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There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive colombo/kandalama

On arrival at the Colombo International Airport, you will be met and transported to Kandalama, where the remainder of the day will be yours at leisure to rest from your travels and acclimate to this amazing country. You'll be conveniently based here for the next four nights.

Meals
Dinner
Lodging
Heritance Kandalama (or similar)

Day 2: dambulla/polonnaruwa

Explore the ruins at PolonnaruwaExplore the ruins at Polonnaruwa

After breakfast, drive to Dambulla, a World Heritage site and the largest cave temple in Sri Lanka. Dambulla consists of five caves that contain over 150 images of the Buddha in total, the largest of which is 42 ft tall.

Later, transfer to Polonnaruwa, the island's medieval capital (also a World Heritage Site). Walk around the ancient ruins, sit by the artificial lake that covers 6,000 acres, and view the remains of the Royal Palace.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Heritance Kandalama (or similar)

Day 3: sigiriya

Explore Sigiriya RockExplore Sigiriya Rock

Today, you’ll climb the spectacular fifth century rock fortress of Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of Sri Lanka’s most significant attractions. Built by King Kasyapa (477-495 AD), the “Lion Rock,” as it’s known, is a citadel of unusual beauty rising more than 650 feet above the jungle in a sheer and mysterious manner. The rock was initially the innermost stronghold of a large (175+ acre) fortified town that later became a monastic refuge in the 16th-17th centuries. It then fell into disrepair and was only rediscovered during 19th century British colonial rule. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens, including beautiful water gardens with royal bathing pools, moated islands, and pavilions, ring the base of the rock. While at the site, you’ll also visit the world-renowned frescoes of the “Heavenly Maidens” of Sigiriya in a sheltered rock niche approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster and, despite being only 22 of what were some 500 frescoes originally, are in remarkable condition, with colors still glowing brightly.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Heritance Kandalama (or similar)

Day 4: anuradhapura/mihintale

The Jetavanaramaya is a stupa located within the ancient city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka The Jetavanaramaya is a stupa located within the ancient city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

Today you will drive to Anuradhapura, the first capital and once the grandest city of ancient Ceylon, where Sinhalese kings ruled for more than a thousand years. It is the home of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and while there, you’ll visit several places of historical and archaeological interest. For example, Sri Maha Bodhi (sacred bodhu tree), is more than 2,200 years old and the oldest documented tree in the world. It was brought to the site as a sapling, where Prince Siddhartha is said to have attained enlightenment. The Brazen Palace, built more than 2,000 years ago, is remarkable for its 1,600 stone columns, all that’s left of a magnificent nine-story home to more than 1,000 monks. Ruvanvelisaya, also more than 2,000 years old, is the most famous of all the dagobas, or Buddhist monuments. The Samadhi Buddha statue (4th century) depicts the Buddha in a state of “samadhi,” or deep meditation, and is one of the finest statues in the country. Isurumuniya rock temple (3rd century BC) is well known for its very fine, well-preserved rock carvings.

In the afternoon, head to the high rocky ruins of Mihintale, where Buddhism was first introduced more than 2,300 years ago. Climb a grand stairway of some 1,840 ancient granite steps to the summit from which there is a great panoramic view of the surrounding countryside. Along the way, the hillside is filled with shrines, sculptures, stupas, and rock dwellings.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Heritance Kandalama (or similar)

Day 5: matale/kandy

Travel to the town of Matale to see a spice garden, where you will learn about different spices, including how they are grown and processed. Also, observe a demonstation to learn how the spices are used in traditional medicine of Sri Lankan dishes. Afterward, continue on to Kandy and check into your hotel.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Chaaya Citadel Hotel Kandy (or similar)

Day 6: kandy

View of Kandy townView of Kandy town

Experience Kandy, the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drive around lovely Kandy Lake, built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasingha, in 1807. Also visit the town, including (time permitting) its bazaar, the arts and crafts center, a gem museum, and a lapidary. This is followed by a visit to the Temple of the Tooth relic and a cultural show.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Chaaya Citadel Hotel Kandy (or similar)

Day 7: nuwara eliya

Visit a working tea estateVisit a working tea estate

Depart for Nuwara Eliya, an old British village known for its location in the heart of tea-growing country, its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, and its quaint hilltop resort atmosphere.  Along the way, stop at a tea plantation and tea factory, where it is said the best tea in the world is produced. Upon arriving in Nuwara Eliya, you'll visit another tea factory and estate to learn all about the country's tea industry.  Sri Lanka’s highest mountain, Pidurutalagala (about 8,300 feet) is also located here. You'll stay in the town of Nuwara Eliya for dinner and overnight.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Jetwing St. Andrews Hotel (or similar)

Day 8: galle

Spend some time exploring intriguing GalleSpend some time exploring intriguing Galle

After breakfast, you will depart for Galle, which was once the chief port of Ceylon (as Sri Lanka was named by the British), and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city was and is still well known for its hand-made lace. The remainder of the day is yours at leisure, either for relaxing at your hotel or exploring on your own.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Galle Fort Hotel (or similar)

