SRI LANKA EXPLORE AND WILDLIFE SCHOOL TOUR

Our Sri Lanka school tours can be tailored to meet any of your learning objective. Sri Lanka offers the chance for students to discover a vibrant culture, and total immersion in pristine ecosystems and landscapes, from the central mountains fringed with large forests, to tropical coastlines. It is the perfect destination for studies in biology, ecology, and environmental conservation.

This school trip includes a jeep safari through Yala National Park to observe the wildlife in their natural habitat and a visit to Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage to learn about conservation and breeding programs.  With sightseeing to all the must see sites, an authentic cooking class, and enriching community service projects, this school tour provides hands on learning that reaches far beyond the classroom wall!

Your school can incorporate a wide range of projects into this suggested itinerary to suit your trip's outcome. See our Project Types.

Trip code : SRK3891

Duration : 10 days

Destination : Sri Lanka

Travel Dates : As required

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Learn about the history, culture and traditions of Sri Lanka
  • Discover the incredible landscapes, wildlife and coastline of Sri Lanka
  • Immerse in the pristine ecosystems and landscapes home to a wide range of fauna and flora
  • Take part in a community project 
  • Engage in studies of society and environment
  • Participate in team building exercise and group-trekking
  • Enhance perspectives, develop appreciation for diversity and differences
  • Develop communication skills within peers and in a foreign environment 
  • Discover a world more beautiful, diverse and colorful than any textbook could ever portray
  • Develop skills for students through a meaningful overseas experience 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit Pinnawela’s Elephant orphanage and learn about their breeding programs
  • Enjoy Sri Lanka’s spice gardens, including Kandy’s famous Botanical Gardens
  • Take an exciting jeep safari through Yala National Park for elephants, crocodiles, buffaloes and monkeys
  • Participate in enriching community service projects that make a real difference to local communities
  • Climb the famous Lion Rock
  • Students can participate in a tradition cooking class
 

On arrival your group will be welcomed at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Once you have settled in your group will have a tour briefing and then be taken out to enjoy a welcome dinner.

Overnight in Colombo.

Today students have the opportunity to take part in a Community Service Program. The aim of our community service program is to provide students with the opportunity to engage with local communities and make a real difference to the communities they visit. A wide range of community service programs are available for students, including but not limiting to the below:

  • Fixing or building houses
  • Fixing classrooms or kindergartens
  • Painting classrooms
  • Planning trees
  • Installing a water tank or clean water facilities
  • Construction of playgrounds to encourage play based learning activities

Participation in these projects can build a feeling of self-worth and a sense of local community and allows students to develop a deeper understanding and knowledge while gaining new skills and memorable experiences.

Overnight on Colombo.

Today students will continue the community service program from the previous day.

Overnight in Colombo.

This morning we visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage was established in 1975 to care for abandoned and wounded elephants. Over time the number of elephants have increased, and include baby elephants that have been brought from various areas of Sri Lanka and as a result of the captive breeding programme.

Afterwards, we continue traveling to Sigiriya, which is home to the 5th century Rock Fortress, also known as "Lion Rock". Students will spend the afternoon discovering the fortress with an experienced local guide. The fortress is one of the most dramatic sites in Sri Lanka and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982.

Overnight in Sigiriya.

This morning we travel to Polonnaruwa which became Sri Lanka’s second capital in the 11th century. We will spend our morning in the ancient city that was built alongside a large artificial lake and is home to well-preserved ruins of palaces, bathing pools, stupas, and exquisite rock sculptures of Buddha at the Gal Vihara.

In the afternoon, we explore Anuradhapura’s ruins which are among the most ancient and fascinating of all Southern Asia. Anuradhapura, one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed city known for its many ruins of temples, ancient pools and dagobas.

Overnight in Sigiriya.

This morning we travel to Kandy. On the way we will stop to explore the Dambulla Rock Temple. The cave monastery of Dambulla has been a place of Buddhist worship for over 2,000 years. The temple is made up of five cave sanctuaries filled with some of Sri Lanka’s most precious and sacred Buddha images, in all sizes, poses and postures, in the form of both murals and statues.

In the afternoon we visit the Matale spice garden to discover the many spices that Sri Lanka is famous for. Students will learn about the variety of spices and see how they are grown and processed.

Overnight in Kandy.

Today students will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Kandy. Kandy is the Cultural City of Sri Lanka and is known for its natural beauty and traditional ways.

We stop to visit the Botanical Gardens, famous for their beautiful flowers, trees, and orchids. With 60 hectares of land, this is Sri Lanka’s largest and most impressive Botanical Gardens.

We also stop at the Temple of the Tooth, which houses an important Buddhist Relic, a tooth of the Buddha. A noticeable feature of the Temple is the golden canopy that makes it easily identifiable from far away.

Overnight in Kandy.

After breakfast, we travel to Yala. On the way we will visit the Horton Plains and then explore the Yala National Park. Yala National Park is home to over 44 different kinds of mammals and 215 species of birds, which freely roam around the park. 

By safari jeep students will view the different kinds of animals which include elephants, spotted deers, and leopards just to name a few! This safari will be a highlight of their school tour to Sri Lanka!

Overnight in Yala National Park.

Today we travel back to Colombo. On arrival we check into our hotel.

In the afternoon we tour the city of Colombo with our local guide. We explore the Fort district, the Dutch Church, Kelaniya Buddhist Temple,and Colombo's finest museum. 

We finish the day with a market tour and then a hands-on cooking class where students will have a complete Sri Lankan cultural and gastronomic experience. 

Overnight on Colombo.

This morning after breakfast your group will be transferred to the airport. End of our services. 

***Important Note***

For operational reasons and passenger safety, Tweet World Travel and its suppliers reserve the right to change, vary, modify or cancel any itinerary or arrangement in relation to the tour/cruise as considered necessary.

This itinerary is not recommended for persons with reduced mobility.

All of our tours require a reasonable level of fitness. Every traveller on our tours is required the ability to walk around sights on uneven surfaces in both urban and rural / mountainous areas unaided. You'll be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps.

Please read our itinerary carefully for outline of fitness level to help you select the right holiday for you.

Important notes:

• All persons must be fit and physically able to partake unaided in their chosen activities/packages/tours /cruise etc. as outlined in the itinerary.

• All parties acknowledge the physical demands and hazards involved in the tour or cruise they will be undertaking and have chosen to participate at their own risk.
Our Small Group Tours are guaranteed to depart with a minimum of just two guests.

Our group size ranges from only 2 to 16 people. This means less of your precious time is wasted waiting for others, allowing you to have more time to enjoy your holiday.

For group tours with 10 travellers or more, in addition to the tour guide, we will provide a dedicated tour director (free of charge) who will escort the tour from the beginning to the end.
We provide a wealth of dining experiences and venues. Most meals during the tour are at famous restaurants, with the menus handpicked and planned to highlight a perfect mix of Local and Western cuisines.

Our itinerary features sumptuous Welcome and Farewell Dinners for a delightful, authentic culinary experience, whereas the special Chef’s Table experience will take you on an unparalleled culinary demonstration and beautiful menu to feast on.

Note: It is your responsibility to notify us of any dietary requests/requirements. We will do our best to meet your request/requirements, however, cannot guarantee that it can always be accommodated.
When travelling with Tweet World Travel, you will indulge in a seamlessly opulence travel experience. We hand-pick the premium quality resorts, hotels or lodges, ensuring that each night of your itinerary finds you welcomed and comfortably settled in either historically iconic, culturally rich, or coveted high-design hotels full of authentic local charms. You will stay at the heart of each destination, adjacent to monuments or strategically at the edge of a wilderness.

• Room Information: All rooms are air-conditioned, Fridge/ Mini Bar in room, Safe box in room
• Triple Share: Available upon request
• Bedding Configuration: Double or twin bedding (subject to availability).
• Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms: Available upon request (subject to availability).
• Laundry service is available at hotels/resorts where you will stay during the tour and will incur additional charges if used
• Massage service is available at hotels where you will stay during the tour and will incur additional charges if used.
After purchase, you will receive a Booking Confirmation and Passenger Information Form by email. Within 24 hours of purchase you need to send us a copy of your passport together with your Passenger Information Form.

After purchase, you are required to make a deposit or full payment for your order. Please note most of our deposit is non-refundable. Please check your booking and your invoice for the Terms and Conditions which apply specifically to your booking.

If you would like to cancel your booking, please refer to our cancellation terms.

Please notes:
• Any special requests, preferences MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form
• Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges
Safety Net Protection is not included in our tour/cruise packages. If you wish to purchase safety net protection, an additional fee of $105 per person will be incurred. This is only valid for a one-time use (claim).

Safety Net Protection enables passengers to amend their tour and/or river cruise 15 days prior to departure, to another tour/cruise to the same destination, departing in the same year (once only) without any applicable cancellation charges or penalties.

The new tour/cruise must be at the same cost or higher but cannot be at lower cost than the initial cruise/ tour booked. If the passenger chooses the higher cost option, then the additional difference amount must be paid. However, no modifications shall be accepted less than 15 days prior to departure.

