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Going Places Together | Creative Travel | Creative World

Going Places Together | Creative Travel | Creative World

You are @  Reading ToursReading Sri Lanka 2018
 
 
 

Reading Sri Lanka

July 29 - August 11, 2018
 

Extend Your Stay: Ancient Cities

August 11 - August 16, 2018
 

 
 


Main tour

13 nights | 14 days

Optional Extension
7 nights | 7 days

 

Location Nights
   
Main Tour  
Colombo 2 nights
Kandy 3 nights
Nuwara Eliya 2 nights
Yala National Park 2 nights
Galle

3 nights

Colombo

1 night
+ 1 day room

   
Optional Extension  
Anuradhapura

2 nights

Polonnaruwa

2 nights

Sigiriya / Dambulla 2 nights
Colombo 1 night
+ 1 day room

Shopkeeper, Colombo

Temple of Sacred Tooth, Kandy

Ancient Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Itinerary


Day 1 Sunday July 29 Arrive Colombo

Arrive and enjoy a warm welcome. Travel by private transfer to your colonial-era hotel facing Colombo's famous seaside promenade, Galle Face Green.

Overnight: Galle Face Hotel, Colombo

Day 2 Monday July 30 Colombo
 
Gather with fellow bookclub members in the breakfast-room as your tour host welcomes you to Sri Lanka! Today's program begins on the steps of your hotel as you join your local guide for a walking tour along the broad lawns and narrow sands of seaside Galle Face Green. Your program continues across Colombo from from the grand architecture of colonial-era Fort District to the bustling temple complex of Gangaramaya. Visit the Old Dutch Hospital, Presidential Secretariat, Independence Square and the beautiful Memorial Hall set in the cities famed Cinnamon Gardens neighbourhood. Later this evening, join together for a delicious welcome dinner at your hotel.

Colombo is the captital city and one of the facinating settings of Ondaatje's magical family memoir, Running in the Family.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Galle Face Hotel, Colombo

Day 3 Tuesday July 31 Colombo to Kandy

This moroning follow Ondaatje's family narrative from costal Colombo up to the delicate breeze of Sri Lanka's hill-country. En route pause at Spice Garden and experience cinnamons, pepper, cardamom, nutmeg and mace at their source! Continue on to Kandy where the last Sinhalese kingdom reigned until 1815. Remains of the day at leisure.

As well as Running in the Family, Kandy also plays host to the colonial characters of Dinah Jeffries' Tea Planters Wife.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Amaya Hills Hotel, Kandy

Day 4 Wednesday August 1 Kandy

On the northern edge of Kandy Lake rests the Temple of the Sacred Tooth, home to Sri Lanka's most holy Buddhist relic - a tooth of the Buddha.  Today wear clothes that cover your legs and shoulders and explore this peaceful place of worship. Later in the day take in the orchid collection at the Royal Botanical Garden and enjoy the drama of Kandyan Dance. Back at your hotel for dinner and a restful evening. 


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner at your hotel
Overnight: Amaya Hills Hotel, Kandy

Day 5 Thursday August 2 Kandy


Today is at leisure. Explore the market bazaars of central Kandy, stop for tea on a stroll around Kandy Lake, or enjoy an Ayurvedic treatment at your hotel's very own traditional spa.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Amaya Hills Hotel, Kandy

Day 6 Friday August 3 Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

Feel the air continue to cool as you climb higher today on the beautiful drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. Lush green tea plantations
give way to mountain lakes. Break your journey at a local tea factory and plantation where the country's bright black Ceylon Tea is grown.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Landale by Amaya, Nuwara Eliya

Day 7 Saturday August 4 Nuwara Eliya

Located at the centre of this island nation, Nuwara Eliya sits at the crown of Sri Lanka's highest tea growing region. Dubbed "Little England," the mist covered hills seem to maintain the memory of a time when British society reigned. Occasional rose gardens, hedges rows, and English-style bungalows reflect that past. Today explore Nuwara Eliya with your local guide.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Landale by Amaya, Nuwara Eliya

Day 8 Sunday August 5 Nuwara Eliya to Yala National Park

Another day of breathtaking landscape as you travel to Yala National Park through the cloud forests and tea plantations surrounding Ella. Meaning "falling water," Ella is a name perfectly suited for a little town that commands some of Sri Lanka's most inspiring vistas. Waterfalls cascade down the rugged terrain and fill the surrounding valley with life. Follow the water as you travel south towards the monsoon forests of Yala National Park. Evening at leisure.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Cinnamon Wild Hotel, Yala

