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Best of England & Wales Tour

Dartmoor National Park, England

Tour Details

Visit: London, Winchester, Lulworth Cove, Exmouth, Mousehole, Porthcurno, Land’s End, St Ives, Falmouth, Port Isaac, Tintagel, Boscastle, Ilfracombe, Bristol, Cotswolds, Ironbridge, Chester, Snowdonia National Park, Conwy, The Peak District National Park, Buxton, Bakewell, York, Newark-on-Trent, Cambridge, London

Day 1: London - South Downs National Park - Winchester - Lulworth Cove - Exmouth

Meet the rest of your small group and begin the journey south-west through the South Downs National Park to Winchester, home to one of the biggest cathedrals in Europe. We will then continue through the New Forest to one of England’s most impressive natural wonders, Lulworth Cove. This area is world famous for its unique geology and crystal clear water. Remember to bring comfortable shoes so you can enjoy a coastal walk to take in the unforgettable views. Our overnight stop is Exmouth, a traditional coastal resort. With two miles of golden sandy beach and some delicious seafood available, this is a wonderful place to rest after a day exploring South West England.

Please note: If Exmouth is exceptionally busy we may move our overnight stop to Exeter.

Day 2: Dartmoor National Park - Tavistock - Bodmin Moor - Falmouth

After a leisurely start, we will journey to Dartmoor National Park. With stunning views, deep wooded valleys, medieval farmhouses and Bronze Age stone circles, this is an incredible park to spend a few hours exploring. Look out for the famous Dartmoor ponies! We’ll make a stop at the famous Clapper Bridge at Post bridge for pictures! We’ll enjoy a lunch stop in the market town of Tavistock, which historians have discovered is the birthplace of the cream tea! Sir Francis Drake, the famous sea captain, was also born here. The old streets radiate from Bedford Square and offer shops for every taste and need. Venture behind the Town Hall and discover the award winning and historic Pannier Market. Your day will continue through Bodmin Moor, one of Cornwall’s designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as we make our way to the coastal town of Falmouth, where we’ll spend the next 2 nights.

Please note: If Falmouth is exceptionally busy we may move our overnight stop to Newquay.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Mousehole - Porthcurno - Land’s End - St Ives - Falmouth

After a restful night in Falmouth, we’ll make our way to Mousehole where you’ll have a chance to explore this beautiful little fishing village, which has retained its original character and charm. We then continue to Porthcurno and the Minack Theatre - an unforgettable stop, the open-air theatre has breath-taking views of the Atlantic Ocean. We’ll then continue west to Land’s End, England’s most westerly point. You can enjoy a cliff-top walk here and take in the striking views. Our final stop of the day is in St Ives, before we return to Falmouth.

Please note: If Falmouth is exceptionally busy our overnight stay will be in Newquay.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Port Isaac - Tintagel - Boscastle - Ilfracombe - Bristol

This morning you’ll say goodbye to Falmouth as we make our way to Port Isaac, the filming location for Doc Martin. Even if you’re not a fan of the show you’ll love this stunning village with its picturesque whitewashed cottages. Next, we visit Tintagel, legendary birthplace of King Arthur and a place to get lost in the myths of the past. Then it’s on to Boscastle for lunch, home to an unspoilt harbour village and the perfect place to enjoy a Cornish pasty! We continue to Ilfracombe for more impressive coastal views. Our overnight stop is Bristol, home to Clifton’s iconic suspension bridge – free to walk and offering stunning views of the Avon Gorge. This bustling city is a perfect overnight stop with numerous restaurants and bars to enjoy in the evening.

Please note: If Bristol is exceptionally busy we may move our overnight stop to the city of Bath.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Cotswolds - Ironbridge - Chester

Day five takes us into the Cotswolds, first to Cirencester, the largest town in the Cotswold District. We will also visit some of the smaller Cotswold villages, so you have a chance to immerse yourself in the sleepy beauty of these limestone villages. We’ll continue on to Ironbridge, a village perched on the River Severn. The bridge the village is named after is a magnificent piece of historic engineering in a leafy setting. Cars no longer cross the bridge, so it’s perfect for a stroll across to enjoy the stunning views. Our overnight stop is the pretty English city of Chester. Here you can walk the Roman walls to get your bearings and a bird’s eye view of the city, it takes about an hour to complete the full route, however, there are loads of stopping points and distractions such as Roman ruins, Chester Cathedral and the River Dee to admire along the way.

Please note: On this day you will join a new group of travelling companions in the Cotswolds and meet your new driver-guide.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Snowdonia National Park - Conwy - Chester

We'll have a leisurely start and then we'll head west to Wales driving through the wild landscapes of Snowdonia National Park and revel in the mountainous scenery through the Llanberis Pass, taking in the peaks, waterfalls, lakes and historic villages. We'll also visit Conwy, a walled market town home to Conway Castle and a lovely harbour. You can explore narrow cobbled streets and take in views of the Thomas Telford Suspension Bridge that leads up to the Castle before we return to Chester for a second night.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: The Peak District National Park - Buxton - Bakewell - York

Our third day is all about The Peak District National Park, known for its stunning views and small but bustling market towns. We'll be travelling through the pretty spa town of Buxton, the highest elevated market town in England! We'll then make our way to Bakewell, famous for Bakewell pudding; a delicious English dessert with a flaky pastry base, a layer of sieved jam, and a topping of egg and almond paste. Perfect for an afternoon snack! Another highlight of Bakewell is the lavish stately home of Chatsworth House, set in idyllic gardens, there's plenty to explore inside and out. We'll spend our third evening in York, which has been named the most haunted city in Europe but don't worry our guide will get you safely to your accommodation for the night.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: York

A whole day to explore York, an ancient walled city founded by the Romans. You can choose what you‘d like to visit, perhaps York Minster*, a 13th century Gothic Cathedral. Or the Shambles, pretty cobbled streets and old-fashioned shops. We’d love you to join us on a guided walking tour of the city, but the day is free for you to do as you please!

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: Newark-on-Trent - Cambridge - London

After a second evening in York, we’ll head south to Newark-on-Trent which stands on the River Trent and has one of the finest Georgian market squares in England. It’s also home to Newark Castle & Gardens, which you’ll have ample time to explore. We’ll continue south to Cambridge, a University city with colleges, chapels, churches and courtyards to discover. You can even enjoy an iconic punt down the River Cam, and view the stunning University buildings from the river. We’ll then have to say goodbye and return to central London.

 

Small Group Package Includes:

  • Professional driver-guide
  • Transportation on a mini-coach with air-conditioning (16 passengers or less)
  • Bottle of water, USB charging & wi-fi
  • Accommodation: 1 night Exmouth, 2 nights Falmouth, 1 night Bristol, 2 nights Chester, 2 nights York
  • 8 breakfasts

 

Not Included:

  • Lunch, Dinner and refreshments
  • Entrance fees to all visitor attractions
  • Optional extras

 

Highlights:

  • Lulworth Cove & The Jurassic Coast – Impressive natural wonders
  • Cornwall villages and Land’s End – Coastal beauty
  • Cotswold Villages & Ironbridge
  • Wales – Snowdonia National Park, Llanberis Pass & Conwy Castle
  • York & Cambridge– Historical English cities

 

Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and escorted tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (ab)

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