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Key Features
Duration: 14 days / 12 nights
Tour feature: Maximum group size 16 passengers
Starting: London or Salisbury
Ending: Cardiff or London
  1. Day 1 Head to Historic Salisbury

    This morning, using your included rail pass, depart London by train for the short journey to the historic city of Salisbury. After leaving your luggage at the hotel, your afternoon is free to explore this charming destination; wander the cobbled streets to the impressive cathedral which boasts Europe’s oldest operating clock and an original copy of the Magna Carta. By evening, we get together to meet your tour leader and the rest of the group for a welcome meal.

    Overnight: Salisbury

    Meals: Dinner included.

  2. Day 2 Stonehenge and the Dorset Coast

    Departing Salisbury, we’ll make the short journey to nearby Stonehenge. Here we can visit the state of the art visitor centre and exhibition to try to unravel the mysteries of this ancient site before walking the perimeter of the stone-circle itself, an enchanting experience. We’ll then pass south pausing to visit one of England’s most photographed streets before exploring the Dorset coast; this area is named the Jurassic Coast owing to its abundance of prehistoric fossils which can be found on the beaches. We’ll pause in one or more of the charming seaside towns before crossing the county border in to Devon, before settling in to our accommodation for the next two nights, where dinner awaits.

    Overnight: Exeter or Dartmoor

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

  3. Day 3 Dartmoor and the Dart Valley Railway

    This morning we explore the rugged beauty of South Devon. Crossing the wilds of the Dartmoor National Park we’ll see desolate landscapes, rocky tors and wild ponies before pausing in one or more of the quaint moorland villages. The charming market town of Tavistock makes for the perfect spot for a Devonshire cream tea. Then it’s onward to explore South Devon where we enjoy a steam railway journey along the scenic valley of the river dart before returning to our overnight base.

    Overnight: Exeter or Dartmoor

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  4. Day 4 Tintagel Castle and Port Isaac

    Today we cross the county border in to Cornwall. Arriving on the North Cornish coast, we’ll visit Tintagel Castle, a dramatic cliffside fort steeped in Arthurian Legend and reputedly home to Merlin’s cave beneath. Then we’ll pass South along the coast to visit the charming fishing village of Port Isaac, better known as Port Wen, the stomping ground of television’s ”Doc Martin”. Here we’ll enjoy a brief walk through the village before free-time to explore. By afternoon, we’ll cross the Cornish Peninsula to the South heading for the seaside resort of Falmouth home to sweeping sandy bays and our overnight base for the next two nights. Enjoy an included dinner before relaxing in your room.

    Overnight: Falmouth

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

  5. Day 5 The Cornish Peninsula

    Today we embark on an epic excursion to explore the farthest reaches of the Cornish Peninsula. We’ll explore craggy coastlines and fishing villages such as the charming seaside town of St Ives where we’ll enjoy free-time to wander the harbour or visit the renowned Tate Art Gallery. We’ll gain views of the island monastery of St Michaels Mount and visit the enchanting Minack Theatre – an amphitheatre carved in to the Cornish cliffs over-looking the churning waters of the Atlantic Ocean. After our enjoyable day we’ll return to Falmouth where your evening is free to dine at your leisure.

    Overnight: Falmouth

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  6. Day 6 The Eden Project and Charlestown

    Departing Falmouth, we’ll make our way to the magnificent Eden Project; set in the colossal crater of a former china clay pit the site consists of a collection of diverse contemporary gardens and tropical biodomes. Then it’s to nearby Charlestown for lunch; you may recognise this charming 18th century harbour town from the hit BBC show ”Poldark”. By afternoon, our journey takes us back through the Devonshire countryside to and in to rural Somerset and our final hotel. Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner together.

    Overnight: Taunton

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

  7. Day 7 Rail to Wales

    This morning enjoy a leisurely breakfast before bidding farewell to your group and Cornwall tour leader. Using your included rail pass to make your onward journey to Wales by train. Arriving in Cardiff, the Welsh Capital, the afternoon is yours to explore the city at your own pace. With your included tickets, you can visit the unique Cardiff Castle whose history stretches from Roman times right through to an illustrious Victorian manor house. By evening meet your Wales tour leader for a group dinner together.

    Overnight: Cardiff

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

  8. Day 8 Museum of Welsh Life and Cardiff Bay

    Boarding the mini-coach, a short ride from central Cardiff, we’ll visit the Museum of Welsh Life; set in the expansive grounds of the Elizabethan manor house of St Fagan’s Castle you can trace Welsh life through the centuries. We’ll then head for the cosmopolitan Cardiff Bay area to see the vibrant Mermaid Quay which is now a hub of Welsh heritage and politics and is home to a host of waterfront cafes, bars and eateries. Your afternoon is free to explore “the Bay” or return to central Cardiff to see more of the historic city.

    Overnight: Cardiff

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  9. Day 9 Big Pit, Laugharne and Tenby

    Today we leave Cardiff for a day of contrasts; we’ll ascend the renowned South Wales valleys to visit to experience Wales’ industrial heritage at Big Pit where we’ll have the opportunity to descend a an operational coal mine. We then pass West in to the Welsh countryside – we’ll pause at Laugharne the picturesque home-town of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, before continuing to the beautiful seaside town of Tenby. There’ll be time to wander the within the 13th century town walls, see the sweeping golden bays or climb the rocky headland overlooking the harbour. This evening, enjoy a dinner together in your Pembrokeshire hotel.

