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England’s Test Tour to Sri Lanka
March-April 2012

Known as the ‘teardrop of India’, Sri Lanka nestles in the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. A beguiling island with a rich and chequered past, you’ll find it hard to pick a highlight from the many fascinating sights and experiences you will encounter on tour. Sri Lanka is an island bursting with temples, gigantic Buddhas and ancient cities. There are beautiful beaches, tea plantations and National Parks such as Yala where elephants and leopards roam free.


England will play two Tests in Galle and Colombo. The fortified historic city of Galle is a busy port, famous for its stilt fisherman and ancient Portuguese fortress. In complete contrast is Colombo, a vibrant, bustling city, full of life, full of people and full of Tuk Tuk’s. Our tours will offer single and multi Test options with the possibility of adding additional nights and stopovers.


Sporting Traveller tours are all about quality and value for money. When travelling so far from home it’s great to know you will be staying in top quality hotels and looked after by professional tour managers. With over 20 years touring experience we know what to include and what to leave out of our tours. When it comes to the cricket, we are delighted to be joined by our ever popular and charismatic tour host, Norman Gifford who will escort both Tests.


Sri Lanka will be keen to avenge their recent defeat on English soil and we hope you can join us to experience some great cricket, stunning sights and warm hospitality.


See you at the cricket!


 

 

2012 TOUR ITINERARY

FIRST TEST Galle 26-30 March 2012
ESCOND TEST Colombo 3-7 April 2012
 
 

Our featured tours:

Tour Name
DatesDetails
CEYLON EXPERIENCE ONE - 1st & 2nd Test 23 Mar - 09 Apr, 2012 More >>
CEYLON EXPERIENCE TWO - 1st & 2nd Test 23 Mar - 09 Apr, 2012 More >>
GALLE - 1st Test 23 Mar - 02 Apr, 2012 More >>
COLOMBO - 2nd Test 31 Mar - 09 Apr, 2012 More >>
 
 

The Grounds

Cricket is a national passion and is played and supported with great enthusiasm throughout the country. The National team are held in high regard by a population steeped in the Buddhist faith and a highly charged and exciting atmosphere is guaranteed at the grounds.

 
 

Galle

The International Stadium was washed away during the 2004 Tsunami but has been rebuilt and is still one of the largest grounds in Sri Lanka, set in the shadows of the World Heritage listed Galle fortress.

 
 

Colombo

Singhalese Sports Club (SSC) is Sri Lanka’s foremost stadium and offers the best facilities of any ground. Situated in the centre of Colombo the SSC is home to the Sri Lankan Cricket Union (Colombo Test venue to be confirmed).

 
 

Tour Inclusions

  • International flights with Jet Airways
  • First Class accommodation in your chosen four (4) or five (5) star hotel
  • Full buffet breakfast
  • Return air-conditioned airport transfers
  • Return air-conditioned match transfers
  • All touring by luxury air-conditioned vehicles
  • Hosted drinks, cricket forums & dinners as stated in itineraries
  • Guaranteed Premium Test Tickets *
  • All sightseeing and guided tours as detailed in the itinerary
  • Celebrity Tour Host Norman Gifford
  • Professional Local Tour Manager
  • Sporting Traveller tour merchandise

* Guaranteed tickets for the 1st and/or 2nd Test will be invoiced separately at cost price once prices have been confirmed by the Sri Lanka Cricket Board.

 
 

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Enjoy the small group atmosphere

Holidays are not only about what you will see and experience … they’re also about the people you meet and the great times you share. As well as exploring new and exciting places, one of the best discoveries you’ll make is the group spirit and camaraderie of your fellow travellers. Being part of a small group you will quickly make friends with other travellers attracted to our style of travel … like-minded people from all walks of life.

 
 

Solo Travellers

Many of the people who join us on one of our holidays are travelling by themselves, so if you’re a solo traveller, rest assured that you’ll be with other like-minded people. On any given departure, you’ll find a mix of couples and friends travelling together, as well as other solo travellers. One of the great benefits of our trips is that they allow you to be independent but provide security and company whenever you choose.

 
 

Match Tickets

All match tickets are guaranteed as we purchase directly from the Official agent for the Sri Lanka Cricket Union (SLC). Test match tickets are sold to international supporters on a ‘season ticket’ basis, with no refund for unused tickets. The cost price of your tickets will be added as a separate charge to your holiday invoice.

 
 

The Social Side

Welcome drink receptions, cricket forum and tour dinners are planned to let you meet your fellow travellers, tour host and local tour manager in an informal and social setting. These popular gatherings allow you to debate England’s current performance, while your tour host provides his own personal match analysis and answers as many questions as time permits from the floor.

 
 

Tour Host

In addition to experienced local tour managers, our ever popular cricket host, Norman Gifford looks forward to hosting you in Galle & Colombo.

 
 

Hand Picked Hotels

All hotels have been carefully selected to enhance your holiday experience. We have chosen a mix of excellent four and five star hotels throughout to ensure your comfort and security. At the end of the day’s cricket or touring, you’ll want to freshen up and relax in a hotel that makes you feel at home. That’s why we never skimp on quality and carefully choose our hotels for their superior level of comfort and service, excellent amenities, friendly staff and convenient and safe location. Please read our hotel descriptions in conjunction with other tourist information for the areas you will be visiting.

 
 

Touring

We have included tours and excursions that will capture the heart and soul of this fascinating country. Discover ancient cities, World Heritage sites, spectacular hill country, tea plantations, a spice farm, national park and wonderful elephant reserve. As you travel around the island you will also enjoy some great food and a genuinely warm and hospitable people.

 
 

Passport and Visas

All British visitors require a standard 10 year passport, valid for at least 6 months beyond your planned date of return to the UK. British citizens do not require a tourist visa for stays of less than 30 days.

 
 

Flights

Our preferred carrier for England’s tour to Sri Lanka is Jet Airways. An award winning airline, Jet Airways offer excellent connecting flights (via Mumbai) to Colombo, a modern fleet of aircraft, generous luggage allowance (32KG in economy) and a great customer experience. We can also quote for direct flights to Colombo with Sri Lankan Airlines and connecting flights via Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways and Emirates Airlines via Dubai who offer regional departures from around the UK. All flight timings shown are based upon current schedules and are subject to change by the airlines.

 
 

Travel Facts

Capital City: Colombo

Flying Time: 11-13 hrs

Time: GMT +6 hrs

Currency: Sri Lanka Rupee (SLR)

Visa: Not required by British passport holders

Tourist office: Tel 0845 8806333