Join our newsletter for exclusive deals...
Thanks for signing up

TELEPHONE 0800 781 4893

ABTA and ATOL Protected

Escorted Tours

Splendours of Sri Lanka by Rail including

Maldives 7 night Beach Stay


Route:
  • UK
  • Colombo
  • Mirissa
  • Tissamaharama
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Kandy
  • Negombo
  • Maldives
  • UK

7 NIGHTS from £1069pp

Tour Highlights
  • Enjoy a relaxing week in the Maldives
  • Visit bazaars and temples on a city tour of Colombo
  • Enjoy a wildlife safari through a National Park
  • Enjoy the lush hill country of Nuwara Eliya
  • Explore the ancient Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Lord Buddha's Relics at the Sacred Temple of the Tooth
  • Embark on five rail journeys through verdant countryside

Extension from £1069pp

Tour + Extension from £2618pp

or call us on 0800 781 4893

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 overnight flight to Colombo.

2
Colombo

On arrival into Colombo, meet your tour guides and transfer to the world-famous Mount Lavinia Hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure before re-joining your group for tonight's welcome dinner.

  • Dinner
3
Colombo

This morning learn about Mount Lavinia Hotel's 200-year history including a hidden tunnel network, a concealed passageway leading from this former governor's residence to the house of his secret lover. Later, experience your first atmospheric rail journey to the 'Ocean City' of Colombo, passing crashing waves along Sri Lanka's rugged coastline, arriving in time to navigate Pettah's swarming Bazaars, selling everything from mouth-watering cuisine to decorative jewellery. Marvel at the intricately designed Hindu temples which rub shoulders with this busy commercial region, before wandering past an array of chic restaurants and cafes in the recently restored courtyards of the Old Dutch Hospital. Return by coach to Mount Lavinia Hotel.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Colombo to Mirissa

After breakfast, travel by train to the fortified city of Galle and begin an orientation tour at the impressive UNESCO world heritage site of Galle Fort, famed for being Asia's largest remaining fortress by European Occupiers. Gain a fascinating insight into Sri Lanka's historical developments at Galle's National Museum and visit the distinctive Dutch Church enclosed within this excellently maintained landmark before boarding a train to the quaint coastal town of Mirissa. Starting at Coral Beach, stroll across the idyllic crescent of golden sand, crossing the crystal-clear waters of Mirissa, Parrot Rock and Bandaramulla, to bask in a golden glow as you watch the sunset from Coconut Tree Hill.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Mirissa to Tissamaharama

Enjoy the morning at leisure, or alternatively spot an energetic pod of whales in the depths of the Indian Ocean on an optional enthralling whale watching excursion. Early afternoon travel to Hummanaya blowhole in Dikwella and listen to the captivating whirr of wind, whistling through a submerged cavern before watching a gush of seawater bursting out of this intriguing phenomenon. Continue onwards to the pilgrimage destination of Kataragama and if time permits bask in the tranquillity of Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary, home to over 150 species of bird. Tonight, immerse yourself in religious extravagance with a visit Kataragama Temple and witness vivacious puja's unfolding before your eyes. Please note: activities may not be available due to seasonal changes.
Optional Whale watching excursion £80pp- Nov-Apr

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Tissamaharama

This morning, take in the incredible sights of Tissamaharama's rural landscape moulded largely by water and shrubland and later admire the picturesque views over the still waters of Weerawila Lake, whilst feasting on a tasty lunch from its peaceful embankments. Next, embark on an enthralling jeep safari through Yala National Park, the most popular protected area in Sri Lanka. Listen to the mighty roar of the wilderness and tuneful chanting of soaring birds whilst exploring the park's rocky pathways and narrow bends, looking out for roaming elephants, sloth bears and leopards.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Tissamaharama to Nuwara Eliya

Following breakfast, pass misty hillsides, peppered with brightly dressed tea pickers on the journey to Nuwara Eliya. A walking tour of the district often referred to as 'Little England' due to its colonial-era buildings, incorporate a visit to the rippling waters of Gregory Lake, a wander through Victoria Park's flourishing gardens and a brief trip to the modest looking Holy Trinity Anglican Church. Retire to tonight's hotel at Araliya Green Hills.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Nuwara Eliya

From the dizzying heights of 5,400 feet above sea level, delight in the brilliant colours of Hakgala Botanical Gardens. Originally established in 1861 as an experimental cultivation land, this transformed public garden now houses a staggering 10,000 species of flora, including an extensive variety of orchids and roses. Return to Nuwara Eliya Golf Club for lunch and enjoy the serenity of this mountainside retreat with a gentle stroll over the 18-hole course towards the adjoining Hill Club, to replenish with a fresh cup of Tea (at a fee). Retire to tonight's hotel for an optional Spa treatment.

