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Standard Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive In
Exeter

Night 1

Plymouth

Situated where the Plym and Tamar rivers flow into the English Channel, Plymouth is an historic port city with a rich maritime heritage. See where the Pilgrims set sail in 1620 at the Mayflower Steps and explore the narrow cobbled streets of the Barbican district, then delve into the city’s past at The Box museum. After venturing beneath the ocean at the National Marine Aquarium, you can feast on freshly caught seafood at one of Plymouth’s waterfront restaurants.

Night 2

Falmouth

Clustered around a pretty harbour on the coast of Cornwall, Falmouth is watched over by the Henry VIII-built Pendennis Castle. Model boat enthusiasts will love the exhibits at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, which is complete with a lookout tower and underwater windows. You can climb (or descend!) the 111 granite steps of Jacob's Ladder and explore the subtropical world of the Trebah Garden before dining at one of the town’s upmarket beach cafes.

Night 3-4

St Ives

Sprawling across a narrow peninsula, St Ives is a popular Cornish fishing town that’s renowned for its sandy beaches. Aside from an idyllic harbour and charming cobblestone streets, it has garnered a reputation for its waterfront Tate St Ives gallery and the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden. Board a boat tour to meet the friendly residents of Seal Island or ride the scenic St Ives Railway before soaking up all the bay front action from the Porthmeor Beach Cafe.

Night 5

Newquay

Exposed to the strong swells of the North Atlantic Coast, Newquay is a mecca for surfing on the coast of Cornwall. Calmer waters await at picturesque Porth Beach while the historic harbour still shows remnants of the town’s mining days. Away from the water, you can tour the Elizabethan mansion of the National Trust-owned Trerice or ride the Lappa Valley Steam Railway before dining at one of Newquay’s celebrity chef-owned restaurants.

Night 6

Tavistock

Perched on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, Tavistock is an ancient stannary town along the River Tavy. It centres around the 10th-century ruins of Tavistock Abbey and served as a centuries-long hub for metal mining, with Sir Francis Drake once residing at the resplendent Buckland Abbey. Get your retail fix at the 900-year-old Pannier Market or explore the UNESCO-listed Tamar Valley, or take a hike on atmospheric Dartmoor.

Night 7

Exeter

Once a thriving wool trade port, Exeter is surrounded by Roman-built walls on Devon’s River Exe. Architectural highlights include the Gothic-inspired Exeter Cathedral and the 11th-century Rougemont Castle while beneath the city lie vaulted passages that date back to the medieval period. You can get your cultural fix at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery or stroll through the leafy Northernhay Gardens before settling in at one of the historic Quayside’s riverfront restaurants.

Day 1

Arrive In
Exeter

Night 1

Situated where the Plym and Tamar rivers flow into the English Channel, Plymouth is an historic port city with a rich maritime heritage. See where the Pilgrims set sail in 1620 at the Mayflower Steps and explore the narrow cobbled streets of the Barbican district, then delve into the city’s past at The Box museum. After venturing beneath the ocean at the National Marine Aquarium, you can feast on freshly caught seafood at one of Plymouth’s waterfront restaurants.

Night 2

Clustered around a pretty harbour on the coast of Cornwall, Falmouth is watched over by the Henry VIII-built Pendennis Castle. Model boat enthusiasts will love the exhibits at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, which is complete with a lookout tower and underwater windows. You can climb (or descend!) the 111 granite steps of Jacob's Ladder and explore the subtropical world of the Trebah Garden before dining at one of the town’s upmarket beach cafes.

Night 3-4

Sprawling across a narrow peninsula, St Ives is a popular Cornish fishing town that’s renowned for its sandy beaches. Aside from an idyllic harbour and charming cobblestone streets, it has garnered a reputation for its waterfront Tate St Ives gallery and the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden. Board a boat tour to meet the friendly residents of Seal Island or ride the scenic St Ives Railway before soaking up all the bay front action from the Porthmeor Beach Cafe.

Night 5

Exposed to the strong swells of the North Atlantic Coast, Newquay is a mecca for surfing on the coast of Cornwall. Calmer waters await at picturesque Porth Beach while the historic harbour still shows remnants of the town’s mining days. Away from the water, you can tour the Elizabethan mansion of the National Trust-owned Trerice or ride the Lappa Valley Steam Railway before dining at one of Newquay’s celebrity chef-owned restaurants.

Night 6

Perched on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, Tavistock is an ancient stannary town along the River Tavy. It centres around the 10th-century ruins of Tavistock Abbey and served as a centuries-long hub for metal mining, with Sir Francis Drake once residing at the resplendent Buckland Abbey. Get your retail fix at the 900-year-old Pannier Market or explore the UNESCO-listed Tamar Valley, or take a hike on atmospheric Dartmoor.

Night 7

Once a thriving wool trade port, Exeter is surrounded by Roman-built walls on Devon’s River Exe. Architectural highlights include the Gothic-inspired Exeter Cathedral and the 11th-century Rougemont Castle while beneath the city lie vaulted passages that date back to the medieval period. You can get your cultural fix at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery or stroll through the leafy Northernhay Gardens before settling in at one of the historic Quayside’s riverfront restaurants.

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Day 8

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