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Grand Tour of Sri Lanka including

Sri Lanka Beach Stay


Route:
  • London Heathrow
  • Colombo
  • Anuradhapura
  • Nilaveli
  • Dambulla
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Udawalawe
  • Tissamaharama
  • Mirissa
  • Colombo
  • Sri Lanka Beach Stay
  • London Heathrow

4 NIGHTS from £344pp

Tour Highlights
  • Beautiful Beachfront Location
  • All Meals and Drinks Included
  • Excellent Spa Facilities
  • Tours of Colombo, Kandy & Galle
  • The beautiful beaches of Passikudah and Mirissa
  • Explore Sigiriya Rock Fortress & Dambulla Rock Temple
  • Visit the ancient capital, Anuradhapura
  • Discover the tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya
  • Safari through Udawalawe and Yala Parks

Extension from £344pp

Tour + Extension from £2631pp

To book call us on 0800 408 0506

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 scheduled, overnight flight to Colombo.

2
Colombo

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

  • Dinner
3
Colombo

Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, is a bustling, cosmopolitan city whose colonial history is still very much evident along wide, shaded boulevards and among its Victorian churches and tumbledown cafes. An introductory half-day city tour visits the vibrant temples and bazaars of Pettah, selling seemingly everything from traditional jewellery to Ayurvedic medicines. A trip to the Old Dutch hospital is a highlight of the newly restored Fort complex, home to some of Colombo's chicest restaurants, cafes and shops. After lunch rest of day at leisure.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Colombo to Anuradhapura

Today you will leave the capital and head north to the ancient city of Anuradhapura, the spiritual heart of the Cultural Triangle. On route, visit the somnolent village of Mihintale and its nearby sacred mountain peak and temple complex. Ancient monastic dwellings and meditations spots are connected by beautiful old stone steps amongst rocky hills.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Anuradhapura to Passikudah

Recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Anuradhapura's city ruins are one of South Asia's most evocative sites and contain a rich collection of crumbling temples, vast monasteries and elaborate palaces. Marvel at the sacred Bodhi tree, the oldest authenticated tree in the world. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before travelling east to Passikudah.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Passikudah

Today has been left at leisure for you to relax and enjoy Passikudah's powder-white sands and emerald-blue waters on Sri Lanka's laid-back, less-visited east coast.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Passikudah to Dambulla

This morning, embark on a journey to Sri Lanka's second ancient city. Scattered over gently undulating woodland, explore the monumental ruins of the ancient garden city of Polonnaruwa. Afterwards, continue on to the scenic town of Dambulla where you will spend the next two nights.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Dambulla and Sigiriya

Undoubtedly a highlight of the tour is today's excursion to the awe-inspiring Sigiriya rock fortress. The ancient city of Sigiriya is a World Heritage Site and the city ruins lie on the slopes and summit of the imposing granite peak, towering above the jungle below. Climb up steps carved into the rock face to see the fortified palace and brilliant frescoes or enjoy the spectacular views of ancient citadel and jungle from the lily-pad-covered moats that surround the rock. Return to your hotel for lunch and to enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Please note: photography is prohibited in parts of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Prohibited areas will be clearly signposted.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
9
Dambulla to Kandy

After breakfast, visit the Dambulla Rock Temple, where the impressive caves contain over 2000 square metres of painted walls and ceilings which were once gilded by the ancient King to mark his place of worship. After some time to explore here, a stop will be made at a typical Sri Lankan spice garden to observe how a variety of spices are grown. You will arrive into Kandy this afternoon and head to the famous Temple of the Sacred Tooth. The golden-roofed temple houses Sri Lanka's most important Buddhist relic - a tooth of Buddha; you will arrive in time for 'pooja' when the heavily guarded room housing the relic is open to both pilgrims and travellers alike.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Kandy

