Journey to Cornwall: Bath, London, Cornish Coast

Journey to Cornwall: Bath, London, Cornish Coast

Experience cozy fishing villages, grand estates, and historic Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City, during the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage. This stirring 10-night program in South West England begins in Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage city bursting with beautiful Georgian architecture and sacred hot springs. Admire Longleat’s Tudor façade and hedge maze, and tour Stourhead’s Palladian mansion and gardens. Witness the majestic Bedruthan Steps along the cliffs of Cornwall, visit Falmouth’s Maritime Museum, and trace the coastline to charming St. Ives. Taste smooth Plymouth Gin, tour the “Cathedral City” of Exeter, and witness the Magna Carta in Salisbury. A visit to Plymouth’s celebrated Mayflower Museum and leisure time in cosmopolitan London complete your Cornwall journey. Along the way, local guides and experts provide fascinating insight during included excursions and interactive talks. This small-group experience features first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan including wine with dinner.

Trip Itinerary:

May 20 Depart Gateway City

AHI FlexAir passengers depart for London, England. Please check your luggage from your gateway city to your arrival city. Your claim checks should have the following airport code: LHR.

May 21 London, England | Bath

Arrive at London’s Heathrow Airport. Proceed through immigration to the baggage claim area and retrieve your luggage. After completing customs, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for the group arrival transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer should exit the baggage claim area and proceed to the Arrivals Hall, where an AHI Travel representative will meet you.

Transfer to Bath and check in to Francis Hotel Bath.

Please note, if you arrive before check-in time, your room may not be immediately available.

Gather for a Welcome Reception, followed by a Welcome Dinner tonight.

Accommodations – Francis Hotel Bath
Meals – Appropriate in-flight meal service and dinner

May 22 Bath

Discovery: Bath Walking Tour.
Activity level: Moderate
Trace rich history as you walk through the well-preserved city of Bath, a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site nestled along the River Avon. Bath was built around the only natural hot spring in Great Britain, and the city was originally an exclusive spa getaway for European aristocrats. View the Roman Baths, and see artifacts offered to Sulis, the healing goddess, as well as remnants of an ancient heating system. Admire the stunning architecture of Bath Abbey, Pulteney Bridge and the 18th-century Georgian Royal Crescent, a row of 30 terraced houses with Georgian façades and Romanesque columns.

Free Time: Enjoy time at leisure to make your own discoveries in this sophisticated city. You may wish to relax at the Thermae Bath Spa or visit Bath’s Fashion Museum, which houses a collection of archaic costumes.

Dinner is at your leisure this evening. Consider tasting a famous Sally Lunn bun, sampling Bath Chaps, a local specialty, or dining on fish and chips, a tried-and-true British favorite.

Accommodations – Francis Hotel Bath
Meals – Breakfast

May 23 Longleat | Stourhead

Enrichment: England’s Stately Homes and Gardens.
English estates are markers of former wealth and power and each has a story to tell. Listen to narratives about the privileged landowners of some of England’s grandest properties.

Discovery: Exploring Longleat and Stourhead.
Activity level: Moderate
England’s stately homes are a true delight to behold. Admire the Tudor façade of Longleat and wander through its lavish interior, which is modeled after estates in Venice and Genoa. See family portraits, Flemish tapestries and opulent art in the great hall. Outside, explore the estate’s pretty grounds with Europe’s longest hedge maze and gardens designed by Capability Brown. Travel to Stourhead, a National Trust estate, to stroll its 18th-century, Arcadian-designed gardens. The sprawling gardens feature small waterfalls, statuary, a grotto and temples dedicated to Apollo and Flora.

Join your fellow travelers for lunch at a local establishment.

Dinner is at leisure in Bath this evening. England’s favorite dishes are rich and diverse. You may enjoy trying Yorkshire Puddings, Cornish pastries or savory pork pies.

Accommodations – Francis Hotel Bath
Meals – Breakfast and lunch

May 24 Bath | Port Isaac | Falmouth

After breakfast, depart for your full-day transfer to Falmouth. Journey across the Tamar River into a vision of rural England with undulating valleys, genteel villages and craggy coastlines.

