Surround yourself with the Atlantic Ocean and currents of the Gulf Stream
Trek through tucked away fishing villages and pristine beaches
Explore serene English gardens and wander around ancient castles filled with history
Enjoy staples of British culture with its booming gourmet food scene
Welcome to Cornwall, Great Britain’s most southwesterly county. Surrounded on all sides by the lashings of the Atlantic Ocean and the warming currents of the Gulf Stream, this peninsula boasts over 400 miles of dramatic cliff-edged coastline complete with lush palm trees, quaint, tucked away fishing villages, windswept, pristine beaches and water that reflects the most vibrant turquoise color that you might mistake it for the Caribbean. Of the 1376 square miles that makes up Cornwall, 25% is designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Our tour starts in the lovely coastal town of Tintagel, home to the famous Tintagel Castle. A castle steeped in folklore surrounding the enigmatic King Arthur, and now with its two halves connected by a dramatically suspended footbridge.
Over the course of our 11-day tour, we explore serene English gardens, wander around ancient castles, walk along the breathtaking coastline and explore hidden Cornish gems. Our accommodations are situated in delightful fishing villages flush with award-winning restaurant where you can also enjoy an afternoon cream tea with a romantic seaside atmosphere.
Transfer from Paddington Train station to Bodmin Parkway and Ryder-Walker will provide a taxi from the train station to your hotel in Tintagel. Meet your guide(s) and other guests for a welcome dinner. Overnight in a charming hotel in Tintagel.
Today begins with a short drive to Boscastle to visit The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, the only one of its kind. Afterwords we venture off to find the Southwest Coastal Path for a beautiful coastal hike. Along the way we stop at Tintagel Castle – inextricably linked with the legend of King Arthur. We round out the day walking back into Tintagel.
Distance: 4 miles.
A visit to Healeys Cornish Cider Farm starts off our day. Here we learn about the process of brewing cider. This family-run farm has been making award-winning cyders, wines, spirits, juices, preserves, and sauces for nearly 40 years. After an early lunch at the farm, we head to the coast for another stunning coastal walk, along which we pass the ruins of the famous Wheal Coates tin mine. Overnight at a comfortable hotel by the beach in Perranporth.
Distance: 6 miles.
After a drive south, we arrive at the breathtaking St. Michael’s Mount, an island cut off at high tide. We venture onto the island to explore the village, castle and medieval church. Afterwards, we drive around the bay to our next destination for an afternoon of wandering and shopping in the pleasant fishing village of Mousehole, pronounced Mowzel. Overnight in a quaint village hotel.
After a brief stop to view a Neolithic burial tomb and some famous standing stones, we head south to lovely Porthcurno Beach to begin the longest hike on the tour. Along this hike we have time to explore the internationally renowned Minack Theatre, as well as pass by Land’s End, the most wester point in England. The hike finishes at the charming village of Sennen Cove, where a tasty ice cream or Cornish cream tea are well-deserved. Overnight back in Mousehole.
Distance: 7 miles.
In the morning we visit the Cornish Seal Sanctuary to learn about their ongoing efforts to rescue and rehabilitate grey seal cubs. The afternoon is filled with a visit to the serene surroundings of Glendurgan Gardens, sub-tropical gardens rated amongst the finest in England. Finish at our hotel in Lizard.
Today we embark on a lovely loop hike. Along the way we visit Lizard Point and Lizard Point Lighthouse, the most souther point on the British mainland. Next we pass by Kynance Cove, with its delightful hidden beach and cafe, before returning to the hotel to enjoy the afternoon.
Distance: 5 miles.
We begin today with a trip into the hills of Cornwall for a private tour of the Tregothnan Tea Plantation, the only place in the UK to grow its own tea. Afterwords, the adventure continues with a wander around the wonderful Lost Gardens of Heligan, a botanical garden ranked amongst the best in the country. Overnight at a delightful hotel in Mevagissey.
We start today at the famous Eden Project, home to two large biomes, which house plants from diverse climates and environments throughout the world. After lunch we visit the ruins of a 13th Century Norman castle. Continuing on, we drive through the haunting Bodmin Moor with a short hike to a waterfall and view several ancient standing stones before heading to our final hotel in Plymouth.
Plymouth, the port city and launching point for Sir Francis Drake’s exploration to The Americas. We begin our final day with a quick stop at The Mayflower Steps, the location where the pilgrims are believed to have left England in 1620. Afterwards, a quick ferry ride takes us to Mt. Edgcumbe House and Country Park, a Grade 1 listed park and a wonderful spot to finish our tour ambling around its beautiful acreage, complete with woodlands, coastal walks and marvelous views. We finish our tour with a delicious dinner overlooking the sea and Drake’s Island. Overnight back at our hotel.