- Eleven nights' hotel on a double occupancy basis.
- Daily breakfast at the hotel.
- Private vehicle with English speaking chauffer guide.
- Local guide in Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Kandy.
The trip does not include
- Sri Lanka Visa.
- Lunch and dinner.
- Drinks, tipping, laundry, phone, and other expenses of personal nature.
- Sightseeing admission and activities fee (jeep safari in Sigiriya and Yala National Park and 4WD vehicle to Horton Plains National Park)-Total estimated $ 340 per person (there will be updated list with a breakdown on the final trip document).
- Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events.
- Extra mileage due to re-routing or deviation from the main program.
Sri Lanka Visa
The remaining validity of your passport must be a minimum of 6 months when you return from the trip. Make sure you have one blank visa page for the visa stamp on arrival.
You can obtain a Sri Lanka visa conventionally from any Sri Lanka embassy abroad. Or you can apply online the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA), which costs $ 35 for US citizens.
You can also obtain ETA upon arrival at Colombo International Airport, but it's always advisable to get it in advance.
Weather and climate
Sri Lanka is a year-round holiday and adventure destination.
Sri Lanka has two monsoon seasons: The period between May and September is rainy season in the south-west of Sri Lanka, the dry season being from October through April. The north and east coastal areas receive monsoon between October and January, and its dry season is from February through September. There is also an inter-monsoonal period during October and the first half of November when rain and thunderstorms can occur across the country. So, the dry period for both the areas begins in December and lasts until mid-April, and obviously, this period is considered the best time to travel to Sri Lanka.
Colombo and the West Coastal areas, such as Negombo and Bentota, have the highest rainfall between June and September. The average high temperature is 86 degree F, and it rarely falls below that.
The Southern coastal areas of Galle and Yala experience similar weather patterns to the west coast with the best weather expected between late November and April.
Sigiriya, Dambulla, and Minneriya are located within the dry zone. With exceptions of high rainfall in November and December, the weather conditions remain somewhat arid throughout the year, but the months of June and July are scorching.
Kandy is in lower altitude, and so you can experience heat here, but as you travel to Nuwara Eliya and Ella, the temperature drop as you climb the higher altitude.
Travel with Chauffer Guide
You will travel with an English speaking chauffer guide whom you meet upon arrival at Colombo international airport. The chauffeur driver is a trained and certified professional. He will help you check-in hotels and coordinate sightseeing and other tour activities. We hire specialized local tour guides on some destinations such as Sigiriya, Dambulla, and Kandy. For group size of 10 travelers or more, we will provide, we will provide an accompanying guide throughout the trip
Admission tickets and activities fee:
Sightseeing admission tickets and activities such as jeep safari, cultural program, etc. are not included. They are optional. In total, please, budget $350 per person for this itinerary. Break down of the admission tickets will be provided on the final trip dossier.
Accommodations & meals
The trip includes an 11-night hotel or resort accommodation. The hotels are superior or deluxe category properties and best available where choices are limited. The trip includes daily breakfast and dinner in the hotel. The trip does not include lunch. Please, budget $10-12 per meal.
Booking, deposit and payment schedule
We request US$ 300 per person along with the completed trip registration form. Balance payment is generally due 90 days before the trip date. However, some hotels or suppliers, particularly on busy tourist season, may ask for a non-refundable deposit to guarantee the booking, and in that case, we will advise you accordingly.
Balance payment by credit card attracts an additional 3.5% fee. A personal check is welcome. We accept the payment from the traveler's account only. We reserve the right to refuse a certain form of payment. Wire transfer fees are to be borne by the traveler.