New tour for 2020
- Day 1 Salisbury, Stonehenge and the Jurassic Coast
Departing London, we head West on to the Salisbury Plain to the ancient and mysterious monument of Stonehenge, a famous and enigmatic stone circle which is thought to be 4,500 years old; after attempting to unravel its mysteries we’ll make the short journey to the medieval city of Salisbury, whose elegant cathedral boasts England’s tallest spire and an original copy of the Magna Carta. By afternoon we arrive in Dorset and England’s South coast to visit Durdle Door, a beautiful limestone arch reaching out in to the English Channel. This is one of the most recognisable features of the Jurassic coast, a stretch of coastline whose geological history dates back some 185 million years. Later we continue west towards the Roman city of Exeter, our overnight destination.
- Day 2 Dartmoor, Polperro and Poldark’s Charlestown
Today we ascend into the higher grounds of Dartmoor National Park, known for its connections to Sherlock Holmes the legendary Dartmoor Beast; we’ll traverse narrow country lanes, see the iconic Dartmoor tors and perhaps spot the native wild ponies who roam freely on the moors. We’ll pass Princetown and its infamous prison before descending to the Devonshire town of Tavistock, famously the birthplace of Sir Francis Drake. Tavistock makes an ideal stop for lunch or perhaps a Devonshire Cream Tea! This afternoon, we cross the border into Cornwall; a county with a unique Celtic heritage. Here they have their own language, their own flag, and of course their beloved Cornish pasties! First stop will be the traditional fishing village of Polperro; explore the tangle of narrow streets to the harbour and its lively fishing community where smuggling once thrived. A short drive along the coast brings us to Charlestown, whose port remains largely unchanged since the late 18th and which you might recognise from the popular TV show Poldark. Our final stop is in Falmouth, our overnight base for the next two nights.
Meals: Breakfast included
- Day 3 St Michael’s Mount, Minack Theatre and Land’s End
Today we’ll discover some of the most isolated parts of Cornwall’s coastline. First stop is the iconic St Michaels Mount an off-shore island whose famous monastery has its origins as far back as the 8th century. We’ll hear tales of pirates as we pass through Penzance before making our way to the renowned Minack Theatre, a stunning open-air amphitheatre carved in to the cliffs; hear the inspiring story of dedication and English eccentricity which resulted in its creation. Finally, we head for Lands End, the most Westerly point of Britain where nothing but ocean separates you from the Americas. Later, we return to Falmouth where you’ll enjoy free time to explore this historic harbour town; perhaps visit Henry VIIIs Pendennis castle or the local Maritime Museum.
Meals: Breakfast included
- Day 4 St Ives, Port Isaac and Tintagel
Today is dedicated to Cornwall’s north coast. Our first stop is the popular seaside town of St Ives; once a thriving fishing town today the town is a haven for budding artists and art-lovers alike. Stroll along the cobbled lanes, pop your head into a local art gallery or walk along the front of one of the golden beaches for inspiration. Next, we’ll meander around the Camel Estuary to reach the secluded fishing village of Port Isaac; this bustling port may already be familiar to you as it’s the scenic setting and primary filming location of the popular TV series Doc Martin. Better known as ‘Portwenn’ we’ll have the chance to wander the streets of the village and spot the landmarks including the schoolhouse and even Doc Martin’s house! After lunch we’ll continue along the coast to Tintagel; once home to an ancient castle and legendary birthplace of King Arthur. The island and castle ruin are shrouded in history, mystery and myth but also offer spectacular panoramas of the rugged Cornish coast. By late afternoon, we make our way back to Exeter for the final night of our tour.
Meals: Breakfast included
- Day 5 Bath and Cotswolds villages
Returning North through the county of Somerset our first stop this morning is the one of most beautiful cities in Britain; Bath. With its origins in Roman times the city boomed in Georgian times when the upper-classes settled to benefit from the “healing” qualities of the local thermal waters; the result is a city whose centrepiece is the magnificent excavated Roman Baths set amidst elegant Regency architecture. Here you’ll have ample time to explore the city including the Roman Baths, the Abbey, Jane Austen Centre or architectural highlights such as the Royal Crescent and the Circus. After lunch we make our way into The Cotswolds, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. As we pass through the classic English countryside we’ll stop at quintessential Cotswold villages including Castle Combe, a picture-postcard village with a water-side setting and Bibury village, described by some as the prettiest village in England. Bibury is home to Arlington Row; a row of cottages built in the fourteenth century which have become synonymous with the Cotswolds region. By afternoon we make our way back to London where our tour ends.
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.
- 4 nights in Hotel accommodation (minimum 3* standard).
- Full English breakfast each morning.
- All transportation by luxury mini-coach.
- Maximum group-size of 16 passengers for that intimate touring experience.
- Services of a professional driver/guide (one person).
- Expert local advice during the planning of your trip.
- Postage of your vacation documents pack.
- Attraction entry / attraction admission (this tour focuses on providing free time in various locations and allows you to choose which sites/attractions you may want to see during your visit).
- Pre or post tour hotel accommodation in London.
- Airport transfers or transport to/from London before/after your tour.
Please Note: All accommodation is minimum 3* rated and guarantees private / en-suite bathroom facilities. Specific accommodation is selected and allocated after confirmation of your booking. As tour accommodation is allocated after confirmation of the tour booking not all tour participants stay in the same establishment. Please advise if you are travelling with other guests under a different reference and we can confirm accommodation together in the same property.
Departure Dates 2019/20
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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.
Single supplements apply for single occupancy rooms and are subject to availability at the time of booking, please ask for a quotation for details.
This tour starts at 9.15am on the first day of travel and returns around 7.30pm on the final day of travel. We recommend arriving in your city of departure at least one day prior to the start of your tour. If you require pre or post tour accommodation in central London, please let us know.
- Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room.
- Prices are for land only tours and all tours are subject to availability.
- Prices are correct at the time of publishing to website but are subject to confirmation at time of booking.
- Prices are in GBP£ currency for approximate amounts in other currencies please contact us.
- All trip details are correct at time of publishing to website however due to the nature of small group tours the itinerary is flexible and is subject to change based on a variety of factors.