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    12 Days Sri Lanka & Maldives tour and indulgent, all-inclusive resort package from $6,537pp, $4,799pp after member benefits.

    • Return flights from Australia (provision)
    • Wonderful 8-day guided tour of Sri Lanka
    • Beautiful waterfalls, tea plantation, cultural dance performance, welcoming people and much more
    • Get transported to your beachfront resort villa in the Maldives
    • Relax and spoil yourself with four days of all-inclusive hospitality
    • Once-in-a-lifetime experience

    Save up to 27% off full retail value. Sri Lanka resort stay options available.

    Stilt fishing in Sri Lanka
    Stilt fishing in Sri Lanka

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    Trip Highlights

    Sri Lanka is rich in its own art, culture, history, which makes the country appealing to travelers from all over the world. On this trip you’ll explore the beautiful landscapes, experience special cultural highlights and famous places of Sri Lanka, guided by an expert familiar with the deep-rooted history and customs of the country. We follow this with a once-in-a-lifetime resort getaway in the Maldives. Who could ask for more?

    Enjoy these highlights*:

    Your guided tour:

    • Matale spice garden
    • Gem museum and workshop tour
    • Kandy city tour
    • Traditional Kandyan cultural dance performance
    • Visit Ramboda Falls, a tea factory, and a tea plantation
    • Take a train ride to gorgeous Ella in the hills
    • Rawana waterfall and the Buduruwagala Rock Temple
    • Blue whale watching

    Your Maldives escape:

    • 3 nights staying in a beach-front villa
    • All-inclusive dining and drinks
    • Afternoon tea daily
    • Sunset canapes with selection of tapas
    • Enjoy the hospitality and meet new people

    Alternative stays available at silver and gold standard beachfront resorts in Sri Lanka.

    * Package price varies according to season and departure city as well as preferred accommodation.

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    "Endless beaches, timeless ruins, welcoming people, oodles of elephants, rolling surf, fun trains, famous tea, and delicious food make Sri Lanka irresistible. Blend in the Maldives for a heavenly adventure."

    Embark on a captivating journey with our tour package, starting with an 8-day guided exploration of Sri Lanka's cultural marvels, including Dambulla and other iconic sites. Then, surrender to luxury in the Maldives, where an all-inclusive stay in an overwater bungalow awaits. From ancient wonders to pristine beaches, this experience promises the perfect blend of discovery and relaxation. Are you ready to indulge in the best of both worlds?

    This is a first-class travel itinerary that's fully flexible. Want more or fewer days or you want to include a special destination or activity? No problem, we’ll customise a travel plan for you.

    Package inclusions:

    • Flights to Colombo, Sri Lanka
    • ETA (travel authority) fees and application processing
    • Private car airport transfer to hotel
    • 1 night gold standard pre-tour hotel accommodation
    • 8-day Sri Lanka Highlights tour
    • All silver standard hotel accommodation
    • Daily breakfasts
    • Transfer to airport
    • Flight to Male, Maldives
    • Speedboat transfer to luxurious Maldives island resort
    • 3 nights staying in a beachfront villa
    • All-inclusive dining and drinks
    • Access to water sports and snorkeling equipment

    Optional: Over-water villa/bungalow from just $539 per person. 

    All packages include:

    • Lonely Planet guide for Italy
    • No fees to alter the itinerary (you just pay for the adjusted itinerary)
    • Extra nights at industry wholesale price (using GCash travel credits)
    • Google Drive folder with soft copies of all travel documents
    • Comprehensive, printed itinerary
    • Personal travel consultant to help plan and customize your holiday
    • Option for best-in-class travel insurance at member price

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    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis and bookings are subject to availability. Price and deposit amount varies according to travel date. If flights are shown as included then a flight cost provision (allowance) applies and is based on travel from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Travel can be arranged from any other major centre and for any number of people. All prices shown are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Total price after member discount (using Getaway Cash travel credits and Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers if applicable) is generally payable as follows: Deposit on booking, balance 120 days prior to departure. Packages can be priced for families and groups on request. Standard price and full retail value comparisons are with similar packages offered elsewhere or what we estimate would be payable by a non-member for the same or similar package and may include a value we define for specialty travel agency services. Travel insurance if included is a provision only and may be declined on requestTravel insurance pricing if stated is based on comprehensive travel insurance for two travellers aged 69 years or less as at the date of departure from Australia. No recommendations or advice are given in regard to travel insurance suitability. Travel Directions Pty Ltd (t/as Australian Escapes Holiday & Travel Club) standard booking terms and conditions apply to all booking enquiries and bookings and are available here to view (or visit our website and go to either the "Booking Enquiry" or "About Us" menu item.)

    Your Itinerary

    After arriving in Colombo, Sri Lanka you’ll be met by our private car transfer drive who will take you to your top-class, central hotel. The next morning, after a relaxed breakfast, you’ll have time to wander the nearby streets before your tour guide will pick you up and give you an introduction to Sri Lanka, touching on points about the interesting places and wonders that lie ahead on your tour. 

    Start discovering the unique beauty of this small island country from the moment you get here. Every day is packed with sights, sounds, and exciting tastes. Once you’ve delighted enough in Sri Lanka, it’s time to head off to a once-in-a-lifetime resort getaway in the Maldives. These twelve days of travel will be some of the best you’ll ever spend.

