Corners of Cornwall and Western Europe

from 

AU$11,499

per person
 
Duration: 21 Nights
Destination: United Kingdom
Region: United Kingdom
Deal Code: PAI792J

 

 

Description

From windswept moors and wild coastlines to historic cities and picture-perfect fishing villages, the county of Cornwall is filled with evocative sights and fascinating stories. Join us as we seek out the maritime heritage, rural beauty and culinary pride of this unique corner of South West England on a scenic eight-day tour.

10 Night cruise sailing from Southampton to Lisbon onboard Azamara Quest.

Muse on voyages past as you sail out of Southampton, long a maritime center, its yards turning out warships for king and country from the Hundred Years War in the 14-15th centuries, to two world wars in the 20th. After a relaxing day at sea we come to an overnight Bordeaux, for two days of education about wine production in this handsome and cohesive city filled with monumental buildings and fine estates.

A late night in one of France’s most picturesque beach retreats, St. Jean de Luz is next, followed by another late night in Bilbao, located in the heart of Basque Country and perfect for a day spent sightseeing highlighted by the Guggenheim Museum.

After a stop in Gijon for a trip along the Cider Trail, we arrive in La Coruna, or The Glass City, where the Roman Tower of Hercules, a UNESCO World Heritage Site designated stone lighthouse is a must-visit.

We arrive next in Porto, a European capital of culture where you can stroll the Ribeira neighborhood before your voyage wraps up in Lisbon, the colorful, historic heart of Portugal. Here you’ll be delighted by the cobblestoned streets, hilly neighborhoods, and warm welcomes everywhere you go. Stay after you disembark to check out the venerable São Jorge Castle, or roam the winding alleys of the Alfama district lined with taverns where fado singers perform. 



Your Fly, Tour & Cruise Holiday Package Includes:

  • Economy class flight from Sydney to London, returning from Lisbon
  • 1 nights accommodation in London
  • 8 day / 7 night Corners of Cornwall guided holiday with Back Roads Touring Co, London return
  • 7 nights in boutique accommodation
  • A total of 11 meals; 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 3 dinners
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • 3 nights accommodation in London
  • The Beatles & Liverpool day tour by Rail
  • Includes Magical Mystery Tour, Beatles Story Museum & Cavern Club
  • 10 night Western Europe cruise onboard Azamara Quest, Southampton to Lisbon 
  • All onboard meals in complimentary dining venue, select standard drinks, international beers & wines, bottled water, soft drinks, gratuities, self-service laundry + more
  • A wide range of onboard activities & entertainment
  • Port charges, pre-paid gratuities onboard your cruise & airline taxes
  • Private car transfers throughout

Extend your flights and experience EVEN MORE of Europe - talk to our travel experts about more options.

Package is based on per person twin share and is  valid for travel between 18 August – 09 September 2022 

Single traveller pricing available. Please speak to one of our travel consultants for more details



Corners of Cornwall Tour Highlights

  •  Discover the enchanting medieval church and castle of St Michael's Mount
  •  Enjoy the charm of historic port towns Falmouth and Port Isaac
  •  Soak up the wild, jaw-dropping vistas of the Jurassic Coast
  •  Visit the magnificent Salisbury Cathedral

Tour Itinerary: 

20 Aug 22

London

After meeting the group in London, we’ll come together for a welcome dinner. Here’s to the start of an incredible adventure! Accommodation: Wellington by Blue Orchid (or similar) Dinner

21 Aug 22

London – Wells – Dartmoor National Park

After breakfast, our first stop will be the tiny market city of Wells – known for its Gothic cathedral and peaceful Vicars’ Close. After we’ve spent some time wandering the cobbled streets and medieval buildings with our Tour Leader, we’ll have the opportunity to explore the magnificent Wells Cathedral at our leisure. Later, our path will take us from the quaint country lanes of Somerset to the heather and gorse-clad tors of Dartmoor National Park. Tonight, we’ll enjoy another delicious dinner together. Accommodation: Two Bridges Hotel (or similar) Breakfast, Dinner

