Citrus Holidays

Sri Lankan Tea & Tuskers with Luxurious Dubai

  • Sri Lanka & Dubai Break
    Sri Lanka & Dubai Break
  • Sri Lanka & Dubai Break
    Sri Lanka & Dubai Break
  • Sri Lanka & Dubai Break
    Sri Lanka & Dubai Break
  • Sri Lanka & Dubai Break
    Sri Lanka & Dubai Break

6 nights in Sri Lanka followed by 3 nights at a 5-star hotel in Dubai, w/ excursions, safari drive & an elephant orphanage visit, plus transfers! Book your seriously cool trip to Sri Lanka & Dubai today! Total from £1,399pp

Affectionately dubbed the “tear drop of India”, Sri Lanka is a utopia of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A land where a love potion seeps through the ground and is soaked up by the people who embrace 3,000 years of culture. This gem is your dominion for the first six nights of this incredible trip! Swapping ancient empires for Mission Impossible-esque views, you’ll finish off your last three nights diving into the high-rise glamour of Dubai for gorgeous beaches and sheer luxury. 

Fasten your seatbelts for the adventure-of-a-lifetime, with six nights discovering the mind-blowing natural beauty of Sri Lanka. Starting with one-night in the vibrant beach town, Negombo, you’ll be greeted by your private car and guide before being whisked away to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (home to around 70 orphaned elephants) and the UNESCO Dambulla Cave Temple with its 2,000-sq metres of painted walls and a 14 metre rock caving of the Buddha.

Next up is a visit to Sigiriya – with its royal palaces, Buddhist frescoes, and World Heritage Sites – staying at the aptly named Kassapa Lion Rock Resort for two nights. While there you’ll explore King Kashyapa’s imposing 5th century rock fortress and the island’s cultural heart, Kandy. Here you’ll experience the famous Temple of the Tooth, Matale Spice Gardens and an evening drive around Kandy Lake. You’ll rest city-hopping feet at the Hotel Topaz for one-night.

Next up, an unforgettable train ride takes you through tea plantations, in and out of the many mountain tunnels to hill station, Nuwara Eliya. Here you will reside at the Avian Breeze Hotel for two nights, before heading to Colombo for a flight to Dubai and a transfer to your five-star hotel! 

For a complete change of scenery, you’ll spend your final three nights amidst skyscrapers and top-class shopping malls in Dubai. You’ll stay at the Pullman Dubai Jumeirah Lakes Towers, which combines chic interiors with luxurious touches. Dine on international cuisine, stay in a room featuring views of the striking Dubai Marina skyline and have a swim in the rooftop pool. You are next to a golf club, while the Palm Jumeriah and the beaches are right at your doorstep.

 For more information, please see inclusions below and tour details via the itinerary tab.

What's Included:

We make all the needed arrangements, so you don't have to

  • We take care of Flights from the UK to Colombo
  • Airport Welcome with assistance during stay
  • Enjoy Private Chauffer Airport & Tour Transfers
  • Jet setters travel in style via air conditioned car
  • Service of an English Speaking chauffer & guide
  • One-Night accommodation at a hotel in Negombo
  • 2-Night accommodation at a hotel in Sigiriya
  • One Night accommodation at a hotel in Kandy
  • 2-Night accommodation at a hotel in Nuwara Eliya
  • Breakfast & Dinner throughout the trip
  • Wi-Fi Enabled Vehicle to stay in touch with friends
  • Feel the thrill of being up close to Baby Elephants at Pinnawala
  • Unwind with lunch overlooking the elephants bathing area
  • Awe-inspiring Private Jeep Safari to Minneriya National Park
  • Indulge in a sublime head and shoulder Massage in Matale
  • Day 3 enjoy a Bullock Cart Ride through the village paths 
  • Soak up the local culture with a Cooking Demonstration  
  • Day 4 lunch like the locals at the Spice Gardens, Matale
  • Mouthwatering Sri Lankan cooking demonstration, Matale
  • Enjoy fantastic atmosphere at a Dance Show in Kandy
  • Entrance Fees to Dambulla temple, Temple of the Tooth & Sigiriya
  • Train Ride to Nuwara Eliya with lunch on board
  • Explore a factory & plantation of Nuwara Eliya with Tea Tasting 
  • Enjoy a swift Transfer to Colombo Airport 
  • We take care of International Flights from Colombo Airport to Dubai
  • Jet setters will be whisked away via Return Airport Transfers in Dubai
  • 3-Night Stay at the Five Star Pullman Dubai Jumeirah Lakes Towers on Half Board
  • We take care of Return International flights from Dubai to the UK

