England's Wonderful West Tour- LWE
Number of Days: 7
Destination: Great Britain
Explore the west of England in this tour packed full of World Heritage sites and stunning scenery, including the wild scenery of the peninsula of Cornwall. Visit the most southerly point of the UK, the mysterious Stonehenge and the renowned city of Bath in this unforgettable tour full of history and beauty.
We meet at London’s Paddington Station and board our train to Bristol. On arrival in this quintessential English city we are transferred to our hotel. From here, we board our coach for Bath. There is the opportunity to explore the city either by open top bus or on a walking tour. Bath is a unique city; its hot springs, Roman Baths, splendid Abbey and Georgian crescents have attracted visitors for centuries. Set in rolling countryside, it is a beautiful and unforgettable place to visit. In the evening there is a welcome drinks party and dinner at the hotel.
Today we explore Wessex. Our tour takes us to the great and ancient stone circle of Stonehenge, one of the wonders of the world. What visitors see today are the substantial remnants of the last in a sequence of such monuments erected between circa 3000BC and 1600BC. There has always been intense debate over quite what purpose Stonehenge served. Certainly, it was the focal point in a landscape filled with prehistoric ceremonial structures, now a World Heritage Site. From Stonehenge we continue our tour of Wessex starting with a visit to the cottage where Thomas Hardy was born, and lived for many years. It was here that Hardy wrote most of his first four novels including “Far From The Madding Crowd”. We move on through Wessex to Dorchester. We return to Bristol for dinner.
We leave Bristol and tour through Somerset and Devon to Plymouth. Our journey takes us through Taunton and Exeter, across Dartmoor and includes a stop for a traditional Devon Cream tea at Bickleigh, before travelling on to our hotel in Plymouth where we stay for one night.
We depart for Cornwall visiting the Lost Gardens of Heligan, one of the most popular botanical gardens in Britain. Originally the gardens were part of the estate owned by the Tremayne family until after World War I when the gardens fell into a state of neglect. Then in the 1990s, enthusiasts decided to restore the gardens to their former glory. We enjoy a guided tour followed by time at leisure to explore the gardens. We then tour with a local guide to our hotel in Penzance where we stay for two nights.
Today we have a historic and scenic tour of Cornwall looking at the industrial and cultural heritage of England’s most westerly county. The tour includes St Michael’s Mount, a rocky island crowned impressively with a medieval church and castle; Lands End, a stunning scenic headland and the diverse and eclectic towns and cities of Truro, Newquay and Padstow. Dinner is at our hotel in Penzance.
Today we have an optional day trip to the Isles of Scilly. Travellers may choose to fly to the islands or alternatively take the boat out and fly back. The Isles of Scilly form an archipelago off the southwestern tip of Great Britain and they are a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. On our return to Penzance a farewell dinner is served at our hotel in Penzance.
After a leisurely breakfast we transfer to Penzance railway station and board the train to London Paddington, a packed lunch is provided for the journey. It is also possible to transfer to Newquay airport where you can board a flight to London Gatwick.
- entrance fees
- sightseeing activities
- cruises and domestic flights where specifically indicated in the itineraries
- Fully cooked breakfasts are included in the tour price.
- All other meals are at your own expense unless shown in the itinerary.
- International and Domestic flights are not included in the cost of any of the itineraries unless otherwise stated.
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