Taxi pick up from home to meet the coach in the Centre of Birmingham for an 8:45a.m departure.
Stopping for a comfort break on the way our first visit will be at Exeter Historic Quayside one of the most attractive areas of the City. Arriving approximately 1 p.m. there will be 2½ hours to soak up the atmosphere. The Quayside has an eclectic mix of cafes, restaurants and bars; the sort of place to watch the world go by. The Customs House Visitor Centre has a comprehensive display charting the History of the Canals. Although an uphill walk Exeter Cathedral is only a short walk away.
Departing Exeter the next stop will be our Hotel “The Duke of Cornwall” that Sir John Bejman described as “one of the Nation’s finest examples of Victorian Architecture”.
Sunday 1st July: Looe and Saltram (NT)
Cross over the River Tamar and into Cornwall for a visit to the picturesque Town of Looe. Free time to have a look around, Walk along the Estuary of the River Looe down to the sea or through the narrow shopping streets. Perhaps visit the Old Guildhall Museum and Gaol.
In the afternoon head back over the Tamar to visit Saltram on the outskirts of Plymouth a magnificent Georgian Mansion and tranquil Garden overlooking the River Plym
Monday 2nd July: Plymouth
Free Time in Plymouth. With our Hotel situated just off the Hoe it is an excellent place to start exploring the many sights of Plymouth. Explore the Historic Sutton Harbour, While away the time at the Barbican watching the comings and goings of boats, walk the cobbled street that has changed little since Elizabethan times. Find out about the Pilgrim Fathers that sailed on the Mayflower. So much to see and do you will have no problem filling your day and be left wanting for more.
Tuesday 3rd July: Trelissick Gardens
Back into Cornwall for a scenic drive to Trelissick Garden. On its own peninsula, it has panoramic views over the Fal Estuary. The house provides the perfect setting to enjoy the ever changing seascape and countryside steeped in Cornish History. Meandering Paths take you through the Woodland Garden with exotic plants and herbaceous Borders bursting with colours. Longer walks through the parkland leads you down towards the Estuary, along Lamouth Creek to the iron age promontory Iron Age Fort and 18th Century Quay at
Wednesday 4th July: SS Great Britain
Heading North to Birmingham the SS Great Britain in Bristol Harbour makes a great stop off on the way. Designed by Brunel she was launched in 1843 it was the first Steam driven ship to incorporate a Screw Propeller rather than the conventional Paddle steamer of its day. It became the World’s first great Ocean Liner. Ten years after being launched it was used to transport Immigrants to Australia, and was adapted to carry 700 passengers. 30 years on and she was being used as a cargo ship and in 1886 she was badly damaged and found haven in the Falklands where she was sold, virtually as scrap to the Falkland Islands Company. Her working life ended in 1933 when she was left to rot in the Islands. Then in 1970 an extraordinary rescue operation took place and returned her to Bristol where she has been conserved.
Hotel: Duke of Cornwall (3*)
Set in the heart of Britain’s Ocean City, the Duke of Cornwall Hotel Plymouth is brimming with history, character and style. The hotel’s 72 rooms are all individually designed with thoughtfully-selected designer wallpapers and vintage furniture, creating a chic look that does justice to the building’s striking architecture.
The hotel is conveniently situated for sightseeing in Plymouth, with Plymouth Pavilions just a short stroll away. Cathedral Church of Saint Mary and Saint Boniface and Plymouth Sound are within walking a distance. Plymouth Hoe is approximately 1/2 mile away.
Lift to all floors
En Suite Rooms with Shower over Bath
Flat Screen Television
Free Wifi available
Coach travel throughout
Half Board Accommodation with 3 choices for each course at Dinner and tea/coffee at the end
Services of a Tour Manager
Entrance to Saltram and Trelissick (Those claiming National Trust Discount will need to show their Membership Cards to gain admission)
Enrance to the SS Great Britain
Entrance to Exeter Historic Quays is free
Price does not include:
Personal travel insurance.
Admission price to any attraction other than those specified above.
Drinks with meals other than tea or coffee with breakfast and tea and coffee at the end of the evening meals
Lunch is not provided on any day.
Porterage at the hotel
To secure this holiday a deposit of £45 will be required per person. Final payment will be required 8 weeks before departure. Please read our terms and conditions prior to booking. To Book please telephone 0121 459 7524
Our coaches do no have a lift and are accessed by 5 steps. Manual wheelchairs can be carried in the luggage compartment if pre-booked, but no powered scooters/chairs. Accessibility to places being visited can be obtained from the venue websites, please ask if you cannot find the information you need.