Tour 1 – 14 Day Culinary – Cultural Luxury Tour
3 Hands On Cooking Classes,1 Cooking Demo,
Each couple have their own air conditioned vehicle to explore the culture, environment, food and people of this exotic island paradise called Sri Lanka
Safari at Minneriya – Elephant Gathering
First Class train trip from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
High Tea is the hill country
Five star accommodation in some of Sri Lanka’s spectacular Boutique Hotels and Villas
Tour 2 – 11 Day Ladies Only Culinary Tour
2 Hands On Cooking Classes, 1 Cooking Demo, vegetable market
SPA Day and SHOPPING
Explore a fair trade arts and crafts workshop
Safari at Minneriya – Elephant Gathering
Personalized High Tea
Spend the rest of the time exploring the culture, environment, food and people of Sri Lanka.
Some of Sri Lanka’s best known Chefs will escort you to the local markets to pick fresh produce before each lesson. Cooking lessons aside, this tour is designed to give you plenty of time to rest, relax, explore and enjoy all that Sri Lanka has to offer. You will stay at the finest hotels and enjoy a scrumptious buffet breakfast every morning and dinner fit for kings and queens. There is no tour bus or tour group as such. Each couple (or family) will have a dedicated car and chauffeur / tour guide who will drive you where you want to go, when you want to go. Enjoy the culture, history, food, wildlife and people as you discover this beautiful Island Paradise that is Sri Lanka.
Day 1 – On arrival in Bandaranaike International airport, you will be warmly greeted and transferred to the hotel in Negombo. In the evening, enjoy some cocktails with Sonali on the beach as you get to know everyone else on the tour, followed by a wonderful dinner
Day 2 – You will be taken to the Llellama, the famous fish market in Negombo. In here you would be able to witness fish auctions on the beach and purchases at the market. Once you return to the hotel, you will commence your Cooking Class.
Optional Activities – Enjoy a sailboat ride in a traditional fishing boat, walk along the beach or even shop at the many beach side strip shops
Day 3 – Proceed to your luxurious hotel in the Cultural Triangle where heritage and culture abounds. On the way visit the Dambula Cave Temples and the rest of the day is yours to enjoy your surroundings and explore your hotel.
Day 4 – In the morning before breakfast you will be taken to a real farmer’s market and a central trading hub in Dambulla. Once you return to the hotel and after breakfast you will begin your Cooking Class.
Once again making only dishes that are specific to the region using local produce. After your masterclass you have the rest of the day and evening to yourself.
Optional Activities – Sigiriya rock fortress, Dambula Cave Temples, Polonnaruwa ancient city, Minneriya National Park for an evening wildlife safari
Day 5 –
Today you will be taken to Trincomalee (Approx. 3 hours). Spend the afternoon at leisure enjoying the sun, sea and sand. You could opt to do some sightseeing in the area as well.
Day 6 –
Visit the boat that would come to the hotel beach to purchase fish and crabs ready for your lunchtime
Once again the setting of your Masterclass is breathtaking, as you are guided through the techniques with your own award winning Masterchef. Spend the evening at leisure on the beach.
Optional Activities – On the way to Trincomalee visit the famous Hindu Covil, Fort Frederik and see the stunning views of Lovers Leap….(please don’t leap off…but the stories are fascinating)
Day 7 –
A 2.5 hr drive to Habarana after breakfast will once again take you into the Cultural Triangle. This is a rest day, which is your own to enjoy all that is to see.
Optional Activities – On the way visit a working farm and see how crops are grown, harvested, then milled and made into a mouthwatering Roti. Enjoy the home cooked vegetarian delicacies and share in a very special lunch. Take a walk with your own naturalist along the Hiriwadunna Trek and a canoe ride on the lake….this is a must do activity and is priceless.
Day 8 –
A 3 hr drive to Kandy will allow you to explore so much along the way. The Boutique hotel that you will stay in for 1 night in Kandy is nestled high up in the hills and overlooks the Mahawali river – the views are stunning and out of this world.
Optional Activities – Visit the famous and very religious site – Temple of the Tooth and the beautiful and lush Peradeniya Botanical Gardens and see a Cultural show at night.
Day 9 –
In the morning drive to your hotel located in the hill country of Sri Lanka. This area is famous for its tea plantations and drive along the roads is breathtaking. Stop along the way to see a number of waterfalls as the change climate and vegetation is refreshing.
Day 10 –
This morning, you will be taken through the tea plantations, to a tea factory to witness and experience the age-old process of tea making. Once you return to the hotel, you will be having a Cooking Class.
Your own Masterchef will teach you to make hoppers – crispy on the outside yet soft and spongy on the inside, there are some other delectable dishes to add to this traditional meal, some of which will use tea infusions.
Optional Activities – Take a long walk, through the many gardens and tracks of the Tea Plantation or have a game of Golf with some of the worlds most magnificent views as your backdrop.
Day 11 –
After breakfast you will leave the hill country to travel down south – 6 hrs. The drive is relaxed and you can stop as many times as you like, visiting the many sights along the way. Once you arrive at your hotel, the rest of the afternoon is yours to rest and relax.
Day 12 –
After breakfast you will be taken for your Cooking Class
Today you will make a unique dish that is famous to this region and it’s people. The dessert is also very traditional to the region and is the cherry on top of your final Cooking Class.
Optional Activities – Galle Fort and the infamous Cricket Ground where Sri Lanka and Australia have battled out many matches. Visit a Turtle Hatchery and a Cinnamon Plantation en route back to Colombo
Day 13 –
After breakfast you will be taken to Colombo, this is a short drive and along the way there are many things to stop and see. This will be your last night so a special farewell dinner will be hosted for you.
Day 14 –
All good things must eventually come to an end. Today you will be transferred to the airport (Approx. 40 mins) to catch the flight to your onward destination.
Thank you for visiting Sri Lanka, we look forward to seeing you again…
Ayubowan (May you live long)
Optional Activities – Last minute shopping as you will be in the Hub of Colombo…visit places like Barefoot(Clothing, Homewares, Handicrafts), Paradise Road (Homewares), Odel (Clothing), Lakpahana (Handicrafts), Suriya Collections (Homewares) for a vast array of local handicrafts and gifts.
$7200 pp (Twin Share), Single Supplement – available on request
What is included in the cost?
– Accommodation at some Sri Lanka’s finest hotels
– Private air-conditioned car and an English speaking chauffeur-guide for the duration of the trip (all scheduled travel from Day 1 to Day 14, including airport transfers)
– Local government taxes & service charges
– A grand breakfast every day and the meals prepared at each cooking lesson – As specified in the Itinerary
– Preparation for cooking demonstrations at each hotel including shopping allowance for the requisite produce, meat and seafood
– Cooking stations at each venue (no, you don’t have to do the washing up afterwards)
What is not-included?
– Visas (please visit www.eta.gov.lk for visa requirements)
– Vaccines (please consult your doctor)
– Optional tours and activities
– Return Flights to Sri Lanka – there are always special airfares that run throughout the year. The cost is approx: $950 – $1200
– Airport taxes
– Camera & Video permits at Cultural sights
– All expenses of personal nature
– Tips and portage
– All entrance fees not specified above – including access to golf courses, cultural shows and other tourist attractions
– Optional excursions
– Travel costs for extra travel (wildlife safaris, shopping excursions, etc. @ US$ 0.30 per Km)
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