14 Day Treasures of Sri Lanka

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Featured Hotels

Monday Departure
Heritance Negombo Negombo
Cinnamon Lodge Habarana Habarana
OZO Kandy Kandy
Araliya Green Hills Nuwara Eliya
Cinnamon Wild Yala Tissamaharama
Marriott Resort Weligama Bay Weligama
The Kingsbury Colombo Colombo
Wednesday Departure
Heritance Negombo Negombo
Cinnamon Lodge Habarana Habarana
OZO Kandy Kandy
Araliya Green Hills Nuwara Eliya
Cinnamon Wild Yala Tissamaharama
Marriott Resort Weligama Bay Weligama
The Kingsbury Colombo Colombo

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Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



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
  • 24 meals: 12 breakfasts, 4 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, 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, Lunch, 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, gather together for dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Kandy
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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, Lunch

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.
Overnight: Weligama Bay
Meals: Breakfast

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, Wednesday - Depart for Sri Lanka
Depart for Sri Lanka

DAY 2, Thursday - 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, Friday - Beach Walk, Welcome Dinner
Morning is at leisure in delightful Negombo, once the most important source of cinnamon during the Dutch era. Close to the seafront near the lagoon are the ruins of a Dutch fort dating back to 1678. On the green lawn of the Esplanade, perhaps watch children playing cricket – a big favorite in Sri Lanka! Meet your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a delightful walk together on the nearby beach. Stop to share coffee, tea and local snacks before returning to the hotel. Tonight, attend a briefing 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, Saturday - 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, Sunday - 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, Monday - 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, Tuesday - 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. 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, Wednesday - 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, Thursday - 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, Friday - 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, Saturday - Coastal Road to Weligama Bay
A gorgeous drive along the winding coastal road takes you to fabled Koggala Beach, the longest beach in the country with 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! Arrive at your hotel and spend the afternoon at leisure. Enjoy dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Weligama Bay
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Sunday - 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. 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, Monday - 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, Tuesday - Depart Sri Lanka
Transfer to the airport in Colombo for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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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
Treasures of Provence, October 2018
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We had a great trip. France was beautiful, great food, people, weather and we visited some really interesting and unique places. Laura, our tour guide, was fantastic! The best I think we've ever had, and we've had a lot of great tour guides.

Druci R. SN LUIS OBISP, CA
Himalayan Kingdoms: Nepal & Bhutan, October 2018
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Simply wonderful. Nepal is bustling with activity, with smells, with life! Most enjoyable were the walkabouts through Bhaktapur, and Tharu village in Chitwan National Park which allowed us to chat with the locals and have a closeup look at the way they live. The dinner, home visits and the conversations about life in Nepal were priceless. Bhutan is more than amazing! It’s pristine environment and culturally rich history is fascinating. I loved the dress-up in traditional Bhutanese dres. The hike to Tiger’s Nest, is wonderfully rewarding ... At first sight, Tiger’s Nest was blanketed with clouds, but as the clouds lifted it was breathtaking and hastened our steps. Thanks to our guides Rajesh (Nepal), and Dawa (Bhutan) and our drivers who did a stellar job in ensuring everything went smoothly!

Joy T. Sandys, BM
Spiritual Southern India, September 2018
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I have traveled on small group tours quite often, but this surpassed all expectations. Our guide in India was outstanding and the group I traveled with have all said they would travel again with her. I will certainly be booking through Gate 1 again.

Robert G. Vermont South, Australia
Zimbabwe, Botswana & South Africa Adventure, October 2018
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Incredible doesn’t begin to describe it! From the moment we were met at the airport until the moment we left it just kept getting better. The accommodations were outstanding. The highlight though of course were the game drives. All of our drivers were so extremely knowledgeable which allowed us to track and see all of the Big 5. Don was our tour manager and he just made everything seem so effortless although I know there was a lot of coordination going on in the background. It won’t be our last visit to Africa or our last trip with Gate 1....thanks for the trip of a lifetime!

Margaret M. Ontario, Canada
Incredible India & Nepal, September 2018
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It was wonderful!!! The sites were beautiful, the guides were knowledgeable and the hotels were great!! My daughters and I really enjoyed the trip!!

Cecilia B. Palo Alto, CA
Moroccan Allure, October 2018
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It was probably one of our best trips ever!! Morocco was absolutely beautiful. The size of our group was perfect. Our group itself were very cohesive, it was amazing. Our guide Mohammed was so kind and thoughtful that I think we all came back spoiled rotten. So much fun!

