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Sri Lanka vs England 2018: Three Test Tour

Tour Dates: 3rd to 29th November 2018 

Sri Lanka is a cricket-obsessed nation of friendly and welcoming people.

With this tour you will discover national treasures, famed temples and barefoot luxury on one of the island’s golden beaches. The itineraries include plenty of extraordinary experiences but also much-valued and carefully built in downtime for you to explore or relax at your leisure. The tour includes visits to  the UNESCO World Heritage cities of Galle and Kandy and also to the financial capital of Colombo to witness the three match test series.

Itinerary

Day 1: 3 November 2018
Depart UK from designated airport via Dubai, overnight flight.

Day 2: 4 November 2018
Arrive Columbo. Upon arrival at the airport you will enjoy the VIP arrival service at the Bandaranaike International Airport.  You will be met by a local representative and transfer to the Amari Galle by your Chauffeur Guide (approx. 3 hours). Your travel documents along will be handed over to you at an appropriate time. Check into your room (standard check in is at 2pm, however if the room is available, they will try to provide you with an early check in free of charge). Relax the rest of the day.

Day 3: 5 November 2018
Day at leisure. This evening there will be a welcome drinks reception with your hosts and fellow travellers.

Day 4: 6 November 2018
Sri Lanka VS England – First Test, Day 01. Guaranteed match tickets and return coach transfers are included.

Day 5: 7 November 2018
Sri Lanka VS England – First Test, Day 02. Guaranteed match tickets and return coach transfers are included.

Day 6: 8 November 2018
Sri Lanka VS England – First Test, Day 03. Guaranteed match tickets and return coach transfers are included.

Day 7: 9 November 2018
Sri Lanka VS England – First Test, Day 04. Guaranteed match tickets and return coach transfers are included.

Day 8: 10 November 2018
Sri Lanka VS England – First Test, Day 05. Guaranteed match tickets and return coach transfers are included.

Day 10: 11 November 2018
After breakfast, you will check out and be transferred in a luxury coach with air conditioning to Udwalawe, approximately a 3 hour drive through the breath-taking Sri Lankan countryside with a designated stop en route. On arrival, you will check in to the Elephant Trail hotel for one night. When staying here, game drives are available as well as a visit to the Elephant Transit Home. Evening at leisure.

Day 11: 12 November 2018
After breakfast, you will check out and be transferred in a luxury coach with air conditioning to beautiful Nuwara Eliya, approximately 3 hour drive passing through Udawalawe and Lunugamvehera national parks. On arrival, check in to the Araliya Green Hills hotel for one night including breakfast. Evening at leisure.

Day 12: 13 November 2018
This morning, check out and take the 3 hour journey in executive coach to Kandy. On arrival you will check in to the stunning ‘Green House’ Villa for 6 nights on a bed and breakfasts basis. Evening at leisure.

Day 13: 14 November 2018
Sri Lanka VS England – Second Test Day 01. Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium. Guaranteed match tickets and return coach transfers are included.

Day 14: 15 November 2018
Sri Lanka VS England – Second Test Day 02. Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium. Guaranteed match tickets and return coach transfers are included.

Day 15: 16 November 2018
Sri Lanka VS England – Second Test Day 03. Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium. Guaranteed match tickets and return coach transfers are included.

Day 16: 17 November 2018
Sri Lanka VS England – Second Test Day 04. Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium. Guaranteed match tickets and return coach transfers are included.

Day 17: 18 November 2018
Sri Lanka VS England – Second Test Day 05. Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium. Guaranteed match tickets and return coach transfers are included.

Day 18: 19 November 2018
After breakfast, we will check out of the Green House and travel north to Lake Lodge, approximately a 2 hour drive north. On arrival, you will check in to the 4* Lake Lodge Boutique Hotel for 3 nights including breakfast for some rest and relaxation after a busy fortnight of cricket. Evening at leisure.

Day 19: 20 November 2018
At leisure in Lake Lodge. Here they have a wide range of excursions available, a visit to Dambulla Cave Temple is must see and for those looking for something even more extravagant, why not take a Hot Air Balloon ride over Dambulla, flying over the jungle you may see elephants roaming freely, water buffaloes in the paddy fields and monkeys swinging from the trees.

