A Cornish Botanical Adventure

Missy and Marion

Friday 18th April – Thursday 1st May 2025

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 14 Days / 13 Nights


  • Wander through the Eden Project's tropical biomes, where exotic flora from around the world creates a mesmerising oasis
  • Explore along the South and North Coastline of Cornwall to witness breathtaking cliffs, secluded coves, and charming fishing villages.
  • Wander through the Lost Gardens of Heligan, a historic treasure trove of Victorian-era horticulture and enchanting woodland trails.

Day by Day

Day 1 - Friday 18th April - Welcome to England

Upon landing at London Heathrow, you will be warmly greeted in arrivals by your knowledgable guide. A welcoming smile will set the tone for a pleasant journey ahead. As you drive through the picturesque countryside, you’ll be regaled with fascinating tales about Dorset’s history and culture. Depending on your arrival time, your first stop will be the magnificent Kingston Lacy, a lavish 17th-century Venetian Estate surrounded by lush gardens and woodland trails. Be expertly guided through its opulent rooms, rich with art and antiques, before you continue your drive. The scenic route will reveal charming villages and rolling hills, eventually leading you to a characterful boutique hotel nestled on the Dorset Coast, where the rustic charm and modern comforts will promise a delightful stay.

Overnight: Studland Bay, Dorset | The Pig on the Beach
Room Type: Snug as Twin
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Saturday 19th April - Exploring Dorset's Gems

Your day will begin with a visit to the dramatic ruins of Corfe Castle, an ancient stronghold perched atop a hill, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding Purbeck Hills. As you explore the castle’s storied remains, your guide will tell tales of its tumultuous history, from royal battles to its dramatic downfall during the English Civil War. Next, head into the lush countryside and visit the Cerne Abbas Giant for a scenic walk. Encounter the striking and enigmatic chalk figure carved into the hillside, believed to date back to ancient times. From the nearby viewpoint, you can marvel at the Giant’s impressive scale and speculate about its mysterious origins and purpose.

After a morning of exploration, you will head to the spectacular Durdle Door, a stunning natural limestone arch on the Jurassic Coast. The walk down to the beach will be invigorating, with the sea breeze and the sound of waves crashing against the shore. Marvel at the unique rock formations and perhaps even dip your toes in the crystal-clear waters. By late afternoon, you will return to your coastal hotel, where you can watch the sun set over the horizon and reflect on the day’s adventures, capping off your perfect day of historical exploration and natural beauty.

Overnight: Studland Bay, Dorset | The Pig on the Beach
Room Type: Snug as Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 - Sunday 20th April - Welcome to Cornwall

Your drive from Dorset into Cornwall will be a scenic adventure, weaving through rolling hills and picturesque villages. Midway, you’ll stop for lunch in the charming County of Devon savouring regional specialties and freshly prepared dishes. After lunch, the journey will continue with a short detour to the enchanting Hidden Valley Gardens. Nestled in a intimate corner of Cornwall, this award-winning garden is a haven of tranquility and beauty. You will wander through its diverse landscapes, from lush, flower-filled meadows to serene water gardens, and marvel at the array of rare and exotic plants. The peaceful ambiance and stunning flora will provide a refreshing break before you resume your journey. As the afternoon light softens, your guide will drive you through the scenic Cornish countryside, arriving at the quaint village of Fowey, ready to experience the unique charm and rugged beauty of Cornwall.

Overnight: Fowey | The Old Quay House Hotel
Room Type: Luxury Classic as Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Monday 21st April - The Eden Project and Charlestown

Today, begin with a visit to the encapsulating Eden Project. As you arrive, you’ll be struck by the sight of the massive biomes rising from the landscape like futuristic domes. Spend the morning exploring the diverse ecosystems, from the lush rainforests teeming with exotic plants to the Mediterranean biome with its fragrant herbs and vibrant flowers. Your guide will provide insights into the sustainable practices and educational initiatives that make the Eden Project a beacon of environmental conservation.

After a morning immersed in nature, head to the historic harbour village of Charlestown for a leisurely late afternoon. Known for its Georgian architecture and traditional tall ships, you’ll be transported back in time. Wander along the cobbled streets and uncover maritime history as you leisurely stroll along the picturesque harbour. The charming cafes and quaint shops will invite you to relax and soak in the village’s serene atmosphere. As the day winds down, perhaps find a cozy spot to enjoy a Cornish cream tea, savouring the local flavours while gazing out over the tranquil waters, before heading back to your accommodation with a heart full of memorable experiences.

Overnight: Fowey | The Old Quay House Hotel
Room Type: Luxury Classic as Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Tuesday 22nd April - The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Visit the enchanting Lost Gardens of Heligan, a restored botanical paradise that promises a journey through time and nature. As you explore the expansive grounds, you’ll discover a variety of themed gardens, from the subtropical Jungle with its giant rhubarb and banana plantations to the Victorian Productive Gardens brimming with heritage fruits and vegetables. The serene woodland walks and hidden sculptures will add a touch of magic to your morning.

