Highlights of Sri Lanka

Hotel & Bike 8 nights

VISITING: Sri Lanka

Overview

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Why we love this tour

"Taking in the wonderful cities of Colombo, Kandy and Galle this six night tour also includes the cooler hill country, a National Park and a rainforest. "

Cool highlands, tea estates and forested peaks

Yala & Udawalawe National Parks and Horton Plains

Cultural cities of Colombo, Kandy and Galle

Seven days of cycling with a few longer climbs (but not too steep) and thrilling descents, e-bikes available

Guiding
Guided
Distance
227miles/365km
Level
Moderate to Challenging
Standard
Superior
Departs
Tue, Sat, Sun, Mon, Wed
Runs
Jan, Mar, May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Code
SR001
Fly to
Colombo
Good for
Coasts and Islands
Return
Galle (Koggala Airport)

Discover golden temples, emerald-green plantations and dazzling-white beaches on this incredible cycle tour. After pedalling high into the hill country and weaving through the tea estates, you’ll roll down to the coast’s warmer climate. Scenic train rides and historic hotels add to the charm, and you’ll visit Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic when you overnight in Kandy.

Look for leopards and elephants when you take a jeep safari through Yala National Park, and expect jaw-dropping views in the Horton Plains. With some challenging climbs and thrilling descents, you’ll be riding in a small group on quiet roads and some unpaved tracks. You’ll have top quality bikes, expert guides and a support vehicle on hand. At the end of the week, the cafes, boutiques and salty air in Galle make it a lovely place to linger.

Accommodation

Colonial or Modern Hotels to Eco Lodges

You will stay in varied accommodation from a modern & contemporary hotel in Kandy, an old colonial hotel in Nuwara Eliya to an eco lodge in the rainforest. 

 

Example hotels:
Ozo Hotel Kandy
Jetwing St. Andrews Nuwara Eliya
Mountain Heavens Ella 

Colonial or Modern Hotels to Eco Lodges

Full board (apart from one dinner) 

Support vehicle is always available

Luggage transferred each day

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What's included

Price includes

8 nights accommodation

Board basis: Full board

Service of a local English-speaking guide

Train from Colombo to Kandy 

Air-conditioned support vehicle available for assistance at all times

Transfers during the tour

Luggage transportation

Water and snacks while riding

All entry costs & attractions listed on the itinerary

Cycling jersey & a water bottle

Price excludes

Flights & transfers

Visas

Alcohol & soft drinks

Tips

Bike hire and extras

Bike hire

Top quality, well maintained Giant, Trek or Merida mountain bikes are included in your tour price, fitted with hybrid tyres for touring and handlebar bags. 

Mountain bike

Top quality, well maintained Cannondale CX3 mountain bikes fitted with hybrid tyres for touring

£0

E-bike

(Trek Conduit+)  on request.

£209

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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions about this tour. Simply click on a question to reveal the answer.

How do I get there?

Fly to Colombo.

How do I get back?

Fly from Galle or take a transfer to Colombo.

What is a ‘Moderate to Challenging’ cycle holiday?

Generally in hilly areas, with numerous climbs, downhill stretches and longer daily distances. Moderate to challenging cycling is suitable for regular and experienced cyclists with a good level of fitness.

We are always on hand to offer advice, so please give us a call if you wish to chat about the tour’s grading.

What if I can't find the departure date I need?

Please give us a call. If you are a group of four or more, we can usually add a departure date within the season to suit you.

Why are the hotels not listed in the itinerary?

We use a pool of hotels to maximise availability for you.

Will I have a local guide?

Yes, your guide will be English speaking and local. The local guide will be a highlight of your tour as they are experienced and will pass on their knowledge and passion for their country. They will show you the best places to eat, help you meet local people along the way and give you a real feel for the local culture. 

What will the group size be?

This tour will run with a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 14 guests. 

Can I take a break from the cycling?

Yes, if you want to take a break, jump into the the air conditioned support vehicle that is always available.    

What will the food be like?

Sri Lankan food is based around curries and vegetables but there is a good variety of food on offer. Due to remote locations, lunches will be similar but the evening meals will be varied. Lovely seafood and fish is available close to the coast. You will note the immense pride that the local accommodation has in the meals that they provide for you. Drinking water is always included with meals, any other drinks will be extra. 

What snacks will I get during the cycling?

You will be supplied with local snacks & energy bars. Clean water and electrolyte drinks are provided to keep you hydrated. 

What will the weather be like?

Sri Lanka is a great all-year-round destination as the weather is generally good. There are two monsoons that are affect different parts of the country. The hills are cooler (especially at night) than the plains and the coast. The driest time is March to mid-April.  The first monsoon from late May to September brings rain to the southwest lowlands & central hills, while the weaker second monsoon affects the northeast from November to February. 

 

Can you arrange my flights?

Flights are not included with our tours. However, we are more than happy to offer advice on long haul and regional flights, based on our extensive experience of travel in Asia.

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