Country Roads of Wales, Devon & Cornwall - Classic Group

Country Roads of Wales, Devon & Cornwall - Classic Group

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Country Roads of Wales, Devon & Cornwall - Classic Group

13 Days Starting and ending in London

Visiting: London, Oxford, Bath, Brecon, Cardiff, Glastonbury, Plymouth, Looe, St. Ives, Penzance, Barnstaple, Tintagel, Cornwall, Padstow, Lynmouth, Exmoor National Park, Dartmoor National Park, Evershot, Dorchester, Salisbury

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:

B996ZN20

Trip Styles:

Luxury, UK tours by Coach

Activities:

Sightseeing

From:
$6613
$6419 (USD) Operator discount: -$12 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$182

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Tour Overview

Take the country roads across England and Wales on an exploration of Dorset’s quaint seaside vistas, Cardiff’s Welsh Rugby heritage and Bath’s ancient Roman history. After taking in the grandeur of Cornwall’s manor houses, indulge in the most quintessentially English experience: learning to play croquet on a country lawn, with tips from a professional instructor. Witness the millennia-old Stonehenge and tour the stunning 8th-century ruins of Glastonbury Abbey. The rich honey color hues of the stone houses will delight in The Cotswolds, the literary legacy of Jane Austen will bring Pride and Prejudice to life in Bath, and the luxury accommodations in Dartmoor’s Bovey Castle will give you a regal taste of the high life.

Highlights

  • 12 Breakfast (B)

  • 3 Dinner with Wine (DW)

  • 1 Lunch (L)

  • 1 Dinner (D)

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities

  • Brecon Beacons: Visit a local kitchen garden for a peek into the freshest seasonal aromatics from the Brecon Beacons.

  • Brecon Beacons: Explore the stunning flora of the Brecon Beacons, forage for edible and medicinal plants with a Local Expert.

  • : Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.

  • : Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.

  • : We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.

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Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome To London
Location: London
Accommodation: The Clermont Victoria, London

Welcome to London. After checking into your hotel, enjoy the afternoon at your leisure.

Day 2: Oxford, The Cotswolds And Bath
Location: London, Oxford, Bath
Accommodation: Apex Hotel, Bath.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

From lush green rolling hills to old-world villages, this pretty country surprises and delights at every corner. At 08:00, make your your way along the scenic Great West Way to Oxford. A city built to be discovered, Oxford is a wholesome image of leather-bound books, libraries, storybook buildings and picnics. Continue your journey on to the Cotswolds. Just as charming as Oxford, this breathtaking area is about as quintessentially British as it gets. Honey-colored stone houses line the winding streets of the area’s most beautiful towns and villages, while rapeseed fields decorate this colorful part of the UK in splashes of gold. See the pretty market town of Stow-on-the-Wold, before heading to the historic city of Bath, with its Roman and Georgian architecture. Head on an orientation of the city before checking in to your accommodation for the night, the luxury Apex Hotel. End your day in the most British of manners with a Sunday roast at your Welcome Dinner.

Day 3: Bath Through The Years Relaxed Start
Location: Bath
Accommodation: Apex Hotel, Bath.
Meals Included: Breakfast

After a relaxed start to enjoy the amenities at your spa hotel, begin your exploration of Bath in a rejuvenated manner. Having attained UNESCO World Heritage status in 1987, this unique city is famous for its Georgian and Victorian architecture and of course its Roman-built baths. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you visit the incredibly well-preserved Roman Baths, also an important hub of culture and education for the area. During free time perhaps learn more about the life of the esteemed author Jane Austen, who made Bath her home?

Day 4: Brecon Beacons National Park
Location: Bath, Brecon, Cardiff
Accommodation: Clayton Hotel, Cardiff.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

After a relaxed start you’ll move cities, and countries, as you make your way to Cardiff, the capital of Wales. Along the way you’ll visit the Brecon Beacons. A mountain range in South Wales, it is little surprise this striking location is a chosen destination for so many hikers and nature enthusiasts. Its old red sandstone cliffs hold a variety of plant life, including roseroot, green spleenwort and rue-leaved saxifrages, while its range of fauna includes otters, herons, kingfishers and the soaring red kite, which is the national bird of Wales. Visit the Brecon Beacons with Insight Choice. Choose to join your Local Expert for a foraging walk in the stunning surroundings of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Under her tuition she will show you how to reconnect with nature, and forage for edible and medicinal plants. Alternatively, visit a local kitchen garden for a peak into the freshest seasonal aromatics from the Brecon Beacons. After a morning in the great outdoors, rectify your lethargic bliss with a hearty Farm-to-Table pub lunch, where a delicious seasonal menu with local ingredients will be available. In the afternoon, you’ll arrive in Cardiff, Wales’ cultural hub.

Day 5: Cardiff Relaxed Start
Location: Cardiff
Accommodation: Clayton Hotel, Cardiff.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a relaxed start this morning. Join your Travel Director for an orientation of this vibrant city. See Principality Stadium, home of Welsh Rugby, and Cardiff Castle. The rest of your day is at leisure.

