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Private Car Hire with Driver-Guide for 12 Days Round Tour

Private Car Hire with Driver-Guide for 12 Days Round Tour

By Merganser Holidays
Explore Sri Lanka in your style with our seamless ground transportation and tour guiding services. We will provide you an fully Air-Conditioned car, fuel with an experienced English speaking tourist driver-guide who will be staying with you for the total duration of your trip from the time we pick you up at the airport and the moment we drop you-off to the airport. We will make sure that you are getting a good knowledge about all of the sights that you visit during the journey with our driver-guide. We will offer you 1400 Km which is more than enough for your 12 Days exploration journey and we are more than happy to provide you with an itinerary designing and fine tuning to add more value for the money that you will be spending during your holiday. Book Now with us and experience our personalized service.
per adult (price varies by group size)
Lowest price guaranteeFree cancellation

Ages 0-99
Duration: 2 days
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English

  • Transport by Private Vehicle
  • Professional guide
  • Driver-Guide Salary,Foods and his Accommodation
  • Cost of Fuel
  • Airport Meet & Greet Services
  • Highway Tolls
  • Parking Charges
  • Government Taxes
What's not included
  • Your Accommodation Cost
  • Your Foods and drinks
  • Excess Mileage Surcharge (This is only apply if you exceeded the mileage limit)
  • Gratuities to your private driver-guide (optional)

Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Option 1
    Colombo, Colombo, Western Province
    We will pick up you from any hotels at Colombo.
  • Option 2
    Negombo, Sri Lanka
    We will pick up you from any hotels at Negombo
Pickup details
  • We will pick up you from Colombo International Airport (BIA) or from Your hotel in Colombo/ Negombo.
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    Airport pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included airports.
    • Bandaranayake Intl Airport, Colombo Sri Lanka
    • Option 1
      Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake, Sri Lanka
      We drop you off at Airport,Colombo and Negombo or we drop you off at any Beach Hotel if you decided to have a beach extension during your holiday.
    • Option 2
      Colombo, Sri Lanka
      We drop you off at Airport,Colombo and Negombo or we drop you off at any Beach Hotel if you decided to have a beach extension during your holiday.
    • Option 3
      Negombo, Sri Lanka
      We drop you off at Airport,Colombo and Negombo or we drop you off at any Beach Hotel if you decided to have a beach extension during your holiday.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infant seats available
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 72113P6

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • We will offer you 1400 km which is more than enough for your 12 days exploration journey from Colombo airport from the day you start your tour and to the day you finish the journey and any excess mileage to be billed at the rate of USD 0.26 per KM on car bookings which can accommodate 01 to 03 adults with two large baggage , USD 0.30 per KM on small van bookings which can accommodate 01 to 05 adults with baggage and USD 0.35 per KM on large van booking which can accommodate 01 to 08 adults with baggage.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    How much is Private Car Hire with Driver-Guide for 12 Days Round Tour?
    Private Car Hire with Driver-Guide for 12 Days Round Tour price starts from $532.40. Discover and book Private Car Hire with Driver-Guide for 12 Days Round Tour on Tripadvisor
    What is the Private Car Hire with Driver-Guide for 12 Days Round Tour cancellation policy?
    Private Car Hire with Driver-Guide for 12 Days Round Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Private Car Hire with Driver-Guide for 12 Days Round Tour on Tripadvisor
    Which company provides Private Car Hire with Driver-Guide for 12 Days Round Tour?
    Private Car Hire with Driver-Guide for 12 Days Round Tour is hosted by Merganser Holidays. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Merganser Holidays on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Private Car Hire with Driver-Guide for 12 Days Round Tour on Tripadvisor
    How much time do I need for Private Car Hire with Driver-Guide for 12 Days Round Tour?
    On average, this experience will take approximately 2 days. Discover and book Private Car Hire with Driver-Guide for 12 Days Round Tour on Tripadvisor

