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Country Roads of Wales, Devon and Cornwall

Operated by: Insight Vacations

13 Days from $4,253 per person
APR - OCT 2023
St. Ives Beach, Cornwall, England

Countries Visited

England ...more England

Locations Visited

London, Oxford, Bath, Brecon, Cardiff, Glastonbury, Plymouth, Looe, St. Ives, Penzance, Barnstaple, Tintagel, Cornwall, Padstow, Lynmouth, Exmoor National Park, Dartmoor National Park, Evershot, Dorchester, Salisbury ...more London, Oxford, Bath, Brecon, Cardiff, Glastonbury, Plymouth, Looe, St. Ives, Penzance, Barnstaple, Tintagel, Cornwall, Padstow, Lynmouth, Exmoor National Park, Dartmoor National Park, Evershot, Dorchester, Salisbury
  1. Day 1 Welcome to London

    Welcome to London. After checking into your hotel, the afternoon is free.

    hotel The Clermont Victoria, London.
  2. Day 2 Oxford, the Cotswolds and Bath

    From lush green rolling hills to old-world villages, this pretty country surprises and delights at every corner. At 08:00, make your your way along the scenic Great West Way to Oxford. A city built to be discovered, Oxford is a wholesome image of leather-bound books, libraries, storybook buildings and picnics. Continue your journey on to the Cotswolds. Just as charming as Oxford, this breathtaking area is about as quintessentially British as it gets. Honey-coloured stone houses line the winding streets of the area’s most beautiful towns and villages, while rapeseed fields decorate this colourful part of the UK in splashes of gold. See Bourton-on-the-Water and the pretty market town of Stow-on-the-Wold, before heading to the historic city of Bath, with its Roman and Georgian architecture. Head on an orientation of the city before checking in to your accommodation for the night, the luxury Apex Hotel. End your day in the most British of manners with a Sunday roast at your Welcome Dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Apex Hotel, Bath.
  3. Day 3 Bath through the years Relaxed Start

    After a relaxed start to enjoy the amenities at your spa hotel, begin your exploration of Bath in a rejuvenated manner. Having attained UNESCO World Heritage status in 1987, this unique city is famous for its Georgian and Victorian architecture and of course its Roman-built baths. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you visit the incredibly well-preserved Roman Baths, also an important hub of culture and education for the area. During free time perhaps learn more about the life of the esteemed author Jane Austen, who made Bath her home?

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Apex Hotel, Bath.
  4. Day 4 Brecon Beacons National Park

    After a relaxed start you’ll move cities, and countries, as you make your way to Cardiff, the capital of Wales. Along the way you’ll visit the Brecon Beacons. A mountain range in South Wales, it is little surprise this striking location is a chosen destination for so many hikers and nature enthusiasts. Its old red sandstone cliffs hold a variety of plant life, including roseroot, green spleenwort and rue-leaved saxifrages, while its range of fauna includes otters, herons, kingfishers and the soaring red kite, which is the national bird of Wales. Visit the Brecon Beacons with Insight Choice. Choose to join your Local Expert for a foraging walk in the stunning surroundings of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Under her tuition she will show you how to reconnect with nature, and forage for edible and medicinal plants. Alternatively, visit a local kitchen garden for a peak into the freshest seasonal aromatics from the Brecon Beacons. After a morning in the great outdoors, rectify your lethargic bliss with a hearty Farm-to-Table pub lunch, where a delicious seasonal menu with local ingredients will be available. In the afternoon, you’ll arrive in Cardiff, Wales’ cultural hub.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch with Wine
    hotel Clayton Hotel, Cardiff.
  5. Day 5 Cardiff Relaxed Start

    Enjoy a relaxed start this morning. Join your Travel Director for an orientation of this vibrant city. See Principality Stadium, home of Welsh Rugby, and Cardiff Castle. The rest of your day is at leisure.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Clayton Hotel, Cardiff.
  6. Day 6 Glastonbury Abbey and Plymouth

    Begin your day at the historic ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, an 8th-century monastery steeped in legend and now registered as a Grade I listed building. Continue to the port city of Plymouth in Devon, famous for its cobbled streets, gin distilleries and the Mayflower that transported the first English Puritans to the New World.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Crowne Plaza
  7. Day 7 Exploring the Southwest

    Journey to the quaint coastal town of Looe, a holiday hotspot of the Victorian era. Admire Looe’s turquoise waters and sandy beach before continuing to St. Ives, where art galleries, surf shops and fashion boutiques line the quaint streets. Continue to Penzance, made famous by the comic opera "The Pirates of Penzance," which recounts the adventures of pirates who arrived at the city's shores in the late 18th century.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel The Royal and Fortescue Hotel, Barnstaple.
  8. Day 8 Legends of Cornwall

