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yThe Captivating Isle of Sri Lanka Private 2016

Private Touring Discoveries for our World Travelers

+ Venture down a maze of hidden backstreets and meet the current residents of Galle Fort as you explore Asia’s best-preserved “Living Fort” with a 4th-generation city resident.
+ Join our engaging Colombo-native on a walking tour of this vibrant and historic coastal city, and meet the friendly merchants of the Pettah Bazaar where exotic spices and glittering gems have been traded for millennia.
+ Sit down to an exclusive luncheon at the hillside home of the late Ena de Silva, a pioneering textile artisan whose legacy lives on here at her former estate.
+ Spend time in Kandy... The ancient capital of the island’s Kandyan Empire is an untouched colonial gem filled with enchanting cultural treasures like the revered Temple of the Tooth.
+ Learn about the exotic tropical plants of the Royal Botanic Garden from an expert botany professor.
+ Includes 5 UNESCO World Sites c

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Welcome to Sri Lanka... Our VIP Arrival Service in Colombo

You’ll be warmly greeted upon arrival, personally assisted through expedited immigration procedures, and escorted to a comfortable lounge where you can relax with a cup of fine Sri Lankan tea. After your luggage is retrieved and delivered to the lounge, our guide and porters will take you to the waiting private vehicle that will chauffeur you to the The Wallawwa. Our intimate property is set in a lovely Colonial-era manor house with a broad pillared verandah overlooking the lush tropical grounds. After time to refresh and relax, sit down to a wonderful welcome dinner.  Meals D

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Into the Cultural Triangle

Check out this morning after breakfast for a scenic morning drive into the Cultural Triangle, home to some of Sri Lanka’s most important ancient cities and archaeological sites. This journey will take you through small towns and pastoral villages and past vast coconut and pineapple plantations. Enjoy lunch en route and then tour the Dambulla Cave Temples c . Established by hermit monks more than 2,000 years ago and embellished with sculptures and paintings of Buddha, Bodhisattvas and other Gods and Goddesses, this is one of the most impressive cave temples in all of Asia. Continue to your choice of hotel… The enchanting Signature by Amaya is nestled in greenery on the edge of Kandalama Lake. Or choose Vil Uyana;  surrounded by reed beds, waterways and emerald paddy fields in the shadow of Sigiriya, Harper’s Bazaar has called this the best eco luxury hotel on the island.   Meals B+L+D

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Rock Fortress of Sigiriya c and Ancient Polonnaruwa c

Built atop a massive boulder surrounded by tropical scenery and also known as Lion Rock, no other archaeological site in Sri Lanka has sparked as much interest as the imposing Rock Fortress of Sigiriya. Layman and scholars alike ceaselessly discuss this UNESCO World Heritage Site: Surrounded by an extensive network of pleasure gardens, reservoirs and waterways, Sigiriya is at once an ancient palace complex, fortress and monastery. Ascending early in the morning for the most impressive vistas, you’ll enjoy expertly guided exploration through the extensive ruins of this 5th-century site including its celebrated frescoes – often compared to those of the Ajanta Caves in India.
 
Later this afternoon, your private touring continues with the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, the second capital of the island and the seat of government from the 11th to the 13th centuries. Discovered by English explorers in the 19th century more than 600 years after it was abandoned due to repeated invasions by southern Indian warrior tribes, the ruins of this once fabulous garden-city also stand as a veritable shrine to Buddhist and Sinhalese history. You’ll be back to your resort with time to refresh before dinner.  Meals B+L+D

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Prices are per person, double occupancy, and may vary during holidays and trade shows. Additional surcharges and blackout dates may apply.

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