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South West Experience 5 day (Small Group) tour from London

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    Day 1
    Begin your journey through the South Downs National Park to Winchester, home to one of the biggest cathedrals in Europe. Then continue through the New Forest to Corfe Castle*. Next, we visit one of England’s most impressive natural wonders, Lulworth Cove. Remember to bring comfortable shoes so you can enjoy a coastal walk to take in the unforgettable views. Our overnight stop is Exmouth**, a traditional coastal resort. With two miles of golden sandy beach and some delicious seafood available, this is a wonderful place to rest. **Please note if Exmouth is exceptionally busy we may move our overnight stop to Exeter.
    Day 2
    We will journey to Dartmoor National Park. With stunning views, deep wooded valleys, medieval farmhouses and Bronze Age stone circles, this is an incredible park to spend a few hours exploring. We’ll make a stop at the Clapper Bridge at Postbridge for pictures! We’ll enjoy a lunch stop in the market town of Tavistock. Sir Francis Drake, the famous sea captain, was born here. The old streets radiate from Bedford Square and offer shops for every taste. Venture behind the Town Hall and you will discover the historic Pannier Market. Your day will continue through Bodmin Moor, one of Cornwall’s designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as we make our way to the coastal town of Falmouth, where we’ll spend the next 2 nights.
    Day 3
    After a night in Falmouth, we’ll make our way to Mousehole where you’ll have a chance to explore this village, which has retained its original character and charm. We then continue to Porthcurno and the Minack Theatre*. We’ll then continue west to Land’s End, England’s most westerly point. You can enjoy a cliff-top walk here and take in the views. Our final stop of the day is in St Ives, before we return to Falmouth.
    Day 4
    This morning we make our way to Port Isaac, the filming location for Doc Martin. Next, we visit Tintagel, birthplace of King Arthur, and a place to get lost in the myths of the past. Then it’s on to Boscastle for lunch, home to an harbour village! We continue to Ilfracombe for more impressive coastal views. Our overnight stop is Bristol**, home to Clifton’s iconic
    suspension bridge – free to walk and offering views of the Avon Gorge. This bustling city is a perfect overnight stop with numerous restaurants and bars.
    **Please note if Bristol is exceptionally busy we may move our overnight stop to the city of Bath.
    Day 5
    Our final day takes us into the Cotswolds, first to Cirencester. We will also visit some of the smaller Cotswold villages. You’ll spend the afternoon in Oxford, aptly nicknamed the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ by poet Matthew Arnold. This city is bustling and beautiful yet still holds clusters of tranquillity amongst the 38 colleges that you can explore here. We’ll enjoy an afternoon here to take in the buildings this city has to offer before we return to London.
    *Optional Extra Subject to Availability.
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    Reviewed 10 July 2019

    Perfect tour! Everything went so well. Guide Paul is just so polite and caring. All visited places were interesting and b&b accomotations were nice too.

    Date of experience: July 2019
    1  Thank KatriR41
    Reviewed 18 June 2019

    After completing a cruise around the British Islands and ending up in Southampton, I took a train to Winchester to meet up with the tour since it was impossible for me to make it to London in time for the start of the tour. I...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    2  Thank hpber
    Reviewed 14 June 2019 via mobile

    We did the 5 day tour to Cornwall. Paul was our tour guide he was terrific!!!!! He treated us like we were his family. Each day he would tell you exactly what you would be doing, usually having a map or information on each place...More

    2  Thank Kurt514
    Reviewed 10 June 2019

    The tour took us through picturesque villages and superb coastal scenery. Our tour director and coach driver, Aileen planned an excellent itinerary. We only had 8 on tour and we quickly jelled as a family. I would recommend this tour to anyone.

    Date of experience: May 2019
    1  Thank Peter H
    Reviewed 14 May 2019

    Paul looked after us wonderfully well. His driving skills are superb and we enjoyed his commentary and stories. The hotels were lovely, breakfasts delicious, and lots of local seafood available for lunch and dinner. The scenery was beautiful, as was the weather luckily, with varied...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    5  Thank Dial000
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