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In 2018, we will return once again to one of our favourite luxury cricket locations, Sri Lanka; a cricket-obsessed nation of friendly and welcoming people.

Join Spectate Travel in partnership with the Cricketer magazine for a luxurious cricket tour in this beautiful country. Discover national treasures, famed temples and barefoot luxury on one of the island’s golden beaches. Our itineraries include plenty of extraordinary experiences but also much-valued and carefully built in downtime for you to explore or relax at your leisure. This year we take you to the UNESCO World Heritage cities of Galle and Kandy and also to the financial capital of Colombo to witness the three match test series.

SPECTATE TRAVEL 3 TEST TOUR – (03 - 29 November 2018)

Tour inclusions:

  • Return indirect flights with Emirates via Dubai, options available from London, Birmingham, Manchester or Glasgow.
  • 25 nights accommodation at the following resorts
    • 7 nights at the 4* Amari Galle in a deluxe ocean view room
    • 1 night at the 4* Elephant Trail, Udwalawe in a deluxe double room
    • 1 night at the 4* Araliya Green Hills, Nuwara Eliya in a deluxe double room
    • 6 nights at the 4* The Green House, Kandy exclusive villa in a private villa room
    • 3 nights at the 4* Lake Lodge, Kandalama in a luxury double room
    • 7 nights at the 5* Jetwing Colombo 7 in a deluxe double room
  • Guaranteed tickets to all five days of all three tests
  • Return airport transfers
  • Coach transfers between all hotels
  • Daily return coach transfers for all three tests
  • Welcome drinks on arrival in Galle
  • Tour Manager for entire duration
  • Farewell dinner in Colombo
  • Tour polo shirt
    • Tour Cost: £3795.00 per person based on double occupancy room
    • Single room supplement: £1200.00 per person

Prices were accurate at time of quoting and are subject to change, Flight and room upgrades available.

Additional excursion options:

  • Udawalawe National Park game drive in private jeep - £60.00 per person
  • Elephant Transit Home Udawalawe - £20.00 per person
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress - £35.00 per person
  • Minneriya National Park excursion - £58.00 per person
  • Dambulla Cave Temple - £25.00 per person
  • Hot Air Balooning in Lake Lodge – £220.00 per person
  • Dinner at Kandalame Cave, Lake Lodge - £220.00 per person

 

 

 

 

Sample Itinerary

Depart UK from designated airport via Dubai, overnight flight.

Arrive Columbo. Upon arrival at the airport you will enjoy the VIP arrival service at the Bandaranaike International Airport. 

You will be met by our Spectate representative and transfer to the Amari Galle by your Chauffeur Guide (approx. 3 hours). Your travel documents along will be handed over to you at an appropriate time.

Check into your room (standard check in is at 2pm, however if the room is available, we will try to provide you with an early check in free of charge). Relax the rest of the day.

 

Day at leisure.

This evening there will be a welcome drinks reception with your hosts and fellow travellers.

Sri Lanka VS England - First Test, Day 01

Guaranteed match tickets and return coach transfers are included.

 

Sri Lanka VS England - First Test, Day 02

Guaranteed match tickets and return coach transfers are included.

Sri Lanka VS England - First Test, Day 03

Guaranteed match tickets and return coach transfers are included.

Sri Lanka VS England - First Test, Day 04

Guaranteed match tickets and return coach transfers are included.

Sri Lanka VS England - First Test, Day 05

Guaranteed match tickets and return coach transfers are included.

After breakfast, you will check out and be transferred in a luxury coach with air conditioning to Udwalawe, approximately a 3 hour drive through the breath-taking Sri Lankan countryside with a designated stop en route.

On arrival, you will check in to the Elephant Trail hotel for one night. When staying here, game drives are available as well as a visit to the Elephant Transit Home.

Evening at leisure.

 

After breakfast, you will check out and be transferred in a luxury coach with air conditioning to beautiful Nuwara Eliya, approximately 3 hour drive passing through Udawalawe and Lunugamvehera national parks.

On arrival, check in to the Araliya Green Hills hotel for one night including breakfast.

Evening at leisure.

This morning, check out and take the 3 hour journey in executive coach to Kandy.

On arrival you will check in to the stunning 'Green House' Villa for 6 nights on a bed and breakfasts basis.

Evening at leisure.

Sri Lanka VS England - Second Test Day 01

Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium

Guaranteed match tickets and return coach transfers are included.

Sri Lanka VS England - Second Test Day 02

Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium

Guaranteed match tickets and return coach transfers are included.

Sri Lanka VS England - Second Test Day 03

Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium

Guaranteed match tickets and return coach transfers are included.

Sri Lanka VS England - Second Test Day 04

Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium

Guaranteed match tickets and return coach transfers are included.

