Cornwall & The Cotswolds

Highlights

  • Cornwall’s Gourmet Capital
  • Padstow
  • Lanhydrock House
  • St Ives
  • Land’s End
  • Stow-on-the-Wold
  • Cirencester
  • Great hotels
  • Superb local tour guides

Your Tour Includes

  • Experienced Driver Guide
  • Luxury Coach Transportation
  • Local Tour Guide (day 4, 6, 7, 8)
  • Return Stena Line sailings
  • 8 Nights Hotel Accommodation
  • 8 Evening Meals
  • 8 Full English Breakfasts
  • 1 ‘Cornish Cream Tea’
  • Entrance to Lanhydrock House
  • Entrance to the Eden Project
  • Entrance to the Wheal Martyn China Pit
  • Entrance to Abbey House Gardens
  • Walking tour of Bath and Cirencester
  • All excursions listed

Pick-up points

  • Dublin City Centre
  • Stillorgan Bypass
  • Kilmacanogue Service Station (No parking available)
  • New Ross
  • Rosslare Harbour
  • Urlingford
  • Kilkenny
  • Thomastown
  • Maldron Hotel, Barnstown, Co. Wexford

Hotels:

The Holiday Inn, Taunton (4 star) -1 night
The Esplanade Hotel, Cornwall (3 star) – 4 nights
The De Vere Tortworth Court, Cotswold (4 star) – 3 nights

Day 1)
Leaving Ireland by coach, we travel from Rosslare Port to Fishguard and continue our journey across Wales and through Somerset arriving to our overnight hotel for our first dinner together.

Day 2)
Following breakfast, we check out of our hotel 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 Cornwall continues a wonderful visit to the stunning 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.

Day 3)
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 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 which offers splendid views of St. Michael’s Mount, an important pilgrimage destination throughout the ages and an iconic photo image of Cornwall.

Day 4)
The Cornish Riviera’s unspoilt town of Falmouth is our first stop today.  Its many picturesque beaches offer safe bathing in the clear waters of the bay, while the quaint streets and alleyways of the town itself hold the clues to a 300-year-old maritime heritage.  Our day continues with a visit to Truro, Cornwall’s Capital.  Truro has always been a popular visit with our guests over the years.  Spend some time shopping, exploring and sightseeing before returning to our hotel.

Day 5)
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.  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 Wheal Martyn China Clay Mining Heritage Centre, set within a preserved Victoria Clay works, you’ll learn about this billion £ industry for which Cornwall is famous.  Dinner together this evening at our hotel.

Day 6)
Following a leisurely breakfast this morning, our journey takes us to the historic city of Bath, a city renowned as an architectural masterpiece.  We’ll have a guided tour by coach and by foot with our local tour guide who explains how, as long ago as AD78 Bath was a thriving spa and during the 18th century it was a showpiece of Georgian prosperity.  Our tour guide will show us some of the locations that have made Bath a desired destination for centuries.  You will have some free time for lunch and plenty of time to explore the Georgian streets and picturesque walkways at your own pace.

Day 7)
Following a leisurely breakfast, we board the coach and travel to the pretty medieval town of Malmesbury, just on the edge of The Cotswolds, it's a town steeped in history dating back to the Iron Age. We visit the beautiful private gardens of Abbey House Gardens, a romantic oasis of calm in the heart of the town. We will enjoy a privately guided tour of the spectacular 5-acre garden, straddling the River Avon, by the owners, followed by time to ramble around the grounds. Our next stop is to the 7th century Malmesbury Abbey founded by St Aldhelm. In the 10th Century, Athelstan, the first king of (all) England and grandson of Alfred the Great, made Malmesbury his capital. He is buried under the abbey grounds.

Take some time to explore the honey stoned streets and quaint 17th & 18th century shops in and inns and perhaps visit the Athelstan Museum, home to a fascinating collection of artefacts and explanation of local history.

Day 8)
Enjoy a relaxing scenic day touring the Cotswolds countryside by coach.  A delightful day discovering some of the prettiest villages and historic towns in the heart of England.  Visit Burton-on-the-Water, known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ with the River Windrush running right through the centre.  Visit Stow-on-the-Wold, the highest town in the Cotswolds packed with charming traditional picture-perfect houses and other delightful Cotswolds towns and villages.

Day 9)
We leave after breakfast for our journey across the south of Wales to the ferry port and travel across the Irish Sea to Rosslare Harbour and onwards to our original pick-up points with wonderful memories of our time visiting Cornwall & the Cotswold.

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11th July 2019
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