1 independent reviews for Sri Lanka tailor made tour & Maldives holiday

Reviews for Sri Lanka tailor made tour & Maldives holiday


review 3 Mar 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Hard to choose, but the visit to the Temple of the Tooth was fascinating - as was the Navam Perahera festival in Colombo (an add on - it wasn't mentioned by the tour company but I found out about it on the plane out.) And the elephants were wonderful!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Do plenty of research before you go, take the Lonely Planet guide book, a bird book (if that interests you - we saw 98 species!!) and a good map. Make sure you tailor the trip to what you want - it took several goes for us to negotiate the perfect package. Don't try and do too much; journey times are longer that you think! Ask your guide to stop at places where you would like to visit.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I presume entrance fees to national parks support conservation. A couple of the hotels/lodges were going plastic free - but not all. I chose smaller hotels which hopefully benefited small local businesses.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

The itinerary was superb overall; a good balance of wildlife, history and culture.. Aleem from the tour operator was very helpful organising everything to suit us. However I heard a few things about the local agent not paying their bills - local people didn't think much of them. The car and accommodation was comfortable. Our guide was helpful and friendly - however his driving was hair raising at times. His spoken English was OK but could have been better. We had asked for an experienced guide knowledgeable about local birds and wildlife - my husband's hobby. Our guide was a 21 year old student, taking time out of college...

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