Explore Gems (7 days)

Explore Gems (7 days)

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GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT TOUR

Sri Lanka is one of the biggest gem producers in the world and is famous for its blue sapphires. Gems are extracted and shaped on site, then exported to the greatest jewelers in the world. Our travel experts invite you to discover Sri Lanka’s rich culture and lush nature while learning about the gem field. From the mines to the jewelers, professionals will share their passion and knowledge with you.

DAY 1
Airport / Beruwala
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Arrive at Bandaranaike Airport, where our representative welcomes you. After a southbound 3 hours’ drive you will reach Beruwela, where you will be transferred to your hotel to relax after your long trip. Watersports activities or a boat ride on the lagoon can be enjoyed for those who want to explore. Have dinner at the hotel and leave all stress behind.

 

DAY 2
beru-gemsIn the morning after having breakfast you’ll visit the Beruwala gem market. You will find buyers and sellers for various gemstones here. Then we head to the Fairgems Girls School, where the director will welcome you and show you around. Meet the girls studying the gem trade and chat with them about their school life. After lunch with the students, join them for a gem cutting lesson. First learn some theory, and then it is time to practice! You start with a rough stone, and gradually give it shape using professional tools. Transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 3
Beruwala / Galle
galleAfter breakfast, you return back to the school for your lesson number two in stone cutting, which is called faceting. At the end of the training you finish with a teacher demonstration in polishing the gemstones. The stone is now ready to be set into beautiful jewelries. Stop for lunch on the way before arriving at your hotel near Galle. In the afternoon, visit the Galle Fort and stroll through the lanes full of shops, designer’s boutiques and jewelries. Return for dinner at the hotel and overnight.

DAY 4

Galle / Yala
yalaHead to the east of the country to visit Yala national park. Check in at your hotel, then go for an afternoon safari guided by a naturalist guide. This huge park has a large variety of animals, including leopards, elephants, crocodiles, bears, wild boars, mongooses, monkeys, spotted deer and birds. What animals you see on a safari depends, in part, on the experience of your guide and a good measure of luck! Have your camera ready and look carefully by the watering holes, where the animals gather to drink at dawn and dusk. Transfer to your hotel and have dinner.

DAY 5

Yala / Kataragama
kataraIn the morning after your breakfast, you visit a gem mine in Kataragama. You will have the opportunity to discover the extraction methods, especially the techniques with tools like conical-shaped basket sieve (basket shaped tool), which separates gravel and mud from potential gems. Enjoy a good lunch at a close by local restaurant. Enjoy your free time in the afternoon. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 6

Kataragama / Rathnapura
rathnaAfter your breakfast, we head to the capital city for gems Rathnapura. You will visit the Ratnapura Gem Bureau and get more information on gems. Then you will be heading towards the Gem Museum & Laboratory. Later you will be taken to rural mines, there’s a good display of local minerals and gems, as well as information on mining and polishing. Return for dinner at the hotel and overnight.

DAY 7
Rathnapura / Colombo
dutchYou will be on the drive back to Colombo after breakfast. The morning is dedicated to shopping and a visit to the areas of Colombo fort and Pettah market, to explore the colonial architecture with its Dutch and Portuguese influences. Stop for lunch at the restored Dutch hospital in the fort area, built in the 17th century. Visit also the Dutch period museum in Pettah. Then transfer to the international airport and end of your journey.

BOOKINGS

You can make an inquiry and confirm your arrival and departure.

Package includes transportation in Japanese Mini Van, driver / guide, accommodation in hotels and resorts.

You can make changes as you want, please let us know in advance

ATTRACTION AND ACTIVITIES

Sri Lanka is one of the biggest gem exporters in the world famous for blue sapphires. In Sri Lanka you find various rare stones and minerals unlike other parts of the world and you will know lot about gems stones and gem cutting.  

INTERESTING FOR YOU

Through our tour track you’ll find many interesting activities

  • Water Sports
  • Information on Gems
  • Gem Cutting and shaping
  • Explore Wildlife
  • Gem Stones and Pricing
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PAYMENTS

Payments

On confirmation you can pay 30% of the total value. Balance can be settled with in the tour duration.

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Clarifications

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Phone (Singapore) : (+65) 8549 2252 | (+65) 8258 1728

Phone (India) : (+91) 22 4910 9100

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