Discovery: Exploring Port Isaac.
Activity level: Active
Discover the nautical ambience of Port Isaac, a village nestled atop dramatic, rocky cliffs. Port Isaac is the epitome of an authentic fishing village. Known as a favorite destination for film and television productions, the village is currently featured in the British TV series Doc Martin. During your walking tour, see Fern Cottage, a stone bungalow that once served as Doc Martin’s office in the popular show. Then learn about Port Isaac’s maritime history while viewing the village’s historical buildings, whitewashed cottages and cobbled lanes.

Free Time: Savor time at leisure to explore Port Isaac on your own. Absorb the mellow tranquility of the harbor or search for the village’s narrowest thoroughfare, Squeezy Belly Alley.

Enjoy lunch at leisure, perhaps in a cliff-top café where restless waves tumble below.

Discovery: Bedruthan Steps.
Activity level: Active
Depart Port Isaac and travel toward the iconic Bedruthan Steps, a product of Mother Nature’s magnificent force. Local myth suggests that the massive stacked stones along the beach were once stepping stones used by the Giant Bedruthan to cross the bay. Thrill to the impressive coastal views or enjoy a leisurely walk along the cliffs.

Continue toward Falmouth and check in to the Merchants Manor hotel.

Gather for dinner at the hotel tonight.

Accommodations – Merchants Manor
Meals – Breakfast and dinner

May 25 Falmouth | Pool

Enrichment: Corners of Cornwall and Devon.
While celebrated for its unspoiled coastline, this storied region also boasts a significant mining history. Listen to the chronicle of British mining and how the ores of Cornwall and Devon influenced Britain’s Industrial Revolution.

Discovery: Cornwall’s Maritime History.
Activity level: Moderate
Delight in the windswept beaches and 16-century castle along Pendennis Point during a panoramic tour. Take a walking tour of downtown Falmouth before visiting the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. Browse the museum’s exhibits, interactive displays and photographs to uncover legends of intrepid explorers and learn about Cornwall’s maritime heritage. See a collection of boats, from muscle-powered to engine-powered, and learn about the evolution of boat designs.

Lunch with your group at a local establishment.

Discovery: Exploring Heartlands.
Activity level: Moderate
Depart for Pool to visit Heartlands, part of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage site. Situated on 19 acres, this cultural park is steeped in industrial heritage. Learn about the region’s impressive mining history through state-of-the-art exhibitions and galleries and explore the botanical gardens.

Dinner is at leisure this evening. Perhaps try one of the village’s many seafood restaurants near the harbor.

Accommodations – Merchants Manor
Meals – Breakfast and lunch

May 26 St. Ives | Marazion

Discovery: Exploring the Cornish Coast and St. Ives.
Activity level: Active
Experience myriad treasures as you travel along the Cornish coast. The sprawling landscape of old fishing villages, thatched cottages and rolling meadows are truly awe-inspiring. Enjoy a visit to St. Ives, a trendy haven for artists and entrepreneurs. Join your group for an introductory tour of the town’s highlights and regard its art galleries and cozy cafés.

Free Time: Indulge in leisure time in charming St. Ives. You may choose to visit the Tate St. Ives, a branch of the national Tate galleries, and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. Or watch ornery seagulls soar by Godrevy Lighthouse, which novelist Virginia Woolf popularized in “To the Lighthouse.”

Enjoy lunch at leisure and take advantage of the seaside locale to savor fresh lobster and crab.

Discovery: St. Michael’s Mount Walking Tour.
Activity level: Active
Continue to Marazion. Walk across the cobbled causeway or enjoy a boat ride to St. Michael’s Mount, an abbey perched atop a rocky island. Explore the fortress-like ancient abbey, built by Benedictine monks and dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel, and appreciate the island’s sub-tropical gardens.

Dine on delicious local fare with your group at the hotel this evening.

Accommodations – Merchants Manor
Meals – Breakfast and lunch

May 27 Falmouth | Plymouth | Exeter

Following breakfast, transfer to Exeter via Plymouth.

