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Explore the famous art movement that began a century ago, and continues to this day, during this scenic, half-day excursion to St. Ives.
St. Ives Walking Tour
Depart the pier in Falmouth for the scenic, approximate 90-minute drive to St. Ives, home of a famous art movement that began a century ago and continues to this day. Particularly celebrated in St. Ives is the work of a young group of painters, potters and sculptors such as Bernard Leach, Shoji Hamada, Alfred Wallis, Ben Nicholson, Christopher Walker and Barbara Hepworth. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour of the village, learn about its history and local luminaries, and see renowned landmarks. Following your guided walking tour of St. Ives, your guide points out places of interest for independent exploration before you set off on your own.
St. Ives at Your Leisure
During the self-guided portion of your visit, explore St. Ives at your leisure. Sites worthy of consideration include the Tate Gallery, part of the Tate Gallery of London. This stunning building, which stands high above the magnificent surfing beach of Porthmeor, houses a varying exhibition of local and national works, including Barbara Hepworth's Museum & Sculpture Garden. Other galleries include The Leach Pottery, housing a small collection showcasing work by Leach, the world-famous ceramist who established St. Ives as a centre for ceramics. Porthminster Gallery, one of St. Ives fine art galleries, exhibits leading and emerging St. Ives painters, ceramicists and sculptors. Your vantage point from the museum affords stunning panoramic vistas over the picturesque bay and harbour.
Shopping and Dining
Alternatively, you may opt to stroll about the charming streets at your leisure, browse for local handicrafts, or simply enjoy a leisurely respite at a local café or ancient tavern. At the conclusion of your visit, meet up with your guided, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 75-minute drive back to the pier. En route, travel over the dramatic landscape of the Cornish Moors, strewn with granite outcrops and mining villages.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at the sites visited. Walking in St. Ives is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, a rain jacket or sweater, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled. The tour sequence may vary. Admissions to various sites are not included.
Indulge your senses with the splendid beauty, charm and flavours of Cornwall during this half-day coastal trek and pub lunch on the Lizard Peninsula.
Depart the pier for the approximately 45-minute drive to the stunningly beautiful Lizard Peninsula, an ongoing source of inspiration for artists and writers. With the sea on three sides and Helford River to the north, the Lizard Peninsula is almost an island; a high plateau surrounded by sea, and studded with numerous coves and beaches. As you approach the area, the typical rolling West Cornwall terrain gives way to open landscapes. At the gateway to the Lizard Peninsula is the Culdrose Royal Naval Air Station and Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station. The rocks and cliffs of the coastline offer shelter to the tiny fishing villages huddled in their coves, and look much the same today as they did centuries ago. Upon arrival in Lizard Town, the southernmost point of England, a jagged coastline of ancient rocks surrounds the moorland.
Lizard Town and Coastal Hike
Your guided trek begins in Lizard Town at Lizard Point Village, where local workshops cut and polish a rare and colourful rock that is found in the area and utilised to produce dishes, jewellery, model animals and lighthouses. Follow green lanes and footpaths leading south to some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in the country. Whilst walking along the cliff-top, which is glorious with wildflowers in summer, see the Lizard Lighthouse, a former Lloyd's Signal Station and the site of one of Marconi's experimental wireless stations. Built in 1752 to oversee one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, the lighthouse became automated in 1999. Your coastal walk turns inland, and continues along the lanes to Church Cove.
Lunch and Shopping
Upon returning to Lizard Town, proceed to the Top House Pub, formerly a coaching inn and the southernmost pub on mainland Britain. Here, relax with a traditional 'Ploughman's Lunch' consisting of soup, a combination dish of cheese or ham with salads and pickles, and a pint of English draft beer. After lunch, some free time is made available to browse the small shops in Lizard Town at your leisure before commencing the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately two hours, at times over rough, uneven and steep coastal paths, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. Walking in Lizard Town is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition, and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Please note that this tour ncludes uphill walking. Comfortable, layered clothing, a waterproof jacket or coat, sturdy, closed-toe hiking shoes are recommended. Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Explore the history and beauty of a spectacular medieval castle during this memorable excursion to St. Michael's Mount.
Marazion and St. Michael's Mount
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to the coastal village of Marazion. En route, travel alongside the banks of the River Fal, through the beautiful green countryside of Cornwall and past quaint villages, granite farmhouses and rolling downs. From Marazion, proceed to St. Michael's Mount, which may be accessible on-foot or by boat depending on the tide. The British National Trust property of St. Michael's Mount is a dramatic 12th-century castle and 14th-century priory perched on a tidal island. This dramatic, rocky island once boasted a Benedictine priory that was a daughter house to Mont St. Michel in Normandy. Portions of the Mount are also a private house, a home for over three centuries to the St. Aubyn family.
Free-flow Tour of St. Michael's Mount
Upon arrival, ascend the steep pathway to the castle entrance and take in dramatic views of Land's End and the Lizard Lighthouse. Enter the 12th-century castle through the West Door, and take in the Great Hall, St. John's Room and the Armoury. In the oldest areas of the castle are the Library and Chevy Chase Room, originally the monk's refectory. At the island's summit stands the Priory Church, still used for public worship. Following your free flow tour, some free time is made available to take photos of your picturesque surroundings or relax with a traditional Cornish cream tea in a local teashop. Afterward, walk back to the village of Marazion and enjoy some free time here before, re-boarding your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking, at times over rough, uneven, steep and slippery surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, and numerous steps inside the castle and to access the top of St. Michael's Mount. Walking at St. Michael's Mount is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition, and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable, layered clothing, a waterproof jacket or coat, sturdy, closed-toe hiking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Experience the romantic landscape of Cornwall and a traditional Cream Tea during this panoramic, half-day sightseeing excursion.
Falmouth, Fal Estuary, Cornish Countryside, Truro, Cathedral
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive up the pretty Fal Estuary and through the rugged Cornish countryside en route to the Georgian city of Truro, Cornwall's county administration centre. Upon arrival, see Truro's impressive Cathedral and enjoy panoramic views of your surrounds before continuing on towards Redruth and Camborne.
Redruth, Camborne, Countryside Drive, Poldark, Carn Brea
From Redruth and Camborne, traverse a countryside filled with charming lanes, granite cottages and Methodist chapels, then take a step back in time to the age of Poldark and tin-mining. Looming high above Redruth and Camborne is the spectacular granite tor of Carn Brea, crowned by its stark memorial to mine owner Francis Bassett.
South Coast of Cornwall, Marazion, Local Hotel, Cream Tea, Penzance, St. Michael's Mount
Your last stop along the south coast of Cornwall is at Marazion, where a photo stop offers spectacular panoramic views of St Michael's Mount. Your visit to Marazion includes a stop for a cup of traditional Cream Tea at a local hotel, which offers splendid views of Penzance and across to St Michael's Mount. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair, provided they have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to get on/off the coach on their own, and accompanied by an able-bodied companion to assist them. Comfortable, layered clothing, a waterproof jacket or coat, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled. The tour sequence may vary.
Discover the splendid natural beauty and history of Boconnoc during an exclusive, full-day excursion to this iconic, award-winning country estate.
Depart the pier for Boconnoc, a breath-taking country estate with a long and fascinating history dating from 1086. The current owners, Anthony and Elizabeth Fortescue, purchased the house and restored it back to life during a 12-year restoration project. The project was awarded the Historic Houses Association/Sotheby's Restoration Award, and the Georgian Group Architectural Award for the Restoration of a Country Mansion in 2012.
During World War II, Americans took over Boconnoc and by the time the previous owners returned, the house fell into disrepair due to a lack of money. By the early-1950s, the owners left the property and it was abandoned for 30 years. By the time Anthony and Elizabeth Fortescue bought Boconnoc and began restoring it, the entire roof had to be redone, there were plants growing through windows and you could see the top floor from the basement in one of the rooms.
Guided Walking Tour, Celtic Crosses, Bridges, Palm Trees, Lakes, Old Barns, Cottages
Today, Boconnoc has been opened especially for your exclusive, private visit. Upon arrival, you are greeted with a cup of tea or coffee, followed by a guided walking tour around the house, church and grounds. Along the way, discover why this estate, with all its diversity, is a popular film location due to the fact that it appears untouched by the 21st century and offers easy access to beautiful locations. This hidden paradise provides production companies space for filming, fashion shoots and product launches, as well as amenities that include storage, parking and wide driveways. The variety of locations on the estate are endless, from Celtic crosses, bridges, long drives, quarries, and an obelisk to palm trees, lakes, old barns and cottages.
Poetry, Lunch, Free Time
Following your tour, meet with the current owners of the property (subject to availability) and enjoy listening to a poem written about the previous owners of the house; Boconnoc by A.L. Rowse. You are then served a light lunch accompanied by a glass of wine and splendid views. After lunch, some free time is made available to stroll about the estate at your leisure, or simply relax and marvel at the natural beauty of your surrounds. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 1.5-hour drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times over uneven and grassy surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Guests who choose not to walk from the main house to the church and gardens may opt to relax in the house in front of the fire, or sit on the chairs on the lawn in front of the house. Comfortable, layered clothing, a waterproof jacket or coat, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 18 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. The driving distance between the pier and Boconnoc is approximately 1.5 hours in each direction. Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled. The tour sequence may vary.
Indulge your senses with the sub-tropical paradise of the Trebah Gardens and a traditional Cornish Cream Tea during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.
Trebah Gardens, Rare and Exotic Plants, Trees and Shrubs, Private Beach, Helford River
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to Trebah Gardens. This spectacular, approximately 26-acre (about 10.5 hectare) Cornish ravine garden is rated among the 80 finest gardens in the world, and listed as one of Cornwall's five great gardens. This sub-tropical paradise is home to a unique collection of rare and exotic plants, trees and shrubs winding down to a private, secluded beach on the Helford River.
Gardens Tour, Water Gardens, Waterfalls, Koi Carp, Rock Pools, Rare Trees and Shrubs
Upon arrival, take an exclusive guided tour of the gardens. Along the way, marvel at the water gardens with waterfalls and koi carp, glades of 100-year-old ferns and 18-foot-high (about 5.5-metre-high) giant gunneva (rhubarb). The gardens at Trebah have a long history dating back over 150 years, and are adorned with waterfalls, rock pools, rare trees and shrubs that provide an undulating carpet of colour.
Cornish Cream Tea, Cornish Coast, Pendennis Castle, Falmouth, St. Mawes, Fal Estuary
Following your tour of the gardens, proceed for a delicious traditional Cornish cream tea. Afterward, some free time is made available to explore the gardens at your leisure, or perhaps browse for souvenirs at the garden's gift shop. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach for a panoramic drive along the stunning Cornish coast, then head to Pendennis Castle for magnificent views of Falmouth, St. Mawes and the Fal Estuary. After your photo stop here, re-board you coach for the short drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.93 miles (about 1.5 kilometres), at times over steep slopes, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair, provided they have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to get on/off the coach on their own, and are accompanied by an able-bodied companion to assist them.
Comfortable, layered clothing, a waterproof jacket or coat, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Due to the local climate, most of the coaches are air-cooled. The tour sequence may vary.