Itinerary Highlights

  • World class cricket in Sri Lanka
  • State of Play evening with special guests
  • Visit Sri Lanka's historic highlights
  • Spectacular sightseeing
  • Dedicated Tour Host throughout

Price Includes

  • Roundtrip flights in economy
  • 5-star luxury accommodation
  • Deluxe transfers throughout
  • Special group functions and excursions
  • Exclusive commemorative merchandise

Overview

Join Spectate on our luxury hosted tour to Sri Lanka; a cricket-obsessed nation of welcoming people and one of our favourite cricket destinations.

For a sporting holiday which is more than watching ‘the gentleman’s game’, our luxury cricket tour could be just the ticket, offering luxury accommodation, top-level Test tickets and plenty of inspirational activities in this beautiful country.

Discover national treasures, famed temples and barefoot luxury on one of the island’s golden beaches.

We are celebrating 30 years of creating exceptional sporting holidays to the world’s top fixtures in the very finest of luxury. Over this time our cricket tours have become known for their experiences like no other. Think world-class cricket with all the whistles and bells you’d expect from Spectate; exceptional hotels, once-in-a-lifetime sightseeing experiences, enthralling celebrity hosts and the very best seats in the house at international stadiums. (And hopefully an England win!)

 

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Accommodation

Jetwing Vil Uyana

Each dwelling at Jetwing Vil Uyana is named after the natural habitat that surrounds it, inspiring distinct characteristics of eco-luxury for your absolute comfort. Dwellings vary in size and each enjoy a sense of originality; Marsh Dwellings proudly overlook the neighbouring scrublands, paying tribute to the beautiful surroundings.

Jetwing Lighthouse

This stately five-star boutique hotel is located on a rocky headland overlooking the Indian Ocean, barely a mile from Galle’s 17th century Dutch Fort. Smart terraces sweep down to a small sandy bay and large swimming pools and sun decks have beautiful ocean views.

Amangalla

Amangalla is an elegant 5-star hotel, built within Galle Fort, the 17th century Dutch fort, inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The oldest part of the hotel dates to 1684, and the complex was completed in 1715. "Aman" means "peace" and "galla" is the Sinhalese name for "Galle".

Ceylon Tea Trails

Ceylon Tea Trails is an icon for small luxury resorts; comprising of five restored colonial era tea planter residences, the period furnishings, gracious butler service and gourmet cuisine create an ambience that has made Tea Trails the award-winning gold standard for luxury bungalows in Sri Lanka.

Shangri La, Colombo

Shangri La - Enjoy world-class service amidst tranquil surroundings, coupled with inspirational design and transformative experiences in some of the world's finest urban addresses and resort destinations.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - 14 Mar

Depart London on your direct Sri Lankan Airlines flight to Colombo, Sri Lanka, in economy class. Upgrades and alternative airlines available on request.

Day 2 - 15 Mar

On arrival in Colombo you will be met and transferred to Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya for 3 nights on a half board basis. The scenic journey to Sigiriya will take approximately 5 hours. We would be happy to arrange to arrange a charter flight or helicopter transfer, if this is of interest to you. The rest of the day is yours to relax and explore your surroundings.

Day 3 - 16 Mar

Visit the magnificent Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Sri Lanka’s most recognizable attraction. Sigiriya is the most exquisite example of ancient Sri Lankan art, architecture and landscaping. This afternoon, visit the Minneriya National Park. The park is a mix of evergreen forest and scrub areas, home to grazing elephants and sambar deer and the location of the ancient Minneriya Tank reservoir; an incredible place for observing flocks of birds that come to fish in the waters. Other wildlife that can be spotted include wild buffaloes, boar, sloth bear, leopards, crocodiles, jackals and numerous species of reptiles and butterflies. (Depending on the elephant movement, you may visit the nearby Kaudulla National Park or Eco Park instead.)

Day 4 - 17 Mar

Today you will visit Hiriwaduna for an authentic Sri Lankan village experience: enjoy a catamaran ride on the lake, before being welcomed into a villager's home to learn about preparing an authentic Sri Lankan lunch. After lunch, you will return to your hotel. This evening you may choose one of the following optional excursions: 1) Visit Dambulla Cave Temple: It is thought that the rock caves at Dambulla date back to the 1st century BC when King Valagam Bahu took refuge here. He later converted the caves into a stunning rock temple with more than 150 statues of Buddha and many beautifully-preserved paintings. 2) Loris Watching: The private nature reserve at Jetwing Vil Uyana is a haven for wildlife. The resident naturalist will guide you on an hour-long tour along a beautifully carved nature trail in search of one Sri Lanka's elusive primates, the Grey Slender Loris.

Day 5 - 18 Mar

After breakfast, you will transfer to Galle. This historic city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an absolute delight to explore on foot. Your scenic transfer will take approximately 6.5 hours. At Galle you will check in to Jetwing Lighthouse for 6 nights on a bed and breakfast basis. Enjoy an evening at leisure as you prepare for tomorrow's Test.

Day 6 - 19 Mar

Sri Lanka v England - First Test, Day 1 - Galle International Stadium - situated near the Galle fort and fringed on two sides by the Indian Ocean; it is considered to be one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the world.