    "Traveling it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller." - Ibn Battuta


    Your flight from Australia is likely to arrive late at night Sri Lanka time. Your driver will be there waiting in the arrivals hall. Enjoy the drive to central Colombo and your overnight stay.


    Your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel drive you to your destination in Sigiriya. Visit the Golden Cave Temple at Dambulla along the way. Depending on where the elephants are, you may go on a 4x4 safari this evening at Minneriya, Kaudulla, or Hurulu Eco National Park.


    You have the option this morning of sleeping in or leaving early to climb Sigiriya Rock. This is an opportunity to take some amazing pictures of the rock formations and city. Afterward, head back to your hotel for breakfast and then drive to Kandy.

    On the way, visit Nalanda Gedige, Matale Spice Garden, and the Gem Museum and workshop. After that, visit a Hindu temple on your Kandy city tour. In the evening, you’ll watch the traditional Kandyan cultural dance performance and see the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. 


    Two destinations, one unforgettable journey.

    After breakfast, we go to the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens in Kandy before continuing to Nuwara Eliya. Visit Ramboda Falls, a tea factory, and a tea plantation along the road.


    This morning, after breakfast we head to Gregory Lake and Victoria Park Garden. Later you’ll enjoy the panoramic view from the train to Ella in the hills.

    Scenic train ride at Nuwara Eliya

    Ella is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, so you’ll be treated to massive, tiered tea plantations, waterfalls, and viewpoints. Whether you love nature trails, picturesque scenery, or a laidback vibe, this little town in central Sri Lanka has it all.


    We start the day with a visit to the Rawana waterfall and the Buduruwagala Rock Temple before hitting the road for Tissamaharama.

    Yalla National Park

    Yala National Park (Sri Lanka's most popular and biggest marine park) offers a thrilling evening 4x4 safari along the coast of the Indian Ocean. Or you can do a safari at Udawalawe National Park


    After breakfast, drive to Mirissa to visit a snake farm. After that you’ll enjoy an evening of relaxation at your beach hotel at Mirissa.

    Sri Lankan stilt fisherman

    You could have the opportunity to marvel at the stilt fishermen who work the waves here, often very successfully.


    Enjoy watching whales from Mirissa as early as 6:30 in the morning. You can go back to the hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring Parrot Rock and watching the sunset from Coconut Tree Hill.


    Prepare to say "goodbye" to Sri Lanka as you have a hearty breakfast at the hotel before checking out. You will be taken to Bandaranaike International Airport, to continue your holiday.

    Depending on the flight time you will have the following options of places to visit:

    • Visit the Sea Turtle Hatchery & Rescue Center next, followed by the 
    • Madu River Boat Safari and 
    • Galle Dutch Fort


    On arrival in Malé, the capital of the Maldives, you will meet up with the speedboat transfer driver who will take you to the all-inclusive resort where you will stay for three idyllic nights.

    All-inclusive resort in the Maldives

    At your Maldives island resort, you can look forward to a swim-up bar, a poolside bar, and a terrace. With a private beach, beach cabanas and beach massages, this resort is the perfect place to soak up some sun. Treat yourself to an indulgent spa treatment while you are here.

    Beach front villa

    You have the choice of four on-site restaurants featuring international cuisine and ocean views. There are fitness and yoga classes, or you can go kayaking and snorkelling. There are two outdoor pools with sunlounges, pool umbrellas and a swim-up bar as well.

    Here are some suggestions about how to simply chill in the Maldives:

    Day 1: Arrival and Getting to Know

    Enjoy a welcome lunch at the resort’s restaurant with stunning ocean views. Explore the resort and its facilities. Take a dip in the resort’s pool or relax on the pristine beach.

    Spoil yourself with a spa treatment

    Indulge in a spa treatment to set the tone for a relaxing getaway. Enjoy a romantic dinner on the beach, with the sound of the waves and a breathtaking sunset as your backdrop.

    Days 2 and 3: Underwater Adventure and Island Exploration

    Start the day with a leisurely breakfast overlooking the ocean. Do some morning snorkelling or read a book. Have lunch at a beachside restaurant, savouring fresh seafood and local Maldivian cuisine. 

    Later explore the island, including a walk along the beach. Relax with a cocktail in hand as you enjoy the golden hues of the Maldivian sunset. Have dinner at one of the resort’s specialty restaurants, offering a diverse range of international and local dishes.

    Day 4: Relaxation and Farewell

    Enjoy a lazy morning. If you desire, take part in a yoga or meditation session on the beach for a serene start to your day. Spend your remaining time here soaking up the sun by the pool or on the beach. Capture some last-minute memories with a photo session at the island’s scenic spots.

    Check out of your accommodation but continue to use the resort facilities until your departure. Enjoy a farewell lunch, reminiscing about the beauty of the Maldives.

    Bid adieu to the Maldives as you embark on your return journey back to Malé. Depart with a heart full of memories and a promise to return.

    A stay like this in the Maldives might be brief, but it’s an immersive experience that captures the essence of this tropical paradise. From underwater adventures to beachside relaxation, every moment is designed to create cherished memories. The Maldives promises a blissful retreat that lingers in your heart long after you’ve left its shores.


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