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Jewels of Sri Lanka

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Dave " A really great opportunity to get a real flavour of this beautiful country. It really had a bit of everything- from temples, hill climbs, safaris and a train journey. We could also not have asked for a better tour team - The team of Amara, Indika (the assistant) and driver took great care of us, whilst Amara was the perfect, patient tour guide, sharing his vast knowledge of Sri Lankan history an..."
Excellent
55 reviews
Starts
Negombo
Destinations
+9
Ends
Negombo
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Highlights

  • Climb Sigiriya Lions Rock
  • Take a scenic train ride
  • Spot elephants, leopards and bears
  • Relax on Sri Lanka's beaches
Age range
18 to 65 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel, Camping
Max Group Size
19
Transportation
Train & Rail, Local Transport, Private Vehicle
Travel style
In-depth Cultural, Adventure
Start and end in Negombo! With the in-depth cultural tour Jewels of Sri Lanka, you have a 15 day tour package taking you through Negombo, Sri Lanka and 9 other destinations in Sri Lanka. Jewels of Sri Lanka includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • L
    Written on May 19, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    A really jam-packed tour which covered all the ancient sites, national parks, beaches and cities. A varied tour and great value.
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  • M
    Written on May 15, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    The hike to World's End
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  • E
    Written on May 8, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    The best part of the tour was the efforts our Guide Priya and his crew went to make sure we were happy. Priya is very experienced and knowledgeable and ready to share information about life in his beloved Sri Lanka. He also provided individual attention when any of us wanted to do something a bit different. My friend and I had been travelling independently in the north of Sri Lanka before joining and greatly appreciated how much more we got out of being on this tour. Special mention to our driver who never gave us a moments concern.
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  • R
    Written on May 7, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    We enjoyed the small group travel in the one vehicle with excellent tour leader, assistant and driver. Our guide ,Priya, was exceptional - well organised, knowledgeable, professional and caring. Our driver, Anil, always drove safely which reassured us at all times. We also enjoyed having an assistant guide, India, who cared for our luggage, ensured our safety when alighting from the vehicle and always greeted us with a smile. Guide, driver and assistant worked well together and nothing was too much trouble for them. Our guide was sensitive to the culture of Sri Lanka educating us at all times. We visited all the well known sites as described in the itinerary, had an opportunity to visit an additional National Park and engaged in other activities such as a cooking class. We enjoyed the pace of the tour and opportunity to sample local dining places recommended by our guide. A thoroughly enjoyable experience!
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  • T
    Written on April 29, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    I enjoyed everything about the tour. From the accommodation to the scenery the people and the wildlife.
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  • Jewels of Sri Lanka reviewer 6
    Written on April 23, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    I just completed the Jewels of Sri Lanka 15 day trip. Everything on the itinerary was met and then some. I feel my time here was sufficient and I don’t feel like I missed anything. I also opted in on all optional activities particularly Adam’s Peak which I’m glad I got to do and the optional safari which was nothing short of spectacular. When you take this tour, you will cover a lot of ground. The ruins are beautiful, the parks, safaris and beaches are all excellent. The hotels were excellent with nice beds, hot and strong showers and most with spectacular views. We were a small group of only 6. I have only taken a couple group tours but I found this one to be the most tightly scheduled...almost like a big box bus tour but small group. There is little to no time to explore on your own (even if you choose optional activities). There is little to no time to handle personal things like doing your own laundry, post office or explore small shops. You’ll spend 2 days in a few cities where you might be able to get personal deeds accomplished but some of the hotels were away from city centers so you’d need a tuk tuk if you want to go off on your own. Close to all meals were hotel buffet or group dining at a restaurant selected by the guide. There were restaurants in Dambulla however everyone ate dinner at the hotel. There are plenty of choices for good restaurants in Kandy and Unawatuna. Unawatuna is where we had the most free time including restaurant of our own choice. Be warned there will be TWO gem store shops! This was overkill with the last gem store enroute back to Negombo being the worst with high pressure salesmen. This trip would’ve been great if we skipped the shopping experience in Kandy and the last gem store. Tucan should consider rescheduling their tours around holidays. Tea plantation (except the shop) was closed due to new year festivities and some restaurants in Kandy were closed. The river cruise enroute back to Negombo should be included. It is a nice option but if you wanted to skip it you’d basically sit around waiting as there is nothing else within walking distance of that area. Overall, Jewels of Sri Lanka is the perfect trip and a 4 star or B+ losing a star for the inflated shopping experience, gem stores and limited time. You will get to see and do a lot. My only suggestion is skip the morning shopping experience in Kandy (you can see the viewpoint on your own) saving yourself from a second gem store shop.
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  • DB
    Written on April 4, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Priya was our guide and had great knowledge about his home country. Priya was flexible and was able to add a few extra activities in without fuss. India and Arneil were fantastic as our driver and Priya assistant. Great trip with a great range of sightseeing.
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  • T
    Written on March 22, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    Fantastic tour and guide(Amara). Our guide took extra time to point out dozens of birds for us. The participants on the tour made the the trip special they came from many countries. This is a comprehensive tour which makes it worth the long flights.
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  • JH
    Written on March 5, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    This busy tour covers a broad area of the country, with ancient kingdoms and archaeology, religion, general culture, great hikes, opportunities to see wildlife, tea plantation, train ride and the beach. Our group was 15 people which is workable and our tour leader Amara was always patient, kind and knowledgeable. He was approachable and accommodated requests. The driver and assistant were very professional too. I appreciated our stops at the grocery store. Everything ran smoothly. It is a safe country and most of the accommodations were great. A few were not the ones listed/substitutes for some reason. Some were nicer than others. We had a few bumps (unable to climb Adam's Peak due to volume, and no whales sighted for excursion) but these were flukes. Caves amazing. Sigiriya was incredible. World's End and Mini Adam's peak were spectacular. We enjoyed a cooking class too. A big highlight was seeing a leopard! I wish we had more time at the end; the last day is too rushed with too many activities. I have traveled to 60 countries and this tour is a great value for the money. I would highly recommend it to gain insight to the depth of this beautiful country and enjoy a variety of experiences.
    Tucan Travel commented on this review
    Hi Jen, Thanks so much for joining us in Sri Lanka and sharing your photos! We are delighted you saw a leopard - how incredible! We hope to see you on another adventure in the future.
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  • DC
    Written on January 31, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    A really great opportunity to get a real flavour of this beautiful country. It really had a bit of everything- from temples, hill climbs, safaris and a train journey. We could also not have asked for a better tour team - The team of Amara, Indika (the assistant) and driver took great care of us, whilst Amara was the perfect, patient tour guide, sharing his vast knowledge of Sri Lankan history and culture, answering all of our questions as thoroughly as possible. They even organised a celebrations for one of the groups birthday, which was on the last day of the tour, and a memorable conclusion to our trip. The additional excursions were also fantastic, particular highlights being the climb up Adam's Peak and the extra elephant safari. The accommodation was on the whole of a very high standard.
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Itinerary

