Cornwall and Cotswolds: 5-Day Small-Group Tour
- Explore the spectacular coastline of Cornwall and the charming countryside of the Cotswolds
- Join a small-group tour that visits world-famous places like Stonehenge and Bath, but also seeks hidden gems
- Follow in the footsteps of King Arthur, Sherlock Holmes, Poldark and Doc Martin
- Sample traditional local foods like fish and chips, Cornish pasties and Devonshire Cream tea
Your adventure begins by departing London and heading towards the first stop, Stonehenge; the world’s most famous stone circle. This place is thought to be 4,500 years old, yet it’s origin is still not fully understood. Next, journey to the medieval city of Salisbury where you can visit the Cathedral, see the Magna Carta, explore the charming city center and have lunch. In the afternoon, travel to the south coast to visit Durdle Door; a stunning limestone arch which is one of the most iconic features of the Jurassic Coast. Then its on to the Roman city of Exeter, where you’ll will spend the first night of this tour.
Travel through the beautiful scenery of Dartmoor National Park; known for its infamous prison, Sherlock Holmes connection and native Dartmoor ponies. Visit the town of Tavistock; birthplace of explorer Sir Francis Drake, where you can try a traditional Devonshire Cream Tea. In the afternoon it’s time to cross the ‘border’ and your first stop in Cornwall is the quaint village of Polperro; an active fishing community where smuggling once thrived. Then it’s a short trip to the historic port of Charlestown; a main location in TV series Poldark. Now, travel to the harbor town of Falmouth, where you’ll spend the next two nights.
Today your travels will take you to the far reaching corners of Cornwall. It starts by visiting the iconic St Michaels Mount; an island that’s been home to a monastery since at least the 8th century. Next, beware of pirates as you make your way to the Minack Theater. This theater is a wonderful story of English eccentricity, set in a spectacular location that would rival any theater in the world. From here, there’s only one place in mainland Britain that’s further west; your next stop, Lands End. Here you can gaze out over the Atlantic and on a clear day see as far as the Isles of Scilly. Then head back to Falmouth with time to explore this historic harbor town.
Journey towards the spectacular North Atlantic Coast. First stop is the popular seaside town, St Ives; an important fishing settlement and now a haven for artists, where you can stroll along the cobbled lanes or beach-front. Next, meander through the countryside to the charming fishing village of Port Isaac. Here, explore a village that’s also known by its fictional name ‘Portwenn’; this is where the hit TV series Doc Martin is filmed. Then, continue along the coast to Tintagel; once home to an ancient castle that legend suggests was the birthplace of King Arthur. After this, return to Exeter for the night.
The final day of your voyage begins by visiting the beautiful city of Bath. Legend suggests the waters here possess healing powers, so be sure to visit the Roman Baths, as well as see the beautiful Georgian architecture and Jane Austen centre. After time to explore Bath, travel into the the Cotswolds; an area of outstanding natural beauty. Your next stop is Castle Combe, possibly the most picture-perfect village in the region. Then, continue travelling through the pretty countryside to visit, Bibury; described by some as the prettiest village in England. Now its time to make your way back towards London, where your adventure concludes.
- Services of tour leader (live guide)
- Full minibus transportation
- Four nights en-suite accommodation
- Breakfast each morning
- Meals (except breakfast)
- Entrance to attractions
When you get there
The Hotel Mercure London Kensington. The closest station is Earls Court, which is a 5-minute walk. Earls court can be accessed on the London Underground via the Piccadilly (dark blue) and District (green) lines.Open in Google Maps ⟶
• Please bring suitable clothing for various types of weather
• Tour starts and finishes in London
• Option to leave the tour in Bath
• Children must be aged 10 and above