Day 9 Monday August 6 Safari in Yala National Park

This morning don your safari jackets and binoculars as you travel by jeep into wild Sri Lanka. Watch for majestic elephants, horned sambars, jackals, peacocks, great black bears, spotted leopards and any one of the other 200 species that make their home in or fly above this important coastal ecosystem.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Cinnamon Wild Hotel, Yala

Day 10 Tuesday August 7 Yala National Park to Galle

Today turn your attention to Romesh Gunesekera's beautiful short novel Reef as you travel the south costal road to Galle. On arrival check in at your home for the next three nights. Enjoy an evening at lesiure.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Amangalle Hotel, Galle

Day 11 Wednesday August 8 Galle

Galle is a living time capsule and home to the largest occupied Fort in Asia. Your tour will show you the quaint beauty that extends beyond its golden beaches and cerulean waters. Discover the picturesque views and the rich history while walking through narrow, cobblestone streets within the Fort. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner at your hotel
Overnight: Amangalle Hotel, Galle

Day 12 Thursday August 9 Galle

Today is at leisure and your hotel maybe as far as you want to go. Read a few pages on the rooftop terrace, practice your favorite asana in the yoga pavillon, or splash about in the shadded pool. Set in the lush gardens of Galle Fort, Amangalle Hotel occupies a 17th Colonial-style building. It is also a 3-minute walk to the National Maritime Museum.  


Meals Included: Breakfast
Overnight: Amangalle Hotel, Galle

Day 13 Friday August 10 Galle to Colombo by train

Like most characters who populate your Reading Sri Lanka books, today you will board a Colombo-bound train and leave the beaches and mountain visits of Sri Lanka behind. A journey perfectly captured in Paul Theroux's
Great Railway Bazaar, today's facinating journey will end in Colombo's central station where you will be met and trasferred to your hotel. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner and final bookclub meeting of this exciting literary adventure! 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Overnight: Galle Face Hotel, Colombo
 
Day 14 Saturday August 11 Colombo

Meals Included: Breakfast
Enjoy the comforts of a day room at the Galle Face Hotel until your departure.

Thank you for joining this reading adventure!

 
 
Extension itinerary:
Ancient Cities


Day 14
Saturday August 11 Colombo to Anuradhapura

Bid your departing friends a fond farewell and travel north along the palm-fringed coast. At the mangroves of Puttalam Lagoon, your private vehical will turn inland towards a collection of four ancient cities that have been slowly and meticulusly reclaimed from the ravages of time. Just as Hanuman - the monkey god of
Sita's Ramayana - travelled across the world to reach Lanka, so you now arrive in this mythic place.

At Anuradhapura, check in to your hotel and enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Ulagalla Hotel, Anuradhapura

Day 15 Sunday August 12 Anuradhapura

One of the oldest continuoulsy inhabited cities in the world, Anuradhapura grew around a cutting from the Buddha's 'tree of enlightment' planted in the 3rd century BC. An unrivaled capital for 1300 years, an invasion forced the city to be abandoned and it lay hidden in the jungle for many years. Today the temples, sculptures, palaces, monasteries and monuments have been uncovered and combine to create an extraodinary landscape where memory and myth reign. 

Today join your local guide as you explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Ulagalla Hotel, Anuradhapura

Day 16 Monday August 13 Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa

A morning drive will carry you between kingdoms. At Polonnaruwa, check in to your lakeside boutique hotel and enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Ekho Lake House, Polonnaruwa

Day 17 Monday August 14 Polonnaruwa

Today join your local guide as you step into the pages of Paul M.M. Cooper's captivating novel River of Ink. Set in 13th century Polonnaruwa, Cooper's novel will help populate this breathtaking stage with all the characters of a great kingdom at its height.

Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Buddhist reliefs of Polonnaruwa will leave you with some of the most awe inspiring images of your literary adventure.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Ekho Lake House, Polonnaruwa

Day 18 Wednesday August 15 Polonnaruwa to Sigiriya / Dambulla

Between Polonnaruwa and the twin cities of Sigiriya and Dambulla lie the twin national parks of Angammedilla and Wasgamuwa. After a scenic drive to Dambulla, settle in to your peaceful forest hotel and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Swim, read in the shade, or explore.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Amaya Lake Hotel, Dambulla

Day 19 Thursday August 16 Sigiriya / Dambulla

Today visit both Sigiriya and Dambulla. Sigiriya - The Lion Rock - is an ancient fortress and one of the world's oldest landscaped gardens. Follow terraced gardens, water gardens, and cave gardens in a gentle climb to the ruins of the royal court where vibrant frescos report of a far differnt time. 

At Dambulla, pristine cave temples dating back to the 7th century BC contain 153 masterful statues of The Buddha. Words do little justice to the imagination of the ancient people who carved this wonderous complex into the rock.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Amaya Lake Hotel, Dambulla

Day 20 Friday August 17 Dambulla to Colombo

On this final full day of your Reading Sri Lanka adventure, shake off the mist and myth of the ancient cities as you return to Colombo.

Tonight watch the sun set over the Lakshadweep Sea before joining your tour host for a farewell dinner.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Overnight: Galle Face Hotel, Colombo

Day 21 Saturday August 18 Colombo

Bookclub members depart Sri Lanka. Thank you for taking part in this literatary adventure!

Meals Included: Breakfast
Day Room: Galle Face Hotel, Colombo

 

 
 

Reading Sri Lanka

July 29 - August 11, 2018
 

Extend Your Stay: Ancient Cities

August 11 - August 16, 2018
 

 
 


Main tour

13 nights | 14 days

Optional Extension
7 nights | 7 days

 

Location Nights
   
Main Tour  
Colombo 2 nights
Kandy 3 nights
Nuwara Eliya 2 nights
Yala National Park 2 nights
Galle

3 nights

Colombo

1 night
+ 1 day room

   
Optional Extension  
Anuradhapura

2 nights

Polonnaruwa

2 nights

Sigiriya / Dambulla 2 nights
Colombo 1 night
+ 1 day room

Shopkeeper, Colombo

Temple of Sacred Tooth, Kandy

Ancient Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Itinerary


Day 1 Sunday July 29 Arrive Colombo

Arrive and enjoy a warm welcome. Travel by private transfer to your colonial-era hotel facing Colombo's famous seaside promenade, Galle Face Green.

Overnight: Galle Face Hotel, Colombo

Day 2 Monday July 30 Colombo
 
Gather with fellow bookclub members in the breakfast-room as your tour host welcomes you to Sri Lanka! Today's program begins on the steps of your hotel as you join your local guide for a walking tour along the broad lawns and narrow sands of seaside Galle Face Green. Your program continues across Colombo from from the grand architecture of colonial-era Fort District to the bustling temple complex of Gangaramaya. Visit the Old Dutch Hospital, Presidential Secretariat, Independence Square and the beautiful Memorial Hall set in the cities famed Cinnamon Gardens neighbourhood. Later this evening, join together for a delicious welcome dinner at your hotel.

Colombo is the captital city and one of the facinating settings of Ondaatje's magical family memoir, Running in the Family.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Galle Face Hotel, Colombo

Day 3 Tuesday July 31 Colombo to Kandy

This moroning follow Ondaatje's family narrative from costal Colombo up to the delicate breeze of Sri Lanka's hill-country. En route pause at Spice Garden and experience cinnamons, pepper, cardamom, nutmeg and mace at their source! Continue on to Kandy where the last Sinhalese kingdom reigned until 1815. Remains of the day at leisure.

As well as Running in the Family, Kandy also plays host to the colonial characters of Dinah Jeffries' Tea Planters Wife.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Amaya Hills Hotel, Kandy

Day 4 Wednesday August 1 Kandy

On the northern edge of Kandy Lake rests the Temple of the Sacred Tooth, home to Sri Lanka's most holy Buddhist relic - a tooth of the Buddha.  Today wear clothes that cover your legs and shoulders and explore this peaceful place of worship. Later in the day take in the orchid collection at the Royal Botanical Garden and enjoy the drama of Kandyan Dance. Back at your hotel for dinner and a restful evening. 


Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner at your hotel
Overnight: Amaya Hills Hotel, Kandy

Day 5 Thursday August 2 Kandy


Today is at leisure. Explore the market bazaars of central Kandy, stop for tea on a stroll around Kandy Lake, or enjoy an Ayurvedic treatment at your hotel's very own traditional spa.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Amaya Hills Hotel, Kandy

Day 6 Friday August 3 Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

Feel the air continue to cool as you climb higher today on the beautiful drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. Lush green tea plantations
give way to mountain lakes. Break your journey at a local tea factory and plantation where the country's bright black Ceylon Tea is grown.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Landale by Amaya, Nuwara Eliya

Day 7 Saturday August 4 Nuwara Eliya

Located at the centre of this island nation, Nuwara Eliya sits at the crown of Sri Lanka's highest tea growing region. Dubbed "Little England," the mist covered hills seem to maintain the memory of a time when British society reigned. Occasional rose gardens, hedges rows, and English-style bungalows reflect that past. Today explore Nuwara Eliya with your local guide.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Landale by Amaya, Nuwara Eliya

Day 8 Sunday August 5 Nuwara Eliya to Yala National Park

Another day of breathtaking landscape as you travel to Yala National Park through the cloud forests and tea plantations surrounding Ella. Meaning "falling water," Ella is a name perfectly suited for a little town that commands some of Sri Lanka's most inspiring vistas. Waterfalls cascade down the rugged terrain and fill the surrounding valley with life. Follow the water as you travel south towards the monsoon forests of Yala National Park. Evening at leisure.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Cinnamon Wild Hotel, Yala

Day 9 Monday August 6 Safari in Yala National Park

This morning don your safari jackets and binoculars as you travel by jeep into wild Sri Lanka. Watch for majestic elephants, horned sambars, jackals, peacocks, great black bears, spotted leopards and any one of the other 200 species that make their home in or fly above this important coastal ecosystem.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Cinnamon Wild Hotel, Yala

Day 10 Tuesday August 7 Yala National Park to Galle

Today turn your attention to Romesh Gunesekera's beautiful short novel Reef as you travel the south costal road to Galle. On arrival check in at your home for the next three nights. Enjoy an evening at lesiure.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Amangalle Hotel, Galle

Day 11 Wednesday August 8 Galle

Galle is a living time capsule and home to the largest occupied Fort in Asia. Your tour will show you the quaint beauty that extends beyond its golden beaches and cerulean waters. Discover the picturesque views and the rich history while walking through narrow, cobblestone streets within the Fort. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner at your hotel
Overnight: Amangalle Hotel, Galle

Day 12 Thursday August 9 Galle

Today is at leisure and your hotel maybe as far as you want to go. Read a few pages on the rooftop terrace, practice your favorite asana in the yoga pavillon, or splash about in the shadded pool. Set in the lush gardens of Galle Fort, Amangalle Hotel occupies a 17th Colonial-style building. It is also a 3-minute walk to the National Maritime Museum.  


Meals Included: Breakfast
Overnight: Amangalle Hotel, Galle

Day 13 Friday August 10 Galle to Colombo by train

Like most characters who populate your Reading Sri Lanka books, today you will board a Colombo-bound train and leave the beaches and mountain visits of Sri Lanka behind. A journey perfectly captured in Paul Theroux's
Great Railway Bazaar, today's facinating journey will end in Colombo's central station where you will be met and trasferred to your hotel. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner and final bookclub meeting of this exciting literary adventure! 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Overnight: Galle Face Hotel, Colombo
 
Day 14 Saturday August 11 Colombo

Meals Included: Breakfast
Enjoy the comforts of a day room at the Galle Face Hotel until your departure.

Thank you for joining this reading adventure!

 
 
Extension itinerary:
Ancient Cities


Day 14
Saturday August 11 Colombo to Anuradhapura

Bid your departing friends a fond farewell and travel north along the palm-fringed coast. At the mangroves of Puttalam Lagoon, your private vehical will turn inland towards a collection of four ancient cities that have been slowly and meticulusly reclaimed from the ravages of time. Just as Hanuman - the monkey god of
Sita's Ramayana - travelled across the world to reach Lanka, so you now arrive in this mythic place.

At Anuradhapura, check in to your hotel and enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Ulagalla Hotel, Anuradhapura

Day 15 Sunday August 12 Anuradhapura

One of the oldest continuoulsy inhabited cities in the world, Anuradhapura grew around a cutting from the Buddha's 'tree of enlightment' planted in the 3rd century BC. An unrivaled capital for 1300 years, an invasion forced the city to be abandoned and it lay hidden in the jungle for many years. Today the temples, sculptures, palaces, monasteries and monuments have been uncovered and combine to create an extraodinary landscape where memory and myth reign. 