Holiday Highlights:

From the extraordinary naturally gorgeous Sri Lankan vistas to the extraordinary city of Dubai

  • Combining a six-night Sri Lanka tour with three nights in up-scale Dubai
  • Tick off UNESCO World Heritage Sites amid the cultural heritage of Sri Lanka
  • Get up close to Sri Lanka’s two most famous symbols; elephants and tea
  • Discover the mind-blowing blockbuster gem of the Lion Rock in Sigiriya
  • Unearth the many UNESCO treasures of Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Take in the exotic aromas of the fragrant Spice Gardens in Matale
  • Visit Sri Lanka’s treasured Sacred Temple of the Tooth in Kandy
  • Enjoy atmosphere at the lively Cultural Dance Show in Kandy
  • Explore the urban playground of Dubai and stay in a five-star hotel
  • Relax with a good book by the hotel's heated rooftop pool
  • Jaw-dropping views of Dubai Marina from your stylish room
  • Dubai’s star attractions in easy reach from your hotel

Accommdation

Paradise Beach Hotel

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If it’s a tropical sunny beach, extremely friendly locality, great food and stunning view of the sea that you dream of, Paradise Beach Hotel is your ultimate tropical escape. Paradise Beach hotel is a 62 roomed charming hotel by the Negombo beach. The hotel offers affordable beachfront accommodation on the golden sands of Negombo Beach. Hotel Paradise Beach is a 5-minute drive from the lively Negombo Market and historic Dutch Fort.

The hotel has 62 beautifully appointed air conditioned rooms with stunning views of the Indian Ocean. Each room has Satellite TV offering international channels and all local channels, Tea making facilities, Electronic Safety Deposit Lockers and Mini fridges.

Lazy afternoons await on loungers by the beach. For leisure, guests may play a game of table tennis or arrange for a day trip to cultural attractions at the tour desk. Enjoy a selection of Asian and Western dishes as well as hearty buffets at Paradise Beach’s open-air restaurant.

Along with the Negombo beach and the hospitality of the Paradise Beach Hotel you are sure to feel like a new person at the end of your stay.

Kassapa Lion Rock Resort

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An ideally located hotel situated facing the magnificent Sigiriya rock in the midst of a small village named Digampathaha .The,"Travellers Choice Award", by tripadvisor winning property is located just 20 minutes from the beautiful and ever famous town of Dambulla.

“Kassapa Lions Rock” is an ideal base from which you can explore the many picturesque sites famous for its historic and cultural importance, such as Anurahapura, PoIonnaruwa, SigIriya, Dambulla and Ritigala.

National parks which are famous for wild elephants such as Minnariya, Kaudulla and Eco park are located in close proximity to the hotel.

If you are on your way to the east, (TrincornaIee, BatticaIoa etc.) or you are in the vicinity visiting renowned cultural sites, just drop in for a moment of relaxation and enjoy a drink, have meal or take a swim in the blue waters surrounded by a peaceful environment.

Kassapa Lions Rock takes you back to an era of lavish grandeur offering calm and serenity … amidst a peace and quiet village… all set to make you relax and enjoy

Hotel Topaz

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The propertys accommodation is stylish and comfortable would be an understatement. These rooms and suites feature calming atmosphere that can already induce one to relax.

