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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 6 people
Destination(s): England  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Archeology/History  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2499.38 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 8644.79 US Dollar (USD)

If you have always wanted to visit The Duchy of Cornwall but wanted to keep away from the hoards of tourists that this beautiful part of the country quite naturally attracts, with our intimate knowledge of this Celtic Fringe of the British Isles we will show you hidden corners and remote sandy coves known only to a discreet number of people. You will visit abandoned Iron Age villages, mysterious stone circles, megaliths, monoliths and menhirs from a time before written history. Stroll down country lanes and across flower strewn cliff tops, through Cornish meadows and wooded valleys.

This is a trip which will enable you to get the most out the time available, and see something of the real Cornwall without rushing around too much. Before you leave for the trip we send you a Travel Information Pack, which will be full of guides, maps, information leaflets and anything else that we can squeeze in there to give you an idea of what you will be seeing along the way.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive / London. Most people arrive in England through one of the London airports, so this first day is set aside for acclimatisation in London. If time and jet lag allows you could take one of the open topped bus tours around London to see some of the sites which would be heavy going on foot, and some which you can return to later. If you arrive anywhere else in the country, we will adapt things accordingly.

Day 2: London - Cornwall. Boarding your train and following the route of the Great Western Railway, through the English countryside, along the coast of the English Channel, crossing the River Tamar into Cornwall and arriving at your destination in the far west town of Penzance. Here we will be waiting for you to take you to your Cornish base in a lovely little private hotel overlooking Mounts Bay and St. Michael’s Mount.

Days 3-6: Exploring Cornwall

Cornwall is one of the Celtic Fringes of Europe, a land of Stone circles, menhirs, quoits, fogous and all manner of weird and ancient things. There are some lovely little coves, which were once the haunt of Cornish smugglers, a fairy tale like castle, perched high on an island off the shore by Penzance, the quaint old town of St. Ives with its world famous galleries, cream teas, pasties and enough things to keep you occupied for a month to squeeze into a few days.

This is not a tour with a hard set itinerary, so that you can fit in some unforeseen delight which may only become apparent as time progresses. We will visit the places which you want to see without a strict schedule, so that we can vary things according to what ever takes your fancy and what ever the weather dictates.

However here are a few suggestions of what you may like to see and do:
- Tintagel. The reputed site of King Arthur's Camelot, and Boscastle, a natural harbour and inlet in the rocky coast of North Cornwall.
- Maybe take in a show at the Minack Theatre. A spectacular arena hewn from the cliffs high above the sea.
- Cornwall is famous for its gardens, such as Trelissick and Heligan with the rhododendrons and azalea in full bloom in the spring and herbaceous borders showing a profusion of colour throughout the summer.
- You will have the opportunity to visit the Eden Project, where you will find the world's largest greenhouse Inside the artificial biomes are plants that are collected from all around the world.
- You could get up close to wildlife, handling owls at the Owl Sanctuary on Goss Moor.
- Truro. The Cornish capital, with its magnificent cathedral rising from a tangle of narrow streets and alleyways. This allows the option of a trip to Falmouth by boat along the River Fal. In Falmouth you will find the National Maritime Museum and a wide variety of shops to browse around.

There is a whole list of archeological sites to choose from. A seldom visited iron age village, with the remains of ancient round houses. Stone circles, which you could pass by if you did not know where to look. An atmospheric Celtic chapel deep in the woods, side by side with a Pagan wishing well, draped with offerings from grateful visitors. Mysterious Fogous. Underground chambers, whose long forgotten function can only be guessed at, and neolithic quoits, which have stood sentinel over the landscape for over 3000 years. We cannot list everything that there is to see in Cornwall here. Your Travel Pack will give you more information and once you arrive there will be all manner of other things to tempt you.

Day 7: Cornwall - London. Boarding the train and heading back “up country” as the Cornish call the rest of Britain, to be in place for your flight home on the following day.

Day 8: Home. Head back home with lots of memories and hundreds of photographs.

- This is a small, exclusive and private tour, designed for the more discerning traveller. We limit the numbers to a maximum of six to allow us to see a more imitate side of the country not available to the big bus tours. The price is therefore individually lower for six, as the cost is split more ways.
- The tour can also be taken as a "Self-Drive"tour. Please contact us for details.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- All accommodation with private facilities, on a bed and breakfast basis
- All transport during the tour, with personal guide and escort
- Transfers from Heathrow or Gatwick Airport to Central London
- Rail Tickets as required
- A pre-supplied Information Travel Pack
- All arrangement and planning costs
- Pre arrival advice and recommendations.