Silversea Luxury Cruises To TRINCOMALEE

TRINCOMALEE

Built on a truly majestic natural harbour - one of the world’s largest - Trincomalee is a gateway to the deep historical interests of Sri Lanka. Richly cultural and historic, Trincomalee is surrounded by treasured sites, which hark back thousands of years - and hold unprecedented cultural value. Set on the eastern coast of Sri Lanka - on the peninsula that it shares its name with - venture inland to explore some of the world's most majestic and evocative archaeological and holy sites. View more

Or, take it easy and lay back on Trincomalee's plentiful, palm-lined beaches. Boat tours can take you out to cruise among dolphins and whales, or to the reefs of Pigeon Island. A swirl of colonial houses, temples and mosques line the multi-cultural streets of this fascinating destination. Live like a local and start the day with a steaming cup of Ceylon tea and buffalo curd for breakfast before heading out to visit extraordinary sites of ancient worship, as you explore Sri Lanka's incredible UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Head inland to the jaw-dropping Golden Temple of Dambulla, a vast temple, dominated by a gleaming gold Buddha figure. The amazing Ancient City of Polonnaruwa dates back to the 12th century and is an unearthed treasure trove of ruins - famous for its meticulously thought out urban planning. Polonnaruwa was the second capital of Sri Lanka, and you can visit the first capital at the Sacred City of Anuradhapura – a place of immense value to the Buddhist faith. The Sirigiya Rock Fortress is a jaw-dropping collaboration between man and nature, and the incredible fortress sits perched above an almighty 200-metre high slab of rock.

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Excursions in TRINCOMALEE

Golden Temple of Dambulla

Experience one of the most revered and iconic treasures of Sri Lanka during this picturesque, full-day excursion to the ancient Golden Temple of Dambulla, an UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Scenic Drive to Dambulla, Golden Temple of Dambulla

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 2.5-hour drive to Dambulla. Upon arrival, a visit is made to the ancient Golden Temple of Dambulla, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Buddhist cave shrine temple complex of Dambulla, with its compelling and inspirational tranquillity, has touched the spirit of millions of visitors who have passed through its sacred spaces down the centuries.


Statuary of Lord Buddha and Boddhisattva, Wall and Ceiling Murals

A refuge once for the fugitive King Valagamba, driven from Anuradhapura, these rock shelters have been continuously inhabited over millennia. When King Valagamba returned victorious to his kingdom, out of gratitude to the monks he had the site transformed into a temple complex, with five cave shrines dedicated to the Buddha. Over the centuries, the complex has been expanded and filled with over 150 statuary of the Lord Buddha and Boddhisatva, rock-cut carvings of events from Buddha's life, and exquisite murals on walls and ceilings in the style of the 18th-century Painting School of Kandy.


Temple Walking Tour, Habanara Village Hotel, Lunch, Return Drive

A guided walking tour and ascent of over 400 steps rewards you with an opportunity to view the ancient and revered Buddhist treasures of this 1st-century B.C. icon, with tis five magnificent caves surrounding the Golden Temple. Following your visit, exit the Golden Temple of Dambulla and walk back down the steps, then re-board your coach and proceed for lunch at the Habanara Village Hotel. After lunch, re-board your coach and commence the approximately two-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 230 yards (about 210 metres), at times over uneven, stone, sandy, and grassy surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, six steps at the Habarana Village Hotel and over 400 steps at the Golden Temple of Dambulla. The ascent to the cave temple takes approximately 30 minutes. This tour is recommended for active guests in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe and non-slip walking shoes, and bring sun protection from the ship. As a rule, proper attire is required to enter religious sites; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted, female guests must cover their shoulders, please bring a scarf from the ship. Shoes must be removed when entering religious sites; bring an extra pair of socks for comfort, as the pavement may be hot. Infrastructure in Trincomalee is basic, and local conditions may be challenging: coaches, guides, hotels, restaurants, equipment, and services are the best-available in the area, but may not be up to the standards of those found on other excursions therefore, we urge flexibility and understanding as we visit unique and somewhat remote destinations. The cost of providing a tour programme in this area is proportionately more expensive than in neighbouring regions as vehicles and guides are brought in from Colombo. This may be reflected in the prices of the tours and we thank you for your understanding. Some sites may be crowded, and depending on traffic and parking conditions, it may be necessary to cross busy streets. Flash photography is prohibited inside the temple and caves. The tour sequence may vary.

