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Escorted Tours

Grand Tour of Sri Lanka including

Colombo Extension


Route:

2 NIGHTS from £179pp

Tour Highlights
  • Spend some time at leisure in Colombo
  • Tours of Colombo, Kandy & Galle
  • The beautiful beaches of Passikudah and Mirissa
  • Explore Sigiriya Rock Fortress & Dambulla Rock Temple
  • Visit the ancient capital, Anuradhapura
  • Discover the tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya
  • Safari through Udawalawe and Yala Parks

Extension from £179pp

Tour + Extension from £1878pp

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Colombo Extension

Explore this fascinating city at your own pace. Colombo is the commercial capital of the island. Its streets are alive with colourful shops and markets, while temples and mosques reflect its multicultural heritage.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Colombo

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Colombo.

2
Colombo

On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel in Colombo for a welcome dinner.

  • Dinner
3
Colombo

Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, is a bustling, cosmopolitan city whose colonial history is still very much evident along wide, shaded boulevards and among its Victorian churches and tumbledown cafes. An introductory half-day city tour visits the vibrant temples and bazaars of Pettah, selling seemingly everything from traditional jewellery to Ayurvedic medicines. A trip to the Old Dutch hospital is a highlight of the newly restored Fort complex, home to some of Colombo's chicest restaurants, cafes and shops. After lunch rest of day at leisure.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Colombo to Anuradhapura

Today you will leave the capital and head north to the ancient city of Anuradhapura, the spiritual heart of the Cultural Triangle. On route, visit the somnolent village of Mihintale and its nearby sacred mountain peak and temple complex. Ancient monastic dwellings and meditations spots are connected by beautiful old stone steps amongst rocky hills.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Anuradhapura to Passikudah

Recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Anuradhapura's city ruins are one of South Asia's most evocative sites and contain a rich collection of crumbling temples, vast monasteries and elaborate palaces. Marvel at the sacred Bodhi tree, the oldest authenticated tree in the world. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before travelling east to Passikudah.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Passikudah

Today has been left at leisure for you to relax and enjoy Passikudah's powder-white sands and emerald-blue waters on Sri Lanka's laid-back, less-visited east coast.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Passikudah to Dambulla

This morning, journey to Sri Lanka's second ancient city. Scattered over gently undulating woodland, explore the monumental ruins of the ancient garden city of Polonnaruwa. Afterwards, continue on to the scenic town of Dambulla where you will spend the next two nights.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Dambulla and Sigiriya

Undoubtedly a highlight of the tour is today's excursion to the awe inspiring Sigiriya rock fortress. The ancient city of Sigiriya is a World Heritage Site and the city ruins lie on the slopes and summit of the imposing granite peak, towering above the jungle below. Climb up steps carved into the rock face to see the fortified palace and brilliant frescoes or enjoy the spectacular views of ancient citadel and jungle from the lily-pad-covered moats that surround the rock. Return to your hotel for lunch and to enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Please note: photography is prohibited in parts of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Prohibited areas will be clearly signposted.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
9
Dambulla to Kandy

After breakfast, visit the Dambulla Rock Temple, where the impressive caves contain over 2000 square metres of painted walls and ceilings which were once gilded by the ancient King to mark his place of worship. After some time to explore here, a stop will be made at a typical Sri Lankan spice garden to observe how a variety of spices are grown. You will arrive into Kandy this afternoon and head to the famous Temple of the Sacred Tooth. The golden-roofed temple houses Sri Lanka's most important Buddhist relic - a tooth of Buddha; you will arrive in time for 'pooja' when the heavily guarded room housing the relic is open to both pilgrims and travellers alike.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Kandy

Cradled amongst misty hills, the small city of Kandy exudes history, culture and beauty with its calm centrepiece lake surrounded by rolling forested landscapes and colourful houses. Explore the famous botanical gardens of Peradeniya, full of exotic palms, colourful orchids and home to over four thousand species of trees and plants. Then enjoy a tour of the city followed by a day at leisure.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

This morning you will journey to Nuwara Eliya, often referred to as 'Little England' due to its plethora of colonial bungalows, well-tended hedgerows and pretty rose gardens. The picturesque mountain town is blessed with a salubrious climate and breathtaking views over the surrounding valleys, meadows and peaks. Sri Lanka is one of the world's largest exporters of tea and Nuwara Eliya has been the capital of this industry since the 19th century. En route to your hotel, you will make a stop at a tea plantation to observe the rich traditional process and inhale the heavenly scent of the prestigious Ceylon tea brand.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
12
Nuwara Eliya to Udawalawe

