Welcome to Sri Lanka, a small island crammed full of treasures, with no fewer than eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Mystical ruins, jungles, gleaming white tropical beaches, national parks with huge herds of elephants and fleet leopards, vivid green mountains and mouthwatering cuisine. As if that wasn’t enough, its seas are home to dolphins, turtles and the largest colony of blue whales on the planet.
On this heritage tour you will travel from the colonial capital, Colombo, to the ancient cultural heartland of the island, through jungles to the the coast at Trincomalee and through the highlands of Nuwara Eliya. Along the way there is a wide range of visits providing real insight into Sri Lankan history and society as well as ample free time to relax by the pool, join optional activities or explore at your own pace.
John and Susi Richardson were the doctor and nurse respectively on The British Trans Americas Expedition 1971-2; the first ever drive from Alaska to Cape Horn and the first crossing of the Darian Gap in Panama. John also led a Jon Baines Tours tour to Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua in 2006 with Susi. He has also acted as doctor to six sailing expeditions with service personnel and students in the Caribbean.
Professor John Richardson is Emeritus Defence Professor of Primary Care and General Practice. He has led study tours worldwide and was a medical escort to parties of veterans on journeys of remembrance for the Royal British Legion. He has also run many history of medicine battlefield tours. He has visited 80 countries and worked in 41 of them as a doctor. John has previously led tours for Jon Baines to China, Central Asia, India, Turkey, Central America, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Namibia, Ethiopia, Indo-China and Burma. He has also given lectures and led on cruises.
Susi Richardson has travelled widely across the world either as an expedition nurse, or as a nurse on war grave pilgrimages for the Royal British Legion, co-tour leader for Jon Baines Tours, or accompanying her husband on his British Army medical officer postings. Five generations of her Shakespear family served in India on her grandmother’s side, and three generations of Cooke family on her grandfather’s side, covering almost continuously two hundred years of the history of British India in a variety of roles and occupations. Susi has led a number of tours to India, in Vietnam and on cruises.
Ground only cost is US $3,712 pp sharing (excl international flights and transfers)