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Classic Sri Lanka

8 Days | Immerse yourself in Sri Lanka’s history, cuisine and culture

4.9 out of 5 based on 15 reviews submitted.
EUR €1,230
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The remnants of a spiritual past await your discovery in Sri Lanka, from the ancient cliff-built complex of Lion Rock in Sigiriya to the ruins of the Sinhalese capital in Anuradhapura. Explore wonders of nature and humanity – often both at once – on this 8-day adventure through the cities, jungles and caves of Sri Lanka. Beginning in Negombo, travel through verdant countryside, past tea plantations, into the wildlife-filled Minneriya National Park and to the thriving capital of Colombo. An immersive and cultural Sri Lankan escapade awaits – the only thing left to choose is when to go.

Trip overview

Map of Classic Sri Lanka including Sri Lanka
Negombo, Sri Lanka
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
This trip generates 37.32 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Head off on safari – Sri Lanka style! Look for elephants and leopards while you cruise the beautiful Minneriya National Park in a jeep with expert local guides.
  • See one of the world’s most revered relics at the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, home to an earthly remain of the Lord Buddha, and discover the cave temple of Dambulla.
  • Travel through highlands so green they almost glow in Nuwara Eliya, and sample some of the acclaimed tea varieties that grow on the hillsides with your small group.
  • Learn about the varied cuisine and local customs of different regions around Sri Lanka and join local families to dine on traditional dishes like fragrant fish curry and rice.
  • Take a guided bike tour around Anuradhapura City, an impressive World-Heritage listed site, soaking up the splendour of the ruins which date back to the city’s heyday hundreds of years ago.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This is a busy trip, with lots of included and optional activities to make the most of your short time in the country.
  • We visit a number of temples on this trip, which requires a certain level of modesty. Please bring clothes that cover the arms and pants/skirts that go past the knees. A light scarf is also a good idea for covering shoulders and arms when it’s hot.
  • Though its equatorial position means fairly constant year-round temperatures, the summer months in Sri Lanka are very hot with short, sharp monsoons in the south-west of the country. Be sure to use adequate sun protection and drink plenty of water.
  • The Rock Fortress – or Lion Rock – of Sigiriya is spectacular. However, those with a fear of (or even an aversion to) heights may wish to sit the excursion out. Scaling the rock involves walking up lots of rough, narrow steps and tight walkways.


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2024 to 31 December 2024.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2023 - 31 December 2023

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7 breakfasts, 2 lunches


Private vehicle


Hotel (7 nights)

  • Kandy - Cultural Dance Performance
  • Kandy - Home-cooked lunch
  • Kandy - Temple of the Tooth
  • Nuwara Eliya - Tea factory tour
  • Kandy - Scenic train ride to Nuwara Eliya
  • Dambulla - Cave Temples
  • Sigiriya - Lion Rock Fortress Visit
  • Mawanella - Spice Garden visit
  • Sigiriya - Home-cooked lunch
  • Minneriya - Jeep safari
  • Anuradhapura - Bodhi Tree Temple
  • Anuradhapura - Sacred City bike tour
  • Colombo - City tour by bus
Add on activities
  • Kandy - Botanical Gardens - USD10

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
3. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking for entrance tickets. Fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing new tickets.

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4.9 out of 5 based on 15 reviews submitted.
Reviews are from travellers who have completed their trip and want to share their experience. We show all reviews, but may remove any that include profanity or inappropriate content, are unrelated to the trip or reveal personal details.

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Kerrie · Traveled May 2023
Great tour of Sri Lanka. The Classic Tour covered all the sigificant sights we wanted to see. Ajith was a wonderful, knowledgeable, polite & informative tour leader. Food options were varied and yummy. I would recommend this tour and Ajith highly.
Review submitted 21 May 2023

Kimberley · Traveled March 2023
My holiday in Sri Lanka was amazing. My guide Thilantha was extremely helpful and informative. He gave us some unique and amazing experiences. Thank you for all your efforts. I would definitely recommend this tour.
Review submitted 18 Mar 2023

Julie · Traveled November 2022
A great introduction to Sri Lanka. Actioned packed with history, culture, food and wildlife. Be prepared for some busy days but some great experiences too. Lion Rock seemed too hard a challenge for us so we went to the spa instead. Loved the train ride, elephant safari and the surprise on the last day reminds me why I book with Intrepid.
Review submitted 19 Nov 2022

Tabitha · Traveled November 2022
Classic Sri Lanka was a brilliant trip to see a wonderful country. Influenced by Asian & African cultures, I felt this little bite of Sri Lanka was an excellent way to see the best parts, in a short amount of time. George our tour leader was excellent in every way.
Review submitted 19 Nov 2022

Linda · Traveled November 2022
What an amazing trip in a very special country. We packed so much in on our Classic Sri Lanka trip...temples, a memorable train journey, tea plantations, the magnificent Lion Rock and best of all the elephants! Every bit of our trip was well organised and our trip leader George went above and beyond to make sure he imparted all his local knowledge to enhance our experience.
Review submitted 19 Nov 2022
Classic Sri Lanka
EUR €1,230