$3995.00

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UPCOMING: March 4, 2018

Sri Lanka Serendipity

An Active Gay Cultural Exploration of Sri Lanka

DESCRIPTION

Sri Lanka is an island gem just begging to be explored, with tourism growing quickly after the 2009 end of the civil war. On this decadent escape, we’ll take the inland loop that leads through many of this nation’s finest historic, cultural, and natural attractions. We’ll see lush landscapes and lakeside cities. We’ll be treated like royalty in sensuous hotels and served some of the most memorable meals of our lives. Join us as we reveal surreal Sri Lanka.

QUICK FACTS

Duration:: 11 Days/10 Nights
Starts In: Negombo
Ends In: Colombo
Group Size: Min 4, Max 16
Deposit: $750
Accommodation: 4/5-Star +
Physical Rating: 3.5/5
Prices: Based on double occupancy

DEPARTURES & PRICES:

March 4, 2018 to March 14, 2018 - 3995.00 USD

HIGHLIGHTS

• Marvel at Yapahuwa - one of medieval Sri Lanka’s fleeting capitals
• Hike to the summit of Sigiriya Rock, a monolithic ancient fortress
• Cycle through the countryside and pluck tea in Nuwara Eliya
• Hike to World’s End at Horton Plains National Park
• Seek out the elusive Leopards of Yala National Park
• Walk the fortified walls of Galle Fort, a UNESCO world heritage site
• Lavish dinners – included – every night

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ITINERARY:

Halō! Welcome to Sri Lanka. You’ll be transferred to our luxurious hotel upon arrival, setting the tone for the next several days. Following our Kickoff Meeting at 6PM, we’ll sit down to a Welcome Dinner at the hotel. The evening is yours to relax, acquaint yourself with fellow travellers, and you could even check out Negombo’s gay bar (but you should leave any high hopes at the hotel).

After breakfast, we’re off to the medieval kingdom of Yapahuwa, where the granite ruins of this Buddhist Heritage Site are sure to mesmerize. We’ll then continue to Dambulla to check out The Royal Temple. This series of caves once served as refuge for Sri Lankan kings. It’s filled with exquisite paintings, and brimming with 150 statues of Buddha. Our final stop today is Kandalama, where an internationally acclaimed hotel that’s dripping with good design awaits. Dinner will be a private barbecue; served under the stars!

Following breakfast, we’ll transfer to Sigiriya Rock Fortress. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built by King Kasapaya in the 5th century, and if you’re feeling zesty, you have the option to cycle here from the hotel. Upon arrival, we’ll zig-zag our way up a series of stairs. With stops along the way to admire the famous frescoes, we’ll soon be savouring spectacular views of the countryside, as can only be seen from this former monastery. After lunch, we’ll continue on to Minneriya National Park. Herds of elephants congregate here, throughout the year, in a famous migration known as The Gathering. To wrap things up, we’ll enjoy an exclusive torch-lit dinner at the hotel, under the thick foliage of native Sri Lankan flora. Don’t you feel sexy just reading that?

After a hearty breakfast to rev us up for the day, we’ll visit the Matale Spice Garden to feast on local cuisine and learn how this island adds seasoning to lives around the world. We’ll then head for Kandy, the lakeside city that sounds like a stripper, and was the island’s last capital of native kings before British conquer. We’ll drive around the lake, stroll through the old town’s bustling bazaar, visit an arts and craft centre, and end up at the jewel of Kandy’s crown: the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. It holds one of Buddha’s actual teeth, and is the holiest of shrines for Sri Lankan Buddhists. Tonight we’ll attend a cultural performance featuring folk and traditional dance, a ceremonial drum orchestra, and a fire-walking exhibition served up with flare.

A leisurely morning sets the tone for a train ride to Nanuoya. After 4.5 hours or so, we’ll disembark for a bike ride through the rolling hills. With glorious vistas along the way, we’ll eventually come to Nuwara Eliya – our base for the next few nights, and the heart of Sri Lankan tea country. A delicious dinner will be served at the hotel, which is a former tea factory that’s fittingly steeped in history.

This morning we’ll try our hand at plucking tea leaves, before heading to Horton Plains National Park. World’s End awaits us here, an escarpment with a near-vertical drop of 880m/2,900ft. The view from World’s End is often covered by mist, giving the site its namesake illusion. A hot shower awaits back at the hotel, followed by another dinner – included – as part of our stay.