Today join your local guide as you explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Ulagalla Hotel, Anuradhapura

Day 16 Monday August 13 Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa

A morning drive will carry you between kingdoms. At Polonnaruwa, check in to your lakeside boutique hotel and enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Ekho Lake House, Polonnaruwa

Day 17 Monday August 14 Polonnaruwa

Today join your local guide as you step into the pages of Paul M.M. Cooper's captivating novel River of Ink. Set in 13th century Polonnaruwa, Cooper's novel will help populate this breathtaking stage with all the characters of a great kingdom at its height.

Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Buddhist reliefs of Polonnaruwa will leave you with some of the most awe inspiring images of your literary adventure.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Ekho Lake House, Polonnaruwa

Day 18 Wednesday August 15 Polonnaruwa to Sigiriya / Dambulla

Between Polonnaruwa and the twin cities of Sigiriya and Dambulla lie the twin national parks of Angammedilla and Wasgamuwa. After a scenic drive to Dambulla, settle in to your peaceful forest hotel and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Swim, read in the shade, or explore.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Amaya Lake Hotel, Dambulla

Day 19 Thursday August 16 Sigiriya / Dambulla

Today visit both Sigiriya and Dambulla. Sigiriya - The Lion Rock - is an ancient fortress and one of the world's oldest landscaped gardens. Follow terraced gardens, water gardens, and cave gardens in a gentle climb to the ruins of the royal court where vibrant frescos report of a far differnt time. 

At Dambulla, pristine cave temples dating back to the 7th century BC contain 153 masterful statues of The Buddha. Words do little justice to the imagination of the ancient people who carved this wonderous complex into the rock.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Amaya Lake Hotel, Dambulla

Day 20 Friday August 17 Dambulla to Colombo

On this final full day of your Reading Sri Lanka adventure, shake off the mist and myth of the ancient cities as you return to Colombo.

Tonight watch the sun set over the Lakshadweep Sea before joining your tour host for a farewell dinner.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Overnight: Galle Face Hotel, Colombo

Day 21 Saturday August 18 Colombo

Bookclub members depart Sri Lanka. Thank you for taking part in this literatary adventure!

Meals Included: Breakfast
Day Room: Galle Face Hotel, Colombo

 

 
A bookclub for the truly adventurous!
 

Running in the Family
a memoir by Michael Ondaatje

Discussion:
Tuesday, April 3, 2018



The Tea Planter's Wife
a novel by Dinah Jeffries  

Discussion:
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

 


Reef
a novel by Romesh Gunesekera
Discussion:
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
   
Sita's Ramayana and River of Ink
a graphic novel by Samhita Arni and Moyna
Chitrakar, and novel by Paul M.M. Cooper
Discussion:
Tuesady, July 3, 2018
   
An adventure that will leap from the page!
 
   
Reading Sri Lanka Tour Begins
July 29, 2018
Reading Sri Lanka Tour Ends
August 11, 2018
   
Tour Extension Begins August 11, 2018
Tour Extension Ends
August 18, 2018
   

Reading Sri Lanka discussions take place on the first Tuesday of the month from 6:30pm until 8:30pm.

If you are unable to join us in person - whether you're in Toronto or on the other side of the world - you can still participate by joining us remotely via Skype, Facetime or similar platform. 

Reading Sri Lanka 2018
 Twin  *Single Supplement  Deposit
  USD $4386.00  USD $2076.00  **USD $700.00

 

Optional Extension
Twin Single Supplement
USD $2300.00 USD $850.00

*Twin accommodation is available to all participants.  Ask us how!

**Deposit is non-refundable Price may be subject to change.
 

Inclusions in the above prices:

  • All railway transportation
  • Superior Class (4 to 5 Star) hotel accommodation based on double occupancy
  • Transportation by private air-conditioned coach with driver/guide
  • Sightseeing and admissions as per the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated on itinerary

 

Exclusions in the above prices

 

 

 
A bookclub for the truly adventurous!
 

Running in the Family
a memoir by Michael Ondaatje

Discussion:
Tuesday, April 3, 2018



The Tea Planter's Wife
a novel by Dinah Jeffries  

Discussion:
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

 


Reef
a novel by Romesh Gunesekera
Discussion:
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
   
Sita's Ramayana and River of Ink
a graphic novel by Samhita Arni and Moyna
Chitrakar, and novel by Paul M.M. Cooper
Discussion:
Tuesady, July 3, 2018
   
An adventure that will leap from the page!
 
