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Firstly, this review is not to be take as criticism of Sri Lanka, or advice not to visit there. My goal is rather to help people weighing the pros and cons of a tour like this. My thought when I booked it was that the value lay in having someone else responsible for booking accommodations and transport. However, that came at the cost of autonomy and getting to explore. With the exception of the last night in Kandy, hotels were not within walking distance of places of interest, or restaurants, and during the days we were driving, we stopped only at places that the driver determined. Additionally, our driver was not particularly interested in communicating or explaining options, and generally ignored me in favour of speaking with my male companion. While I try to be tolerant of others' beliefs, this was NOT my experience on my previous trip to Sri Lanka.
In all, I would say that better value can be gotten than this tour, but of course that probably depends on how one feels about spending the time to book everything separately, as opposed to having no options but hotel room service for the majority of the trip.
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