6 Day Best of Devon and Cornwall
City to shore, the crafts, creativity and majestic beauty of the west of England come into focus as you journey through the ages, via Plymouth, Bideford and Bristol. It's Insider moments like… soaking up the atmosphere of the tranquil River Dart, you admire the magnificent medieval Buckfast Abbey. You'll learn about its extraordinary history, and maybe even meet one of the abbotts who live there to this day.
Our adventure map
Day by day
First Day from London to Stonehenge, Salisbury and Bideford
This morning, travel to rural Wiltshire and visit the mystical ancient monoliths at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain. Visit Salisbury Cathedral to see the Magna Carta which was signed in 1215 by King John and the barons of Medieval England. 2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the founding of this important document. Later, arrive at the historic seaport of Bideford. This evening, get to know your companions and Travel Director at Welcome Reception including a light evening meal with drinks.
Hotel: Durrant House
Second Day visit Tintagel, Polperro and Plymouth
Drive along the north Cornish coast to enjoy views of the ruined Tintagel Castle which is steeped in mystery and legend. It is said to be the birthplace of King Arthur. Travel through Bodmin en route to Polperro, a picturesque old fishing village with its narrow streets, lanes and cottages dotted around the small harbour. This afternoon enjoy a Be My Guest Cornish Cream Tea on a local farm with spectacular views over the nearby meadows. Arrive later in Plymouth where tonight you have free time to explore this maritime city.
Third Day experience a Cornish Excursion
This morning, perhaps take an optional cruise around famous Plymouth harbour before setting off to explore Cornwall. The Cornish coast is famous for smugglers' coves and quaint villages which you will see on the way to St. Ives, a popular resort with artists and tourists. Enjoy views of St. Michael's Mount near Penzance. Cross Bodmin Moor, dominated by dramatic granite tors on your way back to Plymouth. Tonight, why not join an optional experience dinner at a nearby traditional pub.
Fourth Day see Bukfast Abbey, Cheddar Gorge and Bristol
Visit Buckfast Abbey and gain a Cultural Insight into the role of the Abbotts who have lived here for almost 1000 years. Inside the Abbey Church explore the chapels and admire the craftsmanship of the stained glass and stonework, or enjoy a leisurely stroll through the gardens. A scenic drive through beautiful countryside brings you to the spectacular limestone landscape of Cheddar Gorge en route to Bristol. Your orientation includes views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Brunel's SS Great Britain, the world's first ocean-going, propeller driven, iron ship.
Fifth Day enjoy a Bath Excursion
This morning a short drive will bring you to the Georgian town of Bath. See the beautiful Pulteney Bridge spanning the River Avon and view the impressive Abbey, founded in 1499. Visit the Roman Baths, from which the city takes its name, and see the hot thermal pool of the ‘Great Bath'. Enjoy free time to explore the city at your own pace. Why not stroll around the impressive Royal Crescent, a masterpiece of Georgian architecture, or visit the Jane Austen museum. Later, arrive back in Bristol where you have free time to explore the historic city. This evening join your companions for a Farewell Dinner.
Sixth Day Drive to Lacock, Windsor and back to London
Drive to the picturesque town of Lacock, with its honey coloured stone cottages and 15th century inns. The village was used as the movie location for 'Pride & Prejudice' and 'Harry Potter' amongst others. Stop in Royal Windsor with time to explore the quaint town before returning to London where your memorable holiday comes to an end.
- Orientations of Plymouth, Bristol, and Bath
- View Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth, St. Michaels Mount, Cheddar Gorge and Windsor Castle
- Visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral which houses the Magna Carta, Polperro, the ancient seaport of Bideford, the gorgeous artists' colony of St. Ives, Buckfast Abbey, the Roman Baths in Bath, quaint Lacock village and royal Windsor
Be My Guest afternoon tea, 5 full breakfasts, 2 dinners (including Welcome Reception and Farewell Dinner).
A scenic drive across the mysterious moors takes us to the capital of the moors, Princetown. Here you’ll see the infamous prison before driving to a lovely old Inn for a drink and a delicious home-cooked dinner, followed by stories and legends about the area.
Join us as we catch a ferry across the River Tamar to Cornwall and the village of Cremyll. Tonight you’ll enjoy dinner at an old Cornish inn, the Edgcumbe Arms, with a main course from the Carvery. Afterwards we’ll take a drive along the beautiful coast known as 'Rame Head', where you’ll enjoy stunning views.
Relax on a boat trip round the harbour of one of England’s most famous seaports. As your skipper commentates, you’ll see the Mayflower steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America, and ships sailed for Australia, New Zealand and Newfoundland and enjoy panoramic vistas of Plymouth Hoe. We’ll also enter the Royal Navy Dockyard where you’ll see some of the modern vessels of the Royal Navy.
Come with us on a trip to Brunel's famous GWR Temple Meads Station, before you visit what was once the largest ship in the World. Launched in 1843, the SS Great Britain was a world record breaker and one of Britain's great national treasures.
Tonight, why not join your travel director and fellow guests for some fine British dining in one of the most famous pubs in Bristol. It was here that sailors, smugglers and pirates drank and where press-gangs and custom officers came to catch them (don't worry, there's a spy hole to warn us). It was here that Daniel Defoe met the real-life Robinson Crusoe, and it's just around the corner from the finest Georgian square in Bristol housing the very first overseas American Consulate.
Where you stay
All hotels included in your tour package are hand-picked, of an outstanding standard and far better value than if booked individually. Our valued travel partners who organise these tours also own the Red Carnation Hotel Group and where possible Red Carnation Hotels are used and please see our link for further details.
- Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
- Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
- Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
- Hand-picked Insider Experiences
- Optional Experiences and free time
- Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
- An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
- All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
- VIP entry to many sights
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