SRI LANKA ADVENTURE

Friday 03 November 2023 - 17 days!

“Dare to live the life you’ve always wanted”. We do, so you’re not alone. Please join us!

Discover the magic of Sri Lanka with Solent Events on Tour - another exciting and exclusive small group adventure, on the other side of the world!

WE SOLD OUT OF THIS EXCITING ADVENTURE – within 24hrs! You are welcome to join our last-minute cancellation waitlist or perhaps join us on another exciting long-haul-adventure in 2024 – to BORNEO (2 places left)!

Exciting adventures,  safaris, temples, cooking and relaxation. Our exclusive Sri Lankan tour has it all! From stunning scenery to amazing architecture, Sri Lanka is a tropical paradise. Marvel at magnificent ancient temples, enjoy the Rock Fortress at Sigiriya, be mesmerised at the elephants in Yala National Park and relax on gorgeous sandy beaches.

Our Sri Lanka Adventure tour will  explore the most iconic sites, delve into deep-rooted culture and dine on delicious cuisine to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to Wendy Wu.

Lying off the southern tip of India, the tropical island of Sri Lanka has attracted numerous visitors over centuries with its natural beauty. Formerly known as Ceylon and officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, it is an ‘island’ country in South Asia and lies in the Indian Ocean, separated from the Indian subcontinent by the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait. 

Endless beaches, timeless ruins, welcoming people, oodles of elephants, rolling surf, cheap prices, fun trains, famous tea and flavorful food make Sri Lanka an irresistible and perfect holiday destination for the discerning traveller.

NB. For the comfort of all our clients, a maximum of 15 passengers will apply to this exclusive Solent Events tour, so if you fancy joining us, please contact us as soon as possible to avoid disappointment – and before the rest of the world discovers this brand new experience with Wendy Wu!

For full details of this exclusive once-in-a-lifetime adventure with Solent Events on Tour, please have a browse through the proposed itinerary below and see if it’s for you.

An EARLYBIRD PRICE of £3,895 with a deposit of just £150pp (booked before 05 February) is required OR £3,995pp and £350 deposit after 05 February 

If you have any questions please call Lin on 07977 065885 | 02392 501803.

Ayubowan! (May you live long)

Our exciting 17-day adventure to Sri Lanka begins when we arrive at Colombo Airport (Bandaranaike Intl). Within 35 minutes of leaving the airport, we will be relaxing by the pool or basking on golden sands surrounded by the rhythmic sounds of the sea in the glorious tropical Jetwing Beach Hotel.
Our journey then takes us north to the fascinating area of Dambulla, famous for the Lion Rock, caves and Dambulla Caves. Heading south to Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Yala National Park, we travel with beautiful views of the Indian Ocean along the south coast to Galle and up to Colombo.

GREAT VALUE!

Only £3,895pp inclusive

EARLYBIRD price & deposit only £150pp
until 05 February 2023
(£3,995pp with £350pp after 05 February)

Flights with SriLankan Airlines

What's Included?

What's Not Included?

For your peace of mind and financial protection, our holiday has been arranged with Asia | China specialists, Wendy Wu Tours, who are fully bonded by ABTA, ATOL & IATA.

IMAGES: From the city of Colombo to hilltop Tea Plantations of Nuwara Eliya & National Park safaris, to beautiful sandy beaches, Sri Lanka has it all!

FLIGHTS, ALL TRANSPORT, HOTELS, EXCURSIONS & VISAS INCLUDED. 

PROVISIONAL itinerary as at 31 January 2023:
Departure & arrival times to be finalised at a later date:

Day 1: 
Friday 03 November 2023
1430      Luxury Coach travel to London Heathrow (LHR) from four local pick-up points with the comfort of an airport lounge 
2040      UL504 SriLankan Airlines flight to Colombo, Sri Lanka

DAY 2: 
Saturday 04 November
Negombo – 1 night  
1235   Arrive Colombo Airport
On arrival, we meet our guide and transfer northwards to our hotel in Negombo for check in (approx 10 km & 45 minutes drive).
Time to explore, relax on the beach or use the hotel facilities.
Accommodation:  Jetwing Beach Hotel, Negombo. Deluxe Room
Meals:                      Provided on flight. Dinner & Breakfast in hotel. 