  • Breakfast & Breakfast
9
Nuwara Eliya to Kandy

Nestled in the midst of verdant countryside, travel past lustrous tea plantations and thundering waterfalls on one of Sri Lanka's most charming rail journeys from Nuwara Eliya (Nanu Oya) to Kandy/ Peradeniya. On arrival, weave through the bustling arts and crafts centre and through a labyrinth of glistening jewels within Kandy's gem museum before heading to the city's most sacred monument, the Temple of the Tooth to observe a multitude of white-robed devotees offering their prayers to the revered relic, concealed within an ornate golden casket. Conclude today's sightseeing tour with a refreshing cup of tea at the historic Queens Hotel (at a fee).

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Kandy

Early morning, depart Kandy for a day excursion, behold the megalithic Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a dramatic 5th-century rock citadel, towering 200-metres above the treeline. Step behind the gargantuan lion paws which have been hewn into the rockface, to climb up a staircase leading to the remarkable granite peak, taking a moment to absorb the stunning panoramic vistas overlooking lily-pad covered moats and royal gardens beneath. Learn about Sigiriya Rock's enigmatic history as you gaze at frescoes and well-preserved paintings in a museum at the foot of this immense landmark before an optional excursion later today offers an interesting insight into how traditional spices are grown and produced on the fragrant green fields of Matale.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
Kandy

Explore Kandy at your own pace this morning, or alternatively, experience Sri Lanka's spiritual charm on an optional excursion to discover Embekke Temple's iconic dark wooden structure and Gadaladeniya Temple's emblematic seated golden Buddha statue, majestically positioned beneath a Makara Thorana. Alternatively, hike to Riverston, ascending along a rugged track on a quest to catch a glimpse of the awe-inspiring views over Knuckles Mountain Range from the summit. Relax with an optional spa treatment at your hotel this evening.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
12
Kandy to Negombo

Board the train to Ragama, twisting through luscious green hillsides and local rural villages, transferring to tonight's hotel upon arrival. Re-join your group this evening for a farewell dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
13
Negombo to the UK

This morning, transfer to Colombo for your return flight to the UK.

  • Breakfast
14
Negombo to the Maldives

This morning, transfer to Colombo Airport for your flight to the Maldives. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
15
Maldives

Relax at your hotel in the Maldives.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
21
Maldives to the UK

This morning, transfer to Male for your return flight to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Your Meals

Breakfast is always a western style and served in the hotel each morning. Lunch will be taken in local Sri Lankan restaurants with dinner at your hotel. A variety of restaurants are visited giving you the chance to experience a range of dishes and flavours. Drinks are not included. Please note: 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, www.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, & includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches & trains. Please note there are approximately 1300 steps to Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Please note the climb to the view point of the Hummanaya Blowhole is a steep uphill ascent of approx. 200m. 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.

