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Grand Tour of Sri Lanka including

Sri Lanka Beach Stay


Route:
  • London Heathrow
  • Colombo
  • Anuradhapura
  • Nilaveli
  • Dambulla
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Udawalawe
  • Tissamaharama
  • Mirissa
  • Colombo
  • Sri Lanka Beach Stay
  • London Heathrow

4 NIGHTS from £279pp

Tour Highlights
  • Beautiful Beachfront Location
  • All Meals and Drinks Included
  • Excellent Spa Facilities
  • Tours of Colombo, Kandy & Galle
  • The beautiful beaches of Nilaveli 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 £279pp

Tour + Extension from £2008pp

To book call us on 0800 781 4893

Extend your tour with a Sri Lanka Beach Stay

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.

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

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
17
Mirissa to Sri Lanka Beach Hotel

Transfer to your chosen hotel on one of Sri Lanka's stunning beaches.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
182
Sri Lanka Beach Hotel

Relax at your chosen beach hotel.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
19
Sri Lanka to the UK

Transfer to the airport for flight back to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

British passport holders are currently required to obtain a visa in order to travel to Sri Lanka. Further to visa advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you to check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding required passport validity.

Insurance

You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Direct is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:

Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
Up to 10 days cover£35£69£99
For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. 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 Direct 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 £250pp 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

All flights are operated by Sri Lankan Airlines. Each passenger is entitled to 20kg of hold luggage & hand luggage of 5kg not exceeding 56cm x 36cm x 23cm in size. Flight times are for guidance only & subject to change. These timings are for the Jewels of Sri Lanka tour only and may vary. If you have booked an optional add on please contact our reservations department for more information.

