Southwest England in 9 Days
9 DAYS, 8 NIGHTS | Bath, Cornwall, Devon, Stonehenge & Salisbury
PRIVATE TOUR ITINERARY
The Southwest of England offers a delightful mix of historic cities, village charm and dramatic coastal scenery. With your chauffeur-guide explore the dramatic pirate coves of Cornwall, the elegant Georgian interiors of Bath which inspired Jane Austen, the charming villages of Devon, the sweeping moorlands and ancient stone circles of Dartmoor, exuberant English gardens, Stonehenge and Magna Carta at the magnificent Salisbury Cathedral. For a similar tour including everything on this tour plus Oxford, Blenheim Palace and the Cotswolds please refer to our England's West Country in 11 days.
Day 1) Arrive London
Arrive at London Heathrow Airport where you will be met on arrival by your chauffeur-guide. Depart for the immaculately preserved village of Lacock, favorite of film producers and settings of Downton Abbey and Pride and Prejudice. You’ll arrive in time for lunch. Explore the picturesque streets and historic cottages untouched by modern times, including the fine Romanesque Cloisters and Chapter House of Lacock Abbey. Continue your journey to Bath for a two-night stay. Your accommodation will be located in the heart of the Georgian town, a short stroll from the Royal Crescent.
Day 2) Bath & Castle Combe
Depart with your local guide for a private-guided walking tour of Bath taking in all the main sights including Bath Abbey, Pulteney Bridge (a covered bridge in the Palladian style), the Royal Crescent and many of the places associated with Jane Austen’s time and life in Bath. Enjoy afternoon tea at lunch time (includes savory selections) in the elegant interiors of the Pump Room, built between 1789-1799, and setting of Jane Austen’s Persuasionand Northanger Abbey, followed by a visit to the Roman Baths, the well-preserved thermae constructed in 70 AD. This evening, enjoy an excursion to the picturesque village of Castle Combe, setting of the film War Horse. Arrive in time to explore the village followed by dinner in the town.
Day 3) Montacute House & Bedruthan Steps
Today, depart Bath for Montacute House, a fine Elizabethan manor with landscaped gardens, where you’ll also be able to enjoy lunch. This afternoon, continue to the dramatic Bedruthan Steps on the beautiful Cornish Coast where there will be an opportunity to walk along the cliffs and admire the pirate coves below. Next, head to the charming historic port of Padstow for a stroll and casual fish & chips supper. This evening, continue to Marazion for a three-night stay at a seafront hotel boasting magnificent views of St Michael’s Mount.
Day 4) St. Michael’s Mount, Mousehole & Porthcurno
Start the day visiting the famous St Michaels Mount, steeped in fascinating history, with amazing views over Mounts Bay, and still the family home of the St Aubyns. With its little fishing harbor and tidal causeway, the Mount holds plenty to see and explore. This afternoon, visit the pretty fishing village of Mousehole, explore the Merry Maidens, a unique Neolithic Stone Circle created thousands of years ago, admire the sea views from the Minack Theater, an open-air theater perched on the cliffs high above the sea, and visit the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, of strategic importance to the allies during WWII. Tonight, dinner is included at the hotel.
Day 5) Penwith Peninsula & St. Ives
Today, explore the famed Penwith Peninsula from St. Just to St. Ives, with magnificent sweeping views across the North Cornish coast, and Botallack, filming location of Poldark. St. Ives is an artist mecca; wander around this picturesque fishing village and peruse the shops and art galleries. Visit the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, formerly the Trewyn studios and now in the care of the Tate Gallery. Barbara Hepworth, a leading figure of modern British art, lived and worked in Trewyn from 1949 until her death in 1975. You’ll also visit the Tate St. Ives, where you’ll discover 100 years of art, celebrating how West Cornwall has welcomed and inspired artists. Tonight, enjoy your second dinner at the hotel.
Day 6) Trelissick & St. Mawes
Depart Marazion for Trelissick House & Gardens, a welcoming country house and garden set on an estate with stunning maritime views and lovely woodland walks. You’ll then cross the nearby estuary on the King Harry Ferry and continue to St. Mawes where you’ll first visit the castle, among the best-preserved of Henry VIII's artillery fortresses with spectacular views out to the English Channel, and have time to enjoy lunch in this pretty harbor town. This afternoon, depart for Devon where you’ll explore the wilds of Dartmoor, home to wild ponies, sheep, and stone bridges. Arrive at your country bed and breakfast for an overnight stay and where dinner tonight is included at its award-winning restaurant.
Day 7) Agatha Christie’s Greenway
Today, depart the Cornish Arms for Agatha Christie’s country home, Greenway. Located on the wooded banks of the River Dart in Devon, Greenway is the setting for some of Christie’s most famous stories. You can inspect some of her very own treasures and see the famous boathouse, where, in Dead Man’s Folly, Poirot’s case takes an unexpected twist. This afternoon, arrive in Shrewton for a two-night stay at a beautiful historic manor house near Stonehenge, where dinner is included tonight.
Day 8) Stonehenge & Salisbury
After breakfast, depart for Stonehenge — a World Heritage Site and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe — where you will walk in the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors. Explore the ancient landscape on foot and step inside the Neolithic Houses to discover the tools and objects of everyday Neolithic life. Visit the world-class exhibition and visitor center with 250 ancient objects and come face-to-face with a 5,500- year-old man. This afternoon, visit the Cathedral City of Salisbury for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a private-guided tour of Salisbury’s mediaeval quarter, Cathedral Close, the Cathedral itself and more. The Cathedral is famous for its rich lore and towering Gothic spire and includes one of four original copies of the Magna Carta, the 1215 document that first established that everyone was subject to the law. Dinner tonight is included at the hotel.
Day 9) London Heathrow Airport
Depart Shrewton for London Heathrow Airport or London where your tour ends.
Included with this private tour:
8 nights' of hotel accommodation
8 daily English breakfasts
4 gourmet three-course dinners
Your very own professional chauffeur-guide and luxury vehicle
Airport meet and greet
Entrance fees, tolls & taxes
Just a few tour highlights:
Spectacular Cornish Coast
St. Michael's Mount
Dartmoor National Park
Agatha Christie's Greenway
Blenheim Palace & Oxford
In this category we have hand-picked five-star guest houses or smaller luxury hotels. These lodgings are often family owned and offer a truly unique, authentic and welcome atmosphere where you are more likely to engage with local people than in a higher-end hotel. Some tours involve a mixture of both Superior and Luxury Boutique.
Through years of experience we have hand-picked luxury boutique hotels which are not only very comfortable in the traditional sense, but as importantly offer gourmet food, and an ambience of lasting memory. All our hotel choices are of unique character, range from 4-star to 5-star, and are either downtown, or enjoy a spectacular rural or village setting.
Our detailed offer to you will specify the hotels recommended.
Subject to availability, you may choose your own travel dates.
All prices are per person in US dollars includes hand-picked Luxury and Superior Boutique lodging and based on sharing a room for double occupancy.
$4,890 per person (group of 6 people)
$5,490 per person (group of 4 people)
$7,390 per person (group of 2 people)
This tour can be customized to your wishes or offered with 5-star luxury accommodation. Simply call, or email us with your specifics and we'll plan a program that's right for you.
England's West Country in 11 days:
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England's West Country
Thank you so much for a truly wonderful trip in England's West Country. The Cornish coast was more beautiful and magical than I could have imagined, and the variety of experiences you provided gave this vacation dimensions we could never have found on our own. Thank you, too, for your patience with us, and all your insights, I will always treasure memories of this trip,
Kathy - Ohio
England's West County
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