In English style: active walking tours and authentic spots in English hinterland (including acquaintance with Cotswold, Devon, and Cornwall)
As every country, England is full of stereotypes: tea, endless rains, and cold castles of the old aristocracy. But England also has the other side: which is sunny, green, and truly boundless. Each County here is saturated with its own traditions and peculiarities of the mentality. Did you know that England has its own cheeses, an island which is twinned with the famous Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy, subtropical garden, and even the church with an entrance on the roof? If you are ready to open various English landscapes – to Visit of of sumptuous gardens in the walls of the ancient abbey, to make a stroll through the hills of the limestone gorge in the middle of the country, to breath a fresh air of Atlantic, and to taste the real English cider – then this trip is ideated for you!
For less than two weeks we are going to visit one of the most interesting counties of the western part of the British island and shall see that England seems to be boring only at first site. It is really a highly diverse!
Flight to London
Flight to London. Arrival, accommodation in hotel. Evening sightseeing walk is possible.
A big sightseeing city tour
A big sightseeing city tour with photo breaks in the most beautiful spots. London is not simply the capital of the Great Britain. This is, above all, a modern metropolis, world cultural and financial center which constitutes a heart of rich historical past as well as contemporary prospects of the new social tendencies. You will get acquainted with the most prominent city landmarks including Westminster and the City; Trafalgar Square with the National Gallery, Thames embankments, green parks; Buckingham Palace and many other places. The Visit of one of the famous London museums in the afternoon: the Tower* (excursion in the Medieval exposition; Royal Treasury; and – if possible – Visit of St. Peter and Vikula Church where Anne Boleyn, the most well-known wife of Henry VIII, was buried) or Westminster Abbey* – the traditional coronation and burial place of British Monarchs. Free time. Return to hotel.
Moving toWindsor. Visit of the famous castle, one of the oldest royal residences and immutable symbol of the British monarchy, and the Royal Chapel of St. George* where many sacred services, marriages, and burial took place. An English lunch will be organized by request*. Moving to Bath – an ancient city which was founded in the era of the Roman Empire and is well-known for its mineral springs. An acquaintance with the city and its main sights (the abbey, Pulteney Bridge, Roman baths etc.). A free time for shopping. Overnight in hotel on the way. **(it is possible to change Bath for Oxford by request).
Moving to Cotswold
Moving to Cotswold. An acquaintance with the old district of Gloucestershire County where colorful houses of the 17-18th centuries are preserved. The visit of the most famous and beautiful places – Abbey Manor Gardens in Malmesbury* (the old abbey of the 12th century is proud of its splendid gardens), Bourton-on-the-Water (visit of the Model Village*, lunch). Evening walk through Gloucester and its cathedral. Return to hotel.
Moving to Somerset County
Moving to Somerset County. The visit of Cheddar village well-known for its Cheddar cheese. The visit of the Cheddar Gorge* where the most ancient human skeleton was founded (about 9000 years ago). The trekking through the Gorge is possible under favorable weather conditions. Testing of some cheese tastes*. Moving to Wells, an acquaintance with the smallest town of England. Moving to Devonshire County. Overnight in hotel on the way (near Exeter).
Excursion in Exeter
Excursion in Exeter, the main and oldest town of Devonshire. A free time for photo breaks. The trip to the Dartmoor National Park* which implies the valleys, marshlands, moorlands with granite boulders of various forms. These are precisely the places which inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for the creation his famous novel “The Hound of Baskerville”. A little trip in the central part of the Park (in Haytor Vale). An organized lunch*. An evening walk in Totnes, the town of the artists. Return to hotel.
Moving to north
Moving to north. Visit of the most beautiful places of the Devon – fishing village Clovelly*, the really open-air museum. Then visit of the well-known spots connected with King Arthur legends – the ruins of Tintagel castle*. Photo break near Boscastle. Moving to hotel. Overnight near Cornwall. Under favourable conditions it is possible to visit St. Enodoc Church. It was almost sinking into the sand. Every year a vicar with parishioners came here through the roof to conduct the service. **The location of the hotel is highly recommended near St. Ives with its magnificent sandy beaches.
Free and leisure time in the town
Free and leisure time in the town. It is possible to swim in the St. Ives bay. The trip to the western point of the United Kingdom in the afternoon – the Land’s End*. From September till May it is also possible to visit the Minack theatre, an open-air theatre which was built on the cliff of the Atlantic Ocean. Return to hotel.
Free time or additional excursions*
Free time or additional excursions*. The Visit of of of St. Michael Mount, an island and former monastery which is nicknamed as the ‘younger brother’ of the French Mont-Saint-Michel. Then visit of the Trebah Gardens, the big subtropical garden, one of the most popular botanical gardens in England (it includes rhododendrons and camellias, flowers and vegetable gardens, a wild zone with subtropical Australian ferns and palm trees and many other interesting things). Return to hotel.
Moving to Truro town
Moving to Truro town. Acquaintance with the capital of Cornwall. Free time. Excursion to a cider farm is by request* (+tasting). Moving to Polperro, a ‘pearl’ of the south coast of Cornwall (the Visit of of of Fowye as an alternative). Moving to Salisbury. Overnight in hotel on the way.
Visit of the ancient town Salisbury
Visit of the ancient town Salisbury. The symbol of the town is its splendid cathedral, a pure example of the early English Gothic style and the highest building of the medieval England (its spire is 123 m). Free time. The trip to Wilton house* is by request. The house is presented the Wiltshire estate of the dukes of Pembroke who own the richest art collections including the masterpieces painted by Rubens, Van Dyke, Rembrandt, Del Sarto, Chippendale and many others. The trip to Durdle Door, the well-known cliff on the south coast, is in the afternoon. Return to hotel.
Moving to Brighton
Moving to Brighton. An acquaintance with the seaside town. Additional excursion into Arundel castle* which was founded in the times of William the Conqueror. The tulip festival is usually organized in April. A night near Brighton.
Moving to London
Moving to London. The end of the program.
WHO IS SUITABLE FOR
For the British culture lovers
For mountains, trekking, and little medieval villages lovers
For the lovers of British small villages and its traditions