sri lanka vintage trains and perahera




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Price includes

- All accommodation
- Transfers in a Toyota Vezel (SUV) with an English speaking chauffeur guide throughout the tour
- VIP arrival and departure service with lounge access at the airport
- All experiences and entrance fees as mentioned
- All spa treatments mentioned in the program
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Based on 2 adults sharing in a double room

Days 1


4* Galle Face Hotel, Sri Lanka


Upon arrival at the airport you will enjoy the VIP arrival service at the Colombo International Airport. You will be privately escorted off the aeroplane to the silk route lounge where you can relax, enjoy the refreshments while your luggage will be cleared through customs on your behalf. Free wifi will be available and you will meet your chauffeur / national guide at the lounge. VIP exit to your vehicle through a separate door. 

Transfer to Colombo and check in at one of the most historic hotels in Asia. This is the oldest hotel east of Suez, established in 1864 with a full refurbishment done in 2016. This is listed as one of the “1000 Places to Stay Before You Die” in the book of the same name which was a New York Times bestseller. You will be staying in an Oceanic Balcony Junior Suite.
Upon arrival you will check into the rooms and you can treat yourself to the complimentary “Couple’s Spa Package” which includes a full body treatment at the in-house spa with L’Occitane En Provence products. This will be an amazing way to relax after your long journey.
After settling in, visit the Gangaramaya Temple where your whole family will be blessed by a Buddhist monk with a sacred thread which will be wrapped around your wrists. Witness the hair relics of Lord Buddha enshrined at the temple along with the smallest Buddha statue in the world. The entire temple is a living museum from collections from all around the world. 
The Sapumal Foundation is one of the best kept secrets in the country. Don’t be surprised to have this entire art gallery, all to yourself. This quick visit will give you an idea as to how
a group of individuals in Colombo got together to change the country as they saw it through their various talents in Art, Architecture and Writing skills. Explore this amazing collection of best preserved original paintings in the country. You will not see a better collection anywhere else on the island. Spend around 30 minutes at this colonial house.
High Tea will be served at the Galle Face Hotel (between 4 – 6 pm) where you will enjoy the
breathtaking views from the Verandah restaurant which sits at the edge of the Indian Ocean. For more than a century and a half, the High Tea at Galle Face Hotel has been where adventurers, authors, generals and world leaders have sat at this very location sipping Ceylon tea. 
Tonight a table will be reserved for dinner at the iconic Gallery Café, a semi-fine dining outdoor café and the number 1 location in Colombo for dinner. This used to be the former office complex of the world renowned Sri Lankan architect – the late Geoffrey Bawa. The open-air dining area looks over an intimate courtyard and reflecting pool. The Sri Lankan–
inspired dishes focus on fresh ingredients and bold, clean flavours. Desserts focus on chocolate.
After dinner drive to the Kingsbury Hotel, where the Sky Lounge at the rooftop offers one of the best places in town for cigars, premium champagne and signature molecular cocktails with accompanying music.
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Days 2


4* Kandy House, Sri Lanka

Half Board

After breakfast at the hotel, check out of Galle Face hotel and drive to Fort railway station to start your railway journey. You will witness an amazingly diversified village life, temples, paddy fields and much more during your journey to the last kingdom of Sri Lanka – Kandy where you will get off for your first stop.

In the morning take a relaxing walk down the gardens of Peradeniya. Proceed to the Royal Botanical Garden of Peradeniya for a relaxing walk down its path with an interesting hosted journey by Bandara Palipanne who is one of the foremost botanists in the field. It’s a very interesting journey listening to the history of the garden which dates back to 1843. During World War 2, the garden was used by Lord Louis Mountbatten the supreme commander of the allied forces in the South Asia, as the headquarters of the South East Asia Command. Visit the Orchid house as well.

Lunch will be at Royal Bar & Hotel.

Check into Kandy House and relax the rest of the day. 

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Days 3

Temple of the Tooth

4* Kandy House, Sri Lanka

Full Board

After breakfast visit the Temple of the Tooth. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country.

Lunch will be at Empire Café.

Proceed back to the hotel since the roads will be closed early today for the Perahera procession. 

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Days 4


4* Queen's Hotel, Sri Lanka

Half Board

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a relaxing spa treatment at the hotel.

Lunch will be at the hotel and check out of Kandy House and proceed to the Kandy City. Check in to Queen’s Hotel where you will have a standard room with a balcony reserved for you which is just above the road where the majestic Perahera procession unfolds. While 1000s of people sit on the road, on chairs on the streets, you will have your own air-conditioned room with refreshments where you can watch the Perahera at leisure.

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Days 5 - 7

Vintage Train Journey

4* Ceylon Tea Trails, Sri Lanka

All Inclusive

After breakfast check out of the hotel and start the second phase of your vintage train journey. Today you will travel through tea estates, jungles and next to waterfalls.

For the next 3 nights you will be pampered by the amazing service of Ceylon Tea Trails.

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Days 8 - 9

Tea Trails

5* Cape Weligama, Weligama

Half Board

After breakfast check out of Tea Trails and take a seaplane ride to Koggala with Cinnamon Air where you will check into another Relais & Chateaux property – Cape Weligama.

During your stay here you will explore the Galle Fort with a resident expert. Lunch will be at Kahanda Kanda.

Also visit a Virgin White tea plantation along with a Cinnamon Experience + a cinnamon infused lunch.

Meet up with an expert resident in the UNESCO Galle Fort who will take you around this magical enclosed living heritage city showing you the hidden gems and explaining about the lifestyles of the people. This will be a real hands-on experience where you will get a real idea of how the Portuguese, Dutch and the British have left their mark on Sri Lanka and how their descendants are living inside the Dutch Fort.

Visit the Virgin White Tea Plantation. 4000 years ago the Chinese emperor employed virgins wearing soft silky gloves to cut the tea leaves with gold scissors into a golden bowl. It was a drink exclusively served in the Imperial court. Virgin White Tea is the rarest type of white tea, completely untouched by humans from the tea bush to production and until it reaches the lips of the consumer. You will visit this tea factory who’s entire production is bought by Mariage Freres International – Paris. The only other place in the world that this brand is available for purchase will be at the factory that you are visiting.

Cinnamon was discovered in Sri Lanka by Portuguese. They identified it is a wild tree, researching its benefits and designing a method to cultivate and harvest it. In time cinnamon cultivation and export became one of the country's prime assets as Sri Lanka produces 90% of world's supply of true cinnamon. This spice is used in both and savoury foods, has a highly fragrant aroma and is incredibly beneficial for health, frequently used in traditional ayurvedic remedies. Cinnamon isn't as well-known as its tea export counterpart. Cinnamon cultivation is a very unique process, also a scarcely known operation. It is truly a one of a kind experience that is both interesting and different.

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Days 10

Departure Day

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After breakfast check out of the hotel and depart to the airport. VIP Departure at the airport and you will have access to the Executive Lounge as well.

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