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 72113P6

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    • Merganser Holidays
      Colombo, Sri Lanka
      Joined in March 2018
    • susancR4467KM
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Well organised.
      Extremely well organised. Convenient pick up from port. We saw a lot of wildlife including elephants but sadly no leopards.
      Written April 22, 2024
    • Oscar1319
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Look no further for your Yala safari!
      Outstanding tour. Merganser were superb in organising things for us including a few alterations to their normal program that we requested. A very professionally run company - they couldn't have been more helpful. The day itself went very smoothly and we were fortunate to see lots of wildlife, some of it at very close quarters. Our driver/guide looked after us very well. A thoroughly enjoyable day out and extremely good value for money, all things considered. Highly recommended.
      Written April 20, 2024
    • earrigo
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      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Yala National Park is DEFINITELY worth a visit.
      The visit to Yala Nationl Park was fantastic. To be able to be so close to wild elephants and their calves was a once in a lifetime experience. The driver was very good at spotting the wild life so that we didn’t miss anything. The only let down was the lunch. We were asked to preprder from a menu but when we got to the lunch place we were shown to a table and left to our own devices. Lunch consisted of lining up at a self serve table. There were more than one hundred people there for lunch.
      Written April 19, 2024
    • galinam187
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome tours with Merganser to Yala and Colombo - excellent experience
      We arranged 2 tours in Sri Lanka with Merganser Holidays: Yala safari as part of a group off the Celebrity Cruise and a private tour of Colombo. We had 59 people in the cruise group which was split into subgroups 6 people per jeep. The communication was absolutely awesome. All of the communication was done directly by Henry Lioner, Director of Operations. Every step of the way, complete details were provided, including the pickup point, lunch detail, groups, etc. and the response to my emails was prompt, polite and thorough. Henry sent our subgroup set-up and details thru whatsup so that we knew who were in our subgroup and could communicate with each other if wanted. The tours were great, no problems whatsoever. Henry came to the ship pickup point himself but then I was surprised to see him again in Yala at lunch time where he took care of our groups (lunch was awesome). Our jeeps picked us up right from the pier, next to the ship, and dropped us off there as well. We had the jeep driver and were joined by the safari guide at Yala, who were trying their best to make sure that we saw as many animals as possible. They got us back to the ship at exactly the time promised. The Colombo private tour was fantastic as well; again, Henry was there at the pick-up point (right next to the ship). The tour guide was great, showed us everything we wanted to see and more. All in all, I couldn't be happier with Merganser tours. Everything, from the beginning to the end, was absolutely fantastic.
      Written April 19, 2024
    • Traveler89823
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing safari, seeing loads of wildlife
      This was a great tour. We were picked up directly from the cruise ship and had a full day tour with lunch in the middle. Our driver stopped at various points on the way to Yala to show us wildlife and once in Yala, we had an official guide. We saw lots of elephants, including mothers with their babies, crocodiles, monkeys, a bear, water buffalo and loads of different birds. This is an amazing tour and very good value for money. We were back in plenty of time for the ship. Highly recommend
      Written April 19, 2024
    • 126ld
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Truly a bucket list day.
      Whilst looking for a day safari from the port in Hambantota, i found this tour. I managed to book on line with no problems. receiving prompt and polite responses to my requests. On confirmation prior to the trip. I was contacted and asked if we would like to share our tour as another couple had also expressed interest. I agreed to this and we were put in contact with them so we could meet prior to the tour. This also halved the cost for us so that was excellent. Not knowing how this would go and being very anxious about the timings. We were all understandably a little worried. We were instructed to meet at the foot of the steps of the ship and look for our sign . Within minutes we were able to identify our driver and he swiftly took us to our jeep. less that 10 minutes from leaving the ship we ere driving through Hambantota