Sacred City of Anuradhapura

Explore a treasure trove of centuries-old archaeological, architectural and spiritual treasures during this panoramic, full-day excursion to the Sacred City of Anuradhapura.


Sacred City of Anuradhapura

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 2.5-hour drive to the spectacular ruins of the Sacred City of Anuradhapura, opening up a window to Sri Lanka's compelling history and spiritual heritage. Stories by the thousands who reside within its atmospheric sprawl document the life and times of Anuradhapura's importance as the First City for over a thousand years, and the kings who shaped the early history of this nation.


Guided Walking Tour, Archaeological, Architectural and Spiritual Treasures

Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour of the Sacred City of Anuradhapura, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along the way, explore the prolific Buddhist monumental heritage that draws pilgrims and visitors from around the globe to marvel at this vibrant, open-museum of centuries-old archaeological, architectural and spiritual treasures. Immerse yourself in a world of massive dagobas (brick stupas), venerable pokunas (water bodies) and monastic structures that engage modern visitors in these sacred spaces.


Sacred Bo Tree, Gigantic Stupa, White Dagoba Monument

Centric to the city's iconic spiritual attractions is the Sri Maha Bodhi (Sacred Bo Tree), which dates back over 2,000 years ago. Surrounded by fluttering prayer flags, this sacred tree is a direct descendant of the original Bodhi Tree, under which the troubled Prince Siddhartha became the Enlightened One; the Buddha. The Sri Maha Bodhi has the distinction of being the oldest historically documented tree in the world. Leaving the Sacred Bo Tree, a visit is made to the sacred spaces of Ruwanweliseya, a gigantic stupa and home to one of the world's tallest monuments, the White Dagoba. It was commissioned by King Dutugamunu, who also built Lovamahapaya/Lohaprasadaya, the 'Brazen Palace'.


Isurumuniya Rock Temple, Murals, Samadhi Buddha Image, Palm Garden Village Hotel, Lunch

Next, head to the bell-shaped Isurumuniya Rock Temple. Dating from the 3rd century and situated near a lotus pond, the temple is famed for its exquisite murals. From here, continue on for a look at one of Sri Lanka's finest statues of the Enlightened One. The serene, 4th-century Samadhi Buddha depicts a seated Buddha in a meditative pose. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and proceed to a local hotel for lunch. After lunch, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 2.5-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 820 yards (about 750 metres), at times over uneven, stone, sandy, and grassy surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, ten steps at Palm Garden Village and 65 steps at Anuradhapura. This tour is recommended for active guests in good physical condition. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe and non-slip walking shoes, and bring sun protection from the ship. As a rule, proper attire is required to enter religious sites; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted, female guests must cover their shoulders, please bring a scarf from the ship. Shoes must be removed when entering religious sites; bring an extra pair of socks for comfort, as the pavement may be hot. Infrastructure in Trincomalee is basic, and local conditions may be challenging: coaches, guides, hotels, restaurants, equipment, and services are the best-available in the area, but may not be up to the standards of those found on other excursions therefore, we urge flexibility and understanding as we visit unique and somewhat remote destinations. The cost of providing a tour programme in this area is proportionately more expensive than in neighbouring regions as vehicles and guides are brought in from Colombo. This may be reflected in the prices of the tours and we thank you for your understanding. Some sites may be crowded, and depending on traffic and parking conditions, it may be necessary to cross busy streets. Flash photography is prohibited inside the temple and caves. The tour sequence may vary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Trincomalee at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas within the city's limits at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Trincomalee at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.

Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas within the city limits at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Trincomalee at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas within the city limits at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Trincomalee at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas within the city limits at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Sri Lankan Safari at Minneriya National Park

Discover the elephant herds of Sri Lanka, and view a host of other wildlife, bird and plant species in their natural habitat, during this exciting, full-day safari excursion to Minneriya National Park.