Yvette F. Los Angeles, CA
Kenya Safari Exploration, September 2018
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I have traveled a lot but never with a tour. Our trip to Kenya was spectacular and unlike any place I have ever been. Our guide was Yusuf. We could not have had a better guide ... Yusef is a very special man who made the trip even more amazing. I fell in love with the people and their spirit, the land was so beautiful and wild, and of course the animals were so up close and free. This experience will be the one that will thrill me for a lifetime. The experience could not have been better. Thank you Gate 1 for just the greatest experience. Also thanks to our booking agent Donna for advice on the time of year to make the trip and invaluable tips. And thanks to Yusuf for teaching us the language, educating us on the animals and of Kenya, and for his gracious company and friendship.

Nancy H. Lexington, KY
Moroccan Allure, October 2018
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We had a great trip to Morocco! Ali, our guide was a gem! We are very impressed! All of our city guides were excellent, too! This was our 1st Discovery trip (out of 4) and we plan to use this experience as our template for future Gate 1 trips. We felt very well cared for!!!

Bill B. Ossining, NY
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, October 2018
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FABULOUS!! Sophia was absolutely wonderful & a wealth of knowledge. We all were amazed at her abilities regarding all the history at each location we stopped at, including the Acropolis Archaeology Museum. You are very fortunate to have her as your guide. Also, Christos is an excellent driver. He is very skilled at getting into surprisingly small spaces with our huge bus. We all appreciated his assistance with our travel around Greece. Great trip.....many highlights!!!

Cheryl H. Lakewood, CO
The Serengeti & Beyond: A Tanzania Safari, September 2018
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Our trip was fantastic, everything went smoothly, all of the connections, transfers, etc. were perfect. I cannot say enough positive things about Gate 1 and the travel guides for both tours. We are looking forward to our next tour and will be contacting you sometime early next year.

Thomas L. Florence, SC
Japan, Then & Now, October 2018
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The trip was excellent ... Our guide, Hiroko, was fantastic - knowledgeable, caring, and funny - with many tips, tricks and stories to help us appreciate the Japanese country and culture.

Jonathan K. Plainsboro, NJ
Himalayan Kingdoms: Nepal & Bhutan, September 2018
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The trip was wonderful. Our two tour managers put their hearts in it and made our trip a life time experience ....The tour guide in Nepal was very thoughtful to prepare the masks for us when walking through the dusty city ...

Christine L. Augusta, GA
Swiss Alpine Jewels, August 2018
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Our tour was well researched and well planned, and our Tour Manager Dennis was very knowledgeable, organized, and had a wonderful personality. I've been on a dozen or so guided trips all over the world, and this was one of the best yet. This trip was fabulous! I'll definitely travel with Gate1 Travel Discovery again.

Linda R. Powhatan, VA
Japan, Then & Now, July 2018
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It was awesome. This was my first tour with Gate1. I was not disappointed. It was well planned, there were variety of things to do, places to visit. Our dietary need as a vegetarian was taken care of! I loved the tour guide, Yumi. She was great.

Abirami K. Cupertino, CA
China & Tibet Discovery, June 2018
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Without a doubt, the China/Tibet trip that I participated in was FANTASTIC! ... I am recommending them to family and friends. Having been on larger trips over the years, I must say that accommodating so few travelers afforded us greater mobility, and many chances to interact with each other ... Special, special thanks to Jenny and Frank for answering my neverending questions, offering so many local tidbits and gems, and enduring my versions of the languages. This trip was one that I wanted to experience for years, and it was everything that I expected and more ... Thanks again to everyone for my Chinese/Tibetan memories.

Julianna B. Westerville, OH
Kenya & Tanzania Safari Exploration, June 2018
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We had such a wonderful experience on the Kenya Tanzania Safari ... Especially I want to extol the wonders and praises of our driver guides ... All the while they are safely and carefully negotiating the rutted roads in the conservation areas and national parks ... noticing all those subtle signs that indicate wildlife that my eyes would never see. They have so much knowledge and understanding of the animals, the vegetation, the ecosystems, the interactions between animals! I especially commend Yusuf in Kenya and Nurdin Mohammed in Tanzania. Not only do they know the biology and zoology, they are completely conscientious about all of us as passengers and clients ... I want to make sure the company understands what treasures the driver/guides are and how important they are to your customers’ feeling of safety and comfort, but also they obviously enjoy the natural environment and the thrill of showing us these wonders of nature in their homeland. And as we drove through the villages and towns they were able to explain much about the local customs and people. This wonderful experience was made even more wonderful because of Yusuf and Nurdin!

