Sample – Cornwall Itinerary

Summer 2024

Duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights

Day by Day

Day 1 - Legends of Tintagel

Our Cornish coastal adventure starts with a visit to Tintagel, the birthplace of Arthurian legend where it is believed by some to be the place where he was conceived. The Castle ruins that stand today are from the medieval period, built in the 13th century by Richard, Earl of Cornwall. Marvel at the 8 foot tall bronze sculpture of King Arthur and take the footbridge over to the headland to walk in the footsteps of the Medieval inhabitants. Peer inside Merlin’s Cave, made famous by Lord Tennyson’s poem, Idylls of the King, or visit the delightful medieval Old Post Office, over 600 years old.

In the afternoon, take a stroll through beautiful woodlands and enter the enchanting world of St Nectan’s Glen. One of Cornwall most unspoilt gems, explore rare specimen of plants and see the magnificent 60 foot waterfall cascading through the valley. Travel along the coast into Port Isaac for some local seafood cuisine before drawing the curtains on the rugged cliffs.

Overnight: Port Isaac | Outlaw's Guest House
Room Type: King
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 - Port Quin & Padsotw Harbour

After breakfast, enjoy a walk along the rugged cliffs past rocky coves into the pretty fishing village of Port Quin. Admire Doyden Castle, a little fortress remotely perched on Doyden Point and watch for glimpses of wildlife including seals and Pelegrine falcons. Venture South, a few miles hidden off the beaten track to Porthilly Cove, renowned for it’s Oysters and Mussel farming and see baskets full of fresh oysters fill the shoreline. Cross the Camel to the picturesque harbour, quaint streets, and a vibrant atmosphere of Padstow, a well-loved spot on the Cornish coastline.

The afternoon is free for exploring; wonder the narrow cobbled streets, enjoy the art galleries, taste some artisan beer or learn about marine conversation at the Marine Lobster Hatchery.

Overnight: Padstow | Padstow Harbour Hotel
Room Type: Inland View Room
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Cornish Cuisines

This morning visit Padstow Kitchen Garden for a tailored cookery workshop working with the freshly harvested produce. Nutured by a 7th generation farmer this family run farm can show you how to grown your own Kitchen Garden and cook up a storm for your friends and family.

This afternoon, visit Tarquins Gin where you will take the ultimate behind the scenes walking tour to learn about the history, recipe and production of the award winning Cornish Gin. Meet the copper stills where the magic happens, taste and even wax your own bottle before retiring to your hotel for the evening.

Overnight: Harlyn Bay | The Pig at Harlyn Bay
Room Type: Snug Room

Day 4 - Bedruthan Steps & Spa Day

Continue your journey South with a circular walk along the remarkable stretch of coast along dramatic cliffs and the sheltered Porth Mear Cove, overlooking Bedruthan Steps, fabled for giants stepping stones.

Spend the rest of your day in a luxurious eco spa. Find some deeper quiet and improve your well-being listening to the crashes of waves below, soak in a clifftop cedar wood sauna, swim in the natural reed pool or look over the rugged coastline while soaking in an outdoor hot tub.

Overnight: Newquay | Scarlet Hotel
Room Type: Just Right Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Surfs Up & Sea Safaris

After breakfast, stop off at The Cribbar on your way to Newquay Harbour, the UK’s surfing capital, to admire the surfers riding waves up to 30 feet high on this adrenaline fuelled reef break. Upon arrival, you’ll be whisked away to cruise the secret coves and hidden beaches on a coastal wildlife cruise. Spot dolphins, sharks and tuna in the Atlantic Ocean and have a first-hand glimpse of the diverse underwater world of Cornwall’s coastline.

Afterwards, we’ll transfer further South past the Wheal Coates Mines to end the day in the picturesque town of St Ives.

Overnight: St Ives | Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate
Room Type: Superior Room
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Exploring St Ives

Spend this morning exploring the picturesque town of St. Ives, a haven for artists, with its charming blend of cobbled streets, historic structures, and independent boutiques. We’ll explore the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, an English artist and sculptor, who found solace in St Ives during the Second World War, making it her lifelong home along with the Tate St. Ives which exhibits work of modern British artists with a link to the area.

This afternoon, set off for the rugged tin coast to take a step back in time and follow the footsteps of Cornish Tin Miners at Geevor Tin Mine, an incredible World Heritage Site. Spend the evening tasting some local food in St Ives’ electric food scene.