All 73 guestrooms are fitted with modern comforts like air-conditioning, satellite TV, plush bedding, Wi-Fi Internet access, and wide windows. Rooms also have private balconies from which resplendent views of lush mountains and hills can be seen.

Hotel Topaz features an outdoor tennis court and an outdoor pool. The resort offers a coffee shop/café. Guests can unwind with a drink at one of the resort's bars, which include a poolside bar and a bar/lounge.

Avian Breeze Hotel

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Overlooking beautiful landscaped gardens, Avian Breeze offers a peaceful retreat. Avian Breeze will make you feel like you never left home. The impeccably furnished place of abode was named as 'Avian Breeze' after considering its beautiful location and the feather light feeling that every guest experience during their stay.

The property offers comfortable and elegant standard rooms and a lavish suite all which are well equipped. All guestrooms consist of modern facilities and comfortable settings that will aid you in enjoying a peaceful stay. Amenities include Wi-Fi facilities and cable TV. The dining room is set to suit your moods with a cosy atmosphere and delicious cuisine. The staff is there to assist you at any given time of the day.

Hotel Avian Breeze consists of a dining area that can comfortably accommodate up to 25 guests. The chefs offer you eastern and western cuisine and a number of mouth watering local dishes. Guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. No less exceptional is the hotel's easy access to the city's myriad attractions and landmarks, such as Lake Gregory, Lake Gregory Water Sports, Keels super market. At Hotel Avian Breeze, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable by providing them best of services and amenities.

This is a place to revive yourself, seek the meaning of life and tap into the green life which we are all belong to. With all its facilities and services, this hotel is your one-stop destination for quality hotel accommodations in Nuwara Eliya.

Pullman Dubai Jumeirah Lakes Towers

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Centrally located in a dynamic area, the hotel is a marquee location for discerning travelers. In Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Pullman Dubai Jumeirah Lakes Towers is close to Jebel Ali Port and Media City.

Guests of the Pullman Dubai Jumeirah Lakes Towers hotel relax in 354 elegant rooms equipped with flat-screen TV, a minibar and a coffee machine. The suite includes a spacious living room.

With 4 eclectic restaurants including an al fresco shisha lounge, a design led tapastry lounge Amarillo, live Jazz brunches and a traditional Italian restaurant, the hotel is a sure choice for food enthusiasts. Guests can indulge at the all-day dining restaurant or savor Italian delicacies at the Italian specialty restaurant.

The Fit & Spa lounge on the 34th floor with stunning views of the city and the rooftop pool makes for a perfect fitness destination. Gymnasium is equipped with latest training equipment and offers sweeping views of the Dubai Marina. The roof top swimming pool are located on the 35th floor and provides the comfort of private sunbathing. Hotel also offers separate relaxation areas for men and women as well as steam and sauna facilities, Fit and Spa Lounge by Pullman offers a wide range of spa treatments.

Itinerary


Day 1 ARRIVAL NEGOMBO

Your journey of a lifetime begins in Negombo. Arrive at the Bandaranaike International Airport, where you’ll be met by the representative and transferred to the hotel. After check in, spend the rest of the day at leisure immersing in Sri Lanka’s top holiday destination.

Few places on the island combine culture, history and escapism to such dazzling effect as charming Negombo – the sprawling and vibrant beach town. The roar of life begins at dawn as huge wooden catamarans, powered by the wind in their sails make their way back to the shore. Bill Crosby’s song “Red Sails in the Sunset” could easily have been inspired by such a romantic scene. The small port contrasts with the Dutch canal, establishing the town as an important commercial centre. On this journey you will scratch the surface and discover a land sprinkled with the dazzling gems of Sri Lanka’s legacy.

OVERNIGHT IN NEGOMBO

Day 2 NEGOMBO – PINNAWALA - SIGIRIYA

After breakfast, you will start your adventure by driving to the medieval capital of Sigiriya (Lion Rock). Your stop along the way is equally spectacular with a visit to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. 

