From windswept moors and wild coastlines to historic cities and picture-perfect fishing villages, the county of Cornwall is sure to impress. Discover the maritime heritage, rural beauty and culinary pride of South West England.
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- Enjoy lunch at Rick Stein’s signature The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow
- Get the inside story at Tregothnan Estate, Cornwall’s largest estate, on a private guided tour
- Enjoy a two night stay in Falmouth, a historic port town
Day 1: London > Wells > Dartmoor National Park
From London, we’ll set off on our adventure. Our first stop is the tiny market city of Wells, known for its Gothic cathedral and peaceful Vicars’ Close. From Wells, our path will take us from the quaint country lanes of Somerset to the heather and gorse-clad tors of Dartmoor National Park. Tonight, we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner together. Accommodation: Two Bridges Hotel (or similar) (D)
Day 2: Dartmoor National Park > Port Isaac > Padstow > Falmouth
Today we’ll leave Dartmoor for Cornwall’s northern coast – starting with a stroll around Port Isaac, the fishing village made famous by the Doc Martin television series. Next, we’ll enjoy a leisurely lunch at The Seafood Restaurant – Rick Stein’s flagship restaurant in Padstow. Here, you can take your pick from a menu of fresh-off-the-boat Cornish seafood and international favourites. Afterwards, it’s time to take it easy as we travel further west to Falmouth. Accommodation: Greenbank Hotel (or similar) (B, L)
Day 3: Falmouth > St Michael’s Mount > St Ives > Falmouth
After a hearty breakfast we’ll set off for St Michael’s Mount, a tidal island just off the coast of Penzance. Here, we’ll explore the village and the medieval castle and gardens, which are brimming with treasures and stories from the past. Next, we’ll visit St Ives, one of England’s prettiest towns, before returning to Falmouth. Please note: we are unable to visit St Michael’s Mount on Saturdays as it is closed to the public. In the event that day 3 of the tour occurs on a Saturday, we will visit an alternative destination. (B, D)
Day 4: Falmouth > St Austell
There’s a treat for the green-fingered today: we’re off to explore Tregothnan, Cornwall’s largest estate and the historic seat of the Boscawen family. A member of the gardening team will give us a private tour of the grounds and the tea plantation, where we’ll learn all about the only tea grown in England. You’ll even get the chance to sample some local produce. Afterwards, we’ll make our way to Fowey, a historic town that hugs the steep banks of the Fowey Estuary, before settling into our hotel and enjoying dinner. Accommodation: The Fowey Hotel (or similar) (B, D)
Day 5: St Austell
We have no set plans today, leaving you free to explore the sandy beaches and boutique shops of St Austell at your leisure. (B)
Day 6: St Austell > Anthony Estate > Lyme Regis > Hawkchurch
Today we’ll make our way along the south Cornish coast, stopping at the beautiful Antony Woodland Garden before our road takes us to Dorset. We’ll have plenty of time to walk in the footsteps of Jane Austen’s heroines and take in sweeping views of the Jurassic Coast at Lyme Regis, before we move on to Hawkchurch – where a farewell dinner awaits. (B, D)
Day 7: Hawkchurch > Salisbury > London
Our last scenic jaunt takes us along the Old Roman Road to Salisbury, a city set in a landscape of grassy plains and rolling downs. From a town steeped in history to a modern metropolis, we’ll then head back to London, where our tour ends. (B).
6 nights in boutique accommodation
Experienced Tour Leader and Driver
Premium mini-coach transportation
Daily full English breakfast (B), 4 dinners.
Lunch at Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant (L)
Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Wells Cathedral, St Michael’s Mount, the Tregothnan Estate (or Lower Lanner Farm), the Antony Woodland Garden and Salisbury Cathedral.