DAY 3: 
Sunday 05 November
Dambulla – 3nts
After breakfast, we proceed to the cultural triangle in Dambulla to check in the hotel and relax until the afternoon. After lunch at the hotel, a Jeep safari at Minneriya has been arranged. Located in the backwoods of the North Central Province, it is home to the famous Minneriya National Park that shelters some of the greatest
wildlife treasures of this paradise isle. The park, nourished by an ancient man-made tank, provides shelter for troupes of toque monkeys, sambar deer as well as leopards, elephants and bird-flocks including little cormorants and painted storks to name but a few. It is also renowned for the ‘Sixth Greatest Wildlife Spectacle of the World’ – the amazing phenomenon of the ‘Minneriya Elephant gathering’ that occurs annually during August – September.
Meals:                       Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 4:
Monday 06 November
Dambulla
This morning we visit the Rock Fortress of Sigiriya. The Fortress was built on top of a monolith of red stone that dominates a harmonious set of gardens. The Sigiriya rock called the ‘Fortress in the Sky’, one of the most fantastic wonders of Sri Lanka, also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the Palace on the summit. After returning back to the hotel for breakfast, there is time to relax until early afternoon when we head to a local restaurant for lunch, before visiting the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. Although nearly 1000 years old, the monuments are arranged in a reasonably compact garden setting ensuring their development is easy to follow.  
Meals:                      Breakfast, Local Restaurant Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5:
Tuesday 0
7 November 
Dambulla
This morning we will visit the famous Dambulla Caves, a World Heritage Site of five caves, with over 2000 square metres of painted walls & ceilings, it is the largest area of paintings found in the world. We continue to Hiriwaduna village to witness the day to day activities of a Sri Lankan village, meeting a local family to learn how to prepare an authentic Sri Lankan lunch.
Meals:                        Breakfast, Village Lunch and Dinner

DAY 6:
Wednesday 08 November
Kandy – 2 nights
This morning after breakfast we make our way to Kandy, stopping en route to will Matale Spice Garden. We will stroll through the hand reared and harvested plantations of natural spices to satisfy your 3-senses! You will also have the opportunity to try some Sri Lankan cuisine using the popular spices, have a healing massage, purchase medicinal and cosmetic products created using the natural spices (at own cost) and enjoy a delicious, included  lunch.
Continuing on to our hotel, we will have time to relax until evening before heading to the famous Temple of the Tooth Relic. Kandy is a sacred Buddhist city, known for its culture and beauty and famous for its Temple, Dalada Maligawa. Situated 500 metres above sea level, the  Tooth Relic is honoured in Esala Perahera, a religious parade with elephants, drummers and dancers performing in the streets. Located at the heart of Kandy town, right before the green waters of Nuwara Wewa, the temple’s white washed walls with tops shaped like that of clouds surround the temple grounds. Within the wall, the ancient temple stands majestically surrounded by a moat, its golden roof gleaming in the sunlight as white-clad pilgrims baring lotus blossoms crowds to admire the sacred tooth-relic of Lord Buddha. Cameras at the ready!
Accommodation:    Cinnamon Citadel Hotel, Kandy. Superior Room 
Meals:                        Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 7:
Thursday 09 November
Kandy
Today we will visit the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya, bundled with the most welcoming facilities and located just 6 miles from Kandy. It is classed as a flourishing national asset in the Wonder of Asia. Stroll through this 147 acre bliss of an experience, passing well tended lawns, pavilions and an octagon conservatory to be greeted by the vast expanse of a magnificently landscaped lush green turf. Towards the north entrance is a cafeteria where you may see the giant Javan fig tree and the orchid house nearby.  Return back to the hotel and relax for the rest of the day.
Meals:                        Breakfast, Garden Picnic Lunch & Dinner

