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ETB Travel News: Trip A Deal SriLanka , Maldives Luxury Group Tour

Passenger/s: William Frederick Mc Namara Editor At Large  ETB  Travel News Global

Bill Mc Namara  purchased  a  Trip a Deal  Luxury  Sri Lanka/Maldives  Group   Tour   Platinum Single Supplement ex  Melbourne  30th October

DAY 1 – AUSTRALIA – NEGOMBO (COLOMBO), SRI LANKAOct 30
Australia – Negombo (Colombo), Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan Airlines Aircraft Airbus 330 -330

30 Oct Check In   UL 605  UL  Airport Supervisor  /Check In  Staff   very Professional  /Helpful Melbourne  Terminal 2 Tullamarine

very Comfortable  Large Screen  Great  selection of Movies

Inflight Safety  Welcome  in Cartoon  form  very Informative  Plus Attentive Inflight Staff  directions  to Exit Rows

Inflight Staff attentive service  re drinks /Meal Service  very Professional

Taste our World  Menu  Appetizer /Mains & Dessert  Selection:   Delicious. Great Service

Process through Customs smooth

Upon arrival be met by a  Trip  Deal tour representative

Sam Samarakoon  25 Year Veteran  – Senior Lecturer Tour Guide Sri Lanka Tourist Bureau & 2  Driver guides and transferred to the hotel very smooth   transition 5 star  Bus  comfortable

Heritance Negombo 5 star +
Accommodation: Heritance Negombo | Address: 175 Lewis Pl, Negombo, 11500, Sri Lanka | Phone: N/A

Welcome Drink  Great Hospitality  allocated  Room very  Spacious  Scenic View  Pool &Beach

DAY 2 – NEGOMBO – KANDALAMA/SIGIRIYA (APPROX. 140KM DAY)Oct 31
Sumptuous  Breakfast.   Delicious
0900  Tour Breifing  by Sam  –  Group Tour Kit  given to each  Guest
Negombo – Kandalama/Sigiriya (approx. 140km day)
Following breakfast, enjoy a cooking demonstration to learn about the exciting flavours and techniques used in Sri Lankan cuisine Lunch provided . Very Good

Smooth  Trip  Great  Scenic Views

In the afternoon arrive  Heritance Kandalama. Eco Resort 5 star +  in  Luxuriant Tropical  Forest Winner Many International Tourism Awards

Accommodation: Heritance Kandalama | Address: Heritance Kandalama, Dambulla, Sri Lanka | Phone: +94 66 5555 000

Upon arrival  Staff very Professional  smooth check into the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure,

Large Room  King Size Bed  EnSuite   Bathroom & Rainforest Shower     Jungle Views Excellent

TV  International News / Movies great   selection

Took a swim  in Scenic  Infinity  Pool  overlooking Forest & Lake  Very  Relaxing !!

Casual Bar   extensive  Beverages Available
Dinner  Main Restaurant  great Menu Buffet

DAY 3 – KANDALAMA/SIGIRIYA FREE DAYNov 1
Kandalama/Sigiriya
International  Breakfast  great Selection  Ceylon Tea  Great Taste
1100 Jeep safari in Minneriya National Park –  Spectacular
Experience a morning safari at Minneriya National Park. If you’re up for a serious rumble in the jungle, then Minneriya is the place to go! Spread over 8800 hectares, it’s a sanctuary for elephants and home to herds of deer and ample birdlife, but its spotlight remains between swaying trunks and flapping ears. Park your jeep on the bank of the reservoir and switch off its engine. Have the opportunity to see herds of elephants – one by one – roll on to the grass-covered banks, to feed on tender shoots. In fact, this is the largest elephant gathering in the world (over 300 at a time) – it’s an absolute must-do for wildlife enthusiasts.
Optional  Visit  Sigiri Ayurvedic Spa  Great Value  aud 50   Full Body Massage  75  Minutes   15  Steam Herbal Bath  A must !!
Dinner  Room Service  very Appetising

DAY 4 – SIGIRIYA/KANDALAMA – DAMBULLA – KANDY (APPROX. 90KM DAY)Nov 2
Sigiriya/Kandalama – Dambulla – Kandy (approx. 90km day)
After Delicious  breakfast  0900 travel to Dambulla and stop at the Dambulla Rock Cave Temple, which has been treasured by many kings since the first century B.C. An icon of Sri Lanka, Dambulla Rock Cave Temple features five magnificently constructed cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla. Observe the exquisite cave paintings along walls that shelter 150 statues of Lord Buddha. As you enter the retreat, be sure to cast your eyes up to the gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold, which today houses an important junction in the country’s economic and cultural uplifting.

Curry Lunch  Local Village  aud 10 pp
After Lunch  leave for Kandy. very scenic  Country side Sights   very Busy City

 6 pm On arrival, check into

HOTEL CINNAMON CITADEL Premium 4 star +
Accommodation: HOTEL CINNAMON CITADEL | Address: Srimath Kudarathwatta Mawatha, Kandy, 20000, Sri Lanka | Phone: +94-81- 2234 365

Group Allocated  Rooms  Very Spacious  Comfortable   Great Bar  overlooking Pool

Ordered  Room Service  Quiet Night  Staff Professional

DAY 5 – KANDY – NUWARA ELIYA (APPROX. 91KM DAY)Nov 3
Kandy – Nuwara Eliya (approx. 91km day)
After  Extensive delicious breakfast  0900 depart for Nuwara Eliya.