Janell L. Nashville, TN
Kenya Safari Exploration with Zanzibar, June 2018
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Kenya and Zanzibar were spectacular! It was a great way to relax after the many amazing game drives through Kenya. Our guide, Daniel, was friendly, funny and knowledgeable. He explained the culture of Kenyans, the landscape of Kenya along with the habits and habitats of the many animals during the game drives. The itinerary was well planned (time/place), the Land Cruisers were perfect for the drives, the hotels and the "tent hotels" and food was excellent. Zanzibar is an idyllic island with its own history and culture, a learning experience. I would highly recommend this trip, but wait for the direct flights into Nairobi.

Constance I. Brooklyn, NY
Swiss Alpine Jewels, June 2018
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One of the best we’ve taken ... I attribute the success of the whole experience directly to our tour manager, Dennis Albright. While the itinerary was perfect, it was his preparation and attention to details that made it more than a wonderful holiday. Thanks to you, Gate1 for hiring the best and encouraging them to ensure the customer experience is the highest priority. Thanks and you will definitely seem us again. We’ve raved to friends and family and recommended Gate1 for all their travel needs now and into the future.

David G. Cardiff, CA
Japan, Then & Now, May 2018
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Our Japan trip was excellent & very enjoyable. Tokyo & Kyoto hotels were very centrally located, convenient and excellent. I will give them A+. Our tour guide/ Manager Mr. katsumi was the best ... Wish we had manager like Mr. katsumi on all our tour. Very down to earth person.

Jash P. Indianapolis, IN
Discover Northern France, May 2018
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It was fantastic! Anne was an amazing guide. She was so attentive to everyone’s individual needs and request. I really enjoyed the small group. The itinerary was excellent. We learned so much about WWll in Normandy, experienced the beauty of Monet’s house and garden, and stayed at a gorgeous Chateau in Loire Valley, it was a perfect trip that I will be recommending to everyone!

Allison S. Ann Arbor, MI.
Amazing China with Tibet, May 2018
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I would like to add that EVERYONE on our trip to China was over-the-top crazy about our tour manager, Louise. She could not have been more professional or more caring ... She never seemed to tire of our endless questions! ... Another guide was taking us to the airport for our trip home, but when Louise's flight was cancelled, she made a point to find us in a very busy airport. I can't say enough wonderful things about her. I consider her a friend and tears were shed when we had to say good-bye!

Elizabeth G. McDonough, GA.
Greece, The Birthplace of Civilization, May 2018
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Trip was great, greatly organized, very nice hotels, great food and our driver Plato was outstanding and who really made this trip superior, was our tour guide Chris. He is so knowledgeable a good storyteller. Altogether wonderful experience.

Zdena V. Fair Lawn, NJ.
The Wonders of New Zealand, May 2018
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We enjoyed everything about our tour of New Zealand. We felt it was well thought out. The hotels were very good. The itinerary was excellent, as were the dinners. Our guide, Malcolm, was superb. He was so knowledgeable about NZ and tied in the Maori culture whenever possible which made the tour that much more interesting. Thank you for an excellent tour of NZ.

Frances R. San Jose, CA
Uganda Wildlife Exploration, May 2018
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Hi Caitlin, Our Adventure to Uganda was awesome! Thank you!! We had a great time, everything went really well. Visiting gorillas in the rainforests of Bwindi was of course THE highlight of the trip. We saw chimps as well in their forests and that was thrilling! Our guides Morris and Jonah were exceptional, they took such good care of all of us. Thank you again Gate 1 for an another amazing trip!!! Looking forward to another destination with you guys!!!

Larry K. Westmount, QC, CA
Majestic Balkans, May 2018
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It was fantastic. Both drivers Peter and Leonard were super. Bus was always clean. Windows always clean. And then there’s Ana. One of best guides we’ve had. Always smiling. Never flustered. Humour galore. Great travel mates. Rate the trip as a 10+. Hang on to Ana. She was super

Susan M. St. Peters, NS, CA
Dalmatian Isles, Croatia & Slovenia, May 2018
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This trip was fabulous. Croatia and Slovena are beautiful and relaxing places. This was a small group of 20 people who were very friendly...Gate 1 allows for just enough free time and unlike other tour companies we did not spend a majority of the vacation on the bus getting from one place to the next. 2+ nights in some places added to the feeling of seeing a place. Hotels were all really close to center of things. Our hotel in Venice was literally a 3 minute walk to St. Mark’s Square. Our tour guide was funny, friendly and had a wealth of knowledge about all the places we went to. Local guides added variety to the tours. Even our bus driver engaged with us in a funny and friendly way. Great trip!

Patrice G. New City, NY
Japan, Then & Now, May 2018
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Great! Japan is very clean. I like Kyota best. Tokyo is a so big that it would be very scary if you got separated from your guide. Very interesting country

Fay S. Pittsburgh, PA