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Devon & Cornwall; A Magical Land of Legends: London to London

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,061

England is a country filled with folklore. This short England tour uncovers some of the myths that have weaved themselves into British history, and help to define the country we know today.


This small group experience (maximum 16 participants) gets you off the beaten track so you get a real feel for the country. Our guides are hand-picked for their pride and passion for their country. You choose your style of accommodation. Transportation is in modern Mercedes Benz mini-coaches.

This 6-day round trip from London focuses on Devon and Cornwall to immerse you firmly in the tales and legends of England.

Spend your first night in London, where you can take in a West End show, enjoy an evening flight on the London Eye, or roam the never-sleeping streets of Soho, enjoying the colour and culture of this great city. Then travel from the new capital to the old, Winchester, where you’ll visit the historic cathedral and great hall. Then explore the beaches and stone formations of Devon, including the famous Durdle Door, before overnighting in Exeter.

Spend a morning exploring Dartmoor, home to the Clapper Bridge, and Sir Francis Drake’s home town of Tavistock. Both are included on the tour before you return to Exeter, ready to explore its Roman past. The Royal Albert Memorial Museum will put some of your discoveries into context, before a visit to the Norman cathedral transports you back to the 12th century.

The following day immerses you in the legends of King Arthur as you explore Cornwall. More 12th century Norman structures dot the moors here. We can’t guarantee sightings of the fae folk or other mythical creatures, but you’ll certainly discover their stories, and pay a visit to Dozmary Pool, where Excalibur supposedly was laid to rest. Explore the ruins of Tintagel Castle, where Arthur was born, then come back to the present in the university town of Falmouth.

The town of Mousehole has a cute name, and a stunning location overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the Porthcurno beach. The stories here even take musical form as you visit Penzance, the town that inspired Gilbert & Sullivan’s famous pirate operetta. Visit the remnants of Celtic communities and discover the artists of St Ives before overnighting in Falmouth. On your final day, ponder one of England’s most famous mysteries at Stonehenge. You’ll also visit Glastonbury Tor for one last taste of Avalon legend before returning to London in the evening.


 

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,061

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Day 1

London Heathrow to London Central Hotel Zone 1

Duration1 Hour

The Phoenix Hotel

The Phoenix Hotel is conveniently located in central London, 5-minutes away from Hyde Park and overlooking one of the capital's reputed Garden Squares. The hotel is also in the vicinity of local attractions such as Oxford Street and Regents Street, Hyde Park, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London City Centre and the Knightsbridge. Here you are less than 5 miles from Bayswater Tube Station and 3 miles from London Eye and the Buckingham Palace. Strategically placed, the hotel is surrounded by bars and restaurants; and stores displaying some of the world's famous brands. The beautiful Kensington is less than a 20-minute walk away, while Knightsbridge is merely a mile away.

Meal Plan Continental Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

The Phoenix Hotel

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    The Phoenix Hotel



    The Phoenix Hotel is conveniently located in central London, 5-minutes away from Hyde Park and overlooking one of the capital's reputed Garden Squares. The hotel is also in the vicinity of local attractions such as Oxford Street and Regents Street, Hyde Park, Earls Court Exhibition ...

    The Phoenix Hotel is conveniently located in central London, 5-minutes away from Hyde Park and overlooking one of the capital's reputed Garden Squares. The hotel is also in the vicinity of local attractions such as Oxford Street and Regents Street, Hyde Park, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London City Centre and the Knightsbridge. Here you are less than 5 miles from Bayswater Tube Station and 3 miles from London Eye and the Buckingham Palace. Strategically placed, the hotel is surrounded by bars and restaurants; and stores displaying some of the world's famous brands. The beautiful Kensington is less than a 20-minute walk away, while Knightsbridge is merely a mile away.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Coffee/Tea
    • Concierge
    • Housekeeping Service
    • Laundry Service
    • Lounge Bar
    • Luggage Storage
    • Smoke Free Hotel
    • TV

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Day 2

London to Winchester, Dorset and Exeter

Today you depart London at 9:00am (ensure you arrive at least 30 minutes before the start time) and travel out through the old kingdom of Wessex to its ancient capital - the historic city of Winchester. Having explored this fascinating old town with its magnificent cathedral and historic Great Hall, your tour will continue to the dramatic south Devon Coast enjoying panoramic views over white sandy beaches and the natural rock arch of Durdle Door.

An afternoon here to explore some of the coast before arriving at the historic city of Exeter, an important fortified settlement in Roman times, your base for the 2 nights.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

B & B with Ensuite

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    B & B with Ensuite



    We try to reserve accommodation that's no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre. We regularly check our accommodation partners to ensure they reach a certain standard.

    We try to reserve accommodation that's no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre. We regularly check our accommodation partners to ensure they reach a certain standard.

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Day 3

Dartmoor and Tavistock

Your morning is spent exploring the magnificent wilderness of Dartmoor, the ancient "Clapper Bridge" at Postbridge and the historic market town of Tavistock, home to Sir Francis Drake. Return to Exeter in the early afternoon to explore this Roman town, with its underground passages, ancient walls, Royal Albert Memorial museum and its famous 12th century Norman Cathedral.

