November 12–23, 2014
Discover Sri Lanka's magnificent temples and fascinating history, beginning with a visit to the capital of Colombo. See the National Museum and the President's House before continuing to Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle to discover the former capital of Polonnaruwa, the extraordinary site of Sigiriya, and the well-preserved Dambulla Cave Temple. While in Kandy, a UNESCO World Heritage site, see the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Visit vibrant Galle and stroll through the ancient fort with a local historian, author, and photographer. An optional five-night prelude in South India includes ancient Buddhist sites and stupas near Vijayawada before exploring both Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram from Chennai.
Traveling with You: John Guy, Florence and Herbert Irving Curator of the Arts of South and Southeast Asia. Listen to John contemplate on how relics help him understand the very beginnings of great traditions in his Connections episode, "Relics."
Land Rate: $7,750
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Above: Statues at Gangaramaya Temple, Sri Lanka