A tripling of demand for trips to Sri Lanka in the past year has led G Adventures to launch a new programme of group sailing tours along the country’s southern coast, becoming the first travel company to do so.

The seven-day ‘Sri Lanka Sailing’ trip which travels from, and returns to, Mirissa begins on February 2, 2018 and can be combined with the land-based ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ itinerary in Sri Lanka to create a 14-day land and sea getaway.

Vince Donnelly, the adventure operator’s global sailing manager, said: “We’re thrilled to be the first adventure company to explore Sri Lanka by sea. They say great things come in small packages and Sri Lanka is a fantastic destination with plenty to see, do and taste.

“These sailing trips have a local chief experience officer (CEO), skipper, and cook onboard, so travellers will also experience the local culture and flavours as they explore the stunning Sri Lankan coastline.”

Highlights of the itinerary include visits to the fort city of Galle and Ussangoda National Park (home to a variety of wildlife), and whilst onboard, travellers will be also able to spot blue whales drawn to feed in the deep-sea trench just off the coast. Prices for the seven-day Sri Lanka sailing start from £1,099 per person, while the 14-day Sri Lanka and sea option leads in at £1,899 – both excluding flights.

For more information call 03442-722040 or visit gadventures.co.uk

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