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Wild coastlines and stunning islands

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2023 Tour code: SCS23

About the tour

The remarkable coastlines of the Isles of Scilly await. Start your journey with a First Class journey on the Riviera Sleeper Train. Explore azure waters, seaside towns and isolated beaches of St Mary's and St Agnes. Feel your senses heighten in the stunning Tresco Abbey Gardens, filled with sub-tropical plants from over 80 countries.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London

At London Paddington, we meet at the First-Class lounge ahead of our overnight sleeper rail journey to Penzance.

Day 2 - Penzance-St Mary's Ferry

This morning we journey to the magnificent Isles of Scilly by ferry. Sailing past Cornwall's iconic coastline, you'll see wonderful views of the quaint villages and the Land's End peninsula. After we dock at St Mary's, the largest of the Isles of Scilly, we travel to our hotel where we'll spend the next seven nights. The rest of your day is free to start exploring the delightful surroundings. Maybe get to know Hugh Town, with its independent shops, quaint churches, and friendly pubs, as well as the Isles of Scilly Museum. There are also three pretty beaches to discover - Porthcressa, Town Beach and Porthmellon Beach.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - St Mary's

We enjoy a guided walking tour, taking in the sights of the Old Town. We see the church - the final resting place of Sir Harold Wilson, who summered here every year with his family, the unfinished fort of Harry's Walls, and follow the Lower Moors nature trail.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Tresco Gardens Entrance

Travelling by boat, we visit Tresco's famous Abbey Garden. The gardens were built in the 19th century around a ruined Benedictine Abbey and are filled with a stunning array of sub-tropical plants. The warmer climate of the Scillies allows flowers from Brazil, Myanmar, South Africa, and New Zealand to flourish. Wander through winding paths among flowers of every colour. Abbey Garden isn't limited to floral beauty, either. There's a wealth of other hidden gems to be found such as red squirrels, golden pheasants, magnificent sculptures, and the enchanting Valhalla Figurehead Museum.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Free day

Today, enjoy some free time to continue relaxing. You could visit one of the Isles of Scilly's smaller islands, such as Bryher. Home to around 80 people, this little island gives you a local sense of Scilly. Unwind on this little island's sandy beaches, explore rocky coves, or climb the small granite hills to discover fantastic views. If you prefer to stay in St Mary's, there's plenty to experience. Meander around the shops, churches, cafés, galleries, restaurants, and pubs in Hugh Town.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Boat to St Agnes for free time

This morning we sail to St Agnes, the most south-westerly island. Unspoilt beaches and wild landscapes are on offer while next door, the uninhabited island of Annet is a dedicated bird sanctuary. Rare sea birds like European storm-petrels and Manx shearwaters make their home here. If you're looking for a touch of culture, you could stop off at the Pot Buoys Gallery. Showcasing the work of artists across the Scilly Isles, you'll find pieces inspired by local scenery. There are some charming cafés and pubs to visit too.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Boat to St Martin’s for free time

We journey to the friendly island of St Martin's. Here your day can be as busy as you want it to be, with plenty of activities or peaceful places to sit and soak up the scenery. Take a refreshing swim in the crystal blue sea and even snorkel with the seals, or simply take a stroll along the luscious sands. St Martin's also has a great arts and crafts scene, with independent shops and galleries for you to browse. If you're feeling peckish, then a local lobster supper, delicious cream tea or simple pasty are all on offer.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - Free day

Today is another free day, giving you a chance to enjoy any activities you haven't had time for yet. Enjoy a final drink in your new favourite pub, collect the perfect shell souvenir on the beach, or visit another one of the surrounding islands.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 9 - Home

We say goodbye to St Mary's as we board a flight to Lands' End. We enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before our rail journey home.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch

Additional information

Please Note

Please note: we have an 8 day departure on 12/06 which travels home on day 8 and has one less free day.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

St Mary’s Hall Hotel, St Mary’s

St Mary’s Hall Hotel, St Mary’s

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The Atlantic Inn

The Atlantic Inn, St Mary's

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Riviera Sleeper Train

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4.2 stars4.2 / 5 · 51 reviews

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D Prideaux

4 stars

Submitted 29 Oct 2022

it was a good experience.it was a walking holiday which was good.Kevin the courier was excellent.He gave us the freedom to do as we wanted.It was our first time in the scillys.We would go again between May and August.Kevin has great compassion towards people he is a super guide.Thankyou

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MR J VALLINS

5 stars

Submitted 29 Oct 2022

Thoroughly enjoyed. Excellent!

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John Garrett

5 stars

Submitted 15 Sep 2022

Excellent arrangements.

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G Snowdon

4 stars

Submitted 10 Sep 2022

2 excellent hotels. Would have preferred more time in scilly rather than the 2 days in Cornwall although the Falmouth Hotel was superb. The sleeper train was not the best experience. The tour manager was fantastic.

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David T. Beswick

4 stars

Submitted 10 Sep 2022

A lovely trip. Just one or two comments. The tour of Cornwall on the Friday was too long, Lands End was not necessary, too commercialised. Luggage Service disappointing, I've been home 8 days and it has not come yet. Tour Leader very good and well organised. I'll go again.

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N Killin

5 stars

Submitted 10 Sep 2022

Great weather, lovely islands and tour guide was excellent.

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