Private Half-Day Colombo City Tour

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Private Half-Day Colombo City Tour
from USD $33.00
Explore Colombo City with your private chauffeur in an air-conditioned luxury car. 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.
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In Brief

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
4 hours
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
Comprehensive tour of the city
Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
Important InfoInfo
Take a fascinating journey in the capital of the isle paradise to taste it's cultural texture, witness it's bustling streets, visit bargain markets, and also relax while watching the uprising urban lifestyle of the capital. A port city favored by merchants of ancient era, this commercial and administrative hub of the country proves to be a blend of cultures, religions, and socioeconomic classes. Eyewitness blessed hinterlands and betrayed slums. Your tour is tailored to showcase different places of Colombo, from traditional to unconventional attractions, and for discovering life lived by everyday Sri Lankans.

• Pick-up from your hotel or preferred meeting point
• Gangarama Seema Malakaya
• National Museum
• Old Parliament
• Independence Memorial Arcade & Independence Square
• Beire Lake
• Meal break (optional)
• Odel shopping
• Cinnamon gardens
• Shopping at Laksala state owned Handicrafts emporium
• Lighthouse and Clock tower
• Colombo Harbor


  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transport by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Port pickup and drop-off for cruise ship/other ship passengers


  • Tips, gratuities and expenses of personal nature
  • Foods and drinks
  • Port entrance for cruise ship passengers 10 USD ($10) payable directly to the driver

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
All guest houses, homestay units and AirBnB.

Returns To

Returns to original departure point, port or airport

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please advise TOUR START TIME you prefer would like to secure at the time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.38 out of 5 based on the last 13 recent reviews

We had the best day our tour guide Shimaz was fantastic went above and beyond to show us as much as possible, nothing was too much trouble
• Submitted 16 Apr 2019
Wonderful tour visiting the oldest hotel in Colombo, all the major sights in Colombo, several Buddhist and Hindu temples and even receive a blessing from a monk. Couldn't have been better. Guide picked us up right from the dock by our cruise ship.
• Submitted 06 May 2018
I must tell the truth: my expectations about Colombo were low. The tour commenced with a visit to St. Antony's church and proceeded to other Buddhist and Hindu temples, plus a stop in the red mosque. The tour has covered nicely the entire town and our driver/guide, Kumar Vijesuriya was fantastic! He allowed us to set our pace, take thousands of photos, inquire about the places and the culture. Very knowledgeable. Actually, I must also thank Pathum Rodrigo, the tour organizer, who sent us a WhatsApp message prior the tour to welcome us and to advertise everything was on schedule. We left Colombo with that bitter-sweet feeling: so happy for being there and get to know its beauties. At the same time, so sad to leave. I highly recommend the tour, either if you have little time in town or want to see a glimpse of what Colombo has to offer. You left us very well impressed! Thanks!
• Submitted 16 Feb 2018
Good tour. Also driver kindly took us to the airport at the end of the tour! Gave him a good tip!
• Submitted 05 Dec 2017
Godfrey our tour guide was excellent and had great knowledge of Colombo and Sri Lanka as a whole. Any tour group would be fortunate to have Godfrey as their guide.
• Submitted 08 Nov 2017
Best way to see Colombo is to book a private car. Takes you to the most interesting sights as well as others you'd like to see. We were very satifsied with our driver, excellent and clean car.
• Submitted 28 May 2017
Colombo was our first port stop of 16 nights and our guide Godfrey set a very high standard. He is very experienced, courteous, knowledgeable and a most careful driver in driving conditions which are quite testing. We enjoyed highly all the sights he drove us to and past. Our tour of the temple was made that much more valuable by Godfrey's commentary. We left Colombo feeling that we were really familiar with its main elements and our knowledge and understanding of its history and culture was down to Godfrey's knowledge and pride in both his work and his Country.
• Submitted 21 Apr 2017
Our driver and guide Godfrey was every bit as knowledgable, polite and friendly as you could wish for. The itinerary was flexible, as was his time. Good recommendations for places to eat too. Sadly, the temple pictured in the add for this tour is no longer so colourful, and inside is basically a big open space with little chapels here and there...interesting culturally but not as spectacular as I was expecting. Overall, very happy with this tour - prompt pick up, clean, cool and comfortable car, driven safely...what more could you want?
• Submitted 11 Sep 2016
I used the same car service for a private tour of the city. While the driver did not speak English that well, he was very attentive and patient with me as I visited several museums and shops. He also had a positive disposition.
• Submitted 05 Aug 2018
Good tour. Got to see lots of Sri Lanka. The tour guide/driver was really nice and took us to different places we wanted to see. The only place I wanted to see that we didn't get to go to was one of the open markets or the floating market.
• Submitted 31 May 2017
Generally good but the drivers English let him down. He tried hard. Good tour.
• Submitted 17 Apr 2017
We enjoyed this tour but felt it would have benefited if we had a guide and driver. We were unable to go in temple as guide couldnt get parked. Also guides English was fairly limited. He was very helpful and keen to help though.
• Submitted 12 Feb 2018
We booked two trips through Viator in India Mumbai and New Mangalore and they were excellent. Great guides and drivers, really helpful commentary and comfortable transportation including the houseboat. But, when it came to our half-day excursion in Colombo, Sri Lanka our party of eight travelled in a mini- bus that had ineffective air conditioning so much so that we had to resort to opening windows. We left the port with a driver and a guide but quickly lost the second man so our driver doubled up as the guide and with no microphone available much of his commentary was lost. There also seemed to be a reluctance to stopping for photographs etc. We were expecting a number of pre-planned photo opportunities The doubt set in at the outset when we were asked where we would like to go- not sure if the driver/guide had been instructed on the package we had booked. However, in fairness we managed to cover quite a lot of sights. The trip ended on a bit of a low as the driver had only booked a morning pass for the port so we had to walk from the dock gates back to the ship- I guess a 10 minute walk in 90 degree heat. Kind of felt a bit unprofessional. Luckily, our party of 70 year olds, and up, were fit enough to cope!! So, all in all rather a disappointment when set against the earlier excellent tours in India.
• Submitted 28 Jan 2017

In Brief

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
4 hours
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
Comprehensive tour of the city
Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences