Colonial Touch (7d/6n)
This special Sri Lanka Colonial Touch Tour is aimed at the connoisseur of high-end living and architectural beauty of the colonial era. While visiting Sri Lanka's major sights you will be staying at authentic colonial hotels, lovingly restored to their former glory. Enjoy the luxury and splendor of the "old days".
All our Sri Lanka Colonial Tours can be easily combined with each other, allowing you the flexibility to choose the perfect arrangement.
Additionally the tours can be to added to one of our Holiday or Hotel/Villa Packages.
Transportation is by limousine or mini van, air conditioned and fully insured to guarantee the maximum safety of the traveler.
Our experienced Chauffeur / Guides are fully licensed and they leave no question unanswered.
If you have any questions and/or need to customization, please contact us or use the "Notes" field in the form below.
Day 1 : From the airport proceed Colombo, Sri Lanka's biggest city is a colorful and bustling place offering an array of sights, tastes and experiences. You will visit the Hindu temple with elaborate stone carvings, the Dutch Church dating back to 1749, the historic Devatgahaha Mosque and the Gangarama Temple on Beira Lake. Overnight at the Galle Face Hotel in Colombo.
A masterpiece boasting graceful Victorian Architecture, Galle Face Hotel, Colombo continues to attract royalty, world leaders and celebrities to this sanctuary of perfect serenity in a bustling city. With an impressive arched façade that overlooks a kilometre-long stretch of lawn called the Galle Face Green, the hotel borrowed its name from this charming Colombo promenade way back in 1864.
Day 2 : Visit the historic Colombo (with opportunities to shop): Gangarama Temple, Old Parliament , Independence Square , Dutch Hospital , Dutch Church.
Overnight at the Galle Face Hotel in Colombo
Day 3 : After breakfast start journey to Kandy, visiting the Pinawella Elephant Orphanage on the way. Kandy is Sri Lanka's last royal kingdom and is a World Heritage site. The city tour will take you to the Temple of the Tooth Relic, a magnificent golden roofed temple, Kandy Museum, Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, bazzars and gem & jewellery shops.
In the evening be escorted to a performance of the energetic traditional Kandyan Cultural Dance show, accompanied by tumultuous drumming and climaxes with the amazing fire-walking show. Overnight in Hotel Suisse in Kandy.
Steeped in history, the Hotel Suisse has a charm of its own that catches the atmosphere of Kandy’s past glory, with more characters than most of its modern counterparts. In the Seventeenth century, it was the residence of the Chief Minister of the Royal Granary. However, in 1818, this property was acquired by the British and occupied by an Officer of ‘Haramby House’ and was sold to a Swiss Lady, Madam Burdayron, who ran it as a guesthouse. This, then was the beginning of the present Hotel Suisse. Another interesting factor is that during the Second World War from 1943 to 1945, Hotel Suisse was used as the Headquarters of the South East Asia Command, under the Command of Lord Louis Mountbatten, the Supreme Allied Commander.
Day 4 : Travel to Nuwara Eliya after breakfast to discover the hill country of Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya is at the heart of the southern hill country, Sri Lanka’s highest town and a favorite hill station during British colonial period. It is renowned for its perennial spring-like climate, carpets of lush green tea, 18 hole golf course, the colonial architecture, Victoria Park and more. Travel from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya by train is optional.
Overnight at the Hill Club in Nuwara Eliya.
Situated on a promontory of 26 acres of land at the base of a wooded hillside, the Hill Club looks over the town of Nuwara Eliya.
The Hill Clubs first or founding members were most if not all at that time coffee, cinchona or tea planters who were either Englishmen or Scots. The original building which served as a club house was centered around the present billiard room.
Day 5 : On the way from Nuwara Eliya to Galle you will visit the Kitulgala Bridge (River Kwai Bridge).
Overnight at the Galle Fort Hotel
With foundations dating back over three centuries, the Galle Fort Hotel was originally a Dutch mansion and warehouse, and as such the 18th century doors and windows on the building’s façade are perhaps the best examples of their kind within the Fort.
A regency top floor was added during the British era when the house was refashioned for the Maccan Markars, a renowned family of gem merchants. Along with a grand Palladian colonnade, a ceremonial entrance arch was installed, which, to this day, never fails to take guests’ breath away
Day 6 : Sightseeing at historical Galle, a bustling provincial capital and administrative centre for the South. Once a port, Galle was Sri Lanka’s first international commerce and trade centre, and these days the streets are still awash with a cosmopolitan range of goods available to buy in exotic markets and quirky art galleries. The Dutch presence is still visible in Galle, and should you want to retrace the footsteps of the Dutch rule, let our guide give you the tour of the Old Dutch fort (a UNESCO World Heritage site), the Dutch Government House, the former New Oriental Hotel (built in 1684), the old bell tower, and the Dutch tide-based sewage system.
Overnight at the Galle Fort Hotel
Day 7 : Proceed to the airport or your next destination in Sri Lanka. End of tour.
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|*the rate is per person sharing a double room. If you need an extra bed or a baby cot please mention it in the form below .|
|7 Day Colonial Touch Sri Lanka Tour||$770*||on request||on request|
Apart from some local festivals and events, the high season is generally from July to September and January to March; the Peak Season over the Christmas / New Year period. This varies slightly between the different locations and venues. We always make sure that you will get the best rates available. See also our Best Rate Policy