Pinnawala is unique as it is the only established elephant orphanage in the world to have a nursery for young elephants. Established in 1975 by the Wildlife Department, the park is also a captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants, through which more than twenty five elephants have been born since 1984. Here you see these beauties splashing around in the river or  lifting their trunks in delight, as they suckle on bottles of milk. Also included is lunch at a restaurant in the stunning village of Pinnawala.

Continue to Dambulla to visit the Dambulla Cave Temple to observe the five caves dating back to the 1st century BC, Buddhist murals and more than 150 Buddha statues. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most impressive complexes in Sri Lanka. Continue to Sigiriya for hotel check-in.

OVENIGHT IN SIGIRIYA 

Day 3 SIGIRIYA - MINNERIYA

After breakfast, travel in a jeep safari vehicle on your morning drive to Minneriya National Park. The park is famous for being the best place in Sri Lanka to get close to free-ranging elephants. Bordering the Minneriya tank and the Giritale tank, the 7,529 hectare park attracts hundreds of elephants during the dry season, as surrounding water source dries up. Watching them travel in herds of 10 to 20, it is impossible not to be impressed with the sheer bulk of a fully grown adult, but equally spectacular is seeing how they interact. There is also a host of water birds, both large and small, so keep your eyes open for delicately hued storks, slender and elegant grey herons, and great white pelicans.

Want to try something traditional and completely different? A delightful evening bullock cart ride is just the ticket, which will take you to some of the nicest places on the island. It’s pretty unconventional and definitely an adventure. Riding in the shade of the forests, you will see the country’s historic sites and some of the lovely scenery as well. What makes this ride exceptional is that you will visit a Sri Lankan village and enjoy a cookery demonstration and home-cooked meal from the local women and then top it off with a canoe ride across a beautiful lake! This tour will make your holiday that much more unforgettable! 

OVERNIGHT IN SIGIRIYA

Day 4 SIGIRIYA – MATALE – KANDY

After breakfast, explore the Lion Rock fortress soaring above the jungle like a prehistoric island. The complex was built by King Kashyapa after killing his father and stealing the throne from his brother. It was here in 477 AD where Kashyapa held court and oversaw excessive architectural projects until he was defeated by his brother’s army in 495 AD. Once guarded by a giant sculpted lion, today only its paws lay in the jungle like the “vast and trunkless legs” of Ozymandias. Walk up the steps to the palace to behold the remarkable frescoes and the wall once decorated by a large mirror.

Travelling further south to Kandy, stroll through the Matale Spice Gardens to see the different types of flavours the island is famous for and how they are grown. Lunch and a cookery demonstration at the Spice Garden will make you appreciate just what a feast for the senses Sri Lanka can be.

A drive from Matale will bring you to Kandy – the second largest city in Sri Lanka. Kandy is the last capital of the Sri Lankan monarchy which fell to the British in 1815 after defying the Portuguese and Dutch for three centuries. It is listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO and known for the golden roofed temple “Sri Dalada Maligawa”. Your evening sightseeing will include a drive around Kandy Lake and a visit to the Temple of the Tooth that safe keeps Lord Buddha’s Tooth Relic. After you will enjoy a Sri Lankan show and watch the local dances. Return to the hotel.

OVERNIGHT IN KANDY

Day 5 KANDY – NUWARA ELIYA

After breakfast, proceed to Nanu Oya station for an unforgettable train ride to Nuwara Eliya. Sit back in the comfort of the air-conditioned train, where every seat has its own picture window, so you can catch jaw-dropping views as the train powers up through the tea plantations, into the clouds and then weaves in and out of the many mountain tunnels. The railway in Sri Lanka was first introduced by the British Colonial government in 1864, to transport tea from places like Nuwara Eliya to the capital, Colombo.