    Admire the unspoiled maritime scenery of Cornwall as you begin your day in Tintagel, featured in the legendary tale of King Arthur and where, according to local lore, Arthur was born. Travel to Port Isaac, a pretty fishing village and popular filming location for British television programmes. Have your camera ready to capture stonework façades and coastline views during an orientation around the village. For lunch, visit Padstow and perhaps try traditional fish and chips before returning to Barnstaple.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel The Royal and Fortescue Hotel, Barnstaple.
  9. Day 9 Breathtaking National Parks Relaxed Start

    Stop in the town of Lynmouth before journeying to Somerset's Exmoor National Park, a unique landscape of moorland, woodland and dramatic coastline. A protected Area of Outstanding Beauty, this stunning park is a mass of verdant open land, livestock and flora. Stop in Exmoor for lunch at your leisure. Your day ends at Bovey Castle. Nestled in the rolling valleys of Dartmoor National Park, this five-star accommodation stands amid 275 acres of picturesque countryside and offers an award-winning 18-hole golf course, two refurbished restaurants and individually-designed rooms. Unwind in this natural sanctuary as you enjoy the comforts of Bovey Castle. Tonight, catch up with your fellow travellers over dinner at the hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Bovey Castle, Dartmoor.
  10. Day 10 Country houses of Dorset Relaxed Start

    Stop at Athelhampton, a 500-year-old Tudor Manor House in the heart of Dorset. Join Estate Manager Owen for a walk through one of the world’s greatest estates, and enjoy time at leisure to explore the tranquil Elizabethan gardens.  Delight in a quintessential Devonshire high tea with freshly baked scones and sandwiches.

    meals Breakfast, Morning Tea, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Summer Lodge Country House Hotel & Restaurant, Dorset.
  11. Day 11 Jurassic Coast and Weymouth

    Admire England's only natural World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coast, during a visit to Lulworth Cove. Stroll with an ice cream on the pebbled beach or learn about the unique geology at the Visitor Center. Travel to seaside Weymouth and enjoy time at leisure to explore the town while snacking on traditional 'seaside rock'. Perhaps join an Optional visit to historic Nothe Fort with its ghost tunnel and rampart views. In the evening, join your fellow travellers for a Celebration Dinner of delicious local cuisine and wine.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Summer Lodge Country House Hotel & Restaurant, Dorset.
  12. Day 12 Salisbury and Stonehenge

    This morning, journey to iconic Stonehenge to appreciate the history, and mystery, of this prehistoric monument. The ring of standing stones is believed to have been constructed between 3000 BC and 2000 BC. It was made a legally protected Scheduled Ancient Monument in 1882 and, as one of Britain’s most celebrated sites, draws visitors from around the world. Continue to Salisbury and visit the 13th-century cathedral. Witness Britain's tallest spire and see the world's best-preserved original copy of the Magna Carta. End your day in London at the hotel.

    meals Breakfast
  13. Day 13 Homeward Bound

    Your journey ends this morning.

    meals Breakfast
Map Country Roads Wales Devon Cornwall USCA 2023
Price Includes

Dining Summary

  • 12 Breakfast (B)
  • 4 Dinner with Wine (DW)
  • 1 Lunch with Wine (LW)
  • 1 Morning Tea (MT)

Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Brecon Beacons: Visit a local kitchen garden for a peek into the freshest seasonal aromatics from the Brecon Beacons.
  • Brecon Beacons: Explore the stunning flora of the Brecon Beacons, forage for edible and medicinal plants with a Local Expert.

Authentic Dining

  • Bath: After a day exploring the Roman town of Bath, indulge on a Sunday Roast at your Welcome Dinner.
  • Brecon Beacons: Indulge on a hearty farm-to-table pub lunch, where a delicious seasonal menu with local ingredients will be available.
  • : Experience Devonshire tea at Athelhampton and learn stories of the estate as you enjoy a delicious selection of scones, sandwiches and tea.
  • Dorchester: Toast to your travels at a delicious Celebration Dinner at your hotel, Summer Lodge Country House Hotel and Spa.

Insight Experiences

  • Dorchester: Visit the Manor House of Athelhampton and join a Estate Manager Owen on a guided tour to discover the beautiful Tudor architecture and Elizabethan style gardens.

