Upon arriving after your long journey, you will be greeted by our team of airport officials, chief travel engineer from ArTravele and your travel host, Jordana. You will then be escorted to our lounge to enjoy a refreshment while we wait for the rest of the guests to arrive. Afterwards, we make our way to Wikkala to relax and unwind at your hideaway for the night (D).
Hideaway: Wattura Resort & Spa
Day 3 - Wilpattu National Park
Wake up and enjoy breakfast at your leisure. Spend the morning luxuriating by your private pool, catching up on a good book, or if you're feeling adventurous, join us for an early morning cycle around the local village. Or take a leisurely gallop around the grounds on horseback. In the afternoon, grab your cameras, it's time to take a walk on the wild side. We climb into our private safari vehicles and visit Wilpattu National Park, one of the few places in the world you will find the sloth bear, herds of wild Asian elephant and the Sri Lankan leopard (B, D).
Hideaway: Ulagalla Resort
Day 4 - Mannar
After breakfast this morning, we make our way to the North West corner of Sri Lanka, to the Island of Mannar. This fascinating region endured a three-decades long civil war, and was long the major exit and entry point to southern India. Today, Mannar enjoys peace, welcomes visitors with open arms and provides us with the unique opportunity to explore a part of Sri Lanka off the beaten path . Today we visit Vayu and enjoy a private picnic on this secluded island off an island. This evening we have something special for the animal lovers: We visit Sri Lanka's only Donkey Clinic Education and therapeutic centre (B,L,D).
Hideaway: Palmyrah House*
Day 6 - Jaffna
After breakfast, we visit the northern most point of the country - Point Pedro. Once an ancient archaeological site, turned colonial fishing village. Point Pedro is on track to become one of the busiest ports for the island nation. Next, after visiting a few more cultural sites around Jaffna, we spend the afternoon at an organic farm. It's time to roll up our sleeves, forage for fresh ingredients, and alongside a team of chefs, we learn to prepare and cook our own authentic Jaffna meal. We gather to enjoy a quintessential Sri Lankan farm-to-table experience and afterwards, head back to our hideaway to relax and unwind (B, L, D).
Hideaway: Fox Jaffna
This morning, we wake early and step onto our own private catamaran to chase the sunrise. As the sun greets us over the horizon, enjoy fresh canapés as we make our way to the perfect spot to cut the engine. Enjoy a peaceful paddle board or snorkel session, or, laze around on board and soak up some rays. A late breakfast will be waiting for you upon our return, and in the afternoon, join us for a city tour of Trincomalee with highlights including the hot springs in Kanniya and the Koneswaram Temple (B, D).
Hideaway: Jungle Beach
Day 10 - Sigirya & Kandy
Today we soak in Sri Lanka's ancient history, colonial history and spirituality. After an early breakfast, we throw on our hiking shoes and explore Sri Lanka's most recognizable UNESCO world heritage site, the iconic Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress. The expansive grounds of this jaw-dropping historical site include remnants of a ruined palace, an intricate network of fortifications, ponds, canals, fountains and garden that are amongst the oldest landscaped gardens in the world. We ascend the rock and enjoy incredible 360 views of this cultural triangle. Once we descend to earth, we make our way towards the capital of Hill Country, Kandy. A sumptuous stop in at an elegant manor house is the perfect introduction to this picturesque part of the country. This evening, we explore the Temple of the Sacred Tooth and experience the evening pooja ceremony, an important cultural ceremony of reverence showcasing traditional drummers and dancers (B, L, D).
Hideaway: Fox Kandy
Day 12 - Colombo
After breakfast, it's time to leave the lush scenery of Hill Country and make way for the big city to spend our final night together in Colombo. We've ventured to the furthest reaches of this beautiful country, and gathered many a story along the way. There is no better way to celebrate our shared experiences than by sitting down to a decadent and theatrical, culinary journey through the history of Sri Lankan cuisine. Once you've filled your belly (and hearts), the night is yours to experience Colombo's unique nightlife or do a bit of shopping (B, D).
Luxury Hotel: Cinnamon Grand