In the afternoon commence sight seeing tour of Nuwara Eliya , you will feel like a proud local. Sri Lanka, tea and tourism are words which cannot be separated. Tour to the cold & misty hills that take pride of an ultimate tea tour, covering lush green blankets of tea plantations. Or just step into a tea factory processing the prestigious brand of Ceylon Tea, to observe a rich tradition kept alive up to date. As you observe the hissing and swishing of machines, inhaling the heavenly scent arising from these facilities, make sure to end your day in style over a perfectly blended cup of pure Ceylon Tea.

Heritance Tea Factory  Resort 5 Star +  Internationally Acclaimed  First Class plus
Accommodation: Heritance Tea Factory | Address: Kandapola 22220, Sri Lanka | Phone: +94 525 555 000

Professional  Check In   Very Comfortable Room/Ensuite /TV

Great Atmosphere  Very Lush Furnishings  Vintage Lift  staff  great attention  to Detail
In the evening,  Sam hosted Group to fine dining dinner at the Train Carriage Restaurant  at today’s menu, with its range of top-quality ingredients from around the world – smoked salmon from Norway, beef and lamb from Australia, and duck from the US. And, of course, there’s an international wine list to match.

DAY 6 – NUWARA ELIYA – GALLENov 4
Nuwara Eliya – Galle
Following  International breakfast  0900 meet General Manager  0930 group  leave for the epic southern capital of Galle (approx. 6 hours),  by Freeway  near Colombo where classic Dutch architecture meets a laid-back tropical setting. Enjoy a tour of the famed Galle Dutch Fort. Stroll through the Dutch-influenced streets, listening to the creeks of wooden saloon doors, and observe how European architecture mingles with South Asian traditions. 
Preserved for more than three centuries, the Galle Dutch Fortress still has its original ramparts and bastions. Beyond the old gate baring the British coat of arms you will see the Zwart bastion, the lighthouse and the Point Utrecht Bastion. Venture into the Dutch Hospital Shopping Complex for a wide range of souvenirs. On completion of the tour be transferred to the Amari Galle Beach Resort  5 star

Accommodation: Amari Galle | Address: 523C, Colombo Road, Ginthota, Galle, Sri Lanka | Phone: +94 91 203 0500

5pm smooth Check with  Welcome  Drink

Large Room  King  Size Bed  Scenic Views of Pool Area / Beach

Room Service  Big Kahuna Hamburger  Best I have ever  had

DAY 7 – GALLE FREE DAYNov 5
Galle Free Day to Relax
1000 Leisurely International  breakfast, enjoy the day at leisure to explore and enjoy the beach. relax by the Impressive Pool Layout/Bar

Sam handed out guest  Comprehensive Questionarre  All Group   agreed Exceptional Arrangements

Roof top Bar   Extensive  Beveridge List  great views

Room Service   Early Night

DAY 8 – GALLE – COLOMBO, SRI LANKA – MALE, MALDIVES Nov 6
Galle – Colombo, Sri Lanka – Male, Maldives
Today after delicious  breakfast,  0900 check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport

Group Individually  gave Sam & His Team a Gratuity to thank them  for Excellent Memorable  Luxury  Group  Tour

Colombo /Male  UL 115   1.25PM

Inflight Service  very Attentive   Light Meal/ Beverages  Great

3PM Meet  by Adaaran  Club  Team   Group & Bags transferred  to  Speedboat Launch  for Transfer to Resort

 where you will relax and unwind for the next five nights.

Breakfast Lunch & Dinner   2 Bars  includes  Drinks  included  plus Snacks

Adaaran Club Rannalhi Maldives Very  Impressive Resort Layout   Weather  Sunset Spectacular !!
Accommodation: Adaaran Club Rannalhi Maldives | Address: Adaaran Club Rannalhi, 5 star +  Resort

 Rannalhi, South Male Atoll, Republic of Maldives | Phone: 960 664 0375

Very Friendly  Welcome Drink  Group Check  in  Baggage Transfers  Dedicated Staff

Beach Bure  No 110    Large Room Ensuite Bathroom Beach Towels  Deck Beach Chairs  Beach Pristine Water  6 metres away

DAY 9 – ADAARAN MALDIVES RESORT, MALDIVESNov 7
Adaaran Maldives Resort, Maldives
Enjoy the next four days at leisure in this incredible resort. Relax in this tropical oasis, or perhaps try out one of the many activities available on the island (not included).