Cradled amongst misty hills, the small city of Kandy exudes history, culture and beauty with its calm centrepiece lake surrounded by rolling forested landscapes and colourful houses. Explore the famous botanical gardens of Peradeniya, full of exotic palms, colourful orchids and home to over four thousand species of trees and plants. Then enjoy a tour of the city followed by a day at leisure.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

This morning you will journey to Nuwara Eliya, often referred to as 'Little England' due to its plethora of colonial bungalows, well-tended hedgerows and pretty rose gardens. The picturesque mountain town is blessed with a salubrious climate and breathtaking views over the surrounding valleys, meadows and peaks. Sri Lanka is one of the world's largest exporters of tea and Nuwara Eliya has been the capital of this industry since the 19th century. En route to your hotel, you will make a stop at a tea plantation to observe the rich traditional process and inhale the heavenly scent of the prestigious Ceylon tea brand.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
12
Nuwara Eliya to Udawalawe

A morning tour of Nuwara Eliya begins today, driving through the lush green tea plantations dotted with the colourful saris of the women working in them. Lunch will be served in a local village, Ella, with far-reaching views over the misty landscapes beyond before continuing to Udawalawe.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
13
Udawalawe to Tissamaharama

Udawalawe national park is renowned for its elephant viewing opportunities against the stunning backdrop of the surrounding hills. Rising early this morning, embark on a jeep safari to witness these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. As well as being home to over 250 elephants, deer, water buffalo, monkeys and a variety of bird species can also be found in the park. Just outside the park is the Elephant Transit Home, an inspirational project started to rehabilitate orphaned elephants. After this visit, depart for Tissamaharama to enjoy lunch and the rest of the day at leisure.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
14
Tissamaharama and Yala National Park

After some free time this morning, a jeep safari in the nearby Yala national park awaits. Covering a vast 1200 square kilometres, Yala is Sri Lanka's largest national park boasting a uniquely stunning oceanfront setting. Journey through the heartland of wildlife, home to elephants, sloths, deer and, with the highest density of leopards in the world, you may even be lucky enough to spot one of these beautifully elusive animals.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
15
Tissamaharama to Mirissa

Departing Tissamaharama, you will travel to the sleepy coastal resort of Mirissa. The idyllic crescent of beach, fringed with coconut palms is the perfect place to crack open a coconut and relax on the soft golden sands by the calm turquoise waters.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
16
Mirissa and Galle

This morning will be at leisure for you to further relax or choose an optional whale watching excursion (only available Nov-Apr). The south coast of Sri Lanka is arguably the best place in the world to see planet earth's largest ever creatures, the Blue Whale. Alternatively, visit the nearby Hikkaduwa preschool to see a charity project funded and supported by Mercury Holidays. Late this morning you will travel to Galle, a fort area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This national treasure has been inhabited by the Portuguese, Dutch and British, all of whom left their distinctive marks visible in the walled Galle Fort and through the sleepy streets strewn

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
17
Mirissa to Sri Lanka Beach Hotel

Transfer to your chosen hotel on one of Sri Lanka's stunning beaches.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
18
Sri Lanka Beach Hotel

Relax at your chosen beach hotel.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
20
Sri Lanka Beach Hotel

Continue relaxing at your chosen beach hotel for your last full day and night.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
21
Sri Lanka 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 £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

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. 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 Holidays 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 with local guides throughout 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.

