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

Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 993

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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Accommodation in London

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    The Grosvenor Hotel



    Stay in splendour in the heart of central London. Built by the Victorian railway pioneers in 1862, The Grosvenor Hotel Victoria ushered in a Golden Age of travel. Restored to its former glory, this Grade II listed building combines modern luxury, including free WIFI throughout ...

    Stay in splendour in the heart of central London. Built by the Victorian railway pioneers in 1862, The Grosvenor Hotel Victoria ushered in a Golden Age of travel. Restored to its former glory, this Grade II listed building combines modern luxury, including free WIFI throughout the hotel, with unique period features. Enjoy the best of London from the 4-star Grosvenor Hotel, located within walking distance of Buckingham Palace.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Concierge
    • Bar
    • Gym
    • Limousine Services
    • Restaurant(s)
    • WiFi

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    DoubleTree by Hilton London Heathrow Airport



    Just minutes away from Heathrow terminals 1, 2 and 3 and 24-hour public transport links, this Heathrow hotel is outside the London congestion charge zone with easy access to central London and the motorways. Our hotel is only five minutes from the nearest Tube station ...

    Just minutes away from Heathrow terminals 1, 2 and 3 and 24-hour public transport links, this Heathrow hotel is outside the London congestion charge zone with easy access to central London and the motorways. Our hotel is only five minutes from the nearest Tube station and 10 minutes from Hayes & Harlington station. Enjoy a famous DoubleTree cookie upon arrival at the hotel and take advantage of on-site parking. Unwind after a busy day or a long trip in a modern sound-proofed guest room complete with complimentary WiFi access, flat-screen TV with over 100 Freeview channels and 24-hour room service.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry Service
    • Luggage Storage
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    Copthorne Hotel London Gatwick



    Guests looking for hotels situated near to Gatwick Airport need look no further than the Copthorne Hotel London Gatwick. This hotel overlooks 100 acres of tranquil woodland and offers comfortable guest rooms, modern facilities and a leisure centre with a gym, swimming pool and squash ...

    Guests looking for hotels situated near to Gatwick Airport need look no further than the Copthorne Hotel London Gatwick. This hotel overlooks 100 acres of tranquil woodland and offers comfortable guest rooms, modern facilities and a leisure centre with a gym, swimming pool and squash courts.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Airport Shuttle Service
    • Bar
    • Breakfast In The Room
    • Business Facilities
    • Car Hire
    • Currency Exchange
    • Drycleaning
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Free WiFi
    • Laundry
    • Luggage Storage
    • Restaurant
    • Ticket Service
    • Trouser Press (Electric)

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    Hilton London Heathrow Terminal 4



    Relax at the Hilton London Heathrow Airport hotel, the only London Heathrow Airport hotel offering direct access to Heathrow Airport Terminal 4 via a covered walkway. Ride the Hotel Hoppa service that operates between Terminal 5 and the hotel. Opened in June 2014, London Heathrow ...

    Relax at the Hilton London Heathrow Airport hotel, the only London Heathrow Airport hotel offering direct access to Heathrow Airport Terminal 4 via a covered walkway. Ride the Hotel Hoppa service that operates between Terminal 5 and the hotel. Opened in June 2014, London Heathrow Terminal 2 - The Queens terminal, is within easy reach of the hotel. Travel to Terminals 1, 2 or 3 by riding the complimentary Heathrow Express from Terminal 4. Have a glass of wine on the hotel's stunning artificial beach terrace or relax with alfresco dining. Keep fit in this London hotel's complimentary 24-hour fitness center. Take a swim in the hotel pool, or relax in the sauna or steam room.

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    • Bar
    • Business Facilities
    • Cable TV
    • Hairdryers
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Mini Bar

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    Hilton London Gatwick Airport



    Hilton London Gatwick Airport is adjacent to the South Terminal and just 10 minutes from the North Terminal by free monorail. Located just 30 minutes from central London by Gatwick Express, the hotel is a short train ride away from the city's shopping, dining and ...

    Hilton London Gatwick Airport is adjacent to the South Terminal and just 10 minutes from the North Terminal by free monorail. Located just 30 minutes from central London by Gatwick Express, the hotel is a short train ride away from the city's shopping, dining and entertainment scene. Visit nearby Brighton for the day or catch a ride on the Blue Bell railway to enjoy the English countryside. Unwind with a meal or cocktails at one of our bars or restaurants or enjoy the privacy of 24-hour room service. Start the day with a delicious breakfast in the family friendly Garden restaurant, followed by a la carte dining in the sophisticated Amy's restaurant. Savour a Costa coffee, light lunch or snack in Amy's Lobby Bar, or watch the game in Charlie Fry's Sports Bar.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Gift Shop
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry Service
    • Lift/elevator
    • Lounge
    • Luggage Storage
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Room Service

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    The Caesar Hotel



    This charming boutique hotel is an ideal option for business and leisure stays in the heart of London, only a few minutes from Hyde Park and within walking distance of Oxford Street and Notting Hill shopping areas. Situated in a typical and recently remodeled Victorian ...

