Sri Lanka & Maldives Adventure

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Sri Lanka & Maldives Adventure
Negombo to Male
Duration: 14 days
Tour code: ASSM

Highlights

Search for wildlife on a safari, spend the night at a local tea plantation and estate, cruise through some of the world's most beautiful islands, uncover isolated beaches, swim and snorkel the vibrant coral reefs of the Indian Ocean, savour local cuisine

This 14-day combo trip brings together the best of Sri Lanka's cultural highlights and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sail the islands of the Maldives aboard a traditional dhoni boat. Experience a safari in Udawalawe National Park, discover cultural treasures of Negombo and Kandy, and then spend an entire week cruising from one tiny and perfect atoll island to another, snorkelling in crystal-clear waters and stretching out on blazing white-sand beaches. From culture to paradise, this tour's got it all.

What's included?

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer, skipper/CEO, crew.

Meals

11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, trains, 4x4, local bus, walking, plane, traditional dhoni boat.

Accommodation

Standard hotels/guest houses (6 nts), tented camp (1 nt), traditional dhoni boat (6 nts).

Included activities

G Adventures for Good: Lunch at Sthree Craft Shop and Café, Kandy G Adventures for Good: AMBA Estate, Ella. Spice plantation visit. Kandyan cultural dance performance. Temple of the Tooth visit. Tea plantation visit and tasting (AMBA). Cooking demonstration. Barbecue and camp at Udawalawe National Park. Elephant Transit Home visit. Nature walk. Galle City and Fort tour. Seven days aboard a traditional dhoni boat (Maldives). Fulidhoo Island visit and Bodu Beru performance. Felidhu Island visit. Bodu Mora Island visit. Snorkelling equipment. Beach time in the Maldives. Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Itinerary

Day 1
Negombo
Arrive at any time.

Included activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2
Negombo - Kandy
Drive to Kandy, visiting a spice plantation en route. Enjoy lunch at G Adventures-supported Sthree Craft Shop and Café. Later, explore Temple of the Tooth.

Transport: Private Vehicle

Included activities: Spice Plantation Tour, Lunch at Sthree Craft Shop and Café, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Tour, Kandyan Cultural Dance

Meals: breakfastlunch

Day 3
Kandy
Explore Kandy with a free day.

Optional activities:

  • Royal Botanical Gardens Visit
  • Ayurvedic Hospital Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 4
Kandy - Ella
Travel by private vehicle to the historic town of Nuwara Eliya and enjoy a scenic lakeside lunch. Continue the journey to the rolling green valleys of the Ella area and spend 2 nights at the G Adventures-supported AMBA estate, an organic farm and guest house.

Transport: Private Vehicle, Private Vehicle

Included activities: AMBA Estate

Meals: lunchdinner

Day 5
Ella
In the morning, enjoy a tour through the tea plantation and learn about one of the nation's most popular exports followed by a tea tasting. After enjoy free time to soak in the stunning scenery, opt to hike to Ella Rock, or visit Ella town by tuk tuk. This evening, enjoy a cooking demonstration of classic homestyle Sri Lankan dishes, a delicious mixture of savoury and sweet.

Included activities: Tea Plantation Tour, AMBA Estate

Optional activities:

  • Spice Garden Cooking Class
  • Trek to Ella Rock

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 6
Ella - Udawalawe National Park
Depart Amba Estate in the morning after enjoying a delicious home cooked breakfast. Begin the journey to Udawalawe National Park and visit the Elephant Transit home before enjoying an afternoon wildife safari through Udawalawe National Park. Afterwards, head to a tented camp by the lake on the boundary of National Park and relax with a BBQ dinner around the campfire.

Transport: Private Vehicle

Included activities: Udawalawe Reserve Safari

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 7
Udawalawe National Park - Unawatuna
After breakfast transfer from Udawalawe to Galle for a tour of the fort and city. Later, head to Unawatuna for some beach time and a final night with the group.

Transport: Local bus, Local bus

Included activities: Galle Fort and City Tour

Meals: breakfast

Day 8
Unawatuna - South Malé Atoll
Hop on a flight to Malé for the Maldives portion of your trip. Transfer to South Malé Atoll. Settle in, and set sail on a voyage of discovery.

Transport: Private Vehicle, Plane, 11m (37 ft) Traditional Dhoni

Meals: dinner

Day 9
South Malé Atoll - Felidhu Atholhu
Spend the next five days cruising around the South Malé and Felidhu atolls, disembarking to visit islands and sandbars along the way. On Fulidhu, mingle with locals and experience a traditional drumming performance. Bodu Moro Island is home to idyllic uninhabited beaches – the perfect photo opt. Aboard the dhoni, spend free time as you please – lounge on the sundecks and take in the views, relax with a good book, or socialize with fellow travellers as you enjoy delicious local seafood. Off the boat, opt to swim and enjoy snorkelling about twice a day amongst the spectacular marine life of the Maldives. The shallow islands and amazing coral reefs make it a key feeding ground for many species of tropical fish. Keep an eye out for turtles, reef sharks, stingrays, and octopuses.

