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Looking into the eyes of these majestic creatures summons admiration, adoration and curiosity. As they stare into your soul the urge to look away is strong, but you dare not miss a moment of such inexplicable connection. Gentle, playful and inquisitive, these giants unintentionally, but unavoidably command nature’s stage.

  • Enjoy a Colombo City Walk with resident host
  • Dinner at Sri Lanka’s top restaurant - Ministry of Crab
  • Discover the successful breeding program at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • Embark on a Jeep safari in Yala National Park
  • Charter a helicopter from Colombo to Dambulla 
  • Be captivated by a Perahera performance at Queens Hotel restaurant
  • Relax in a private carriage on the rail voyage to Nanu Oya on Viceroy II
  • Transfer to Yala Army Base to join our privately chartered helicopter from Yala to Koggala
  • Visit the famous Sri Lanka stilt fisherman
Sri Lanka by Helicopter All inclusive luxury tour with Captain's Choice

Travel by Helicopter to save time

This was our first Captains Choice and was really delighted with every aspect.

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Depart Australia

Day 1: Tuesday 22 August

Leaving Australia today, we fly across the Indian Ocean on our Singapore Airlines flight via Singapore to Colombo.

Arrive Colombo (Sri Lanka)

Day 2: Wednesday 23 August

Landing in Colombo just after midnight, the timeless grandeur of the Galle Face Hotel is apparent even at this hour.

Revealing our exceptional location right on the shores of the Indian Ocean, the morning is ours to rest. Later, after a tour of Sri Lanka’s capital, we dine at the culinary hotspot, the Ministry of Crab, which celebrates Sri Lanka’s prized crustaceans, the giant Lagoon Crabs.

Colombo - Kandalama

Day 3: Thursday 24 August

The excitement builds this morning as we make our way to Colombo Air Force base, where a helicopter is waiting to whisk us to Dambulla, the centre of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle. A road option is also available - please enquire for details.

Here we will visit the UNESCO listed Dambulla Cave Temple complex, a sacred religious site of caverns and pagodas that has drawn pilgrims and preachers for more than two centuries.

After arriving at our home for the next three nights, the Heritance Kandalama, we enjoy a relaxing afternoon before a special dinner at the hotel’s Kaludiya Fusion restaurant.

Sri Lanka by Helicopter All inclusive luxury tour with Captain's Choice

Waste no time and take a helicopter!

Dambulla Cave Complex, Sri Lanka All inclusive luxury tour with Captain's Choice

Dambulla Cave Complex

Sigiriya

Day 4: Friday 25 August

Our hotel overlooks what is often described as ‘the eighth wonder of the world’ - the rock fortress of Sigiriya. After a morning tour of this ancient site, we will enjoy a buffet lunch at Sigiriya Village Hotel where we can contemplate our afternoon options.

You may like to return to your hotel to relax.

Or perhaps discover more of the sights around Sigiriya on a guided tour by bicycle or boat. Alternatively, embark on a jungle trek at Popham Arboretum.

Pre dinner drinks, served in the hotel’s cave, will be an illuminating affair, before dining on local cuisine at the Kanchana Restaurant.

Fortress of Sigiriya, Sri Lanka All inclusive luxury tour with Captain's Choice

Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Polonnaruwa

Day 5: Saturday 26 August

This morning we visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, where a guide will show us how people lived and society functioned in this former kingdom.

Escape the tropical heat with a lunch at The Lake House, before some time at leisure this afternoon.

This evening’s dinner consists of seven delectable courses at Kashyapa Restaurant.

Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka All inclusive luxury tour with Captain's Choice

The ancient city of Polonnaruwa

Kandalama - Kandy

Day 6: Sunday 27 August

Our tastebuds need to be on alert this morning at a visit to a spice garden in Matale, where we’re taught to identify the flavours of cinnamon, cardamom and cloves, among other spices.

We practice our new skills over a traditional rice and curry lunch at Ena De Silva’s before heading to the hills and on to the enchanting town of Kandy.

After checking into our resort style hotel, Mhaweli Reach, for a two night stay, we take our place in the best seats in town to see the annual Kandy Perahera performance at Queens Hotel.

Kandy

Day 7: Monday 28 August

Following breakfast, animal lovers among us will be in heaven today as we head for the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage to feed the baby elephants.

At Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, a walk with a professor of botany awaits before lunch at the Royal Bar and Restaurant. The dress code for our special dinner tonight will be ‘all white’ - so prepare to be dazzling!

Kandy - Nuwara Eliya

Day 8: Tuesday 29 August

To the station! This morning we travel in style on the Viceroy II, a private vintage carriage attached to the public train travelling to Nanu Oya, the heart of Sri Lanka’a renowned tea country. We enjoy lunch on board and toast the colonial decadence of it all.

Upon arrival we head for the Heritance Tea Factory, located near the British colonial town of Nuwara Eliya, for a two night stay. 

Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka All inclusive luxury tour with Captain's Choice

Sri Lanka's tea plantations

Nuwara Eliya

Day 9: Wednesday 30 August

Waking to the scent of tea that hangs in the misty air, we soon discover the source of our daily brew during a guided walk around a verdant tea plantation.