Discovery: Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower Voyage in Plymouth.
Activity level: Moderate
The city of Plymouth welcomes visitors with its vibrant history and stunning natural harbor. This popular ocean city was once an important port for the Royal Navy and is recognized as the home seaport for many renowned sea-faring adventurers — three of Captain Cook’s voyages sailed from here. Commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s epic voyage at the Mayflower Steps, which stand tribute to the Pilgrim Fathers’ point of departure aboard The Mayflower in 1620. Then learn more about this epic journey to the New World during your visit to the Mayflower Museum.

Relax and dine in a Plymouth restaurant for lunch.

Discovery: A Taste of Gin.
Activity level: Moderate
After lunch, tour the Plymouth Gin Distillery, England’s oldest working gin distillery that was originally built as a monastery. The distillery has been producing gin in the same still for over 150 years and uses water that comes from Dartmoor National Park. Enjoy tasting the gin’s smooth flavors and unique ingredients, including juniper berries, lemon peel and cardamom. The original 1793 recipe is still used today!

Continue to Exeter and check in to Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel.

Sample Exeter’s inviting restaurants, gourmet haunts or mellow cafés during dinner at leisure.

Accommodations – Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel
Meals – Breakfast and lunch

May 28 Exeter

Discovery: Exeter Walking Tour.
Activity level: Moderate
Meet a knowledgeable Red Coat Guide and enjoy a walking tour that explores Exeter’s “Old and New.” Listen to tales of the city’s historical past as you stroll past significant buildings and hidden treasures.

Taste Exeter’s gastronomic delights during lunch at leisure.

Free Time: Join the Elective Activity this afternoon or enjoy free time in Exeter. You may wish to try afternoon tea with scones, jam and clotted cream or revel in the city’s medieval bridges and cobbled alleys during a leisurely walk. Museum aficionados may enjoy the fascinating exhibits about world cultures at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery.

Elective Activity: Exploring Dartmoor National Park.
Activity level: Moderate
Explore the rugged beauty of Dartmoor National Park. Enter a landscape dotted with ancient woodlands, gurgling streams and granite tors. Wander down an inviting footpath and spot grazing sheep or the miniature Dartmoor ponies, which are descendants of the Celtic pony. Learn about Dartmoor’s unique heritage, wildlife and culture while browsing the educational exhibits at the visitor center. Visit the community of Widecombe in the Moor, known for its thatched hamlets and steep hills, and stop at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, an art center with hand-made gifts and contemporary crafts. Available at an additional cost.

Dinner is at leisure this evening. Discover Exeter’s celebrated cuisine, characterized by the region’s fresh produce and delectable farm goods.

Accommodations – Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel
Meals – Breakfast

May 29 Exeter | Salisbury | London

Following breakfast, depart for London via Salisbury. You journey takes you through a landscape of rural settlements, heaths, woodlands and chalky hillsides.

Discovery: Salisbury Walking Tour.
Activity level: Moderate
Visit Salisbury, Wiltshire’s only city, known for its lively arts community and tangle of small lanes. Tour the 13th-century Salisbury Cathedral, one of Europe’s most celebrated cathedrals. Its spire stretches to a lofty 404 feet, the tallest in England. See the cathedral’s Magna Carta, one of only four surviving original copies, and walk through an interactive exhibit.

After a group lunch, continue to London. Upon arrival, check in to Radisson Blu Edwardian, Vanderbilt.

The remainder of the evening and dinner are at leisure.

Accommodations – Radisson Blue Edwardian, Vanderbilt
Meals – Breakfast and lunch

May 30 London

Enrichment: London ~ Past and Present.
Discover London’s fascinating past and the role this capital city played in England’s rich history and the former British Empire.

Free Time: Spend your final day at leisure in London. Looking for more history? Head to the Tower of London or Churchill’s War Rooms. London also has some of the world’s best museums. Spend some time at the British Museum or the Victoria & Albert Museum. Or you may want to spend the day shopping in London’s famous department stores. Harrods, Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason are among the best known.
Tonight, gather for a Farewell Reception and Farewell Dinner at the hotel.

Accommodations – Radisson Blue Edwardian, Vanderbilt
Meals – Breakfast and dinner

May 31 Depart for Gateway City

After breakfast, bid farewell to London. AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for a group transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer depart for London’s Heathrow Airport for your return flights home. Your Travel Director will provide the details.

Meals – Breakfast and appropriate in-flight meal service

NOTE: Itinerary may change due to local conditions.

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