    This charming boutique hotel is an ideal option for business and leisure stays in the heart of London, only a few minutes from Hyde Park and within walking distance of Oxford Street and Notting Hill shopping areas. Situated in a typical and recently remodeled Victorian building, enjoy this peaceful setting in a residential area with privileged views of Queens Gardens. A tranquil oasis to unwind from the city's frantic rhythm. Its classic English-style front is in contrast with the modern and minimalist interior, decorated with fascinating Roman mosaics. With a gymnasium, sauna, business room and two unique gastronomic areas, enabling you to savour creative Spanish cuisine in the heart of England’s capital.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Fitness Centre
    • Housekeeping Service
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry Service
    • Lounge
    • Restaurant

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    Radisson Blu Edwardian Berkshire



    Located in the heart of Oxford Street and known as one of the best hotels around, Radisson Blu Edwardian, Berkshire is an amazing choice for just about any and every traveler. Accommodating Family, Business, Couple and Solo travelers, it is the perfect location for those ...

    Located in the heart of Oxford Street and known as one of the best hotels around, Radisson Blu Edwardian, Berkshire is an amazing choice for just about any and every traveler. Accommodating Family, Business, Couple and Solo travelers, it is the perfect location for those that enjoy shopping, parks, theatre and just being in the heart of it all. Radisson Berkshire is the best choice for a quick hideaway. With cool marble in the lobby to the lounge room that is bursting with natural light, your stay at Radisson Berkshire is certain to be one you won't regret. It boasts an amazing atmosphere, top reviews and an incredible staff that is guaranteed to take care of each traveler's needs

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    • Baby Sitting Service
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Car Parking
    • Concierge
    • Internet
    • Luggage Storage
    • Restaurant

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Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 993

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Day 1

London Heathrow to London Central Hotel

Duration1 Hour

Millennium Bailey's

This hotel is a beautifully renovated Victorian London townhouse, located in the heart of fashionable South Kensington. The Millennium Bailey's Hotel London Kensington combines style and character, and is one of the most traditional and popular hotels in the area. The interior of the hotel is extremely elegant and retains many of its original features, with its sweeping staircase, stained glass windows and intricate stonework. Situated opposite Gloucester Road underground station, this hotel offers access to many transport links and is perfectly positioned for guests visiting many of the British capital's most popular attractions. These places of interest include Hyde Park, the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Millennium Bailey's

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    Millennium Bailey's



    This hotel is a beautifully renovated Victorian London townhouse, located in the heart of fashionable South Kensington. The Millennium Bailey's Hotel London Kensington combines style and character, and is one of the most traditional and popular hotels in the area. The interior of the hotel ...

    This hotel is a beautifully renovated Victorian London townhouse, located in the heart of fashionable South Kensington. The Millennium Bailey's Hotel London Kensington combines style and character, and is one of the most traditional and popular hotels in the area. The interior of the hotel is extremely elegant and retains many of its original features, with its sweeping staircase, stained glass windows and intricate stonework. Situated opposite Gloucester Road underground station, this hotel offers access to many transport links and is perfectly positioned for guests visiting many of the British capital's most popular attractions. These places of interest include Hyde Park, the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • 24 Hour Room Service
    • Bar
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Lounge
    • Meeting Rooms Available

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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
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Mercure Southgate

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    Mercure Southgate



    Contemporary 4-star hotel located in the heart of Exeter, the Southgate Hotel neighbours the Cathedral, the shopping areas of Princesshay, Bedford Square and the historic Quay. Flexible dining options suiting all tastes and occasions whether you are coming for business or for leisure. The hotel ...

    Contemporary 4-star hotel located in the heart of Exeter, the Southgate Hotel neighbours the Cathedral, the shopping areas of Princesshay, Bedford Square and the historic Quay. Flexible dining options suiting all tastes and occasions whether you are coming for business or for leisure. The hotel has a spa facility, with an indoor heated pool, sauna and fitness room. Each of the hotel's rooms features Freeview TV and facilities for making tea and coffee.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Deli
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Elevator
    • Free Newspapers in Lobby
    • Indoor Pool
    • Laundry Service
    • Lounge Bar
    • Luggage Storage
    • Multilingual concierge
    • Non-Smoking Property
    • Porter Service
    • Restaurant
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Snack Bar
    • Television in Lobby
    • Terrace

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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.

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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 mediaeval 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
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Greenbank Hotel

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    Greenbank Hotel



    Float away in stylish surroundings. Submerge yourself in characterful history. Dive into delicious food and drink. Breathe in fresh sea air. Drink in the view. Nestled on Falmouth harbour, the Greenbank Hotel blends the best of coastal living with the finest in contemporary comfort, so ...

    Float away in stylish surroundings. Submerge yourself in characterful history. Dive into delicious food and drink. Breathe in fresh sea air. Drink in the view. Nestled on Falmouth harbour, the Greenbank Hotel blends the best of coastal living with the finest in contemporary comfort, so you can experience life - on the water's edge. Whether you're paddling at the shoreline, strolling the bustling cobbled streets or lounging on our terrace, we know you'll be captivated by Falmouth and what it has to offer. This hotel is within 3km of National Maritime Museum, Gyllyngvase Beach, and Pendinnis Castle.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Business Centre
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Elevator
    • Laundry Service
    • Lounge Bar
    • Luggage Storage
    • Non Smoking Property
    • Porter Service
    • Restaurant
    • Turkish Bath
    • WIFI- Charge

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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.

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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.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Every Friday.
2018: Sunday & Friday: Apr 1 - 29; Sunday, Tuesday & Friday: May 1 - Oct 12: Friday: Oct 19 - Dec 14 

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

PRICE INCLUDES:

Touring transportation in a Mercedes mini-coach with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour, services of a professional driver/guide, breakfast daily and all road tolls.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

All other meals and beverages, admission costs at attractions and monuments, gratuities, and 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.

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*Prices are "from", per person, based on twin/double share and include all taxes. Subject to availability.

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