A morning tour of Nuwara Eliya begins today, driving through the lush green tea plantations dotted with the colourful saris of the women working in them. Lunch will be served in a local village, Ella, with far reaching views over the misty landscapes beyond before continuing to Udawalawe.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
13
Udawalawe to Tissamaharama

Udawalawe national park is renowned for its elephant viewing opportunities against the stunning backdrop of the surrounding hills. Rising early this morning, embark on a jeep safari to witness these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. As well as being home to over 250 elephants, deer, water buffalo, monkeys and a variety of bird species can also be found in the park. Just outside the park is the Elephant Transit Home, an inspirational project started to rehabilitate orphaned elephants. After this visit, depart for Tissamaharama to enjoy lunch and the rest of day at leisure.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
14
Tissamaharama and Yala National Park

After some free time this morning, a jeep safari in the nearby Yala national park awaits. Covering a vast 1200 square kilometres, Yala is Sri Lanka's largest national park boasting a uniquely stunning ocean front setting. Journey through the heartland of wildlife, home to elephants, sloths, deer and, with the highest density of leopards in the world, you may even be lucky enough to spot one of these beautifully elusive animals.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
15
Tissamaharama to Mirissa

Departing Tissamaharama, you will travel to the sleepy coastal resort of Mirissa. The idyllic crescent of beach, fringed with coconut palms is the perfect place to crack open a coconut and relax on the soft golden sands by the calm turquoise waters.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
16
Mirissa and Galle

This morning will be at leisure for you to further relax or choose an optional whale watching excursion. The south coast of Sri Lanka is arguably the best place in the world to see planet earth's largest ever creatures, the Blue Whale. Alternatively, visit the nearby Hikkaduwa preschool to see a charity project funded and supported by Mercury Holidays. Late this morning you will travel to Galle, a fort area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This national treasure has been inhabited by the Portuguese, Dutch and British, all of whom left their distinctive marks visible in the walled Galle Fort and through the sleepy streets strewn with colonial buildings, restaurants and small boutique shops.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
17
Mirissa to UK

After breakfast transfer to Colombo airport for your flight back to the UK.

  • Breakfast
18
Colombo

Enjoy time at leisure in the beautiful city of Colombo.

  • Breakfast
20
Colombo to the UK

Enjoy the morning at leisure until your return flight back to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

A visa is required for entry into Sri Lanka. We work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be able to arrange your visa for you on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250 590 and quote "Mercury Holidays". The cost of the visa is from £63. The visas take around 10 working days to issue and are only valid for 3 months from the date of issue. Therefore, we recommend that you apply for your visa 8 weeks before travel, however, please be aware that your passport will be required for the application so make sure that you will not need it during this time. Alternatively, you can visit The High Commission of Sri Lanka at 13 Hyde Park Gardens, London, W2 2LU.
Please note: If you have chosen to add the 'Kerala Beach Stay' or 'Highlights of Kerala' extension to the end of your tour, you will need to obtain an Indian visa prior to your UK departure. The Travel Visa Company offers a service which takes can take up to 15 working days at busy times. The cost is approximately £134. Alternatively, you can apply for your own visa. You can apply in person or by post to the Indian Embassy in London: 142-148 Goswell Road, London, EC1V 7DU. There are also regional centres elsewhere in the UK. Full details on the process can be found on the Indian Embassy website www.in.vfsglobal.co.uk.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £49pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Your flight is to Colombo Airport is with Sri Lankan Airlines (UL), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 3. Each passenger is entitled to 30kg of hold luggage and hand luggage that you are permitted to carry one item of hand baggage (max 5kg - 56x36x23cm) in addition to one small personal item on-board the aircraft. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure.

Airport Extras
If you wish to arrange Airport car parking or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extras - Tel. 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot, and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches. Please note there are approximately 1,300 steps to Sigiriya Rock Fortress. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 30. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

This is a fully escorted tour with local guides throughout ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

Currency Information

The currency in Sri Lanka is the Rupee, LKR. The Rupee is a closed currency and officially you are not allowed to take any cash out of Sri Lanka. US Dollars and GBP are also widely accepted in Sri Lanka should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £400 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are! Tipping is customary in Sri Lanka. Should you wish to tip, this will be collected by your guide at the end of your tour for your convenience. We would recommend approximately £3-5 per person, per day for the driver and guide and £4 per person, per day for the national guides. It is asked that if you do not tip in the local currency, please do not give coins as these are difficult to exchange.