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 Price
2021 DATES
Royal Palms Beach Hotel
20 Oct 202109 Nov 2021£519£2219£2738
03 Nov 202123 Nov 2021£519£2239£2758
10 Nov 202130 Nov 2021£519£2249£2768
24 Nov 202114 Dec 2021£519£2299£2818
2022 DATES
12 Jan 202201 Feb 2022£559£2399£2958
19 Jan 202208 Feb 2022£559£2469£3028
09 Feb 202201 Mar 2022£559£2469£3028
16 Feb 202208 Mar 2022£559£2469£3028
09 Mar 202229 Mar 2022£559£2349£2908
16 Mar 202205 Apr 2022£499£2199£2698
08 Jun 202228 Jun 2022£399£2039£2438
22 Jun 202212 Jul 2022£419£2069£2488
07 Sep 202227 Sep 2022£429£2199£2628
14 Sep 202204 Oct 2022£429£2199£2628
21 Sep 202211 Oct 2022£429£2199£2628
05 Oct 202225 Oct 2022£429£2199£2628
02 Nov 202222 Nov 2022£519£2299£2818
09 Nov 202229 Nov 2022£519£2299£2818
23 Nov 202213 Dec 2022£519£2299£2818
2023 DATES
04 Jan 202324 Jan 2023£559£2649£3208
11 Jan 202331 Jan 2023£559£2399£2958
18 Jan 202307 Feb 2023£559£2469£3028
25 Jan 202314 Feb 2023£559£2469£3028
01 Feb 202321 Feb 2023£559£2469£3028
08 Feb 202328 Feb 2023£559£2469£3028
15 Feb 202307 Mar 2023£559£2469£3028
08 Mar 202328 Mar 2023£559£2349£2908
15 Mar 202304 Apr 2023£499£2199£2698
19 Apr 202309 May 2023£399£2099£2498
26 Apr 202316 May 2023£399£2039£2438
24 May 202313 Jun 2023£399£1989£2388
07 Jun 202327 Jun 2023£399£2039£2438
21 Jun 202311 Jul 2023£419£2089£2508
26 Jul 202315 Aug 2023£419£2949£3368
09 Aug 202329 Aug 2023£419£2599£3018
06 Sep 202326 Sep 2023£429£2199£2628
13 Sep 202303 Oct 2023£429£2199£2628
20 Sep 202310 Oct 2023£429£2199£2628
04 Oct 202324 Oct 2023£429£2199£2628
18 Oct 202307 Nov 2023£519£2299£2818
01 Nov 202321 Nov 2023£519£2299£2818
08 Nov 202328 Nov 2023£519£2299£2818
22 Nov 202312 Dec 2023£519£2299£2818
2021 DATES
The Palms
20 Oct 202109 Nov 2021£389£2199£2588
03 Nov 202123 Nov 2021£389£2239£2628
10 Nov 202130 Nov 2021£389£2249£2638
24 Nov 202114 Dec 2021£389£2299£2688
2022 DATES
12 Jan 202201 Feb 2022£399£2399£2798
19 Jan 202208 Feb 2022£399£2469£2868
09 Feb 202201 Mar 2022£399£2469£2868
16 Feb 202208 Mar 2022£379£2469£2848
09 Mar 202229 Mar 2022£379£2349£2728
16 Mar 202205 Apr 2022£379£2199£2578
08 Jun 202228 Jun 2022£299£2039£2338
22 Jun 202212 Jul 2022£299£2089£2388
07 Sep 202227 Sep 2022£299£2199£2498
14 Sep 202204 Oct 2022£299£2199£2498
21 Sep 202211 Oct 2022£299£2199£2498
05 Oct 202225 Oct 2022£299£2199£2498
02 Nov 202222 Nov 2022£389£2299£2688
09 Nov 202229 Nov 2022£389£2299£2688
23 Nov 202213 Dec 2022£389£2299£2688
2023 DATES
04 Jan 202324 Jan 2023£399£2649£3048
11 Jan 202331 Jan 2023£399£2399£2798
18 Jan 202307 Feb 2023£399£2469£2868
25 Jan 202314 Feb 2023£399£2469£2868
01 Feb 202321 Feb 2023£399£2469£2868
08 Feb 202328 Feb 2023£399£2469£2868
15 Feb 202307 Mar 2023£379£2469£2848
08 Mar 202328 Mar 2023£379£2349£2728
15 Mar 202304 Apr 2023£379£2199£2578
19 Apr 202309 May 2023£299£2099£2398
26 Apr 202316 May 2023£299£2039£2338
24 May 202313 Jun 2023£299£1989£2288
07 Jun 202327 Jun 2023£299£2039£2338
21 Jun 202311 Jul 2023£299£2089£2388
26 Jul 202315 Aug 2023£299£2949£3248
09 Aug 202329 Aug 2023£299£2599£2898
06 Sep 202326 Sep 2023£299£2199£2498
13 Sep 202303 Oct 2023£299£2199£2498
20 Sep 202310 Oct 2023£299£2199£2498
04 Oct 202324 Oct 2023£299£2199£2498
18 Oct 202307 Nov 2023£389£2299£2688
01 Nov 202321 Nov 2023£389£2299£2688
08 Nov 202328 Nov 2023£389£2299£2688
22 Nov 202312 Dec 2023£389£2299£2688
Travelling alone?

