The Isle of Wight, Stonehenge, Cornwall & the Southern Coast 2022

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7 Days / 6 Nights (B 'n B or hotel)
Availability : April - October
Start: London, England
End: London, England

The Isle of Wight, Stonehenge, Cornwall & the Southern Coast: 2 nts Shanklin, 2 nts Exeter, 2 nts Falmouth

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected] to book. 

Southern England is where legends and sunbathers lay.

In this warmer part of the country, you find King Arthur’s dragons and ancient castles. You come across the incredible stone circles and Roman mounds. And it’s even where the demons of Sherlock Holmes’ mysteries can be found.

But there’s more to this region than the myths and monsters.

It’s also the country’s favourite holiday spot.

The blonde curvy beaches are perfect to play on, the food is bursting with local flavours, and Queen Victoria loved it so much she built her holiday home in the Isle of Wight.

So, join this tour; adventure to the Isle of Wight, Cornwall and the Southern Coast; and enjoy both the mystical and the cheerful.

7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS / MAX 16 GUESTS

Tour Details
Places you explore

Quarr Abbey – Monks exiled from France to establish a monastery. Their traditions live on in this stunning abbey.

Osborne House – Queen Victoria’s favourite holiday spot looks more like an Italian Renaissance palazzo than an English palace.

Winchester – An ancient city dominated by the statue of Alfred the Great and an impressive Norman cathedral.

Stonehenge – Witness the iconic Neolithic stone structure of the standing stones and gaze in awe at the capabilities of our ancestors.

Tintagel Castle – This ruined castle full of Arthurian legend is perched on cliffs above an immense cave full of magic.

Land’s End – This iconic location is lined with coastal paths and cliff trails.

St. Michael’s Mount – This photogenic tidal island was the perfect retreat for monks in the 11th century.

Glastonbury – A significant religious and spiritual site infused with stories of early Christianity, Arthurian legend, and pagan culture.

Pick Up Location & TIme

London  (Google Map)
9:15am – Stance 3, Greenline Coach Terminal, Bulleid Way, Victoria, London, SW1W 9SH

Drop off Location & Time

London
7:30pm

Price Includes

  • 6 nights Bed 'n Breakfast accommodation
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • Daily full English breakfasts
  • The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide

Meals

  • 6 breakfasts
  • 0 lunches
  • 0 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Entry fees to visitor attractions
  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Explore in 16 seat mini-coaches, always taking the scenic route, you have great views through large windows, and you’re free to sample the local tipple without worrying about driving. Our driver-guides are famous for their knowledge, facts, quirky stories, history, and fairy-tales. They truly take you beyond the guidebooks and into your adventure. You make your trip your own. We provide the timetable; and you can choose where you want to eat and which attractions you pay to see. So, if you want to skip a castle and read your book by a mountain view, you can.

Itinerary

Day 1London - Shanklin

Get your sunglasses and sun cream ready, you’re departing London and heading to the sunny, southern Isle of Wight.

First, you head to the ancient port-city of Portsmouth. This bustling spot blends modern marvels with centuries of sea-faring stories. You can grab a bite to eat here before your guide picks you up and takes you to the ferry at Gunwharf Terminal.

Even if you’re not a sea-loving, fish-catching, ocean-dweller, you’ll still find this ferry enjoyable. It takes less than an hour and there’s plenty of onboard refreshments.

Your first stop on the Isle of Wight is the important religious site of Quarr Abbey. The building here is beautiful and combines French, Byzantine, and Moorish designs.

In the evening, you arrive at the unforgettably quaint village of Shanklin in time for an early dinner. Perhaps it’s time to try the seafood?

Day 2Shanklin

Today, you’re going to discover the unmissable highlights of the Isle of Wight.

You eat breakfast and then venture to the Yarborough Monument. This is the tallest monument on the island and celebrates the life of a wealthy earl from the 19th century.

You continue to a photo-stop at the beautiful views of endless green fields at Brading Downs and then head to Osborne House.

Queen Victoria said, “it is impossible to imagine a prettier spot”. And we agree. Osborne House was Queen Victoria’s holiday home and as you explore the Italian-style building, you discover pristine green gardens, ornate golden rooms, and historically fascinating artefacts.

And after that magnificent man-made marvel, it’s time to see the Isle of Wight’s most beautiful natural wonder, the Needles.

These sharp white stacks that stick out of the ocean are beautiful to behold. You can hop on a boat to get close to them and venture to an old defensive battery that’s nearby.

