Devon & Cornwall
5 day tour

Connect with England’s noble past and spirituality, as well as the legends of King Arthur.

Tour map

Highlights

Beaches
Unesco Heritage Sites
Prehistoric Sites
National Parks
Castles

Places you'll explore


Winchester - Behold the famous Round Table in the regal Great Hall of this ancient city.

Stonehenge - Witness the iconic Neolithic stone structure of the Standing Stones and gaze in awe at the capabilities of our ancestors.

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.

Boscastle - One of the last remaining unspoilt harbour villages in the British Isles, the medieval harbour and its charming fishing boats are a joy to see.

Tintagel Castle - Reputedly the site where King Arthur was conceived by a disguised Uther Pendragon, this ruined castle is a thing of rare worn beauty.

Lands End & St. Ives - This iconic landmark is surrounded by the beautiful coastal paths and cliff trails leading to the artistic haven of St. Ives.

Cornish beaches - Wander the fossil strewn beaches of the Jurassic Coast to reach superb limestone formations and hidden coves.

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.



Your journey


Roam the extreme South West corner of England and discover the Arthurian legends that run through every rock, river, and settlement on this five day tour.

Celtic kingdoms and Roman towns pave the way to pristine hidden coves and wild moorlands full of legendary beasts. Norman cathedrals offer a conventionally beautiful experience before you connect with the ancient roots of British spirituality at Stonehenge.


Tour Details

Departs
09.00 - Stance 3, Greenline Coach Terminal, Bulleid Way, Victoria
(Tours on and after 1st April depart at 09.15)
Returns
19.30 approx
Discounts

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)

Important information
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
  • One 15 kilogram bag, and one carry-on bag per person
Tour inclusions
  • Transport on a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of a Rabbie's driver-guide
Tour exclusions
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions
  • Tour accomodation

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Explore the ancient Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex, the epicentre of England’s most enduring myths and legends
  • Gaze in wonder at Stonehenge, the powerful stone circle tribute to our ancestors’ beliefs

Leaving central London, you travel westerly through Wessex, one of England’s most ancient kingdoms. You pass through this millennia-old setting on the way to the historic city of Winchester. The former capital of England offers its storied history to you, from the magnificent cathedral and splendid Great Hall to the burial place of King Alfred the Great, considered as one of the key figures in the formation of England as a nation.

From this complex city you head to a quieter but equally profound space: the standing stone circles of Stonehenge. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stonehenge has been preserved and restored with superb taste and skill. Welcomed at the award winning visitor centre, you have the opportunity to view hundreds of prehistoric items from the Stonehenge collection. Joining the land train shuttle, you then make your way to the fabled site of the Stone Circles. You then travel the short distance to Exeter, an important fortified settlement in Roman times and your base for two nights.

Day 2

  • Explore the fierce beauty of the wilderness at Dartmoor, where ponies play amongst the striking Tor rock formations
  • Delve into Tavistock, birthplace of Sir Francis Drake, the famed British naval explorer
  • Cross the time-trodden granite of the attractive Clapper Bridge
  • View the impressive spires of Exeter’s Gothic cathedral before descending to the depths of its fascinating underground passages

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 12th century Norman architecture. 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 dramatic setting.

Day 3

  • Rove into the heart of Arthurian legend and the Celtic Kingdom of Cornwall.
  • Roam the fiercely beautiful Bodmin Moor, a fertile ground for remarkable legends and diverse wildlife.
  • Relax in the charming medieval fishing village of Boscastle and its unique harbour
  • Wander the cliff top ruins of Tintagel Castle, birthplace of King Arthur.

Travel west into the heart of Arthurian legend country and the Celtic Kingdom of Cornwall. This is an area where legends abound – tales of Piskies, Spriggins and the Beast of Bodmin combine to make this a very atmospheric place. Continue to the north Cornish coast and the medieval fishing village of Boscastle with its distinctive harbour. Nearby are the romantic cliff top ruins of Tintagel Castle, birthplace of King Arthur which you will have the chance to explore before travelling south to the seaside University town of Falmouth for the next two nights.

Day 4

  • Feel the grandeur of the world famous Minack Theatre, carved from a granite cliff face overlooking the sea
  • Mark the final point of the British Isles at the iconic Land’s End

Today we explore the most westerly tip of England. Following a brief stop overlooking the magnificent tidal island community of St.Michael’s Mount we travel onwards to the incredible Minack theatre built into the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the beautiful National Trust beach at Porthcurno. You may even see some pirates at Penzance! England’s most westerly point beckons at Lands End before following the dramatic coast, with windswept moors and old stone Celtic communities up to the artistic haven of St. Ives. Returning to Falmouth for the night.

Day 5

  • Plunge to the heart of Bodmin Moor, famous for its feared Beast and haunting beauty
  • Explore the world famous site of Glastonbury, known for its association with King Arthur and it’s huge music festival.

This morning you say farewell to Cornwall and travel across Bodmin Moor, a wild moorland now designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. On our journey north we take a break in the market town of Launceston, with its castle that dates from just after the Norman Conquest in 1066. We continue through the Devon countryside before arriving in the town of Glastonbury. Here you can take time to visit the 7th century Abbey, relax in the local bars or restaurants or climb Glastonbury Tor, the hill that rises high above the town and has mythical connections with King Arthur and Avalon. From here you will travel back to London, a city completely removed from the experiences you have enjoyed in the magical counties of Devon and Cornwall.