Breakfast –  Lunch – Dinner include House Wines/Beer

Adaaran Club Rannalhi Maldives
Accommodation: Adaaran Club Rannalhi Maldives | Address: Adaaran Club Rannalhi, Rannalhi, South Male Atoll, Republic of Maldives | Phone: 960 664 0375

DAY 10 – ADAARAN MALDIVES RESORT, MALDIVESNov 8
Adaaran Maldives Resort, Maldives
Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Adaaran Club Rannalhi Maldives
Accommodation: Adaaran Club Rannalhi Maldives | Address: Adaaran Club Rannalhi, Rannalhi, South Male Atoll, Republic of Maldives | Phone: 960 664 0375

DAY 11 – ADAARAN MALDIVES RESORT, MALDIVESNov 9
Adaaran Maldives Resort, Maldives
Meet with  General Manager  completed  Resort  Site Inspection  very Impressed
Moved  to Over water  Bungalow  416   World Class
Very Spacious  key Feature  open view  glass  water below
Stairs into Water  plus Sundeck  very Private
Breakfast  served  in Bungalow

Large  Multi Purpose Restaurant  Great Design

Every Night Different Cuisine Theme  eg Asian /Sri Lanka

Extensive International  Buffet selection   Lunch – Dinner

Candle lit Beach  Dinner   Lobster  3 Course  Menu  with House Wines  aud 60 pp  A must !!

Adaaran Club Rannalhi Maldives
Accommodation: Adaaran Club Rannalhi Maldives | Address: Adaaran Club Rannalhi, Rannalhi, South Male Atoll, Republic of Maldives | Phone: 960 664 0375

DAY 12 – ADAARAN MALDIVES RESORT, MALDIVESNov 10
Adaaran Maldives Resort, Maldives
Superb  Beach  Many Water  Sports Excursions
Meals /Cocktails  exceptional

Afternoon  Visit to Chavana Spa  90  Minute Full Body Massage  AUD 120  great  Value  superb  Massage  A must !!

 Sunset  Cocktails  /Dinner   Overall  180 Guests  18 nationalities  
Our Group has developed  strong  Rapport  great Group
DAY 13 – MALE, MALDIVES – AUSTRALIA (VIA COLOMBO & MELBOURNE)Nov 11
Male, Maldives – Australia (via Colombo & Melbourne)
Following Sumptuous  breakfast,  Very  Sad  to say  goodbye to Resort Team

transfer to Male Airport in time for your return flight back to Australia.

Nov  Male / Colombo UL 104   Sri Lanka Airlines  Airbus 330-300

Airport / Inflight  Staff  very Friendly  impressive  service

Offered Colombo UL  VIP Lounge  Welcome very friendly

Lounge very Spacious  Great Views  of Boarding Gates

Buffet /Snack Bar  very Moorish plus  Attractive Bar  with Champers / Wines & Spirits

Staff  very Attentive

Transit Staff  most Helpful

12nov  Colombo/Melbourne  UL604   Seat  28 G

Full Flight   Inflight  Service Very Professional

Selection of  Drinks  / Evening Meal /Breakfast   delicious

DAY 14 – ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIANov 12
Tied  yet  very satisfied Arrive in Australia
Please note: Some flights may arrive +1 day later due to flight scheduling.

Summary  Recommendations

Congratulations  to Trip a  Deal Team   for arranging this  14 Day Sri Lanka / Maldives  Luxury  Group tour

As experienced International Traveller, I found  all aspects  of this Holiday  Experience  Exceptional

Sri Lanka Airlines flights  World Class  , Ground  Operater  Tour Schedule   5 starHotels   Professional Guides /Team  Sri Lanka

Transfers  all  Exceptional .  Adaaran Resort Rannalhi:  World  Class  Resort

I have no  problem  in recommending  Trip a Deal Group Excursions  worldwide  very professional  great Value for Money

Plan do another  TAD  Group Tour  Next Year  refer their website www.tripadeal.com.au

Bill McNamara Managing Director -Business Development /Public Relations Marketing/Sales  – Editor at Large  ETB Travel News

Bill started his career with Stewart Moffatt Travel and Tours.in Sixties He then joined Pan-Am as Tour Development / PR / Promotions Manager, lifting the U.S.A tourism profile significantly in the Eighties. From this success, he was appointed Regional Manager Australia / New Zealand with British Caledonian Airways. Then he moved into the hospitality industry with the Hilton International Group as Area Director of Sales and Marketing as well as Media PR Communications for the Asia-Pacific region, based in Sydney. After working with the Hilton he accepted 4 challenging General Manager roles with 5 star hotels / resorts in the Asia-Pacific region.

He has extensive knowledge of the Asian, Australian and New Zealand markets, coupled with a high profile / reputation in the travel industry. Bill established Air Marketing in 2000 representing Airlines, Luxury Rail, Tourist Bureaus & International Hotel &Resorts Groups providing Sales, Marketing, Promotions, Public Relations and Media Services. He re-branded the Company profile / image in early 2009 to Air Marketing Asia Pacific to cover the Asia-Pacific region for potential clients

During  2018  bill accepted   consultancy as Executive  Director Development  role Worldwide  RM Global Asia Pacific

In Early 2019  joined  ETB News Global  as Editor  at Large  Sydney Based

Also President of Travel Elite Club 145  select Management Executives  based  in Sydney  since 2009

Source = Bill McNamara



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