   
Reading Sri Lanka Tour Begins
July 29, 2018
Reading Sri Lanka Tour Ends
August 11, 2018
   
Tour Extension Begins August 11, 2018
Tour Extension Ends
August 18, 2018
   

Reading Sri Lanka discussions take place on the first Tuesday of the month from 6:30pm until 8:30pm.

If you are unable to join us in person - whether you're in Toronto or on the other side of the world - you can still participate by joining us remotely via Skype, Facetime or similar platform. 

Reading Sri Lanka 2018
 Twin  *Single Supplement  Deposit
  USD $4386.00  USD $2076.00  **USD $700.00

 

Optional Extension
Twin Single Supplement
USD $2300.00 USD $850.00

*Twin accommodation is available to all participants.  Ask us how!

**Deposit is non-refundable Price may be subject to change.
 

Inclusions in the above prices:

  • All railway transportation
  • Superior Class (4 to 5 Star) hotel accommodation based on double occupancy
  • Transportation by private air-conditioned coach with driver/guide
  • Sightseeing and admissions as per the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated on itinerary

 

Exclusions in the above prices

 

 

 

Train Bridge, Ella

 

Elephant Orphanage, Pinnawala
 
 

Train Bridge, Ella

 

Elephant Orphanage, Pinnawala
 

Reading

 
 Book cover Running in the Family

Running in the Family - Michale Ondaatje

In the late 1970s Ondaatje returned to his native island of Sri Lanka. As he records his journey from Colombo to Kandy and beyond through the intoxicating fragrances of this land he describes as a "pendant off the ear of India, " Ondaatje simultaneously retraces the baroque mythology of his Dutch-Ceylonese family.

   
Book cover The Tea Planter's Wife

The Tea Planter's Wife - Dinah Jeffries

Set in 1920s Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), this novel follows a young Englishwoman who marries a charming tea plantation owner and widower, only to discover he's keeping a terrible secret about his past. The Tea Planter's Wife is a haunting, tender portrait of a woman forced to choose between her duty as a wife and her instinct as a mother.

   
Book cover Reef Reef – Romesh Gunesekera

On the southern tip of Sri Lanka, Triton lived in Mister Salgado's house; a house filled with floors to sweep and silver to polish and a master whose voice was poetry. People from all over the world came to the house for this was where life took place. The sun would rise from the garage and sleep behind the del tree at night. And in the house, life was good. But beyond Mister Salgado's house and their Sri Lankan village there was a world. And all around them, it was falling apart.
   
Book cover Sita's Ramayana Sita's Ramayana – Samhita Arni and Moyna Chitrakar

The Ramayana -- one of the great legends of ancient South Asia -- is presented here as a graphic novel told from the perspective of Sita. It explores ideas of right vs. wrong, compassion, loyalty, trust, honour and the terrible price that war exacts from women, children, animals and the natural world. Here Sri Lanka takes on it's mythical form as the kingdom setting of the rescue of Sita. 

   
Book cover River of Ink

River of Ink - Paul M.M. Cooper

From a humble village birth, Asanka has risen to the prestigious position of court poet in the great island kingdom of Lanka. But when a ruthless outsider violently usurps the throne, Asanka is forced to compose an epic poem designed to extinguish the fires of rebellion. Asanka has always believed that poetry makes nothing happen, but as lines on the page become cries in the street he learns that true power lies not at the point of a sword, but in the tip of a pen.

   
   
Your Host: Toronto
 
Ben Walsh joined Going Places Together in 2008 to help launch a new series of tours that would come to celebrate the national literatures of some of the world’s most exciting destinations. A one-time bookseller and event host at Nichols Hoare - a legendary chain of bookshops in Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal - he now makes his professional home in the stacks and lecture halls of the University of Toronto where he is a humanities and social sciences librarian. An avid traveller and engaging book club host, Ben looks forward to learning how you see the world.
   
