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Cornwall

9 May 2021 - 14 May 2021

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It’s hard not to fall in love with Cornwall. Located in the far west of Great Britain on a peninsula tumbling into the vast Atlantic ocean, almost completely surrounded by the sea, a magnificent coastline wraps around Cornwall for almost 300 miles. These dramatic coastlines are dotted with captivating fishing harbours and spectacular beaches. Cornwall’s maritime legacy is never far away where local fishermen land their daily catch of fresh seafood and tall ships, luggers and ketches unfurl their sails in the breeze.

But there are also lots of things about Cornwall that may surprise you. For instance, the wilderness of captivating Bodmin Moor with its panorama of big skies, fascinating prehistoric remains, great walks and more than its fair share of local legends. Cornwall also has a tremendous history based on its Celtic roots, its Celtic Cornish culture, and the Cornish language that can be seen in the village names.

In the far west where the sea turns turquoise in the sun, the sand is white and the natural light is sometimes blindingly bright, the land is adorned with a legacy of Bronze age standing stones, huge granite burial chambers, Celtic crosses and holy wells.

In the old industrial heartland, the landscape, recently awarded World Heritage Site status, is dotted with the fascinating remnants of a triumphant mining past illustrating Cornwall’s enormous contribution to the Industrial Revolution with engine houses, museums and miles of recreational trails.

And in the wonderful south of Cornwall, fed by rivers from the high moorlands, leafy estuaries, fishing villagesbeaches, harbours and beautiful gardens that flourish in Cornwall’s mild climate.

More recently Cornwall has become known for food to rival London and beyond, with a multitude of award-winning local food producers and outstanding chefs putting the region well and truly on the gourmet map. Of course, there are always the famed Cornish pasties and cream teas.

Highlights of this Cornwall Tour

  • Drive the very best roads in Cornwall
  • Explore the long and scenic coastline with its pretty fishing villages and ports
  • Visit fabulous gardens such as The Eden Project, Heligan, Trelissick, Glendurgan and many more
  • Learn about Cornwall’s rich mining history, for tin, gold and other metals
  • See the art at the Tate St Ives
  • Visit lovely National Trust properties including Lanhydrock, Tintagel, St Michael’s Mount and Godolphin
  • Enjoy some lovely walks on Bodmin, or along the South Coast Path
  • Stroll around the pretty towns and villages such as Fowey, Rock, or Padstow
  • Visit the historic Charlestown, an unspoilt working Georgian port
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Price: From £1,175 per person
Classic: £1,175 per person
Superior: £1,250 per person
Deluxe: £1,325 per person
Price based on two people sharing a double/twin room. Please enquire for single occupancy.

Starts: 9 May 2021
Duration: 5 nights
Mileage: 427 miles

What's Included?

  • Carefully created tour to encompass the best of Cornwall
  • Five nights fabulous hotel accommodation
  • Full Cornish breakfast each morning
  • Excellent three-course meal on three evenings with wine (half bottle per person)
  • Welcome pre-dinner drinks
  • National Trust gift card worth £10 per person
  • Tour book: route directions, maps, information on everything to do, see and visit each day
  • Rally plate
  • Tour Guides: Sarah Dowding & colleague – to help you make the most of your tour

Itinerary

May be subject to change.

Day 1: 9 May 2021

Arrive in Falmouth and check-in to the hotel. Garage parking is reserved for your car. There will be welcome drinks to meet your fellow tour participants, followed by a three-course dinner in the restaurant.

Day 2: 10 May 2021 125 miles

A circular drive around the very south and west of Cornwall, including The Lizard and Land’s End. Explore the wonderful gardens of Trebah and Glendurgan. The route also visits pretty fishing villages such as Porthleven and Mousehole, and drives along scenic coastal roads. Stop off to explore St Michael’s Mount. Stroll around St Ives and see the art at Tate St Ives.

Return to the Falmouth and the hotel. Dinner is at leisure and a number of nearby recommendations will be made.

Day 3: 11 May 2021 73 miles

Leave Falmouth for Trelissick, a National Trust garden on the coast, by King Harry’s Ferry. Take the ferry across to the beautiful Roseland Peninsula. Visit the charming town of St Mawes and then wind along the coast to the gorgeous little fishing villages of Portloe and Mevagissey. The Lost Gardens of Heligan are well worth a visit before heading on to the even more famous Eden Project. Finally, drive across to the north coast of Cornwall, to Rock to the second hotel of the tour, where you will stay for the next three nights. Dinner is included this evening.

Day 4: 12 May 2021 85 miles

Drive into the middle of Cornwall today to discover Bodmin Moor, one of Cornwall’s designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a remote, heather-covered upland granite moorland. There are numerous Neolithic sites around Bodmin and the area is famed for legends and ghost stories. Visit the beautiful Golitha Falls on a lovely walk.

Explore the mining museum at Minions, Cornwall’s highest village and then drive to the south coast at Looe. The route then travels to the pretty fishing village of Polperro and onto the lovely harbour town of Fowey. Return to Rock via the gorgeous National Trust property of Lanhydrock. Dinner is not included this evening and there are a number of excellent places to eat within walking distance of the hotel.

Day 5: 13 May 2021 134 miles

Explore Cornwall’s north coast with a route that visits a number of gorgeous coastal and fishing villages such as Polzeath, Port Isaac, and Padstow. Visits include Tintagel Castle, associated with the legends of King Arthur.

Battered by Atlantic breakers and whipped by sea winds, the shoreline between St Ives in the south and Bude to the north is arguably the county’s most dramatic stretch of coast. Unsurprisingly, this a favourite part of Cornwall for many. The coastal drive is beautiful.

Return to the hotel for a final, farewell dinner.

Day 6: 14 May 2021

After a hearty Cornish breakfast depart for home at your leisure.

Accommodation

Stay in two lovely hotels for the tour. The first hotel enjoys an impressive seafront location overlooking Falmouth Harbour, and offers panoramic views and traditional charm. There is a peaceful terrace, an innovative restaurant, free parking and free Wi-Fi. Spacious sea-view rooms, elegantly decorated with a nautical theme, are booked for your enjoyment and comfort. The restaurant serves fresh seafood and local specialities, and offers wonderful views across Falmouth Bay. The well-stocked bar has an impressive collection of rare spirits, and the cocktail menu features seasonal fresh fruit.

The second hotel is in Rock is a classic seaside hotel re-invented, with its emphasis on comfort, design and great food. Positioned above the Camel Estuary with sweeping views across the water, it is the perfect place to relax by the sea. Leave the car and walk the few minutes to surrounding sandy beaches and take the foot-ferry to Padstow. With an endless supply of quality produce in the local area, the fabulous restaurant focuses on fresh, healthy, modern recipes.

 

Requirements

The Cornwall Tour is open to classic, vintage and sports cars of any age. However, the most important requirement is that you take pleasure in motoring through fabulous scenery, deserving of the vehicles we love, relish character hotels and enjoy the company of like-minded travellers.

Bespoke Fitted Luggage

Make packing for your next tour simple and easy. Classic Travelling Luggage offers bespoke fitted cases for a large range of classic and sports cars.

 

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