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THE GARDENS OF SRI LANKA

22 February – 10 March 2018

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ITINERARY
Discover a paradise island with incredible flavours, history and culture. Sri Lanka offers World Heritage sites, bustling cities, tea plantations, serene gardens and elephants!
DAY 1
Thursday 22 February 2018
Home – Colombo

Meet your Ross Tour leader Paul Urquhart at Sydney Airport for flights to Singapore and on to Colombo. Late evening arrival into Colombo then transfer to our hotel in the resort town of Negombo, rich in culture and history.

Accommodation: Jetwing Blue, Negombo

DAY 2
Friday 23 February 2018
Colombo (B/D)

A leisurely morning. Afternoon drive to Colombo with a private garden visit and check out the Geoffrey Bawa designed Parliament building. The Sri Lankan Architect Geoffrey Bawa is regarded as having been one of the most influential Asian architects of the twentieth century. Time to relax in our hotel before we meet up for dinner tonight.
Accommodation: Jetwing Blue, Negombo

DAY 3
Saturday 24 February 2018
Colomba – Kandalama (B/L/D)

Visit Dambulla’s famous Royal Rock Temple with hundreds of statues of Buddha. Special stay at the Heritance Hotel in Kandalama for 4 nights, designed by Bawa.

Accommodation: Heritance, Kandalama

DAY 4
Sunday 25 February 2018
Sigiriya (B)

We’ll climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress; a UNESCO world heritage-listed site. Walk through Sigiriya Gardens. Then visit Popham’s Arboretum, a planted forest which conserves the biodiversity of Sri Lanka.

Accommodation: Heritance, Kandalama

DAY 5
Monday 26 February 2018
Polonnaruwa (B)

Visit Polonnaruwa to see 800 year old treasures: tombs, temples, statues and stupas. Stop in Minneriya National Park with wild elephants, sambar deer, buffalo, crocodiles and leopards.

Accommodation: Heritance Hotel, Kandalama

DAY 6
Tuesday 27 February 2018
Anuradhapura Mahamegha Gardens (B)

Drive to the Sacred City of Anuradhapura that dates to 500BC. See it set out with Mahamegha Gardens along the Malwathu Oya River with a large garden of fruit and flowers.

Accommodation: Heritance Hotel, Kandalama

DAY 7
Wednesday 28 February 2018
Kandalama – Kandy (B/L)

Travel to Kandy the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings. Stop in Matale a small town in the ‘Hill Country’ famous for its spice gardens. We’ll see how spices are grown and processed and learn how herbs and spices are used. Lunch in the garden. Check into Hotel Cinnamon Citadel Kandy overlooking the Mahaweli River.

Accommodation: Cinnamon Citadel, Kandy

DAY 8
Thursday 1 March 2018
Kandy (B)

Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, originally the ‘Royal’ pleasure garden. A city tour of Kandy this afternoon. Visit the famous Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

Accommodation: Cinnamon Citadel, Kandy

DAY 9
Friday 2 March 2018
Kandy – Nuwara Eliya (B/D)

Board the train from Peradeniya for a scenic journey through stunning hills and tea plantations to Nuwara Eliya. See good examples of British Colonial architecture then check into the Hotel Jetwing St Andrews, a former Colonial Country House, reminiscent of the days of the British Raj.

Accommodation: Jetwing St. Andrews

DAY 10
Saturday 3 March 2018
Nuwara Eliya (B)

See Nuwara Eliya city which will show you how abundant rainfall, sunshine, cold nights and misty mornings,are perfect for producing high-quality teas. Nuwara Eliya is the capital of the tea industr: tea plantations carpet rolling mountains in the highlands.It resembles a small English village with brick and stone built houses, rose gardens and perfect lawns. Afternoon visit to temperate hill-country Hakgala Botanical Garden

Accommodation: Jetwing St Andrews

DAY 11
Sunday 4 March 2018
Nuwara Eliya – Galle (B/D)

We are on the road to Galle, a former Dutch Colonial town on the SW coast of Sri Lanka. Stop for lunch near Kitulgala where the movie “Bridge on The River Kwai” was filmed. Check into Lighthouse Hotel, our home for the next four nights, another hotel designed by Geoffrey Bawa.

