At Great Britain’s most southerly mainland point you’ll discover Cornwall, a beautiful peninsula tumbling into the Atlantic Ocean. This ancient Celtic kingdom is blessed with a rugged, sandy coastline, once frequented by pirates, but now popular among beach goers, walkers and watersports fans. Staying in a seafront hotel in Falmouth, we’ll enjoy some of the region’s loveliest coastal and inland spots, from arty St Ives and picture-pretty Mevagissey to the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
4 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to the Royal Duchy Hotel (4T), Falmouth. We aim for you to arrive at the hotel between 4pm and 5pm, where tea and coffee will be served before time is free to relax. Dinner is served at our hotel this evening.
Today we embark on a tour of some of Cornwall’s most stunning places and best-loved towns. Our first stop is Pendennis Castle, Henry VIII’s coastal stronghold. Within the lofty battlements, exhibitions show its importance in defending Cornwall some 450 years ago, through to its last military role as a secret base during World War II. We continue to Marazion to take in the view across to St Michael’s Mount, a rocky tidal island crowned by a magnificent medieval castle. We then continue to St Ives, one of the most popular holiday destinations in Cornwall for its golden beaches and subtropical gardens. You have time to explore this traditional seaside town before we return to our hotel later this afternoon.
Today you are free to simply relax and enjoy our hotel’s facilities, or explore the seaside town of Falmouth. Take the opportunity to visit one of the world-class beaches Falmouth is home to, including shingled Castle Beach, or sandy Maenporth and Durgan beaches, or perhaps visit the Falmouth Art Gallery or the National Maritime Museum, its thriving harbour has been a huge influence on Cornwall.
Lost Gardens of Heligan & Truro
After nearly a century of neglect and the devastation caused by the hurricane of 1990, the Lost Gardens of Heligan have been brought back to life by a team of dedicated workers, inspired by the tales of people who worked and wandered the gardens prior to World War I. Enjoy a morning exploring the beautiful gardens which have repeatedly won international recognition at the prestigious European Garden Awards. We then make a short visit to Mevagissey, an attractive old town with narrow streets full of gift shops and galleries, a small selection of museums, cafés and fish restaurants, serving the very freshest of fish which were caught by the local fishermen this morning. Our final stop of the day is Truro. Whilst here you may choose to visit Truro Cathedral, or view some of the finest examples of Georgian architecture west of Bath - the townhouses along Walsingham Place, stroll in the beautiful Waterfall Gardens, or wander amongst the shops and boutiques in Pydar Mews. We head back to our hotel, where dinner will be served this evening.
Please note: To access the rope bridge and jungle in the Lost Gardens of Heligan there are some steep hills. The rest of the gardens are accessible.
Day 5 Falmouth
Today we bid farewell to Falmouth. You will be collected at 10am by your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.
This 4 star traditional hotel is situated on Falmouth’s seafront with views over the bay. This great location makes it the perfect base from which to explore the Cornish coast and enjoy a relaxing break. Facilities include a restaurant, lounge bar, sun terrace, indoor swimming pool, sauna and beauty salon (pre-booking advisable).
Our included evening meals are normally taken together as a group in the main restaurant with a 3-course table d’hote menu served. The bedrooms have there own style and vary in size, layout and décor. All bedrooms are en suite with a hairdryer, TV, iron with ironing board, telephone and tea/ coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift to all floors. The hotel doesn’t have any disabled rooms and all bedrooms have a shower over bath.