Corners of Cornwall 2025

Corners of Cornwall 2025

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Corners of Cornwall 2025

8 Days Starting and ending in London

Visiting: England

Tour operator:

Back-Roads Touring

Tour code:

BCCLL5

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Tour Overview

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.

Highlights

  • 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

Itinerary

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Day 1: London (England)

Accommodation: Wellington by Blue Orchid (or similar)

Meals Included: Dinner

After meeting the group in London, we’ll come together for a welcome dinner. Here’s to the start of an incredible adventure!

Day 2: London – Wells – Dartmoor National Park

Accommodation: Two Bridges Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 3: Dartmoor National Park – Port Isaac And Padstow – Falmouth

Accommodation: Merchants Manor Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

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 travel on to Padstow: a picturesque port town with a charming centuries-old harbour. Here we’ll have time to wander the winding streets and admire the sweeping estuary views, before enjoying a spot of lunch wherever takes our fancy. A traditional Cornish ice cream is a must for dessert! Finally, the lively seaside town of Falmouth awaits – our base for the next two nights.

Day 4: Falmouth – St Ives And St Michael's Mount – Falmouth

Accommodation: Merchants Manor Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

After a hearty breakfast we’ll pay a visit to Land’s End – England’s most westerly point – before setting our sights on St Ives. One of England’s prettiest towns, take some time to meander the cluster of cobblestone 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 discover the village and its medieval castle and gardens – which are full of treasures and stories from the past. Back in Falmouth, we’ll enjoy an evening meal together and toast to a full day’s worth of exploring!

Day 5: Falmouth – St Austell Bay

Accommodation: Carlyon Bay Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

There’s a treat in store for the green-fingered today: we’re off to explore Tregothnan Estate, one of Cornwall’s largest estates 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 the St Austell Bay area where we’ll have the evening to spend at our leisure.

Day 6: St Austell Bay

Accommodation: Carlyon Bay Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

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!

Day 7: St Austell Bay – Devon And Dorset – Salisbury

Accommodation: Milford Hall Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 8: Salisbury – London

Meals Included: Breakfast

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

What's Included

  • Meals
    7 breakfasts, 4 dinner

  • Transport

    Premium mini-coach transportation

  • Guide

    Experienced Tour Leader and Driver

Check out our Q&As

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    We have solo capacity, however no single share.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Upon final payments, we will distribute E-Documentation to all of our guests. Dont forget we also have our App to download as an added feature.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Like-minded travellers awaiting the opportunity to explore the less explored regions. Interests in food, wine, history, art as well as wartimes there will be a great mix of people to connect with on tour.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We have our COVID Assurance Policy, Book now and relax knowing you are covered under our new COVID-19 Assurance Policy. At no additional cost to you, new bookings are now 100% refundable in the unfortunate event you are diagnosed with COVID-19 or unable to travel due to government-enforced lock downs prior to your scheduled departure date.

  • What level of mobility do I need?

    You need to be fit enough to get on and off the vehicle on a regular basis, and to walk both to attractions and around towns and villages. You also need to be able to walk up and down stairs in the hotels and use a shower over the bath. We frequently use traditional style hotels and the majority will not have lifts or ground floor rooms.

  • Who goes on Back-Roads tours?

    The majority of our guests come from Canada, the USA, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. All tour commentaries are in English. Our tours appeal to those looking for a more relaxing style of travel, and who enjoy culture, good food, meeting like-minded people and exploring destinations in depth.

  • What is the minimum age for any Back-Roads Touring trip?

    The minimum age on all of our trips is 18 years.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    All Hotels in line with protocols following the World Health Organisation meet and exceed requirements for all Touring with us.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Back-Roads Touring has been operating from the UK for over 30 years.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    Inline with our booking flexibility policy, you are able to make as many changes as required up to 60 days from departue - with 1 last included up until 30 days out.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Generally no, but in extraordinary circumstances it can be looked at.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

Elizabeth Ca  

Corners of Cornwall 2025

17-Sep-2023

I enjoyed the small group of people and the size of the vehicle. I felt comfortable and included even though I was a single traveler.

Jody Le  

Corners of Cornwall 2025

03-Oct-2022

A bit of a fluff-up at our starter hotel, but it was worked out, no major issues.

Cathie G  

Corners of Cornwall 2025

20-Dec-2019

Fabulous locations, great accommodation and excellent meals.

Marcia B  

Corners of Cornwall 2025

08-Aug-2019

Cornwall is fascinating with unique physical features.

Judith E  

Corners of Cornwall 2025

09-Oct-2019

Tour leader especially knowledge of bus driver food and accomodation excellent I loved driving on the back roads and seeing the real U K

Peter M  

Corners of Cornwall 2025

03-Jun-2019

The knowledge, professionalism and friendliness of your drivers and particularly of your tour guide Edward, were exceptional. The tour itself was equally exceptional. We particularly enjoyed the small tour party size and believe this policy sets Backroads apart from other tours.

Linda Ca  

Corners of Cornwall 2025

30-Oct-2022

I thought it might have been a tad high for some of the hotels we stayed in.

Anonymous  

Corners of Cornwall 2025

22-Oct-2023

Andrew Te  

Corners of Cornwall 2025

07-Sep-2023

The Tea experience went far too long, basically leave it off the agenda.

Anonymous  

Corners of Cornwall 2025

12-Oct-2023

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Book with Confidence

  • Free Date Changes

    Back-Roads Touring allows you to make 10 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 60 days before the start of the tour.

  • Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    Back-Roads Touring allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform back-roads touring, 60 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    Back-Roads Touring requires a minimum deposit of 150 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of back-roads touring charges.

    Up to 61 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 30 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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