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Jewels of Sri Lanka including

Sri Lanka Beach Stay


Route:
  • London
  • Colombo
  • Dambulla
  • Kandy
  • Yala
  • Mount Lavinia
  • Sri Lanka Beach Stay
  • London

4 NIGHTS from €324pp

Tour Highlights
  • Beautiful Beachfront Location
  • All Meals and Drinks Included
  • Excellent Spa Facilities
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Rock Temple
  • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • City Tour of Kandy and Galle
  • Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya
  • Tea Factory and Plantation
  • Safari through Yala National Park

Extension from €324pp

Tour + Extension from €1667pp

To book call us on 1800 804 006

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.

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 with 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 Sri Lanka Beach Hotel

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

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
102
Sri Lanka Beach Hotel

Relax at your chosen beach hotel.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
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 £30. 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.

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 €300pp 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.

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
2018 DATES
Club Palm Bay
04 Oct 201816 Oct 2018€413€1567€1980
11 Oct 201823 Oct 2018€413€1679€2092
18 Oct 201830 Oct 2018€380€1701€2081
01 Nov 201813 Nov 2018€492€1612€2104
08 Nov 201820 Nov 2018€660€1679€2339
29 Nov 201811 Dec 2018€492€1679€2171
2019 DATES
10 Jan 201922 Jan 2019€503€1712€2215
17 Jan 201929 Jan 2019€503€1701€2204
24 Jan 201905 Feb 2019€503€1768€2271
31 Jan 201912 Feb 2019€503€1925€2428
07 Feb 201919 Feb 2019€503€1925€2428
21 Feb 201905 Mar 2019€469€1813€2282
07 Mar 201919 Mar 2019€469€1712€2181
14 Mar 201926 Mar 2019€469€1701€2170
21 Mar 201902 Apr 2019€492€1791€2283
28 Mar 201909 Apr 2019€492€1813€2305
11 Apr 201923 Apr 2019€492€1813€2305
25 Apr 201907 May 2019€436€1757€2193
16 May 201928 May 2019€436€1533€1969
23 May 201904 Jun 2019€436€1455€1891
06 Jun 201918 Jun 2019€436€1343€1779
13 Jun 201925 Jun 2019€436€1567€2003
27 Jun 201909 Jul 2019€436€1589€2025
22 Aug 201903 Sep 2019€436€1903€2339
05 Sep 201917 Sep 2019€436€1791€2227
19 Sep 201901 Oct 2019€436€1679€2115
03 Oct 201915 Oct 2019€436€1589€2025
31 Oct 201912 Nov 2019€480€1679€2159
07 Nov 201919 Nov 2019€480€1656€2136
21 Nov 201903 Dec 2019€480€1701€2181
2018 DATES
Mermaid Hotel and Club
04 Oct 201816 Oct 2018€380€1567€1947
11 Oct 201823 Oct 2018€380€1679€2059
18 Oct 201830 Oct 2018€380€1701€2081
01 Nov 201813 Nov 2018€469€1612€2081
08 Nov 201820 Nov 2018€637€1679€2316
29 Nov 201811 Dec 2018€469€1679€2148
2019 DATES
10 Jan 201922 Jan 2019€469€1712€2181
17 Jan 201929 Jan 2019€469€1701€2170
24 Jan 201905 Feb 2019€469€1768€2237
31 Jan 201912 Feb 2019€469€1925€2394
07 Feb 201919 Feb 2019€469€1925€2394
21 Feb 201905 Mar 2019€469€1813€2282
07 Mar 201919 Mar 2019€391€1712€2103
14 Mar 201926 Mar 2019€391€1701€2092
21 Mar 201902 Apr 2019€391€1791€2182
28 Mar 201909 Apr 2019€391€1813€2204
11 Apr 201923 Apr 2019€391€1813€2204
25 Apr 201907 May 2019€324€1757€2081
16 May 201928 May 2019€335€1533€1868
23 May 201904 Jun 2019€335€1455€1790
06 Jun 201918 Jun 2019€335€1343€1678
13 Jun 201925 Jun 2019€335€1567€1902
27 Jun 201909 Jul 2019€335€1589€1924
22 Aug 201903 Sep 2019€391€1903€2294
05 Sep 201917 Sep 2019€391€1791€2182
19 Sep 201901 Oct 2019€391€1679€2070
03 Oct 201915 Oct 2019€402€1589€1991
31 Oct 201912 Nov 2019€469€1679€2148
07 Nov 201919 Nov 2019€480€1656€2136
21 Nov 201903 Dec 2019€480€1701€2181
2018 DATES
Royal Palms Beach Hotel
04 Oct 201816 Oct 2018€548€1567€2115
11 Oct 201823 Oct 2018€548€1679€2227
18 Oct 201830 Oct 2018€514€1701€2215
01 Nov 201813 Nov 2018€716€1612€2328
08 Nov 201820 Nov 2018€884€1679€2563
29 Nov 201811 Dec 2018€716€1679€2395
2019 DATES
10 Jan 201922 Jan 2019€716€1712€2428
17 Jan 201929 Jan 2019€716€1701€2417
24 Jan 201905 Feb 2019€716€1768€2484
31 Jan 201912 Feb 2019€716€1925€2641
07 Feb 201919 Feb 2019€716€1925€2641
21 Feb 201905 Mar 2019€716€1813€2529
07 Mar 201919 Mar 2019€716€1712€2428
21 Mar 201902 Apr 2019€671€1791€2462
28 Mar 201909 Apr 2019€671€1813€2484
11 Apr 201923 Apr 2019€559€1813€2372
25 Apr 201907 May 2019€559€1757€2316
16 May 201928 May 2019€559€1533€2092
23 May 201904 Jun 2019€559€1455€2014
06 Jun 201918 Jun 2019€559€1343€1902
13 Jun 201925 Jun 2019€559€1567€2126
27 Jun 201909 Jul 2019€559€1589€2148
22 Aug 201903 Sep 2019€559€1903€2462
05 Sep 201917 Sep 2019€559€1791€2350
19 Sep 201901 Oct 2019€559€1679€2238
03 Oct 201915 Oct 2019€559€1589€2148
31 Oct 201912 Nov 2019€671€1679€2350
07 Nov 201919 Nov 2019€671€1656€2327
21 Nov 201903 Dec 2019€671€1701€2372
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

