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Sri Lanka v England, Test Series Platinum Tour

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 ITC Sports Travel and celebrity tour host John Lever 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.

For more than 25 years we’ve been creating exceptional sporting holidays to the world’s top fixtures in the very finest of luxury. Over this time our Platinum tours have become known for their experiences like no other, with carefully selected accommodation, match hospitality that is second to none and once-in-a-lifetime excursions beyond the boundaries. Think world-class cricket with all the whistles and bells you’d expect from ITC; such as exceptional hotels, enthralling celebrity hosts and the very best seats in the house at international stadia (and hopefully and England win).

Tour includes:

  • International scheduled flights in economy class with Emirates
  • 7 nights at Amangalla*, Galle, in a Bed Room on a bed & breakfast basis (*Hotel Sold Out - alternative hotels available on request)
  • 2 nights at Ceylon Tea Trails in a Luxury Room on an all-inclusive basis
  • 6 nights at Santani Wellness Resort & Spa, Kandy, in a Mountain View Chalet on a half board basis
  • 3 nights at Ulagalla Resort in an Ulagalla Chalet on a half board basis
  • 7 nights at Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo, in an Executive Room on a bed & breakfast basis
  • Celebrity Tour Host John Lever to accompany you through the tour
  • Air-conditioned match day transfers
  • Air-conditioned airport transfers
  • Air-conditioned transfers to all ITC Sports functions as stated
  • Evening drinks functions as stated
  • Dutch Fort visit, Galle
  • Tea Factory and Plantation excursion
  • Celebrity-hosted State of Play evenings in Galle & Colombo with canapés, wine, beer and soft drinks
  • Farewell dinner at 8 Degrees on the Lake, Colombo
  • Exclusive commemorative merchandise, cricket ticket holder & ITC travel wallet
  • Tour management throughout
  • All taxes and surcharges unless otherwise stated

Not included:

  • Cricket tickets - the charge for tickets & Hospitality will be passed on to you at cost once prices are known
  • Optional excursions
  • Private car transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • All meals and drinks not stated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Helicopter & Seaplane transfers are available at an additional cost
  • Room upgrades are available at an additional cost

Price from £8,995 per person, based on 2 sharing

ALTERNATIVE TOUR OPTIONS

For those a little strapped for time and preferring a shorter travel itinerary, we have three fantastic tour options:

OPTION 1 - 03-22 November 2018 (19 nights) - 1st & 2nd Tests

Our first option takes in the First and Second Tests, in Galle and Kandy, and includes a 3-night visit to Anuradhapura in the Cultural Triangle.

Includes: Roundtrip Emirates flights from the UK to Sri Lanka in economy; 7 nights at Amangalla, Galle, on a bed & breakfast basis; 2 nights at Ceylon Tea Trails an all-inclusive basis; 6 nights at Santani Wellness Resort & Spa on a half board basis; 3 nights at Ulagalla Resort on a half board basis; airport transfers; cricket match day transfers; Welcome Drinks on arrival, Celebrity-hosted State of Play evening in Galle; Dutch Fort visit; Tea Factory & Plantation excursion. Price from £7,645 per person, based on 2 sharing.

OPTION 2 - 03-19 November 2018 (16 nights) - 1st & 2nd Tests

Option 2 includes stays in Galle and Kandy, to include the First and Second Tests.

Includes: Roundtrip Emirates flights from the UK to Sri Lanka in economy; 7 nights at Amangalla, Galle, on a bed & breakfast basis; 2 nights at Ceylon Tea Trails an all-inclusive basis; 6 nights at Santani Wellness Resort & Spa on a half board basis; airport transfers; cricket match day transfers; Welcome Drinks on arrival, Celebrity-hosted State of Play evening in Galle; Dutch Fort visit; Tea Factory & Plantation excursion. Price from £6,795 per person, based on 2 sharing.

OPTION 3 - 10-29 November 2018 (19 nights) - 2nd & 3rd Tests

Our third tour option takes in the Second and Third Tests, in Kandy and Colombo, including a 3-night visit to Anuradhapura in the Cultural Triangle.

Includes: Roundtrip Emirates flights from the UK to Sri Lanka in economy; 6 nights at Santani Wellness Resort & Spa on a half board basis; 3 nights at Ulagalla Resort on a bed & breakfast basis; 8 nights at Cinnamon Grand, Colombo, on a bed & breakfast basis; airport transfers; cricket match day transfers; Welcome Drinks on arrival, Celebrity-hosted State of Play evening in Colombo; Colombo city tour; Celebratory Farewell Dinner at 8 Degrees on the Lake. Price from £5,695 per person, based on 2 sharing.