Day 20: 21 November 2018
Day at leisure.

Day 21: 22 November 2018
After breakfast, check out and take the 2 hour coach transfer to your final stop of the tour, Colombo. On arrival, you will check in to the 5* Jetwing Colombo for 7 nights on a bed and breakfast basis. Evening at leisure.

Day 22: 23 November 2018
Sri Lanka VS England – Third Test Day 01. R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium. Guaranteed match tickets and return coach transfers are included

Day 23: 24 November 2018
Sri Lanka VS England – Third Test Day 02. R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium. Guaranteed match tickets and return coach transfers are included

Day 24: 25 November 2018
Sri Lanka VS England – Third Test Day 03. R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium. Guaranteed match tickets and return coach transfers are included

Day 25: 26 November 2018
Sri Lanka VS England – Third Test Day 04. R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium. Guaranteed match tickets and return coach transfers are included

Day 26: 27 November 2018
Sri Lanka VS England – Third Test Day 05. R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium. Guaranteed match tickets and return coach transfers are included

Day 27: 28 November 2018
Day at leisure.This evening you will enjoy a farewell dinner with your hosts and fellow travellers.

Day 28: 29 November 2018
After breakfast, check out and be transferred to Bandaranaike International airport for your return flight home to the UK.

Accommodation Options

4* Amari Galle
The centrally located, beautiful Amari Galle is located just 4.3 km from Galle International Cricket Stadium. The hotel has an outdoor pool and a private beach area, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Airy, sophisticated rooms have sofas, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars, plus tea and coffeemaking facilities. All feature balconies or terraces with ocean views All rooms include a private bathroom. Extras include bathrobes and slippers. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property.

4* Elephant Trail
This boutique hotel is located on the border of Udawalawe National Park and just 5 minutes away from the entrance of the national park. The hotel comprises of luxurious guest rooms in two categories while all rooms are well equipped with modern amenities and views of the surroundings. Guests can enjoy a fine dining experience where delicious meals are served daily highlighting Sri Lankan cuisine. You can relax by the pool with your favourite book or enjoy a safari drive up to the National Park where you can witness the magnificent elephants walking about.

4* Araliya Green Hills
Set in an elegant manor on a leafy hillside property overlooking farmland, this upscale hotel is a 5-minute walk from the gardens of Victoria Park. Warmly decorated rooms offer cable TV and Wi-Fi access, plus minifridges, tea and coffeemaking facilities, and en suite bathrooms with rainfall showers. Suites add pantries, living areas and/or whirlpool tubs. Room service is available 24/7. Breakfast is complimentary. Other amenities include a refined restaurant, a 24-hour coffee shop, a lounge and a rooftop wine bar, in addition to a spa, an indoor pool and a gym.

4* The Green House Kandy
The eponymous Green House is a prime example of contemporary tropical architecture – a mostly glass and steel construction that sits perfectly on the slopes leading down to the Victoria Reservoir. It’s wonderfully atypical of the types of properties in the area, and across the island generally – no colonial tributes here. On the Victoria Golf & Country Club estate it’s the ideal base for golfers or, indeed, those just keen to explore this quiet, cultural part of the island. The boutique property consists of 5 private bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms and is just 12km from Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.

4* Lake Lodge, Kandalama
Situated at the edge of beautiful Kandalama Lake in the small village of Kandalama, the informal, laid back Lake Lodge Kandalama offers tranquillity, calm and some spectacular sunsets while still at the very heart of the Cultural Triangle. Relaxation and good food are the order of the day at this idyllic spot. Breakfast and dinner can be taken at the time that suits you, either from the privacy of your room or in the restaurant that overlooks the lake – a particularly stunning spot at sunrise and sunset. Each room has a large balcony from which guests can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and the hills of Mihintale in the distance. There is a large hotel swimming pool and rich flora and fauna surrounds the hotel.

5* Jetwing Colombo Seven
Situated in the heart of Colombo, and just 1 mile away from R Premadasa stadium. This stunning hotel has a sun terrace and spa centre, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and comes with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. All rooms have a seating area where you can relax. Tea/coffee making facilities can be found in the room. Rooms have a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find bath robes and free toiletries

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