Small Group Tour: 2017 Corners of Cornwall

9 days from $3,899 pp (Price varies depending on pre and post days outside of small group tour).*
  • Step into the pages of Jane Austen’s novels at Lyme Regis.
  • Explore botanical gardens and the tea plantation at Tregothnan Estate.
  • Feast on delicious seafood in quaint fishing villages.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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Explore beautiful southern England as you combine independent days with the option of having private guided tours and a wide range of accommodations in London, and then spend 7 days in a small group environment as you explore the sights of Cornwall and the southern coast of England. Gourmands will love the fine food, history buffs will relish the architecture, literature lovers will delight in scenes straight from the printed page and breathtaking views will impress absolutely everyone. This small group multi-day tour has it all, but even its busy schedule allows ample scope to embrace the back roads and add a few adventures of your own. With a maximum group size of 15, you will benefit from the customized services of a knowledgeable driver/guide, shared guided tours at places of interest along the way and travel in style in a luxury mini-coach.

Small group tours typically depart every Wednesday from Apr 23 - Oct 28, 2017, and are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 participants. In general, the maximum group size is 15. ... Show More »

Consider adding additional days to your trip with the services of a private guide and/or driver to see more of the country - your time on either side of your small group tour can be customized to suit your needs (and private guided tours can be added throughout your small group experience as desired). « Show Less

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 London
    London
    • Airport Meet & Greet - Assistant (Off-Hours)
    • Transfer - Private - Heathrow Airport (arrival) - Vehicle/Driver- Small MVP
    • England - London Welcome Package
    • Self-Guided - Dinner at Leisure
  • Day 2 London to Dartmoor
    London to Dartmoor
    • Local taxi (not included)
    • Meet up with small Group tour (Grange Wellington Hotel)
    • Transfer - Shared - London to Dartmoor via Wells
    • Welcome Dinner
  • Day 3 Dartmoor to Falmouth
    Dartmoor to Falmouth
    • Transfer - Shared - Port Isaac and Padstow
  • Day 4 Falmouth
    Falmouth
    • Shared - St Ives and St Michaels Mount
  • Day 5 Falmouth
    Falmouth
    • Self-Guided - Day at leisure
  • Day 6 Falmouth to Fowey
    Falmouth to Fowey
    • Transfer - Shared - Tregothnan Estate
  • Day 7 Fowey to Hawkchurch
    Fowey to Hawkchurch
    • Transfer - Shared - Village of Polperro, Buckfast Abbey and Jane Austen`s Lyme Regis
  • Day 8 Hawkchurch to London
    Hawkchurch to London
    • Transfer - Shared - Hawkchurch to London via Salisbury
    • End of Small Group Tour - Grange Wellington Hotel (5.30pm approx)
    • Note on Small Group Tours
    • Local taxi (not included)
  • Day 9 London
    London
    • Transfer - Private - Heathrow Airport (departure) - Vehicle/Driver
At your request, we can customize this small group tour experience just for you by adding tailor-made experiences on either end.
Call us today at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: London

For your added comfort, a Meet & Greet assistant will be waiting for you in the Arrivals Hall of the airport after you pass through customs. They'll direct you to your transfer, assist in the hotel check-in process, and take you through your travel documents.

Meet your private driver and vehicle for an airport transfer.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful, will be provided to you on your first day in destination.

Tonight, dine at leisure in London. Please ask your travel consultant for a curated list of recommended restaurants in the city.

Accommodation: The Marylebone (4*)

Located just minutes from Oxford Street, and in the heart of bustling, high-fashion neighborhood Marylebone Village, The Marylebone Hotel (4*) pulls off a rare feat: operating a large urban hotel with a boutique attitude, while maintaining all of the vibrant charm of its central London location. Just a short walk from London’s best, easily access Oxford Street and Park Lane, the world-famous stores of Bond Street and Mayfair, and the elegant green spaces of Regents Park and Hyde Park. Ranging in size from cozy to spacious, The Marylebone’s 252 rooms and suites offer the very best of 21st century technology, seamlessly blended with design flair and premium comforts.  The hotel’s 108 Brasserie and Bar and 108 Pantry provide a wonderful choice of venues to meet, drink and dine for locals and visitors alike, keen to capitalise on the charm and buzz along the cobbles of Marylebone Lane.

Small Group Tour: 2017 Corners of Cornwall Tours 2017 - 2018 -  London
London
Small Group Tour: 2017 Corners of Cornwall Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Marylebone
The Marylebone

Day 2: London - Dartmoor

Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.

Meet up with your Guide and fellow travellers of your small group tour this morning. The rendezvous is at 8:30am (It is recommended to arrive at the hotel at 8:15 am at the Grange Wellington Hotel, 71-72 Vincent Square, London, SW1P 2PA.
Please ensure you are at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure.