DAY 8:
Friday 10 November – 2 nights
Nuwara Eliya
Today we will board the local train reminiscent of British travel during colonial times in the late 1800’s. From our reserved seats for you we can relax whilst witnessing the beautiful forests, villages, waterfalls and tea estates during our 4-hour train journey from Kandy to Nanu Oya. NB. The train journeys in Sri Lanka are not always reliable so we will have to keep our fingers crossed, otherwise we will be travelling by coach!
On arrival, we will be transferred to our hotel, approximately 30-minutes away and situated 2,000 metres above sea level. Nuwara Eliya is the main hill station of Sri Lanka. It is known as ‘Little England’, resembling an English country town and considered an excellent location for tea production, due to the cool climate, giving the tea leaves a unique flavour. This region also offers breathtaking panoramas of colourful gardens, waterfalls and lakes, amid the sweet smell of crisp mountain air.
Accommodation:  Jetwing St Andrews. Superior Room 
Meals:                    Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9:
Saturday 11 November
Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast we will be taken to a tea factory to observe the process of manufacturing tea, how it is graded culminating in the tasting of the pure Ceylon tea.  You will also have the opportunity to purchase some of the finest teas in the world to bring home. On leaving the Tea Factory, we will be taken to explore the ‘Little England’ City of Nuwara Eliya, set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. Also known as the ‘City of Lights’, Nuwara Eliya was the favourite hill station of the British. During our exploration tour of Nuwara Eliya, we will visit the Race course, Hill Club Hotel, Gregory Lake
& Sita Amman Kovil. After returning back to the hotel we will enjoy the evening with a High tea in the hotel garden area.
Meals:                     Breakfast, Hill Club Hotel Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10:
Sunday 12 November – 2 nights 
Yala
After breakfast we travel to Yala, with an Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home visit en route.
At the Home, the elephants are cared for after being injured and before being released back into their natural habitat when
recovered. We will watch closely as these gentle giants feed, play and mingle with each other.
After lunch at a local restaurant in Udawalawe we continue our journey to Yala, Sri Lanka’s most known national park to check-in and relaxation at our hotel.
Accommodation:      Jetwing Yala Hotel. Superior Room
Meals:                         
Breakfast, Local Restaurant Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11:
Monday 13 November 

Yala
Today we embark on an adventure of a lifetime, with a Wildlife Jeep Safari in the Yala National Park. The Park is the largest National Park in Sri Lanka and is located approximately 24km Northeast of Tissamaharama. Popular for elephant, leopard, bear, crocodile and wild boar its 97,800 hectares makes this the 2nd largest of Sri Lanka’s National Parks. Its open, undulating terrain made it famous for elephants for many years but recently, the park has also received much fame through publicity by National Geographic and the Discovery TV channels, which focused on a leopard research/conservation and identification project.
Yala is the best location to see and photograph the rare, remarkable leopards. Other highlights of Yala include herds of wild elephants, bears, wild boars, buffalos, deer, crocodiles and many species of birds. The vegetation ranges from open parkland to dense jungle. There is also an abundance of water supply for animals and
birds ranging from waterholes, streams, small lakes and lagoons. We return to our hotel for lunch and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Meals:                        Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 12:
Tuesday 14 November – 3 nights

Galle
Today we will be driven westwards, along the scenic route to Galle – approx 3-hours. On arrival, we will be transferred to our hotel in Galle. Located on the south-western tip of Sri Lanka, Galle has been heavily influenced by both Portuguese and Dutch rule and is popular with beach loving travellers and those who come to discover the UNESCO World Heritage listed Dutch Fort.
Accommodation:  Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel. Luxury Room
Meals:                      Breakfast, Restaurant Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13:
Wednesday 15 November

Galle
After breakfast, we will visit the nearby town of Unawatuna, where we will experience a Sri Lankan Cooking Class, participating in the preparation of 5-6 authentic Sri Lankan dishes. Karuna the chef will take us to the Galle Market to purchase the ingredients required. After lunch in Unawatuna we return back to the hotel to relax until evening before heading to Galle Fort for an evening stroll. Galle, recognized as the Southern Capital, is home to the popular Fort Santa Cruz, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Galle was the main seaport of Sri Lanka before Colombo and still handles shipping and cruising yachts to present. During the tour we will have the opportunity to visit Galle Fort, the Old Dutch Church and take a walk along the Ramparts.
Meals:                  Breakfast, Restaurant Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14 & 15:
Thursday 16 & Friday 17 November

Galle
We will enjoy the next two days completely at leisure where we can chill out on the beach, in the Spa or beside one of the two hotel swimming pools.
Meals:    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
                 Local Restaurant – Day 14
                 Lunch in hotel – Day 15

