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Best of Devon and Cornwall

Operated by: Trafalgar

8 Days from $1,665 per person

Countries Visited

UK ...more UK

Locations Visited

Warminster, Buckfastleigh, PLYMOUTH, Dartmouth, Exeter ...more Warminster, Buckfastleigh, PLYMOUTH, Dartmouth, Exeter
  1. Day 1 Arrive London

    Welcome to London, a vibrant mix of old and new which marches to its very own unforgettable multi-cultural tune. Spend your day exploring the city's iconic sights - its royal heritage, exquisite architecture and fascinating museums. Then take to the city's streets this evening, enjoying the buzz of Soho or perhaps attend a West End show.

    hotel Hilton Kensington
  2. Day 2 London – Windsor – Bath – Bristol (2 Nights)

    This morning, meet your Travel Director for a journey through lush landscapes to the historic market town of Windsor. We continue east to the stately Georgian town of Bath, whose beautiful Pulteney Bridge and 15th-century Gothic Abbey provide a picturesque backdrop for the Roman Baths from which the city takes its name. See the steamy thermal pool of the 'Great Bath' before travelling to easy-going Bristol, where we'll enjoy an orientation of the city including views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Brunel's SS Great Britain, the world's first ocean-going luxury liner.

    meals Breakfast, Welcome Reception
    hotel Hilton Garden Inn City Centre
  3. Day 3 Longleat Stately Home and Lacock Excursion

    Leaving trendy Bristol behind, we embark on a scenic drive through the English countryside, arriving at Longleat Stately Home where we'll 'Dive Into Culture' and gain insights into centuries of British tradition. Embark on an included guided tour one of the country's finest stately homes, currently home to the 7th Marquess of Bath. Wander through its grand rooms featuring priceless collections of art, antiques and tapestries collected by 15 generations and admire the exquisite Capability Brown landscaped parkland. Later, we stop in the picturesque village of Lacock - its honey-coloured stone cottages and 15th-century inns have served as an iconic backdrop for such famous films as 'Pride & Prejudice', 'Harry Potter' and Downton Abbey.

    meals Breakfast
  4. Day 4 Bristol – Brixham – Buckfast Abbey – Plymouth

    The sounds and smell of the sea beckon as you make your way to Devon and stop in the fishing town of Brixham where Sir Francis Drake's ship Golden Hind is permanently moored. Spend some free time strolling through its hilly streets and working up an appetite for your 'Be My Guest' experience where you'll 'Connect With Locals' and savour local flavours. Continue to Buckfast Abbey where you'll 'Dive Into Culture' and gain insights into how Benedictine monks have lived and prayed for nearly 1,000 years. Venture to Plymouth next, where pilgrims once left English shores for an unknown new world. This evening you could choose to toast to their bravery over an optional dinner with your fellow travellers.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Crowne Plaza
  5. Day 5 Plymouth – St. Ives – Tintagel – Exeter (2 Nights)

    Continue your journey to lovely St. Ives, a popular retreat for artists, surfers and sun-worshippers. On the way, enjoy views of St. Michael's Mount with its 17th-century castle, perched dramatically atop the tidal island near the seaside town of Penzance. Stop at Tintagel Castle, the legendary birthplace of King Arthur, and admire its rugged clifftop vantage point overlooking the wild Atlantic. Your final destination today is the sophisticated Devon centre of Exeter, whose medieval centre is yours to explore on your own this evening.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Mercure Southgate
  6. Day 6 Exeter – Dunster – Lynmouth and Dartmoor National Park

    This morning, visit the Exeter Cathedral with its 15th-century astronomical clock and misericords, said to be the earliest complete set in the United Kingdom. Continue to the Somerset village of Dunster, where you'll have some free time for lunch and an opportunity to view its castle on your own. Visit Lynmouth next, the walking capital of Exmoor, then drive through the brooding landscape of Dartmoor National Park, stopping at a traditional pub for a memorable Farewell Dinner with your travel companions. Return to Exeter, where you'll spend the night.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  7. Day 7 Exeter – Stonehenge – Salisbury – London

    Visit the ancient monoliths at Stonehenge, which rise up imposingly on Salisbury Plain this morning, imagining a time when pagans and druids would gather in their mysterious midst. We'll visit the town of Salisbury, home to Britain's tallest spire, before returning to London.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hilton Kensington
  8. Day 8 Depart London

    Say a fond farewell to your travelling companions at the end of a wonderful holiday, as you prepare to return home with treasured memories.