Minneriya National Park, Game Drive, Elephant Herds

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 2-2.5-hour drive to Minneriya National Park. Situated within the elephant corridor, this relatively small reserve spans approximately 21,965 acres (about 8,889 hectares) and hosts an unusually large number of elephants. It is one of the best places to see wild herds at close range as they go about their day. Upon arrival, board an open-sided 4WD safari vehicle and begin your exciting, approximately 2.75-hour game-drive. If you're lucky, you may even see a whole herd of adults with their young ones as they bathe or frolic in the water; an unforgettable sight.


Plant, Animal, Bird, Amphibian, Reptile, Fish, and Butterfly Species, Endemic Bamboo Trees

In addition to the elephants, other dry zone plant and animal species are also found in abundance; about 160 bird species, nine amphibian species, 25 reptile species, 26 fish species, and more than 78 butterfly species have been found in this area. There are also rare bamboo trees unique to this park.


Cinnamon Lodge, Lunch, Return Drive

Following your game-drive in this elephant haven, re-board your coach and proceed for lunch at the Cinnamon Lodge. After lunch, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 2.25-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of off-road driving and a minimal amount of walking, at times over uneven, bumpy, dusty, slippery and natural surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and open-sided, 4WD safari vehicles, two steps at Minneriya National Park and three steps at the Cinnamon Lodge. This tour is recommended for active guests in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with neck and/or back problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable safari clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, insect repellent and the camera. Guests must be at least seven years old to participate on this tour; minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate on this tour. The 4WD safari vehicles utilised on this tour are open-sided, and guests are therefore exposed to the heat and elements. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, animal sightings are not guaranteed. Due to the prevailing weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife on the Game Reserve, the programme contents and sequence are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice. Infrastructure in Trincomalee is basic; therefore, the best-available vehicles and guides brought in from Colombo. Safari vehicles are basic, air-cooled and open from the sides. Trackers are under the Government Wildlife Authority and extremely limited in number however Silversea will try it's best to provide a few trackers to be shared between jeeps. Alternatively, one guide is assigned to six Jeeps. Rangers are locals who speak very basic English. Matches, lighters and cigarettes and flash photography are all strictly prohibited inside the park. For personal consumption, it is recommended to avoid carrying any food items with a strong smell. Feeding animals is also strictly forbidden. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions.

Temple & Sights of Trincomalee

Discover the ancient temples and local sights of Trincomalee during a scenic and informative, half-day sightseeing excursion to this historic port city.


Trincomalee

Depart the pier for a picturesque sightseeing tour of Trincomalee and its surrounds. A natural deep-water harbour, Trincomalee has attracted seafarers for centuries; Ptolemy, Marco Polo, and traders from across Southeast Asia and China have all docked here. This seafaring town is also home to the largest Dutch fortress in Sri Lanka, as well as the oldest Hindu temple. Today, its pristine beaches are a hub for surfing, scuba diving, whale-watching and fishing.


Konēswaram Temple, Trincomalee City Drive

Your tour begins with a scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to the Konēswaram Temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Konēswaram Temple is nestled amidst the historic and much-fought-over Fort Fredrick, a 17th-century Dutch Fort. The original shrine was demolished in 1622 by the Portuguese, who called it the 'Temple of a Thousand Columns', and fortified the heights of the fort with material derived from its destruction. Some of the artefacts from the originally demolished temple were kept in the Lisbon Museum, including a stone inscription by King Kulakkottan. Leaving the temple and fort, take an orientation drive through one of the oldest cities in Asia, along with the sights, sounds, culture and architecture that reflect its glorious history as a bustling port.


Refreshment Stop, Velgam Vehera Temple Ruins, Brick Dagobas, Balustrades, Guard Stones

Following a brief refreshment stop at a local hotel, a final stop is made at Velgam Vehera, an important historic temple revered by both Sinhala and Tamil Buddhists. Built during the reign of King Devanampiyathissa (307 B.C.-267 B.C.) it's been declared an archaeological protected site by the Sri Lanka Archaeological Department. The collapse of the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa Kingdoms, which led to migration of the population to southern parts of Sri Lanka, resulted in the temple being abandoned and falling into ruin. During your guided walking tour of the ruins, see stone inscriptions, brick dagobas, balustrades and guard stones scattered around the temple complex. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.

