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Escorted Tours

Splendours of Sri Lanka by Rail including

Sri Lanka Beach Stay


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

4 NIGHTS from £349pp

Tour Highlights
  • Beautiful Beachfront Location
  • All Meals and Drinks Included
  • Excellent Spa Facilities
  • 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 £349pp

Tour + Extension from £1868pp

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.
Choose a hotel from our handpicked options or speak to our reservations team about our entire range of hotels available.

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 Kalutara

This morning, transfer to your chosen beach hotel in Kalutara.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
15
Kalutara

Relax at your chosen beach hotel.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
18
Kalutara to the UK

This morning, transfer to Colombo 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

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 £48. 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. Alternatively, you can visit The High Commission of Sri Lanka at 13 Hyde Park Gardens, London, W2 2LU. Please note: If you have chosen to add the 'Kerala Beach Stay' or 'Highlights of Kerala' extension to the end of your tour, you will need to obtain an Indian visa prior to your UK departure. The Travel Visa Company offers a service which takes can take up to 15 working days at busy times. The cost is approximately £114. Alternatively, you can apply for your own visa. You can apply in person or by post to the Indian Embassy in London: 142-148 Goswell Road, London, EC1V 7DU. There are also regional centres elsewhere in the UK. Full details on the process can be found on the Indian Embassy website www.in.vfsglobal.co.uk.

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 £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.

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
2020 DATES
Royal Palms Beach Hotel
10 Jan 202026 Jan 2020£669£2059£2728Book Now
17 Jan 202002 Feb 2020£669£2059£2728Book Now
21 Feb 202008 Mar 2020£669£2099£2768Book Now
06 Mar 202022 Mar 2020£669£2069£2738Book Now
20 Mar 202005 Apr 2020£629£2049£2678Book Now
24 Apr 202010 May 2020£519£1909£2428Book Now
01 May 202017 May 2020£519£1809£2328Book Now
22 May 202007 Jun 2020£519£1659£2178Book Now
05 Jun 202021 Jun 2020£519£1519£2038Book Now
19 Jun 202005 Jul 2020£519£1659£2178Book Now
18 Sep 202004 Oct 2020£539£1949£2488Book Now
02 Oct 202018 Oct 2020£539£1949£2488Book Now
30 Oct 202015 Nov 2020£629£1999£2628Book Now
06 Nov 202022 Nov 2020£629£2049£2678Book Now
20 Nov 202006 Dec 2020£629£2049£2678Book Now
The Palms
10 Jan 202026 Jan 2020£529£2059£2588Book Now
17 Jan 202002 Feb 2020£529£2059£2588Book Now
21 Feb 202008 Mar 2020£499£2099£2598Book Now
06 Mar 202022 Mar 2020£499£2069£2568Book Now
20 Mar 202005 Apr 2020£499£2049£2548Book Now
24 Apr 202010 May 2020£429£1909£2338Book Now
01 May 202017 May 2020£429£1809£2238Book Now
22 May 202007 Jun 2020£429£1659£2088Book Now
05 Jun 202021 Jun 2020£429£1519£1948Book Now
19 Jun 202005 Jul 2020£429£1659£2088Book Now
18 Sep 202004 Oct 2020£429£1949£2378Book Now
02 Oct 202018 Oct 2020£429£1949£2378Book Now
30 Oct 202015 Nov 2020£499£1999£2498Book Now
06 Nov 202022 Nov 2020£499£2049£2548Book Now
20 Nov 202006 Dec 2020£499£2049£2548Book Now
Coral Sands Hotel
10 Jan 202026 Jan 2020£439£2059£2498Book Now
17 Jan 202002 Feb 2020£439£2059£2498Book Now
21 Feb 202008 Mar 2020£439£2099£2538Book Now
06 Mar 202022 Mar 2020£439£2069£2508Book Now
20 Mar 202005 Apr 2020£349£2049£2398Book Now
24 Apr 202010 May 2020£349£1909£2258Book Now
01 May 202017 May 2020£349£1809£2158Book Now
22 May 202007 Jun 2020£349£1659£2008Book Now
05 Jun 202021 Jun 2020£349£1519£1868Book Now
19 Jun 202005 Jul 2020£349£1659£2008Book Now
18 Sep 202004 Oct 2020£349£1949£2298Book Now
02 Oct 202018 Oct 2020£349£1949£2298Book Now
30 Oct 202015 Nov 2020£439£1999£2438Book Now
06 Nov 202022 Nov 2020£439£2049£2488Book Now
20 Nov 202006 Dec 2020£439£2049£2488Book 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

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
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    Extend your trip with a Maldives Beach Stay

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    Extend your trip with a Maldives 7 night Beach Stay

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Other Extensions

Extend your tour with a Kerala Beach Stay
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  • 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.

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Extend your trip with a Maldives Beach Stay
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  • 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 £799pp
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Extend your trip with a Maldives 7 night 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.

7 nights
from £1129pp
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