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Colombo National Museum Tours and Activities

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Founded in 1877, the Colombo National Museum in central Colombo chronicles the history and cultural heritage of Sri Lanka. Also called the Sri Lankan National Museum, the institution occupies a 19th-century Italianate-style building and attracts visitors eager to view its wide collection of treasures.

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Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 00700
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Shore Excursion Colombo Port Terminal To Colombo City Tour Highlights

Shore Excursion Colombo Port Terminal To Colombo City Tour Highlights

When your ship docks in Colombo's port, explore the city on a full-day comprehensive tour. After convenient pickup right at the cruise port, set out for the city to see all the highlights and landmarks in just a single day. This tour is perfect for those cruise passengers short on time, and the carefully crafted itinerary makes sure you don't miss a thing. Between sightseeing and listening to guided commentary, you'll stop for an included lunch to keep you energized.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$44.00
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$44.00
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Colombo Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour

Colombo Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour

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When your cruise calls at Colombo, avoid the hassles of exploring Sri Lanka’s capital independently by booking this private tour. See all Colombo’s highlights, including the Seema Malaka Buddhist temple and Old Parliament; take photos of the Old Lighthouse Clock Tower and Independence Square; dive into Pettah’s street markets, and more—all with a guide to handle logistics and shed light on the city’s history and culture. Includes port pickup and drop-off and air-conditioned transport.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$56.00
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$56.00
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4-Hours Colombo City Tour

4-Hours Colombo City Tour

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Colombo—once called the "garden city of the East"—has a lot to offer: resort-like beaches, colonial architecture, national history museums, and Buddhist temples. It can be a challenge to pack it in eve on one trip, but this private tour gives a great introduction to the city in about half a day, taking you to see the city’s top sights and unconventional attractions to discover how locals live.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.00
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$30.00
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Shore Excursion from Port Terminal : Colombo City Famous Landmarks

Shore Excursion from Port Terminal : Colombo City Famous Landmarks

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Go on a comfortable and in-depth exploration of Colombo from your cruise ship on this shore excursion tour. Depart from the port in an air-conditioned vehicle with a driver and learn about the history of the city. Spot many of the city’s highlights, including the National Museum, Old Parliament, Independence Memorial Arcade, Beire Lake, and more.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$30.67
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$30.67
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Private Half-Day Colombo City Tour

Private Half-Day Colombo City Tour

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This is the ideal choice for first-time visitors looking to cover Colombo’s main attractions in under a day. Save time planning an itinerary and bartering with cabs; and relax as a driver-guide and private air-conditioned vehicle take you around the signature sights. Admire the Independence Memorial Hall and Beira Lake Seema Malakaya Temple; see worshippers at the Gangaramaya Temple, and learn about Colombo’s history and culture from your guide’s commentary.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$80.00
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$80.00
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Highlights Colombo Day Tour With Afternoon HIGH TEA In Taj Samudra Hotel

Highlights Colombo Day Tour With Afternoon HIGH TEA In Taj Samudra Hotel

Get a comprehensive tour of Colombo with a private guide in just half a day. Combine the tour with a traditional high tea experience at Taj Samudra Hotel, where you'll learn about the traditions of tea time. You'll be able to check all the most important landmarks off your list while moving at your own pace with your private group.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$48.00
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$48.00
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Colombo City Tour

Colombo City Tour

With this tour you can visit Colombo National Museum, Gangarama temple, Seema malaka, Independence Memorial Hall, Red Mosque and Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya and some other in a single day
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  • 6 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$44.11
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$44.11
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Half Day Private Custom Colombo City Tour

Half Day Private Custom Colombo City Tour

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Explore Colombo’s sights as you wish, without having to figure out routes or public buses, on this customizable private half-day tour. Traveling by air-conditioned car with a personal driver, cherry-pick from the recommended sights and activities to do and see what you want. Explore Pettah Market, Gangarama Temple, the National Museum, and more—the choice is yours. A choice of departure times and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$28.00
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$28.00
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Private Colombo City Tour with Traditional Srilankan Lunch

Private Colombo City Tour with Traditional Srilankan Lunch

Explore the city of Colombo in the comfort of an air-conditioned car or van on this private tour. Depart from your hotel and visit many of the city’s highlights, including the National Museum, Old Parliament, Independence Square, the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, and more. Enjoy a traditional Sri Lankan lunch.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$44.00
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$44.00
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Colombo City Tour by War Jeep

