Devon & Cornwall
5 day tour

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  • Winchester Abbey
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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 - 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.

Dartmoor - Roam this distinctive craggy landscape and take a glimpse at the Dartmoor ponies grazing in the shadow of the granite outcrops.

Exeter - Stroll through this ancient Roman city, from the magnificence of its gothic cathedral to the city’s medieval 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 - This ruined castle full of Arthurian legend is perched on cliffs above an immense cave full of magic.

Lands End - This iconic location is lined with coastal paths and cliff trails.

St. Ives - An artists’ haven for over 100 years, with galleries on narrow streets and a beach that’s a surfers’ paradise.

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



Your journey


You can understand why this land is full of folklore.

The fossils on the beaches resembled King Arthur’s slayed dragons.The stones of Stonehenge looked like they could have been moved by giants. And who could have known what beasts lurked the in misty, craggy climes of Dartmoor.

On this tour, we enliven your imagination and take you to all of Devon and Cornwall’s mystic landscapes and hidden-away alcoves.

You experience Norman Cathedrals, Roman towns, harbour villages, beautiful beaches, ruined castles, and more.

But watch out; because spend enough time here, and you may start to believe some of the mythical tales yourself.


Tour Details

Departs
09.15 - Stance 3, Greenline Coach Terminal, Bulleid Way, Victoria, London, SW1W 9SH
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 per person
Tour inclusions
  • Transport in 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 accommodation

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 through Wessex, one of England’s ancient kingdoms.

You pass through this millennia-old setting on the way to the historic city of Winchester. The former capital of Anglo-Saxon England is synonymous with Alfred the Great and boasts a magnificent cathedral and the Norman Great Hall

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.

Please note this tour will stay in Torquay instead of Exeter on 13/07/18, 14/07/18, 16/07/2018, 18/07/2018, 17/09/18, and 19/09/18.

Day 2

  • Explore the beauty of the remote wilderness at Dartmoor, where wild ponies graze in the shadow of hilltop granite outcrops.
  • Delve into Tavistock, birthplace of Sir Francis Drake, the famed British maritime explorer
  • Cross the time-trodden slabs of the medieval miner’s Clapper Bridge

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.

Day 3

  • Rove into the heart of Arthurian legend and the Celtic Kingdom of Cornwall.
  • Relax in the charming Elizabethan fishing village of Boscastle
  • Wander the cliff top ruins of Tintagel Castle, legendary birthplace of King Arthur

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 south to the bustling port town of Falmouth for the next two nights.

On tours departing after March 2018, you also visit Port Isaac.

Day 4

  • Learn about the uniquely English eccentricity of the of the outdoor Minack Theatre, carved from a granite cliff face overlooking the sea
  • Stand at the most westerly point of the Great Britain at the iconic Land’s End

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.

Day 5

  • Plunge to the heart of Bodmin Moor, famous for its feared Beast, Arthurian legends, and the smugglers of Jamaica Inn
  • Explore the world famous site of Glastonbury, known for its association with King Arthur and the annual music festival.

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.

Customer Reviews

What a Great Trip

Jack and Barbara Tovey Posted on 11/10/2017

We just finished a great 5 day tour of England visiting places in Devon and Cornwall. Our tour guide Kevin was great getting us to our destinations, educating us about our surroundings, and entertaining us with stories and insights. Kevin ensured that we knew what our options were and how to maximize our time. We visited Winchester,Stonehenge,Dartmoor Landscape, Tavistock, Exeter, Boscastle, Tintagel Castle,St.Michaels Mount, a Tin Mine, Lands End, St. Ives, Launceston, and Glastonbury. Our 2 night accommodations at Exeter at Jury’s Inn and Falmouth at The Grove, were excellent. The entire trip was a great experience.

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

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.

Please note this tour will stay in Torquay instead of Exeter on 13/07/18, 14/07/18, 16/07/2018, 18/07/2018, 17/09/18, and 19/09/18.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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 - £80.00 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.


Hostels

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).


I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, you can read our FAQs, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, or email rooms@rabbies.com.


FAQs

Do you offer hotel pickups in the departure cities?

The UK and Ireland's historic city centres are full of narrow streets and winding roads. So, to speed up your departure, we only pick up from our central meeting points. What's more is leaving the city using the most direct route also reduces the carbon footprint of our tours.

Is there parking close to the departure point?

We don't recommend bringing your car into the centre of our departure cities. It can be hard to find parking, and there are excellent public transportation services.

When should I get to the departure point?

Arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. Due to waiting restrictions, we can't wait for you if you're late.

What happens if I'm late or miss the tour?

If you're late for your tour, our cancellation policy applies.

What are your cancellation policies?

We have a cancellation period of three days for our one day tours, and 21 days for longer tours. If cancelled outside this period, we'll give you a full refund minus a 10% admin charge. If you cancel inside this period, refunds are at our discretion. Click here to view full terms and conditions.

What is a guaranteed departure?

It's simple: you book, you go. This means we'll never cancel your tour because of a minimum numbers policy.

Can I pre-book a specific seat?

Due to logistical reasons, we're unable to let you pre-book a seat on the bus. But our comfortable 16-seat mini-coaches have huge windows. So, you'll always get a good view.

Are there toilets on the bus?

Unfortunately, we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you'll have regular comfort breaks.

Do you take children on your tours?

We regret we don't carry children under the age of five on our scheduled tours.

You can ask us about the tours we recommend for younger children. And if your child is less than 1.35m tall, you should let us know, so we can provide them with a suitable booster seat.

How much time do I get off the bus?

We want you to enjoy Britain and Ireland. And we believe the best way to do this is to get you off the mini-coach and out exploring. So, we give you plenty of time to take photos, go walking, and explore ancient ruins.

Why do you exclude visitor attractions?

We exclude visitor attractions in your tour price because it lets you travel your way. It means you can pamper yourself with a luxury lunch or skip an attraction whenever you feel like it.

Do we need to bring our own lunch?

You don't need to. We stop in small towns, villages, and rural eateries where you can choose whatever meal pleases both your taste buds and your budget.

Should I tip the driver-guide?

Let's be honest, our driver-guides would never refuse a cheeky bonus. But it's up to you, and the amount is entirely at your discretion.

What about travel insurance?

We advise you take out travel insurance. You can click here for excellent rates.

I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, email tours@rabbies.com, or check out our full FAQs.

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