Day 9: galle

Explore Galle Fort and other city sightsExplore Galle Fort and other city sights

Head into Galle town for a city tour, including Galle Fort, spanning some 90 acres, which was originally built by the Portuguese and later extended by the Dutch in 1663. There is also a very interesting Dutch Museum. Return to your hotel, where the evening is yours at leisure.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Galle Fort Hotel (or similar)

Day 10: colombo

See temples and other sights in ColomboSee temples and other sights in Colombo

Following a relaxing morning in Galle, you will drive to Colombo, Sri Lanka’s largest city and former (now administrative) capital, where you’ll take a city tour of both old and new sights. With a long history dating back to the 5th century when it was a stop on the sea trade route between Asia and the West, Colombo is changing quickly these days, with skyscrapers being built in some old sites and old world charm preserved in others. Visit British-era colonial buildings, the old clock tower, the Pettah bazaar (a great place for picking up a few mementos of your travels), mosques, churches, and Hindu and Buddhist temples. Head to your hotel for dinner and your last night in country.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
The Gateway Hotel (or similar)

Day 11: colombo/onward

Bid farewell to the country and its many colorful sightsBid farewell to the country and its many colorful sights

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home, or perhaps onward for more adventures in this fascinating corner of the world. If your schedule permits, ask us for suggestions on extending your trip.

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$3,750
- $4,050
Basic land cost: $3750 Add $300 for travel between Dec 19 & Feb 28
Single Supplement:
$1,100
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Privately on Request
Dec 5-15, 2017

Need to Know

Duration:
11 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Superior boutique hotels
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Optional hiking
Group Size:
2-12
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Trip Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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Stroll through colorful Hakgala Botanical Garden
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Spend some time exploring intriguing Galle
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Watch the elephants wandering right down the main street in town
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See temples and other sights in Colombo
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Bid farewell to the country and its many colorful sights
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Splendors of Serendib

A wide-ranging exploration of Sri Lanka's cultural, natural, and historical sights

overview

A teardrop-shaped island nation off India’s southeast coast, Sri Lanka, rich in natural beauty and cultural splendors, is a world apart and offers a fantastic combination of tropical forests, beaches, otherworldly landscape, Buddhist ruins, and diverse wildlife.  Sri Lanka is also a well-known producer of tea, coffee, coconuts, rubber, and native cinnamon; it’s home to many UNESCO World Heritage sites, and its animal and bird life abound. On this trip, you will visit Habarana, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Park, the rock fortress of Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, the rock temple at Mihintale, Dambulla, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, and Galle, a wonderful blend of cultural and historical attractions sure to intrigue and delight.

This trip combines well with travels in South India. Contact us for more information on how to make the most of your time in this amazing corner of the world.

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overview

A teardrop-shaped island nation off India’s southeast coast, Sri Lanka, rich in natural beauty and cultural splendors, is a world apart and offers a fantastic combination of tropical forests, beaches, otherworldly landscape, Buddhist ruins, and diverse wildlife.  Sri Lanka is also a well-known producer of tea, coffee, coconuts, rubber, and native cinnamon; it’s home to many UNESCO World Heritage sites, and its animal and bird life abound. On this trip, you will visit Habarana, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Park, the rock fortress of Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, the rock temple at Mihintale, Dambulla, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, and Galle, a wonderful blend of cultural and historical attractions sure to intrigue and delight.

This trip combines well with travels in South India. Contact us for more information on how to make the most of your time in this amazing corner of the world.

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itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive colombo/kandalama

    On arrival at the Colombo International Airport, you will be met and transported to Kandalama, where the remainder of the day will be yours at leisure to rest from your travels and acclimate to this amazing country. You'll be conveniently based here for the next four nights.

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    Heritance Kandalama (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: dambulla/polonnaruwa
    Explore the ruins at PolonnaruwaExplore the ruins at Polonnaruwa

    After breakfast, drive to Dambulla, a World Heritage site and the largest cave temple in Sri Lanka. Dambulla consists of five caves that contain over 150 images of the Buddha in total, the largest of which is 42 ft tall.

    Later, transfer to Polonnaruwa, the island's medieval capital (also a World Heritage Site). Walk around the ancient ruins, sit by the artificial lake that covers 6,000 acres, and view the remains of the Royal Palace.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Heritance Kandalama (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: sigiriya
    Explore Sigiriya RockExplore Sigiriya Rock

    Today, you’ll climb the spectacular fifth century rock fortress of Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of Sri Lanka’s most significant attractions. Built by King Kasyapa (477-495 AD), the “Lion Rock,” as it’s known, is a citadel of unusual beauty rising more than 650 feet above the jungle in a sheer and mysterious manner. The rock was initially the innermost stronghold of a large (175+ acre) fortified town that later became a monastic refuge in the 16th-17th centuries. It then fell into disrepair and was only rediscovered during 19th century British colonial rule. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens, including beautiful water gardens with royal bathing pools, moated islands, and pavilions, ring the base of the rock. While at the site, you’ll also visit the world-renowned frescoes of the “Heavenly Maidens” of Sigiriya in a sheltered rock niche approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster and, despite being only 22 of what were some 500 frescoes originally, are in remarkable condition, with colors still glowing brightly.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Heritance Kandalama (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: anuradhapura/mihintale
    The Jetavanaramaya is a stupa located within the ancient city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka The Jetavanaramaya is a stupa located within the ancient city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

