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The enchanting Isles of Scilly await on this stunning tour

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2020 Tour code: SCS20

About the tour

The enchanting Isles of Scilly await on this stunning tour. Explore these Islands, surrounded by azure waters, and filled with a magical variety of gardens, towns, and beaches, and enjoy a trip on the St Ives Bay Line.

Highlights

What’s included

Itinerary

Days 1-2 - To Carbis Bay and St Ives

We meet today at the First Class lounge in London Paddington, ahead of our rail journey to Penzance. Or arrival, we transfer to our hotel where we enjoy dinner together.

On Day 2, we are immersed in the beauty of Cornwall's west coast. We transfer by rail (Standard Class) to pretty St Ives, where there's some free time. From St Ives, we drive along beautiful Cape Cornwall to Land's End, continuing to Penzance where we have some time at leisure. We return to the hotel by coach in time for dinner.

Includes
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
St Ives
Days 3-4 - Arriving in Scilly

After breakfast, we transfer by coach to Land's End airport. We split into groups for the short flight to St Mary's, one of the Scilly Islands. We transfer to our hotel and the rest of the day is at your leisure to get acquainted with the delightful surroundings.

Perhaps explore Hugh Town, with its shops, quaint churches, restaurants and pubs as well as the Isles of Scilly Museum. Hugh Town also offers 3 lovely beaches - Porthcressa, Town Beach and Porthmellon Beach. The coastline of St Mary's offers an escape away from the activities of the town centre.

We explore the town further on a full -day guided walking tour on Day 4, taking in some of the loveliest sights, including the Old Town. The church here is the final resting place of Sir Harold Wilson, who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the 1970s.

Includes
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
St Mary's Old Town
Day 5 - Tresco Abbey Gardens

Today, we enjoy a highlight of our tour, as we travel by boat to visit Tresco's famous Abbey Gardens. Here, you can be forgiven if you think you have been transported to Italy, as the gardens are filled with a stunning array of sub-tropical plants.

Built in the 19th century around a ruined Benedictine Abbey, they are home to plants from all over the world; from Brazil and Myanmar to South Africa and New Zealand.

Tresco Abbey Gardens offer an ever-changing landscape of scents and sights to enjoy. You are free to explore the garden at your leisure, before returning to St Mary's.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Tresco Abbey Gardens
Days 6-8 - At leisure and homeward bound

Enjoy a full day at leisure today, the perfect opportunity to visit one of the archipelago's other islands, such as St Agnes or Bryher.

The island of St Agnes is on the most south-westerly edge of the Isles of Scilly, offering unspoilt beaches amidst stunning landscapes. St Agnes also has a prosperous farming community as the island depends heavily on agriculture. Right next to St Agnes is the uninhabited island of Annet, which is a bird sanctuary and it's not rare to spot unique seabirds like European storm-petrels, black-backed gull and manx shearwater among others. If you are looking for a touch of culture, Pot Buoys Gallery showcases the work of artists across the Scilly Isles, with much of their work inspired by the idyllic local scenery.

The island of Bryher is famously known for being the setting of the film 'When the Whales Came', based on the novel by author Michael Morpurgo. The Bryher Shop, a general store with a post office, is a charming place to visit. With freshlymade bread and tatty cakes (potato cakes), you will be delighted with the array of food on offer here. The island boasts quite a few charming cafés and pubs, including Fraggle Rock, one of Britain's smallest bars, and Vina Cafe. You could taste fresh homemade fudge at Veronica Farm Fudge.

On Day 7, after breakfast, we transfer to St Mary's ferry port for the ferry back to Penzance. After dinner in a local restaurant here, you join the Riviera Sleeper back to London. After our arrival back in London Paddington on Day 8, your tour concludes.

Includes
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast
At leisure

Additional information

Please Note

On our June departure, the tour operates on a reverse itinerary. Please call for more details.

Recommended airports

For this tour, we recommend arriving to, and departing from, London Gatwick or London Heathrow airport (LGW or LHR). London Gatwick is approximately 60 miles from your start and end point, and London Heathrow is approximately 15 miles from your start and end point.

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

Departure times

You may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

Hotels

Carbis Bay Hotel

Carbis Bay Hotel, Carbis Bay

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The Royal Duchy Hotel, Falmouth

The Royal Duchy Hotel, Falmouth

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Atlantic Hotel

Atlantic Hotel, St Mary's

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Train

St Ives Bay Line

Reviews

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Anonymous

Submitted Oct 24, 2019

Well organised, with adequate free time

Anonymous

Submitted Sep 24, 2018

When we first booked we thought it was Skybus both ways. But had to take the early ferry across one way. Overcrowded train to Penzance which was late into Paddington and so could not sit in any of our reserved seatt. No hot drinks available for the entire journey.

Mr M Lamb

Submitted May 24, 2018

We had a good tour, but as often happens with GRJ tours, the local 'guides' are inclined to talk far, far too much.

Mr R Watson

Submitted May 17, 2018

The arrangements were vg, Tour Manager first rate, hotels good with helpful staff. And the weather was kind.

Anonymous

Submitted May 16, 2018

Being the Guinea Pig group to cut the ice for this tour we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Well planned and managed. Well done !!

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