Guided tour

Colombo Half-Day City Tour - Cruise terminal /Hotels

3.8 / 5

20 reviews

Activity provider: Apple Vacations
Guided tour

Colombo Half-Day City Tour - Cruise terminal /Hotels

Activity provider: Apple Vacations

From US$ 22 per person

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.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Your hotel in Colombo Colombo CRUISE Terminal
Wheelchair accessible


  • Discover the best of Colombo's architecture
  • Admire panoramic views of the city
  • Immerse yourself in the Sri Lankan way of life
Full description
Discover both the modern and traditional areas of Colombo and learn more about the city's colonial past on this tour, from a 100-year-old clock tower to British colonial-era buildings. During this tour, visit the Old Parliament, explore the affluent residential areas and admire the Bandaranaike memorial international conference hall, a gift to Sri Lanka from the people’s republic of China. Immerse yourself in a fascinating blend of cultures, religions, and socioeconomic classes and experience daily life for Sri Lankan residents. You will see attractions such as the Sambodhi Chaithya Buddhist Temple, the lighthouse, Red Mosque, the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, the Town Hall, and Independence Square. You may also choose to visit a handicrafts emporium for a spot of shopping if you wish. Get dropped off back at your hotel at the end of the tour.
  • Bottled water
  • English-speaking driver
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned transportation
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Entrance fees
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • You must remove footwear and hats and cover shoulders and knees when in religious temples
  • A valid passport will be required on the day of travel
  • This tour is subject to favorable weather conditions — if canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date
  • If you are arriving by cruise ship, please use the shuttle bus and meet your guide near gate number 1A, where they will be waiting with GetYourGuide name board
  • COVID-19 vaccinated passengers should stay in a Level 1 hotel once they arrive in Sri Lanka and obtain a negative PCR test in order to start the tour (14 Days of quarantine is not required).
  • It is mandatory to complete 14 days of quarantine for unvaccinated passengers before starting the tour
  • Entrance fees, gratuities, food and drinks are not included
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.8 /5

based on 20 reviews

Review summary

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  • Transportation
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Guide was 30 min late but understandable with traffic. We were expecting a group tour but it turned out to be private. Driving around town in a small car with A/C was worth the cost. We drove past many attractions and stopped at a few. It only took 2 hrs to complete the tour but it’s because we chose not to spend a lot of time at each stop. The heat was too much for us. Definitely worth the cost. We had planned to take a tuktuk around town on our own to places we chose but glad we took the tour instead.

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March 18, 2022

The guide and driver were very kind to drive us in heavy traffic to St Anthony's Church even though it was not on the itinerary but it should be as this is the most important site in Colombo for Christian westerners so that we could pay our respects after the atrocities by Islamic suicide bombers at Easter. The Christian worshippers are still very noticeably traumatised and our hearts went out to these tragic people. God bless them and may they be allowed to live in peace by these evil Islamic fanatics. Just totally heartbreaking but we were so glad that we got to visit this sacred church now protected by armed soldiers to show our support for them and Christianity. May these innocent souls rest in peace x

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December 29, 2019

Excellent value for money

February 6, 2020

Product ID: 252337