2022 St Ives & The Isles Of Scilly
The ever-popular seaside resort of St. Ives is a haven for artists, holidaymakers and anyone who appreciates just how breathtaking England’s coast can be. Boasting gorgeous sandy beaches, delightful fishermen’s cottages, cobbled streets and an array of wonderfully enticing boutique and independent shops, visitors are sure to enjoy exploring this pretty Cornish port. Once a busy pilchard harbour, St Ives later became the centre of Cornwall's arts scene in the 1920s and '30s, when luminary figures such as Barbara Hepworth arrived in search of artistic freedom. St Ives still retains its artistic connections with numerous galleries including the renowned Tate St Ives. This tour includes a fantastic day out to the Isles of Scilly, a true tropical paradise with sandy beaches and exotic vegetation. The Isles of Scilly feels like a different world – there are no traffic jams, no supermarkets, no multinational hotels and the only noise pollution comes form breaking waves and cawing gulls!
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1 After joining your holiday coach, head to the west country with suitable stops for lunch and refreshments. Arrive at your hotel in St Ives for 6 nights. DBB
Day 2 – 6 At leisure in St Ives with three included excursions
Your hotel is in a great location above the award-winning Porthminster Beach, the most impressive of the town beaches, with an attractive arc of soft golden sand that's usually sheltered from the wind by the cliffs. The main attractions of the town are close by, just a 10-minute walk away (downhill) - there is a public bus service back up (check timings locally). You may like to visit the illustrious Tate St Ives (entrance approx. £12 pp in 2021) which has had a multimillion-pound refurb. The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden offers a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain’s most important 20th century artists (entrance approx. £8 pp in 2021)
Penzance & Land’s End
Famous for its pirates, well, the singing variety anyway, Penzance is a historic port on the south facing shores of Mount's Bay and has one of the mildest climates in the UK. One of the striking things about the town is the abundance of palm trees and gardens full of sub-tropical plants, a sure sign that you have arrived somewhere unique made even more special by the sight of St Michael's Mount out to sea that seems to hover magically over the water. Take a stroll along the magnificent promenade and enjoy the mix of galleries, restaurants and shops. Then discover the scenic delights of one of the world’s best loved landmarks at legendary Land’s End
Isles of Scilly for the Day
Board the morning ferry from Penzance for the crossing (2h45m) to the largest island, St Mary’s for a unique perspective of some of Cornwall’s most iconic coastline. There are comfy, reclining seats as well as on-board café. Only 28 miles west of the mainland, the Isles of Scilly feel like a different world – azure seas, white sand beaches, sub-tropical gardens and one of the warmest climates in the UK. Encompassing an area of less than 2.5 square miles St Mary’s has an intimate atmosphere that exudes small island life. For those feeling especially spritely a walk around the island might be in order. Explore Hugh Town or take a local bus (fare not included) to enjoy the wonderful sights of the island. Return to the mainland later this afternoon
Trebah Garden & Falmouth River Cruise
Enjoy a visit to Trebah Garden, a sub-tropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop. Experience the magical essence of one of the great gardens of Cornwall and explore under canopies bursting with exotic blooms and follow vibrant tunnels of colour that cascade down to a secluded private beach on the Helford River. Head into Falmouth before embarking on a 45-minute scenic ferry cruise along the Fal River, sailing through an AONB passing Tudor castles, deep sided wooded valleys, historic houses and an abundance of marine activity. Disembark at Trelissick where your coach awaits to take you back to St Ives
Day 7 - After breakfast, return homewards, arriving back at your local joining points early to mid-eveningBack to top
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St Ives Bay Hotel
Set on a cliff above St. Ives, this modest 3* hotel enjoys an exceptional elevated location above the award-winning Porthminster Beach’s golden sands.
The town is less than 10 minutes downhill (local public bus back up). Guests can enjoy views across the bay from the spacious public areas including the restaurant, comfortable bar, lounge and a courtyard terrace.
The comfortably furnished guestrooms all have flat-screen TV, hairdryer, iron and tea / coffee making facilities. Please note that bedrooms may be compact.
There is a lift to most bedrooms but there are some internal steps (including within the bar area) as well as at the hotel entrance