan Allure, October 2018
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Our trip was fabulous. Morocco is a fascinating country. We saw wonderful sights and learned much about the culture, history, geography, and it’s people. Our guide, Amine, was top-notch. He was extremely organized, flexible, informative, and had a great sense of humor. Many aspects and activities were surprising like the cooking class, hidden Riad hotels, and the desert experience surpassed our expectations!

Bonnie M. Philadelphia, PA
The Wonders of New Zealand, October 2018
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It was spectacular. Unbelievable scenery. Food was excellent ... Both bus drivers were pleasant, safe and professional. Always felt at ease. Guide was very knowledgeable .. Will definitely recommend Gate 1 and especially the Discovery Tours.

Georgeann H. Gilbert, AZ
Moroccan Allure, October 2018
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It was a wonderful trip. Our guide was the best, he knew people everywhere. You can tell he really enjoys his work.....I would travel with him again in a heartbeat. The hotels were great and of course the Sahara was the highlight of the trip. This trip will be hard to beat...

Julie M. San Diego, CA
Discover Myanmar, September 2018
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I have taken several Gate 1 trips and am one of your cheerleaders- and the Myanmar trip was one of my favorites. To begin with, Mojo was a fabulous tour leader. We all loved him. He was fun- has a great sense of humor- and patient. He was interested in getting to know each of us, was interested in our purchases and impressions. He always made sure that our meals were served perfectly ..... It was clear that people he worked with also enjoyed him- even the cattle remembered and responded to him! There were several of us who are older and have minor challenges with ambulation. Mojo bent over backwards to make experiences comfortable, to help us off and on buses and boats, and to discuss with us in great detail what was coming up, how long it would take to walk to a certain point, how best to dress, etc. When people decided not to do certain activities, he would chase after them to see if he could accommodate them in some way. He could not have been more dedicated to our comfort, safety, participation and enjoyment. I really loved all the craft work on this tour. We were given great demonstrations on how things were made, as people actually made the products in front of us. They were all gracious with our fascinated observation and generously allowed us to take pictures. Often it was Mojo himself giving the explanation- I think he can do all those crafts! I really enjoyed bringing home some lacquerware afterward. I loved every stop, but Bagan was so beautiful - the sunset was spectacular. .....I was so moved by the organization that was teaching young people to be chefs, and the cooking (and eating!) was fun and interesting- including bringing the apron and recipes home! Thank you again for a wonderful experience!

Constance S. Santa Rosa, CA
Namibia, Naturally, October 2018
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I loved Namibia! Belinda shared her love for her country. The country is beautiful, new looks around every corner. Keegan our driver handled all the bumps with ease and there were lots of bumps on the roads. I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to see a beautiful unspoiled country.

Susan W. Outlook, WA