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Jewels of Sri Lanka including

Maldives 7 night Beach Stay


Route:
  • London
  • Colombo
  • Dambulla
  • Kandy
  • Yala
  • Mount Lavinia
  • Maldives
  • London

7 NIGHTS from £1099pp

Tour Highlights
  • Enjoy a relaxing week in the Maldives
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Rock Temple
  • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • City Tour of Kandy and Galle
  • Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya
  • Tea Factory and Plantation
  • Safari through Yala National Park

Extension from £1099pp

Tour + Extension from £2298pp

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Extend your trip with a Maldives 7 night Beach Stay

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.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Colombo

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Colombo International Airport.

2
Colombo to Dambulla

On arrival you will be met by your local guide and transferred to Dambulla which will take approximately 4 hours. The rest of your evening at leisure.

  • Dinner
3
Dambulla

Depart in the morning to explore the stunning Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a World Heritage Site dating back to the 5th century AD. Also known as the 'Lion Rock', it is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the jungle. Following lunch continue on to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa which was once a royal capital of the Sinhalese kingdom and is over 1000 years old. It was chosen as the capital as it was advantageously positioned to safeguard against possible attacks from the southeast, as well as supposedly having fewer mosquitoes! Here you can admire the ruins of the Royal Palace and wander around the Gal Vihara, famous for its splendid carved Buddha statues. Please note: photography is prohibited in parts of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Prohibited areas will be clearly signposted.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Dambulla to Kandy

After breakfast, visit the Dambulla Rock Temple, where the impressive caves contain over 2000sq metres of painted walls and ceilings which were once gilded by the ancient King to mark his place of worship. You will then travel to Kandy en route visiting a spice garden followed by lunch and check in at your hotel. Continue to the famous Temple of Tooth Relic in the afternoon - Sri Lanka's most important Buddhist relic and one of the holiest shrines in the Buddhist world. After dinner relax whilst watching an eclectic cultural show, where performers will dazzle you with ornate costumes and traditional dances.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Kandy

Today you will travel to the beautiful botanical gardens in Peradeniya, boasting more than 4,000 species of trees, plants, orchids and creepers. Next, a highlight of this tour is a trip to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975 to care for abandoned and wounded elephants. Witness these magnificent creatures in close quarters and see elephants being fed, bathed and trained by the wildlife authorities. This evening enjoy a city tour of Kandy, including the bazaar and arts and crafts centre and a gem museum. Kandy was the last capital of the ancient kings and after defending themselves for over three centuries from the Dutch and Portuguese it finally fell to the hands of the British in 1815.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Kandy to Yala

Leaving Kandy you will stop in Giragama to visit a tea plantation before continuing to Nuwara Eliya where you will participate in a walking tour of the town. Your journey continues through Sri Lanka's striking scenery to your hotel near Yala.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Yala

The morning is at leisure before your exciting jeep safari around the magnificent Yala National Game Park, the largest national park in Sri Lanka with a unique ocean front setting. The park is home to elephants, wild boars, buffaloes, bears, deer and crocodiles as well as a number of migratory and indigenous birds. You may even spot a leopard!

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Yala to Mount Lavinia

Following breakfast, you will arrive in Galle, once the chief port of Ceylon and the centre of the Dutch regime in the 17th century. A city tour lets you discover the majestic Galle Fort and the surrounding historic buildings which reflect the Dutch heritage which once reined the country. Travel north for your final night at the world famous Mount Lavinia Hotel. This 200-year-old hotel was once the Governor's Residence when Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) was under British rule.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Colombo to the UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

  • Breakfast
10
Mount Lavinia to the Maldives

Transfer to the Airport for your flight to the Maldives. Upon arrival transfer to the Adaaran Club Rannalhi.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
The Maldives

Relax at your leisure at the Adaaran Club Rannalhi.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
12
The Maldives

Relax at your leisure at the Adaaran Club Rannalhi.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
13
The Maldives

Relax at your leisure at the Adaaran Club Rannalhi.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
14
The Maldives

Relax at your leisure at the Adaaran Club Rannalhi.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
15
The Maldives

Relax at your leisure at the Adaaran Club Rannalhi.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
16
The Maldives

Relax at your leisure at the Adaaran Club Rannalhi.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
17
The Maldives to the UK

Transfer to the airport for flight back to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Your Meals

Please take cash for drinks in the hotels as cards are not always accepted.

