Crystal Travel invites holidaymakers to discover the contemporary wonders of Dubai and the historic sights of Sri Lanka, also known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. Travellers will have the chance to unravel the mysteries of both locations during a leisurely stay in Dubai, followed by a relaxing two-day sojourn in the holiday paradise of Bentota and a guided tour of Kandy, Pinnawala and Colombo, filled with ancient temples, forts and gardens as well as modern squares and bazaars.
Day 1-3: Dubai
After the arrival to Dubai airport, guests will be accommodated at the Hilton Garden Inn Dubai Al Mina and are invited to explore the city at leisure
Day 4: Bentota
Breakfast and check-out from the hotel in Dubai and arrival to Dubai International Airport for a direct flight to Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo. At the arrival in Sri Lanka, travellers will be greeted by the travel provider’s representative, decorated with flower garlands and taken to the Earl’s Reef Hotel in Bentota.
Day 5: Bentota
After breakfast and morning leisure at the scenic Bentota Beach, holidaymakers will have a chance to enjoy a boat ride through Mangrove Caves in the Madu Ganga sanctuary, and marvel at the lush tropical wetland wildlife. In the evening, guests will be treated to a romantic candlelight dinner featuring local seafood.
Day 6: Bentota
Breakfast at the hotel. Guests will spend a full day at leisure in Bentota, boasting one of the major exotic beaches in Sri Lanka, with a rich spa treatment and watersports offer.
Day 7: Betota/Nuwara Eliya
After the breakfast and check-out formalities, guests will be taken to Nuwara Eliya. On the way to the next stop on the tour, there will be a chance to take a few clicks of the spectacular St. Clare and Devon waterfalls, before heading to the Grand Camelia Hotel for a two-night stay.
Day 8: Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast, travellers will be invited to join a guided tour of Nuwara Eliya, the favourite retreat of the British during colonial times. In the afternoon, sightseeing will continue in the Hakgala Botanical Garden, known as the highest set in the world, boasting an impressive collection of orchids and roses.
Day 9: Nuwara Eliya/Kandy
After breakfast, guests will be driven to Kandy. On the way, there will be a visit to the tea factory and plantation at the Loolkandura estate, established in 1867, giving travellers an insight into how best teas are being made. On arrival in Kandy, guests will be invited to a city tour, that will lead through highlights such as Dalada Maligawa temple with the Sacred Tooth Relic and the remains of the royal palace, followed by a cultural show. The overnight stay will be at the Kandy City Hotel by Earl’s
Day 10: Kandy/Colombo
After breakfast, travellers will be taken to Colombo, with an en route visit to Pinnawala elephant orphanage – a place where baby elephants, as well as wounded and disabled animals are taken care of since 1975. In the evening, there will be a chance to go shopping in the busy streets of the business capital of Sri Lanka and to unwind at the Fairview Hotel.
Day 11: Departure from Colombo
After breakfast, travellers will be transferred to the airport to board their flight back home
Groupon’s Guide to Dubai
An emirate overlooking the Persian Sea, Dubai is famous for its tall, glistening glass buildings reaching far into the sky, large futuristic shopping malls, and luxury lifestyle. Boasting impressive architecture, Dubai is a suitable place for revelling in the sandy beaches and warm waters of the Arabian Sea and enjoying the vivid nightlife.
Guests may visit the Lost Chambers Aquarium and admire a labyrinthine network of aquariums that house thousands of exotic aquatic creatures, or even enjoy a scuba diving experience there. Rare gold and platinum may be praised at the Gold Souk, while dioramas that depict historic scenes and local life are displayed at the Dubai Museum, located inside the Al Fahidi Fort, an 18th-century fortress. On Palm Jumeirah, offering miles of golden sands and crystal clear waters, tourists may enjoy sunbathing and take advantage of water sports opportunities, while the desert areas of Dubai provide a spot for safari exploration.
Groupon’s Guide to Sri Lanka
Described as one of the most beautiful islands of its size in the world, hovering just above the Equator and amid the waters of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is well known for its tropical forests, beaches and rich cultural heritage.
Once on the island, travellers may visit the famous Yala National Park, the most visited and the second largest national park in the country, boasting an array of wild animals and aquatic birds. With over 3000 years of history and many ancient cities including Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Digamadulla, Sri Lanka is a perfect place for history enthusiasts. Negombo, one of the country’s major cities, is located on the west coast of the island and is famous for its sandy beaches and historical landmarks. Attractions such as the Angurukaramulla Temple, a six-metre-long reclining Buddha temple, and the Christian St. Mary’s Church await to be explored, while shopping enthusiasts may buy traditional products and souvenirs at one of the many local markets and shops.