The Sri Lanka + Maldives Experience

Sri Lanka + Maldives

There aren’t many places in the world where you can indulge in vibrant cuisine, immerse yourself in exotic culture, and experience stunning natural wonders.

Join us on our 10-day luxury adventure in Sri Lanka and Maldives, where we’ll take you on a journey through the best that this enchanting land has to offer. From a cooking class in Colombo to exploring the historic landmarks of Sigiriya Rock Fortress and the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, our journey will immerse you in the rich culture and traditions of Sri Lanka. Check out our client photos at #UITALSriLanka.

Can you hear it? The sizzling sounds of the cooking class in Colombo, the whispering breeze of Sigiriya Rock Fortress, and the serenity of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Our journey through Sri Lanka will take you on a magical adventure through this exotic land.

Indulge in the vibrant cuisine of Sri Lanka as you learn to cook traditional dishes in a cooking class. Explore the historic landmarks of Sigiriya Rock Fortress and the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, marveling at their rich history and cultural significance.

Then, head to the stunning city of Kandy, where you’ll experience the beauty of the Royal Botanical Gardens and the charm of the Galle Dutch Fort. Whether you’re strolling through lush gardens or immersing yourself in colonial architecture, the captivating experiences will leave you in awe of the beauty of Sri Lanka.

Priceless moments with new friends, cultural immersion, and pampered relaxation await you on your Up in the Air Life journey through Sri Lanka.

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Embark on an extraordinary adventure to the captivating wonders of Colombo and the breathtaking beauty of Kandy. Explore vibrant streets in Colombo, ancient ruins in Sigiriya, and sacred sites in Kandy. Immerse yourself in cultural immersion and be enchanted by awe-inspiring landscapes that will leave you mesmerized. Get ready for a journey like no other.



Embrace the magic of Colombo and Kandy, where remarkable experiences await. Wander through vibrant streets, igniting your soul with their energy. Marvel at ancient ruins and sacred temples, discovering wisdom and spirituality. Indulge in a sensational cooking class, savoring Sri Lanka's flavors. In Kandy, be enchanted by the Royal Botanical Gardens and the historical charm of the Galle Dutch Fort. Immerse yourself in nature's beauty and explore Sri Lanka's unique fusion of cultures.



Indulge in royal pampering at our carefully selected accommodations. Retreat to luxurious havens exuding elegance and charm. Envision the opulence of a five-star hotel in Colombo's heart, where indulgence and sophistication intertwine. In Kandy, prepare to be mesmerized by boutique hotels boasting breathtaking views and world-class amenities. Rest assured, dear traveler, our handpicked accommodations ensure an unforgettable and fabulous experience.

Explore the day-by-day itinerary.



Day 1

Welcome to the enchanting land of Sri Lanka!

Get ready to embark on a luxurious journey filled with cultural delights.

Tonight, indulge in a culinary extravaganza at a renowned restaurant celebrated for its delectable seafood.

Savor the succulent flavors of the finest crab dishes, paired with exquisite wines, and let your taste buds dance with delight.

Day 2

Join charismatic photographer Mark Forbes on an empowering walking tour through vibrant Colombo.

Discover hidden gems and immerse yourself in the city’s rich history.

Explore the transformed Old Dutch Hospital and venture into the heart of Colombo Fort, where colonial buildings and landmarks come alive.

Savor the resilience of Ceylon tea and embrace the lively energy of Pettah Bazaar.

Bid farewell to the city and embark on a soul-nourishing journey to Melsiripura, where a model organic village awaits. Connect with the daily rituals of Bhikkus and Bhikkunis, explore the health benefits of rice, and engage in sustainable practices.

Indulge in a rejuvenating fish therapy session and savor an authentic Sri Lankan feast that celebrates our heritage.

Day 3

Today, we’ll uncover the ancient wonders of Polonnaruwa, the historic capital of Sri Lanka.

Pedal your way through the time-honored ruins, channeling the strength and resilience of the warrior queens who once walked these paths.

Admire the magnificent Gal Viharaya, where majestic Buddha statues exude peace, serenity, and feminine power.

Immerse yourself in the stories of ancient palaces, intricately carved moonstones, and royal baths, connecting with the fierce spirits of the women who shaped this land.

As the sun casts its golden glow, embark on a thrilling game drive in Minneriya National Park, a sanctuary where wildlife reigns.

Witness the majestic elephants, the embodiment of grace and strength, and encounter a diverse array of other incredible creatures.

Day 4

Unleash your inner royalty as we conquer Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a symbol of feminine power and resilience.

Ascend the majestic rock, feeling the presence of fierce queens who once ruled here.

Marvel at ancient frescoes and the mirror wall that reflects your strength.

Reach the summit for a breathtaking view, carried by whispers of powerful women from the past.

Explore the ruins, imagining their courage and ingenuity. Connect with your ancestors and let their spirit guide you.

Continuing to Kandy, stop at a Spice Garden in Matale, where the aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon, and cardamom envelop you.

Embrace the empowerment of these cherished spices, woven into our culinary traditions for centuries.

Day 5

Embark on a spiritual journey to the revered Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy, where the power and wisdom of Buddha resonate through time.

Immerse yourself in the rituals performed by resident monks, feeling the divine energy that permeates the temple.

Continue to the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya, accompanied by an expert botanist, where vibrant colors and fragrant blooms ignite your senses.

