After conquering the heights of the Himalayas and the wild west of Mongolia, Extreme Bike Tours’ fleet of Royal Enfields will hit the trails to explore the sights and delights of Sri Lanka.
The 13-day, 1,450km fully-guided luxury tours will run from 9-21 July and 6-18 August 2016.
Beginning in the beachside town of Galle, the tour will wend and weave its way through the mountains of the island’s interior soaking up regions sculpted by tea plantations, ruins of ancient civilisations and pristine national parks.
Highlights of the itinerary include World Heritage sites such as Galle Fort, Dambulla Cave Temples, Sigiriya and the Knuckles Mountain Range in Matale.
The fully inclusive tours will offer guests a variety of deluxe, hand-picked accommodations including Banyan Camp Eco Retreat on day 3, a true eco lodge made with harvested timber, recycled antique doors, Palmyra lead roofs and mortar floors and walls.
Day 6 of the tour takes guests to the Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge in Kandy, the home of ancient Bhuddist art and architecture. This eco lodge is found within a tea plantation on the Knuckles Mountain Range 1000 metres above sea level.
Traversing through more remote and rarely seen regions of the island, Gal Oya Luxury Safari Lodge (Day 10), provides the perfect setting to spot wildlife in abundance and luxuriate in a private bungalow positioned in the forest canopy of the Gal Oya National Park.
Each tour will take a maximum of 10 bikes to ensure a highly personalised and no-fuss riding experience suitable for both licensed riders and pillion passengers. The fully-guided tours are perfect for couples and even inexperienced riders, who can opt to follow the group in Landrover support vehicles.
Extreme Bike Tours’ founder Zander Combe, notes that the most extreme elements of the tour are the sights, sounds and smells of this mystical island, rather than the riding conditions.
“Our guests will do about 4-6 hours of riding per day travelling through some of the most picturesque parts of Sri Lanka on very excellent roads, meaning no off-road experience is necessary,” says Combe.
“Sri Lanka is one of the most sought after holiday destinations in 2016 and there’s no better place to be than on two wheels,” he said.
The tour costs AUD$7,071 for riders and AUD$5,886 for pillion passengers including accommodation along the route, all meals on the tour, fuel and motorbike hire. There are no single supplements for solo travellers. Flights to Sri Lanka are extra.