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

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. 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 Sri Lankan 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 these destinations, should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you. Therefore, it is very important that you budget carefully.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £100 - £200 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
2018 DATES
Club Palm Bay
10 Oct 201830 Oct 2018£369£2129£2498SOLD OUT
24 Oct 201813 Nov 2018£429£2119£2548Please call to book
0800 781 4893
07 Nov 201827 Nov 2018£429£2199£2628Please call to book
0800 781 4893
21 Nov 201811 Dec 2018£429£2199£2628Please call to book
0800 781 4893
2019 DATES
09 Jan 201929 Jan 2019£429£2219£2648SOLD OUT
16 Jan 201905 Feb 2019£429£2249£2678Book Now
23 Jan 201912 Feb 2019£429£2449£2878Book Now
30 Jan 201919 Feb 2019£429£2449£2878Book Now
06 Feb 201926 Feb 2019£429£2429£2858Book Now
13 Feb 201905 Mar 2019£429£2549£2978Book Now
20 Feb 201912 Mar 2019£429£2489£2918Book Now
24 Feb 201916 Mar 2019£429£2499£2928Book Now
27 Feb 201919 Mar 2019£429£2489£2918Book Now
06 Mar 201926 Mar 2019£429£2129£2558Book Now
10 Mar 201930 Mar 2019£429£2149£2578Book Now
13 Mar 201902 Apr 2019£429£2099£2528Book Now
20 Mar 201909 Apr 2019£429£2099£2528Book Now
28 Mar 201917 Apr 2019£429£2099£2528Book Now
03 Apr 201923 Apr 2019£429£2029£2458Book Now
17 Apr 201907 May 2019£359£1999£2358Book Now
24 Apr 201914 May 2019£359£1949£2308Book Now
01 May 201921 May 2019£359£1729£2088Book Now
15 May 201904 Jun 2019£359£1929£2288Book Now
29 May 201918 Jun 2019£359£1919£2278Book Now
12 Jun 201902 Jul 2019£359£2019£2378Book Now
19 Jun 201909 Jul 2019£359£2019£2378Book Now
26 Jun 201916 Jul 2019£359£2019£2378Book Now
28 Aug 201917 Sep 2019£359£2119£2478Book Now
11 Sep 201901 Oct 2019£359£2119£2478Book Now
18 Sep 201908 Oct 2019£359£2119£2478Book Now
25 Sep 201915 Oct 2019£359£2119£2478Book Now
09 Oct 201929 Oct 2019£339£2129£2468Book Now
16 Oct 201905 Nov 2019£429£2129£2558Book Now
23 Oct 201912 Nov 2019£429£2129£2558Book Now
06 Nov 201926 Nov 2019£429£2219£2648Book Now
13 Nov 201903 Dec 2019£429£2219£2648Book Now
20 Nov 201910 Dec 2019£429£2219£2648Book Now
2018 DATES
Mermaid Hotel and Club
10 Oct 201830 Oct 2018£339£2129£2468SOLD OUT
24 Oct 201813 Nov 2018£369£2119£2488Please call to book
0800 781 4893
07 Nov 201827 Nov 2018£399£2199£2598Please call to book
0800 781 4893
21 Nov 201811 Dec 2018£399£2199£2598Please call to book
0800 781 4893
2019 DATES
09 Jan 201929 Jan 2019£399£2219£2618SOLD OUT
16 Jan 201905 Feb 2019£399£2249£2648Book Now
23 Jan 201912 Feb 2019£399£2449£2848Book Now
30 Jan 201919 Feb 2019£399£2449£2848Book Now
06 Feb 201926 Feb 2019£399£2429£2828Book Now
13 Feb 201905 Mar 2019£399£2549£2948Book Now
20 Feb 201912 Mar 2019£399£2489£2888Book Now
24 Feb 201924 Feb 2019£399£2499£2898Book Now
27 Feb 201919 Mar 2019£339£2489£2828Book Now
06 Mar 201926 Mar 2019£329£2129£2458Book Now
10 Mar 201910 Mar 2019£329£2149£2478Book Now
13 Mar 201902 Apr 2019£329£2099£2428Book Now
20 Mar 201909 Apr 2019£329£2099£2428Book Now
28 Mar 201917 Apr 2019£329£2099£2428Book Now
03 Apr 201923 Apr 2019£329£2029£2358Book Now
17 Apr 201907 May 2019£279£1999£2278Book Now
24 Apr 201914 May 2019£279£1949£2228Book Now
01 May 201921 May 2019£279£1729£2008Book Now
15 May 201904 Jun 2019£279£1929£2208Book Now
29 May 201918 Jun 2019£289£1919£2208Book Now
12 Jun 201902 Jul 2019£289£2019£2308Book Now
19 Jun 201909 Jul 2019£289£2019£2308Book Now
26 Jun 201916 Jul 2019£279£2019£2298Book Now
28 Aug 201917 Sep 2019£349£2119£2468Book Now
11 Sep 201901 Oct 2019£349£2119£2468Book Now
18 Sep 201908 Oct 2019£349£2119£2468Book Now
25 Sep 201915 Oct 2019£349£2119£2468Book Now
09 Oct 201929 Oct 2019£349£2129£2478Book Now
16 Oct 201905 Nov 2019£429£2129£2558Book Now
23 Oct 201912 Nov 2019£429£2129£2558Book Now
06 Nov 201926 Nov 2019£429£2219£2648Book Now
13 Nov 201903 Dec 2019£429£2219£2648Book Now
20 Nov 201910 Dec 2019£429£2219£2648Book Now
2018 DATES
Royal Palms Beach Hotel
10 Oct 201830 Oct 2018£479£2129£2608SOLD OUT
24 Oct 201813 Nov 2018£579£2119£2698Please call to book
0800 781 4893
07 Nov 201827 Nov 2018£579£2199£2778Please call to book
0800 781 4893
21 Nov 201811 Dec 2018£579£2199£2778Please call to book
0800 781 4893
2019 DATES
09 Jan 201929 Jan 2019£639£2219£2858SOLD OUT
16 Jan 201905 Feb 2019£639£2249£2888Book Now
23 Jan 201912 Feb 2019£639£2449£3088Book Now
30 Jan 201919 Feb 2019£639£2449£3088Book Now
06 Feb 201926 Feb 2019£639£2429£3068Book Now
13 Feb 201905 Mar 2019£639£2549£3188Book Now
20 Feb 201912 Mar 2019£639£2489£3128Book Now
24 Feb 201916 Mar 2019£639£2499£3138Book Now
27 Feb 201919 Mar 2019£639£2489£3128Book Now
06 Mar 201926 Mar 2019£589£2129£2718Book Now
10 Mar 201930 Mar 2019£589£2149£2738Book Now
13 Mar 201902 Apr 2019£579£2099£2678Book Now
20 Mar 201909 Apr 2019£579£2099£2678Book Now
28 Mar 201917 Apr 2019£529£2099£2628Book Now
03 Apr 201923 Apr 2019£479£2029£2508Book Now
17 Apr 201907 May 2019£479£1999£2478Book Now
24 Apr 201914 May 2019£479£1949£2428Book Now
01 May 201921 May 2019£479£1729£2208Book Now
15 May 201904 Jun 2019£479£1929£2408Book Now
29 May 201918 Jun 2019£479£1919£2398Book Now
12 Jun 201902 Jul 2019£479£2019£2498Book Now
19 Jun 201909 Jul 2019£479£2019£2498Book Now
26 Jun 201916 Jul 2019£459£2019£2478Book Now
28 Aug 201917 Sep 2019£489£2119£2608Book Now
11 Sep 201901 Oct 2019£489£2119£2608Book Now
18 Sep 201908 Oct 2019£489£2119£2608Book Now
25 Sep 201915 Oct 2019£489£2119£2608Book Now
09 Oct 201929 Oct 2019£489£2129£2618Book Now
16 Oct 201905 Nov 2019£589£2129£2718Book Now
23 Oct 201912 Nov 2019£589£2129£2718Book Now
06 Nov 201926 Nov 2019£589£2219£2808Book Now
13 Nov 201903 Dec 2019£589£2219£2808Book Now
20 Nov 201910 Dec 2019£589£2219£2808Book Now

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?

3* Mermaid - We have 2 rooms with no single supplement for the departure date of the 24th September 2014 subject to availability. A single supplement will apply on all other dates.

4* Sands - We have 2 rooms with no single supplement for departure dates between 14th May 2014 - 23rd October 2014 subject to availability. A single supplement will apply on all other dates.

5* Royal Palms Beach - a single supplement applies on all dates of the add-on part of the tour.

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
Customer Rating:
10/10
Neil And Sharon Walker
28th Jul 2017

Excellent accommodation and food. Far exceeded our expectations.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Matthew Brosnan
15th Mar 2017

Generally very good

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
John Coyne
9th Jun 2016

Absolutely first class!! The guide was knowledgeable and a great travel companion. Excellent value given the quality of hotels and the small size of the group.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
John Coyne
31st May 2016

Absolutely first class!! Knowledgeable guides and fantastic tour companions. Exceptional value given the quality of hotels and small size of groups.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
David Tyler
31st Mar 2016

All Hotels were excellent with a good range of facilities. Buffet meals were also good with a wide selection.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
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  • London Heathrow
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  • Udawalawe
  • Tissamaharama
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