Colombo City Tour by War Jeep

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Cruise through Colombo in an open-top vintage Jeep or Land Rover that lets you sunbathe and see your surroundings as you tour the city with a maximum of four passengers. Travel above the traffic and learn about Colombo’s key attractions like the National Museum, Colombo Town Hall, and more from your private guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$93.87
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$93.87
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Private Colombo City Tour

Private Colombo City Tour

Sightseeing in Colombo can be stressful if you’re using cabs or the often-crowded buses. Check out the city’s attractions in one smooth, easy trip on this private tour, with a guide to fill you in on the sights. Traveling by private air-conditioned vehicle, visit Seema Malaka, the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, and more; and tailor the duration and itinerary to suit your personal wishes. Central hotel pickup and drop-off are included for convenience.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$21.34
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$21.34
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Southern Coast Highlights from Galle

Southern Coast Highlights from Galle

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Get to know Colombo, Sri Lanka’s vibrant capital, on a private 6-hour tour. Traveling between the sights by air-conditioned vehicle with your own chauffeur-guide, make the most of a customizable itinerary, tailoring your sightseeing around your personal preferences. Visit top Colombo attractions such as the National Museum (own expense), soak up the Indian Ocean views along Galle Face, dive into bustling Pettah Market, admire the Gangarama Temple (own expense) and more. As you explore, ask your guide for insider tips on tucked-away attractions, including great shops and restaurants often missed by visitors.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$44.81
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$44.81
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Colombo City (Private) Tour

Colombo City (Private) Tour

Combine a city orientation with a tailor-made shopping trip on this comprehensive door-to-door Colombo tour. Exploring with your private chauffeur/guide, check off the Buddhist temples of Seema Malaka and Gangaramaya, tour the Colombo National Museum (own expense), and admire the landmark Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall and Independence Square. After shopping stops at bustling Pettah Market and other stores, soak up ocean views from Galle Face.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.00
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$42.00
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Colombo City Tour with Holiday Walkers Sri Lanka

Colombo City Tour with Holiday Walkers Sri Lanka

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Colombo like many capital cities in developing countries is fast changing its face. The journey of your tour will be Highlights of Colombo. Explore Colombo City.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.20
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$70.20
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Shore Excursion Colombo City Tour Highlights

Shore Excursion Colombo City Tour Highlights

Exploring Colombo independently and the risk of getting lost or delayed. Make things easy with a private shore excursion that whisks you around the sights smoothly and comfortably. Travel by private vehicle, visit top sights such as the Seema Malakaya Temple, shop for souvenirs at handicrafts emporiums and hear tales of local life from your driver that you'd miss if alone. • Explore Colombo with ease on a private shore excursion from the cruise port or your hotel in Colombo • Forget cabs or buses,sightseeing stress-free by private air-conditioned car • See the sights, shop at markets, and hear about local life and history
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$45.00
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$45.00
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Private Colombo City Tour

Private Colombo City Tour

Explore Colombo City with a local in an air-conditioned vehicle. During this 4 hour tour, learn about Sri Lanka's capital city, visiting its most popular attractions. This family friendly tour is highly recommended for first time visitors. We have some difference itinerary base on 4/6/8 Hours Packages.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$22.00
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$22.00
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Colombo City Tour from Beruwala

Colombo City Tour from Beruwala

(SKU: LK60290700) The Colombo City Tour takes you on a journey into the heart of the capital city of Sri Lanka, to show you its most spectacular sights. View elegant colonial buildings rising in tandem with shiny new business constructions in the sprawling metropolis. Visit the ancient temples that create havens in the midst of all the bustle and hustle. Get to know Colombo's history and legends through some of its most interesting landmarks. Embark on an adventure that shows you the wonderful secrets of Colombo.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$55.00
Price varies by group size
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$55.00
Price varies by group size
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Half Day Colombo City Tour