Overnight: St Ives | Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate
Room Type: Superior Room
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 - South Coast Oasis

This morning, head to the oasis of Porthcurno Beach with white sands and turquoise bays. Admire views across the clifftops as you hike a circular to Penberth Cove, a pilchard fishing hamlet. Upon return, there’s an option to take a tour or view a performance at the spectacular open-air Minack Theatre, perched on the Cornish Cliffs.

Drive on to explore the charming fishing villages of Mousehole and Newlyn Harbour, famed for having one of the richest fishing grounds in the Northern Hemisphere. Explore the quaint streets and spectacular artworks within it’s renowned galleries.

Overnight: Penzance | Hotel Penzance
Room Type: Cosy Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 - St Michael's Mount & The Lizard Peninsula

This morning head out to visit St Michael’s Mount, a tidal island home to an ancient castle, chapel and local community. Immerse yourself in stories of deception and disguise while you explore. Return to the mainland where you’ll have lunch.

Afterwards take a short drive to Mullion Cove, a picturesque harbour and cove situated on the Lizard Peninsula. An option to hike along the South West Coast Path toward the white sands, turquoise water and serpentine rocks of Kynance Bay, one of the most photographed, filmed and painted beaches in Cornwall. This evening, transfer to your hotel across the King Harry ferry from picturesque Philleigh to the Roseland Peninsula.

Overnight: St Mawes | Hotel Tresanton
Room Type: Spacious Sea View Room
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 - Falmouth & River Cruise

This morning step aboard the ferry over to the bustling maritime port of Falmouth, the world’s third largest natural harbour. Admire the panoramic views from Pendennis Point, a coastal fortress filled with secrets and mystery. Adventure through the cobbled streets lined with quirky boutiques, sandy beaches and visit the National Martitime Museum in the idyllic harbour.

Bring the day to a close with an evening feast aboard a private cruise and experience the gentle meandering Fal River as dusk sets in and the sunset hues reflect on the waters.

Overnight: St Mawes | Hotel Tresanton
Room Type: Spacious Sea View Room
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10 - St Just-in-Roseland & Tregothnan

Wake up to white washed buildings and glistening waters below as today you’ll explore the Roseland Peninsula. Pass through St Mawes Castle, one of Henry VIII’s best preserved and elaborately decorated artillery fortresses, before wondering through the subtropical gardens until you reach St Just. Visit the most beautiful churchyard in England, take time to reflect at the stunningly peaceful creek as you journey onwards to scenic Portscatho and search for the Hidden Hut, a special spot for freshly cooked food in the sea air.

This afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of Tregothnan Estate where you’ll be immersed in the rich heritage of Europe’s largest tea garden and savour panoramic views of the countryside, creeks and coast.

Overnight: St Mawes | Hotel Tresanton
Room Type: Spacious Sea View Room
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 11 - Eden Project & Charlestown

This morning you’ll venture into the tropics as you visit the Eden Project for a private tour of the Rainforest or Mediterranean Biome. While you take in the tranquility and atmosphere you’ll discover secrets and learn about the extraordinary landscapes. Delve into ancient myths and find out about conservation for the world and it’s future. Enjoy a thrill on the fastest zip line in England as you fly over the biomes, defy gravity on the giant swing or balance on beams for the high ropes adventure.

Settle for the evening and step into the historic Martime village of Charlestown. With it’s Grade 2 listed harbour and links to Poldark, the tall ships add a majestic feel to it’s unique charm.

Overnight: Fowey | Fowey Hall Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 12 - The Lost Gardens & Daphne du Maurier

Today visit Heligan Gardens, one of the most mysterious estates in England. Lost to the brambles of time this sleeping beauty has re-awakened to become Europe’s largest garden restoration project. Explore over 200 acres of paradise and adventure curated for outdoor discovery.

Take the ferry and journey through Cornwalls most picturesque and contrasting ports, Mevagissey and venture over to Fowey to spend the afternoon on a guided walking tour discovering the famous Gothic novelist, Daphne du Maurier. Following in her footsteps, take a scenic walk along the coastal path towards Gribben Head passing the coves of Readymoney and Polridmouth, before heading inland towards Menabilly. Look back on the whitewashed house with bright shutters which was the first Cornish home of Daphne du Maurier and still owned by the family today.

 

Overnight: Fowey | Fowey Hall Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

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