Discover the secrets of herbal plants and marvel at the exquisite collection of orchids.

In the evening, join host Suzy in her ancestral kitchen, learning the art of creating hoppers and engaging in the rhythmic chopping of Kotthu Roti.

Indulge in a scrumptious dinner accompanied by enchanting music, before a well-deserved nights rest.

Day 6

Today, we bid farewell to the vibrant city of Kandy and make our way to the fortified city of Galle.

Check-in at a luxurious hotel nestled within the captivating Galle Dutch Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Embark on a guided walking tour, led by an expert host, through the atmospheric streets adorned with colonial architecture.

Explore the historic landmarks, chic boutiques, and vibrant souvenir shops along the way, embracing the fusion of cultures that shaped this enchanting city.

As the sun sets, find yourself standing at the Moon Bastion, overlooking the vastness of the Indian Ocean.

Day 7

As you bid farewell after a delicious breakfast, carry with you the cultural richness, shared memories and new friendships.

For those continuing to the Maldives for the unhosted portion of the trip, get ready to immerse yourself in paradise with pristine turquoise waters and luxurious overwater bungalows.

Arrive in the Maldives and transfer to the luxurious Anantara resort.

Check-in to your overwater bungalow, where breathtaking views and direct lagoon access await. Indulge in a spa treatment, relax and rejuvenate.

Enjoy a romantic sunset cruise followed by a gourmet dining experience under the stars.

Day 8

Wake up to pure bliss in the Maldives.

Start your day with a dip in your private pool or a swim in the lagoon.

Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast in your bungalow.

Embark on a snorkeling or diving excursion to explore the vibrant coral reefs and encounter marine life.

End the day with a private beachside dinner, toes in the sand, and a personalized menu.

Day 9

Embrace tranquility in paradise.

Begin your day with beachfront yoga or meditation.

Indulge in a personalized spa journey tailored to your needs.

Relax and let go of tension. In the evening, savor a private sunset dining experience on a secluded sandbank.

As the sun sets, enjoy a sumptuous feast while surrounded by the sheer beauty of the Maldives.

Day 10

Enjoy your last morning in the bungalow with another scrumptious breakfast, and say your “hasta la vista” to your new friends!

We never say goodbye, it’s until we see you again. Savor all the memories from the most epic trip ever.

No matter where you travel, our standards are the same.


Connect with amazing people.

We provide the opportunity to make friendships with people who share your worldview and won't ask why you wear a bonnet to sleep.

Experience attentive
and authentic hospitality.

Not only is the staff of Up in the Air Life dedicated to making sure your trip is flawlessly executed, but we are also intentional about choosing locales and vendors who celebrate Black travelers.

Be pampered with only the best.

There is no need to take a break from your baller lifestyle when you travel with us. Our lodging, excursions, and dining are pure luxury.

Feel safe and secure.

Our experienced American guides and well-maintained local relationships mean that you will have peace of mind when you travel with us.

Say "goodbye" to FOMO.

Our trips are anything but basic. While we make sure you see well-known main attractions, we also develop itineraries that will give you unique stories to share with your friends back home.


The Sri Lanka + Maldives Experience

What is included:

Our trips get you close to that Beyoncé-on-a-boat lifestyle. Let us handle your travel style glow up.

  • Up In The Air Life On-site Tour Leader
  • Bon Voyage Group Video Call with the Up in the Air Life Team
  • Pre-trip Concierge Support for Room Upgrades and Booking Optional Tours
  • Pre-trip Concierge Support for Spa Appointments
  • Pre-trip Concierge Support for Restaurant Reservations
  • Private Concierge Chat during your trip for Dining and Spa Reservations
  • 6 Nights Stay at Handpicked Luxury Hotels in Colombo, Melsiripura, Sigiriya, Kandy, and Galle
  • Daily Breakfast at the Hotels, fit for queens like us
  • Welcome Multicourse Dinner Paired with Fine Wines, celebrating our black girl magic in style
  • Empowering Walking Tour through the Vibrant Streets of Colombo with Mark Forbes, our passionate guide
  • Journey to a Model Organic Village in Melsiripura, immersing ourselves in sustainable practices and ancient rituals
  • Ascend Sigiriya Rock Fortress, channeling the strength and resilience of the fierce queens who once ruled
  • Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy, connecting with the divine feminine energy and sacred traditions
  • Explore the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya, accompanied by an expert botanist, embracing nature’s beauty
  • Guided Walking Tour through the Galle Dutch Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, honoring the resilient women of the past
  • Farewell Breakfast or Dinner, toasting to our unforgettable journey
  • Transportation to all Hosted Activities
  • VIP Meet + Greet Private Airport Transfers
  • Personalized Hand-selected Gifts in your Swag Bag

What is not included:

We take care of all the details on your itinerary once you land. If you want to further personalize your experience, go off!

  • Round-trip airfare to and from the destination
  • Travel Medical Insurance Insurance (Please note this is required to attend the trip.)
  • Room Upgrades are available for purchase after booking
  • Optional tours are available for purchase after booking
  • Tips for Tour Leader, Guides and Drivers
  • Passport or Visa Processing Fees
  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the time of travel with at least 2 free visa pages.
  • Expenses for vaccines that may be required

Can you envision yourself on this trip?

Download "The Sri Lanka + Maldives Experience" trip brochure and keep it handy as you continue to explore, or take the plunge and book now.