Trinco Blu Beach Escape

Relax and unwind amidst the tropical seaside beauty of Sri Lanka during this sun-kissed, half-day beach excursion to the idyllic Trinco Blu Hotel.


Hotel Trinco Blu, Coconut Grove Gardens, Magnificent Beach, Palms Trees, Sea Views

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to the Hotel Trinco Blu. This idyllic paradise is nestled amidst landscaped, coconut-grove gardens, and adjacent to a magnificent beach with coconut palms lining the water and spectacular views of the sparkling blue sea. Once a 1970s resort originally designed to resemble a great sailing vessel, the hotel was transformed and relaunched with a refreshing, retro-chic design.


Welcome Drink, Infinity Pool, Sunbathing, Swimming, Optional Snorkelling, Diving & Water Sports

Upon arrival, receive a cool welcome drink. Afterward, spend your morning enjoying the peace and solitude of the beach, or taking a dip in the long infinity pool and soaking up the tropical sun. If you love being out on the water, the hotel offers snorkelling, diving and other water sports at your own expense. Food and beverages are also available at your own expense. At the conclusion of your relaxing escape to the Hotel Trinco Blu, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 110 yards (about 100 metres), at times over sandy surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and three steps at the hotel. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with flat, closed-toe walking or beach shoes, and bring sun protection, and change of clothing from the ship. Towels are provided by the hotel, and the use of pool, beach and a welcome drink are included in the package. Use of any other amenities, meals and beverages are optional, and at the expense of each guest. Daybeds are subject to availability on a first-come, first-serve basis. USD, GBP, Euros and SLR are accepted for additional purchases; some shops accept credit cards. This tour includes leisure time at the best 5-star beach resort in the area (not 5-star deluxe). The hotel may be crowded in season, or if there is a big group/wedding/conference taking place. Infrastructure in Trincomalee is basic, and local conditions may be challenging: coaches, guides, hotels, restaurants, equipment, and services are the best-available in the area, but may not be up to the standards of those found on other excursions therefore, we urge flexibility and understanding as we visit unique and somewhat remote destinations. The cost of providing a tour programme in this area is proportionately more expensive than in neighbouring regions as vehicles and guides are brought in from Colombo. This may be reflected in the prices of the tours and we thank you for your understanding.

Land programmes in TRINCOMALEE

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Ceylon Tea Trail - Exclusive Experience

A rare and unique experience is yours to discover at Colombo's 'Golden Valley of Tea', and a two-night stay at the world's first tea bungalow resort. Nestled amongst lush Ceylon tea estates lies the Ceylon Tea Trails, Sri Lanka's first Relais & Châteaux resort. Immerse yourself in the traditional daily life of a working tea estate whilst enjoying five-star luxury, and the beauty and serenity of your surrounds. Enjoy an exclusive tea tasting session, and a host of active and relaxing amenities against a breath-taking backdrop of mountains, lakes, rolling green hills, and winding roads and waterfalls. During a guided stroll along the Ceylon Tea Trails, observe the picking of tea leaves and buds, and traditional tea-making process. Next, walk through tea gardens, patches of forests and jungles, and past streams and mini-waterfalls. A tea-infused barbecue picnic lunch served al fresco, traditional English afternoon tea served on the bungalow lawns and an exclusive Sri Lankan cooking demonstration round out your unforgettable Tea Trails experience.


02MIDTRC-A: Sri Lankan Sojourn

Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights

Departs from: Trincomalee

Re-join ship: Colombo

Reserve: At least 90 days prior to sailing


IMPORTANT NOTE:

This Silver Shore Mid-Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis. Tickets are available in limited quantities, and participation cannot be guaranteed for those guests not booking well in advance. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, 90 - 0 days prior to the initial sailing date: 100% of the programme fare per person is due.


Payment-in-full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. Booking made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Silversea. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change, and not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable, and non-refundable, within 90 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors, and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.

