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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
Price varies by group size
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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
Price varies by group size
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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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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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Colombo Sightseeing & Shopping

Colombo Sightseeing & Shopping

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Combine sightseeing and shopping in Colombo on this tour in the company of a private guide. Booking a private your means you'll enjoy personalized attention and your guide will tailor the itinerary to your interests. Highlights include Gangaramaya Temple, Galle Face Green, Independence Square, and others. While shopping for souvenirs, get guidance on the best shops and best deals.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$106.67
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$106.67
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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
Price varies by group size
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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
Taking safety measures

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
Price varies by group size

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

Southern Beaches of Serendib (10 Days)

Southern Beaches of Serendib (10 Days)

(SKU: LK10090300) Explore the central hill country and walk against the breeze. Experience the chilled breeze of the hills and the warmth of the sun in the southern coast. Have a complete experience where you can witness both nature’s creations as well as man-made world famous creations. Explore the Rock Fortress of Sigiriya and the Temple od the Tooth Relic which is the Last Kingdom of Sri Lanka. Take a walk in the picturesque city of Nuwara Eliya and taste the real taste of Spices in the Spice Gardens of Matale. Have a true Sri Lankan experience by enjoying a cup of tea and some King Coconuts.
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  • 10 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$313.00
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$313.00
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Experience South and Hills (9 Days)

Experience South and Hills (9 Days)

(SKU: LK10080600) This is a special trip to Sri Lanka for people who wish to have a relaxing holiday, and have a break from their stressful lifestyle. Taking you through the central highlands of Sri Lanka, at a perfect pace where you could explore the culture and heritage of our beautiful island leisurely. A few days in Nuwara Eliya and Ella will offer you some breath-taking sceneries, and finally end the tour with a peaceful beach holiday in Galle, where you could relax and chill out to the cool breeze of the ocean.
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  • 9 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$326.00
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$326.00
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Morning Private Custom Colombo City Tour From Colombo Harbor

Morning Private Custom Colombo City Tour From Colombo Harbor

Explore the city of Colombo on a Half day tour in the morning hours. Traveling around the city 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. This shore excursion will leave wonderful snaps of the remarkable sites of Colombo city!
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$48.00
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$48.00
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Serendipity Trail (15 Days)

Serendipity Trail (15 Days)

(SKU: LK10140500) The beauties of Paradise Island are yours to witness. Go on a scenic train ride through the rolling hills and valleys and experience the picturesque Nuwara Eliya and Ella. Discover the myths and stories behind the City of Ruins, Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka’s ancient capital, and the famous Sigiriya ‘Lion Rock’ Fortress. Bask in the scent of Sri Lanka’s renowned spices and herbs, and also take part in a cooking demonstration that lets you taste those exotic spices with a traditional Sri Lankan meal.
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  • 15 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$554.00
Price varies by group size
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$554.00
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Shore Excursion Colombo Port Terminal To Colombo City Tour Highlights

Shore Excursion Colombo Port Terminal To Colombo City Tour Highlights

Explore Colombo City with a local in an air-conditioned vehicle. During this 4-6 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.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$31.00
Price varies by group size
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$31.00
Price varies by group size
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East Explorer (21 Days)

East Explorer (21 Days)

(SKU: LK10LBS011) Visit the cool, lush green hill country. Embark on fascinating wildlife safaris and walk with the Aborigines (The ancient ones). Have a truly Sri Lankan experience with a cup of Ceylon Tea or fresh King Coconuts on the calm southern coast. This is undoubtedly a tour of immense charm. ) Visit the cool, lush green hill country. Embark on fascinating wildlife safaris and walk with the Aborigines (The ancient ones). Have a truly Sri Lankan experience with a cup of Ceylon Tea or fresh King Coconuts on the calm southern coast. This is undoubtedly a tour of immense charm.
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  • 21 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$594.00
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$594.00
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Colombo National Museum can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 171 Colombo National Museum tickets and tours on Viator.
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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 171 Colombo National Museum tickets and tours on Viator.
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