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Escorted Tours

Jewels of Sri Lanka including

Maldives Beach Stay


Route:
  • London
  • Colombo
  • Dambulla
  • Kandy
  • Yala
  • Mount Lavinia
  • Maldives
  • London

4 NIGHTS from £919pp

Tour Highlights
  • Speed Boat Transfers
  • All Meals and Drinks Included
  • Pristine White Beaches
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Rock Temple
  • City Tour of Kandy and Galle
  • Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya
  • Tea Factory and Plantation
  • Safari through Yala National Park

Extension from £919pp

Tour + Extension from £2551pp

To book call us on 0800 408 0506

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 scheduled, overnight flight to Colombo International Airport.

2
Colombo to Dambulla

On arrival you will be met by your local guide and transferred to Dambulla which will take approximately 4 hours. The rest of your evening at leisure.

  • Dinner
3
Dambulla

Depart in the morning to explore the stunning Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a World Heritage Site dating back to the 5th century AD. Also known as the 'Lion Rock', it is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the jungle. Following lunch continue on to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa which was once a royal capital of the Sinhalese kingdom and is over 1000 years old. It was chosen as the capital as it was advantageously positioned to safeguard against possible attacks from the southeast, as well as supposedly having fewer mosquitoes! Here you can admire the ruins of the Royal Palace and wander around the Gal Vihara, famous for its splendid carved Buddha statues. Please note: photography is prohibited in parts of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Prohibited areas will be clearly signposted.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Dambulla to Kandy

After breakfast, visit the Dambulla Rock Temple, where the impressive caves contain over 2000sq metres of painted walls and ceilings which were once gilded by the ancient King to mark his place of worship. You will then travel to Kandy en route visiting a spice garden followed by lunch and check in at your hotel. Continue to the famous Temple of Tooth Relic in the afternoon - Sri Lanka's most important Buddhist relic and one of the holiest shrines in the Buddhist world. After dinner relax whilst watching an eclectic cultural show, where performers will dazzle you with ornate costumes and traditional dances.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Kandy

Today you will travel to the beautiful botanical gardens in Peradeniya, boasting more than 4,000 species of trees, plants, orchids and creepers. Next, a highlight of this tour is a trip to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975 to care for abandoned and wounded elephants. Witness these magnificent creatures in close quarters and see elephants being fed, bathed and trained by the wildlife authorities. This evening enjoy a city tour of Kandy, including the bazaar and arts and crafts centre and a gem museum. Kandy was the last capital of the ancient kings and after defending themselves for over three centuries from the Dutch and Portuguese it finally fell to the hands of the British in 1815.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Kandy to Yala

Leaving Kandy you will stop in Giragama to visit a tea plantation before continuing to Nuwara Eliya where you will participate in a walking tour of the town. Your journey continues through Sri Lanka's striking scenery to your hotel near Yala.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Yala

The morning is at leisure before your exciting jeep safari around the magnificent Yala National Game Park, the largest national park in Sri Lanka with a unique ocean front setting. The park is home to elephants, wild boars, buffaloes, bears, deer and crocodiles as well as a number of migratory and indigenous birds. You may even spot a leopard!

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Yala to Mount Lavinia

Following breakfast, you will arrive in Galle, once the chief port of Ceylon and the centre of the Dutch regime in the 17th century. A city tour lets you discover the majestic Galle Fort and the surrounding historic buildings which reflect the Dutch heritage which once reined the country. Travel north for your final night at the world famous Mou

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Mount Lavinia to the Maldives

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

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
The Maldives

Relax at your leisure at the Adaaran Club Rannalhi.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
The Maldives

Relax at your leisure at the Adaaran Club Rannalhi.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
12
The Maldives

Relax at your leisure at the Adaaran Club Rannalhi.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
13
The Maldives to the UK

Transfer to the airport for flight back to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Your Meals