23 Aug 22

Dartmoor National Park – Port Isaac – Padstow – Falmouth 

Today we’ll leave Dartmoor National Park for Cornwall’s northern coast – starting with a stroll around Port Isaac, the fishing village made famous by the Doc Martin television series. Next, we’ll enjoy a delicious lunch at The Seafood Restaurant, Rick Stein’s flagship restaurant in Padstow. Here, you can take your pick from a menu of fresh-off-the-boat Cornish seafood and international favourites. Then: we’ll take it easy as we travel further west to Falmouth. Accommodation: The Royal Duchy Hotel (or similar) Breakfast, Lunch

24 Aug 22

Falmouth – St Michael's Mount – St Ives – Falmouth

After a hearty breakfast, we’ll pay a visit to the iconic cliffside Minack Theatre before setting our sights on St Ives – one of England’s prettiest towns. Take some time to meander the cluster of cobblestoned streets, quaint seaside cottages and picture-perfect bays. Then, it’s back on the mini-coach for a visit to St Michael’s Mount, a tidal island just off the coast of Penzance. Here, we’ll explore the village and the medieval castle and gardens – which are full of treasures and stories from the past. Back in Falmouth, we’ll enjoy an evening spent at our leisure. Please note: St Michael’s Mount is closed on Saturdays. In the event day 4 of our tour falls on a Saturday, we will visit St Michael’s Mount on day 5. Accommodation: The Royal Duchy Hotel (or similar) Breakfast

25 Aug 22

Falmouth – St Austell Bay 

There’s a treat in store for the green-fingered today: we’re off to explore Tregothnan Estate, one of Cornwall’s largest estate and home to the first tea plantation in Britain. A member of the gardening team will give us a private tour of the grounds and the tea plantation, where we’ll learn all about the only tea grown in England – with a chance to sample some of it for ourselves. Afterwards, we’ll make our way to St Austell Bay area where we’ll have the evening to spend at our leisure. Please note: Tregothnan Estate is closed to the public on weekends. In the event day 5 of our tour falls on a Saturday, we will visit Lower Lanner Farm instead – where we’ll enjoy a cream tea and plantation tour. Accommodation: Carlyon Bay Hotel (or similar) Breakfast

26 Aug 22

St Austell Bay

We have no set plans today, leaving you free to explore the sandy beaches and boutique shops of the St Austell Bay area at your leisure. You could visit the world-famous biomes of the Eden Project or uncover the world’s largest private collection of maritime paraphernalia at the Charleston Shipwreck Museum – you certainly won’t be short on things to do here! Accommodation: Carlyon Bay Hotel (or similar) Breakfast

27 Aug 22

St Austell Bay – Devon – Dorset – Salisbury

Today we’ll make our way south along the coast, before our road takes us through picturesque Devon and Dorset. We’ll have some free time to follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen’s heroines and take in sweeping views of the Jurassic Coast. Enjoy some free time hunting for fossils along Lyme Regis’s sandy beaches before we move on to Salisbury – where a farewell dinner awaits. Accommodation: Milford Hall Hotel (or similar) Breakfast, Dinner

28 Aug 22

Salisbury – London

After one last breakfast together, we’ll have the opportunity to explore the magnificent Salisbury Cathedral. Our journey will conclude upon returning to London. Breakfast

 


Cruise Itinerary:

Date

Itinerary

Arrive

Depart

30 Aug 22

Southampton, England

Embark

05.00pm

31 Aug 22

At Sea

 

 

01 Sep 22

Bordeaux, France

11:45am

Overnight

02 Sep 22

Bordeaux, France

-

09.:30pm

03 Sep 22

St Jean de Losne, France

01:30pm

09:30pm

04 Sep 22

Bilbao, Spain

08:00am

11:00pm

05 Sep 22

Gijon, Spain

09:00am

06:00pm

06 Sep 22

La Coruna, Spain

07:30am

05:00pm

07 Sep 22

Leixoes, Portugal

09:00am

06:00pm

08 Sep 22

Lisbon, Portugal

08:00am

Overnight

09 Sep 22

Lisbon, Portugal

Disembark

 

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