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Best of Devon & Cornwall

Operated by: Trafalgar

8 Days from $1,925 per person
Field at sunset, Devon

Countries Visited

England

Locations Visited

London, Bristol, Exeter, Bideford
  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. Enjoy free time to ramble through its streets and visit the elegant 11th-century castle. 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 Full 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 of 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 a iconic backdrop for such famous films as 'Pride & Prejudice' and 'Harry Potter', among others.

    meals Full Breakfast
  4. Day 4 Bristol – Dunster – Exmoor National Park – Lynmouth – Bideford

    Take a step back in time to the medieval village of Dunster with its picturesque thatched cottages, 17th-century yarn market and Working Watermill, built on the site of a mill mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086. Driving through the dramatic landscapes of Exmoor National Park, we stop in Lynmouth for some time at leisure and perhaps a ride on the famous funicular cliff lift to nearby Lynton. Our home for this evening is the historic port town of Bideford with its imposing 15th-century bridge which spans the Torridge River.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Durrant House
  5. Day 5 Bideford – Tintagel – Exeter (2 Nights)

    Tales of knights and medieval myths and legends take centre stage today as we enjoy views of the ruined Tintagel Castle, reputedly the birthplace of King Arthur. We 'Connect With Locals', joining the Kempthorne family for a light Cornish Be My Guest lunch and tales of farming heritage at their homely Cornish farmstead, which has been in their family since the early 18th century. As the day draws to its close, we sit in quiet contemplation with the sounds of choral music filling the historic St. Martin's Church, as part of the 'Make A Difference' initiative to support The Churches Conservation Trust. Spend the rest of the evening exploring the medieval centre of Exeter.

    meals Full Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Mercure Southgate
  6. Day 6 Cornish Excursion including Plymouth, St. Ives and Dartmoor National Park

    Our journey continues along the dramatic coastline of Cornwall today, past smugglers' coves and quaint coastal villages. We stop in the maritime city of Plymouth and view the Mayflower Steps, from which brave pilgrims are said to have left English shores for an unknown new world. Next, we travel to lovely St. Ives, a popular retreat for artists, before enjoying views of St. Michael's Mount with its 17th-century castle, sitting dramatically atop the tidal island near the seaside town of Penzance. We travel through the brooding landscape of Dartmoor National Park, stopping at a traditional pub for a memorable Farewell Dinner with our travel companions.

    meals Full 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 Full 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 Full Breakfast
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Dining Highlights

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

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi 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
  • Hand-picked Trip Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and a 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
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • ORIENTATION of Bristol, Bath, Dunster, Lynmouth, Plymouth, Exeter and 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
  • VISIT Royal Windsor, the Roman Baths in Bath, Longleat House in Warminster, Lacock village, the ancient seaport of Bideford, the artists' colony of St. Ives, the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge and John Constables Salisbury

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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
Trusted Customer
Travel date: 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
Travel date: 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
Travel date: 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
Travel date: 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
Travel date: 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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