After a thoroughly captivating visit, head to the nearby fishing village of Mevagissey. This quaint harbour town, with its narrow streets and colourful cottages, exudes a timeless charm. You’ll wander through its charming alleys, popping into local boutiques and art galleries. As you make your way to the harbour, you’ll find a perfect spot to watch the fishermen at work, mending nets, unloading the day’s catch, and preparing their boats for the next outing. Their rhythmic routines and the sound of seagulls will create an authentic seaside atmosphere. Soak in the picturesque views of boats bobbing in the harbour, before returning to your accommodation, enriched by the day’s blend of horticultural beauty and maritime tradition.

Overnight: Fowey | The Old Quay House Hotel
Room Type: Luxury Classic as Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Wednesday 23rd April - Tregothnan Estate and Falmouth

Begin your day with a visit to Tregothnan Estate, Europe’s largest tea garden, nestled in the heart of Cornwall’s countryside. Learn about the rare plants that have been nutured by the same family since 1334 and indulge in a delightful tea tasting experience amidst the estate’s lush gardens and historic surroundings. Sample an array of exquisite teas, including the estate’s renowned homegrown varieties, as your knowledgeable guide share fascinating insights into the art of tea cultivation and brewing.

Afterward, venture to the charming coastal town of Falmouth for a leisurely afternoon, where you can explore its bustling harbour, stroll along picturesque waterfront promenades, and discover quaint shops and galleries tucked away in winding streets. Soak in the tranquil atmosphere and panoramic views of the Cornish coastline, before retiring to your hotel nestled in the valley by the beach.

Overnight: Falmouth | Meudon Hotel
Room Type: Cosy Twin

Day 7 - Thursday 24th April - Trelissick House and Leisurely Afternoon

This morning, visit Trelissick House and Gardens, a National Trust gem on the peninsula near Feock, with stunning views over the Fal River. Discover the history and explore the Georgian mansion’s lush gardens, discovering vibrant borders, exotic plants, and serene woodland walks. Don’t miss the peaceful lawns and tranquil orchard gardens whilst admiring the far reaching maritime views over the estuary.
Afterwards, head to the lively town of Falmouth for an afternoon of leisure. Known for its deep natural harbour and maritime heritage, Falmouth offers eclectic shops, galleries, and cafes. Enjoy lunch at a waterfront restaurant, savouring fresh seafood while watching ships dock in the harbour, providing the perfect end to a day of historic elegance and coastal charm before arriving at your accommodation nestled in the valley by the sea.

Overnight: Falmouth | Meudon Hotel
Room Type: Cosy Twin

Day 8 - Friday 25th April - Helford River Escape

After a relaxing morning, your afternoon begins with a leisurely cruise along the picturesque Helford River, known for its serene beauty and unspoiled landscapes. As you board the comfortable boat, notice the soft lapping of water against the hull create a soothing backdrop as you set off. Cruise past charming villages, ancient woodlands, and hidden coves, offering stunning views at every turn. Midway through the journey, enjoy a delightful onboard lunch featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients. As you dine, the captain will share intriguing stories and insights about the river’s history and natural wonders.

After lunch, relax on deck, basking in the sun and taking in the tranquil scenery. The gentle pace of the cruise allows for moments of quiet reflection and an intimate connection with the natural surroundings, making it a perfect afternoon escape.

Overnight: Falmouth | Meudon Hotel
Room Type: Cosy Twin

Day 9 - Saturday 26th April - Trebah Gardens

Today you’ll visit Trebah Gardens. Renowned for its sub-tropical paradise, Trebah is a vibrant contrast with its lush, exotic plants and dramatic landscape. You’ll follow winding paths that lead through towering bamboo groves, past koi-filled ponds, and down to an exclusive private beach named Polgwidden Cove, right on the Helford River. The vivid colours and unique plant species create a sense of wonder at every turn. As you continue your exploration, you’ll discover hidden corners and tranquil spots perfect for quiet contemplation.

Overnight: Falmouth | Meudon Hotel
Room Type: Cosy Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 10 - Sunday 27th April - Trewidden and Journey to the North Coast

Your day unfolds with a serene exploration of Trewidden Garden near Penzance, where vibrant camellias, rhododendrons, and magnolias paint a picture of botanical splendour. Wandering along winding paths and past ponds, you’ll immerse yourself in nature’s delights, finding respite amidst the garden’s diverse flora.

Afterwards, as you arrive in St Ives, the town’s coastal charm welcomes you with narrow cobbled streets and whitewashed cottages. Perhaps take a stroll along the golden sands of Porthmeor Beach or exploration of local art galleries offering a perfect blend of relaxation and cultural immersion, allowing you to unwind amidst St Ives’ picturesque coastal beauty.