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 £63. 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 £134. 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 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. Please note there are approximately 1,300 steps to Sigiriya Rock Fortress. 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. 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 £100 - £200 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are! It is customary to tip your guide and driver, this is at your discretion but we recommend you allow approximately £30 for the duration of your 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 Price
2021 DATES
Adaaran Club Rannalhi
23 Sep 202105 Oct 2021£799£1599£2398
30 Sep 202112 Oct 2021£799£1499£2298
14 Oct 202126 Oct 2021£799£1499£2298
28 Oct 202109 Nov 2021£879£1699£2578
04 Nov 202116 Nov 2021£879£1699£2578
11 Nov 202123 Nov 2021£879£1699£2578
18 Nov 202130 Nov 2021£879£1699£2578
2022 DATES
13 Jan 202225 Jan 2022£1049£1749£2798
27 Jan 202208 Feb 2022£1049£1799£2848
03 Feb 202215 Feb 2022£1049£1699£2748
17 Feb 202201 Mar 2022£1049£1699£2748
03 Mar 202215 Mar 2022£1049£1699£2748
17 Mar 202229 Mar 2022£1049£1699£2748
24 Mar 202205 Apr 2022£929£1809£2738
21 Apr 202203 May 2022£929£2059£2988
28 Apr 202210 May 2022£799£1759£2558
12 May 202224 May 2022£799£1569£2368
02 Jun 202214 Jun 2022£799£1419£2218
09 Jun 202221 Jun 2022£799£1489£2288
07 Jul 202219 Jul 2022£799£1959£2758
04 Aug 202216 Aug 2022£839£1959£2798
01 Sep 202213 Sep 2022£839£1699£2538
15 Sep 202227 Sep 2022£839£1669£2508
29 Sep 202211 Oct 2022£839£1599£2438
13 Oct 202225 Oct 2022£839£1599£2438
27 Oct 202208 Nov 2022£899£1699£2598
10 Nov 202222 Nov 2022£899£1699£2598
17 Nov 202229 Nov 2022£899£1699£2598
2023 DATES
12 Jan 202324 Jan 2023£1089£1749£2838
26 Jan 202307 Feb 2023£1089£1799£2888
02 Feb 202314 Feb 2023£1089£1699£2788
16 Feb 202328 Feb 2023£1089£1699£2788
02 Mar 202314 Mar 2023£1089£1699£2788
16 Mar 202328 Mar 2023£1089£1699£2788
23 Mar 202304 Apr 2023£959£1809£2768
20 Apr 202302 May 2023£959£2059£3018
27 Apr 202309 May 2023£829£1759£2588
11 May 202323 May 2023£829£1569£2398
01 Jun 202313 Jun 2023£829£1419£2248
08 Jun 202320 Jun 2023£829£1489£2318
06 Jul 202318 Jul 2023£829£1959£2788
03 Aug 202315 Aug 2023£869£1959£2828
31 Aug 202312 Sep 2023£869£1699£2568
14 Sep 202326 Sep 2023£869£1669£2538
28 Sep 202310 Oct 2023£869£1599£2468
12 Oct 202324 Oct 2023£869£1599£2468
26 Oct 202307 Nov 2023£929£1699£2628
09 Nov 202321 Nov 2023£929£1699£2628
16 Nov 202328 Nov 2023£929£1699£2628
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

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

Sri Lanka

Maldives

What to pack
  • Sunscreen and hat
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera and charger
  • An electric plug converter
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Binoculars
  • Long Trousers and a top with sleeves is required when entering any religious sites
Customer Rating:
10/10
D Lindsay
13th Feb 2020

Tour manager Ernest was 5 star the best!

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Elaine Soame
3rd Feb 2019

The first 5 days of the tour were at an unrelenting pace, leaving at 8am and arriving at our hotel after dark so there was no time to fully relax until we arrived at the hotel near Yala National Park where we gave up the visit to the local town, so as to relax by the pool for a few hours. I personally needed to get away from the coach as we had covered a lot of miles in it.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
6.3/10
Susan Thompson
31st Oct 2018

all excellent hotels

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Joanne Cockram
12th Oct 2018

All very clean and above standard.. Extremely pleased

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Andrew Ok
28th Sep 2018

Amaya lake and Hills were fantastic hotels with excellent lacations, rooms, service and food.
Chandrika Hotel good.
The world famous Mount Lavinia Hotel had the wow factor from the outside and lobby area and excellent food

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Jennifer Kiely
5th Sep 2018

No comments

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Philip Walton
16th May 2018

All hotels excellent as expected, service couldn’t have been better. Only issue could do with mosquito nets in bedrooms.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
8.8/10
David Watt
6th Apr 2018

Excellent quality hotels, just a shame that so much was crammed into the tour that we didn't always get a chance to fully enjoy them. We often arrived late to the hotel, just in time for evening meal, and then have to set the alarm very early for the following morning.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
7.5/10
Martyn Hall
10th Oct 2017

Good quality hotels in Sri Lanka

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
7.5/10
Ben Mnyama
9th Feb 2017

Mixed from good to excellent. Otherwise not bad at all.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Pauline & James Welch
29th Nov 2016

Excellent holiday, many thanks. The standards are much better than might have been expected for the price.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Amanda Richards
13th Jun 2016

Just returned from a beautiful holiday in Sri Lanka and The Maldives. Would like to inform you that our escorted holiday in Sri Lanka was made special by one of your guides. Sam Samarakoon. He is an asset to Mercury Holidays & his knowledge of the country is amazing. He is also funny and made sure all our transfers took place without any problems. Great holiday, lovely man.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Christine Reeve
2nd Mar 2016

all to a good standard apart from the service in the restaurant at governors hotel, mount lavinia .for a prestigious hotel this was somewhat of a let down.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Pamela Hoult
9th Oct 2015

All the hotels were exceptionally good. The service was good and the food very enjoyable. We couldn't fault anything.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
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