Suggested Itinerary for Devon and Cornwall


Day 1
Arrive at London airport - enjoy a panoramic tour of the capital city before settling in to your hotel.
Big Ben
Day 2
This morning take a sightseeing tour of London including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral, Big Ben and much, much more.
Day 3
Leaving London, your tour takes you to Stonehenge, the world famous prehistoric site, to Salisbury, with its magnificent 13th century cathedral, transferred from its previous site at Old Sarum in 1220, through the beautiful area of the New Forest, with its rolling scenery, picturesque villages and wild ponies to the seaside resort of Bournemouth and your hotel.
Day 4
Your luxury coach take you to the imposing ruins of medieval Corfe Castle and to Dorchester, the setting for many of the Thomas Hardy novels including the Mayor of Casterbridge and Far From The Madding Crowd. You travel to Lyme Regis, where the Duke of Monmouth landed in 1685 attempting to wrest the crown of England from King James II and finally to Exeter and your hotel.
Day 5
Time for you to explore Exeter with its impressive cathedral before travelling to Paignton to board a steam train which runs along part of the scenic Devonshire coastline and by ferry to Dartmouth, home of The Royal Naval College. You cruise on the River Dart, passing the house where Agatha Christie wrote many of novels, to Totnes to reboard your motorcoach and return to Exeter.
Dartmouth
Day 6
Crossing through the heart of Dartmoor, with its remote villages and foreboding scenery, you arrive in Plymouth, the last port of call by the Quakers on their epic voyage to America. You continue with visits to the pretty fishing village of Looe and the cathedral city of Truro to Falmouth and your hotel.
Day 7
A full day excursion taking in three of Cornwall's finest gardens. Magnificent river views and 20 acres of gardens surrounded by 376 acres of parkland make a visit to Trelissick Gardens unforgettable. The many rare trees and magnificent collection of Camellias, Rhododendrons and Magnolias of the 30 acres of Trewithen Gardens are your next port of call with a final visit to Glendurgan, gardens since the early 19th century.
Day 8
Your excursion starts today with a visit to St Michaels Mount, a former Benedictine Priory and Castle and home to the St Aubyn family for 300 years. You continue through Penzance to the wave lashed cliffs and stunning views of Land's End, the most westerly point in mainland Britain. Taking the narrow coastal road you arrive at St Ives, a pretty Cornish fishing village with narrow winding cobbled streets and passages.
St Michaels Mount
Day 9
From Falmouth, you take a leisurely drive to the coastal resort of Newquay, with its wide expanse of beaches, inviting shops and unspoilt harbour. You continue to Tintagel, the birthplace of so many legends of King Arthur and the Knights of The Round Table. Your final visit today, as you cross the border into Devon, is to Clovelly, where white-washed houses cling to the hillsides and cobbled streets lead down to the ancient harbour. Your hotel is situated in the small town of Barnstaple.
Day 10
Crossing Exmoor, taking in the scenery of wooded valleys, tumbling streams and quiet pools, you arrive in Glastonbury, visiting the Abbey and the Chalice Gardens before a short journey to Wells, the smallest city in England with the medieval Cathedral dominating the square. You continue to Bath and your hotel.
Day 11
Your full day in the spectacularly beautiful city of Bath gives you the opportunity to take a walking tour of the city and to explore the Roman Baths, the sweeping Georgian Terraces and the majestic Abbey.
The Roman Baths
Day 12
Your full day excursion through the Cotswolds, takes you to some magical sounding places with villages and towns with names as interesting as Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water and Moreton-in-Marsh. You will see the thatched cottages nestling between the rolling hills and visit Sudeley Castle, the home of Queen Katherine Parr, one of the six wives of King Henry VIII.
Day 13
Leaving Bath you visit Blenheim Palace, home of the 11th Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Winston Churchill before heading for Oxford, the city of dreaming spires, and a chance to browse the settings and join the world of Harry Potter, Lewis Carroll and Inspector Morse. Your last night is based in London.
Day 14
You join your coach for the journey to the airport and your flight home.