Small Group Escorted Tour to Devon and
Cornwall 5 Days from London
Small group tour - limited to 16 persons
Day 1 STONEHENGE/EXETER
at 9AMfrom Victoria Coach Station and travel out through the old kingdom of
Wessex to the most famous Neolithic standing stone circle of Stonehenge. Having
explored this mystical place, 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, Romes most south westerly
fortified settlement, your base for 2 nights.
Day 2 DARTMOOR
Your morning is spent exploring
the magnificent wilderness of Dartmoor, the menhir bridge at Postbridge and the
historic market town of Tavistock, home to 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.
Day 3 CORNWALL
Travel west into the heart of
Arthurian legend country and the Celtic kingdom of Cornwall. The days
highlights include the ancient capital of Cornwall, Launceston with its 12th
century Norman keep perched overlooking Bodmin moor and Bodmin moor itself with
the wild ponies wandering amongst the pre-historic stones called the Hurlers
and the Cheesewring. Legends of piskies and spriggins abound and the resting
place of King Arthurs sword Excalibur in Dozmary pool all combine with
mythical tales of the Beast of Bodmin to make this a very special place. A
brief visit to the Golitha falls and St. Neots stunning crusader church
add further variety to your day. Continue to the west coast and the romantic
Tintagel Castle, birthplace of King Arthur, before travelling south to the
seaside University town of Falmouth for 2 nights.
Day 4 Explore the most westerly tip of England on this magnificent day taking
in St. Michaels mount, the stunning cliff top village of Mousehole, 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! Englands most
westerly point beckons at Lands 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.
Day 5 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 return back eastwards to London, a city completely removed from the
experiences you have enjoyed in the magical counties of Devon and Cornwall.
Private tour to Devon and Cornwall 5
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|Cornwall and Devon 5 Day
Whether its browsing the antique or craft shops, ambling along the
cobbled pedestrian areas or hiring a small boat and drifting along the river,
there are many things to do in Devon and Cornwall. Cornwall, where the melodic
voices of fishermen singing sea shanties still reverberates around quaint
fishing villages. The popular legend of King Arthur has many of its roots here
in the West Country, too.
Self drive tours,
and walking tours
are also available.
Day 1 - London Oxford Bath
This morning , we make our way to the first stop of our day,
Oxford. Here we will visit one of the University's Colleges and we continue on
a scenic drive through the Southern Cotswolds, to Bath. We will admire its
Georgian architecture and stop to visit the Roman Baths. Next we're off to
Day 2 - Bristol Plymouth
(2 nights) This morning after a drive to
admire the rugged beauty of Cheddar Gorge, we continue on to Glastonbury the
legendary burial site of King Arthur, with its Abbey ruins. From here we drive
into Devon taking us by the wild and rugged Dartmoor National Park, and to the
historic naval port of Plymouth, where the Mayflower sailed from. The boggy
moorland of Dartmoor contrasts with the genteel towns of the coastal areas. The
Remains of the Day was filmed Powderham Castle, Devon, and Corsham Court in
Devon, and Bath. Anthony Hopkins as a butler comes to realize that his loyalty
and respect for his employers has been misplaced.
Day 3 - Cornish Excursion
We enjoy a delightful
day touring this beautiful area and rugged coastline. We will visit the
artists' colony of St. Ives, Land's End, and St. Michael's Mount near Penzance.
Lands End will also provide spectacular views this time across the Atlantic
Ocean as, at this point you are standing on the most westerly point of the
English mainland. The rugged coastline, colored by the setting sun and seagulls
and terns circling overhead will provide one of the most everlasting memories
of your visit. St. Ives, an old fishing port and an artists colony full of
character. Its also the home of the Tate Gallery, a superb building that offers
a unique introduction to modern art and the stunning Barbara Hepworth Museum
and Sculpture Garden.
| Doc Martin is a comedy drama and is filmed on location in and around
the fishing village of Port Isaac, Cornwall, with filming of most interior
scenes and production carried out in a converted barn at a local farm.
Day 4 - Plymouth Tintagel
Taunton Our first stop this morning will be at Tintagel for views of the
ruined castle, reputed to be the birthplace of King Arthur. Our drive continues
to the picturesque and steeply cobbled village of Clovelly. Finally we make our
way to the Devon town of Taunton for the night. The Dracula 1979 film was made
at Tintagel, St. Michael's Mount. Tintagel Castle is owned by the Duchy of
Cornwall. In legend it was King Arthur's Castle fortress and was believed to
have been constructed around AD1140. It was built by Earl Richard of Cornwall,
the youngest son of King John.
Day 5 - Taunton Stonehenge
Salisbury London We drive past Lorna Doone's famous Exmoor as we
leave the West Country. Today, the lush Devon landscape draws thousands of fans
of the 19th century novel each year, keen to relive the moment Lorna is felled
by a bandit's bullet at the altar. Then we cross Salisbury Plain to the ancient
and mysterious monoliths of Stonehenge. From here we continue to our next stop
at Salisbury Cathedral. Finally, we return to London.
- Deluxe private car/minicoach transportation
- Driver/guide throughout
- First-class accommodations for 4 nights; room with private bath
- Bristol Victoria Square Hotel 1 night,
- Plymouth Duke of Cornwall 2 nights
- Taunton Rumwell Manor or Shrubbery 1 night
- 4 breakfasts (B)
- All taxes and service charges
- Sightseeing at added cost: Tintagel, King Arthur's Country, Plymouth,
Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral
- Special Features: Scenic highlights: romantic Dartmoor, Land's End,
Daily departures, just for your party Single supplement $320 when sharing car
with others. NEW! We can accept payments in US dollars, euros and pounds
sterling. Please ask for our wire transfer details.
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| Totnes is ancient town with a weekly market in Elizabethan
dress. There are 66 houses in Totnes that date to before 1700.
Markets Totnes has regular outdoor markets on
Fridays and Saturdays. During the main season, between May and September, there
is an Elizabethan market each Tuesday morning, where local people and traders
go about their daily business dressed in Elizabethan costume. The Elizabethan
market runs alongside the all-day craft market in the town.
The Ancient Leech Wells The Leech Wells can be found at the top of the
town in an area known as the 'Narrows' a collection of
claustrophobically narrow streets echoing back to Totnes' past. If you follow
the High Street up to the top of the town, it levels out and curves round to
the left. If you walk along Leechwell Street, you will come to Totnes' oldest
pub the 17th century Kingsbridge Inn. Adjacent to the pub, you will find
the narrow passage known as Leechwell Lane, leading back down the hill. The
passage leads you to the site of Totnes' three ancient wells, where water flows
from springs into three granite troughs. The waters in the wells were believed
to have medicinal properties and as such, were administered by specially
appointed Town Wardens. The healing waters in the Leech Wells were for a long
time a point of pilgrimage for Lepers, in an attempt to cleanse themselves of
their terrible affliction.
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