Day 7 - 20 Mar

Sri Lanka v England - First Test, Day 2 - Galle International Stadium. Today’s cricket action will be followed by a drinks reception and our popular State of Play evening, for an entertaining and informal review of the day’s play with a panel of celebrity hosts and ex-players offering their insight on the games and answering any questions you may have.

Day 8 - 21 Mar

Sri Lanka v England - First Test, Day 3 - Galle International Stadium

Day 9 - 22 Mar

Sri Lanka v England - First Test, Day 4 - Galle International Stadium

Day 10 - 23 Mar

Sri Lanka v England - First Test, Day 5 - Galle International Stadium

Day 11 - 24 Mar

After a leisurely breakfast, you will travel to Hatton (approximately 6 hours), the most prominent city in the hill country, where you will check in to Tea Trails for 2 nights on an all-inclusive basis. The rest of the day is yours to explore this beautiful region of Sri Lanka.

Day 12 - 25 Mar

Today you will visit a Tea Plantation and be taken on a tour through the factory where some of the best tea in the world is produced. You will gain first-hand experience on the manufacture of the world-famous pure Ceylon tea. Your afternoon is at leisure.

Day 13 - 26 Mar

This morning, you will be transferred to Colombo, the commercial capital and largest city of Sri Lanka. The scenic journey will take approximately 6.5 hours. (We would be happy to arrange to arrange a charter flight or helicopter transfer, if this is of interest to you.) In Colombo you will check into Shangri La, Colombo for 7 nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 14 - 27 Mar

Sri Lanka v England - Second Test, Day 1 - P Sara Oval Cricket Grounds, Colombo - PSS is a multi-purpose stadium in Colombo. The stadium holds 15,000 and hosted its first Test match in 1982.

Day 15 - 28 Mar

Sri Lanka v England - Second Test, Day 2 - P Sara Oval Cricket Grounds, Colombo. Today’s cricket action will be followed by our State of Play evening, for a further entertaining review of the cricket action with a panel of celebrity hosts and ex-players offering their insight on the games.

Day 16 - 29 Mar

Sri Lanka v England - Second Test, Day 3 - P Sara Oval Cricket Grounds, Colombo

Day 17 - 30 Mar

Sri Lanka v England - Second Test, Day 4 - P Sara Oval Cricket Grounds, Colombo

Day 18 - 31 Mar

Sri Lanka v England - Second Test, Day 5 - P Sara Oval Cricket Grounds, Colombo

Day 19 - 01 Apr

This morning you will depart for a 4x4 Classic Jeep Safari in Colombo. A Colombo city tour in an open jeep will give you unobstructed 360-degree visibility - perfect for sightseeing and taking photographs! Enjoy local delicacies by trying some of the fantastic street food vendors. Tonight, you will enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your host and fellow guest at 8 Degrees North on the Lake, Colombo’s only floating venue. A local band filled with young entertainers will be a special treat.

Day 20 - 02 Apr

It is time to bid a fond farewell to Sri Lanka. You will be transferred to Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo, for your departure flight back to London.
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Sri Lanka v England Test Series

14 Mar - 02 Apr | 19 nights from £6,895 pp

Includes Flights

Tour price from £6,895 pp, based on 2 sharing (single supplement £3,080)

Your tour will also include:

  • International scheduled flights in economy class
  • 3 nights at Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya in a Marsh Dwelling on a half board basis
  • 6 nights at Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle, in a Deluxe Room on a bed & breakfast basis
  • 2 nights at Ceylon Tea Trails in a Luxury Room on an all-inclusive basis
  • 7 nights at Shangri La, Colombo in a Horizon Lake View Room on a bed & breakfast basis
  • Celebrity-hosted State of Play evenings in Galle & Colombo with canapés, wine, beer and soft drinks
  • Celebrity Tour Host to accompany you through the tour
  • Air-conditioned match day transfers
  • Air-conditioned airport transfers
  • Air-conditioned transfers to all Spectate functions as stated
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress excursion
  • Minneriya National Park excursion
  • Visit to Hiriwaduna Village
  • Tea Plantation & Tea Factory excursion
  • 4x4 Classic Jeep Safari in Colombo
  • Farewell Dinner at 8 Degrees North on the Lake, Colombo
  • Exclusive commemorative merchandise, cricket ticket holder & Spectate travel wallet
  • Tour management throughout
  • All taxes and surcharges unless otherwise stated

N.B. The price for the tickets for the 1st Test in Galle and the 2nd Test in Colombo will not be included. These will be charged once prices are available.

Upgrades available:

  • Accommodation at Amangalla, Galle is available at a supplement of £800 per person, based on 2 sharing
  • Helicopter transfers & Private Air Charters are available on request
  • Room upgrades are available at all hotels (prices on request)

Why Choose Us?

Tailor-Made

Customise your experience to create something truly memorable

  • Add excursions to your trip
  • Travel at your own pace
  • Choose hotels, flights etc
Exclusivity
  • Get the best seats, closest to the action
  • Hosted tours with special celebrity guests
  • Stay in the most luxurious accommodation
  • Fully inclusive service
  • Expert hosts take care of you every step of the way
  • All transfers and fees are included

For 30 years, we have crafted and delivered the highest quality, unforgettable experiences

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