DAY 16
Saturday 18 November – 1 night 
Colombo
After breakfast we will return to Colombo where we will spend our last night in Sri Lanka, a 2-3 hour journey. 
As capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo has a long standing history – particularly in trade routes. It has previously been ruled by the British, Portuguese and Dutch and to this day, one can still see the alternative influence these countries had on Colombo’s architecture.
Accommodation:      Jetwing Colombo. Deluxe Room.
Meals:                          Breakfast, Local Restaurant Lunch, Galley Café Dinner

DAY 17
Sunday 19 November 
London

1255         UL503 Direct SriLankan Airways Flight to London Heathrow Airport
1910         Arrive London Heathrow 

2000     
Meet  Coach for journey home
Approx

2200      Arrive home area
approx

Meals: Breakfast and those provided during the flight

FINAL times will be confirmed nearer the time and in your personal Travel Pack, to be posted or hand delivered to you approximately 10/12 days before departure.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS EXCITING ONCE-IN-LIFETIME ADVENTURE TO THIS BEAUTIFUL ISLAND IN THE INDIAN OCEAN, please contact us as soon as possible by completing the online booking form below or telephoning Lin  to discuss or with an EARLYBIRD deposit of just £150pp (booked before Wednesday 15 February) or £350 after 15 February        Tel: 02392 501803 | 07977 065885 

Day 2
1235    Arrive Sri Lanka
Transfer to Negombo –
just 25 minutes from airport

Day 2 – Negombo – 1 night 
Jetwing Beach Hotel, Negombo
Deluxe Rooms
Beach, 2 x Pools, Gym, Tennis Court.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Website: www.jetwinghotels.com/jetwingbeach

Day 3 – Dambulla – 3 nights
Jetwing Lake Hotel
Deluxe Rooms
Lakeside. 71m Pool, Spa, Gym, Free wifi
Breakfast
https://www.jetwinghotels.com/jetwinglake/

Day 6 – Kandy – 2 nights
Cinnamon Citadel Hotel
Superior Rooms
Riverside, Pool, Spa, Fitness, Free wifi
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Website: www.cinnamonhotels.com/cinnamoncitadelkandy

Day 8 – Nuwara Eliya – 2 nights
Jetwing St Andrew’s Hotel 
Superior Rooms
In the hills. Restored Georgian style colonial country mansion
Free wi-fi, TV Lounge, Cycle hire
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Website: www.jetwinghotels.com/jetwingstandrews/

Day 10 – Yala – 2-nights
Jetwing Yala Hotel
Superior Rooms
Wilderness & Beach, Spa, Gym, Pool, Free wifi 
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Website: www.jetwinghotels.com/jetwingyala/

Day 12 – Galle – 3 nights
Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel
Luxury Rooms
Spa, Beach, 2 x Pools, Fre wifi
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Website: www.jetwinghotels.com/jetwinglighthouse/

Day 16 – Colombo – 1 night
Jetwing Colombo Hotel
Deluxe Rooms
Rooftop infinity pool, gym with city views, spa, free wifi
Only 34 minutes from airport
www.jetwinghotels.com/jetwingcolomboseven/

Sunday 19 November
Day 17 – Sri Lanka – UK
1255     
Flight UL503 to London Heathrow
1910      Arrive London Heathrow   
2000      Meet coach for journey home
Approx.

Special Vaccinations are not required for Sri Lanka, but please ensure your routine NHS vaccinations & boosters are all up to date, by contacting your Doctor or Travel Clinic as soon as possible.

  • Recommended Vaccinations for Sri Lanka at a Glance
    All Travellers: MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) and DTa (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis)
  • Most Travellers: Typhoid, Hepatitis A
    Some Travellers: Cholera, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies


Routine vaccinations include:

  • Covid-19 Two vaccines and booster

  • Confirm primary courses and boosters are up to date as recommended for life in Britain – including for example, seasonal flu vaccine (if indicated), MMR, vaccines required for occupational risk of exposure, lifestyle risks and underlying medical conditions.

  • Courses or boosters usually advised: Diphtheria; Tetanus.

  • Other vaccines to consider: Hepatitis A; Hepatitis B; Rabies; Typhoid.

  • Selectively advised vaccines – only for those individuals at highest risk: Japanese Encephalitis.

  • No yellow fever vaccination certificate required for this country  

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