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ABTA and ATOL Protected

Escorted Tours

Sri Lanka's Parks and Wildlife including

Maldives Beach Stay


Route:
  • UK
  • Wattala
  • Wilpattu
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Yala
  • Udawalawe
  • Sinharaja
  • Mirissa
  • Wattala
  • Maldives
  • UK

4 NIGHTS from £739pp

Tour Highlights
  • Speed Boat Transfers
  • All Meals and Drinks Included
  • Pristine White Beaches
  • Wildlife safaris in four national parks
  • Watch a feeding at the Elephant Transit Home
  • Trek the evergreen forest of Horton Plains
  • Walk the nature trails in Sinharaja Rain Forest
  • Enjoy a Tea Plantation tour in Nuwara Eliya
  • Visit Temples in Dambulla & Kandy

Extension from £739pp

Tour + Extension from £2538pp

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 overnight flight to Colombo.

2
Wattala

On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel with the rest of the day free before your welcome dinner.

  • Dinner
3
Wattala to Wilpattu

Depart for Wilpattu with a stop at Anawilundawa, where the ocean, mangroves and lakes which meet attract flocks of birds.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Wilpattu

Enjoy a full-day safari at Wilpattu National Park and the chance to spot Sri Lankan leopards and other wildlife. Enjoy a barbeque dinner in Wilpattu.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Wilpattu to Kandy

Depart for Kandy, stopping to see the Dambulla Rock Temple and have lunch in Matale. Take a short tour of Kandy, with a visit to the Temple of the Tooth.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Kandy

Head to Udawattakele Nature Reserve for a forest trek, with the chance to spot deer, boar and monkeys. Return to your hotel for the afternoon at leisure.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

Explore the spectacular botanical gardens of Peradeniya, then travel to Nuwara Eliya, stopping for a tea plantation tour. In Nuwara Eliya, take a short hike and scenic drive past rolling valleys and cascading waterfalls.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Nuwara Eliya

Trek the evergreen forests of Horton Plains, a 1.5-3-hour walk that takes you past thundering waterfalls, sheer cliffs and herds of wildlife. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure at your hotel back in Nuwara Eliya.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Nuwara Eliya to Yala

Journey to Lunugamwehera National Park for an afternoon jeep safari where you can observe the elephants, water buffalo and wild boar that inhabit the reserve. Continue on to Yala for the night.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Yala

In the early morning, travel by jeep through the oceanfront reserve of Yala National Park, home to the highest density of leopards in the world. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure, with the option to visit Kataragama Temple.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
Yala to Udawalawe

Witness an elephant feeding at the Elephant Transit Home, a rehabilitation centre for abandoned elephants, then go on a jeep safari in Udawalawe National Park.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
12
Udawalawe to Sinharaja

Travel to Sinharaja Rainforest, where you can enjoy the tropical setting on this afternoon's nature trail.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
13
Sinharaja

Explore Sinharaja on another trail. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure or take an optional rainforest excursion.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
14
Sinharaja to Mirissa

Journey to the coastal town of Mirissa and enjoy an afternoon at leisure at your beachfront resort.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
15
Mirissa to Wattala*

Enjoy Mirissa with the morning at leisure or take a seasonal whale watching excursion (at a fee). Today marks the end of the tour for those staying

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
16
Colombo to the Maldives

Transfer to the Airport for your flight to the Maldives. Upon arrival transfer to the Adaaran Club Rannalhi.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
172
The Maldives

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

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
18
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 £39. The visas take around 10 working days to issue and are only valid for 3 months from the date of issue. Therefore, we 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 £72. 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 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 sufficient 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. It is not advisable to drink the tap water.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and able mobility. It involves walking trails and treks, climbing steep stairs and getting on and off coaches.

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 £400 per person will be sufficient for the duration of the 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

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
2018 Dates
18 Sep 201807 Oct 2018£779£2019£2798Please call to book
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16 Oct 201804 Nov 2018£919£2139£3058Book Now
06 Nov 201825 Nov 2018£919£2229£3148Book Now
20 Nov 201809 Dec 2018£919£2329£3248Book Now
2019 Dates
14 Jan 201902 Feb 2019£929£2289£3218Book Now
29 Jan 201917 Feb 2019£929£2339£3268Book Now
19 Feb 201910 Mar 2019£929£2339£3268Book Now
05 Mar 201924 Mar 2019£929£2319£3248Book Now
16 Apr 201905 May 2019£769£2319£3088Book Now
07 May 201926 May 2019£769£1899£2668Book Now
04 Jun 201923 Jun 2019£739£1799£2538Book Now
03 Sep 201922 Sep 2019£779£1979£2758Book Now
17 Sep 201906 Oct 2019£779£2029£2808Book Now
15 Oct 201903 Nov 2019£839£2139£2978Book Now
05 Nov 201924 Nov 2019£919£2239£3158Book Now
19 Nov 201908 Dec 2019£919£2359£3278Book 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

18 °C / 36 °C

Spoken languages

Sinhala, Tamil, English

What to pack
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Waterproof lightweight jacket
  • Sunglasses and Hat
  • Rucksack
  • Binoculars
  • Camera and charger
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Long sleeve shirt and long trousers
  • Swimwear
  • Personal toiletries
  • Anti-bacterial hand sanitiser
  • A multi plug travel adapter
  • First aid kit
Tour Dossiers
Other Extensions
  • Sri Lanka
    Extend your tour with a Sri Lanka Beach Stay

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  • Kerala
    Extend your tour with a Kerala Beach Stay

    4 nights from £429pp

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  • Kerala
    See the Highlights of Kerala

    5 nights from £489pp

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Other Extensions

Extend your tour with a Sri Lanka Beach Stay
Tour Route
  • UK
  • Wattala
  • Wilpattu
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Yala
  • Udawalawe
  • Sinharaja
  • Mirissa
  • Sri Lanka Beach Stay
  • 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.

4 nights
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Extend your tour with a Kerala Beach Stay
Tour Route
  • UK
  • Wattala
  • Wilpattu
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Yala
  • Udawalawe
  • Sinharaja
  • Mirissa
  • Wattala
  • 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 £429pp
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See the Highlights of Kerala
Tour Route
  • UK
  • Wattala
  • Wilpattu
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Yala
  • Udawalawe
  • Sinharaja
  • Mirissa
  • Wattala
  • Highlights of Kerala
  • UK

Why not continue your trip beyond Sri Lanka with a mini tour of the beautiful Indian state of Kerala from 489pp. This 4 night extension includes a tour of Cochin, one of India's major ports and trading centres and an overnight trip on an authentic Keralan Houseboat.

5 nights
from £489pp
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