Your second night is spent here.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 4

North Cornwall, Boscastle and Falmouth

Travel west into the heart of Arthurian legend country and the Celtic Kingdom of Cornwall. The day's highlights include the ancient capital of Cornwall, Launceston with its 12th century Norman keep perched overlooking Bodmin Moor. This is an area where legends abound - tales of pixies and spriggins, the Beast of Bodmin and the resting place of King Arthur's sword Excalibur in Dozmary Pool combine to make this a very special place.

Continue to the north Cornish coast and the medieval fishing village of Boscastle with its distinctive harbour. Nearby are the romantic cliff top ruins of Tintagel Castle, birthplace of King Arthur which you will have the chance to explore before travelling south to the seaside University town of Falmouth for the next 2 nights.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

B & B with Ensuite

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    B & B with Ensuite



    We try to reserve accommodation that's no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre. We regularly check our accommodation partners to ensure they reach a certain standard.

    We try to reserve accommodation that's no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre. We regularly check our accommodation partners to ensure they reach a certain standard.

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Day 5

Mousehole and St. Ives

Explore the most westerly tip of England on this magnificent day taking in the stunning cliff top village of Mousehole, the incredible Minack theatre built into the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the beautiful National Trust beach at Porthcurno. You may even see some pirates at Penzance! England's most westerly point beckons at Lands End before following the dramatic coast, with windswept moors and old stone Celtic communities up to the artistic haven of St. Ives.

Return to Falmouth for the night.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 6

Glastonbury and Stonehenge

This morning you say farewell to Cornwall and travel back through the Devon countryside with stops for photos and refreshments before arriving in the famous little town of Glastonbury for lunch. Glastonbury Tor rises high above the town and has mythical connections with King Arthur and Avalon.

From here, you will travel back eastwards for the final highlight - the famous Neolithic standing stone circle of Stonehenge before returning to London.

You will arrive back in London around 7:30pm and are free to make your onward travel arrangements from here.

Meal Plan Breakfast

The Phoenix Hotel

The Phoenix Hotel is conveniently located in central London, 5-minutes away from Hyde Park and overlooking one of the capital's reputed Garden Squares. The hotel is also in the vicinity of local attractions such as Oxford Street and Regents Street, Hyde Park, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London City Centre and the Knightsbridge. Here you are less than 5 miles from Bayswater Tube Station and 3 miles from London Eye and the Buckingham Palace. Strategically placed, the hotel is surrounded by bars and restaurants; and stores displaying some of the world's famous brands. The beautiful Kensington is less than a 20-minute walk away, while Knightsbridge is merely a mile away.

Meal Plan Continental Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

The Phoenix Hotel

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Location View map
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    The Phoenix Hotel



    The Phoenix Hotel is conveniently located in central London, 5-minutes away from Hyde Park and overlooking one of the capital's reputed Garden Squares. The hotel is also in the vicinity of local attractions such as Oxford Street and Regents Street, Hyde Park, Earls Court Exhibition ...

    The Phoenix Hotel is conveniently located in central London, 5-minutes away from Hyde Park and overlooking one of the capital's reputed Garden Squares. The hotel is also in the vicinity of local attractions such as Oxford Street and Regents Street, Hyde Park, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London City Centre and the Knightsbridge. Here you are less than 5 miles from Bayswater Tube Station and 3 miles from London Eye and the Buckingham Palace. Strategically placed, the hotel is surrounded by bars and restaurants; and stores displaying some of the world's famous brands. The beautiful Kensington is less than a 20-minute walk away, while Knightsbridge is merely a mile away.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Coffee/Tea
    • Concierge
    • Housekeeping Service
    • Laundry Service
    • Lounge Bar
    • Luggage Storage
    • Smoke Free Hotel
    • TV

    More Details

    Preferred Hotel
Day 7

London Central Hotel Zone 1 to London Heathrow

Duration1 Hour

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2019: Friday's: Oct 19 - Dec 14
2020: Friday's: Jan 3 - Mar 27; Sunday's, Thursday's & Friday's Apr 3 - 30; Sunday's, Tuesday's, Thursday's & Friday's May 1 - Oct 14; Friday's Oct 16 - Dec 18.

* Note - some black-out dates apply. Please enquire.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Round trip airport transfers
  • 2 nights accommodation in London with breakfast
  • 5 day small group tour including;
    • 4 nights accommodation
    • Touring transportation in a Mercedes mini-coach with a maximum of 16 passengers
    • Services of a professional driver/guide
    • Breakfast daily
    • All road tolls.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • All other meals and beverages
  • Admission costs at attractions and monuments
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Please make your own way to the departure point for the tour on Day 2. Ensure you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

Because we believe in time off the bus and give you opportunities to take nature walks we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. Accommodation on this tour is dispersed around Exeter and Falmouth. If you have mobility problems or special requirements please let us know when booking. Unless otherwise notified passengers are restricted to one medium sized suitcase/bag (maximum 15 kilos) and one carry-on bag per person.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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