Southwest England in 9 Days
9 DAYS, 8 NIGHTS | Bath, Cornwall, Devon, & Salisbury
PRIVATE TOUR ITINERARY
The Southwest of England offers a delightful mix of historic cities, village charm and dramatic coastal scenery. With your driver-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) Depart London
Depart London Heathrow Airport or central London with your driver-guide for the immaculately preserved village of Lacock, favorite of film producers and settings of Downton Abbey and Pride and Prejudice. Explore the picturesque streets and historic cottages untouched by modern times, including the fine Romanesque Cloisters and Chapter House of Lacock Abbey, filming site of Harry Potter. Continue your journey to Bath for a two-night stay in the heart of the city, a short stroll from the Royal Crescent.
Day 2) Bath & Castle Combe
This morning, enjoy a private-guided tour of Bath taking in all the main sights including the many the places associated with Jane Austen’s time and life in this fine city. You will see Bath from the best viewpoint, tour the Georgian town and visit the well-preserved thermae of the Roma Baths, constructed in 70 AD. Afterwards, enjoy afternoon tea in the elegant interiors of the Pump Room, built between 1789-1799 and setting of Jane Austen’s Persuasion and Northanger Abbey. This evening, visit the picturesque village of Castle Combe, setting of the movie War Horse. Arrive in time to explore the village. Dinner at a local inn.
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 supper at Rick Stein’s Fish & Chips restaurant. Rick Stein is an English celebrity chef, restaurateur, and television presenter. This evening, continue to Marazion for a three-night stay at a luxury seafront hotel boasting magnificent views of St Michael’s Mount.
Day 4) St. Michael’s Mount, Mousehole & Land’s End
Visit the famous St Michaels Mount, a tidal island steeped in fascinating history, with amazing views over Mounts Bay. The mediaeval castle is still the family home of the St Aubyns. With its little fishing harbor and tidal causeway, the Mount holds plenty to see and explore. Continue your tour of Cornwall; 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 cliffs of Land’s End, and visit the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, of strategic importance to the allies during WWII. Tonight, dinner is included at the hotel.
Day 5) Cornwall’s Tin Coast & St. Ives
Today, explore Cornwall's heritage Tin Coast and discover former mine buildingsas you walk through the mining landscape of the famed Penwith Peninsula. Visit Botallack, filming location of Poldark, and the village of St. Ives, an artist mecca. Wander around this picturesque fishing town and peruse the shops and art galleries. Visit the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden—Barbara Hepworth is a leading figure of modern British art—and the Tate St. Ives, where you’ll discover 100 years of art celebrating how West Cornwall has welcomed and inspired artists. Tonight, enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Day 6) Trelissick House & Gardens, St. Mawes & Dartmoor
This morning, depart 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. 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. Stop for a traditional Cornish pasty at lunch in the pretty harbor town of St Mawe’s. This afternoon, depart for Devon where you’ll explore the wilds of Dartmoor, home to wild ponies, sheep, and stone bridges. Tonight, stay at a gastro pub with luxury rooms in nearby Tavistock or at a splendid manor house hotel with an award-winning restaurant.
Day 7) Devon & Agatha Christie’s Greenway
This morning, depart the south coast of Devon 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 two-night stay at a beautiful historic house near Stonehenge, where dinner is included tonight.
Day 8) Stonehenge & Salisbury
This morning, depart for nearby Stonehenge—a World Heritage Site and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe—where you will walk in the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors. If you want something extra special, please ask about our sunset/sunrise experiences where you walk between the stones on a private tour. This afternoon, visit the Cathedral City of Salisbury where you will 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 is included at the hotel.
Day 9) London Heathrow Airport
Depart with your driver for London Heathrow Airport for your return flight or continue to central London.
Included with this private tour:
8 nights' of hotel accommodation
8 daily English breakfasts
4 gourmet three-course dinners
Your very own professional driver-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)
Want a luxury private tour? 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
Thank you so very for the most unforgettable holiday of a life. Each experience was perfect and your guidance and expertise exceptional.
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