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  1. Day 1: Arrive Negombo
  2. Day 2-3: Anuradhapura
  3. Day 4: Polonnaruwa
  4. Day 5: Sigiriya
  5. Day 6-7: Kandy
  6. Day 8-9: Nuwara Eliya
  7. Day 10: Ella
  8. Day 11: Yala National Park
  9. Day 12-13: Unawatuna
  10. Day 14: Negombo
  11. Day 15: Depart Negombo

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Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

    • When and where does the tour end?

      This tour concludes after breakfast at Camelot Beach Hotel or similar in Negombo and it's time to say farewell to your newfound travel friends and continue your separate ways! Please be aware that the hotel is subject to change until your final documents are released.

    • When and where does the tour start?

      The first day of this tour generally starts from Camelot Beach Hotel or similar in Negombo and as the first day is just an arrivals day you can arrive at any time. Spend the day exploring the Old Dutch Fort Gate, the Dutch Canal, the old churches and fishing villages which surround the area or give the Kotchchikade area a go at dusk with many handicrafts for sale, boutiques, shops, gem shops and restaurants. Please be aware the starting hotel is subject to change until your final documents are released.

    • Do you arrange airport transfers?

      Airport transfers are available for this tour at an additional cost, please contact our customer support team to arrange this.

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    Vaccinations

    These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    Typhoid
    Recommended for Sri Lanka. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for Sri Lanka. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    Tuberculosis
    Recommended for Sri Lanka. Ideally 3 months before travel.
    Hepatitis B
    Recommended for Sri Lanka. Ideally 2 months before travel.
    Rabies
    Recommended for Sri Lanka. Ideally 1 month before travel.
    Yellow fever
    Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Sri Lanka. Ideally 10 days before travel.
    Japanese B encephalitis
    Recommended for Sri Lanka. Ideally 1 month before travel.

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    Location
    Start and end in Negombo.
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    Deposit
    TourRadar only requires a deposit of $500 to confirm this Tucan Travel booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 16 September 2018 the full payment of $1,239 is necessary.
    Cancellation policy
    No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $1239 for Jewels of Sri Lanka, but the deposit of $500 is non-refundable. If you cancel via TourRadar the standard cancellation policy applies.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 779 km.
    • Negombo (Sri Lanka)
    • 139 km
    • Anuradhapura (Sri Lanka)
    • 78 km
    • Polonnaruwa (Sri Lanka)
    • 28 km
    • Sigiriya (Sri Lanka)
    • 75 km
    • Kandy (Sri Lanka)
    • 40 km
    • Kitulgala (Sri Lanka)
    • 39 km
    • Nuwara Eliya (Sri Lanka)
    • 95 km
    • Yala National Park (Sri Lanka)
    • 144 km
    • Unawatuna (Sri Lanka)
    • 112 km
    • Colombo (Sri Lanka)
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