and making our way to the park. Our driver was kind and helpful, explaining everything as we went. We saw monkeys, all kinds of birds, rice fields, water buffalo and a crocodile. all before arriving at the park. On arrival at the park our driver suggested we take advantage of the toilets. once he had collected out tickets, we were off again and in to the park. Whilst we were all hopeful of seeing all kinds of animals we knew nothing is guaranteed. It wasn't long though and we came across some water buffalo in a watering hole and deer. Then as we made our way along the track. we heard elephant trumpeting. as we got closer, we were able to see 3 female elephants and a calf. literally at the side of us. It was amazing. and the start of many more sightings. We saw a leopard, more monkeys, more elephants, mongoose, Chital, crocodiles and so many different birds. Our guide was very helpful and showed us a whole array of animals, most of which we wouldn't have seen without his pointing them out. We stopped at lunch at a stop right next to a stretch of beach. Lunch had been prepared for us and we had been able to pre order what we wanted. It was very nice and more than sufficient. Once finished we were ready for more adventure and we were not dissapointed either. We arrived back to our ship on time and bid our farewells to our guide/ driver. an amazing day was had and new friendships made. what more could we have asked for.
      Written April 19, 2024
    • 957francesd
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Highly recommend
      We had a brilliant safari day in Sri Lanka with Merganser. The communication from start to finish with Mr Lionel Henry was superb. Considering the group gradually grew to around 60 - each of us booking individually (we were from a cruise ship) - the organisation was seamless. Mr Lionel even set up a WhatsApp group and introduced us beforehand to our fellow travellers assigned to our jeep. The driver/guides on the tour were experienced and helped us spot various wildlife. Thank you Mr Lionel.
      Written April 19, 2024
    • johnsD9414YX
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent, flexible tour company
      We arranged a customized variation on this 3 day tour to complement a cycling tour we had done with another company. Henry was very easy to deal with and customized the itinerary to meet our needs. We fitted in all the major sites and attractions at a good pace. Henry was a good driver, very obliging and informed. We were booked into the Sungreen Resort - quite good, but a hotel closer to a town centre could be a better option to try more local food. price was most competitive compared to a couple of other quotes I got. Overall, I'd certainly recommend using Merganser.
      Written March 14, 2024
    • dzw
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience
      We used Merganser Holidays to visit Yala National Park in Sri Lanka. We were on a cruise and chose this company for our excursion. Our tour guide was excellent. He was able to spot so many animals! The excursion included lunch, which we ordered in advance. Would highly recommend.
      Written February 28, 2024
    • varinid2023
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful Nature Resort
      My family of 8 persons visited this beautiful, nature resort. The staff were outstanding in their personal attention to all of us. We stayed in the deluxe bungalows that were spacious and comfortable with all the amenities one needs. It was my daughter's birthday on Feb 2nd and they provided a birthday cake and all the staff and guests sang "Happy birthday" , which was special. I like their motto "Leave nothing but footprints & take nothing but memories" Special thanks to Mr. Jaya Sri Wickramasinghe, the front office manager.
      Written February 22, 2024
    • cherrylodge2018
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      One of our best trips ever, made extra special by our wonderful driver Mr Laal!
      Our trip to Sri Lanka was one of our best trips ever and the experience was really elevated by our wonderful driver Mr Laal and the great organisation before and during our trip by Merganser Holidays. We were a party of two couples and months before the trip we put together a list of boutique hotels we would like to stay and also places we wanted to visit. We booked all the hotels but Merganser arranged everything else for the trip. Merganser was able to work with us and they helped put together an itinerary. When we arrived in Colombo airport after an overnight flight from London Mr Laal was there waiting for us and our adventures began! We started with one night Colombo to get settled and over 13 days travelled to Kandy, Sigiriya, Nuwara Ella, Ella, Mirassa and finally Galle Fort. Our driver Mr Laal was with us for the whole trip and really looked after us very well. He was also a great guide when we needed him and sometimes came on the hikes we did. His driving was very safe and he always