Min/Max temperature

27 °C / 29 °C

Spoken languages

Sinhala, Tamil, English

When to go

Weather and Climate
Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

Sri Lanka

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
John Ketchell
8th Sep 2018

All 5 hotels used were excellent with good food and generally great service.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Jan Bourne
16th May 2018

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Terrence Winters
1st Mar 2018

Overall excellent tour only comment would be length of time travelled on some excursions could include refreshment stops and more information regarding clothing and customs etc

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
7.5/10
Brian Burton
1st Mar 2018

all the hotels we stayed in were excellent, with really friendly staff and nice food

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Peter Edwardson
5th Jul 2017

all hotels 10/10 just not a enough time spent at each hotel more like B&B short each days activity and have 3 days not 2 at each of first three hotels plus 1 night at the last hotel total 10 nights

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
6.3/10
Jayne Avards
6th Apr 2017

All the hotels were excellent - though very little time in each to only eat and sleep whilst touring.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Janet Saunby
2nd Mar 2017

lovely hotels

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
7.5/10
Anthony Meachin
26th Oct 2016

Overall a very good package - with a beach extension. Food and rooms in all the hotels were very good. Mount Lavinia was great.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
David Woodhead
27th Sep 2016

The tour was first class. Special thanks to our guide and driver.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Evelyn Mckenzie
27th Sep 2016

I would definitely recommend and use Mercury Holidays again.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Gordon Paul
9th Jun 2016

It was our 40th wedding anniversary during the holiday and the recognition of this throughout the trip made this a very special holiday for both of us. Thank you

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
James Paul
31st May 2016

It was our 40th wedding anniversary during the holiday and the recognition of this throughout the trip made this a very special holiday for both of us. Thank you.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Carl Mason
29th Mar 2016

EXCELLENT HOTELS IN SIGIYRIA, KANDY AND BENTOTA.
1ST RATE ROOMS, SERVICE AND STAFF IN ALL 3,

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
7.5/10
Anthony Sear
29th Mar 2016

Would like to have spent more time in first hotel as very tired after journey and it was in a beautiful place but we had no time to enjoy it.
All staff and the service in all hotels were great.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Susan Emery
16th Mar 2016

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Jacqueline Shilson
15th Dec 2015

All hotels were absolutely spotlessly clean, food was good and staff friendly. Lovely visits.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Sheila Scholes
26th Nov 2015

In the main the hotels were very good with a good choice of food and comfy beds! The beach stay hotel was very good except that because the air conditioning was on 24\\7 the rooms felt damp and sometimes had an unpleasant smell. all they needed was a good blow through of fresh air - maybe whilst being cleaned by the hotel staff. Otherwise a lovely stay.

The executive chef, Aloysious at the Hotel Suda Araliya is excellent!

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Michael Rainer
7th Oct 2015

All hotels were first class and beyond our expectation. The staff and service was fantastic.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Susan Palmer
3rd Apr 2015

All hotels during the escorted tour were first class in every way. Fantastic rooms and facilities, excellent choice of food at all meals.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
  • Room
  • Service
  • Facilities
  • Cleanliness
Customer Rating:
9.6/10
Sally Kennis
22nd Dec 2014

Our second visit to this hotel and they have made a lot of improvements. Most rooms have been upgraded but the best thing is the great, friendly staff. Rooms are large and cleaned everyday with clean sheets, towels etc. We shall certainly return for another relaxing holiday.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
  • Room
  • Service
  • Facilities
  • Cleanliness
Customer Rating:
9.3/10
Paul Stickley
19th Dec 2014

Hotel staff were excellent.
We had to fly home 3 days early due to illness at home, the hotel staff were very helpful.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
  • Room
  • Service
  • Facilities
  • Cleanliness
Customer Rating:
8.2/10
Carol Turff
2nd Dec 2014

All the hotels we stayed at were of a very high standard. We were pleasantly surprised!! Some variations at each hotel of course but overall for the holidays the hotels were good.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
  • Room
  • Service
  • Facilities
  • Cleanliness
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  • London
  • Colombo
  • Dambulla
  • Kandy
  • Yala
  • Mount Lavinia
  • Kerala
  • London

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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  • London
  • Colombo
  • Dambulla
  • Kandy
  • Yala
  • Mount Lavinia
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Why not continue your trip beyond Sri Lanka with a mini tour of the beautiful Indian state of Kerala from 469pp. 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
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  • Colombo
  • Dambulla
  • Kandy
  • Yala
  • Mount Lavinia
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  • London

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.

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