Important Information

Visas

An Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) is required for travel to Sri Lanka and must be obtained prior to arrival. It is an electronic authorisation issued by the Sri Lankan Government that is the equivalent of a visa, however, no label or stamp is placed in the passport. The ETA is valid for 6 months from the date of issue and for a stay of up to 30 days.
There is a non-refundable processing fee for some categories of the ETA, and people intending to visit Sri Lanka should visit the nearest Embassy or Consulate regarding visa requirements. More information can also be found at www.eta.gov.lk.

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 17 days cover?39?75?129
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 £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

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, meaning that you will be met on arrival by your national guide who will remain with you for the duration of your trip. You will also be joined by a local guide in each of the cities which you visit, 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.

The currency in the Maldives is the Maldivian Rufiya. The Maldivian Rufiya is a closed currency and officially you are not allowed to take any cash out of the Maldives. US Dollars 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 $200 - $400 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
2019 DATES
Adaaran Club Rannalhi
28 Mar 201912 Apr 2019£1399£1619£3018SOLD OUT
11 Apr 201926 Apr 2019£1379£1769£3148SOLD OUT
25 Apr 201910 May 2019£1129£1569£2698Please call to book
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23 May 201907 Jun 2019£1099£1299£2398Please call to book
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06 Jun 201921 Jun 2019£1099£1199£2298SOLD OUT
13 Jun 201928 Jun 2019£1099£1399£2498Book Now
27 Jun 201912 Jul 2019£1099£1429£2528Book Now
22 Aug 201906 Sep 2019£1129£1699£2828Book Now
05 Sep 201920 Sep 2019£1129£1599£2728Book Now
19 Sep 201904 Oct 2019£1129£1549£2678Book Now
03 Oct 201918 Oct 2019£1129£1429£2558Book Now
31 Oct 201915 Nov 2019£1389£1499£2888Book Now
07 Nov 201922 Nov 2019£1389£1489£2878Book Now
21 Nov 201906 Dec 2019£1389£1529£2918Book Now
2020 DATES
09 Jan 202024 Jan 2020£1489£1549£3038Book Now
23 Jan 202007 Feb 2020£1489£1589£3078Book Now
06 Feb 202021 Feb 2020£1489£1729£3218Book Now
05 Mar 202020 Mar 2020£1489£1549£3038Book Now
19 Mar 202003 Apr 2020£1449£1599£3048Book Now
23 Apr 202008 May 2020£1169£1629£2798Book Now
14 May 202029 May 2020£1139£1369£2508Book Now
21 May 202005 Jun 2020£1119£1299£2418Book Now
04 Jun 202019 Jun 2020£1139£1199£2338Book Now
11 Jun 202026 Jun 2020£1139£1399£2538Book Now
25 Jun 202010 Jul 2020£1139£1429£2568Book Now
20 Aug 202004 Sep 2020£1169£1699£2868Book Now
03 Sep 202018 Sep 2020£1169£1599£2768Book Now
17 Sep 202002 Oct 2020£1169£1499£2668Book Now
01 Oct 202016 Oct 2020£1169£1429£2598Book Now
29 Oct 202013 Nov 2020£1449£1499£2948Book Now
05 Nov 202020 Nov 2020£1449£1489£2938Book Now
19 Nov 202004 Dec 2020£1449£1529£2978Book 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?

We have 2 rooms available on every tour date for single occupancy use, however a single supplement must be paid for 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

27 °C / 29 °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.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Maldives

What to pack
  • Sunscreen and hat
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera and charger
  • An electric plug converter
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Binoculars
  • Long Trousers and a top with sleeves is required when entering any religious sites
Tour Dossiers
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  • Colombo
  • Dambulla
  • Kandy
  • Yala
  • Mount Lavinia
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  • London
  • Colombo
  • Dambulla
  • Kandy
  • Yala
  • Mount Lavinia
  • Kerala
  • London

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.

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  • London
  • Colombo
  • Dambulla
  • Kandy
  • Yala
  • Mount Lavinia
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  • 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.

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