After breakfast at the hotel, we transfer to Yala National Park, one of the most densely populated leopard habitats in the world. Our lodge is adventurous but luxurious, and we’ll have time to relax in our tented rooms, or dip into the pool, before a sunset safari. With any luck we’ll see the elusive sloth bear, or one of the leopards this land is known for. To wrap up the day a private dinner will be served…at the hotel and under the stars.

Our morning begins bright and early, as we’ll depart the hotel at daybreak for another game drive (this is when the leopards head home to their dens). Back at the hotel, we’ll devour a hearty breakfast, followed by some leisure ourselves, before we kayak across the Yoda Wewa. This ancient man-made reservoir isn’t much to look at, but was built with sophisticated engineering that’s only beginning to be appreciated. On the other side, local villagers have cooked up a marvelous lunch for us. We’ll enjoy it beneath the shade of a cadjan hut, and wander through some local villages if time allows. We’ll then drive to Galle, on the South Coast, where our hotel by the sea will soon serve dinner.

Today is yours to relish Galle. This old Dutch colonial fort is famous for its walled peninsula jutting into the ocean, and offers a slew of options to wile away the day: you could surf, scuba dive or snorkel, whale and dolphin watch, or visit a turtle hatchery that may just melt your heart. In the evening we’ll reconvene for a guided tour of Galle Fort itself, with dinner served within the ancient walls.

After a leisurely breakfast to begin our final day of the tour, we’ll head for Colombo, the bustling capital of Sri Lanka. We’ll either see the city by foot, tuk tuk, or jeep, with the most iconic attractions covered on every route. These include the Khan Clock Tower, old parliament, the Pettah bazaar, and prime neighbourhoods like Cinnamon Gardens. With a name that titillates the tongue, this area houses the Prime Minister’s Office, Independence Memorial Hall, Colombo City Hall, and the National Museum. Please don’t tell the paparazzi, but tonight we’ll stay at the Sri Lanka’s most famous hotel, then head to our Farewell Dinner in some rather respectable digs: the restaurant resides in world-renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa's former office.

With no activities planned today, you are free to depart at your leisure. Safe travels!

• Arrival/Departure transfers to/from accommodation booked through OUT Adventures 
• Group leader from beginning to end of tour 
• 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 10 dinners 
• 4-star or higher accommodation (10 nights)
• Entrance fees to all sites mentioned in itinerary
• Safari at Minneriya National Park

• Spice garden tour
• Sunset and sunrise safaris in Yala National Park
• Kayaking in Yala National Park
• Guided tour of Galle Fort
• Colombo city tour
• Travel insurance package covering medical, trip interruption & baggage loss 

• International Airfare
• Departure Transfer
• Meals & Activities not mentioned in itinerary
• Gratuities for Tour Leader ($50-$100 USD)

 

• Gratuities for drivers, hotel staff, porters (approximately $30-$50 USD)

Please note, especially if you are prone to carsickness: this tour includes a few days driving on long and windy roads. 

RATING:

Dennis E.

Sri Lanka Serendipity

It was a spectacular trip and a beautiful country. Love the quality level of the accommodations and the food was excellent.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 4/5

RATING:

Rick K.

Sri Lanka Serendipity

Surprisingly interesting country. Well run tour.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

RATING:

Brian Y.

Sri Lanka Serendipity

Sri Lanka is an amazing place to visit with a very diverse set of activities.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

RATING:

Peter H.

Sri Lanka Serendipity

Excellent itinerary, very good tour leader combined with a beautiful island with great food and heritage.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

RATING:

Henry D.

Sri Lanka Serendipity

Exceeded my high expectations. Charming, friendly country.Variety of things to see & do: Temples, historic sites, nature preserves & animals in the wild, architecture, great food, great hotels.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 4/5

RATING:

Craig M.

Sri Lanka Serendipity

The tour's mix of culture, food, history, nature, and relaxation was even better than we could have expected. Lodging featured some truly unique and memorable locations (Tea Factory, Kandalama). A real sense of camaraderie with fellow travelers. Always felt safe. The Out Adventures team take amazing care of their customers before, during and after the trip.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 4/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 4/5

MEALS RATING: 4/5

GUIDE RATING: 4/5

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