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Escorted Tours

Secrets of Sri Lanka including

Sri Lanka Beach Stay


Route:
  • London
  • Colombo
  • Galle
  • Sinharaja
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Passikudah
  • Sigiriya
  • Pinnawala
  • Marawila
  • Colombo
  • Sri Lanka Beach Stay
  • London

4 NIGHTS from €312pp

Tour Highlights
  • Beautiful Beachfront Location
  • All Meals and Drinks Included
  • Excellent Spa Facilities
  • Beautiful beaches of the East in Passikudah
  • Explore Sinharaja Rainforest
  • Tea plantations in Nuwara Eliya
  • Sigirya Rock fortress
  • Tour of charming colonial Galle
  • Stay at historical Mount Lavinia
  • Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home

Extension from €312pp

Tour + Extension from €1621pp

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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
Mount Lavinia

On arrival you will be transferred to the Mount Lavinia hotel. Dating back to 1806 when it was the British Governor's residence, the hotel exudes colonial charm, has its own private beach and beautifully positioned pool and terrace. Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel.

  • Dinner
3
Mount Lavinia to Sinharaja

Depart the capital to travel down to the South of the island to visit the colonial town of Galle, without a doubt Sri Lanka's foremost urban attraction. Your guided city tour will explore Galle Fort, a walled town built by the Dutch in the 18th Century, and now a world heritage site. Inside the walls, you will find the old Colonial traders' houses transformed into a lovely mix of boutique art galleries, shops, and bohemian cafes, infused with the scents of spices and the tropics. After enjoying lunch in Galle you will travel to the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, the last major undisturbed area of rainforest in Sri Lanka, where you will spend the next two nights at the award-winning Rainforest Eco Lodge. Each of the architecturally designed 16 chalets has its own living room and private deck to enjoy the breathtaking views of the forest canopy, rice paddies, and tea gardens. Enjoy a gentle and relaxing introductory walk around the tea estate and surrounding grounds.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Sinharaja

Enjoy an early morning walk around the forest on a bird and butterfly trail discovering many species of flora and fauna endemic to the forest. After a well-deserved breakfast, there will be further opportunity to explore this UNESCO heritage recognised rainforest on a guided walk. Dinner will be prepared with ingredients from the lodge's own gardens.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Sinharaja to Nuwara Eliya

Today your group will leave the tropical lowlands of Sinharaja and travel up into Sri Lanka's mountainous interior to Nuwara Eliya, the city of light. En route visit the inspirational Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawe, which is a rehabilitation project for orphaned elephants so that they can be released back into their natural environment. On arrival in Nuwara Eliya enjoy a visit to a tea estate and factory nestled up in the hills to see the entire manufacturing process.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Nuwara Eliya to Passikudah

This morning enjoy a tour of Nuwara Eliya passing British red post boxes, pretty Victoria Park, the 18 hole golf course and the pink bricked Victorian post office. The group will then travel to Passikudah via the small village of Mahiyangana. On arrival in Passikudah check into your hotel for your next two nights. The largely undiscovered east of the island boasts the best beaches in Sri Lanka, with pristine white sands and turquoise shallow waters.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Passikudah

Enjoy a full day at leisure relaxing on the beautiful Passikudah beach. Dive and snorkeling enthusiasts may choose to explore the healthy coral gardens teeming with colourful fish whilst others may take this opportunity to recharge their batteries lounging with a good book.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Sigiriya to Marawila

Depart early this morning to visit the stunning Sigiriya Rock fortress, a world heritage site dating back to the fifth century. Climb up steps carved into the rock face to the summit or enjoy the spectacular views of ancient citadel and jungle from the lily-pad-covered moats that surround the rock. Journey to Innamaluwa where you will visit a spice garden and enjoy a relaxing foot massage. After, proceed to Marawila for your overnight stay, stopping in Dambulla for lunch on the way. Please note: Photo

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Marawila to Sri Lanka Beach Hotel

Transfer from the Club Palm Bay Hotel in Marawila to your chosen beach hotel.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Sri Lanka Beach Hotel

Relax at your chosen beach hotel.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
12
Sri Lanka to the UK

Transfer to the airport for flight back to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

British passport holders are currently required to obtain a visa in order to travel to Sri Lanka. Further to visa advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you to check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding required passport validity.

