Devon and Cornwall – A Magical Land of Legends
London, Stonehenge, Devon, Exeter, Dartmoor
2019 depart Mon: 01 Apr – 21 Oct. Wed: 03 May – 09 Oct. Fri 03 May – 11 Oct & 27/12 Sat: 06 Apr – 30 Mar 2020 (except 21 & 28 Dec)
Cost from: B&B from: $871 pp twin share (s/sup $244)
Hotel from: $986 pp twin share (s/sup $339)
day 01 sat London-Stonehenge-Devon-Exeter
Depart London at 9.15 and travel out through the old kingdom of Wessex to its ancient capital – the historic city of Winchester. Having explored this fascinating old town with its magnificent cathedral and historic Great Hall, your tour will continue to the dramatic south Devon Coast enjoying panoramic views over white sandy beaches and the natural rock arch of Durdle Door. An afternoon here to explore some of the coast before arriving at the historic city of Exeter, an important fortified settlement in Roman times, your base for 2 nights.
day 02 sun Exeter-Dartmoor-Tavistock-Exeter
Your morning is spent exploring the magnificent wilderness of Dartmoor, the ancient “Clapper Bridge” at Postbridge and the historic market town of Tavistock, home to Sir Francis Drake. Return to Exeter in the early afternoon to explore this Roman town, with its underground passages, ancient walls, Royal Albert Memorial Museum and its famous 12th century Norman Cathedral. Your second night is spent here. B
day 03 mon Exeter-Cornwall-Falmouth
Arthurian legend mixes with genuine Celtic history in Cornwall, England’s most western county. Today, you explore the ancient Cornish capital of Launceston and its 12th century Norman castle. You head west to the North Cornish coast and the Elizabethan fishing village of Boscastle. Indulge in a cream tea, take a stroll out to the dramatic headland, or learn a spell or two in the Museum of Witchcraft. You travel to the village of Tintagel and the ruins of its headland Castle, whose romantic cliff top setting is purportedly the birthplace of King Arthur. After lunch, you head south to the bustling port town of Falmouth for the next two nights. On tours departing after March 2018, you also visit Port Isaac.
day 04 tue Falmouth-Mousehole-Porthcurno-St Ives-Falmouth
Explore the most westerly tip of England on this magnificent day taking in the incredible Minack Theatre built into the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the beautiful National Trust beach at Porthcurno. You may even see some pirates at Penzance! England’s most westerly point beckons at Land’s End before following the dramatic coast, with windswept moors and old stone Celtic communities up to the artistic haven of St. Ives. Returning to Falmouth for the night. B
day 05 wed Falmouth-Devon-Glastonbury-London
This morning you say farewell to Cornwall and travel back through the Devon countryside with stops for photos and refreshments before arriving in the famous little town of Glastonbury for lunch. Glastonbury Tor rises high above the town and has mythical connections with King Arthur and Avalon. From here you will travel back eastwards for the final highlight - the famous Neolithic standing stone circle of Stonehenge before returning to London at approximately 19.30, a city completely removed from the experiences you have enjoyed in the magical counties of Devon and Cornwall. B
Inclusions: twin share in a 3* hotel, breakfast daily, accommodation with private facilities, mini-coach transportation with maximum capacity of 16 seats, professional Irish driver-guide, local taxes and service charges.
Note: itinerary is subject to change