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England: The Cornwall Coast

Moderate Terrain: 6-10 Miles Daily

England: The Cornwall Coast

Cornwall offers a bounty of rugged seaside landscapes and bustling harbor towns for Anglophile adventurers to enjoy. Walking the spectacular oceanfront cliffs, picturesque fishing villages, and broad sandy beaches, you’ll soon discover why travelers return to this region’s famous South West Coast Path. Start your journey in the fishing port of Padstow—a culinary hub, thanks to its fresh seafood. Next, explore the subtropical beaches of St. Ives, where acacia trees and palms frame a waterfront that resembles the Mediterranean more than the North Atlantic. Finish your journey at St. Michael’s Mount near Penzance, a 12th-century monastery and castle linked to the mainland by a narrow cobblestone path only visible at low tide. Along the way, you’ll visit the prehistoric remains of ancient Celtic Cornish settlements, chat with the locals over a pint in the village pub, and relax in sumptuous, coastal hotels. It’s a quintessentially British adventure by the sea…perfect for you to appreciate at your own pace.


Tour Highlights:
  • Savor a dinner to remember at Padstow’s renowned Seafood Restaurant, owned by acclaimed chef Rick Stein.
  • Walk along Cornwall’s legendary South West Coast Path on a breathtaking ramble across grassy headlands, stopping to take in seaside bluffs and hidden coves.
  • Follow a cobblestone path accessible only at low tide to the island of St. Michael’s Mount, where an ancient castle and monastery await.
  • Take time to explore the quirky and artistic town of St. Ives, visiting its many galleries and boutiques as you go.
Tour Only

7 days, 6 nights

FROM $2,798 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Arrival in Bodmin & Transfer to Padstow

Arrive in the traditional Cornish fishing port of Padstow, taking time this afternoon to explore the town’s colorful piers and shops, participate in a cooking class, or visit the National Lobster Hatchery. Feast on fresh seafood tonight at the flagship restaurant of British celebrity chef Rick Stein.

Accommodation: The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow

A restaurant and hotel share the same name, but confusion drops away upstairs in the stylish boutique hotel situated above the restaurant in the center of Padstow. Spacious modern rooms are inviting and soothing with neutral tones and natural wood, decorated by hotel owner and interior designer Jill Stein.

Day 2

Padstow Circular Walk around Rock

Start your morning with grilled kippers or a classic English breakfast, followed by a scenic ferry across the Camel River estuary. Today’s easy walk takes you along sandy beaches backed by wildflower- and grass-covered dunes, past 13th-century St. Enodoc’s church to the bucolic village of Pityme.

Accommodation: The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow

A restaurant and hotel share the same name, but confusion drops away upstairs in the stylish boutique hotel situated above the restaurant in the center of Padstow. Spacious modern rooms are inviting and soothing with neutral tones and natural wood, decorated by hotel owner and interior designer Jill Stein.

Day 3

South West Coast Path to Constantine Bay

Explore a section of the 630-mile South West Coast Path—England’s longest National Trail. The scenery is classic Cornwall: grassy high cliffs overlooking the open ocean, rocky coves and beaches below, and charming villages offering hearty pub lunches. Afterwards, transfer to your boutique hotel in St. Ives.

Accommodation: Boskerris Hotel, St. Ives

Overlooking the sandy beach at Carbis Bay, this contemporary boutique hotel has sensational views across St. Ives Bay to Godrevy Point. The décor throughout is light, fresh, and Mediterranean, with lots of glass and a fabulous deck. The fifteen individually-designed guest rooms are spacious and airy, with padded headboards, seaside colors, and crisp linens. An on-site restaurant serves an exceptional and extensive menu for breakfast and local produce with Mediterranean flair for dinner—typical dishes include deliciously crisp battered haddock and chips, as well as lamb tagine. In the afternoon, relax and enjoy Cornish cream tea in the lounge, bar, or on the terrace.

Day 4

Carbis Bay to St. Ives

Today you’ll have ample time to explore the charming lanes of St. Ives, an artsy town filled with craft shops, galleries, museums, restaurants and cafés. An optional excursion leads to tiny Zennor, a village described by D.H. Lawrence as “lovelier even than the Mediterranean.”

Accommodation: Boskerris Hotel, St. Ives

Overlooking the sandy beach at Carbis Bay, this contemporary boutique hotel has sensational views across St. Ives Bay to Godrevy Point. The décor throughout is light, fresh, and Mediterranean, with lots of glass and a fabulous deck. The fifteen individually-designed guest rooms are spacious and airy, with padded headboards, seaside colors, and crisp linens. An on-site restaurant serves an exceptional and extensive menu for breakfast and local produce with Mediterranean flair for dinner—typical dishes include deliciously crisp battered haddock and chips, as well as lamb tagine. In the afternoon, relax and enjoy Cornish cream tea in the lounge, bar, or on the terrace.

Day 5

St. Michael’s Way

Set off along St. Michael’s Way, a medieval pilgrimage route that traverses sand dunes on its way to far-reaching views at Trencrom Hill, then descends gently to sea level through wetlands rich with birdlife. Tonight’s hotel in Marazion has an on-site restaurant and beach bar with stunning views of St. Michael’s Mount, a tidal island crowned with a medieval castle and chapel.

Accommodation: Godolphin Arms, Marazion

Stunningly located overlooking historic St. Michael’s Mount, this warm boutique hotel offers ten light-bathed guest rooms, featuring pretty coastal interiors and comfortable beds with crisp, white linen. Relaxed, mellow common spaces are complemented by a stunning centerpiece—a two-story airy glass and zinc dining area opening out onto a balcony upstairs and a terrace downstairs just steps from the beach.

Day 6

St. Michael’s Mount exploration

Discover the enchanting ancient alleys and 12th-century monastic buildings of St. Michael’s Mount. Afternoon options include a loop back to your hotel along the South West Coast Path, or short bus excursions to Penzance or Land’s End.

Accommodation: Godolphin Arms, Marazion

Stunningly located overlooking historic St. Michael’s Mount, this warm boutique hotel offers ten light-bathed guest rooms, featuring pretty coastal interiors and comfortable beds with crisp, white linen. Relaxed, mellow common spaces are complemented by a stunning centerpiece—a two-story airy glass and zinc dining area opening out onto a balcony upstairs and a terrace downstairs just steps from the beach.

Day 7

Departure from Penzance

Transfer to Penzance for the train to London.

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Dates & Prices

Seasonal Tour Pricing

2017 Dates Number of Travelers
2 3 4 5 6 Single Supplement
Solo Surcharge
Apr 1 - Apr 30 $2,798 $2,798 $2,698 $2,698 $2,698 $865 $120
May 1 - Sep 30 $2,898 $2,898 $2,798 $2,798 $2,798 $865 $120
Oct 1 - Oct 31 $2,798 $2,798 $2,698 $2,698 $2,698 $865 $120
This tour is available daily, on request, from April 1 through October 31, 2017. Please note that the tiered tour price is based on a guarantee of a specified number of guests—should your group decrease in size, we reserve the right to alter the per person price if necessary as reflected in the Tour Price table. Please also note that the tour price includes one arrival transfer from Bodmin to Padstow on Day 1 of the tour and one departure transfer from Marazion to Penzance on Day 7 of the tour. If traveling in a group of two or more with separate arrival and/or departure times, additional charges will apply for multiple transfers. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy.

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