Day 6: Glastonbury Abbey And Plymouth
Location: Cardiff, Glastonbury, Plymouth
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Plymouth.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Begin your day at the historic ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, an 8th-century monastery steeped in legend and now registered as a Grade I listed building. Continue to the port city of Plymouth in Devon, famous for its cobbled streets, gin distilleries and the Mayflower that transported the first English Puritans to the New World.

Day 7: Exploring The Southwest
Location: Plymouth, Looe, St. Ives, Penzance, Barnstaple
Accommodation: The Royal and Fortescue Hotel, Barnstaple.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Journey to the quaint coastal town of Looe, a holiday hotspot of the Victorian era. Admire Looe’s turquoise waters and sandy beach before continuing to St. Ives, where art galleries, surf shops and fashion boutiques line the quaint streets. Continue to Penzance, made famous by the comic opera "The Pirates of Penzance," which recounts the adventures of pirates who arrived at the city's shores in the late 18th century.

Day 8: Legends Of Cornwall
Location: Barnstaple, Tintagel, Cornwall, Padstow, Barnstaple
Accommodation: The Royal and Fortescue Hotel, Barnstaple.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Admire the unspoiled maritime scenery of Cornwall as you begin your day in Tintagel, featured in the legendary tale of King Arthur and where, according to local lore, Arthur was born. Travel to Port Isaac, a pretty fishing village and popular filming location for British television programmes. Have your camera ready to capture stonework façades and coastline views during an orientation around the village. For lunch, visit Padstow and perhaps try traditional fish and chips before returning to Barnstaple.

Day 9: Breathtaking National Parks Relaxed Start
Location: Barnstaple, Lynmouth, Exmoor National Park, Dartmoor National Park
Accommodation: Bovey Castle, Dartmoor.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Stop in the town of Lynmouth before journeying to Somerset's Exmoor National Park, a unique landscape of moorland, woodland and dramatic coastline. A protected Area of Outstanding Beauty, this stunning park is a mass of verdant open land, livestock and flora. Stop in Exmoor for lunch at your leisure. Your day ends at Bovey Castle. Nestled in the rolling valleys of Dartmoor National Park, this five-star accommodation stands amid 275 acres of picturesque countryside and offers an award-winning 18-hole golf course, two refurbished restaurants and individually-designed rooms. Unwind in this natural sanctuary as you enjoy the comforts of Bovey Castle. Tonight, catch up with your fellow travelers over dinner at the hotel.

Day 10: Country Houses Of Dorset Relaxed Start
Location: Dartmoor National Park, Evershot
Accommodation: Summer Lodge Country House Hotel & Restaurant, Dorset.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Stop at Athelhampton, a 500-year-old Tudor Manor House in the heart of Dorset. Join Estate Manager Owen for a walk through one of the world’s greatest estates, and enjoy time at leisure to explore the tranquil Elizabethan gardens. 
Delight in a quintessential Devonshire high tea with freshly baked scones and sandwiches.

Day 11: Jurassic Coast And Weymouth
Location: Evershot, Dorchester, Evershot
Accommodation: Summer Lodge Country House Hotel & Restaurant, Dorset.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Admire England's only natural World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coast, during a visit to Lulworth Cove. Stroll with an ice cream on the pebbled beach or learn about the unique geology at the Visitor Center. Travel to seaside Weymouth and enjoy time at leisure to explore the town while snacking on traditional 'seaside rock'. Perhaps join an Optional visit to historic Nothe Fort with its ghost tunnel and rampart views. In the evening, join your fellow travelers for a Celebration Dinner of delicious local cuisine and wine.

Day 12: Salisbury And Stonehenge
Location: Dorchester, Salisbury, London
Accommodation: The Clermont Victoria, London
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, journey to iconic Stonehenge to appreciate the history, and mystery, of this prehistoric monument. The ring of standing stones is believed to have been constructed between 3000 BC and 2000 BC. It was made a legally protected Scheduled Ancient Monument in 1882 and, as one of Britain’s most celebrated sites, draws visitors from around the world. Continue to Salisbury and visit the 13th-century cathedral. Witness Britain's tallest spire and see the world's best-preserved original copy of the Magna Carta. End your day in London at the hotel.

Day 13: Homeward Bound
Location: London
Meals Included: Breakfast

Bid farewell to England and Wales as your journey ends this morning.

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  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a tour, including experiences such as missed meals or sightseeing.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1978.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Insight Vacations is a founding member of the TreadRight Foundation, a joint initiative created by the brands within The Travel Corporation (TTC) almost 15 years ago to ensure our impact through tourism is positive. Our ethos to #MakeTravelMatter guides our decision-making at every level of our business.

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

    Yes

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

    You have two options as a solo traveller. Either choose to be matched with a same sex partner for a room share - at no extra cost. Or choose a room of your own with a reduced or even free private room upgrade on select tours.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

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