This essential shopping tour takes you to three of Colombo's finest stores, each with its own specialties, which include handicrafts, jewelry and fashions.
Travelling by coach from the pier, you will drive to a nearby store known for its locally made handicrafts. The variety of items found here is outstanding, and so many of them are meticulously crafted using traditional techniques handed down from generation to generation. You might find woven mats, terracotta pottery, fine silverware, aromatic spices, and beautiful sarongs made with vibrant batik fabrics. There is also a display of Ceylon tea, a famed, highly coveted product harkening back to the time when Britain ruled Sri Lanka and called it Ceylon.
Precious and semi-precious gems have been hallmarks of Sri Lanka since antiquity, and next you will have the opportunity to purchase exquisite, gem-studded jewelry in one of Colombo's finest stores. Sri Lanka claims the world's highest concentration of gems, including brilliant sapphires, star rubies, moonstones and garnets. The stones are known for their clarity, beauty and healing properties.
For designer clothing, the Odel department store reigns supreme and this will be the site of your last stop. Since many of the fashions sold here are made locally for famed designers, prices are a fraction of what you may pay elsewhere. The merchandise ranges from handbags and footwear to swimwear and sportswear. Odel also sells accessories, cosmetics, sunglasses and fine items for the home.
Following your shopping spree at Odel, you will transfer directly back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of walking, mainly at the guests' discretion. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Light cotton clothing; a hat; sunglasses and flat comfortable walking shoes are suggested. The order of the stops may vary. Purchases made at any of the stores visited are not guaranteed by the cruise line.