Half Day Colombo City Tour

Sightseeing in Colombo can be stressful if you’re using cabs or the often-crowded buses. Check out the city’s attractions in one smooth, easy trip on this private tour, with a guide to fill you in on the sights. Traveling by private air-conditioned vehicle, visit Seema Malaka, the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, and more; and tailor the duration and itinerary to suit your personal wishes. Central hotel pickup and drop-off are included for convenience.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$21.34
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$21.34
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Rediscover Colombo

Rediscover Colombo

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Rediscover-Colombo is a personalized city experience through the old city of Colombo, an unforgettable experience with your host as you drive & walk through the picturesque streets of Colombo and the mayhem of Pettah. It has been over 9 years now, since Chan, the boy behind Rediscover-Colombo, started to share his experience and knowledge enabling guests to spend a day or an evening in beautiful colonial Colombo. Continuous research goes into the areas you will visit and we truly believe that we learn something new every day. When contacting us via phone or email, you will either speak with Chan or his partner Nish as we are a company that feel personalization is key, hence we have just three others Lakshan, Ishan & Ruvini who work with us.
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  • 1 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$64.00
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$64.00

Shore Excursion Colombo Port Terminal To Colombo City Tour with Lunch

Shore Excursion Colombo Port Terminal To Colombo City Tour with Lunch

When your ship docks in Colombo's port, explore the city on a full-day comprehensive tour. After convenient pickup right at the cruise port, Head on to the Dutch Hospital, an ancient Dutch colonial building converted into a shopping complex after which you can gaze at the old lighthouse just a kilometer away. See the ornate exterior of the old Parliament as you head towards the Gangarama , a scenic temple famous for its multitude of bronze Buddha statues overlooking a wondrous lake. Head towards the Colombo Museum housing some of the nation’s most treasured artifacts and afterwards,Sivasubramania Swami Kovil hindu temple has a long history of about 125 years and was built to worship Lord Muruga, otherwise known as God Kataragama, and look forward to a flavorsome Sri Lankan authentic Sri Lankan meal and Visit Finish your day with a leisurely stroll along the Galle Face Green mingling with the locals and enjoying the myriad street food choices available along the beach.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$65.00
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$65.00
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Highlights Colombo Day Tour With Afternoon HIGH TEA In Galadari Hotel

Highlights Colombo Day Tour With Afternoon HIGH TEA In Galadari Hotel

Combine a comprehensive tour of Colombo with a traditional high tea on this private tour. Start out with your dedicated guide by covering all of the must-see sites in the city; you can work together with your guide to spend time seeing what interests you. Head for the Galadari Hotel for an elegant high tea to cap off your time together.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$48.00
Price varies by group size
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$48.00
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Footsteps In Paradise (17 Days)

Footsteps In Paradise (17 Days)

(SKU: LK10HBI011) Spend your vacation experiencing the greenery of the Hill Country and the sandy beaches of the coastal areas. Have a mix of both chilling environment in the Hills and the warmth of the sun in the coastal belt.Explore major cities of the country and find out their specialties and secrets.
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  • 17 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$550.00
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$550.00
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Full-Day Colombo City Tour (Private Car)

Full-Day Colombo City Tour (Private Car)

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This Full-Day narrated Colombo City Tour our will expose you to the brimming culture and history that is existing in Colombo. Throughout your tour learn more about the attractions you visit from your Private Guide’s narrations. This Tour is ideal for passengers with stopover at Colombo or those who prefer a whirlwind experience. The Tour schedule is flexible making it an even more convenient way to explore Sri Lanka’s commercial capitol. From the bustling streets to the vibrant markets with bargaining sellers, the posh boutique restaurants to pristine parks, witness it all. An ancient favorite of port-trading merchants, the city is a harmonious blend of religions and cultures. Your Private Guide will pick you from your hotel or seaport in a Private Vehicle.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
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$80.00
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Winodan Dias (Tourist Guide Lecturer)

Winodan Dias (Tourist Guide Lecturer)

Sri Lanka itself is unique being a tropical evergreen country. With in 3hrs drive you can feel any kind of weather conditions except SNOW. Such a small country has 8 world heritage sites. Surrounded by the Indian ocean and best place to experience sea food. The greenery around the country will amaze you for sure.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.00
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Colombo National Museum costs USD 19.49. Guided Colombo National Museum tours start around USD 19.49 per person. See all 172 Colombo National Museum tickets and tours on Viator.
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