Leave London and travel to the tiny market city of Wells, known for its attractive cathedral, Bishop's Palace and Vicar’s Close (the oldest continuously inhabited medieval street in Europe). Explore the local shops, or perhaps enjoy a coffee before you continue to Dartmoor National Park. As the landscape changes you meander through beautiful country lanes, over ancient stone bridges and through dramatic rolling countryside where wild ponies roam. Time permitting, you will stop at the High Moorland Visitor Centre for an insight into Dartmoor National Park’s culture, stories and wildlife. Your overnight accommodation will be in the heart of Dartmoor National Park.

Tonight you will enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travelers.

Accommodation: Two Bridges Hotel (B) or similar

Two Bridges Hotel is a veritable an oasis at the heart of Dartmoor National Park. A stunning luxury Devon hotel, the bedrooms boast priceless views over Dartmoor, many with Four Poster beds and deep spa baths. Enjoy the cosy lounges with huge log fires, The Tors Restaurant renowned throughout Devon, and admire the sweeping lawns leading down to The River Dart and the ancient Wistman's Wood.

Please note that your hotel may be the above, or a hotel of similar standard and will be confirmed prior to departure.

Small Group Tour: 2017 Corners of Cornwall Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Wells Cathedral
Wells Cathedral
Small Group Tour: 2017 Corners of Cornwall Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Two Bridges Hotel
Two Bridges Hotel

Day 3: Dartmoor - Falmouth

Experience a gourmet delight today as you make your way to the rugged north coast of Cornwall. Visit the picturesque fishing village of Port Isaac, famously featured in the television series "Doc Martin" and see other typical Cornish villages. The highlight of your day may well be lunch at ‘The Seafood Restaurant’, Rick Stein’s flagship restaurant in Padstow. This afternoon will have you making your way to Falmouth which will be your base for the next three nights.

Accommodation: The Greenbank Hotel (B) or similar

Nestled on Falmouth harbour in Cornwall, The Greenbank Hotel blends the best of coastal living with the finest in contemporary comfort. With an impressive seafront location the hotel offers panoramic views and traditional charm. The spacious rooms at Greenbank are elegantly decorated with a nautical theme, and offer ample work space and a seating area. All rooms have an en suite bathroom, free toiletries and tea and coffee facilities. The Harbourside Restaurant at the hotel serves fresh seafood and local specialities, and offers wonderful views across Falmouth Bay. The well-stocked bar has an impressive collection of rare spirits.

Please note that your hotel may be the above, or a hotel of similar standard and will be confirmed prior to departure.

Small Group Tour: 2017 Corners of Cornwall Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Padstow Harbour
Padstow Harbour
Small Group Tour: 2017 Corners of Cornwall Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Greenbank Hotel
The Greenbank Hotel

Day 4: Falmouth

Start your day in the delightful old fishing town of St Ives. Here’s your chance to sample rich ice-cream, Cornish pasties or Atlantic crab and oysters. In the delightful old fishing town of St Ives, wander along cobbled streets between pretty fishermen’s cottages to uncover the legend, history and tradition of this ancient town. Your next stop is the fascinating and historical St Michael's Mount. You will take a small boat to the island and step ashore at the harbour side village. Witness life through the eyes of the islanders, discover the medieval castle and delve into the island’s past. Later you will return to Falmouth.

Accommodation: The Greenbank Hotel (B) or similar
Small Group Tour: 2017 Corners of Cornwall Tours 2017 - 2018 -  St Michaels Mount
St Michaels Mount

Day 5: Falmouth

Today is free for you to explore the historic town of Falmouth. There are numerous options to tempt different interests including Cornwall's largest fortress, Pendennis Castle, one of a pair that guarded the entrance to Falmouth Harbour, the National Maritime Museum and Falmouth Art Gallery. You may also choose to take a short ferry ride to St Mawes Castle or alternatively, a short train ride alongside the Restronguet Creek and Fal River to Cornwall’s capital city, Truro.

Accommodation: The Greenbank Hotel (B) or similar
Small Group Tour: 2017 Corners of Cornwall Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Falmouth
Falmouth

Day 6: Falmouth - Fowey

Today you till visit the Tregothnan Estate, internationally recognised as the home of English tea. Accompanied by a member of the estate's gardening team, explore Cornwall’s largest private botanical gardens, as well as the tea plantation. Later you will continue to The Fowey Hotel and enjoy some time at leisure to explore this charming town.

Accommodation: The Fowey Hotel (B) or similar

The Fowey Hotel is a four star hotel based in the historic town of Fowey in Cornwall and is situated overlooking the stunning River Fowey. The Fowey Hotel has one of the most stunning locations on the mild south Cornish coast - perched on a hillside and overlooking the historic town of Fowey.