Tour Dates & Prices

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2020 DATES
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29 Jan 202023 Feb 2020£199£2369£2568SOLD OUT
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04 Nov 202029 Nov 2020£199£2169£2368Book Now
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2021 DATES
06 Jan 202124 Jan 2021£199£2199£2398Book Now
13 Jan 202131 Jan 2021£199£2199£2398Book Now
27 Jan 202114 Feb 2021£199£2399£2598Book Now
03 Feb 202121 Feb 2021£199£2399£2598Book Now
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10 Mar 202128 Mar 2021£199£2169£2368Book Now
17 Mar 202104 Apr 2021£189£2099£2288Book Now
14 Apr 202102 May 2021£189£1999£2188Book Now
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12 May 202130 May 2021£189£1799£1988Book Now
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28 Jul 202115 Aug 2021£189£2199£2388Book Now
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25 Aug 202112 Sep 2021£189£2099£2288Book Now
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Included in the Price

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK.
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
  • All airport taxes and security charges.

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary
Travelling alone?

A limited number of rooms on selected dates are available with no single supplement. Once all single rooms are sold, a single supplement starts from just £629pp.

Private Tours:

If the group departure dates are not suitable for you and you would prefer a more personal and flexible experience then you can choose to book a private guide for your tour at a reasonable supplement.

Yala National Park

Please note that Yala National Park may close during September and October. If this does occur, you will visit the nearby Lunugamwehera National Park instead.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Sri Lankan Rupee

Average Flying time

10-14 hours

Min/Max temperature

18 °C / 34 °C

Spoken languages

Sinhala, Tamil, English

When to go

Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

Colombo

Dambulla

Nilaveli

Nuwara Eliya

Kandy

Yala

Galle

What to pack
  • Sunscreen and hat in summer
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera and charger
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Binoculars
  • Leave plenty of space in your case for shopping!
  • Long Trousers and a top with sleeves is required when entering any religious sites
Tour Dossiers
Other Extensions
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    Extend your tour with a Sri Lanka Beach Stay

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  • Kerala
    Extend your tour with a Kerala Beach Stay

    4 nights from £279pp

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  • Maldives
    Extend your trip with a Maldives Beach Stay

    4 nights from £359pp

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  • Kerala
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  • Maldives
    Extend your trip with a Maldives 7 night Beach Stay

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Hotels & Accommodation

Other Extensions

Extend your tour with a Sri Lanka Beach Stay
Tour Route
  • London Heathrow
  • Colombo
  • Anuradhapura
  • Nilaveli
  • Dambulla
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Udawalawe
  • Tissamaharama
  • Mirissa
  • Colombo
  • Sri Lanka Beach Stay
  • London Heathrow

Extend your stay with an extension to the wonderful beach resort of Kalutara on the north west coast of the country. Indulge in a calming massage or relax by the beach before returning to the UK. Choose a hotel from our handpicked options or speak to our reservations team about our entire range of hotels available.

4 nights
from £249pp
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Extend your tour with a Kerala Beach Stay
Tour Route
  • London Heathrow
  • Colombo
  • Anuradhapura
  • Nilaveli
  • Dambulla
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Udawalawe
  • Tissamaharama
  • Mirissa
  • Colombo
  • Kerala
  • London Heathrow

Extend your tour with a relaxing beach stay in the Indian State of Kerala. Relax in the popular resort of Kovalam, known locally as the paradise of the south, amongst the coconut groves for which the town is famous.

4 nights
from £279pp
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Extend your trip with a Maldives Beach Stay
Tour Route
  • London Heathrow
  • Colombo
  • Anuradhapura
  • Nilaveli
  • Dambulla
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Udawalawe
  • Tissamaharama
  • Mirissa
  • Colombo
  • Maldives
  • London Heathrow

Indulge yourself with a fabulous extension to the Maldives. Arriving at Male airport you will be transferred to your hotel by speed boat for four nights of pure bliss. Enjoy spectacular views of the bluest seas from all directions whilst you unwind and relax on this island of paradise.

4 nights
from £359pp
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See the Highlights of Kerala
Tour Route
  • London Heathrow
  • Colombo
  • Anuradhapura
  • Nilaveli
  • Dambulla
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Udawalawe
  • Tissamaharama
  • Mirissa
  • Colombo
  • Highlights of Kerala
  • London Heathrow

Why not continue your trip beyond Sri Lanka with a mini tour of the beautiful Indian state of Kerala from 359pp. This 4 night extension includes a tour of Cochin, one of India's major ports and trading centres and an overnight trip on an authentic Keralan Houseboat.

4 nights
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Extend your trip with a Maldives 7 night Beach Stay
Tour Route
  • London
  • Colombo
  • Dambulla
  • Kandy
  • Yala
  • Mount Lavinia
  • Maldives
  • London

Indulge yourself with a fabulous extension to the Maldives. Arriving at Male airport you will be transferred to your hotel by speed boat for four nights of pure bliss. Enjoy spectacular views of the bluest seas from all directions whilst you unwind and relax on this island of paradise.

7 nights
from £749pp
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