    Today you will drive to Anuradhapura, the first capital and once the grandest city of ancient Ceylon, where Sinhalese kings ruled for more than a thousand years. It is the home of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and while there, you’ll visit several places of historical and archaeological interest. For example, Sri Maha Bodhi (sacred bodhu tree), is more than 2,200 years old and the oldest documented tree in the world. It was brought to the site as a sapling, where Prince Siddhartha is said to have attained enlightenment. The Brazen Palace, built more than 2,000 years ago, is remarkable for its 1,600 stone columns, all that’s left of a magnificent nine-story home to more than 1,000 monks. Ruvanvelisaya, also more than 2,000 years old, is the most famous of all the dagobas, or Buddhist monuments. The Samadhi Buddha statue (4th century) depicts the Buddha in a state of “samadhi,” or deep meditation, and is one of the finest statues in the country. Isurumuniya rock temple (3rd century BC) is well known for its very fine, well-preserved rock carvings.

    In the afternoon, head to the high rocky ruins of Mihintale, where Buddhism was first introduced more than 2,300 years ago. Climb a grand stairway of some 1,840 ancient granite steps to the summit from which there is a great panoramic view of the surrounding countryside. Along the way, the hillside is filled with shrines, sculptures, stupas, and rock dwellings.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Heritance Kandalama (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: matale/kandy

    Travel to the town of Matale to see a spice garden, where you will learn about different spices, including how they are grown and processed. Also, observe a demonstation to learn how the spices are used in traditional medicine of Sri Lankan dishes. Afterward, continue on to Kandy and check into your hotel.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Chaaya Citadel Hotel Kandy (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: kandy
    View of Kandy townView of Kandy town

    Experience Kandy, the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drive around lovely Kandy Lake, built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasingha, in 1807. Also visit the town, including (time permitting) its bazaar, the arts and crafts center, a gem museum, and a lapidary. This is followed by a visit to the Temple of the Tooth relic and a cultural show.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Chaaya Citadel Hotel Kandy (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: nuwara eliya
    Visit a working tea estateVisit a working tea estate

    Depart for Nuwara Eliya, an old British village known for its location in the heart of tea-growing country, its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, and its quaint hilltop resort atmosphere.  Along the way, stop at a tea plantation and tea factory, where it is said the best tea in the world is produced. Upon arriving in Nuwara Eliya, you'll visit another tea factory and estate to learn all about the country's tea industry.  Sri Lanka’s highest mountain, Pidurutalagala (about 8,300 feet) is also located here. You'll stay in the town of Nuwara Eliya for dinner and overnight.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Jetwing St. Andrews Hotel (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: galle
    Spend some time exploring intriguing GalleSpend some time exploring intriguing Galle

    After breakfast, you will depart for Galle, which was once the chief port of Ceylon (as Sri Lanka was named by the British), and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city was and is still well known for its hand-made lace. The remainder of the day is yours at leisure, either for relaxing at your hotel or exploring on your own.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Galle Fort Hotel (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 9: galle
    Explore Galle Fort and other city sightsExplore Galle Fort and other city sights

    Head into Galle town for a city tour, including Galle Fort, spanning some 90 acres, which was originally built by the Portuguese and later extended by the Dutch in 1663. There is also a very interesting Dutch Museum. Return to your hotel, where the evening is yours at leisure.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Galle Fort Hotel (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 10: colombo
    See temples and other sights in ColomboSee temples and other sights in Colombo

    Following a relaxing morning in Galle, you will drive to Colombo, Sri Lanka’s largest city and former (now administrative) capital, where you’ll take a city tour of both old and new sights. With a long history dating back to the 5th century when it was a stop on the sea trade route between Asia and the West, Colombo is changing quickly these days, with skyscrapers being built in some old sites and old world charm preserved in others. Visit British-era colonial buildings, the old clock tower, the Pettah bazaar (a great place for picking up a few mementos of your travels), mosques, churches, and Hindu and Buddhist temples. Head to your hotel for dinner and your last night in country.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    The Gateway Hotel (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 11: colombo/onward
    Bid farewell to the country and its many colorful sightsBid farewell to the country and its many colorful sights

    After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home, or perhaps onward for more adventures in this fascinating corner of the world. If your schedule permits, ask us for suggestions on extending your trip.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$3,750
- $4,050
Basic land cost: $3750 Add $300 for travel between Dec 19 & Feb 28
Single Supplement:
$1,100
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Privately on Request
Dec 5-15, 2017

Need to Know

Duration:
11 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Superior boutique hotels
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Optional hiking
Group Size:
2-12
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Trip Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

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Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
●●○○○ Delightful
Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
●●●○○ Superior
Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
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Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
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The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
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Match the trip’s intensity to your ability and motivation.
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Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
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Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
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Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
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Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
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Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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