made sure we were comfortable in the van. Note that driving 80km in Sri Lanka can take over 3 hours...due to slower traffic and also mountainous roads inland. At the end of each day he would drop as back at our hotel usually around 5pm and then we would next meet him the following morning after breakfast outside the hotel with his minivan cleaned and ready to go. We took 3 train train journeys during our stay and Mr Laal always brought us right to the platform and made sure we found our reserved seats on the train. He would then meet us at our destination as we stepped off the train, and best of all...he had our luggage already in his minivan. It is very hard to buy first class reserved seats on trains in Sri Lanka ahead of time but Merganser took care of all of these for us. We turned up one morning at a station only to find a huge line of tourists right out of the station waiting to buy tickets. Mr Laal brought us in another entrance as we already had our tickets and we walked straight to the platform. If we wanted to change plans or add something to our trip then Mr Laal and Merganser were very helpful and accommodating. We tried to set up a balloon trip but fog prevented this....we were kept informed the whole time...and it was not a problem when the balloon company had to cancel the night before. Thank you for everything and thank you Mr Laal for looking after us so well...we will never forget this trip!!!!!
      Written February 16, 2024
    • FlindersFamily1
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Relaxed Sri Lankan adventure - perfect
      From the minute we were greeted at the hotel, the organisation and local knowledge shared was brilliant. Niroshan our driver was knowledgeable, conscientious and very accommodating. We took a two day tour of Kandy and Ella. There’s no better way of doing this, all the accommodation was 5* and half board, delicious food and great company. We will definitely be back to see the south of the island and there’s no other tour company we would use. Everything was perfect! Thank you for helping us make Sri Lankan memories.
      Written February 16, 2024
    • L1582IBcatherinel
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fabulous 5 stars all the way :-)
      Just back home after a fabulous time in Sri Lanka. Right from first contact we knew we were in good hands with Merganser, Henry Lionel was super efficient helping us plan our itinerary. We were met at the airport by our friendly and professional driver, Lal, a true gentleman who made sure we got the most out of the next 16 days together, he looked after us every step. Lal and Merganser were also flexible enough to add in a trek up Adam's Peak for two of our party at short notice and every day we felt able to make small requests depending on our energy, hunger, mood etc. This is very different to prior reports we heard of other drivers in Sri Lanka who force tourists into commission-based shopping experiences etc. and allow little flexibility. The van was cool, comfortable and the onboard wifi was a real bonus. Merganser sourced our train tickets for us in advance, felt so lucky to skip the long queues at the stations. We were very fortunate indeed to travel with Merganser and Lal, super memories for a lifetime, a well deserved 5 stars :-)
      Written February 1, 2024
    • smith9875
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      11/10 tour with Niro at Merganser Holidays
      Niro our guide was amazing, nothing was too much trouble, he was so caring & such a font of knowledge about everything to do with Sri Lanka. He answered all our questions thoroughly & made our holiday way better & more memorable than we thought it could be due to his enthusiasm & passion. The hotels provided were amazing & everything was covered in the tour. Not a single complaint or concern
      Written January 31, 2024
    • 12FOL
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Lots of elephants but jeeps crowding animals..
      In terms of what people come to see , Elephants, this delivered, lots and lots of elephant sightings. But there were a couple of ocassions when the number of jeeps virtually encircling elephants did not feel comfortable. To be fair our guide moved on when we told him and moved away from the jam of jeeps. The problem with a tipping culture, rather than paying drivers a good flat rate is they will push and jostle other vehicles to get the " best view" and tips. If you are over 5'7 tall you may find views when seated restricted by rolled up blinds. We mentioned this a couple of times. Eventually, we got guide to stop and he used cable that he had to tie them up. This is a very easy fix and perhaps one safar company could just do? This makes us sound like moany people, we are not! We went on another safari with Wildhideaway hotel in Wilpattu and although we saw fewer sightings the guide and experience was much better.
      Written January 21, 2024
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