Transport: 11m (37 ft) Traditional Dhoni

Included activities: Fulidhoo Island Visit & Bodu Beru Performance, Felidhu Island Visit, Bodu Mora Island Visit, Snorkelling in the Maldives

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 10
South Malé Atoll - Felidhu Atholhu
Spend the next five days cruising around the South Malé and Felidhu atolls, disembarking to visit islands and sandbars along the way. On Fulidhu, mingle with locals and experience a traditional drumming performance. Bodu Moro Island is home to idyllic uninhabited beaches – the perfect photo opt. Aboard the dhoni, spend free time as you please – lounge on the sundecks and take in the views, relax with a good book, or socialize with fellow travellers as you enjoy delicious local seafood. Off the boat, opt to swim and enjoy snorkelling about twice a day amongst the spectacular marine life of the Maldives. The shallow islands and amazing coral reefs make it a key feeding ground for many species of tropical fish. Keep an eye out for turtles, reef sharks, stingrays, and octopuses.

Transport: 11m (37 ft) Traditional Dhoni

Included activities: Fulidhoo Island Visit & Bodu Beru Performance, Felidhu Island Visit, Bodu Mora Island Visit, Snorkelling in the Maldives

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 11
South Malé Atoll - Felidhu Atholhu
Spend the next five days cruising around the South Malé and Felidhu atolls, disembarking to visit islands and sandbars along the way. On Fulidhu, mingle with locals and experience a traditional drumming performance. Bodu Moro Island is home to idyllic uninhabited beaches – the perfect photo opt. Aboard the dhoni, spend free time as you please – lounge on the sundecks and take in the views, relax with a good book, or socialize with fellow travellers as you enjoy delicious local seafood. Off the boat, opt to swim and enjoy snorkelling about twice a day amongst the spectacular marine life of the Maldives. The shallow islands and amazing coral reefs make it a key feeding ground for many species of tropical fish. Keep an eye out for turtles, reef sharks, stingrays, and octopuses.

Transport: 11m (37 ft) Traditional Dhoni

Included activities: Fulidhoo Island Visit & Bodu Beru Performance, Felidhu Island Visit, Bodu Mora Island Visit, Snorkelling in the Maldives

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 12
South Malé Atoll - Felidhu Atholhu
Spend the next five days cruising around the South Malé and Felidhu atolls, disembarking to visit islands and sandbars along the way. On Fulidhu, mingle with locals and experience a traditional drumming performance. Bodu Moro Island is home to idyllic uninhabited beaches – the perfect photo opt. Aboard the dhoni, spend free time as you please – lounge on the sundecks and take in the views, relax with a good book, or socialize with fellow travellers as you enjoy delicious local seafood. Off the boat, opt to swim and enjoy snorkelling about twice a day amongst the spectacular marine life of the Maldives. The shallow islands and amazing coral reefs make it a key feeding ground for many species of tropical fish. Keep an eye out for turtles, reef sharks, stingrays, and octopuses.

Transport: 11m (37 ft) Traditional Dhoni

Included activities: Fulidhoo Island Visit & Bodu Beru Performance, Felidhu Island Visit, Bodu Mora Island Visit, Snorkelling in the Maldives

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 13
South Malé Atoll - Felidhu Atholhu
Spend the next five days cruising around the South Malé and Felidhu atolls, disembarking to visit islands and sandbars along the way. On Fulidhu, mingle with locals and experience a traditional drumming performance. Bodu Moro Island is home to idyllic uninhabited beaches – the perfect photo opt. Aboard the dhoni, spend free time as you please – lounge on the sundecks and take in the views, relax with a good book, or socialize with fellow travellers as you enjoy delicious local seafood. Off the boat, opt to swim and enjoy snorkelling about twice a day amongst the spectacular marine life of the Maldives. The shallow islands and amazing coral reefs make it a key feeding ground for many species of tropical fish. Keep an eye out for turtles, reef sharks, stingrays, and octopuses.

Transport: 11m (37 ft) Traditional Dhoni

Included activities: Fulidhoo Island Visit & Bodu Beru Performance, Felidhu Island Visit, Bodu Mora Island Visit, Snorkelling in the Maldives

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 14
South Malé Atoll - Male
In the morning, make the short crossing to Malé. The tour ends on arrival at Malé International Airport. Your CEO can offer assistance with any onward travel you may require.

Transport: 11m (37 ft) Traditional Dhoni

Included activities: Departure Day (Activities)

Meals: breakfast

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