    meals Breakfast
Best of Devon and Cornwall
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (including Be My Guest)
  • 2 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host at your London hotel
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • London airport transfers are available to purchase. Conditions apply. See airport transfer page link below for details
  • Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or from the London Reception Centre
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • ORIENTATION of Bath, Bristol, Brixham, Plymouth, Dunster, Lynmouth, Exeter and Salisbury
  • VISIT Royal Windsor, the Roman Baths in Bath, Longleat House in Warminster, Lacock village, Buckfast Abbey, the artists' colony of St. Ives, Exeter Cathedral, the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge and John Constable's Salisbury
  • VIEW Windsor Castle, the Capability Brown landscaped parkland at Longleat, Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth and St. Michael's Mount

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
Price Discount Availability Price
Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Bristol

Guided Tour of Bristol

The centre of the British aeronautics industry since WWII, Bristol was also a great seafaring port and England's second city until not long ago. There's a wealth of history to be discovered and John Cabot, Brunel, the Plimsoll Line, John and Charles Wesley, Wills Tobacco, Archibald Leach (who's he?), Banksy, and Robinson Crusoe are all names that have unique links with Bristol. Find out how they all fit together on a rip-roaring tour of the town with Bristol's number-one local specialist.
Adult Price: £15

Dinner By Bristol Harbour

Tonight, why not join your travel director and fellow guests for some fine British dining in one of the most famous pubs in Bristol. It was here that sailors, smugglers and pirates drank and where press-gangs and custom officers came to catch them. It was here that Daniel Defoe met the real-life Robinson Crusoe, and it's just around the corner from the finest Georgian square in Bristol housing the very first overseas American Consulate.
Adult Price: £31

Bideford

Clovelly Dinner

Join us for a short drive to the picturesque, privately-owned village of Clovelly, where we'll enjoy dinner at a charming 18th-century harbourside restaurant.
Adult Price: £38

Plymouth

Plymouth Harbour Cruise

Relax on a boat trip round the harbour of one of England’s most famous seaports. As your skipper commentates, you’ll see the Mayflower steps monument, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America and ships sailed for Australia, New Zealand and Newfoundland and enjoy panoramic vistas of Plymouth Hoe. We’ll also enter the Royal Navy Dockyard, where you’ll see some of the modern vessels of the Royal Navy.
Adult Price: £15

Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
Jeanne Bill
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Service
Yes we would recommend them or use them again.
Vacation
Beautiful scenery and interesting places to visit with excellent tour guide.
Trusted Customer
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Service
Very prompt and responsive. Developed trip plans quickly. Delivered details and invoices within 24 hours or less.
Vacation
Tour director very outgoing and knowledgeable about the region. Driver was safe and skillful and helpful. Can’t believe we saw as much as we did. Got a good feel for the region and places we might want to experience again. Really enjoyed the whole tour!
Per Stauersbol
Friday, October 26, 2018
Service
Really knowledgable people. Very friendly and always happy to help. I'll go again very soon and will always use GET Tours.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your positive feedback. We are so excited you enjoyed your trip to Devon and Cornwall. We hope to be able to help you plan and book your next guided vacation very soon. All the best!
Monday, October 29, 2018
Vacation
Really fabulous guide and driver, Annette and Phil. They made the trip absolutely perfect.
Mary Des Roches
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Service
The best part of the trip was our outstanding guide, Annette Flynn. She made the tour interesting and enjoyable, always on alert for how she could assist us. I found the hotel in Bristol under the standards I expected. I liked the pace of the trip- we didn't feel rushed.
Vacation
Wonderful experience. Both areas full of rich history.
Harriet Altman
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Service
Totally enjoyed this tour. The tour director, Steve Morris and the bus driver, were the best. We did so much and saw so many fantastic places it would be hard to just choose one to tell you about.
Response from Grand European Travel:
This is wonderful to hear! We're so glad you had a fantastic time. This tour takes you to some absolutely beautiful places you might not visit on your own while in England, so we're pleased to know you enjoyed your trip. Thank you for sharing.
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Vacation
So much to do and see, we truly enjoyed every minute of it. Really worth the money spent.
William Jenkins
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Service
Grand European Travel's customer service and its customer service reps are the very best that can be found. Attention to detail and great organizational skills are their strong points. Friendly one on one customer care makes for a no-worry experience for you. My wife and I booked the "Best of Devon and Cornwall" tour beginning June 27 thru July 5. Our tour guide, Mr. Steve Morris, made our vacation come alive with his vast knowledge of England, its towns and history. He knew all of the great places to visit and dine. We had a wonderful time with him. "Thanks Steve!" We recommend G.E.T. travel, you won't be disappointed!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful experience. We appreciate the kind words and recommendation!
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Vacation
Excellent value. Eat, sleep, get on the bus!
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