This five-day, small-group tour is a wonderful introduction to the pastoral countryside of beautiful southwest England. Depart busy London for the charming towns and lovely landscapes of Devon and Cornwall counties. Your guide will ensure you see all of the most important sights, including mysterious Stonehenge, while sharing fascinating historical details of these idyllic and mystical destinations. Also on the itinerary: the South Devon coast, Dartmoor, Exeter and Cornwall. With a small group — no more than 16 people — you’ll enjoy personalized attention from your friendly and knowledgeable guide.
- 5-day tour from London to Devon and Cornwall
- Visit the famous stone circle of Stonehenge
- Find out for yourself why the beauty of Cornwall is so renowned
- Breathe in the sea air at the South Devon coast
- Four nights accommodation in 3-star B&Bs or hotels (your choice) in Exeter and Falmouth
- Breakfast included
- Small-group tour ensures personalized attention from your local, expert guide
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What You Can Expect
Depart London via Wessex for one of England’s most famous attractions: the mysterious stone circle of Stonehenge. On your first day, you’ll also skirt the South Devon coast and visit Exeter, your home for two nights at the accommodation of your choice: a three-star bed and breakfast or three-star hotel.
Day 2 includes a visit to mystic Dartmoor, where your guide will regale you with spooky tales, and you’ll also visit the small town of Tavistock. You’ll return to Exeter for the afternoon and evening.
The third day brings you to Cornwall, with a visit to the civil parish of Launceston, the Bodmin moor, Golitha Falls, St Neats church and Tintagel Castle. Reach Falmouth, where you’ll spend the next two nights.
Day 4 features a visit to the island of St Michaels Mount and Minack Theatre. Your day also includes a stop in the village of Mousehole and visit to the white sandy beaches of Porthcurno and Penzance. You’ll stop in Land's End before returning to Falmouth.
Your final touring day includes Glastonbury, of King Arthur fame, before your return via coach to London in the evening.
Please note: While breakfast is included with your lodging, there will be plenty of leisure time for you to eat lunch and dinner on your own.
See the Itinerary section below for details of each day.
Via the ancient kingdom of Wessex, reach world-famous Stonehenge. Here, your local guide will share various theories of how this mysterious stone circle came to be. Make sure your camera is fully charged for the pretty views of the South Devon coast, with its sandy white beaches and picturesque Durdle Door rock arch. Free time is built into your day for lunch on your own (own expense).
Exeter serves as your “base camp” for the next two nights, and here your guide will suggest a variety of local restaurants. Eat on your own or meet up with fellow tour participants to mark your first full day of touring (dinner is at your own expense).
Breakfast is included with your Exeter accommodation, and after your morning meal, you’ll motor to mythical Dartmoor. Mystery writers such as Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle have been inspired by this legendary city. Lunch here is on your own (at your expense).
Postbridge is one of Devon county’s charming hamlets, where you’ll see its stone clapper bridge. Take some time in Tavistock, Sir Frances Drake’s hometown, before returning to Exeter in the early afternoon with time to check out key sights, such as Norman Cathedral, the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and the University of Exeter, on your own. Dinner is also at your leisure (at own expense).
Pack your bags and head to seaside Cornwall, known for its dramatic coastline with rocky cliffs and sandy beaches. Its moors are legendary, and on your agenda is the Bodmin moor, where your guide will regale you with local legends. You’ll also visit Cornwell’s ancient capital, now the civil parish of Launceston.
Today’s other interesting attractions include Golitha Falls, the small St Neats church and Tintagel Castle, where legendary King Arthur was born. Enjoy plenty of time at your leisure for lunch (at own expense).
Falmouth is your home base for the next two nights, and here your local guide will share his or her favorite spots for dinner on your own (at your expense).
Breakfast is once again included, and after you fuel up for your packed day of sightseeing, travel to the island of St Michaels Mount and the Minack Theatre, built into the breathtaking cliffs. Other key sights: the parish of Mousehole, Porthcurno’s lovely beaches and perhaps a pirate of Penzance! Lunch is on your own (at your expense).
The next stop is Land’s End, the most westerly point of mainland Cornwall. You’ll have time to watch the surfers in St Ives before heading back to Falmouth for the night. Dinner is on your own (at own expense).
Once you’ve enjoyed a filling breakfast (included), you’ll explore Glastonbury with your local guide and learn all about King Arthur’s connection to this legendary small town. You’ll have lunch here (at own expense) and return to London in the evening, where you’ll bid farewell to your guide and new friends.
Ambrose did a great job managing an eclectic group of people. He used good judgement for our stops and did a good job gauging the interests of the customers. There was a dropping of the ball on someone's part regarding my reservation in Falmouth, but Ambrose sorted it out efficiently. The Falmouth-Cornwall leg of the trip was superior to the Exeter-Devon leg in my opinion. Overall a good experience and plenty of opportunities for exercise and being outdoors.
Super tour! Lots of fun, wonderful tour guides, well planned and orchestrated, fun people, with lots of laughter and by the end of the tour felt as if we were all friends. The places were so exciting to see that there wasn't nearly enough time at each place but on a 5 day tour what else can you do...I highly recommend this tour and if they ever increase it to 7/8 days definitely go for it! Thank you for such a wonderful experience.
We enjoyed every minute of our yourney, our quide was a good driver and excelent quide.
The trip was a whirlwind of delights...from Dorset to Devon to Cornwall and all the places before and after. We really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend this tour as a way to enjoy the English countryside with a super safe driver and excellent running commentary, coupled with helpful kindness along the way. Thank you all.
I would highly urge you to take this tour. Our guide Kevin was great. He told us interesting facts along the way plus gave us plenty of time to explore each site. We saw so much of Devon and Cornwall. It was beautiful. The B and Bs were nice, especially in Exeter. The days just flew by. You will love this tour.
This was a wonderful trip through beautiful country. Our driver/guide, Jamie was knowedgeable, friendly, and patient with the group. He is a terrific person and he kept us going and kept us happy at all times. We would recommend this trip to anyone and hope to be able to do it again some day.
Our tour guide was pleasant, knowledgable and competent. It was a good pace and we saw many lovely places. The hotels were excellent, especially in Falmouth.
The tour was fantastic, 5 days of a grand tour of devon and cornwell, the weather was kind to us, 2 days of a slight drizzle of rain,and 3 beautiful sunny days, it was great to stay in Exeter and Falmouth for two nights and the hotels we stayed at were great, the highlight was going to St Ives, it was just beautiful, Lands End could be given a miss, it's just an amusement park, there was enough free time on the tour , to find your own places to eat, all in all highly recommended.
There's no other way I could have seen as much, traveling with a small bus tour like this is definitely the way to do it. I recommend being specific on your physical requirements when booking - you may not want to carry your suitcase up 6 floors like one couple on my tour had to do.
One of the best, well organized short tour we have ever taken.
The itinerary was just right, the bus companions all very compatible and enjoyable to be with and Steve the driver/guide did his very best to keep us all happy. He is to be particularly commended.
Finally, the accommodations exceeded our expectations.
A "well done" to all.
Ivor and Roz Glazer