Countries Visited: Maldives, Sri Lanka Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures. Service Level: Standard
Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences
Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character
Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience
All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it. Group Size: Max 8, avg 6 Meals Included: 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners Accommodations: Not Availaible
Highlights Search for wildlife on a safari, gain insight into the national heritage at a tea plantation, cruise through some of the worlds most beautiful islands, uncover isolated beaches, swim and snorkel the vibrant coral reefs of the Indian Ocean, savour local cuisine
Description This 14-day combo trip brings together the best of Sri Lankas cultural highlights and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sail the islands of the Maldives aboard a traditional dhoni boat. Experience a safari in Udawalawe National Park, discover cultural treasures of Negombo and Kandy, and then spend an entire week sailing from one tiny and perfect atoll island to another, snorkelling in crystal-clear waters and stretching out on blazing white-sand beaches. From culture to paradise, this tours got it all.
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Offer valid through 6/30/2018
Escorted - Yes
Day 1 Negombo There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Negombo/Kandy (1B) Drive to Kandy, visiting a spice plantation en route. Later, visit Temple of the Tooth before enjoying the folk dances of a local cultural group. Included Activities: Temple of the Sacred Tooth Tour Spice Plantation Tour Kandyan Cultural Dance Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 3 Kandy (1B) Explore Kandy with a free day.
Day 4 Kandy/Ella (1B) Depart Kandy by private vehicle and arrive in the historic town of Nuwara Eliya. Stop for a scenic lakeside picnic lunch. Head to Haputale train station from Nuwara Eliya and resume the journey to Ella via local train. Upon arrival, learn about one of the nations most popular exports with a guided tour of a tea factory. Included Activities: Lakeside Picnic Tea Plantation Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours) Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s)) Local train (1.50 hour(s))
Day 5 Ella (1B) Spend the morning getting active with a hike to Little Adams peak. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Opt to take a cooking class with spice garden tour. Included Activities: Little Adams Peak Trek
Day 6 Ella/Unawatuna (1B) Depart early this morning for Udawalawe National Park and enjoy a wildlife safari through the reserve. Afterwards, head to the beach town of Unawatuna. Included Activities: Udawalawe Reserve Safari Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Unawatuna (1B) In the morning travel to Galle for a tour of the fort and the city. Later, return to Unawatuna for more beach time and a final night with the group. Included Activities: Galle Fort and City Tour Transport: Local bus Local bus (0.50-0.75 hours)
South Male Atoll
Day 8 Unawatuna/South Male Atoll (1D) You will be met by airport representatives who will transfer you to the Male town waterfront to meet our boat captain and crew. Once settled into our cabins, we will depart. Cruise south for 2-3 hours through the Vaadhoo Canal to a nearby island in South Male Atoll; probably Guraidhoo, a small inhabited island where the plan is to moor in (or just outside) the small harbour for the first night on board. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours) Plane 11m (37 ft) Traditional Dhoni (2.00-3.00 hours)
Day 9 South Male Atoll/Ambara (1B, 1L, 1D) Continue to the southernmost point of South Male Atoll before crossing the channel to Felidhoo Atoll. The main industry here is fishing and there is typically an opportunity to see traditional boat-building on at least one of the islands. Included Activities: Snorkelling in the Maldives Transport: 11m (37 ft) Traditional Dhoni (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 10 Ambara/Fenboa Finolhu (1B, 1L, 1D) Cruise south for 2-3 hours, crossing to Meemu Atoll. As with the rest of the journey, stick close to shore (weather permitting) and cruise close to many of the stunning islands. Meemu Atoll has 34 islands of which 25 are uninhabited. Here more than anywhere, we are likely to experience the true Maldivian way of life. Included Activities: Snorkelling in the Maldives Transport: 11m (37 ft) Traditional Dhoni (2.00-3.00 hours)
Day 11 Fenboa Finolhu/Dhiggaru (1B, 1L, 1D) Head east towards the island of Djiggaru, stopping along the way to snorkel on a reef, arriving in the late afternoon. Spend the evening enjoying the laid back pace and traditional way of life of the locals. With some luck, get an invitation for an evening performance of Bodu Beru (Big Drum), the traditional folk music of the country. Included Activities: Dhiggaru Bodu Beru Performance Transport: 11m (37 ft) Traditional Dhoni
Day 12 Dhiggaru/Felidhu Atholhu (1B, 1L, 1D) Head back to Felidhoo Atoll and its administrative centre, Felidhoo. Take time to wander through the village and learn something new about the lives of the islanders. Transport: 11m (37 ft) Traditional Dhoni
Day 13 Felidhu Atholhu/Eboodhoofinolhu (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy the longest journey of the trip back through the islands of Felidhoo and South Male atolls. There are plenty of opportunities to swim and snorkel or to explore the islands en route. The days destination is Emboodhu Finolhu, one of the northernmost islands of South Male Atoll. Included Activities: Snorkelling in the Maldives Transport: 11m (37 ft) Traditional Dhoni
Day 14 Eboodhoofinolhu/Male (1B) In the morning, make the short crossing to Male. The tour ends on arrival at Male International Airport. Additional Notes: Your CEO can offer assistance with any onward travel you may require. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities) Transport: 11m (37 ft) Traditional Dhoni
Local Flights: All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
Countries Visited: Maldives, Sri LankaTrip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.