Cornwall & the Cotswolds featuring Bath & Stonehenge

5 Days, 4 Nights
YOU'LL VISIT: Port Isaac, St Ives, Land's End, Tintagel Castle and St Michael's Mount...plus...Stonehenge, the Cotswolds, Dartmoor, Plymouth & Bath.

Join us on a five-day tour of Cornwall and the Cotswolds where we’ll see some of Britain’s most beautiful coastline and visit some of its most charming villages. Our small-group tour to Cornwall will take you on a journey of spectacular scenery, narrow country lanes and unique Celtic history… 

  • This tour starts & finishes at the Mercure Kensington Hotel, London.
  • Tours are fully-guided by our knowledgeable Driver-Guides & includes full minibus transportation and four-nights accommodation
  • Travel in small-groups and get a more personalised tour, with time off the minibus to explore
  • Options to leave the tour in Bath or at Heathrow Airport
  • See famous destinations Stonehenge & Bath, plus seek ‘hidden gems’ in two of England’s most scenic areas; Cornwall & the Cotswolds
  • Find the best places to sample authentic local foods like Fish & Chips, Devonshire Cream Teas and Cornish Pasties
  • Optional walking tour in Port Isaac with a local guide who has appeared in Doc Martin
  • *New for 2020* – we’ll visit Plymouth during the year in which we mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower

From £580 pp
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This tour includes:

  • Four-nights accommodation (choose B&B or Hotel)
  • Full minibus transportation
  • Guided by knowledgeable Driver-Guide
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Time to explore each destination
  • Optional walking tour in Port Isaac

Where to meet us:

Our tours to Cornwall & the Cotswolds start and end at the Mercure London Kensington Hotel, which is less than ten minutes walk from Earl’s Court Station. Tours start at 8.45am on the morning of departure, but please arrive at least 15 minutes before.

2020 Dates Available Now!

(Tours depart on Monday all year-round)

Tour Itinerary

DAY ONE

Stonehenge, Salisbury & the Jurassic Coast

Our tour of Cornwall & the Cotswolds begins by departing London and travelling west towards the iconic pre-historic monument of Stonehenge; the first stop of our tour. The world’s most famous stone circle is thought to be 4,500 years old, yet we still don’t understand its true meaning…

Our tour of Cornwall & the Cotswolds begins by departing London and travelling west towards the iconic pre-historic monument of Stonehenge; the first stop of our tour. The world’s most famous stone circle is thought to be 4,500 years old, yet we still don’t understand its true meaning. Many theories exist, suggesting the stones could have been a solar calendar, burial site or perhaps a place of worship. After attempting to unravel the mysteries of the stones we will make the short journey to the medieval city of Salisbury. The city’s cathedral is visible for miles around and possesses the tallest spire in the UK. It’s also home to one of only four surviving copies of the world’s oldest constitutional document: the Magna Carta. Whilst in Salisbury we’ll have time to visit the cathedral, wander the city’s charming streets and have some lunch. This afternoon we will travel to the south coast and the county of Dorset, where we’ll visit Durdle Door. This beautiful limestone arch is one of the most recognisable features of the Jurassic coast; a part of England’s coastline that is world-renowned and has a geological history dating back 185 million years. Then it will be time for us to continue west, to the Roman city of Exeter, which is where we will spend the first night of our tour.

DAY TWO

Dartmoor, Plymouth, Polperro & Charlestown

This morning we leave Exeter, but it won’t be long before we are crossing into the higher grounds of Dartmoor National Park; known for its Sherlock Holmes connection and home to the legendary Dartmoor Beast. As we travel we’ll take in the beautiful scenery…

This morning we leave Exeter, but it won’t be long before we are crossing into the higher grounds of Dartmoor National Park; known for its Sherlock Holmes connection and home to the legendary Dartmoor Beast. As we travel we’ll take in the beautiful scenery, negotiate narrow country lanes and perhaps spot a native Dartmoor pony or two. Our route will navigate the rocky hills and past Princetown, where we will see the notorious Dartmoor Prison. Next we’ll travel to the port town of Plymouth on Devon’s south coast, where we’ll have lunch. 2020 will mark the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim Fathers departing for the New World, now recognised as the United States of America. Take time to explore Plymouth’s harbour, the historic Barbican area and find the ‘Mayflower Steps’. This afternoon it’s time to cross the border and enter Cornwall; a county with a unique culture based on its Celtic heritage. Here they have their own language, their own flag, and of course their Cornish pasties! Our first stop in Cornwall will be the quaint fishing village of Polperro. Follow the narrow streets into the harbour to see an active fishing community where smuggling once thrived. A short trip along the coast will bring us to our next stop, Charlestown, known popularly as a filming location in the TV series Poldark. The village centres on its port and has remained largely unchanged since the late 18th century. Now its time to travel to Falmouth; our base in Cornwall and where we will spend the next two nights.