VISA INFORMATION:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Sri Lanka. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain all appropriate visas before cruising. Please ensure to secure a Sri Lanka Tourist Visa not a Transit Visa at www.eta.gov.lk


LOCAL CURRENCY:

The local currency is the Sri Lankan rupee; however, Euros, British Pounds and US Dollars are well-accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited, and credit cards are accepted in most larger shops and hotels (there is no shopping stop planned during the program).

Experience the traditional daily life of a working tea estate whilst enjoying five-star luxury and exquisite surrounds during this immersive, two-night overland Tea Trails excursion.


DAY ONE - Saturday, April 17, 2021 - Trincomalee/Castlereagh


Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your scheduled flight to Castlereagh

After disembarking the ship, meet your guide and transfer to the airport for your scheduled morning chartered seaplane flight, departing at approximately 10:00 a.m. and arriving at the Castlereagh Reservoir at approximately 10:40 a.m.


Ceylon Tea Trails Resort, Highlands, Tea Plantations

Upon arrival, meet your guide and transfer to the nearby Ceylon Tea Trails Resort. Here, in the cooler highlands, English and Scottish planters created a little bit of England in Ceylon's 'up-country', and founded the island's tea plantations. Today, their legacy can be seen in meticulously managed tea gardens whilst their planters' genteel lifestyle is relived at the luxurious Ceylon Tea Trails Resort, the first Relais & Châteaux resort in Sri Lanka.


About the Ceylon Tea Trails Resort

Built between 1890 and 1939 along the Castlereagh Lake and set amidst rolling green hills, the plantation bungalows are furnished with authentic period pieces. With butler service and gourmet meals surrounded by the pristine countryside and unchanged rhythms of a tea estate, a bygone era is yours to discover at the Ceylon Tea Trails Resort.


Enjoy lunch, check-in and the rest of the afternoon at leisure, with an exclusive tea tasting session

Following lunch and check-in, the remainder of the afternoon is at leisure to relax and participate in an exclusive tea tasting session.


Trekking, biking, mountains, lakes, waterfalls, spa treatment, croquet, sunbathing, pool, and more

The Ceylon Tea Trails Resort offers an ideal setting for active guests who enjoy trekking and biking against the breath-taking backdrop of mountains, lakes, winding roads and waterfalls. If you prefer more leisurely and relaxing activities, you might opt for a soothing spa treatment, croquet on the lawn or sunbathing alongside the inviting pool.


Dinner is at the resort.


Overnight accommodations at the Ceylon Tea Trails Resort - Castlereagh


Please note: Upon arrival at the port of Trincomalee, guests are required to submit their baggage to be transferred by road and delivered to the hotel by 4 p.m.


DAY TWO - Sunday, April 18, 2021 - Castlereagh


Breakfast followed by an immersive Tea Trails experience

After an English or Sri Lankan breakfast of your choice at the hotel, meet your guide and embark on an essential Tea Trails experience highlighting the wonders of Camellia Sinensis (the botanical name for tea).


Take a guided stroll along the trail of the tea-planters of Old Ceylon

A resident tea planter provides you with a first-hand introduction to the age-old tea-making process. Begin with a guided stroll along the trail of the planters of Old Ceylon, as they trekked through the dense jungle looking for the best slopes on which to plant tea.


Observe the picking of tea leaves and buds, and traditional tea-making process

Observe the tea pluckers pick two leaves and a bud with deft hands, then visit the factory where the all-important transformation from leaves to 'ready' black tea occurs. The machinery used is of traditional British design, some 100 years old. The process is a very artisanal one, and remains unchanged a century later.


Walk through tea gardens, patches of forests and jungles, and past streams and mini-waterfalls

Explore these stunning surroundings further with a scenic walk through beautifully manicured tea gardens, tranquil patches of forest and jungle, and past streams and mini-waterfalls. Walking is a delightful way of experiencing these breath-taking landscapes, lush and exotic flora, abundant birdlife and the sweet rhythm of life in a tea garden.

Private, tea-infused barbecue picnic lunch served al fresco

Following your tour, proceed for a private, tea-infused barbecue picnic lunch served al fresco. Teas grown in various areas of Sri Lanka have distinct flavours, each lending a unique effect when combined with different ingredients and methods of preparation.


