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Escorted Tours

Secrets of Sri Lanka

  • Route:
  • London
  • Colombo
  • Galle
  • Sinharaja
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Passikudah
  • Sigiriya
  • Pinnawala
  • Marawila
  • Colombo
  • London
9 DAYS from £1095pp

Tour Highlights

  • Beautiful beaches of the East in Passikudah
  • Explore Sinharaja Rainforest
  • Tea plantations in Nuwara Eliya
  • Sigirya Rock fortress
  • Tour of charming colonial Galle
  • Stay at historical Mount Lavinia
  • Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home
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Secrets of Sri Lanka

Journey through tropical lowland rainforests, rolling tea plantation-covered mountains and discover pristine white-sand beaches in the east of the island.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: UK to Colombo

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

    Day 2: Mount Lavinia

    On arrival you will be transferred to the Mount Lavinia hotel. Dating back to 1806 when it was the British Governor's residence, the hotel exudes colonial charm, has its own private beach and beautifully positioned pool and terrace. Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel.

    • Dinner

    Day 3: Mount Lavinia to Sinharaja

    Depart the capital to travel down to the South of the island to visit the colonial town of Galle, without doubt Sri Lanka's foremost urban attraction. Your guided city tour will explore Galle Fort, a walled town built by the Dutch in the 18th Century, and now a world heritage site. Inside the walls you will find the old Colonial traders' houses transformed into a lovely mix of boutique art galleries, shops and bohemian cafes, infused with the scents of spices and the tropics. After enjoying lunch in Galle you will travel to the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, the last major undisturbed area of rainforest in Sri Lanka, where you will spend the next two nights at the award-winning Rainforest Eco Lodge. Each of the architecturally designed 16 chalets has its own living room and private deck to enjoy the breath-taking views of forest canopy, rice paddies and tea gardens. Enjoy a gentle and relaxing introductory walk around the tea estate and surrounding grounds.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 4: Sinharaja

    Enjoy an early morning walk around the forest on a bird and butterfly trail discovering many species of flora and fauna endemic to the forest. After a well-deserved breakfast there will be further opportunity to explore this UNESCO heritage recognised rainforest on a guided walk. Dinner will be prepared with ingredients from the lodge's own gardens.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 5: Sinharaja to Nuwara Eliya

    Today your group will leave the tropical lowlands of Sinharaja and travel up into Sri Lanka's mountainous interior to Nuwara Eliya, the city of light. En route visit the inspirational Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawe, which is a rehabilitation project for injured elephants nursed back to health so that they can be released back into their natural environment. On arrival in Nuwara Eliya enjoy a visit to a tea estate and factory nestled up in the hills to see the entire manufacturing process.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 6: Nuwara Eliya to Passikudah

    This morning enjoy a tour of Nuwara Eliya passing British red post boxes, pretty Victoria Park, the 18 hole golf course and the pink bricked Victorian post office. The group will then travel to Passikudah via the small village of Mahiyangana. On arrival in Passikudah check into your hotel for your next two nights. The largely undiscovered east of the island boasts the best beaches in Sri Lanka, with pristine white sands and turquoise shallow waters.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 7: Passikudah

    Enjoy a full day at leisure relaxing on the beautiful Passikudah beach. Dive and snorkelling enthusiasts may choose to explore the healthy coral gardens teeming with colourful fish whilst others may take this opportunity to recharge their batteries lounging with a good book.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 8: Sigiriya to Marawila

    Depart early this morning to visit the stunning Sigiriya Rock fortress, a world heritage site dating back to the fifth century. Climb up steps carved into the rock face to the summit or enjoy the spectacular views of ancient citadel and jungle from the lily-pad-covered moats that surround the rock. Journey to Innamaluwa where you will visit a spice garden and enjoy a relaxing foot massage. After, proceed to Marawila for your overnight stay, stopping in Dambulla for lunch on the way.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 9: Colombo to the UK

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

    • Breakfast
    Your Meals
    • Included Breakfast will always be served at your accommodation each morning during the tour.
    • Included Lunch and Dinner, where included, will be served in local restaurants or at your accommodation.

    Included in the Price

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

    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 Holidays is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:

    Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
    Up to 10 days cover£37£72£104


    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 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 £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

    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.

    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 and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

    Group Size

    The minimum number of travelers in your group will be 6, and the maximum will be 16. If in the unlikely event there are less than 6 people booked on your 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.

    Personal Expenses

    You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry, drinks and snacks. Approximately £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 UKPriceBook Now
    2017 Dates
    07 Mar 201715 Mar 2017£1425ppBook
    16 May 201724 May 2017£1325ppBook
    30 May 201707 Jun 2017£1095ppBook
    13 Jun 201721 Jun 2017£1225ppBook
    12 Sep 201720 Sep 2017£1425ppBook
    24 Oct 201701 Nov 2017£1425ppBook
    21 Nov 201729 Nov 2017£1425ppBook

    Travelling Alone?

    We have limited number of rooms with no supplement available on selected dates. However, if you are happy to share with another passenger of the same gender, then let us know at the time of booking and we will endeavour to find you a travelling partner. Alternatively, please ask about our single supplement prices in order to book your own twin room.

    Private Tours:

    Private Tours are also available at a supplement, please speak to reservations for more details.

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    Fact File

    • Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee
    • Average Flying time: 10½ - 14½ hours
    • Minimum temperature: 27°C
    • Maximum temperature: 29°C
    • Spoken Language(s): Sinhala, English

    Here to help

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