A limited number of rooms on selected dates are available with no single supplement. Once all single rooms are sold, a single supplement starts from just £629pp.

Private Tours:

If the group departure dates are not suitable for you and you would prefer a more personal and flexible experience then you can choose to book a private guide for your tour at a reasonable supplement.

Yala National Park

Please note that Yala National Park may close during September and October. If this does occur, you will visit the nearby Lunugamwehera National Park instead.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Sri Lankan Rupee

Average Flying time

10-14 hours

Min/Max temperature

18 °C / 34 °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.

Colombo

Dambulla

Nilaveli

Nuwara Eliya

Kandy

Yala

Galle

What to pack
  • Sunscreen and hat in summer
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera and charger
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Binoculars
  • Leave plenty of space in your case for shopping!
  • Long Trousers and a top with sleeves is required when entering any religious sites
Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Kevin Morley
27th Mar 2020

All hotels were 100% excellent, with the exception of The Palm Garden Village in Anuradhapura.

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  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Christopher Dainty
26th Mar 2020

Quality accommodation

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Elizabeth Ward
11th Mar 2020

We enjoyed every one of the hotels. They were different but all good quality.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Andy Heard
16th Feb 2020

Great selection of a variety of hotels all providing excellent comfortable accommodation, great food and superb hospitality .

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  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Wayne Sherratt
29th Nov 2019

The hotels could not be faulted. Some were different but a pleasure to stay in them.

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  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
David Seares
21st Apr 2019

All hotels were of a good standard

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  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Michael Sabec
7th Apr 2019

Very high standard of hotels throughout the tour. Meals in all the hotels were excellent with a very good choice of Sri Lankan or western food. The excellent and knowledgeable service provided by the tour guide, assisted by the coach driver and his assistant, made this a very memorable tour.

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  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
7.5/10
Peter Ellis
2nd Apr 2019

all good

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  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Robert Sierwald
20th Mar 2019

No comments

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Customer Rating:
7.5/10
M Glover
15th Mar 2019

Sudesh our tour guide was outstanding and after many tours around the world, he is probably the best guide we have ever met.

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  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Katie Philpott
5th Oct 2018

Most of the hotels were very good quality. I particulary liked the Hotel Palm Garden and The Calm Resort.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Neil And Sharon Walker
28th Jul 2017

Excellent accommodation and food. Far exceeded our expectations.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
Matthew Brosnan
15th Mar 2017

Generally very good

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Customer Rating:
10/10
John Coyne
9th Jun 2016

Absolutely first class!! The guide was knowledgeable and a great travel companion. Excellent value given the quality of hotels and the small size of the group.

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Customer Rating:
10/10
John Coyne
31st May 2016

Absolutely first class!! Knowledgeable guides and fantastic tour companions. Exceptional value given the quality of hotels and small size of groups.

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  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
David Tyler
31st Mar 2016

All Hotels were excellent with a good range of facilities. Buffet meals were also good with a wide selection.

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  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Udawalawe
  • Tissamaharama
  • Mirissa
  • Colombo
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  • London Heathrow

Why not continue your trip beyond Sri Lanka with a mini tour of the beautiful Indian state of Kerala from 399pp. 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.

4 nights
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