Customer Reviews

My review on this 5 day Tour in Devon Cornwall

Evelyne Posted on 21/06/2016

Thoroughly enjoyed this tour and very much appreciated our guide Kevin. I normally do not go for tours as I do not enjoy being held by rigid timetables and part of a huge group. But there it was different as it was a small group and there was a certain amount of freedom. It is an experience which I will with pleasure renew once again and I would very much like to recommend it. Certainly I will do it with all my friends and close family. Once again, our guide Kevin was very good and experienced. Even if the weather was not really very nice, it was a very easy going tour and I believe all participants enjoyed themselves. Certainly I did and the scenery was spectacular.

My review on this 5 day Tour in Devon Cornwall No2 with associated photos

Evelyne Posted on 21/06/2016

Thoroughly enjoyed this tour and very much appreciated our guide Kevin. I normally do not go for tours as I do not enjoy being held by rigid timetables and part of a huge group. But there it was different as it was a small group and there was a certain amount of freedom. It is an experience which I will with pleasure renew once again and I would very much like to recommend it. Certainly I will do it with all my friends and close family. Once again, our guide Kevin was very good and experienced. Even if the weather was not really very nice, it was a very easy going tour and I believe all participants enjoyed themselves. Certainly I did and the scenery was spectacular.

Love it!

Daniela Maeder Posted on 24/04/2016

It was an amazing holiday! good company and scenic views. Thank you rabbies for offer such great tour opportunities. Special thanks to Kevin for his sense of humour, his smooth driving, and very good advices on pubs.

Had a great time!!

Catalina Nemirovsky Posted on 12/03/2016

Just went on the Devon and Cornwall tour with Steve. It was wonderful!! Had a great time. Steve was really nice, great driving, and lots of information without being overbearing. All the stops were interesting and we got lost of time to explore. Im really happy i took this tour!!

where the Land´s End

Gudrun Rachner Posted on 06/11/2015

This was my third tour with Rabbies. After exploring the Scottish Highlands (with Orkney) and discovering the West-Coast of Ireland, I decided to visit Cornwall once more. Home again,I´m filled up with wonderful impressions of the beautiful landscapes, the ancient cathedrals, and lovely towns we visited on our tour. I absolutely want to thank our Tour - Guide Jamie who did a great job. Always friendly, funny, adventurous and very patient in answering our questions (special thank for ignoring my bad english) he takes care that we had a great time. I also want to thank the Rabbies-Team for the excellent planning once again. So in summary thanks a lot for a great time and I am sure this was not my last tour with Rabbies.

Wonderful trip

Mrs Zhen McKenzie Posted on 11/10/2015

My husband and I went to the Devon and Cornwall Tour in August. Our tour guide was Kevin Jee. He was professional, informative and full of fun. We spent 4 weeks in Europe and went on numerou bus tours in different countries. Kevin was by far the best tour guide ever! Thank you Rabbie for making the trip so memorable! We will be back.... Kind regards Jeff and Zhen McKenzie

Great Time

Michelle Posted on 08/09/2015

I recently did the above tour and it was fantastic. Dave was the tour guide and he kept us all entertained with his knowledge of history and little anecdotes along the way. The itinerary was good, hit all the high spots, although Lands End was a bit of a non event and personally if I had a choice would not include it. Definitely recommend the company and would use Rabbies again.

I can´t see my review or pictures that I uploaded

EILEEN BENNETT Posted on 01/07/2015

Hi! Earlier today I uploaded pictures from my tour with Rabbie´s and a review about it, but I don´t see it anywhere. Neither the pictures nor the reviews are on my page.

Falmouth Harbour

Jeff Bold Posted on 07/06/2015

Brilliant tour never thought the South of UK would be that good. A very very pleasant surprise. Thanks Kev. Good job. Jeff Bold and Svetlana Volodina

Falmouth Harbour

Jeff Bold Posted on 07/06/2015

Brilliant tour never thought the South of UK would be that good. A very very pleasant surprise. Thanks Kev. Good job. Jeff Bold and Svetlana Volodina

Accommodation

Where does this tour stay overnight?

You stay two nights in the historic Roman city of Exeter and two nights in the Cornish coastal town of Falmouth.


How does the accommodation work?

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.


I want Rabbie’s to book my accommodation, what happens now?

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 hosts directly. Most accommodation hosts don’t accept credit cards, so be prepared to pay cash.

Due to availability, we may not be able to reserve your first choice of accommodation. When this happens we’ll book your second choice, and If there are any further issues we’ll contact you.


What if I want to change my accommodation booking with Rabbie’s?

Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. A minimum amendment charge of £5.00 will apply, increasing to a maximum of £25.00 depending on the length of your tour.


I booked my own accommodation is there anything I need to do?

You’ll need to contact us with your accommodation details. Please only reserve accommodation within the overnight towns that your tour stops in. And if you’re unsure, please check with us first.


Your driver will drop you off at your chosen accommodation as long as it’s relatively central.


What if I cancel my tour at short notice?

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.


What are the accommodation types and what do they cost?

We try to reserve accommodation that’s no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre. But during busy periods there can be a walk of up to 30 minutes.


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 rooms 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.



B&B En/suite

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 - £65.00 per night. If you travel during a busy period, you can expect to pay up to *£75 - £80 per night. Rooms with a view are limited and may be more expensive.

In Ireland B&B's will be around €45 - €55 per person per night.


Hotels

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. Please be advised that 4* hotels aren’t available in some smaller rural areas of the Scottish Highlands and islands.

In Ireland, Hotels are around €55 - €65 per person per night.


Hostels

A hostel consists of dormitory rooms with 4 to 16 bunk beds. Towels aren’t provided, but you can hire towels there. 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). If you have a preference, please let us know at the time of booking.


I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, feel free to call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, or email rooms@rabbies.com.


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