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Escorted Tours

Sri Lanka Highlights


Route:
  • UK
  • Colombo
  • Waikkal
  • Dambulla
  • Sigiriya
  • Polonnaruwa
  • Kandy
  • Pinnawala
  • UK
Tour Pace:

8 DAYS from £1019pp

Tour Highlights
  • Enter the iconic cave temples of Dambulla and witness the stunning statues and murals of Buddha
  • See the awe-inspiring ruins of the Sigiriya Rock citadel, the summit palace, and fortress built 1,500 years ago
  • Discover the archaeological treasures of Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO heritage site
  • Take a tour of delightful Kandy and visit the sacred Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
  • Immerse yourself in the floral beauty and diversity of Peradeniya's Royal Botanical Gardens, home to over 4,000 species of plants
  • Get a close-up look at the larger-than-life residents of Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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Sri Lanka Highlights

The 'Serendipity Island' offers countless natural and historical treasures, with temples and fortresses emerging from a lush verdant landscape. Visit some of the holiest places in Buddhist culture, the Rock Temple at Dambulla to the iconic Temple of the Sacred Tooth in the colonial city of Kandy. Experience the friendliness of Sri Lanka's delightful people and the flavours of its delicious cuisine on this unforgettable tour.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Colombo

Depart London for your scheduled overnight flight direct to Colombo

2
Colombo to Waikkal

On arrival in Colombo, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Waikkal for a welcome dinner.

  • Dinner
3
Waikkal to Dambulla

Leave for Dambulla, visiting the iconic cave temple complex, dating back to the 1st century BC. The five caves contain some 150 stunning Buddha statues and exquisite wall paintings. Gilded and embellished by former kings of Sri Lanka, the murals of the 'Golden Rock' cover an impressive 2100 square meters, centred around a fifteen-meter-high reclining Buddha hewn straight out of the cave wall. Continue on to your hotel in Dambulla for a relaxing afternoon.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa

After an early breakfast take a drive to the most revered site, the Sigiriya Rock. On the flat summit of this immense rock are the ruins of the ancient palace and fortress citadel built 1,500 years ago. Stroll through some of the oldest landscaped gardens in the world and step through the gigantic lion claws, the sole remains of the vast brick lion that gave the rock its name. Continue to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, the island's ancient former capital and now a UNESCO world heritage site. The city's Archaeological Park and gardens contain a well-preserved collection of statues and other carvings to enjoy.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Dambulla to Kandy

Kandy, last capital of the ancient kings' era, is the gateway to Sri Lanka's lush central highlands and tea plantations. The palaces and parks built by the Sri Lankan monarchs rub shoulders with fine British colonial architecture created after the handover in 1815. The last of those monarchs designed the beautiful Kandy Lake, adjacent to Kandy's 'crown jewel', the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, one of the most sacred places in the Buddhist world. Check in to your hotel in the evening.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Kandy

After breakfast visit the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens at nearby Peradeniya. Home to over 4,000 species of plants these stunning gardens were once the exclusive reserve of Sri Lankan royalty. Later, travel to see the holiest shrine in Sri Lanka, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth. While the revered relic stays inside a golden casket, you can join the white-robed devotees as they make their offerings and prayers. Afterwards, be entertained by a cultural show, before returning to your hotel for the evening.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Kandy to Colombo via Pinnawala

After breakfast leave Kandy and head for the famous Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawala, founded in 1975 to look after the growing number of orphaned elephants abandoned in Sri Lankan forest. Experience these wonderful creatures at close quarters as you learn about the important work this centre does. On completion, continue on to Colombo for your final night at the world famous Mount Lavinia Hotel. Immerse yourself in the old-world ambience of this magnificent building, built over 200 years ago as the Governor's residence. A suitable setting for your farewell dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Colombo to UK, or on to Extension

After breakfast transfer to Colombo International Airport for departure to the UK or onwards to your Extension.

  • 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 £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.

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

Your initial flight is to Colombo International Airport with Sri Lankan Airlines (UL), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 3.
IMPORTANT: Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your e-ticket and final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure.
Baggage allowance (per person): Each passenger is entitled to 30KG of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage of 5kg not exceeding 56cm x 36cm x 23cm in size and 1 personal item such as a handbag, briefcase or laptop case. 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. If you have booked an optional add-on please contact us for more information.
If you wish to arrange Airport car parking or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extras on 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.

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. Please note there are approximately 1300 steps to Sigiriya Rock Fortress. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 30. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 (Minimum Number) people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date, then you may be asked to change to a different date and 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 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 Sri Lanka should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you.

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 per person will be sufficient for the duration of the tour.
Tipping is customary in Sri Lanka. Tips 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 assistant and £4 per person per day to the guide. If you do not tip in the local currency, it is asked that you do not give coins as they difficult to exchange.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPriceBook Now
2019 Dates
21 Oct 201928 Oct 2019£1369.00Book Now
04 Nov 201911 Nov 2019£1369.00Book Now
2020 Dates
13 Jan 202020 Jan 2020£1479.00Book Now
10 Feb 202017 Feb 2020£1599.00Book Now
09 Mar 202016 Mar 2020£1479.00Book Now
20 Apr 202027 Apr 2020£1349.00Book Now
11 May 202018 May 2020£1249.00Book Now
18 May 202025 May 2020£1149.00Book Now
01 Jun 202008 Jun 2020£1019.00Book Now
07 Sep 202014 Sep 2020£1269.00Book Now
21 Sep 202028 Sep 2020£1329.00Book Now
19 Oct 202026 Oct 2020£1369.00Book Now
16 Nov 202023 Nov 2020£1429.00Book 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
Please note this extension begins on day 7 of the main tour.

The order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. For this reason, we have indicated approximate times only. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving times. Our intention is to adhere to the day to day itinerary as printed; however, add-onorder of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions. Please note: Yala Game Park is closed for 30 days from September to October. During this period the safari will be to Udawalawe Game Park which is located approximately 50 miles inland from Yala Safari Park with appropriate accommodation.

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

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
Customer Rating:
10/10
Stella Crowley
15th Feb 2019

The hotels we stayed in were all excellent, great locations, food and very friendly staff. This was my second holiday with Mercury , the first being Vietnam and I cannot fault anything, I am already looking forward to the next one!!!

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Robert Jones
11th Feb 2019

We stayed at three hotels on the tour all were of a very very high standard. After the tour, we spent a week at the royal palms hotel. A fantastic place to relax with excellent facilities food and wonderful staff.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Barbara Mackavoy
28th Jan 2019

The tour hotels were very good, excellent accommodation and food.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
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