Cornwall and Devon by Mini Coach
Located in the far south west of England, Cornwall and Devon are a land of wild beauty, booming surf, quaint villages and illustrious heritage.
Gorse clad cliffs tumbling into the rolling Atlantic, tranquil sheltered shores where turquoise waters lap onto white sand; rugged swathes of untamed moorland, world-class attractions and one of Britain’s finest foodie scenes. Cornwall and Devon are undeniably attractive and all who visit are soon seduced by their charms.
Journeying south west from London, the historic Glastonbury Tor is the first point of call. Steeped in legend and shrouded in mystery, climbing the holy Tor is said to be a life changing experience.
From here it’s on to the city of Exeter to experience a medieval underground passage tour. Dating back to the 14th Century, these passages were originally built to accommodate pipes that brought drinking water into the city of Exeter. Dark and narrow, they boast a fascinating history and are the only British passages of this kind to be open to the public.
Following lunch at one of the city’s fantastic eateries it’s off to Dartmoor National Park, a spectacular expanse of rugged, craggy moorland, which has served as the backdrop for many a movie. Take a walk, breath in the fresh clean air and keep eyes peeled for wild ponies before heading to a luxury country hotel for the night.
After breakfast absorb the glorious Dartmoor scenery as you leave the park and head for Slapton Sands on the south Devon coast. Slapton was the site for the ill-fated ‘Exercise Tiger’, a rehearsal for the D-Day landings that ended up in the loss of lives, including those of American serviceman. Today, a Sherman tank stands on the road behind the beach in memorium.
Sticking with the history theme, this afternoon offers the chance to walk in the footstpes of the Pilgrim Fathers as they made their final preparations to set sail for America. The final stop is the site where the Pilgrim Fathers are said to have stepped aboard the Mayflower, waving a final goodbye to England in 1620.
Tonight will be spent at the award-winning Pentille Castle and Estate, just across the border into Cornwall.
First stop today is the internationally renowned Eden Project, located in a reclaimed china clay pit and home to the world’s largest indoor rainforest. See for yourself why these dramatic global gardens have been dubbed the eighth wonder of the world!
After strolling the gardens it’s up to Knightor Winery for a tour of this boutique working vineyard before sampling their wines with lunch.
The afternoon will be spent visiting the gorgeous Lost Gardens of Heligan. One of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK, these fully restored gardens are over 200 acres in size and offer hours of exploring, with fantastic views around every corner.
Spend this evening perched on the tranquil south Cornish coast at a stately hotel proffering gorgeous view out to sea.
Start today in the historic maritime town of Falmouth, get out on the water with a wildlife cruise or try your hand at making pasties, a local delicacy and a truly tempting treat! Stroll the quaint streets and shop for souvenirs or visit the National Maritime Museum to delve into Cornwall’s intrinsic relationship with the sea.
Dine on award-winning fish and chips for lunch before setting off to the iconic St. Michael’s Mount, a fascinating rocky island steeped in myth and legend. Home to a medieval church and a sub-tropical garden, it also houses over a thousand years of history.
Tonight will be spent in the Penzance area at one of the historic or boutique seaside hotels, each boasting great customer service.
First stop today is the Minack Theatre, a world famous spectacular open air theatre perched high on the Cornish cliff tops, with sweeping views along the coastline.
From the Minack it’s off to St. Ives along one of the most scenic roads in Britain, marvelling at the utterly breathtaking views before arriving in picturesque St. Ives, famed for its creative scene. Spend a while touring the sunlit gallery at the Tate St. Ives and strolling the Barbara Hepworth Gallerty and Garden or try your hand out at painting, under expert tuition.
Following a late lunch it’s time to head back north, back to London.
Extend your stay and spend some time exploring the wider West Country area, where attractions, beauty and history are aplenty.
Mayflower 400 provides an opportunity for group visits, FITs and international tours to England.
Rain or shine, Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City is home to breath-taking views, plenty to see and do and lots of fresh, sea air. Explore the waterfront, shop ‘til you drop or experience world-class events.
Think of Somerset and what comes to mind – stunning views across open countryside, sandy beaches, superb strawberries, Cheddar cheese and cider? World-wide, our county is famous for its Glastonbury Festival, illuminated carnivals, Mulberry handbags and Arthurian Legends. There is more! Much more.
Choose from a range of local tour guides including Select South West Tours and Unique Devon and Unique Cornwall Tours.