Explore the best of the West, from its ancient stone circles and dinosaur fossils to the beauty of its historical stone-walled cities.
Stonehenge - Be awed by this iconic Neolithic stone structure and bear witness to the spiritual wonder of our ancestors.
Durdle Door - Wander the fossil-strewn beaches of the Jurassic Coast to reach this superb natural limestone arch and cove.
Dartmoor - Roam this distinctive craggy moor landscape, glimpsing the native Dartmoor ponies grazing between towering rock formations.
Exeter - Stroll through this ancient Roman city, from the heights of its gothic cathedral to the depths of its winding underground passages.
Tavistock - The birthplace of Sir Francis Drake, this ancient town boasts a pannier market full of excellent local produce and wares.
Glastonbury - Home to one of the world’s largest music festivals, this spiritually significant site is infused with the mysteries of England’s pagan culture.
Bath - Luxuriate in the warm tones of the local honey-coloured stone, used in much of the architecture here, such as the famed bath houses.
You could argue South West England is the best part of the UK. It’s warmer, and it’s home to cheddar cheese, King Arthur, Glastonbury Festival, and the Cornish pasty.
But we can’t tell you west is best; you have to find out for yourself.
So, join this tour and see the ancient past come to life, explore Stonehenge, wander isolated moors, relax on stunning beaches, and discover one of the most memorable parts of Endgland.
Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)
Departing London, you travel through the fascinating old kingdom of Wessex, home to some of England’s most fascinating history, before you arrive at Stonehenge. Stunning stone circles offer a glimpse into the spirituality of the past, an experience you are sure to remember.
Having taken in the spiritual majesty of this site, you continue to the dramatic Jurassic Coast, its beaches strewn with ancient fossils and incredible coastal formations. Stroll along the coast to the Durdle Door, a beautiful natural limestone arch that juts into the ocean and forms a serenely sheltered cove.
Take your time exploring the sumptuous coast before heading to the historic city of Exeter in the afternoon. An exciting mix of architecture and history awaits you here, from the towering Gothic cathedral to the winding Underground Passages that snake beneath the city centre. Originally the most westerly fortified settlement in the Roman Empire, it offers excellent glimpses into the past alongside a picturesque setting. You stay here for the next two nights.
The magnificent wild moors of Dartmoor are open to you today. Catch a glimpse of the pretty native ponies amongst the powerful rock formations. An incredible variety of flora and fauna exists here, so enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the moor’s isolated beauty. Cross the ancient Clapper Bridge at Postbridge before heading to the historic market town birthplace of Sir Francis Drake, Tavistock.
You return to Exeter in the early afternoon to explore this Roman town and it’s amazing stone walls, Royal Albert Memorial Museum and the 12th century Norman architecture.
This morning you head for Glastonbury, home of the world renowned Glastonbury Festival, a pilgrimage undertaken by music and art lovers from every corner of the globe annually. You climb the renowned Glastonbury Tor, long associated with the legendary ruler of the Britons, King Arthur. Offering a spectacular view from its summit of three different counties, this is truly a regal experience.
In the afternoon, you make the journey to Bath for lunch. Dine in one of the excellent town centre eateries before diving into this city of superb relics and incredible design that is home to a Roman founded spring and bathhouses. You then return to London.
amazing time, with Steve and the group.
Thanks to Peter after slightly busy London with the greatest pleasure we dipped into the atmosphere of England, well-known by books, where even every simple lawn has its own at least 300 years old history. His emotional, flavored with good portion of English humor stories let us learn a lot about every part of the country which lied on our way and his advice helped us not to stay hungry and to fulfill our knowledge of English culture in all its aspects. We even looked into eyes of the lama unexpectedly appeared from the bushes. And even despite competitive participants of the traffic in the person of numerous living creatures we felt absolutely safety thanks to professional driving skills of our guide. Thank you, Peter! Next time will ask questions aloud and not to oneself, we promise :) As for tour program, it would be great to spend more time in lovely Tavistock and magnificent Glastonbury unlike slightly usual Bath. King regards, Kate and Elena.
We went on the three day tour of the South West on 27th May 2013. Owen (he can talk for Wales) was our driver and is a very informative and fun guide. We were on the second bus which at nine guests wasn't full so we were able to spread out. We were especially lucky with the weather in that it didn't rain much during the day when we were out on the coach and it was lovely at Lulworth Cove. On day three we went to Glastonbury and were in Bath at about 12.30. I would scrap Glastonbury and head straight to Bath. We left Bath at 4.30 and due to the weather and traffic it took three hours to get to Victoria. One of the customers suggested that we should have left earlier but although it was rather tiresome being in the traffic I would rather have had that than having less time in Bath. As Owen said, the traffic is always unpredictable. I would definitely recommend this tour.
You stay two nights in Exeter.
Your tour excludes accommodation; but when you book, you can ask us to reserve local accommodation for you, or you can choose to reserve your own accommodation in the overnight locations.
Once you've booked your tour, we'll reserve all your accommodation, and your driver will drop you off with your hosts. You’ll pay your accommodation directly. Most don’t accept credit cards, so be prepared to pay cash.
Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. A minimum amendment charge of £5.00 will apply.
You’ll need to contact us with your accommodation details. Please only reserve accommodation within the overnight towns that your tour stops in.
Your driver will drop you off at your chosen accommodation as long as it’s relatively central. You can find a selection of hotels at hotels.rabbies.com.
If you cancel less than three days before departure, you may be liable for the cost of your first nights’ accommodation. And occasionally you may be liable for all your accommodation costs.
We try to reserve accommodation that’s no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre.
We regularly check our accommodation suppliers to ensure they reach a certain standard. The prices below are for guidance only.
B&B (Bed and Breakfast) Standard
The toilet and showering facilities are shared with at least one other room in the house, and the price includes breakfast. The cost is between £30.00 - £35.00 per person per night. A single standard is between £35.00 - £60.00 per night.
The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost for a room, based on two people sharing, will be between £40.00 – £50.00 per person per night.
The expected cost for a single room will be between *£55.00 - £80.00 per night.
Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals. Breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost of Hotel 3* is between £65.00 - £85.00 per person per night. Hotel 4* is approximately £75.00 - £120.00 per person per night.
A hostel consists of dormitory rooms with 4 to 16 bunk beds. The bathroom facilities are a short distance from the dorm room. Kitchen facilities are equipped so you can make your own meals. The cost is between £15.00- £25.00 per person per night.
Please note that SYHA hostels only offer same gender dorms. Some independent hostels will offer mixed rooms (males and females together).
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