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
2019 DATES
Club Palm Bay
08 Jan 201920 Jan 2019€469€1701€2170
22 Jan 201903 Feb 2019€469€1701€2170
05 Feb 201917 Feb 2019€469€1836€2305
19 Feb 201903 Mar 2019€458€1679€2137
05 Mar 201917 Mar 2019€447€1679€2126
19 Mar 201931 Mar 2019€447€1668€2115
30 Apr 201912 May 2019€368€1567€1935
14 May 201926 May 2019€391€1455€1846
28 May 201909 Jun 2019€391€1309€1700
11 Jun 201923 Jun 2019€391€1455€1846
03 Sep 201915 Sep 2019€391€1645€2036
17 Sep 201929 Sep 2019€391€1679€2070
15 Oct 201927 Oct 2019€391€1679€2070
12 Nov 201924 Nov 2019€447€1701€2148
26 Nov 201908 Dec 2019€447€1701€2148
Mermaid Hotel and Club
08 Jan 201920 Jan 2019€469€1701€2170
22 Jan 201903 Feb 2019€469€1701€2170
05 Feb 201917 Feb 2019€469€1836€2305
19 Feb 201903 Mar 2019€447€1679€2126
05 Mar 201917 Mar 2019€436€1679€2115
19 Mar 201931 Mar 2019€380€1668€2048
30 Apr 201912 May 2019€312€1567€1879
14 May 201926 May 2019€324€1455€1779
28 May 201909 Jun 2019€324€1309€1633
11 Jun 201923 Jun 2019€324€1455€1779
03 Sep 201915 Sep 2019€380€1645€2025
17 Sep 201929 Sep 2019€380€1679€2059
15 Oct 201927 Oct 2019€380€1679€2059
12 Nov 201924 Nov 2019€480€1701€2181
26 Nov 201908 Dec 2019€480€1701€2181
Royal Palms Beach Hotel
08 Jan 201920 Jan 2019€693€1701€2394
22 Jan 201903 Feb 2019€693€1701€2394
05 Feb 201917 Feb 2019€693€1836€2529
19 Feb 201903 Mar 2019€682€1679€2361
05 Mar 201917 Mar 2019€682€1679€2361
19 Mar 201931 Mar 2019€626€1668€2294
30 Apr 201912 May 2019€480€1567€2047
14 May 201926 May 2019€503€1455€1958
28 May 201909 Jun 2019€503€1309€1812
11 Jun 201923 Jun 2019€503€1455€1958
03 Sep 201915 Sep 2019€514€1645€2159
17 Sep 201929 Sep 2019€514€1679€2193
15 Oct 201927 Oct 2019€514€1679€2193
12 Nov 201924 Nov 2019€626€1701€2327
26 Nov 201908 Dec 2019€626€1701€2327
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
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
Stephanie Shearn
5th Mar 2018

On the whole, hotels were of a good quality.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
7.5/10
Susan Fowler
22nd Feb 2017

All lovely hotels and big rooms with good food and views

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Elizabeth Blakey
27th Sep 2016

A great tour with a very good guide who looked after us excellently.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
7.5/10
Barbara Jones
19th Dec 2015

The turyya hotel has good facilities an excellent executive chief Shane. There does not seem any structure in the ding room.during our stay there was a large party of Chinese people then all went wrong ie no tables cleared only Chinese food available the new food and beverage manager did not seem interested when we spoke to her.all other restaurants empty as not available on all inclusive spa not open.reception staff good. Maybe a discount could be made available on other restaurants to help with congestion in main restaurant.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
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Tour Route
  • London
  • Colombo
  • Galle
  • Sinharaja
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Passikudah
  • Sigiriya
  • Pinnawala
  • Marawila
  • Colombo
  • 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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See the Highlights of Kerala
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  • London
  • Colombo
  • Galle
  • Sinharaja
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Passikudah
  • Sigiriya
  • Pinnawala
  • Marawila
  • Colombo
  • Highlights of Kerala
  • London

Why not continue your trip beyond Sri Lanka with a mini tour of the beautiful Indian state of Kerala from 529pp. 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.

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  • London
  • Colombo
  • Galle
  • Sinharaja
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Passikudah
  • Sigiriya
  • Pinnawala
  • Marawila
  • Colombo
  • Maldives
  • 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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