Make Travel Matter

  • Bath: Visit the incredibly well-preserved Roman Baths. Discover 2000 years of history and learn how this hub of culture is pioneering new educational investments to benefit the community. Its school educational programme actively supports local schools and students to learn about the cultural heritage of the region. The Roman Baths experience advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Oxford: See the spires and colleges of this world-famous university town.
  • Cotswolds: This breathtaking area is about as quintessentially British as it gets. Honey-coloured stone houses line the winding streets of the area’s most beautiful towns and villages, while rapeseed fields decorate this colourful part of the UK in splashes of gold. See Bourton-on-the-Water and the pretty market town of Stow-on-the-Wold, before heading to the historic city of Bath, with its Roman and Georgian architecture.
  • Bath: During an orientation you will see the Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey.
  • Brecon Beacons: Visit a local kitchen garden for a peek into the freshest seasonal aromatics from the Brecon Beacons.
  • Brecon Beacons: Explore the stunning flora of the Brecon Beacons, forage for edible and medicinal plants with a Local Expert.
  • Cardiff: During an orientation with your Travel Director, see the castle and Principality Stadium.
  • Glastonbury: Visit the historic Glastonbury Abbey. Founded in the 7th century, its ruins are now registered as a Grade I listed building.
  • Plymouth: During an orientation tour with your Travel Director, see Plymouth Hoe and the Citadel before continuing to the Barbican and Mayflower Steps. Afterward, explore a quaint Cornish fishing village.
  • Looe: Journey to the quaint coastal town of Looe. A holiday hotspot in the Victorian era, explore its comely stores and winding streets at leisure.
  • Stonehenge: Walk around the strange and awe-inspiring monoliths that have reputedly stood for 5,000 years.

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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.

Bath

Available on Day 2

Georgian Walking Tour & Afternoon Tea

As a UNESCO World Heritage site, Bath is a unique city bursting with history from the Romans to 18th-century Georgians. There's no better way to bring the history of this beautiful city to life than with a knowledgeable Local Expert. You'll discover some of Bath's most celebrated landmarks, beautiful Georgian houses, and charming cobbled alleyways. Complete the experience in true British style with an afternoon tea in the oldest house in Bath dating back to 1482. Try a local speciality - the famous Sally Lunn bun - a favourite of residents and visitors alike, including Jane Austen!
Adult Price: £ 31

Cardiff

Available on Day 4

Cardiff Castle Tour

Take an ‘insider’ look at this unique Castle started by the Romans 2,000 years ago where we have our own private tour. The refurbishments done in the 1800s have been described as outrageous to opulent, bogus to brilliant and some even say the architect, William Burgess, smoked his opium pipe too much!  His influences include Arab and Islamic art, Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tales and even Aesop's fables. In addition, we can walk on the battlements and climb the 1,000-year-old Norman keep for superb views over Cardiff.
Adult Price: £ 21

Available on Day 4

Welsh Evening

Join us for a lively night celebrating Welsh food and culture at a stunningly-renovated deconsecrated church in the heart of Cardiff. Enjoy a traditional and locally-sourced three-course meal whilst being entertained by Welsh stories, enchanting music and renowned Welsh singers.
Adult Price: £ 69

Dartmoor

Available on Day 6

Dinner and Devon Storytelling

Tonight, we'll head out to dinner at a local Gastropub accompanied by our renowned Devon Storyteller for an evening of tales you won't soon forget.
Adult Price: £ 53

Cornwall

Available on Day 8

Cornwall Dinner

There can be nothing better on a long summer's evening, then a delightful meal in a quintessential English country pub. Enjoy a three-course dinner of superb local food with wine. Cheers!
Adult Price: £ 42

Available on Day 8

Truro Dinner

Join us for dinner at an award-winning restaurant on the outskirts of Truro. Enjoy a menu serving the best of local and home grown produce in beautiful surroundings. Fantastic food and drink with great hospitality!
Adult Price: £ 63

Salisbury

Available on Day 10

Salisbury Cathedral, the Magna Carta, and Lunch at the Chapter House

Painted by Constable, arguably one of the most famous English Romantic painters, the Cathedral is the tip of what Salisbury has to offer. A local Market square in front of the Guildhall offers a sense of the vibrant Wiltshire life. The Cathedral displays a marvel of architecture, one of the oldest cloisters in England, providing access to the amazing chapter house which is the home to one copy of the Magna Carta. After visiting the impressive Gothic Cathedral, lunch will be served at the cosy Chapter House, whose building dates back to the 13th century.
Adult Price: £ 45

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Mitchell Bukzin
Thursday, October 20, 2022
Service
the tour director and bus driver were excellent, all but one of the hotels (Puddleton) were just fine, the venues visited were great, and only the long bus rides between venues were annoying
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I already wrote you describing my tour
Constance Bukzin
Thursday, October 20, 2022
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There was some confusion with the plane reservation since our first trip was cancelled. You need to pay the fare in a timely manner as we were unable to upgrade our seats due to late ticket issue.
Vacation
The travel director, Cam, and the coach driver, Alf, went out of their way to make sure we were confortable, kept informed and made appropriate coach stops.
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