The Enchanting Isles Of Scilly
Like Nowhere Else in EnglandOutstandingly beautiful, uncrowded and unspoilt - The Isles of Scilly lie just 28 miles off the rugged coast of Cornwall but are a world apart in every way. 140 isles in total, five of which are inhabited, this compact cluster of precious ocean jewels are all you need for escape and adventure. Wild landscapes, footprint-less expanses of snow-white sandy beaches and gentle swirls of crystal clear, glittering sea surrounds these treasures of the Atlantic Ocean. A natural wonder where nature thrives and the soul is inspired. Everything looks and feels quite different on Scilly - simpler, kinder, more innocent. Life moves at an easier pace. So with the space and freedom to do everything, or nothing - a visit to England's enchanting archipelago guarantees a magical, unforgettable experience. Join us for this wonderful island escape staying for 4 nights in the welcoming Bell Rock Hotel on St Mary's with an included visit to the world-famous Abbey Gardens on Tresco. Overnight stays in Penzance out and back.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Like Nowhere Else in EnglandNew 7-day tourPlease note that due to the nature of this holiday, a good level of fitness is required and that guests with mobility difficulties may be limited in their enjoyment. The coach does not travel with you to the Scilly Isles and there is a good amount of walking required. Please also remember that all sea journeys are subject to prevailing weather and tidal conditions and that the itinerary may have to be varied and adapted accordingly.
Day 1 - After boarding your holiday coach head off to the South West, stopping for lunch and refreshments on your way. Check in later to the excellent 3* Queens Hotel in Penzance, located right on the promenade with wonderful views over Mount's Bay. Overnight stay with breakfast and dinner included.
Day 2 - After an early breakfast, it's time to head to the Penzance ferry terminal to board the morning Scillonian III ferry crossing to St Mary's. Your Crusader coach does not travel with you to the Scilly Isles but your driver will accompany you throughout and act as your tour guide. The crossing takes around 2hrs and 45 minutes, giving you a unique perspective of some of Cornwall’s most iconic coastline. There are comfy, reclining seats as well as an on-board café.
Upon arrival on St Mary's at around midday, your luggage will be transferred to the hotel whilst passengers walk (approx.10 mins). Check in time is normally around 14.00 and in case rooms are not ready, you may like to explore compact Hugh Town, St Mary's main town with its cluster of shops, churches, post office, cafés, galleries, restaurants and pubs. It also has three lovely beaches in very close proximity – Porthcressa, Town Beach, the perfect spot to watch the comings and goings on the Quay and Porthmellon. Check into the Bell Rock Hotel for 4 nights with dinner included on 3 nights (NB the hotel restaurant is closed on Wednesdays allowing you the opportunity to try one of the local eateries at your leisure. Pre-booking may be required to guarantee a reservation)
Day 3 - 5 At leisure in Hugh Town with two included excursions.
The hotel is ideally situated in Hugh Town in a level position, midway between Town Beach to the front and Porthcressa Bay to the rear - both beaches are about 100 yards away. The location is very convenient, quiet and central with shops, entertainment and the museum close by. The quay is less than 10 minutes walk, with boats to Tresco, Bryher, St Agnes and St Martins daily in the season (subject to weather and tides). Your driver will be able to assist you with trips out by boat or local bus and sightseeing ideas during your free time
Introductory Tour of St Mary's
Take an orientation tour of St Mary's, the Isles of Scilly’s largest island (population 1,800) and the gateway to the rest of the islands. Covering an area a little more than 6 square miles, it’s still not exactly bustling. The coastline features large stretches of deserted white sandy beaches, dramatic rocky coves, stunning seascapes, amazing archaeological sites, beautiful walks and scenery along miles of coastal and country paths and nature trails. Old Town is the other “major” settlement on St. Mary’s, with its own beautiful beach, nature reserve and Old Town Church where Sir Harold Wilson is buried. This tour is operated in local minibusses.
Tresco & Abbey Garden
Take a boat trip out to Tresco, the second largest of the islands and a subtropical gem. It is the only one of the islands to be privately-owned and is currently cared for by Lucy and Robert Dorrien-Smith. This island has a little bit of everything – from dramatic rocky outcrops, bronze age burial sites and romantic castle ruins, to secluded sandy beaches and, of course, the world famous Tresco Abbey Garden (entrance included) which was established in the 1830s by Augustus Smith. This horticultural paradise hosts a spectacular collection of more than 20,000 exotic plants from all corners of the world – many of which cannot be grown anywhere else in Britain. The Valhalla collection within the Garden is equally impressive with its colourful display of figureheads salvaged from the islands’ shipwrecks.
Credit: Visit Isles of ScillyDay 6 - Enjoy your last day on St Mary's today before meeting to stroll back to the quay (luggage will be transferred) to take the afternoon ferry back to the mainland. Arrive in Penzance at around 19.15 where dinner awaits you back at the Queen's Hotel, your overnight stop for the last night of your holiday. DBB
Day 7 - After breakfast it is time to check out and board your Crusader coach to head back to interchange with comfort / refreshment stops en-route. Return to your home town this evening with plenty of wonderful memories of the enchanting Scilly Isles
- Hotel for 4 nights in St Mary's with breakfast
- Dinner on 3 nights in St Mary's
- Porterage assistance at the hotel in St Mary's
- Overnight hotel for 2 nights in Penzance with breakfast & dinner
- Tea/coffee after dinner
- Free use of leisure facilities
- Return ferry crossing form Penzance to St Mary's
- Return luggage transfer between ferry and hotel
- Introductory tour of St Mary's by local minibus
- Day out to Tresco with return boat trip and entrance to Abbey Garden
- Services of Crusader Tour Driver throughout
4 nights in Hugh Town / 2 overnights in PenzanceThe Bell Rock Hotel, Hugh Town (4 nights)
This small, friendly and very popular 2* hotel has been welcoming guests for over 100 years. It is ideally situated in a level position, midway between Town Beach to the front and Porthcressa Bay to the rear - both beaches are about 100 yards away. The location is very convenient, quiet and central with shops, entertainment and the museum close by. The harbour is less than 10 minutes' walk. The Bell Rock has a relaxed and informal atmosphere and enjoys a high level of personal, attentive service. There are just 20 cosy and well equipped bedrooms, all featuring TV, radio, hairdryer, WiFi and tea / coffee making facilities. The historic hotel building is Grade II listed with bedrooms located across 4 floors. There is no lift but there are some ground floor rooms, although guests will encounter steps throughout. There is a restaurant and the indoor heated swimming pool is open daily 08.00 - 18.00
The Queens Hotel, Penzance (Overnight stays only)
This traditional 3* hotel on Penzance's promenade offers wonderful views over to St Michaels Mount and is just a short walk to the harbour. Classic rooms have tea/coffee facilities, TV and WiFi and there is a lift to both main floors but there are some steps to some rooms. (Seaview rooms are subject to supplement and availability on request). NB porterage is not available at this hotel Back to top