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The Southwest: Devon, Cornwall & Bath

The Southwest: Devon, Cornwall & Bath

7 days & 6 nights, Private Journey

Devon, Cornwall & Bath

Explore the rugged and coastal landscapes of Southwest England. Devon offers stunning views, awe inspiring granite tors, deep wooded valleys with fast flowing rivers, and wide open spaces. Enter the historic home of the Earls of Devon. Visit traditional Devonshire villages and discover Tintagel Castle, full of legend and mystery. Witness the location of TV's Doc Martin in Port Isaac and stop in the quaint fishing villages, arty seaside retreats and strongholds of the Cornish coast. End your journey with unique Glastonbury and the Roman heritage of Bath.

  • Day 1
    Arrive London / Devon

    You will be met by your Cox & Kings representative at your hotel, the train station, or airport and escorted to sunny Devon with its sandy beaches and rugged moors. Upon arrival, the remainder of your day is at leisure.

    Preferred: Saunton Sands Hotel
    Elite: Bovey Castle Hotel - 3 Nights
  • Day 2
    Devon

    Spend the day exploring the south of Devon. Dartmoor National Park is a rugged, eerily beautiful place which is great for hiking and climbing. Literature fans take note: this wild landscape features in the Sherlock Holmes adventure The Hound of the Baskervilles. Discover the Bronze Age villages and ancient stone circles found in the park. Visit a local farmer and his trusted sheep dog and watch them herd sheep on the moors. Finally, enjoy a privately guided tour of Powderham Castle. It enjoys a unique, picturesque setting within an ancient deer park beside the Exe estuary. Over 600 years of history can be discovered within the walls of one of Devon's oldest family estates. It has been home to the Courtenay family since the 14th Century and the current Earl & Countess of Devon are the 28th generation to live here.

    Preferred: Saunton Sands Hotel
    Elite: Bovey Castle Hotel
    (B)
  • Day 3
    Devon

    Today you will visit the beautiful areas of northern Devon with your guide. Sheltered by thick woods on the north Devon coast, Clovelly's white cottages and steep cobbled high street give it a distinctive character. Stroll down to the harbor among its historic buildings, and admire the views out to sea as fishermen set off from the quayside. While exploring the coast and countryside, tuck into a traditional Devon Cream Tea (tea and scones with jam and clotted cream) in the county that's said to have invented the concept.

    Preferred: Saunton Sands Hotel
    Elite: Bovey Castle Hotel
    (B)
  • Day 4
    To Cornwall

    Continue to ends of the country, Cornwall - the most southwesterly shire. En route, visit Tintagel Castle, imbued with drama and intrigue. It teeters over a precipitous headland on the northern edge of Cornwall and its 1000-year history teems with battles, romance, myths and legend. Associated with the legends of King Arthur and the Round Table, explore Merlin's Cave if the tide is out. Next, stop in Port Isaac, a traditional fishing village with a vibrant local community. It's a truly picturesque village with narrow winding streets lined with whitewashed cottages that head down to the harbor where you can watch local fishermen landing their daily catch of fish, crab and lobsters. This village may look familiar as it is the setting of the television show Doc Martin. Before checking in to your hotel, visit the port of Padstow at the head of the Camel River, surrounded by glorious sandy beaches.

    Preferred: St. Michael's Hotel & Spa
    Elite: The Headland Hotel - 2 Nights
    (B)
  • Day 5
    Cornwall

    Spend the day discovering Cornwall. Visit one of Cornwall's most charming towns, St. Ives, known for its rich artistic heritage. Enjoy traditional fish & chips in an authentic fishing village such as Mevagissey with its postcard pubs, cafes, galleries and shops clustered around the harbor walls. Just off the coast at Marazion in Cornwall, you'll find St Michael's Mount. Cut off from the mainland at high tide, this island stronghold is wreathed in mystery. Explore the medieval castle and its legends of a giant.

    Preferred: St. Michael's Hotel & Spa
    Elite: The Headland Hotel
    (B, L)
  • Day 6
    To Bath

    Depart Cornwall today and head through Devon to Bath. En route, visit Glastonbury. Small in size but rich in offerings, this Somerset town is a center of New Age culture and rumored to be the final resting place of King Arthur. It is a mix of English charm, alternative culture and eye-opening spiritual history. Glastonbury Abbey is one of the earliest Christian sites in England. Later, arrive in beautiful Georgian Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover stunning architecture, including the crescents, Pulteney Bridge (modeled on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence), and Bath Abbey. Then, explore the Roman Baths by torchlight, which were built more than 2,000 years ago and are beautifully preserved. Tonight enjoy dinner at a nearby restaurant.

    Preferred: Hilton Bath City
    Elite: The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa
    (B)
  • Day 7
    Depart London

    Enjoy some time at leisure before you are accompanied to the train station for your first class train journey to London or your next destination in Britain. Alternatively, travel overland to the airport for your onward flight.

    (B)
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