Nuwara Eliya is a city tucked away within the hill country of the Central Province. The town is renowned for its lush tea plantations, waterfalls, red-roofed English country style houses, a golf course and a manmade lake. Nuwara Eliya is nicked named “Little England” because it was established by the British in the 1840s as a base for the colonists and still retains some distinctive English features, like the red post box and the Queen’s Cottage. Check into your hotel.

OVERNIGHT IN NUWARA ELIYA

Day 6 NUWARA ELIYA

After breakfast, enjoy a relaxing day at leisure. Feel free to trek the stunning Victoria Park with its swathes of pristine lawn, beautiful ornamental gardens and heavily wooded interiors. Alternatively, take a stroll through New Bazaar Street, the centre of modern Nuwara Eliya with its procession of shops and markets. See the Tamils dressed up like English farm labourers in padded jackets and woolly hats, carting around heaps of vegetables – one of the town’s characteristic sights. 

OVERNIGHT IN NUWARA ELIYA

Day 7 NUWARA ELIYA - COLOMBO – DUBAI

After breakfast, you will start your once-in-a-lifetime voyage to Dubai with an air-conditioned transfer to Colombo Airport, from where you will board your flight to Dubai. Upon arrival at the airport, you will enjoy a swift transfer to your hotel for a day at leisure.

Once an obscure part of Arabia, the United Arab Emirates is now jam-packed with luxurious five-star hotels, pioneered by Dubai. You can’t fail to be blown away by the large amount of luxury resorts and year-round weather. Dubai not only lays claim to the world’s tallest building (Burj Khalifa), but next to this landmark is the world’s largest shopping centre, Dubai Mall.  

There is only one hotel in Dubai that has us falling in love: the utterly sleek Pullman Dubai Jumeirah Lakes Towers. Its location in the sprawling Jumeriah Lakes Towers with a lake for company, is luxury at its most seductive; the 345 spacious rooms are like sumptuous cocoons and from every floor-to-ceiling window, there are awe-inspiring views of Dubai Marina that you won’t be able to get enough of!

OVERNIGHT IN DUBAI 

Day 8 DUBAI

After breakfast, enjoy another day at leisure – that is if you can tear yourself away from the hotel’s awe-inspiring views of Dubai Marina from your room. Whether choosing to relax by the heated rooftop pool, chill out over international tapas and fine wines or heading to the beach, this hotel is the ideal place for the most demanding of style-savvy guests. The half-board is delightful with some of the best international cuisine and artfully-mixed cocktails prepared for you.

OVERNIGHT IN DUBAI

Day 9 DUBAI

After breakfast, enjoy another day dedicated to your desires. The soaring hotel has excellent transport links at the nearby metro station. Hop on a taxi to Dubai Marina and Dubai Media City for the star attractions. Spend entire afternoons wading into the waters of the Persian Gulf or enjoy a round of golf at the adjacent golf course. You can also book an on-site therapist to massage and pummel away your troubles. In addition, for something completely different, a skiing centre is nearby!

OVERNIGHT IN DUBAI 

Day 10 DUBAI – UK

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel. If there’s time, end your holiday in this diverse city by relaxing on the beach, shopping at the mall or simply getting the most out of your hotel’s five-star facilities. Then it is time to head home via transfer to Dubai airport for a stress-free flight back to the UK.

END OF TRIP 

Our endeavor will always be to confirm the hotels listed in the package chosen, however in rarest of cases where we are not able to confirm certain hotel(s), like for like alternatives will be provided.

Bars, Clubs or similar entertainment is prohibited during “Poya” Days. As such

liquor will not be served in public areas of the hotels during this time.

Kindly note that check in time to all hotels will be at 1400 hrs and check out is at

1200 noon.

All transfer times are subject to variation due to road conditions, weather &

traffic.

EXCLUSIONS

Tips, bar, laundry, telephone calls and other personal expenses not specified

above.

Optional excursions to Polonnaruwa, Horton Plains, Yala and Madu River

Lunches & Dinners

Early Check in / Late Check out.