Overnight: Carbis Bay | Boskerris Hotel
Room Type: Ocean Facing Classic Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 11 - Monday 28th April - Exploring St Ives

Embark on a day of artistic discovery in the picturesque seaside town of St Ives, beginning with a visit to the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden and Museum. As you wander through the peaceful garden, you’ll encounter Hepworth’s iconic sculptures set amidst lush greenery, their graceful forms blending harmoniously with nature. Inside the museum, delve into the life and work of this celebrated artist, gaining insights into her creative process and enduring legacy.

After immersing yourself in Hepworth’s world, explore the town’s vibrant art scene, wandering through its charming streets lined with galleries and studios showcasing the work of local and international artists. Pause for a leisurely lunch at a seaside cafe, indulging in fresh seafood dishes while soaking in panoramic views of St Ives’ azure waters. In the afternoon, meander along the coastal paths or relax on one of the town’s pristine beaches, where golden sands meet the rhythmic waves. As the day draws to a close, savour the beauty of a St Ives sunset, casting a golden glow over the rugged coastline, before retiring to reflect on a day filled with artistic inspiration and coastal charm.

Overnight: Carbis Bay | Boskerris Hotel
Room Type: Ocean Facing Classic Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 12 - Tuesday 29th April - A Day on the Coast and Arrival into Padstow

Embark on a captivating journey along the rugged North Cornish coastline, where dramatic cliffs and sweeping vistas await. Begin your day with a scenic drive along winding coastal roads, stopping at iconic landmarks like Bedruthan Steps and Trevone lighthouse. As you breathe in the salty sea air and marvel at the sheer beauty of your surroundings, you’ll work up an appetite for a quintessentially Cornish treat: a sumptuous cream tea.
Head to a quaint tearoom nestled in a charming coastal village, where freshly baked scones, dollops of clotted cream, and pots of fruity jam await. Indulge in this delightful tradition while gazing out over the turquoise waters, the perfect culmination to a day of exploration along Cornwall’s enchanting coastline. Your guide will drop you at your next hotel in the village of Rock, across the estuary from the fishing port of Padstow.
Please note: cream tea is included. 

Overnight: Rock | St Enodoc Hotel
Room Type: Non Estuary View Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 13 - Wednesday 30th April - Padstow Kitchen Gardens

Embark on an immersive culinary journey in Padstow, beginning with a visit to a vibrant kitchen garden nestled amidst the picturesque Cornish countryside. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the art of cultivating and harvesting local produce, guided by passionate experts who share insights into sustainable farming practices and the importance of seasonal ingredients. As you wander through rows of lush vegetables, fragrant herbs, and colourful fruits, you’ll discover the rich diversity of Cornwall’s culinary landscape and gain a deeper appreciation for the connection between food and the land.

After a morning immersed in the sights, scents, and flavours of the garden, indulge in a delicious lunch featuring farm-to-table dishes crafted with the day’s bounty. Savour the vibrant flavors of locally sourced produce while dining al fresco, surrounded by the natural beauty of the countryside. This unforgettable day offers a unique opportunity to connect with the land, celebrate the region’s culinary heritage, and gain a deeper understanding of the farm-to-fork journey in Cornwall.

Overnight: Rock | St Enodoc Hotel
Room Type: Non Estuary View Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 14 - Thursday 1st May - Depart

A private transfer will collect you from your accommodation and take you to the airport to make your onward connections. Waving farewell for now but taking with you special memories and wonderful stories of your explorations.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • 14 nights accommodation, as stated in the itinerary above
  • Most meals, as stated in the itinerary above
  • The services of a qualified and experienced guide from Day 1 to Day 14 inclusive
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by your guide on guided days
  • Private Airport Transfer on Arrival Day, includes Meet & Greet
  • Private Airport Transfer on Departure Day
  • All guided hikes mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically:
    • Entry to Kingston Lacy
    • Entry to Corfe Castle
    • Entry to Hidden Valley Gardens
    • Entry to the Eden Project
    • Entry to the Lost Gardens of Heligan
    • Tea tasting at Tregothnan Estate
    • Entry to Trelissick House and Gardens
    • Private charter on the Helford River
    • Entry to Trebah Gardens
    • Entry to Trewidden Gardens
    • Entry to the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden
    • 121 workshop with Padstow Kitchen Gardens
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • 24/7 In-Country Support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities for the main driver guide
Notes Read More
  • All suggested accommodations and services are subject to availability at the time of booking.
  • A 20% deposit is required before any accommodation and services will be confirmed.
  • This quote is valid for 14 days from the date quoted, after this time pricing may be subject to revision.
  • Activities are only private if so specified
Optional Upgrades Read More
  • Room Upgrades are available in some locations, subject to availability. Pricing on request.
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