Enjoy the afternoon at leisure with a traditional English afternoon tea served on the bungalow lawns

After lunch, the rest of the afternoon is spent at leisure. Perhaps you would like to explore a few other legacies of the English, their love for gardens and the traditional English afternoon tea, an intrinsic part of plantation life and a revered ritual. Aromatic tea, dainty cucumber sandwiches, scones, fresh cream, and strawberry jam are served on the bungalow lawns by immaculately, sarong-clad 'apoos'.


Attend an exclusive cooking demonstration, and learn how to prepare Sri Lankan specialities

For those of you with a keen culinary interest, a Sri Lankan culinary experience has been arranged especially for you. A chef demonstrates the preparation of some of Sri Lanka's favourite comfort foods. Along the way, learn the basics of Sri Lankan cooking, from a wide array of spices and ingredients to recipes and techniques.


Dinner is at the resort.


Overnight accommodations at the Ceylon Tea Trails Resort - Castlereagh


Please note: Before retiring for the evening, guests are required to submit their baggage to be delivered to the ship on Day Three.


DAY THREE - Monday, April 19, 2021 - Castlereagh/Colombo


Breakfast, check-out and transfer to the Castlereagh Reservoir for your scheduled flight to Colombo

After breakfast at the hotel and check-out, meet your guide and transfer to the Castlereagh Airport for your scheduled morning chartered seaplane flight, departing at approximately 9:15 a.m. and arriving in Colombo at approximately 9:45 a.m.


Transfer to the pier and ship

Upon arrival at the Colombo Airport, meet your guide for the short transfer to the port of Colombo. Upon arrival at the pier, embark the ship.

Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking, at times over uneven, cobblestone, rocky, sandy, grassy, slippery, and natural surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and board/de-board the seaplanes, and many steps at the sites visited. This tour is recommended for active guests in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sneakers, and bring sun protection, sunglasses with a strap, insect repellent, a light, weatherproof jacket, raingear, umbrella, small backpack for land visits (for cameras, bottled water, etc.), camera, plastic bag to keep your camera or photographic equipment dry, medications, binoculars, and credit cards and/or local currency for purchases from the ship. Guests must carry their passports and ship's ID at all times. Guests must be at least 18 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. Guests should be respectful towards local sentiments and customs. Guides in Sri Lanka have a strong accent. The tour sequence, timings and itinerary may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.


There is a weight restriction on seaplane flights; guests weighing more than 242 pounds (about 110 kilograms) cannot participate on this tour, and the total passenger weight cannot exceed 1,455 pounds (about 660 kilograms). Each guest is permitted only one piece of hand baggage weighing a maximum of 11 pounds (about five kilograms). On the first day, luggage arrives in the evening due to travel time from Trincomalee. On the second day, luggage needs to be submitted at night, before retiring, in order to be transferred to Colombo prior to the ship's sailing. Individual weight of guests, and the baggage weight, are required by the charter flight operator 72 hours in advance, along with complete passport details. Luggage is transferred separately, by road.


Sri Lanka is a very-low-income country with very basic infrastructure, and vastly different to the western culture mentality. Local conditions may be challenging; therefore, we urge flexibility and understanding as we visit unique and somewhat remote destinations. Coaches, guides, hotels, restaurants, equipment, and services are the best-available in the area, but may not be up to the standards of those found on other excursions. We thank you for your understanding.


Programme Includes:

  • Two-night stay at the Ceylon Tea Trails - Castlereagh
  • Chartered Seaplane flights: Trincomalee/Castlereagh and Castlereagh/Colombo
  • Two breakfasts, Two lunches and Two dinners, with drinks included
  • Exclusive tea tasting demonstration
  • Selection of active and relaxing activities and amenities
  • Immersive Ceylon Tea Trails experience
  • Traditional tea making
  • Traditional English afternoon tea served on the bungalow lawns
  • Guided stroll through tea gardens, patches of forests and jungles, and past streams and mini-waterfalls
  • Private, tea-infused barbecue picnic lunch
  • All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

Not Included:

Sri Lankan visa, any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance and other personal items.

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