Corners of Cornwall

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8 Day Corners of Cornwall Itinerary (Back-Roads)
Countries Explored: England
Accommodation
Boutique
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Overview

Read 8 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Back-Roads 8 Day Corners of Cornwall. From windswept moors and wild coastlines to historic cities and picture-perfect fishing villages, the county of Cornwall is filled with evocative sights and fascinating stories. Join us as we seek out the maritime heritage, rural beauty and culinary pride of this unique corner of South West England on a scenic eight-day tour.

Itinerary

After meeting the group in London, we'll come together for a welcome dinner. Here's to the start of an incredible adventure! Stay: Wellington by Blue Orchid (or similar) (D)

After breakfast, our first stop will be the tiny market city of Wells – known for its Gothic cathedral and peaceful Vicars' Close. After we've spent some time wandering the cobbled streets and medieval buildings with our Tour Leader, we'll have the opportunity to explore the magnificent Wells Cathedral at our leisure. Later, our path will take us from the quaint country lanes of Somerset to the heather and gorse-clad tors of Dartmoor National Park. Tonight, we'll enjoy another delicious dinner together. Stay: Two Bridges Hotel (or similar) (B/D)

Today we'll leave Dartmoor National Park for Cornwall's northern coast – starting with a stroll around Port Isaac, the fishing village made famous by the Doc Martin television series. Next, we'll enjoy a delicious lunch at The Seafood Restaurant, Rick Stein's flagship restaurant in Padstow. Here, you can take your pick from a menu of fresh-off-the-boat Cornish seafood and international favourites. Then: we'll take it easy as we travel further west to Falmouth. Stay: The Royal Duchy Hotel (or similar) (B/L)

After a hearty breakfast, we'll pay a visit to the iconic cliffside Minack Theatre before setting our sights on St Ives – one of England's prettiest towns. Take some time to meander the cluster of cobblestoned streets, quaint seaside cottages and picture-perfect bays. Then, it's back on the mini-coach for a visit to St Michael's Mount, a tidal island just off the coast of Penzance. Here, we'll explore the village and the medieval castle and gardens – which are full of treasures and stories from the past. Back in Falmouth, we'll enjoy an evening spent at our leisure. Please note: St Michael's Mount is closed on Saturdays. In the event day 4 of our tour falls on a Saturday, we will visit St Michael's Mount on day 5. Stay: The Royal Duchy Hotel (or similar) (B)

There's a treat in store for the green-fingered today: we're off to explore Tregothnan Estate, one of Cornwall's largest estate and home to the first tea plantation in Britain. A member of the gardening team will give us a private tour of the grounds and the tea plantation, where we'll learn all about the only tea grown in England – with a chance to sample some of it for ourselves. Afterwards, we'll make our way to St Austell Bay area where we'll have the evening to spend at our leisure. Please note: Tregothnan Estate is closed to the public on weekends. In the event day 5 of our tour falls on a Saturday, we will visit Lower Lanner Farm instead – where we'll enjoy a cream tea and plantation tour. Stay: Carlyon Bay Hotel (or similar) (B)

We have no set plans today, leaving you free to explore the sandy beaches and boutique shops of the St Austell Bay area at your leisure. You could visit the world-famous biomes of the Eden Project or uncover the world's largest private collection of maritime paraphernalia at the Charleston Shipwreck Museum – you certainly won't be short on things to do here! Stay: Carlyon Bay Hotel (or similar) (B)

Today we'll make our way south along the coast, before our road takes us through picturesque Devon and Dorset. We'll have some free time to follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen's heroines and take in sweeping views of the Jurassic Coast. Enjoy some free time hunting for fossils along Lyme Regis's sandy beaches before we move on to Salisbury – where a farewell dinner awaits. Stay: Milford Hall Hotel (or similar) (B/D)

After one last breakfast together, we'll have the opportunity to explore the magnificent Salisbury Cathedral. Our journey will conclude upon returning to London. (B)

Trip Inclusions

  • Discover the enchanting medieval church and castle of St Michael's Mount
  • Enjoy the charm of historic port towns Falmouth and Port Isaac
  • Soak up the wild, jaw-dropping vistas of the Jurassic Coast
  • Visit the magnificent Salisbury Cathedral

  • 7 nights in hand-picked accommodation
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver

  • 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunches, 3 Dinners

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.

Trip Reviews (8) View All Most Recent 'Corners of Cornwall' Reviews

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Wonderful Corners of Cornwell tour 2 , QLD, Australia, May 2019
Wonderful trip, great guide and driver, scenery and little back roads travelled was just like Back-Roads said. Accommodation was excellent. I would use Back-Roads again as our preferred tour company. Tour guide Ian Williams and driver Ken were excellent and have the tours on Youtube.
A trip that didn’t quite live up to expectations   14 , ACT, Australia, Oct 2018
This was my second trip with Back-Roads - and, while good, it didn’t match the highlights of the Highlights of Britain tour. Group size of about 15, visits to key places on itinerary were good, though impacted by poor weather (no visit to St Michael’s Mount). The highlights were the visit to Tregothnan Estate and Polperro and lunch in Padstow. Lots ...read more of references to TV series locations - Doc Martin, Poldark, Broadchurch and if you’re really into these, this tour would have extra interest. Also worth noting that the nature of a number of the villages visited (Port Isaac, St Ives and Polperro) means that the coach drops you at the top of a hill and you need to make your way back either walking (Port Isaac) or shuttle bus if available - anyone with mobility issues may need to consider this.
Corners of Cornwall 11 , NSW , Australia, Sep 2018
We did enjoy the tour. The group of travellers were all Aussies. This made for good interaction. However, it could have been pleasant with one or two Kiwis to taunt or North Americans to confuse. We were the only couple to comply with the operator's baggage limit. Our smaller bags were on occasion squeezed in, causing some concern when one of our bags ...read more was turned upside down. We were pleased with the operator's coach leader and our very competent driver. Eighteen travellers we thought was two too many. Accommodation and meals were both generally very good. However, the final night hotel was disappointing. Some of the stops on tour were rushed, leaving us disappointed with lack of sufficient time to appreciate them.
Excellent trip   7 , NSW, Australia, Sep 2017
The whole trip was excellent. We liked our tour guide James and driver Kern. They are both professionals. The accommodation was mostly great, also the food. Cornwall was at its beautiful best and only a little rain on one day. Thank you for a good trip.
Interesting trip with sensational tour guide   11 , Vic, Australia, Jun 2017
We had an excellent trip with Back Roads. This company provides a driver as well as a tour guide now with each tour. Our tour guide Nic was fantastic with his knowledge of history and his interesting commentaries. Our driver, Tibor was skillful and helpful. The itinerary included a lot of variety and some extra "hidden gems" such as the open air Minack ...read more theatre near Penzeance. The accommodation was very good and the hotel at Fowey was outstanding for its quality and location. We would recommend this trip if you would like to visit the West Country.
'Corners of Cornwall' lived up to its name! 5 , VIC, Australia, Sep 2015
'Corners of Cornwall' lived up to its name! The trip did get 'off the beaten track' where possible and I was able to visit the local little villages and walk on tracks and beaches. Having a driver and tour leader was fantastic as each role could enable 'tag team' where parking was an issue. Both Jeremy and Denis were excellent guides and shared their ...read more love of the country.
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