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Wild coastlines and stunning islands

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2022 Tour code: SCS22

About the tour

The wild coastlines of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly await. Explore St Ives and St Mary's, surrounded by azure waters and filled with seaside towns and isolated beaches. Meet the curator of Tresco's tropical Abbey Gardens, and end your trip with a unique experience - an overnight journey on the Riviera Sleeper Train.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London and Cornwall

At London Paddington, we meet at the First Class lounge ahead of our rail journey to Penzance. On arrival, we transfer to our hotel in Cornwall.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - St Ives and Land's End

On Day 2, we explore the beauty of Cornwall, travelling by coach to pretty St Ives, where there's free time. Sitting on a graceful curved bay on Cornwall's northern coast, the charming town is one of the UK's most famous seaside towns. It's also famous for its art, and there are a number of galleries and artists' studios amongst the cobbled alleyways and switchback lanes. We continue along pretty Cape Cornwall to Land's End, England's most westerly point, set on a headland of dramatic cliffs that plunge dramatically towards the sea. We continue onto Penzance before returning to our hotel.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - St Mary's

We transfer to Land's End airport for the short flight to St Mary's, the largest island in the Isles of Scilly. After checking into our hotel, the rest of your day is free to start exploring the delightful surroundings. Perhaps get to know Hugh Town, with its independent shops, quaint churches, and friendly pubs. There are also three pretty beaches to discover - Porthcressa, Town Beach and Porthmellon Beach.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - 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. A visit to the RNLI Lifeboat Station also provides us with an insight into the important work of the volunteers here. The station has a remarkable history dating back to the 1800s, and its crews have received 56 awards for bravery.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Tresco's Abbey Gardens

Travelling by boat, we visit Tresco's famous Abbey Garden. The gardens give the sense of having been transported to Italy, and are filled with a stunning array of sub-tropical plants. Built in the 19th century around a ruined Benedictine Abbey, they're home to flora from all over the world. The warmer climate of the Scillys allows flowers from Brazil, Myanmar, South Africa, and New Zealand to flourish. We're met by the curator of the gardens for a fascinating introductory talk, before chance to discover the ever-changing landscape of scents and sights.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - St Mary’s

Today is free - the perfect opportunity to visit one of the Scilly's smaller islands, such as St Agnes or Bryher. St Agnes is the most south-westerly island, offering unspoilt beaches and wild landscapes. Next door, the uninhabited island of Annet is a dedicated bird sanctuary, home to rare sea birds like European storm-petrels and manx shearwaters. 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, admire pieces inspired by local scenery. There's some charming cafés and pubs to visit too.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Penzance

After breakfast, we transfer to the ferry port where we board the ferry to Penzance. After dinner at a local restaurant, we enjoy a fantastic rail experience, boarding the overnight sleeper train, the Riviera Sleeper, for a journey back to London Paddington.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - London

Our train pulls into London Paddington station this morning, and your holiday comes to an end.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

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

The Royal Duchy Hotel, Falmouth

The Royal Duchy Hotel, Falmouth

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The Cornwall Hotel Spa & Estate, St. Austell

The Cornwall Hotel Spa & Estate, St. Austell

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The Atlantic Inn

The Atlantic Inn, St Mary's

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Riviera Sleeper Train

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Reviews

4.1 stars4.1 / 5 · 28 reviews

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J Horan

3 stars

Submitted 26/Apr

The Cornwall Hotel & Spa in St Austell was a long way from the destinations on day 2 & 3 so spent a great deal of time travelling by coach to destinations such as Lands End. The dinners in both hotels was not up to 4 star standard. On a couple of occasions the choice of food was limited and poorly cooked to the point of being inedible.

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Janet Gunn

4 stars

Submitted 22/Apr

A good holiday and experience, we were very well looked after

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G Sandell

5 stars

Submitted 21/Apr

Very well organised: tour manager was excellent. Looking forward to our next holiday.

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Pauline

4 stars

Submitted 16/Apr

Cornwall was excellent. Isles hotel rooms were rather small. Food excellent. Tour manager excellent.

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Mr John Coleman

4 stars

Submitted 16/Apr

Interesting islands. Great to fly there not so good to come back by ferry. Ferry is too old to be crossing the Atlantic albeit only a small part but still too much for an ancient boat. Great weather meant that Cornwall was magnificent, not sure that it would have been so good in dodgy weather.

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John Marshall

4 stars

Submitted 13 Nov 2021

Interesting tour - tour manager very good

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