Best of Devon and Cornwall

Best of Devon and Cornwall
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Sign up for a whirlwind adventure on this popular England trip through Devon and Cornwall. Discover the legend of King Arthur at Tintagel Castle and learn how the monks of Buckfast Abbey have lived for centuries, before indulging in a traditional cream tea or Cornish pasty.

Highlights
Sightseeing Highlights

  • ORIENTATION of Bath, Bristol, Brixham, Plymouth, Dunster, Lynmouth, Exeter and Salisbury
  • VISIT Royal Windsor, the Roman Baths in Bath, Longleat House in Warminster, Lacock village, Buckfast Abbey, the artists' colony of St. Ives, Exeter Cathedral, the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge and John Constable's Salisbury
  • VIEW Windsor Castle, the Capability Brown landscaped parkland at Longleat, Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth and St. Michael's Mount
Destinations
  • United Kingdom
  • Europe
Tour Types
  • Country Explorer
Day 1 London – Windsor – Bath – Bristol (2 Nights)

Leave the bright lights of the British capital behind and journey through lush landscapes to the historic market town of Windsor. Journeying west, we arrive in the stately Georgian town of Bath, whose beautiful Pulteney Bridge and 15th-century Gothic Abbey provide a picturesque backdrop for the Roman Baths from which the city takes its name. See the steamy thermal pool of the 'Great Bath' before travelling to easygoing Bristol, where we'll enjoy an orientation of the city including views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Brunel's SS Great Britain, the world's first ocean-going luxury liner.

Location: Bristol, Bath

Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn City Centre

Day 2 Longleat Stately Home and Lacock Excursion

Leaving trendy Bristol behind, we embark on a scenic drive through the English countryside, arriving at Longleat Stately Home where we'll 'Dive Into Culture' and gain insights into centuries of British tradition. Embark on an included guided tour one of the country's finest stately homes, currently home to the 7th Marquess of Bath. Wander through its grand rooms featuring priceless collections of art, antiques and tapestries collected by 15 generations and admire the exquisite Capability Brown landscaped parkland. Later, we stop in the picturesque village of Lacock - its honey-coloured stone cottages and 15th-century inns have served as an iconic backdrop for such famous films as 'Pride & Prejudice', 'Harry Potter' and Downton Abbey.

Location: Warminster

Day 3 Bristol – Brixham – Buckfast Abbey – Plymouth

The sounds and smell of the sea beckon as you make your way to Devon and stop in the fishing town of Brixham where Sir Francis Drake's ship Golden Hind is permanently moored. Spend some free time strolling through its hilly streets and working up an appetite for your 'Be My Guest' experience where you'll 'Connect With Locals' and savour local flavours. Continue to Buckfast Abbey where you'll 'Dive Into Culture' and gain insights into how Benedictine monks have lived and prayed for nearly 1,000 years. Venture to Plymouth next, where pilgrims once left English shores for an unknown new world. This evening you could choose to toast to their bravery over an optional dinner with your fellow travellers.

Location: Buckfastleigh, PLYMOUTH, Dartmouth

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza

Day 4 Plymouth – St. Ives – Tintagel – Exeter (2 Nights)

Continue your journey to lovely St. Ives, a popular retreat for artists, surfers and sun-worshippers. On the way, enjoy views of St. Michael's Mount with its 17th-century castle, perched dramatically atop the tidal island near the seaside town of Penzance. Stop at Tintagel Castle, the legendary birthplace of King Arthur, and admire its rugged clifftop vantage point overlooking the wild Atlantic. Your final destination today is the sophisticated capital of Devon - Exeter. Its stunning medieval centre is yours to explore on your own this evening.

Location: Exeter

Accommodation: Mercure Southgate

Day 5 Exeter – Dunster – Lynmouth and Dartmoor National Park

This morning, visit the Exeter Cathedral with its 15th-century astronomical clock and misericords, said to be the earliest complete set in the United Kingdom. Continue to the Somerset village of Dunster, where you'll have some free time for lunch and an opportunity to view its castle on your own. Visit Lynmouth next, the walking capital of Exmoor, then drive through the brooding landscape of Dartmoor National Park, stopping at a traditional pub for a memorable Farewell Dinner with your travel companions. Return to Exeter, where you'll spend the night.

Location: Exeter

Day 6 Exeter – Stonehenge – Salisbury – London

This morning, visit the ancient monoliths at Stonehenge, which rise imposingly on Salisbury Plain, imagining a time when pagans and druids would gather in their mysterious midst. We'll visit the town of Salisbury, home to Britain's tallest spire, before returning to London where our memorable journey through Devon and Cornwall comes to an end.

Location: Salisbury

Included

First class travel Highlights
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing,Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals,Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys),The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel,Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted,Optional Experiences and free time,All porterage and restaurant gratuities,Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras,An expert Travel Director and professional Driver,All hotel tips, charges and local taxes,London airport transfers are available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfer page link below for details,Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or from the London Reception Centre,Handcrafted Highlights,VIP entry to many sights
Dining Highlights
5 breakfasts,1 lunch (including Be My Guest),2 dinners

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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