Please note that your hotel may be the above, or a hotel of similar standard and will be confirmed prior to departure.

Small Group Tour: 2017 Corners of Cornwall Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Gardens of Trebah
Gardens of Trebah
Small Group Tour: 2017 Corners of Cornwall Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Fowey Hotel
The Fowey Hotel

Day 7: Fowey - Hawkchurch

After a leisurely start to your day, your journey continues along the south Cornish coast to the quaint fishing village of Polperro. This afternoon, visit the magnificent Buckfast Abbey before continuing to explore Jane Austen’s Lyme Regis, where she based parts of her novel, Persuasion, and which was also the setting for John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant's Woman. Drive along the ‘Jurassic Coast’ to the prehistoric settlement of Maiden Hill, the largest of its kind in Britain. Hunt for fossils at local shops or wander along the 18th century promenade and see its famous Cobb and ancient harbour that continues to inspire writers and artists today. Continue to your hotel in Hawkchurch near Lyme Regis, where you will enjoy a farewell dinner together.

Accommodation: Fairwater Head Hotel (B) or similar

Tucked away in peaceful open countryside and approached down leafy lanes of Hawkchurch - the 'village of roses' - the Fairwater Head Hotel is a mere 4 miles from Axminster and 5 miles from Lyme Regis and the Jurassic coast - England's first natural World Heritage Site. All of their light and airy en-suite bedrooms have views over their extensive 2-acre gardens and some over the Axe Valley. Their restaurant Greenfields uses only local ingredients in their kitchen to ensure the utmost freshness and quality. The Fairwater Head Hotel is the ideal location for touring or simply relaxing in the hotel's award winning gardens and restaurant.

Please note that your hotel may be the above, or a hotel of similar standard and will be confirmed prior to departure.

Small Group Tour: 2017 Corners of Cornwall Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Jurassic Coast
Jurassic Coast
Small Group Tour: 2017 Corners of Cornwall Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Fairwater Head Hotel
Fairwater Head Hotel

Day 8: Hawkchurch - London

Continue on the last part of your tour by following the old Roman road to Salisbury, home to one of England’s most magnificent cathedrals. Here is where you have the opportunity to see the original Magna Carta. Your tour ends upon your return to London. 

Your Small Group Tour ends this afternoon upon arrival at The Grange Wellington Hotel, 71-72 Vincent Square, London, SW1P 2PA, at approximately 5.30pm. Bid farewell to your guide and fellow travellers as you close the chapter on this part of your travels.

All tours involve walking and require guests to board and disembark vehicles several times a day, making this tour unsuitable for clients with reduced mobility.

Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.

Accommodation: Grosvenor Hotel (4*)

Relax in Victorian splendor at the heart of central London at the Grosvenor Hotel (4*). Built by the Victorian railway pioneers in 1862, The Grosvenor Hotel Victoria ushered in a Golden Age of travel. Located within walking distance of Buckingham Palace, this Grade II listed building has been restored to its former glory following a multi-million pound refurbishment. Combining modern touches with unique period features, the spacious rooms offer scenic views of Buckingham Palace Road, the Royal Mews, the Palace Gardens and the broad span of Victoria Station itself. Adorned in the finest Victorian architecture, they boast iPod docking stations with surround sound, Egyptian cotton linen and large plasma-screen TVs. Be it the exquisite cuisine of the newly instated Grand Imperial Restaurant, or a signature cocktail at the stunning Réunion bar,  the Grosvenor Hotel welcomes you to London.

Small Group Tour: 2017 Corners of Cornwall Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Grosvenor Hotel
Grosvenor Hotel

Day 9: London

Meet your driver at your hotel and be taken to Heathrow Airport by a private transfer.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

At your request, we can customize this small group tour experience just for you by adding tailor-made experiences on either end.
Call us today at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

The Marylebone (4*): London

Located just minutes from Oxford Street, and in the heart of bustling, high-fashion neighborhood Marylebone Village, The Marylebone Hotel (4*) pulls off a rare feat: operating a large urban hotel with a boutique attitude, while maintaining all of the vibrant charm of its central London location. Just a short walk from London’s best, easily access Oxford Street and Park Lane, the world-famous stores of Bond Street and Mayfair, and the elegant green spaces of Regents Park and Hyde Park. Ranging in size from cozy to spacious, The Marylebone’s 252 rooms and suites offer the very best of 21st century technology, seamlessly blended with design flair and premium comforts.  The hotel’s 108 Brasserie and Bar and 108 Pantry provide a wonderful choice of venues to meet, drink and dine for locals and visitors alike, keen to capitalise on the charm and buzz along the cobbles of Marylebone Lane.

