Club Class coach travel
7 nights half board
Ilfracombe Wildlife Cruise
Visits to Bovey Tracey & Princetown to visit the National Park Visitors Centre
Admission into Darlington Crystal & Clovelly Village
Excursion to RHS Garden Rosemoor & Bude
Free time in Bideford
DURING YOUR STAY
Day 1 – Enjoy a relaxing journey to our hotel in the pretty riverside town of Bideford.
Day 2 – We take you to Ilfracombe for free time before our journey on the Ilfracombe Princess for a wonderful wildlife cruise. We will quietly sail past Brandy Cove, Breakneck Point, Fresh Waterfall, Lee Village, Bull Point Lighthouse, Rockham Bay and Morte Stone before passing into Woolacombe Bay with a view of Baggy Point, Croyde Bay, Barnstaple Bay, Hartland Point and Lundy Island. Keep your eyes peeled for seals, dolphins, sunfish and porpoises*!
Day 3 – Enjoy free time in Bideford. Set on the west bank of the River Torridge, Bideford is an historic harbour town filled with independent shops, quaint tea rooms and a riverside quay.
Day 4 – We spend today exploring the dramatic scenery of Dartmoor including the villages of Bovey Tracey and Princetown where you will have the opportunity to visit the National Park Visitors Centre located in what was the old Duchy Hotel, where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stayed and started writing his famous Sherlock Holmes story The Hound of the Baskervilles. We also visit Buckfast Abbey where a community of Benedictine monks live self-sufficiantly, welcoming visitors from all around the world.
Day 5 – This morning we visit Darlington Crystal, the UK’s only remaining glass factory! Here, we have arranged a unique and fascinating experience where you can watch skilled glass makers in action on the factory floor, safely from the viewing areas. On our return to our hotel we visit RHS Garden Rosemoor, an enchanting 65-acre garden.
Day 6 – After breakfast we cross the border into Cornwall and visit Bude. Recently named the Best UK Coastal Town at the British Travel Awards, Bude has a laid-back traditional seaside charm, with many independently owned shops and restaurants for you to explore.
Day 7 – Today we have included admission into the picturesque fishing village of Clovelly. Once owned by the Queen of England, Clovelly is still under private ownership. Clinging to a 400-foot cliff, it has no vehicular traffic, just donkeys and sledges and its flower-strewn cottages “tumble like a waterfall” down to the ancient fishing harbour and 14th century quay.
Day 8 – We retrace our footsteps home.