2023 Best of Cornwall
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18th June 2023
From €1700 pp Single Occupancy
€1450 pp Double Occupancy
Your Trip Includes:
- Experienced Driver
- Luxury Coach Transportation
- 6 Nights 4 star Hotel Accommodation
- 6 Full English Breakfasts
- 6 Evening Meals
- 1 ‘Cornish Cream Tea’
- Entrance to Lanhydrock House
- Entrance to the Eden Project
- Entrance to the Wheal Martyn China Pit
- Entrance to the Lost Gardens of Heligan
- Entrance to Tintagel Castle
- All excursions listed
- Dublin Heuston Station
- Dublin City Centre
- Somerset area (4 star) – 1 night
- The Fistral Beach Hotel & Spa, Cornwall (4 star) – 4 nights
- Cardiff area (4 star) – 1 night
This morning we travel from Dublin Port to Wales. We continue to our journey through Wales and overnight in the Somerset area. Enjoy dinner together tonight.
Following breakfast, we check out of our hotel at 8am and travel to the famous fishing village Padstow, Cornwall’s gourmet capital. Situated on the Camel Estuary, it has a noble maritime history. The shifting sands of the port were the site of over 300 wrecked vessels between the 18th and 20th centuries, but now it’s cobbled streets play host to the tourists who come to visit the many restaurants including the portside empire of the celebrity chef Rick Stein.
Our journey to Newquay continues a wonderful visit to the stunning Cornwall National Trust property of Lanhydrock House. This former Jacobean mansion was devastated by fire and rebuilt in Victorian style. Beautiful gardens surround the mansion, and the interior can be explored at leisure. There are guides available in rooms to answer any questions and tell you the history of the house. Discover two sides of Victorian life: from the kitchens, nurseries and servant’s quarters, which offer a thrilling glimpse into life ‘below stairs’, to the luxurious family areas, elegant dining room and spacious bedrooms which reveal the comforts of ‘upstairs’ living. We arrive at Newquay in the late afternoon with time to refresh before dinner together.
This morning we visit the amazing Eden Project – Cornwall’s most popular tourist attraction. Built in a disused china clay pit, this is the story of man’s dependence on plants, people and places. Dominated by the futuristic-looking biome structure, the Project is much more than a green theme park. The site is huge, and you can experience the sights, sounds and smells of the tropical steaming rainforests area, then move onto the Mediterranean biome with its huge selection of plants and enjoy the glorious displays of flowers. Between the Domes there are restaurants and shops to browse and buy.
Later, we visit the nearby China Clay Mining Heritage Centre, set within a preserved Victoria Clay works, you’ll learn about this billion Pound industry for which Cornwall is famous. This attraction is always popular with our guests. Dinner together this evening at our hotel.
Today, we take a coach tour to the pretty town of St Ives, a typical Cornish fishing port. Dominated by its magnificent beach of golden sand, it has a deep-rooted fishing tradition and a thriving artistic inheritance. Take time to explore the harbour, then stroll through the maze of busy, narrow cobbled streets.
Our scenic journey continues by Penzance to Land’s End, the most westerly point of Britain. Enjoy splendid vistas of one of England’s most beautiful coastal landscapes with cliffs carved out by the waves of the mighty Atlantic Ocean. We stop here at Land’s End for a stroll, pop by the Visitor’s Centre and our visit is finished off beautifully by a delightful ‘Cornish Cream Tea’. On our journey back to the hotel, we’ll stop for a short time in Marazion to see the beautiful outline St. Michael’s Mount off in the distance across the water It’s an important pilgrimage destination throughout the ages and an iconic photo image of Cornwall.
This morning after breakfast we visit the inspirational and awarding wining Lost Gardens of Heligan. Asleep for over 70 years, the gardens we discovered in 16th February 1990, The Lost Gardens of Heligan were rediscovered from the brambles of time. It was only the chance discovery of a door in the ruins that led to the restoration of this once great estate. Today, The Lost Gardens are back where they belong: in pride of place among the finest gardens in England.
The afternoon is at leisure in Newquay to relax and enjoy the pleasures of Newquay. Enjoy a bracing walk along the cliffs or some time on the wonderful beach at your own pace. Newquay has attracted visitors for centuries, from the pirates, to thrill seekers, to holidaymakers and is ranked as one of Britain’s best beach locations. Our farewell dinner is at the hotel this evening
Our journey today take us to the coast village of Tintagel to visit Tintagel Castle, which was the stronghold of the Kinds of Cornwall and associated with the Legends of King Arthur. The legend inspired Richard, the Earl of Cornwall to build a castle here in the 1230’s The site was of no military value – legend alone seems to have inspired him to build here. Built half on the mainland and half on a jagged headland, Tintagel Castle is one of the most spectacular historic sites in Britain. And long after the castle had fallen into decay, its mythical associations kept interest in Tintagel alive. We continue to our overnight hotel and enjoy a final dinner together.
Following breakfast, we depart to meet our ferry in Wales and travel across the Irish Sea to Rosslare Harbour and onwards to our original pick-up points with wonderful memories of our time visiting The Best of Cornwall.