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, and a quick stop along the way for a little walk to a hidden waterfall. In Boscastle we pop into The Museum of Witchcra and Magic, the only one of its kind, before venturing off to find the Southwest Coastal Path for a beautiful coastal hike finishing at Tintagel Castle – inextricably linked with the legend of King Arthur. We round out the day walking back into Tintagel.
Our slower start today begins at a cider farm, where we learn about the brewing of cider. 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 Wheat Coates tin mine. Overnight at a hotel by the beach in Perranporth.
After a drive south, we arrive at the breathtaking St. Michael’s Mount, an island cut o 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 village hotel.
After a brief stop to view a Neolithic burial tomb and some famous standing stones, we head to the lovely Porthcurno Beach to begin the longest hike on the tour. Along this hike we have time to explore the famous 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.
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 visits to the serene surroundings of Trebah and 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 have a quick stop at Lizard Point Lighthouse, the most souther point on the British mainland, and also pass by Kynance Cove, with its delightful hidden beach, before returning to the hotel.
We begin today with a visit to the famous Poldark Mine, home to the most complete underground tin mine in Cornwall that is open to the public, and also is the sight the famous TV series of the same name was filmed. After a brief stop at the Tregothnan Tea Plantation, we finish the adventure with a wander around the wonderful Lost Gardens of Heligan, a botanical garden ranked amongst the best in the country. Overnight at a charming 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 and a wander around Lanhydrock, a magnificent late Victorian country estate, we drive through the haunting Bodmin Moor along the way to our hotel in Plymouth.
Plymouth, the port city and launching point for Sir Francis Drake’s exploration to The Americas, is home to two wonderful estates; Buckland Abbey, a Grade 1 listed 700-year-old house, was the last Cistercian monastery to be built in medieval England and Wales and Mt. Edgcumbe House and Country Park, a Grade 1 listed park, is a wonderful spot to finish our tour ambling around its beautiful acreage, complete with woodlands, coastal walks and marvelous views. Overnight back at our hotel.