DAY THREE

St Michaels Mount, Minack Theatre & Lands End

Today our journey will take us to some of the most beautiful and isolated parts of Cornwall’s coastline. We will begin by travelling to see the famous island of St Michael’s Mount. This iconic place has been home to a monastery since at least the 8th century…

Today our journey will take us to some of the most beautiful and isolated parts of Cornwall’s coastline. We will begin by travelling to see the famous island of St Michael’s Mount. This iconic place has been home to a monastery since at least the 8th century, and takes its name from the Archangel Michael, who according to local legend protects the local fishermen. Next we’ll have to beware of ‘pirates’ as we negotiate the town of Penzance and make our way to the Minack Theatre, our next stop. An inspiring story of dedication and English eccentricity, the Minack Theatre is in a spectacular location that would rival any theatre in the world. From here, there’s only one place in mainland Britain that’s further west and that’s our next stop; Land’s End. Here we can gaze out over the Atlantic and on a clear day we’ll be able to see the Isles of Scilly. Next we’ll continue to follow the coastline and take the scenic route as we head back to Falmouth where you’ll have the rest of the afternoon to explore this historic harbour town. You may wish to visit the historic Pendennis castle, discover Falmouth’s renowned National Marimitime Museum or perhaps spend time in a traditional local pub. Tonight is our second night in Falmouth.

DAY FOUR

St Ives, Port Isaac & Tintagel

This morning it’s time to leave Falmouth, but our Cornish adventure isn’t over yet. We begin by travelling to Cornwall’s north coast, and we’ll arrive at St Ives, one of Britain’s most popular seaside towns. This charming town was once a centre of Cornwall’s fishing industry…

This morning it’s time to leave Falmouth, but our Cornish adventure isn’t over yet. We begin by travelling to Cornwall’s north coast, and we’ll arrive at St Ives, one of Britain’s most popular seaside towns. This charming town was once a centre of Cornwall’s fishing industry, but is now known more as a destination for artists. Stroll along the cobbled lanes, pop your head into an art shop or take a walk along the front of one of the beaches. Next we’ll travel through pretty countryside to reach the charming fishing village of Port Isaac. For some the village may be more familiar by its fictional name ‘Portwenn’; as this is the main filming location in the hit TV series Doc Martin. Starring Martin Clunes, the series follows the life of Doc Martin, a local Doctor whose unique personality and blunt nature leads to a clash of cultures with locals that has humorous results. We’ll have plenty of time in Port Isaac to explore the village, have some lunch and you may wish to join an optional walking tour with a local village guide. This afternoon we’ll continue further along the coast to Tintagel; once home to an ancient castle which legend says was the birthplace of King Arthur. The island on which the castle would have stood is shrouded in history, and the views of the surrounding coastline are spectacular. After this we will travel back to Exeter where we’ll spend the final night of the tour.

DAY FIVE

Bath & the Cotswolds

The final day of our tour to Cornwall & the Cotswolds begins by departing Exeter and visiting possibly the most beautiful city in Britain; Bath. Founded by the Romans as a spa town, the legend of the city suggests that the water here possesses healing powers…

The final day of our tour to Cornwall & the Cotswolds begins by departing Exeter and visiting possibly the most beautiful city in Britain; Bath. Founded by the Romans as a spa town, the legend of the city suggests that the water here possesses healing powers. Whilst here be sure to visit the Roman Baths, and take in some of the beautiful regency architecture like the Royal Crescent and the Circus. You may also wish to visit the Jane Austen Centre, stroll across the iconic Pultney Bridge and try a local delicacy: a Bath Bun. After ample time to explore Bath and have some lunch we will make the short journey into The Cotswolds; a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. This area is home to Britain’s most famous countryside, which is famed for it’s beautiful scenery and historic association with sheep farming. We’ll travel through the rolling hills, passing a number of charming villages along the way. We’ll stop in at Castle Combe, arguably the most picture-perfect village in the Cotswolds. Here you can wander around the quiet streets and admire the villages’ idyllic river setting. At this point it is time to make our way back towards London, where our tour of Cornwall & the Cotswolds concludes.

This tour ends at the Mercure Kensington Hotel at approximately 6.30pm. If traffic conditions allow it may be possible to do an additional stop on Bath Road, Heathrow, for those staying in the Heathrow Airport area.

Tour Summary

5 Days, 4 Nights
YOU'LL VISIT: Port Isaac, St Ives, Land's End, Tintagel Castle and St Michael's Mount...plus...Stonehenge, the Cotswolds, Dartmoor, Plymouth & Bath.

Includes: Minibus transportation, services of Driver-Guide, four nights accommodation (choose B&B or Hotel) and breakfast each morning

Extras: Meals (except breakfast), entry to attractions

From £580 pp
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