Your last stop today is at the cliffs of St. Catherine’s Down. As the sun starts to set, these epic cliffs and green valleys look stunning.

You travel back to Shanklin in time for dinner. (B)

Day 3Shanklin - Exeter

In the morning, you say goodbye to Shanklin and head on the ferry back to Portsmouth.

Now that you’ve reacquainted yourself with the mainland, we take you to one of England’s most history-soaked cities, Winchester.

But visiting Winchester isn’t easy, because there’s almost too much to do. There’s a glorious cathedral, an ancient mill, cute cafes, and more than enough museums.

From this bustling city, you head to a quieter but equally profound place: the standing stone circles of Stonehenge. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Stonehenge site has been skilfully preserved.

At the award-winning visitor centre, you can view the exhibition of hundreds of prehistoric items from the Stonehenge collection. By joining the land train shuttle, you make your way to the world-famous stone circles.

You then travel to Exeter*, an important fortified settlement in Roman times and your base for two nights. (B)

*Please note that on some occasions, this tour may stay in Torquay instead of Exeter.

Day 4Exeter

Explore the remote windswept magnificence of Dartmoor, where you can see strings of the native ponies grazing close to the striking rock formations.

Dartmoor is also home to an immense diversity of flora and fauna, so enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the moor’s isolated beauty. You cross the ancient Clapper Bridge at Postbridge before heading to Tavistock, the historic market town and birthplace of Sir Francis Drake.

Arriving back in Exeter* in the early afternoon gives you a chance to explore the city’s ancient riches at a leisurely pace. The city walls, the Norman cathedral, the Royal Albert Memorial, and the Quayside all await you. (B)

*Please note that on some occasions, this tour may stay in Torquay instead of Exeter.

Day 5Exeter - Falmouth

Arthurian legend mixes with genuine Celtic history in Cornwall, England’s most western county.

Today, you explore the ancient Cornish capital of Launceston and its 12th century Norman castle.

You head west to the North Cornish coast and the Elizabethan fishing village of Boscastle. Indulge in a cream tea, take a stroll out to the dramatic headland, or learn a spell or two in the Museum of Witchcraft.

You travel to the village of Tintagel and the ruins of its headland Castle, whose romantic cliff top setting is purportedly the birthplace of King Arthur. After lunch, you head to Port Isaac where you can get your Doc Martin’s fix and fall in love with this picturesque fishing village. You then head south to the bustling port town of Falmouth for the next two nights. (B)

Day 6Falmouth

Today, we explore the most westerly tip of England. We take a brief stop to look at the island community of St.Michael’s Mount.

We then travel onwards to the unique setting of the Minack Theatre perched above a thundering ocean and the beautiful National Trust beach at Porthcurno.

You visit Land’s End before following a landscape dotted with the relics of the Cornish tin mining heritage, and now a filming location for the Poldark series. St Ives is the final stop of the day with its plethora of artists’ galleries in the maze of narrow, harbour-side streets.

You return to Falmouth for the night. (B)

Day 7Falmouth - London

This morning, you say farewell to Cornwall and travel across Bodmin Moor, a wild moorland that’s designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty.

We’ll take a break before leaving Cornwall and continuing to Glastonbury. Here you can visit the ruins of 7th century Abbey, relax over some lunch or scale Glastonbury Tor for the views across five counties.

From here, you travel back to London, a busy city far removed from the experiences you’ve enjoyed in the magical counties of Devon and Cornwall. (B)

Dates and Prices - Authentic Bed 'n Breakfast accommodation
Departure Dates and Days Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2022: April 2 to May 28 – Saturday $1,980 $2,360
2022: July 2, 9,16,23 – Saturday $2,120 $2,490
2022: August 6, 13,20, 27- Saturday $2,120 $2,490
2022: September 3, 10, 17, 24 – Saturday $2,120 $2,490
2022: October 1, 8, 15, 22 – Saturday $1,980 $2,360

All guaranteed departures.

Dates and Prices - Hotel accommodation
Departure Dates and Days Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2022: April 2 to May 28 – Saturday $2,210 $2,870
2022: July 2, 9,16,23 – Saturday $2,350 $2,990
2022: August 6, 13,20, 27- Saturday $2,350 $2,990
2022: September 3, 10, 17, 24 – Saturday $2,350 $2,990
2022: October 1, 8, 15, 22 – Saturday $2,210 $2,870

All guaranteed departures.

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.

 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected]  to book.

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Notes
Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage: You’re restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.

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