Sri Lanka VS England - Second Test Day 05

Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium

Guaranteed match tickets and return coach transfers are included.

After breakfast, we will check out of the Green House and travel north to Lake Lodge, approximately a 2 hour drive north.

On arrival, we will check in to the 4* Lake Lodge Boutique Hotel for 3 nights including breakfast for some rest and relaxation after a busy fortnight of cricket.

Evening at leisure.

At leisure in Lake Lodge.

Here we have a wide range of excursions available, a visit to Dambulla Cave Temple is must see and for those looking for something even more extravagant, why not take a Hot Air Balloon ride over Dambulla, flying over the jungle you may see elephants roaming freely, water buffaloes in the paddy fields and monkeys swinging from the trees.

Day at leisure.

After breakfast, check out and take the 2 hour coach transfer to our final stop of the tour, Colombo.

On arrival, you will check in to the 5* Jetwing Colombo for 7 nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

Evening at leisure.

Sri Lanka VS England - Third Test Day 01

R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium

Guaranteed match tickets and return coach transfers are included

Sri Lanka VS England - Third Test Day 02

R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium

Guaranteed match tickets and return coach transfers are included

Sri Lanka VS England - Third Test Day 03

R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium

Guaranteed match tickets and return coach transfers are included

Sri Lanka VS England - Third Test Day 04

R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium

Guaranteed match tickets and return coach transfers are included

Sri Lanka VS England - Third Test Day 05

R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium

Guaranteed match tickets and return coach transfers are included

Day at leisure.

This evening you will enjoy a farewell dinner with your hosts and fellow travellers.

After breakfast, check out and be transferred to Bandaranaike International airport for your return flight home to the UK.

END OF TOUR ARRANGEMENTS.

Our Hand Picked Accommodation Options

Image of 4* Amari Galle

4* Amari Galle

The centrally located, beautiful Amari Galle is located just 4.3 km from Galle International Cricket Stadium. The hotel has an outdoor pool and a private beach area, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Airy, sophisticated rooms have sofas, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars, plus tea and coffeemaking facilities. All feature balconies or terraces with ocean views All rooms include a private bathroom. Extras include bathrobes and slippers. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property.

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4* Elephant Trail

This boutique hotel is located on the border of Udawalawe National Park and just 5 minutes away from the entrance of the national park. The hotel comprises of luxurious guest rooms in two categories while all rooms are well equipped with modern amenities and views of the surroundings. Guests can enjoy a fine dining experience where delicious meals are served daily highlighting Sri Lankan cuisine. You can relax by the pool with your favourite book or enjoy a safari drive up to the National Park where you can witness the magnificent elephants walking about.

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4* Araliya Green Hills

Set in an elegant manor on a leafy hillside property overlooking farmland, this upscale hotel is a 5-minute walk from the gardens of Victoria Park. Warmly decorated rooms offer cable TV and Wi-Fi access, plus minifridges, tea and coffeemaking facilities, and en suite bathrooms with rainfall showers. Suites add pantries, living areas and/or whirlpool tubs. Room service is available 24/7. Breakfast is complimentary. Other amenities include a refined restaurant, a 24-hour coffee shop, a lounge and a rooftop wine bar, in addition to a spa, an indoor pool and a gym.

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4* The Green House Kandy

The eponymous Green House is a prime example of contemporary tropical architecture - a mostly glass and steel construction that sits perfectly on the slopes leading down to the Victoria Reservoir. It’s wonderfully atypical of the types of properties in the area, and across the island generally – no colonial tributes here. On the Victoria Golf & Country Club estate it’s the ideal base for golfers or, indeed, those just keen to explore this quiet, cultural part of the island. The boutique property consists of 5 private bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms and is just 12km from Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.

Image of 4* Lake Lodge, Kandalama

4* Lake Lodge, Kandalama

Situated at the edge of beautiful Kandalama Lake in the small village of Kandalama, the informal, laid back Lake Lodge Kandalama offers tranquillity, calm and some spectacular sunsets while still at the very heart of the Cultural Triangle. Relaxation and good food are the order of the day at this idyllic spot. Breakfast and dinner can be taken at the time that suits you, either from the privacy of your room or in the restaurant that overlooks the lake – a particularly stunning spot at sunrise and sunset. Each room has a large balcony from which guests can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and the hills of Mihintale in the distance. There is a large hotel swimming pool and rich flora and fauna surrounds the hotel.

Image of 5* Jetwing Colombo Seven

5* Jetwing Colombo Seven

Situated in the heart of Colombo, and just 1 mile away from R Premadasa stadium. This stunning hotel has a sun terrace and spa centre, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and comes with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. All rooms have a seating area where you can relax. Tea/coffee making facilities can be found in the room. Rooms have a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find bath robes and free toiletries

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