8 nights half board
Free time in Exmouoth, Penzance & Plymouth
Excursions to Land’s End, St Ives, Falmouth, Mevagissey & Looe
Visits to Minack Theatre & Michael’s Mount (includes entrance to the castle and gardens)
Admission into the Lost Gardens of Heligan with a traditional West Country Cream Tea
DURING YOUR STAY
Day 1 – We travel south to Exmouth for free time. Situated at the mouth of the beautiful Exe estuary, Exmouth is one of the most picturesque holiday resorts on the south coast. Later, we continue to our hotel in Exeter.
Day 2 – Skirting the edge of Dartmoor National Park we travel to Padstow. This charming fishing port on the Camel River Estuary is surrounded by sandy beaches and renowned as a foodie destination. Perhaps enjoy one of the town’s many tempting eateries, including Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant. After some free time, we continue to the Queens Hotel in Penzance for our 3-night, half board stay.
Day 3 – This morning we visit Minack Theatre, one of the world’s most famous outdoor theatres. Perched on top of cliffs high above the Atlantic Ocean, this unique theatre still hosts dramas, musicals and opera performances every summer! Today you can wander the grassy terraces, see the backstage areas or just sit back and enjoy the view. Later, we visit one of the UK’s most iconic coastal landscapes – Land’s End. The most south-westerly point of England is home to some incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy free time in the First and Last House, originally opened by Gracie Thomas who served travellers with welcome food and drinks. Today, you can buy a souvenir or enjoy a Cornish ice cream!
Day 4 – Today’s excursion will take us to St Ives, a picturesque fishing harbour and seaside resort. From here, we travel to Marazion where admission into the National Trust’s St Michael’s Mount, castle and gardens is included. Still home to the St Aubyn family as well as a small community, this iconic rocky island is crowned by a Medieval church and castle – with the oldest building dating back to the 12th century. Please note: Paths around the isle are steep, cobbled and uneven with no handrails, so sensible footwear is recommended.
Day 5 – After breakfast we visit Falmouth for free time. Shaped and influenced by its strong connection to the sea, Falmouth is based around a thriving harbour and a fascinating maritime heritage – which you can explore in the award-winning Maritime Museum. We then continue to Fowey before travelling to the Jurys Inn, Plymouth for a 4-night half board stay.
Day 6 – Enjoy free time in Plymouth today. Home to a rich maritime heritage perhaps head down to Plymouth Hoe, one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world. For incredible views of the city why not visit Smeaton’s Tower.
Day 7 – This morning we travel to the charming fishing port of Mevagissey for free time. Later, we visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan, with admission included. This ‘secret garden’ was accidently re-discovered in 1992 from under decades of tangled weeds. We have also arranged a traditional West Country Cream Tea – and don’t forget jam before the cream is the Cornish way!
Day 8 – After breakfast we’ll enjoy some free time in the picturesque fishing port of Looe. The town prides itself on its fresh fish and be it award-winning fish and chips near the river or gourmet menus in a restaurant overlooking the harbour, you won’t be disappointed.
Day 9 – Taking away cherished memories with us, we return home.