    Overnight: Pembrokeshire

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

  10. Day 10 St Davids and Cardigan Bay

    This morning we continue to explore the natural scenery of the protected Pembrokeshire Coast. We’ll head for St Davids, namesake of Wales’ patron saint. This tiny village enjoys city status owing to its beautiful cathedral and Bishop’s Palace. From here we’ll turn North and follow Wales’ scenic west coast past the sweeping sands of Cardigan Bay and in to rural mid-Wales. We’ll pause in one or more of the bustling harbour towns before arriving in Aberystwyth, our overnight destination. In the evening we enjoy our dinner together.

    Overnight: Aberystwyth

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

  11. Day 11 Portmeirion and Snowdonia Mountain Railway

    After a hearty Welsh breakfast we’ll enjoy a scenic drive North to the intriguing town of Portmeirion. Nestling in a sheltered position on an enclosed estuary this beautiful Italian style village was uniquely designed by Sir William Clough Ellis and has since been used for various television productions. After plenty of time to explore, we’ll head for the local train station – here it’s all aboard a narrow gauge steam train for an epic mountain railway journey of breath-taking views in to the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. Later we retire to our base in Llandudno on the North Wales coast and share stories over an included dinner.

    Overnight: Llandudno

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

  12. Day 12 Llandudno and Conwy at Leisure

    Today is a free day to enjoy at leisure; equipped with your complimentary open-top bus tour tickets you can explore the contrasting towns of Llandudno and nearby Conwy at your own pace. Llandudno is an elegant Victorian seaside resort with a sweeping sandy bay and long promenade whilst Conwy is a cobbled medieval market town nestled on the shores of the Conwy estuary. Between the two there are a host of leisure and visitor attractions to enjoy including a Victorian cable tramway ride to the top of the Great Orme headland for spectacular panoramic views or wandering the cobbled streets and medieval town walls to the ramparts of the imposing 13th century fortress at Conwy Castle.

    Overnight: Llandudno

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  13. Day 13 Llangollen and Powis Castle

    Today we make our way south along the course of the Conwy Valley to the charming Welsh town of Llangollen home of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, a stunning waterway which carries boats more than 100 feet above the valley floor and enjoys World Heritage status. By afternoon we’ll continue south to visit the beautiful National Trust Powis Castle where we’ll admire the interior collections of the Herbert family and explore the elegant manicured and wild gardens. Later we continue in to our hotel on the edge of the scenic Brecon Beacons where we will enjoy a farewell dinner together.

    Overnight: near Brecon

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included.

  14. Day 14 Farewell to Wales

    Today we enjoy a leisurely breakfast before we make our way South through the barren uplands of the Brecon Beacons to the city of Newport where you bid farewell to your driver. Using your complimentary rail passes you can choose to take the train either back to Cardiff to continue exploring the Welsh Capital or take the direct service back to London.

    Meals: Breakfast included.

*Journey times and distances are estimates and are based on the direct route between the start location and end location for each day of the itinerary, where applicable. They do not include detours or stops for sightseeing.

Unique Experiences

  • Visit the iconic standing stones at Stonehenge.
  • Explore the country lanes of Dartmoor.
  • Spend a day exploring the Cornish Peninsula and its fishing villages.
  • Enjoy steam train rides though Devon and the Snowdonia National Park.
  • Visit the unique Italianate village of Portmeirion in mid Wales.
  • Explore a number of magnificent medieval castle ruins.
  • Maximum group-size of 16 passengers for that intimate touring experience.

What's Included

  • 13 nights in charming boutique accommodation.
  • Transportation by luxury mini-coach.
  • Rail travel from London to Salisbury at the beginning of your tour.
  • Rail from Taunton to Cardiff on 7th day of tour.
  • Rail from Wales to London at the end of your tour.
  • The services of your professional driver / tour leader.
  • Full English/Welsh breakfast daily.
  • 9 x evening meals.
  • A comprehensive touring programme including the following admissions:
    • Stonehenge
    • Dart Valley Historic Railway
    • Tintagel Castle
    • Guided walk of Port Isaac with a local resident
    • Minack Theatre
    • The Eden Project
    • Cardiff Castle
    • St Fagans Museum of Welsh Life
    • Big Pit working mine
    • St Davids Bishops Palace
    • Portmeirion
    • Snowdonia Mountain Railway Journey
    • Llandudno and Conwy City Sightseeing Tour Ticket
    • Powis Castle and Gardens.
  • Expert local advice during planning your trip.
  • Postage of your travel documents pack.

Optional Extras

  • Additional pre-tour accommodation in London.
  • Post-tour accommodation in Cardiff or London.
  • Additional nights hotel accommodation in London.
  • Private transfers in London.

This tour is a combination of our other British tours “Treasures of Cornwall” and “Enchanting Wales”.

Exclusions

Our tours are fully land inclusive but there are some things we do not include as standard:

  • Trip Insurance – we ask that our guests purchase suitable cover in case planned travel is affected or disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances. More information on the benefits of trip insurance can be found here.
  • Flights – adeo Travel do not book air travel but are happy to offer advice on where to seek competitive airfare.
  • Meals and/or sightseeing other than that outlined above.

Departure Dates

Please select your preferred tour date from the list below.

Start DateEnd DateStatusPrice
(per person)*
 
March 14, 2023
March 27, 2023
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£
4150
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May 16, 2023
May 29, 2023
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£
4550
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September 19, 2023
October 2, 2023
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from
£
4450
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October 3, 2023
October 15, 2023
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from
£
4150
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* Prices are per person based on two people sharing either a double room or twin room. A single supplement will apply for those bookings where a single room is required.

Pricing Notes

A single supplement from £1,100 applies for solo travellers.

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