Devon and Cornwall
Tour highlights include:
- Exeter and St Peter's Cathedral, dating from the twelfth century and one of the UK's finest examples of Gothic architecture.
- The Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway.
- A Dartmouth River Cruise, past typical West Country villages and the home of author Agatha Christie.
- Dinner at the famous Art Deco Burgh Island Hotel, favourite haunt of Agatha Christie.
- Panoramic tour of Dartmoor, the setting for the famous Sherlock Holmes adventure, The Hound of the Baskervilles.
- Plymouth, a vibrant waterfront city with a great maritime heritage, including the Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrim Fathers made their famous voyage to America and celebrated the first Thanksgiving.
- The picturesque fishing village of Looe.
- The Eden Project, with its giant conservatories, housing plants, trees and cacti from across the globe and a tropical world complete with rainforest climate and waterfalls.
- A top English winery, with a personal tour of the vineyard and wine tasting.
- Lanhydrock House, one of Cornwall's finest country houses boasting 50 rooms and magnificent gardens filled with magnolias and ancient trees.
- St Michaels Mount, with its spectacular setting across the water from Marazion. A former Benedictine Priory and Castle.
- St Ives, a pretty Cornish fishing village with winding cobbled streets and passages.
- Land's End, the most westerly point in mainland Britain.
- Pendennis Castle, a mighty fortress built by Henry VIII and an impressive Second World War observation post.
- Tintagel, steeped in mystery and said to be the birthplace of the legendary King Arthur.
- Traditional country pub lunches, afternoon teas and a fish and chip supper.
Photographs: Main image: The gatehouse and house beyond with visitors in the garden at Lanhydrock, Cornwall ©National Trust Images/John Millar; steam train on the South Devon Steam Railway line ©VisitBritain/David Clapp; thatched pub in Crantock, Cornwall ©VisitBritain/ David Clapp.