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Escorted Tours

Jewels of Sri Lanka including

Maldives Beach Stay


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

4 NIGHTS from £729pp

Tour Highlights
  • Speed Boat Transfers
  • All Meals and Drinks Included
  • Pristine White Beaches
  • 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 £729pp

Tour + Extension from £1928pp

To book call us on 0800 781 4893

Extend your trip with a Maldives 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 with 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 young 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 Mou

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
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
102
The Maldives

Relax at the Adaaran Club Rannalhi which occupies an idyllic location on its own 12-acre island.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
The Maldives to the UK

Transfer to the airport for 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 £30. The visas take around 10 working days to issue and are only valid for 3 months from the date of issue. We therefore 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.

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 £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, 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 £100 - £200 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are! It is customary to tip your guide and driver, this is at your discretion but we recommend you allow approximately £30 for the duration of your tour. 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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2018 Dates
23 Aug 201804 Sep 2018£779£1649£2428Please call to book
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06 Sep 201818 Sep 2018£769£1499£2268Please call to book
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14 Sep 201826 Sep 2018£769£1449£2218Please call to book
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20 Sep 201802 Oct 2018£769£1419£2188Please call to book
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04 Oct 201816 Oct 2018£769£1399£2168Book Now
11 Oct 201823 Oct 2018£769£1499£2268Book Now
18 Oct 201830 Oct 2018£769£1499£2268Book Now
01 Nov 201813 Nov 2018£899£1429£2328Book Now
08 Nov 201820 Nov 2018£899£1499£2398Book Now
29 Nov 201811 Dec 2018£899£1499£2398Book Now
2019 Dates
10 Jan 201922 Jan 2019£929£1449£2378Book Now
24 Jan 201905 Feb 2019£929£1549£2478Book Now
07 Feb 201919 Feb 2019£929£1699£2628Book Now
21 Feb 201905 Mar 2019£929£1599£2528Book Now
07 Mar 201919 Mar 2019£929£1499£2428Book Now
21 Mar 201902 Apr 2019£929£1599£2528Book Now
11 Apr 201923 Apr 2019£889£1599£2488Book Now
25 Apr 201907 May 2019£889£1549£2438Book Now
16 May 201928 May 2019£729£1349£2078Book Now
23 May 201904 Jun 2019£759£1299£2058Book Now
06 Jun 201918 Jun 2019£759£1199£1958Book Now
13 Jun 201925 Jun 2019£759£1399£2158Book Now
27 Jun 201909 Jul 2019£759£1399£2158Book Now
22 Aug 201903 Sep 2019£819£1699£2518Book Now
05 Sep 201917 Sep 2019£769£1599£2368Book Now
19 Sep 201901 Oct 2019£769£1499£2268Book Now
03 Oct 201915 Oct 2019£769£1399£2168Book Now
31 Oct 201912 Nov 2019£769£1499£2268Book Now
07 Nov 201919 Nov 2019£919£1459£2378Book Now
21 Nov 201903 Dec 2019£919£1499£2418Book 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.

Colombo Airport Closure 2017

Please note that Colombo Airport will be switching to nighttime operation in order to carry out refurbishment in early 2017. As a result, an extra night may need to be spent in Colombo on selected dates prior to flying to the Maldives. Your full itinerary will be confirmed to you in writing post booking.

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 and Climate
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
Customer Rating:
10/10
Philip Walton
16th May 2018

All hotels excellent as expected, service couldn’t have been better. Only issue could do with mosquito nets in bedrooms.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
8.8/10
David Watt
6th Apr 2018

Excellent quality hotels, just a shame that so much was crammed into the tour that we didn't always get a chance to fully enjoy them. We often arrived late to the hotel, just in time for evening meal, and then have to set the alarm very early for the following morning.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
7.5/10
Martyn Hall
10th Oct 2017

Good quality hotels in Sri Lanka

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
7.5/10
Ben Mnyama
9th Feb 2017

Mixed from good to excellent. Otherwise not bad at all.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Pauline & James Welch
29th Nov 2016

Excellent holiday, many thanks. The standards are much better than might have been expected for the price.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Amanda Richards
13th Jun 2016

Just returned from a beautiful holiday in Sri Lanka and The Maldives. Would like to inform you that our escorted holiday in Sri Lanka was made special by one of your guides. Sam Samarakoon. He is an asset to Mercury Holidays & his knowledge of the country is amazing. He is also funny and made sure all our transfers took place without any problems. Great holiday, lovely man.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Christine Reeve
2nd Mar 2016

all to a good standard apart from the service in the restaurant at governors hotel, mount lavinia .for a prestigious hotel this was somewhat of a let down.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Pamela Hoult
9th Oct 2015

All the hotels were exceptionally good. The service was good and the food very enjoyable. We couldn't fault anything.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
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