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
2020 DATES
Adaaran Club Rannalhi
10 Jan 202029 Jan 2020£1449£2059£3508Book Now
17 Jan 202005 Feb 2020£1449£2059£3508Book Now
06 Mar 202025 Mar 2020£1449£2069£3518Book Now
20 Mar 202008 Apr 2020£1249£2049£3298Book Now
24 Apr 202013 May 2020£1069£1909£2978Book Now
01 May 202020 May 2020£1069£1829£2898Book Now
22 May 202010 Jun 2020£1069£1659£2728Book Now
05 Jun 202024 Jun 2020£1069£1549£2618Book Now
19 Jun 202008 Jul 2020£1069£1659£2728Book Now
18 Sep 202007 Oct 2020£1129£1949£3078Book Now
02 Oct 202021 Oct 2020£1129£1949£3078Book Now
30 Oct 202018 Nov 2020£1369£1999£3368Book Now
06 Nov 202025 Nov 2020£1369£2049£3418Book Now
20 Nov 202009 Dec 2020£1369£2049£3418Book Now
2021 DATES
08 Jan 202127 Jan 2021£1499£2059£3558Book Now
15 Jan 202103 Feb 2021£1499£2059£3558Book Now
05 Feb 202124 Feb 2021£1499£2099£3598Book Now
19 Feb 202110 Mar 2021£1499£2099£3598Book Now
05 Mar 202124 Mar 2021£1499£2069£3568Book Now
12 Mar 202131 Mar 2021£1499£2069£3568Book Now
19 Mar 202107 Apr 2021£1299£2049£3348Book Now
23 Apr 202112 May 2021£1119£1949£3068Book Now
30 Apr 202119 May 2021£1119£1899£3018Book Now
07 May 202126 May 2021£1119£1799£2918Book Now
21 May 202109 Jun 2021£1119£1699£2818Book Now
04 Jun 202123 Jun 2021£1119£1549£2668Book Now
18 Jun 202107 Jul 2021£1119£1699£2818Book Now
03 Sep 202122 Sep 2021£1179£1929£3108Book Now
17 Sep 202106 Oct 2021£1179£1949£3128Book Now
01 Oct 202120 Oct 2021£1179£1949£3128Book Now
15 Oct 202103 Nov 2021£1249£1949£3198Book Now
29 Oct 202117 Nov 2021£1419£1999£3418Book Now
05 Nov 202124 Nov 2021£1419£2049£3468Book Now
12 Nov 202101 Dec 2021£1419£2049£3468Book Now
19 Nov 202108 Dec 2021£1419£2049£3468Book 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

Spoken languages

Sinhala, Tamil, English

What to pack
  • Sunglasses, Sunscreen and hat in summer
  • Warm clothing and thermals in winter
  • Long trousers and a top with sleeves (required when entering any religious sites)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera and charger
  • An electric plug converter - the electricity in Sri Lanka is 230 volts and is a 3 round pin plug or a UK plug
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Binoculars
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Small day pack for excursions
  • Waterproof, lightweight jacket
  • Lightweight clothing
Tour Dossiers
Other Extensions
  • Sri Lanka
    Extend your tour with a Sri Lanka Beach Stay

    4 nights from £249pp

    View
  • Kerala
    Extend your tour with a Kerala Beach Stay

    4 nights from £299pp

    View
  • Maldives
    Extend your trip with a Maldives Beach Stay

    4 nights from £699pp

    View
Here to help
  • Call our experts 0800 781 4893

Hotels & Accommodation

Other Extensions

Extend your tour with a Sri Lanka Beach Stay
Tour Route
  • UK
  • Colombo
  • Mirissa
  • Tissamaharama
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Kandy
  • Negombo
  • Kalutara
  • UK

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
View Extension
View Extension
Extend your tour with a Kerala Beach Stay
Tour Route
  • UK
  • Colombo
  • Mirissa
  • Tissamaharama
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Kandy
  • Negombo
  • Kerala
  • UK

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 £299pp
View Extension
View Extension
Extend your trip with a Maldives Beach Stay
Tour Route
  • UK
  • Colombo
  • Mirissa
  • Tissamaharama
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Kandy
  • Negombo
  • Maldives
  • UK

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 £699pp
View Extension
View Extension

Other tours you may enjoy

Essence of North India
Essence of North India

Travelling from Delhi to Agra, then Jaipur, this 10-day, 8-night tour of the Golden Triangle and the exotic Ranthambore National Park takes you through India's most famous sights.

10
nights
from
£1099pp
Beyond India's Golden Triangle
Beyond India's Golden Triangle

Experience the marble memorials, gilded domes and elegant minarets of India's lavish Mughal-era architecture as you explore the ancient palaces and forts of the north.

11
nights
from
£1099pp
Beyond India's Golden Triangle for Solo Travellers
Beyond India's Golden Triangle for Solo Travellers

Experience the marble memorials, gilded domes and elegant minarets of India's lavish Mughal-era architecture as you explore the ancient palaces and forts of the north.

11
nights
from
£1119pp