Best of Devon and Cornwall 2014

  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Rating: Read Reviews
  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
  • Style: Regional
  • Description: City to shore, the crafts and creativity of the west of England come in to focus as you journey through the ages, via Plymouth, Bideford and Bristol. It's Insider moments like… tracing the steps of Mr Darcy in the village where Pride and Prejudice was filmed, and seeing the spots that were captured in the Harry Potter movies – and imagining the magical tales spun about this place which has been barely touched by time. It's taking in the dramatic Cornish coastline where smugglers used to thrive. And, after seeing local artists' work on display at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, it's crossing rugged Dartmoor and hearing legends on your way to the burial site of King Arthur.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Overnight flight to London.

  • Day 2


    Welcome to London! Your day is free to explore this vibrant capital city.

    Hotel: Hilton Kensington

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 3


    This morning, travel to rural Wiltshire and visit the mystical ancient monoliths at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain before arriving at the historic seaport of Bideford. This evening, get to know your companions and Travel Director at Welcome Reception including a light evening meal with drinks.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Durrant House

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 4


    Drive along the north Cornish coast to enjoy views of the ruined Tintagel Castle which is steeped in mystery and legend and said to be the birthplace of King Arthur. Travel through Bodmin en route to in Polperro, a picturesque old fishing village with its narrow streets and lanes and old cottages dotted around the small harbour. This afternoon enjoy a Be My Guest Cornish Cream Tea on a local farm with spectacular views over the nearby meadows. Arrive later in Plymouth where tonight you have free time to explore this maritime city.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

    Hotel: Jurys Inn Plymouth

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    This morning, why not take an optional cruise around famous Plymouth harbour before setting off to explore Cornwall. The Cornish coast is famous for smugglers' coves and quaint villages on the way to St. Ives, a popular resort with artists and tourists. Enjoy views of St. Michaels Mount near Penzance. Cross Bodmin Moor, dominated by dramatic granite tors on your way back to Plymouth. Tonight, why not join an optional experience dinner at a nearby traditional pub.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 6


    This morning gain an Unique Insight into contemporary and traditional handicrafts at The Devon Guild of Craftsmen in Bovey Tracey. Visit the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey and see the legendary burial site of King Arthur. Travel through the spectacular limestone landscape of Cheddar Gorge en route to Bristol. Your orientation includes views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Brunel's SS Great Britain, the world's first ocean-going, propeller driven, iron ship.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Radisson Blu Bristol

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 7


    A short drive will bring you to the Georgian town of Bath. See the beautiful Pulteney Bridge spanning the River Avon and view the impressive Abbey, founded in 1499. Visit the Roman Baths, from which the city takes its name, and see the hot thermal pool of the 'Great Bath'. Enjoy free time to explore the city at your own pace. Why not stroll around the impressive Royal Crescent, a masterpiece of Georgian architecture, or visit the Jane Austin museum. Later, arrive back in Bristol where you have free time to explore the historic city. This evening join your companions for a Farewell Dinner.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 8


    Drive to the picturesque town of Lacock, with its honey coloured stone cottages and 15th century inns. The village has also been used as the movie location for Pride Prejudice and Harry Potter amongst others. Stop in Royal Windsor with time to explore the quaint town before returning to London.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Hilton Kensington

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 9


    Time to say farewell to newfound friends before your return flight home.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest in Cornwall.
  • Unique Insight Visit the Devon Guild of Craftsmen exhibition of contemporary craft in Bovey Tracey.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Orientations of Plymouth, Bristol, and Bath.
  • Visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, Polperro, the ancient seaport of Bideford, the gorgeous artists' colony of St. Ives, Glastonbury Abbey ruins, the Roman Baths in Bath, quaint Lacock village and royal Windsor.
  • View Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth, St. Michaels Mount, Cheddar Gorge and Windsor Castle.


  • 7 full breakfasts.
  • 1 Be My Guest cream tea.
  • 2 dinners (including Welcome Reception and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • The services of a Trafalgar Local Host if you stay at Trafalgar's recommended London hotel.
  • Pick-up and drop-off if you stay at the Trafalgar recommended London hotel, booked through Trafalgar, or from the London Reception Centre.
  • London airport shuttle service available. Conditions apply.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

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