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Sat
03
Nov

Depart London on your Emirates flight to Colombo, Sri Lanka, in economy class.

Sun
04
Nov

Arrive in Colombo (via Dubai). Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to Amangalla*, Galle, for 7 nights in a Bed Room on a bed & breakfast basis. (*Hotel Sold Out - alternative hotels are available on request.)

The rest of the day is yours to relax and explore your surroundings.

Mon
05
Nov

Enjoy a relaxing morning in Galle. This afternoon you will visit the Old Dutch Fort, a 'living' UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the Portuguese first landed in Sri Lanka in 1505. The city has many well preserved old Dutch houses, churches and monuments and still retains the air of old Holland.

This evening you will be invited to a drinks reception with your host and fellow guests.

Tue
06
Nov

Sri Lanka v England - First Test, Day 1
Galle International Stadium
Roundtrip stadium transfers are included.

Galle International Stadium is fringed on two sides by the Indian Ocean and considered to be one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the world.

Wed
07
Nov

Sri Lanka v England - First Test, Day 2
Galle International Stadium
Roundtrip stadium transfers are included.

Today’s cricket action will be followed by our popular State of Play evening, for an entertaining and informal review of the day’s play. Spend a relaxing evening with your host, where previously the likes of John Lever, Michael Vaughan, Gladstone Small and David 'Bumble' Lloyd have been known to offer their expert opinion on the Test Matches.

Thu
08
Nov

Sri Lanka v England - First Test, Day 3
Galle International Stadium
Roundtrip stadium transfers are included.

Fri
09
Nov

Sri Lanka v England - First Test, Day 4
Galle International Stadium
Roundtrip stadium transfers are included.

Sat
10
Nov

Sri Lanka v England - First Test, Day 5
Galle International Stadium
Roundtrip stadium transfers are included.

Sun
11
Nov

This morning you will be taken by scenic road transfer to the lush tea country, where you will check in to Ceylon Tea Trails for 2 nights in a Luxury Room on an all inclusive basis.

The rest of the day is yours to explore this beautiful region of Sri Lanka.

Mon
12
Nov

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.

Tue
13
Nov

This morning you will be transferred to the beautiful city of Kandy for 6 nights at Santani Wellness Resort & Spa in a Mountain View Chalet on a half board basis. Your evening is free to prepare for the beginning of tomorrow’s test match.

For those who wish to explore the fascinating history of Kandy, we can arrange an excursion to the sacred Temple of the Tooth that houses Sri Lanka’s all-important Buddhist relic – a tooth of the Buddha, brought to Kandy in the 16th century, where the relic has remained ever since. (Optional excursion charge applies.)

Wed
14
Nov

Sri Lanka v England - Second Test, Day 1
Pallekele International Stadium, Kandy
Roundtrip stadium transfers are included.

Thu
15
Nov

Sri Lanka v England - Second Test, Day 2
Pallekele International Stadium, Kandy
Roundtrip stadium transfers are included.

Fri
16
Nov

Sri Lanka v England - Second Test, Day 3
Pallekele International Stadium, Kandy
Roundtrip stadium transfers are included.

Sat
17
Nov

Sri Lanka v England - Second Test, Day 4
Pallekele International Stadium, Kandy
Roundtrip stadium transfers are included.

Sun
18
Nov

Sri Lanka v England - Second Test, Day 5
Pallekele International Stadium, Kandy
Roundtrip stadium transfers are included.

Today's cricket action will be followed by a pre-dinner drinks reception, with your host and fellow guests.

Mon
19
Nov

This morning you will journey to the island’s Cultural Triangle; an area of historical and religious interest, with several World Heritage listed sites and many other world-famous attractions.

You will transfer to the city of Anuradhapura for 3 nights at Ulagalla Resort in an Ulagalla Chalet on a half board basis. Your evening is at leisure.

Tue
20
Nov

Today is free for you to explore Anuradhapura, a city of vast monasteries, palaces and ancient monuments of the golden age an ancient civilization. Alternatively, we suggest the following optional excursions:

Visit the magnificent Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Sri Lanka’s most recognizable attraction. Your tour includes lunch and beverages. (Optional excursion charge applies.)

