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From the beginning the communication with Get You Guide was extremely easy and efficient. On the activity day our flight arrived late and so, we arrived at the hotel a bit late than expected. Our guide was already waiting for us an he was super patient. We had 22hs before our next flight from Colombo and that's why we decided to get a tour and visit the city. The tour was great and took us to main points, Buddhist temple, dutch church, independence square, Galle Face Green, souvenir shop etc... The guide was really kind and with a very good english he explained a bit of everything about the touristic points as well as about Sri Lankan culture. We saw some nice paintings on our way and at the end of the day we asked him to take us back there and he didn't have any problem with that, waited patiently for us to buy what we wanted. We didn't have a meal because the timing wasn't great, is was mid afternoon and the dinner restaurants weren't open yet. But it wasn't a big deal for us;)
The journey was very long as expected. The negative points of it is that the driver kept stopping in different places for us to see (he must have deals with these places) such as spice garden which was nice but they want tips and some gems store... which I didnt want to stop nor buy gems but he insisted and people were pushing us to buy. and if you dont buy or give them little tips they dont like it and treat you differently on the way out. I am certain tha the driver gets his cut from it, but surely they should ask the customer first if they want any stop to meet places or not. because of these stops (total of 3) we spent almost 20 hours out and got home so late and knackered. Sigiriya on the other hand is an amazing place! Like no words to describe how amazing it is. But again, the tour guide that is included in the package wanted tips as well and not in their currency, but in £ or $. Also water was included but was given only ONE bottle for the whole day and had to pay drinks
As a widely world travelled explorer of over 35 years I can say this tour has been one of my very best experiences. Be aware this is an extensive and varied tour itinerary but that is exactly what I wanted as I was time limited to take in as much sightseeing and activities as possible. I experienced so much of Srilanka’s rich culture, heritage, incredible wildlife, stunning landscapes , streetscenes, tasty cuisine and was able to frequently interact leisurely with the islands wonderfully friendly gentle folk. My tour guide Sanjeewa Padmal was excellent...very knowledgable, professional, friendly, highly articulate in English, good company and drove extremely safely in an air-conditioned large sized modern saloon. The overnight hotel was luxury standard with a beachfront. What I especially liked was Sanjeewa’s keenness for me to enjoy the tour and leaving me to decide on the time spent on each iternary event. This is the first time I’ve used GetYourGuide. Highly recommended.
Terrific. We saw so much and the driver was very happy to stop as we liked. Day 1 was very full and the elephant orphanage was amazing, with the Buddha Tooth Temple also a real highlight. A guide made all the difference at both sites. The Herb Garden was not worth the time - very uninterested formulaic delivery by the site's guide and a very hard sell. I would recommend this be withdrawn from the program (check out reviews of this place on tripadvisor) or a better garden sourced. We have visited similar in India and found them more "genuine". Tea factory was very good. Driver navigated the chatoic roads and heavy Xmas traffic well and was awlays early. Hotel accommodation was also excellent. Well worth doing. Thank you!
My husband and I had a wonderful guided tour of Colombo with Chinthaka. He has a genuine interest in imparting his knowledge of Sri Lanka and Colombo. The day of our tour fell on a public holiday and Chinthaka was innovative in revising our itinerary to ensure we were still able to see all the sights. He was interesting and engaging throughout the tour. Chinthaka was attentive to our needs and happily answered all our questions. We would definitely recommend him. He is an excellent guide.