2 independent reviews for Sri Lanka small group holiday

Reviews for Sri Lanka small group holiday

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review 23 Mar 2017

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

I really adored meeting and spending time with the kids at the plantation nursery school and with the older fishermen's children at Dutch Bay. Glorious, dignified children. And I think that may have been the first time that some of the little ones had held crayons. ...a great memory for me.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Ask your Doctor about compression stockings. All of us had swollen feet , ankles and legs on our trip. Failing that, make sure you have a shoe to wear for a week or so that is one size larger. Also bring your own snacks for lunches or skipped dinners unless you want chips and high sugar treats only. I brought trail mix but some 70 % dark chocolate would have been welcome. There is nothing like that in the stores. This is an activity packed trip and some of the days are long.... wake-up at 5 , bed at 10. If you need to skip the long dinner and have an early night just let your guide know. Pace yourself and get your rest whenever you can. You don't want to miss out on anything.

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

Yes, I really did feel that we went out of our way to visit struggling artisans and buy from them and all of the guest houses use locals. We also took some much needed supplies to the poorest schools and I feel they were well received. We organized the tips in a kitty and that worked well for most tipping to local people whose services we used.

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

It was a wonderful holiday with a group that worked very well together and were in fact quite resilient and funny. I really felt there was a good mix of Sri Lankan culture, crafts , food, people and nature on this trip.

review 24 Mar 2014

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

Everything. The mixture of styles and settings was 100% amazing. Each one fulfilling a different part of the Sri Lanka experience. Each one had novelty; each one was for me just right. I could not and did not expect anything better on this style and type of tour.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Don't worry. Just relax and go with the flow. Everyone without exception that we met and who assisted us was magnificent.

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

Yes. We also benefited from more local insight than I would expect on an organised tour, and more than I would have had I arranged my own trip.

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

Excellent. 100% I had a happy and beneficial 2 weeks. I would love to be back there now. I would take this trip again and I would travel with this tour operator again.

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