After lunch, a stroll around Nuwara Eliya precedes afternoon tea at The Hill Club.

Yala National Park

Day 10: Thursday 31 August

This morning we leave the cultivated landscape behind and prepare for an encounter with the wild side of Sri Lanka.

On arrival at Cinnamon Wild, our resort bordering Yala National Park, expect to be greeted by a conspiracy of grey lemurs.

As night falls the calls of park’s residents provide an exhilarating soundtrack to dinner.

Yala National Park

Day 11: Friday 1 September

Today we are on safari deep into the vast woodland and open grasslands of Sri Lanka’s second largest national park - Yala.

To optimize our chances of spotting as many species of birds, animals and reptiles as possible, we have booked two special Jeep safaris. One sets off in the morning and the other this afternoon, with time to relax at our resort between the two.

Fingers crossed there will be plenty of photos to compare at our barbecue dinner by the pool this evening.

Leopard in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka All inclusive luxury tour with Captain's Choice

The elusive leopards of Yala National Park

Peacock, Sri Lanka All inclusive luxury tour with Captain's Choice

Yala National Park has a huge range of wildlife

Yala - Galle

Day 12: Saturday 2 September

Buckle up for another chopper ride today. Boarding our privately chartered aircraft at Yala Army Base, we fly over the jungle and coast to Koggala, near Galle, a tropical coastal city that’s brimming with Dutch colonial architecture.  A road option is also available - enquire for details.

En route to the Lighthouse Hotel, our base for the next two nights, we stop to see stilt fishermen who continue to carry out their centuries’ old tradition. After lunch, a guided walk takes us around the city’s UNESCO listed fort, built by the Dutch in the 17th century.

A dine-around evening presents you the opportunity to discover the culinary delights of Galle as you choose.

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Stilt fishermen ply their trade in Galle

Galle

Day 13: Sunday 3 September

This morning we skirt Sri Lanka’s southern coast as we travel to the village of Seenigama. Among other attractions, we’ll see the 1,200 year old Buddhist temple that sits on its own tiny island just off shore. Later we will visit the Foundation of Goodness to see the incredible work carried out helping those less fortunate.

Back at the Lighthouse Hotel, this afternoon is at leisure before a special Farewell Dinner.

Galle, Sri Lanka All inclusive luxury tour with Captain's Choice

Anthonisz Memorial Clock Tower, Galle Fort

Colombo, Sri Lanka All inclusive luxury tour with Captain's Choice

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Colombo

Depart Galle

Day 14: Monday 4 September

Enjoy a languid morning relaxing by the pool or the beach, or getting in some last minute shopping, before lunch at the hotel. We then wave goodbye to Galle and head to Colombo.

In Colombo, take a city sightseeing tour or enjoy a guided shopping tour.

After an early dinner, we are transferred to the airport for our late flight back to Australia.

Arrive Australia

Day 15: Tuesday 5 September

We may be back on home soil, but the colours, culture and tastes of Sri Lanka will remain with us long after our return.

All Inclusive Tours

Imagine a trip where you won’t have to lift a finger, or worry about bringing your wallet.

Sightseeing

Sightseeing

Sightseeing in each destination is included. Select Options even allow you to tailor aspects of the touring to your individual tastes when there are multiple touring options.

Wine

Meals and Drinks

All meals are included with your tour price along with beer, wine and soft drinks. Dining experiences can range from Michelin-starred restaurants to intimate local eateries.

Flights Included

Flights

We have included different flight options for your convenience. Should you wish to fly with a different airline to the group we can help you with those arrangements if you wish.

Captain's Choice Documents

Those little details

Tipping, Taxes, Transfers and Travel Insurance (subject to terms & conditions) are included. We even look after your luggage for the entire trip so you don't have to.

Tour Host Team

Tour Host Team & Doctor

Wherever you are in the world, you will always have a friendly and knowledgeable Tour Host Team on hand. Not to mention a Doctor on every tour for your peace of mind.

Accommodation Hotel Bell

Accommodation

We believe a superior standard of service is just as important as five star facilities. We select our hotels with location and accessibility in mind as well as luxury.

Accommodation highlights


Galle Face Hotel
Galle

Galle Face Hotel

Overlooking the Indian Ocean, the Galle Face Hotel is a landmark in itself. Staying at this palatial colonial era hotel is a privilege only experienced by a fortunate few.

Heritance

Heritance Tea Factory

This modern luxurious hotel is a feast for the senses. Built in a converted tea factory surrounded by rolling plantations experience the freshest cup of Heritance Tea Factory’s finest brew possible.

Cinamon Wild

Cinnamon Wild

Wild at heart but gentle by nature, Cinnamon Wild takes you to the frontier of the Sri Lankan jungle in absolute comfort.

Solo Traveller

Solo Travellers

Many Captain’s Choice guests travel solo, and almost all of them find that making friends on holiday is easy, thanks to the welcoming and like minded nature of our travellers. At the start of the tour, all solo travellers are invited to a Welcome Reception, enabling you to get to know other guests travelling on their own.

Members of our Tour Host Team are always available for a friendly chat and a meal, but if you prefer time for private reflection then that is always respected too – you can choose to be as involved as much or as little as you please. Either way, it’s a fun and rewarding way to see the world.

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