Your Host: Sri Lanka
 
Vawn Himmelsbach (vawnvoyage.com) is a Toronto-based travel writer who has spent more than three years living abroad; her travels have taken her from the cobblestone streets of old Tbilisi in Georgia to the Guge Kingdom in western Tibet. She has written for the Toronto Star, Metro News, BOLD Magazine, Explore Magazine, CAA Magazine, Flare, Ottawa Life, CBC.ca and Hotelier, among others, and contributed to Intercontinental’s Best of China. She is a contributing writer for Travelweek, co-founded a travel website for women and published a short story in the non-fiction anthology Emails From India: Women Write Home.
 

Join seasoned traveller and travel writer Vawn Himmelsbach in this adventure from the colonial capital to Sri Lanka's jungle wild.

   
Extend your stay as you follow the course of Paul M.M. Cooper's captivating River of Ink. Travel north from modern Colombo to Sri Lanka's ancient kingdoms where myth and legend join with a stunning landscape to create the islands most extraordinary setting. 

 

 

Reading

 
 Book cover Running in the Family

Running in the Family - Michale Ondaatje

In the late 1970s Ondaatje returned to his native island of Sri Lanka. As he records his journey from Colombo to Kandy and beyond through the intoxicating fragrances of this land he describes as a "pendant off the ear of India, " Ondaatje simultaneously retraces the baroque mythology of his Dutch-Ceylonese family.

   
Book cover The Tea Planter's Wife

The Tea Planter's Wife - Dinah Jeffries

Set in 1920s Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), this novel follows a young Englishwoman who marries a charming tea plantation owner and widower, only to discover he's keeping a terrible secret about his past. The Tea Planter's Wife is a haunting, tender portrait of a woman forced to choose between her duty as a wife and her instinct as a mother.

   
Book cover Reef Reef – Romesh Gunesekera

On the southern tip of Sri Lanka, Triton lived in Mister Salgado's house; a house filled with floors to sweep and silver to polish and a master whose voice was poetry. People from all over the world came to the house for this was where life took place. The sun would rise from the garage and sleep behind the del tree at night. And in the house, life was good. But beyond Mister Salgado's house and their Sri Lankan village there was a world. And all around them, it was falling apart.
   
Book cover Sita's Ramayana Sita's Ramayana – Samhita Arni and Moyna Chitrakar

The Ramayana -- one of the great legends of ancient South Asia -- is presented here as a graphic novel told from the perspective of Sita. It explores ideas of right vs. wrong, compassion, loyalty, trust, honour and the terrible price that war exacts from women, children, animals and the natural world. Here Sri Lanka takes on it's mythical form as the kingdom setting of the rescue of Sita. 

   
Book cover River of Ink

River of Ink - Paul M.M. Cooper

From a humble village birth, Asanka has risen to the prestigious position of court poet in the great island kingdom of Lanka. But when a ruthless outsider violently usurps the throne, Asanka is forced to compose an epic poem designed to extinguish the fires of rebellion. Asanka has always believed that poetry makes nothing happen, but as lines on the page become cries in the street he learns that true power lies not at the point of a sword, but in the tip of a pen.

   
   
Your Host: Toronto
 
Ben Walsh joined Going Places Together in 2008 to help launch a new series of tours that would come to celebrate the national literatures of some of the world’s most exciting destinations. A one-time bookseller and event host at Nichols Hoare - a legendary chain of bookshops in Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal - he now makes his professional home in the stacks and lecture halls of the University of Toronto where he is a humanities and social sciences librarian. An avid traveller and engaging book club host, Ben looks forward to learning how you see the world.
   
Your Host: Sri Lanka
 
Vawn Himmelsbach (vawnvoyage.com) is a Toronto-based travel writer who has spent more than three years living abroad; her travels have taken her from the cobblestone streets of old Tbilisi in Georgia to the Guge Kingdom in western Tibet. She has written for the Toronto Star, Metro News, BOLD Magazine, Explore Magazine, CAA Magazine, Flare, Ottawa Life, CBC.ca and Hotelier, among others, and contributed to Intercontinental’s Best of China. She is a contributing writer for Travelweek, co-founded a travel website for women and published a short story in the non-fiction anthology Emails From India: Women Write Home.
 

Join seasoned traveller and travel writer Vawn Himmelsbach in this adventure from the colonial capital to Sri Lanka's jungle wild.

   
Extend your stay as you follow the course of Paul M.M. Cooper's captivating River of Ink. Travel north from modern Colombo to Sri Lanka's ancient kingdoms where myth and legend join with a stunning landscape to create the islands most extraordinary setting. 

 

 

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