Accommodation: Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle

DAY 12
Monday 5 March 2018
Galle (B)

Visit Galle Fort built 1588 by the Portuguese; UNESCO heritage listed. Learn about cinnamon this afternoon at Villa Mayurana cinnamon plantation. First discovered by the Portuguese. Sri Lanka now produces 90% of the world’s cinnamon.

Accommodation: Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle

DAY 13
Tuesday 6 March 2018
Galle – Bentota (B/L)

Appreciate the genius of Geoffrey Bawa at Lunuganga, built in 1947, his experiment with structures and spaces that proved to be a work of art and Bawa’s consummate legacy. Travel on to Bentota and check into the Bentota Beach Hotel, another masterpiece of hotel design by Geoffrey Bawa.

Accommodation: Avani Bentota Hotel, Bentota

DAY 14
Wednesday 7 March 2018
Bentota (B)

Visit the Brief Garden of Bevis Bawa, brother of Geoffrey, also an architect and artist. The garden is private and introspective,filled with sculptures by Bevis himself and his many artist friends.

Accommodation: Bentota Beach Hotel, Bentota

DAY 15
Thursday 8 March 2018
Bentota – Colombo (B)

We are travelling back to Colombo this afternoon after a free morning at Bentota. We’ll explore Colombo city with a tour through the Colombo Fort, the commercial hub with restored colonial architecture before we check into the ‘Grande Dame’ of Colombo, the Galle Face Hotel on the seafront. Built in 1864 the hotel reflects the grandeur of the British Colonial period.

Accommodation: Galle Face Hotel, Colombo

DAY 16
Friday 9 March 2018
Colombo (B/D)

Geoffrey Bawa’s Colombo townhouse is very different to his country estate. It’s an introspective assemblage of courtyards, verandas and loggias. Free time this afternoon for last minute shopping and later meet up for our farewell dinner.

DAY 17
Saturday 10 March 2016
Colombo – Home

Transfer to airport for flights home.

HOW TO BOOK

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CANCELLATIONS

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Cancellations received between 119-60 days prior to departure will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

Cancellations received between 59-30 days prior to departure will incur a 75% cancellation fee plus any non-recoverable costs incurred.

Cancellations received within 30 days prior to departure will incur 100% cancellation fee.

Cancellations must be sent in writing.

Cancellation fee is based upon the total amounts paid including tours, airfares and all other travel arrangements.

Please refer to the Ross Garden Tours standard terms and conditions.

TOUR INCLUSIONS
TOUR ESCORTED BY
PAUL URQUHART
  • Return group economy airfare Sydney / Colombo / Sydney
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach throughout tour
  • Deluxe accommodation for 16 nights
  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Entrance fees to all gardens and sightseeing including Ancient monuments of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle including the Golden Temple of Dambulla, UNESCO Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Sigiriya Gardens, Popham’s Arboretum, Archeological Treasures of Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Park, Mahamegha Gardens, Anuradhapura, Spice Gardens Malate, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kandy, Kandy city tour, Tea plantation tour Nuwara Eliya, Nuwara City tour, Villa Mayurana Cinnamon Plantation, Lunuganga Estate tour, Brief Garden, Benota, Geoffrey Bawa town house, Temple of the Tooth and Colombo city tour
  • Fully escorted by Paul Urquhart
  • Ross Tours travel wallet & bag
TOUR PRICE

Twin Share land only $6,795 per person
Twin Share including airfare $7,795 per person
Single Supplement $1,895
All prices in Australian Dollars.
Prices based on minimum 15 passengers.
Price is based on departure Sydney.

DISCOUNTS

Book and pay in full by 20/10/2017 to receive the Early Bird Discount of $200.00 per person off the final instalment.
Previous Traveller Discount $100.00
Garden Clinic™ Member Discount $50.00

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