Devon & Cornwall
Explore the magical and mysterious South West of England on this 5-day tour through Devon & Cornwall. Visit ancient kingdoms and capitals and watch for pirates & smugglers coves at Land’s End.
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Day 1: London | Exeter
Depart London and travel out through the old kingdom of Wessex to the most famous Neolithic standing stone circle of Stonehenge. Having explored this mystical place, your tour will continue to the dramatic south Devon Coast enjoying panoramic views over white sandy beaches and the natural rock arch of Durdle Door. An afternoon here to explore some of the coast before arriving at the historic city of Exeter, Rome's most south westerly fortified settlement, and your base for 2 nights.
Day 2: Dartmoor
Your morning is spent exploring the magnificent wilderness of Dartmoor, the Menhir bridge at Postbridge and the historic market town of Tavistock, home to Francis Drake. Return to Exeter in the early afternoon to explore this Roman town, with its underground passages, ancient walls, Royal Albert Memorial museum and its famous 12th century Norman Cathedral. Your second night is spent here.(B)
Day 3: Exeter | Cornwall
Today we continue to the north Cornish coast and the medieval fishing village of Boscastle with its distinctive harbour. Nearby are the romantic cliff-top ruins of Tintagel Castle, the birthplace of King Arthur which you will have the chance to explore. Our final stop of the day is at the scenic North Cornwall village of Port Isaac, made famous as the film location of the well-known TV programme Doc Martin. We then turn south to the seaside University town of Falmouth for the next 2 nights.Travel west into the heart of Arthurian legend country and the Celtic kingdom of Cornwall. The day's highlights include the ancient capital of Cornwall, Launceston with its 12th Century Norman keep perched overlooking Bodmin Moor and Bodmin Moor itself with the wild ponies wandering amongst the pre-historic stones called the Hurlers and the Cheesewring. Legends of "piskies' and "spriggins' abound and the resting place of King Arthur's sword Excalibur in Dozmary pool all combine with mythical tales of the Beast of Bodmin to make this a very special place. A brief visit to the Golitha falls and St. Neot's stunning crusader church add further variety to your day. Continue to the west coast and the romantic Tintagel Castle, birthplace of King Arthur, before travelling south to the seaside University town of Falmouth for 2 nights.(B)
Day 4: St. Michael Mount & Lands End
Explore the most westerly tip of England on this magnificent day taking in St. Michael's mount, the stunning cliff top village of Mousehole, the incredible Minack theatre built into the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the beautiful National Trust beach at Porthcurno. You may even see some pirates at Penzance! England's most westerly point beckons at Lands End before following the dramatic coast, with windswept moors and old stone Celtic communities up to the artistic haven of St. Ives. Returning to Falmouth for the night. (B)
Day 5: Cornwall | London
This morning you say farewell to Cornwall and travel across Bodmin Moor, a wild moorland now designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. On our journey north, we take a break in the market town of Launceston, with its castle that dates from just after the Norman Conquest in 1066. We continue through the Devon countryside before arriving in the town of Glastonbury. Here you can take time to visit the 7th century Abbey, relax in the local bars or restaurants or climb Glastonbury Tor, the hill that rises high above the town and has mythical connections with King Arthur and Avalon. From here you will travel back to London, a city completely removed from the experiences you have enjoyed in the magical counties of Devon and Cornwall.This morning you'll say farewell to Cornwall and travel back through the Devon countryside with stops for photos and refreshments before arriving in the famous little town of Glastonbury for lunch, on your own. Glastonbury Tor rises high above the town and has mythical connections with King Arthur and Avalon. From here you will return back eastwards to London, a city completely removed from the experiences you have enjoyed in the magical counties of Devon and Cornwall. Arrival in London around 7:30 pm and end of your tour. (B)
Saturday - March 18, 2017 to March 31, 2018 (December 23 & 30, 2017)
Monday - April 2 to October 22, 2018
Wednesday - May 2 to October 10, 2018
Friday - May 18 to October 12, 2018
Saturday - April 7 to March 30, 2019, (except December 22 & 29)