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15 days

Maldives - Heaven on Earth

Maldives
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From 2000 eur

Pristine beaches, lushious green palm trees, the best curry on earth and the heart-warming smiles of the locals. Add perfectly clear water, alabaster sand, paradise-like scenery and you have the best holiday in history!

Over 20 atolls and 1200 beaches comprise what can be called the quintessence of heaven on earth. And that's without mentioning the pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka, a mix of the moden world and a historical heritage dating back over 2000 years. Get ready to explore cities inhabited by monks, see ancient statues, flourishing botanical gardens and sample what is probably the spiciest cuisine in the world. Should that not be enough, there are the white sandy beaches fringing the island with their beautiful palm trees offering cool, welcome shade. You just have to love it! The combination of Sri Lanka and the Maldives gives you a chance to visit two paradises during just one trip.

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Travel plan

1

Departure

 

Flight from Europe transferring at one of the Asian airports.

2

Way to the beach

 

After arriving in Colombo you go to the very south of the island to Tangalla beach.

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Tangalla beach

Leżak Safari Snorkeling

You'll be lucky enough to spend a couple of days in a place virtually untouched by humanity and commercialism. It seems to have been designed purely for sunrise or sunset-time strolls, lounging beneath the palm trees or splashing around in the natural rock pools. Discover a new meaning to the word “relax” while swinging in a hammock with your favourite book, munching fresh prawns and washing them down with excellent arrack liquor. Enjoy your own private paradise!

If you happen to need a change from the alabaster-like beaches, we encourage you to check out the Yala National Park, where you'll see animals in their natural habitat. Ride an elephant and feel the rush of adrenaline when a leopard runs out just in front of your nose!

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Mirissa beach

Leżak Nurkowanie Impreza Snorkeling Statek Surifing

After breakfast you travel to the next paradise of Mirissa, the perfect destination to wind down in. Once you arrive, you'll be not only astonished at the perfect conditions for swimming, but also amazed by the beaches. They are quite simply dreams of tropical heaven come true! Lay down on the sand, relax and forget about all your worries –they have no place here. In the evenings, see the stunning sunsets, sample a shark or barracuda dish followed by some delicious roti served in one of the beach restaurants.

If you are eager to discover some of Sri Lanka’s history, Galle is the place to visit. The small town is renowned mostly for the 300-year old fort which looks out onto the ocean. Originally built by the Portuguese it is now on the UNESCO cultural heritage list and also the biggest European-built fortress in southern Asia. Loose yourselves among the narrow streets and colonial Dutch mansions or just enjoy a cup of coffee in one of the multiple cafés. 

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Maldives

Leżak Nurkowanie Snorkeling Statek Windsurfing

Early in the morning you transfer to the airport where you catch a flight to the Maldives. Already from the plane you can see the colourful atolls encircled by turquoise water. You spend the next few days on the island, where your biggest problem is whether to go for lobster or prawns during a romantic dinner. In the daytime, you can laze around on the powdery sand, swim in the crystal clear water, stroll to the tropical garden or have your favourite drink in the swimming pool…. Breathe in the atmosphere of this tropical heaven on earth!

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Back to Europe

 

Transfer to Colombo to catch your flight back to Europe.

 

The above travel plan is just an example of what you might expect when travelling with Planet Escape. We tailor each travel plan to the individual client’s needs and we carefully select the right beach, accommodation, activities and the length of stay to suit your individual requirements.

Hotels

Bamboo huts in Tangalla

The resort is comprised of stylish wooden huts situated in a palm tree garden. Each hut has a terrace facing the Indian Ocean and two floors the upper one with a bedroom and the downstairs one with a huge bathroom. The resort has a scooter, bike and kayak rental service so you can explore the surrounding area by means of the transport of your choice.

Mirissa

The hotel is located next to the very centre of a lively bay. Its high standard ensures a decent rest after a long active day on the beach or at an evening party. Check out the fantastic restaurant facing the ocean, the swimming pool with comfy sunbeds, garden and the Ayurveda centre.

Maldives

A small hotel situated on one of the southern atolls. Guests have access to a swimming pool, spa, gym and of course most importantly, a magnificent white beach. The rooms are surrounded by tropical lush greenery ensuring you awaken everyday to birdsong.

Food

The cuisine of the Maldives is the result of a mix of different cultural influences: Arabian, Indian and African. Thanks to that you'll discover a myriad of new flavours! The Island abounds with lobsters, tuna fish, prawns and fresh aromatic fruit.

Sri Lanka’s cuisine evolved mostly in line with Indian influences with one fundamental difference it's a good deal spicier! If you see the word sambol in the name of a dish, watch out! The most commonly eaten grain is rice and locals do not usually use cutlery but eat with their hands. Sri Lanka also has its own traditional sweets such as halape -– a delights made from coconut and honey or thalaguli sesame balls.

Price includes:

  • Round-trip flight Europe –- Sri Lanka.
  • Round-trip flight Sri Lanka –the Maldives.
  • Boat transfer from the Maldivian airport to the hotel and back.
  • Accommodation (4 nights in Tangalla, 4 nights in Mirissa, 4 nights on Maldives).
  • Breakfasts in Mirissa and Maldives, dinners on Maldives.
  • Inland transfers on Sri Lanka by private car.
  • Insurance: Emergency Medical Expenses 30,000 EUR; Accident 4,000 EUR; lost luggage 500 EUR.
  • Escape Box including Escape Book, which is a bespoke guide book with detailed travel plans and instructions. In the Box you will also find printed flight tickets, vouchers and a surprise.

Price does not include:

  • Meals (except for the ones mentioned above).
  • Admission tickets to tourist attractions.
  • Visa on arrival ($25 in Colombo airport).

 

The price above is only an estimate. A final price will be indicated in the offer we prepare for you.

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