An afternoon visit to Minneriya National Park is also available. 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. (Optional excursion charge applies.)

Wed
21
Nov

Today is at leisure at Ulagalla Resort. We suggest an optional tour of Polonnaruwa, the medieval capital of Sri Lanka and the city known to have been the pinnacle of the country’s Golden Age. (Optional excursion charge applies.)

This evening you are invited to join your host and fellow guests for a pre-dinner drinks reception.

Thu
22
Nov

This morning you will transfer to Colombo for 7 nights' accommodation at Cinnamon Grand Hotel in an Executive Room on a bed and breakfast basis.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure in Colombo, a city that combines old world charm with modern skyscrapers. Explore the city’s ancient buildings and temples and visit local gastronomic restaurants.

Fri
23
Nov

Sri Lanka v England 2018 - Third Test, Day 1
SSC Stadium, Colombo
Roundtrip stadium transfers are included.

Sat
24
Nov

Sri Lanka v England 2018 - Third Test, Day 2
SSC Stadium, Colombo
Roundtrip stadium transfers are included.

Today’s cricket action will be followed by another fun and informal State of Play function, with special guests.

Sun
25
Nov

Sri Lanka v England 2018 - Third Test, Day 3
SSC Stadium, Colombo
Roundtrip stadium transfers are included.

Mon
26
Nov

Sri Lanka v England 2018 - Third Test, Day 4
SSC Stadium, Colombo
Roundtrip stadium transfers are included.

Tue
27
Nov

Sri Lanka v England 2018 - Third Test, Day 5
SSC Stadium, Colombo
Roundtrip stadium transfers are included.

Wed
28
Nov

This morning you will be taken on a city tour of Colombo to explore the city's many wonderful sights including temples, mosques and a colourful Oriental bazaar.

You will then be invited to enjoy a special Farewell Dinner with your host and fellow guests at 8 Degrees on the Lake, a breathtaking experience on board Colombo’s only floating venue. A live band will entertain as you toast a wonderful tour of Sri Lanka!

Thu
29
Nov

This morning you will be met at your hotel and transferred to Colombo Airport for your flight back to London with Emirates in economy class.

Arrangements conclude.

Amangalla

**HOTEL SOLD OUT** (alternative hotels available on request)
Amangalla is a 5-star franchise hotel belonging to the international group
of Aman Resorts, located in Galle, Sri Lanka built within Galle Fort, the 17th century Dutch fort, inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is just north of the Galle International Stadiumand roundabout. The oldest part of the hotel dates to 1684, and the complex was completed in 1715. It was known as the New Oriental Hotel for 140 years from 1865. In 2005 it became Amangalla resort complex. Aman means "peace" and galla is the Sinhalese name for Galle.

Ceylon Tea Trails

The world’s first tea bungalow resort, 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 gold standard for luxury bungalows in Sri Lanka. The resort borders the World Heritage Central Highlands and offers breathtaking panoramas of mountains and lush tea fields. Each bungalow is unique and exudes its own exquisite character while offering guests a private house ambience that is the hallmark of the award-winning, "all-inclusive" Tea Trails experience.

Santani Wellness Resort & Spa

Designed to free the mind while treading as lightly as possible on the earth, Santani Wellness Resort & Spa blurs the distinction between indoors and out, to encourage you to rest, relax and meditate while inhaling the purest, freshest air and living within in this pristine, truly inspiring scenery that surrounds us.

Ulagalla Resort

Once a chieftain’s mansion, Ulagalla features a 150-year-old mansion at its centre, with 20 private, ecologically-built villas spread across 58 acres of lush greenery. With its own solar farm generating half of its own energy requirements, Ulagalla is truly a unique boutique hotel in Anuradhapura. Enjoy the ambience of ancient kingdoms or nature-based adventures whilst immersed in luxurious, ecologically-sustainable beauty. The lush environment, stunning landscaping, and exquisite attention to comfort, makes for an unforgettable experience amidst a green oasis. Ulagalla is also just a 30 minutes' drive away from Anuradhapura.

Cinnamon Grand

Like many capital cities in developing countries Colombo is fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood, yet in some parts; the old world charm is retained. A 100-year-old clock tower and several British built, colonial buildings are still to be seen in the city. The Pettah bazaar – where one can shop for bargains, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent and the Colombo museum are some of the places of interest that one can visit to.

From £8,995 per person
based on 2 sharing

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