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Glorious Isles of Scilly

Experience the character and charm of the Isles of Scilly on our exciting new tour. Journey along the English Riviera, discover Cornwall's cathedral city of Truro, admire the iconic Cornish coastline, and stay in the beautiful Star Castle Hotel. Enjoy commanding views of the archipelago, immerse yourself into island life, and marvel at the natural beauty of these isles plus partake in a vineyard tour and tasting, and sample some of the best seafood caught on the hotel's very own fishing boat.

View Dates & Book

8 days from £2529

 

DEPARTS

Sunday 7 July 2024

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Relax in quality 4-star hotels throughout the tour
  • Travel by ferry with breathtaking views of the Cornish coastline

  • Free time to explore the Cornish cathedral city of Truro

  • Relax on boat trips from St Mary’s Quay

  • Marvel at magical clear blue Atlantic waters and sparkling silver sands

  • Visit Tresco Abbey Garden to discover exotic plants

  • Watch abundant wildlife – seal and bird colonies

  • Enjoy a guided tour & tasting at the Star Castle Vineyard

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

 

 

DAY 1

Those booking rail travel with us will take the famous English Riviera coastal journey to Truro. On arrival, we transfer to stay for one night at the lovely Alverton Hotel where we enjoy our first evening meal together.

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DAY 2

This morning will be an early start with a packed breakfast provided as we join our private coach which will transfer us to Penzance Harbour in time to board our ferry to the islands. The crossing will take around 2hr 45mins and will give a unique perspective of Cornwall's iconic coastline. On arrival our luggage will be transferred whilst we enjoy some of our first breathtaking views of the island as we walk the short distance from the harbour to the hotel. After check-in, the rest of the day is at leisure to explore our new surroundings before we reconvene for our evening meal together.

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DAY 3

Today, after a hearty breakfast, we join our introductory tour of St Mary's exploring the history and sights of this beautiful part of the archipelago. There will be plenty of opportunities to make photo stops as we pass by the old town and beautiful stretches of white sand beaches. The afternoon is free for you to explore the many beautiful coastal walking paths or relax and take in the laid-back pace of island life. This evening we will have our evening meal together.

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DAY 4

This morning we walk to the quay and take the ferry to the magnificent island of Tresco. Lying at the heart of the archipelago, 28 miles off the Cornish coast, Tresco is an area of outstanding natural beauty, and the island enjoys a mild climate year-round. We enjoy a visit to the Tresco Abbey Garden which contains plants from all over the world and is renowned as one of the best sub-tropical collections in the Northern Hemisphere. After exploring the beauty of this island, we retrace our steps back to St Mary's and reconvene for our evening meal.

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DAY 5

After a leisurely breakfast, there will be chance to embark on a recommended trip or walk before we reconvene at the hotel for a vineyard tour and wine tasting. The Star Castle's HolyVale Vineyard has been producing fine wines which are available to taste as part of a tour during the summer months which will last around 2 hours and will take you through the fascinating history and story of the vineyard. Afterwards we will enjoy our evening meal together.

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DAY 6

This morning, after breakfast, you have time at leisure to enjoy a further excursion or relax in St Mary's. We will need to be checked out of the hotel by 10:30 and our luggage will be securely stored until our departure. Our ferry returning to Penzance is scheduled to depart late-afternoon and, on arrival, our private coach will transfer us back to the Alverton Hotel in Truro where a hot buffet will be available.

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DAY 7

After breakfast today we have time at leisure to explore Truro, this small and compact city has a wealth of history, and no visit would be complete without taking in the gothic style cathedral - join a guided tour or simply take in the stunning architecture. The Royal Cornwall Museum hosts many exhibits with some artifacts dating back to the prehistoric times and, on Saturdays, you can enjoy the outdoor "Lemon Street Market" selling everything from fresh produce to antique books. There is also a myriad of independent shops and restaurants to explore. This small city is sure to leave a big impression! In the evening we will enjoy our final evening meal together.

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DAY 8

After breakfast it's time to bid farewell to The Alverton and journey homeward.

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HOTELS

The Alverton, Truro

This charming hotel is a former convent and a Grade 2 listed building. Creating an atmosphere of times gone by with its ivy clad walls and archways, it really is a destination in itself. Each room is individual and have beautifully appointed bathrooms, tea/coffee making facilities, wide screen TV’s, vintage DAB radios, and hairdryers. The Alverton restaurant is a treat for the taste buds serving a wide range of dishes. Why not enjoy a drink on the beautiful terrace overlooking the manicured lawns, or tuck into a traditional cream tea.

 

Star Castle Hotel, St Mary’s

Star Castle Hotel is a family-run hotel just a short stroll from the centre of St Mary’s Island and harbour, with stunning views of the archipelago. The hotel has award-winning restaurants offering the best fresh lobster and crab caught by hotel owner, Mr Robert Francis, aboard ‘Gallos’, the hotel’s own fishing boat. The 38 bedrooms at Star Castle boast traditional and spacious accommodation in 4 acres of gardens, featuring tea/coffee making facilities, TVs, hairdryers, dressing gowns, ironing boards and irons (on request), and white fluffy bath and hand towels. Facilities also include an indoor heated swimming pool and tennis court.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First

Standard

London: Paddington

£2,789

£2,695

Greater London

£2,805

£2,705

South of England

£2,819

£2,715

East Anglia

£2,859

£2,739

South West

N/A

£2,595

Heart of England

£2,829

£2,725

The Midlands

£2,935

£2,735

Yorkshire

£3,015

£2,785

North East

£3,115

£2,849

North West

£2,969

£2,759

South Wales

£3,009

£2,705

North Wales

£3,029

£2,805

Scotland

£3,155

£2,865


**Please Note: Some local and regional train services are Standard Class seating only and First Class ticket holders will travel in standard class accommodation for these sections of their journey.

 

Join & Leave at Hotel £2,529

 

Single Room Supplement £330

 

7 nights’ bed, breakfast & table d’hôte evening meal plus 1 packed breakfast and 1 hot evening buffet

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

**This tour is dependent on ferry sailings which are dictated by tides, weather and a number of other factors which can change at short notice.

 

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