Today there is a lot of walking, standing and a few steps at the museum. Please dress modestly for Gangaramaya Temple.
Hotel buffet with coffee, tea, and water included; other beverages available for purchase.
Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions.. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. After orientation, begin the morning with a presentation by a local expert to deepen our understanding on "Women’s Role and their History in Sri Lanka."
At a local restaurant with coffee, tea, and water included; other beverages available for purchase.
Depart by motorcoach for a panoramic city tour of Colombo. Drive past the historic Fort District, bustling Pettah neighborhood, Cinnamon Gardens, Galle Face Green, Hindu Temple at Sea Street, Dutch Church at Wolfendaal (which dates back to 1749), the historic Davatagaha Mosque, Independence Hall/Square and the replica of Avukana Buddha. We will stop and explore the Gangarama Temple, one of the most important temples in Colombo that fuses an eclectic mix of Sri Lankan, Thai, Indian, and Chinese architecture. Next we will drive by motorcoach to the National Museum and learn about the regalia of the country, including the thrown and crown of the Kandyan monarchs as well as the history of Sri Lanka.
'Welcome Dinner' at the hotel by the pool (weather permitting) with a glass of wine or beer. Coffee, tea, and water included; other beverages available for purchase.