Devon and Cornwall

Devon and Cornwall

The West Country has always been one of Britains most popular vacation destinations.

This unique area has colourful historic towns and villages, wonderful vistas of constantly changing landscapes, magnificent seascapes and much more to offer.

In Devon (“The English Riviera”), you’ll find that there is more to this spectacular and diverse county than beautiful beaches and stunning scenery. There are National Parks, historic monuments and architecture, rustic villages and strange rock outcrops known as “tors”.

Cornwall was one of the last great bastions of Celtic culture. Its south coast has wild and beautiful landscapes, where a green and gold tapestry of wooded hills drop down to secluded coves and inlets that hide enchanting fishing villages and exotic gardens.

A special feature of this tour will be our 4 dinners at a special collection of pubs. Since the earliest days of British history the pub has been at the very heart of every English community. These evenings out will ensure that you too can experience the warmth and ambiance of this timeless tradition.

Tour Highlights:
• Wells Cathedral – “the most poetic of the English Cathedrals”.
• Bath – UNESCO World Heritage site
• Cheddar Gorge – one of England’s most iconic and spectacular landscapes
• Clovelly – the timeless village
• Port Isaac – of Doc Martin fame!
• The Eden Project
• Plymouth – the historic maritime city
• Dartmoor National Park
• Dartmouth Train and River Cruise
• Salisbury – ‘The City in the Countryside’

*** Those joining our tours to Europe must be able to walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.

Tentative Itinerary

Day 1: Departure

We depart for London.

Day 2: Bath

We arrive and transfer to our First Class hotel, centrally located in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath, for a 3-night stay. Tonight is our Welcome Dinner.

Day 3: Bath

We enjoy a morning walking tour of Bath. Famous for its Roman Spa, gothic Abbey and elegant Georgian architecture, it is considered one of Britain’s most beautiful cities. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 4: Lacock / Wells

We first visit Lacock village - a favourite location for film producers due to its picturesque and historic streets and cottages. Then we proceed to Wells, also remarkably unspoilt with many historic buildings including the famous 13th century Cathedral, the moated Bishop's Palace and Vicars' Close. We will visit the Cathedral and have time to explore on our own.

Day 5: Cheddar / Somerset

We visit Cheddar Gorge, Britain's largest gorge with dramatic cliffs and stunning stalactite caverns. Our open-air bus tour will offer spectacular views. Then we visit a Cider Farm set in the beautiful countryside of Somerset, for a demonstration and tasting. Later we arrive at our luxury country hotel in North Devon for a 2-night stay.

Day 6: Clovelly

World-famous Clovelly one of Devon’s gems, offering staggering views across Bideford Bay and a more relaxed way of life. The historic houses wind their way down the wooded hillside, to the traditional 14th century fishing harbour. No vehicles are allowed down the cobbled streets; goods are transported by sledge, often pulled by donkeys.

Day 7: Newquay

Today we explore Cornwall. Our first stop is Padstow - a charming fishing port surrounded by glorious sandy beaches. Our afternoon stop is Port Isaac, a fishing village on the Cornish coast that is so charming that all visitors fall in love with the place. It is also the home of the famed British series, Doc Martin. We will enjoy an included lunch at one of the pubs used in the filming of the TV?series. We overnight in the seaside resort of Newquay.

Day 8: Newquay

At leisure to enjoy Newquay and the surrounding area, or simply enjoy our luxury spa-hotel set on a clifftop overlooking Fistral Bay a few miles from town.

Day 9: Newquay

This morning we visit the Eden Project - the world’s largest greenhouses. Tropical and desert environments have been recreated inside the giant biomes, so a single visit can carry you from steaming rainforests to dry deserts. Later we visit the Wheal Martyn China Clay Heritage Centre, to learn about this industry for which Cornwall is famous. Dinner this evening is in a traditional and atmospheric village inn. Overnight again in Newquay.

Day 10: Polperro / Plymouth / Torquay

We first visit Polperro. Sheltered from the ravages of time and tide in its cliff ravine, Polperro is an enchanting jumble of fisherman cottages, each one unique from the others. This peaceful fishing cove was once a thriving smuggling centre. Then we visit Plymouth, unrivalled in maritime history. We will wander the Barbican’s quaint cobbled quayside following in the Pilgrim Father’s footsteps, and make our way to the Hoe, with breathtaking views across Plymouth Sound - one of the most perfect natural harbours in the world. Later we arrive in Torquay for a 3-night stay.

Day 11: Dartmoor National Park

We journey through the dramatic Dartmoor National Park, where ponies roam the craggy landscape of forests, rivers, wetlands and strange rock formations. Our tour ends with a delicious dinner at a cozy 140-year-old pub that has long been a local favourite.

Day 12: Dartmouth

We visit Darmouth, “Jewel of the South Hams”. We start with a steam train journey along the spectacular English Riviera coastline. Then, on a riverboat cruise, we will see Dartmouth Castle, Dittisham village and Greenway House – home to Dame Agatha Christie.

Day 13: Salisbury

We leave Devon and head to Wiltshire, stopping at Montachute House. With its towering glass walls, glow of ham stone and surrounding garden, this house is considered a masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design. Then we enjoy a delicious Afternoon Tea at a lovely country manor set in 5 acres of beautiful English gardens. Later we arrive at our hotel, located in the centre of Salisbury.

Day 14: Salisbury at Leisure

When you see the awesome sight of Salisbury Cathedral rising up from the lush green fields, you’ll understand why Salisbury was named one of the world's Top 10 Cities to visit by Lonely Planet. Our hotel is across the street from the Cathedral where you will find the best preserved original Magna Carta manuscripts dating from 1215 AD. You can also enjoy the traditional and historic Saturday Market in the heart of the city. Tonight is our Farewell Dinner in a specially selected local pub.

Day 15: Home

We transfer to London to fly home.

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