Importance notes:
• Safety Net Protection is payable immediately at the time of making the deposit payment. Once purchased, Safety Net Protection is not refundable
• Safety Net Protection does not apply for airfares or third-party fees and charges.
• Safety Net Protection allows for amendment ONLY, not cancellation.
• You will be responsible for all your personal belongings while on the tours. It is your responsibility to make sure your room is secure.
Tipping is not compulsory and is not included in this package. We believe that if you choose to tip, you should only pay for the service you receive.

In general, tipping is widely accepted as a way to show your appreciation of good service but is not compulsory. Tipping is expected and often makes up a large part of people's wages.

• If you are happy with services provided by your tour guides and drivers, a tip is appreciated. Recommended tips - For the guides and drivers - $6US per day per passenger.

• If travel on a river cruises and happy with the services provided by your crews and service onboard. Recommended tips - For the crews and guides - $10US per day per passenger.
You must carry your own luggage from/to the coach and to/from the hotel or cruise. The driver and his assistance will assist with the uploading/off-loading of your luggage.

All of our tours will include internal flights within the tour, which allow 20kg of check-in luggage and 7kg of carry-on luggage per passenger. A surcharge may apply for oversized/overweight luggage subject to the airline's policy.

Please note:

• You will be responsible for all your personal belongings while on the tours/cruises. It is your responsibility to make sure your room/cabin is secure.

• Tweet World Travel will not be liable for any loss or damage to your luggage or other personal belongings.
Our products DO NOT include Travel Insurance. Travel insurance is not included in our tours, cruises, day tours, private tours, group tours, transfers, and any of our packages.

For your protection, we strongly recommend that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance for your travel arrangements (without limitation) that include coverage for medical expenses, loss of luggage, cruise, land content and airfare charges that may occur.

You need to provide us your Travel Insurance details upon booking, or at least before 30 days prior to your departure.

If you do not have travel insurance prior to your departure, we retain the rights to refuse boarding/joining our tours or cruises. We might refund / provide travel credits for you, less any unrecoverable fees including but not limited to admin fees, visas fees, other suppliers’ cancellation fees. We won’t be held liable for any costs associated with this matter.
SRI LANKA EXPLORE AND WILDLIFE SCHOOL TOUR

FIRST-CLASS SERVICE

  • 24/7 local assistance and travel guidance
  • Medical kit
  • Airport Meet-and-Greet welcome service with local tour guide
  • Destination and trip Information Packs
  • A unique "local-host" experience exclusively offered by Tweet World Travel

VISA

  • Sri Lanka Visa

ACCOMMODATION

  • Stay at excellent hand-selected high-quality 3-star and 4-star accommodation in central location or adjacent to monuments or strategically at the edge of a wilderness.  
  • We guarantee that students will be located together within the same area in hotels

SIGHTSEEING

  • All entrance fees at monuments
    • Comprehensive sightseeing as per itinerary:
    • Elephant orphanage at Pinnawela
    • Ancient capitals of Sri Lanka 
    • Kandy City tour
    • Jeep safari at Yala National Park
  • All local government fees & tax

COMMUNITY PROJECT

  • 2-day community project in Colombo

TRANSPORTATION

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers in private air-conditioned vehicles 
  • All touring in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Locally based professional drivers 

TOUR GUIDE & TOUR LEADER

  • English-speaking local tour guides who live and breathe the destination – they will bring your itinerary to life
  • On top of local tour guides, we will provide an experienced Local Tour Director. He or she will oversee entire journey, accompany your group every day and connect you to the people, places and encounter in a way you’ll never forget.

MEALS

  • Welcome & Farewell Dinner
  • A Unique & Varied Dining Experience 
  • Full Breakfast Daily; Select Lunches and Dinners (B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner)

Please contact us on +61 8 7226-1898 or 1300 739 652 for the price.

Price depends on the below:

- Projects your group would like to participate
- Desired outcome/Learning objectives for students
- Accommodation level
- Travel date
- Group Size
- Duration of the tour
- Sightseeing

A Visa is required to visit Sri Lanka in the form of an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). There is a non-refundable processing fee for some categories of the ETA. Make sure you select the correct visa category for your circumstances. If you engage in activities that breach your visa conditions, you could be detained or deported.

Pay close attention to the date your visa expires – you could receive a large fine if you overstay your visa.

If you're travelling from a country with yellow fever or cholera, you'll need to present evidence that you've received the relevant immunisation(s). You'll also need a yellow fever vaccination certificate if you're arriving from, or have transited through, affected African and Latin American countries within nine days of entry to Sri Lanka. Babies under one year old are exempt.

Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months from the date you intend to return to Australia.

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