Small Group Tour: 2017 Corners of Cornwall Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Marylebone
The Marylebone
Small Group Tour: 2017 Corners of Cornwall Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Marylebone Hotel - Lobby
The Marylebone Hotel - Lobby

Two Bridges Hotel (B) or similar: Dartmoor

Two Bridges Hotel is a veritable an oasis at the heart of Dartmoor National Park. A stunning luxury Devon hotel, the bedrooms boast priceless views over Dartmoor, many with Four Poster beds and deep spa baths. Enjoy the cosy lounges with huge log fires, The Tors Restaurant renowned throughout Devon, and admire the sweeping lawns leading down to The River Dart and the ancient Wistman's Wood.

Please note that your hotel may be the above, or a hotel of similar standard and will be confirmed prior to departure.

Small Group Tour: 2017 Corners of Cornwall Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Two Bridges Hotel
Two Bridges Hotel

The Greenbank Hotel (B) or similar: Falmouth

Nestled on Falmouth harbour in Cornwall, The Greenbank Hotel blends the best of coastal living with the finest in contemporary comfort. With an impressive seafront location the hotel offers panoramic views and traditional charm. The spacious rooms at Greenbank are elegantly decorated with a nautical theme, and offer ample work space and a seating area. All rooms have an en suite bathroom, free toiletries and tea and coffee facilities. The Harbourside Restaurant at the hotel serves fresh seafood and local specialities, and offers wonderful views across Falmouth Bay. The well-stocked bar has an impressive collection of rare spirits.

Please note that your hotel may be the above, or a hotel of similar standard and will be confirmed prior to departure.

Small Group Tour: 2017 Corners of Cornwall Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Greenbank Hotel
The Greenbank Hotel
Small Group Tour: 2017 Corners of Cornwall Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Guestroom
Guestroom

The Fowey Hotel (B) or similar: Fowey

The Fowey Hotel is a four star hotel based in the historic town of Fowey in Cornwall and is situated overlooking the stunning River Fowey. The Fowey Hotel has one of the most stunning locations on the mild south Cornish coast - perched on a hillside and overlooking the historic town of Fowey.

Please note that your hotel may be the above, or a hotel of similar standard and will be confirmed prior to departure.

Small Group Tour: 2017 Corners of Cornwall Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Fowey Hotel
The Fowey Hotel

Fairwater Head Hotel (B) or similar: Hawkchurch

Tucked away in peaceful open countryside and approached down leafy lanes of Hawkchurch - the 'village of roses' - the Fairwater Head Hotel is a mere 4 miles from Axminster and 5 miles from Lyme Regis and the Jurassic coast - England's first natural World Heritage Site. All of their light and airy en-suite bedrooms have views over their extensive 2-acre gardens and some over the Axe Valley. Their restaurant Greenfields uses only local ingredients in their kitchen to ensure the utmost freshness and quality. The Fairwater Head Hotel is the ideal location for touring or simply relaxing in the hotel's award winning gardens and restaurant.

Please note that your hotel may be the above, or a hotel of similar standard and will be confirmed prior to departure.

Small Group Tour: 2017 Corners of Cornwall Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Fairwater Head Hotel
Fairwater Head Hotel
Small Group Tour: 2017 Corners of Cornwall Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Guest Room
Guest Room

Grosvenor Hotel (4*) : London

Relax in Victorian splendor at the heart of central London at the Grosvenor Hotel (4*). Built by the Victorian railway pioneers in 1862, The Grosvenor Hotel Victoria ushered in a Golden Age of travel. Located within walking distance of Buckingham Palace, this Grade II listed building has been restored to its former glory following a multi-million pound refurbishment. Combining modern touches with unique period features, the spacious rooms offer scenic views of Buckingham Palace Road, the Royal Mews, the Palace Gardens and the broad span of Victoria Station itself. Adorned in the finest Victorian architecture, they boast iPod docking stations with surround sound, Egyptian cotton linen and large plasma-screen TVs. Be it the exquisite cuisine of the newly instated Grand Imperial Restaurant, or a signature cocktail at the stunning Réunion bar,  the Grosvenor Hotel welcomes you to London.

Small Group Tour: 2017 Corners of Cornwall Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Grosvenor Hotel
Grosvenor Hotel
Small Group Tour: 2017 Corners of Cornwall Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Grosvenor Hotel Lobby
Grosvenor Hotel Lobby

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

At your request, we can customize this small group tour experience just for you by adding tailor-made experiences on either end.
Call us today at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
At your request, we can customize this small group tour experience just for you by adding tailor-made experiences on either end.
Call us today at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Call us today at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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