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Southern England & Stonehenge - 7 days map

Uncover the best of Southern England in a week on this group tour from London. Explore the Isle of Wight, including the holiday home of Queen Victoria and see the mysterious Neolithic Stonehenge. Visit the purported birthplace of King Arthur at Tintagel Castle, drive through the wild landscapes of Dartmoor and spend two nights in coastal Exeter. Wander around the pretty Cornish village of Port Isaac, see St Michael's Mount and admire the view from Land's End, the UK's most westerly point. Stop in Glastonbury to see the 7th century abbey on your way back to London.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Guesthouse Prices/Dates
Hotel Prices/Dates

Trip Highlights

Isle of Wight - Visit Queen Victoria's holiday home at Osborne House, see The Needles sea stacks and explore ancient Quarr Abbey
Stonehenge - Marvel at the UNESCO-listed stone circle, shrouded in mystery and dating back many centuries
Port Isaac - Stroll around this pretty Cornish fishing village, filming location for the TV show 'Doc Martin' starring Martin Clunes
Tintagel Castle - Discover this historic ruined castle on an included visit, purportedly the birthplace of King Arthur
Winchester - Explore the former capital of Anglo-Saxon England independently, long associated with Alfred the Great
Exeter - Spend two nights in this popular coastal Devon city, with free time to take in the cathedral, city walls, and more
Minack Theatre - Take in this cliff-top open air theatre, dating back to 1930 and boasting magnificent ocean views
Land's End - Admire the view out to sea from the United Kingdom's most westerly point

Included

6 breakfasts
Escorted by a local driver-guide
Entrance to Stonehenge
Transportation in 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach with air-conditioning
All road tolls
Note: This tour is operated in conjunction with our trusted partner and you will join travellers from different operators, not solely On The Go.
6 nights simple guesthouse (hotel upgrade available)
Entrance to Osborne House
Admission to Tintagel Castle
Return ferry from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight
14kg luggage - see Trip Notes for details

Not Included

International flights & visas
Meals not specified in itinerary
Entry fees unless specified
Airport transfers (pick up and drop off information can be found in the Trip Notes)
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture!

Itinerary

Day 1

Portsmouth & Isle of Wight ferry

London - Portsmouth - Isle of Wight. Setting off from London, we head south to the coastal city of Portsmouth. There's free time here to grab some lunch and there may be time to climb to the top of Spinnaker Tower for views of the city and the Isle of Wight. You could also follow the historic harbor trails or visit King Henry VIII's warship, the Mary Rose. Then, it's time to board the ferry for our crossing to the Isle of Wight. The journey takes less than an hour and you can enjoy drinks and snacks onboard.

Arriving on the Isle of Wight, our first visit is to Quarr Abbey, a beautiful building blending French, Byzantine and Moorish architecture and design. We then make our way to the small village of Shanklin, where the evening is at leisure.

Please note: Check-in closes at 09:00 on day 1 (tour departs at 09:15) - Stance 3, Greenline Coach Terminal London, Bulleid Way, Victoria, London, SW1W 9SH.

Accommodation: Somerton Lodge, Knights Rest, St Leonards or similar
Overnight: Isle of Wight

Day 2

Exploring the Isle of Wight

Today we are exploring the Isle of Wight. Departing after breakfast, our first stop is the Yarborough Monument. Celebrating the life of a wealthy earl from the 19th century, this is the tallest monument on the island. We also make a photo stop at Brading Downs, where endless green fields roll across the landscape.

Next we enjoy an included visit to the holiday home of one of England's most famous monarchs - Queen Victoria. She once said of Osborne House "it is harder to imagine a prettier spot" and you will find yourself agreeing with her as you explore the house and its pristine gardens. Built in an Italian style, Osborne House is equally as impressive on the inside, with golden rooms and historically important artifacts and furniture.

From the man-made to the natural, we then visit the main natural feature on the Isle of Wight. The Needles are a series of white stacks protruding from the ocean. Photograph them from the shore or opt for a boat ride out to The Needles for a closer look.

As the sun begins to set, we make a final stop at St Catherine's Down to admire the cliffs and surrounding green valleys. Watch the sunset before we return to Shanklin for the evening.

Accommodation: Somerton Lodge, Knights Rest, St Leonards or similar
Overnight: Isle of Wight  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Winchester & Stonehenge

Isle of Wight - Portsmouth - Winchester - Stonehenge - Exeter. This morning we catch the return ferry back to Portsmouth, and make our way to the historic city of Winchester. Once the capital of Anglo-Saxon England, Winchester is famous for its association with Alfred the Great and is home to a majestic cathedral and the impressive Norman Great Hall. There's free time to take in some of these sights, enjoy a coffee in a quaint local cafe, or browse one or more of the local museums.

In Winchester we meet a new guide and change vehicles before heading to Stonehenge. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stonehenge has been meticulously preserved. The award-winning visitor center offers a fascinating exhibition showcasing hundreds of prehistoric artifacts from the Stonehenge collection. A land train shuttle takes you to the iconic stone circles, which are known worldwide.

Next, we proceed to Exeter in Devon, a significant fortified settlement during Roman times. This charming city serves as our base for two nights, allowing ample time to delve into its rich history and cultural offerings.

Accommodation: Exeter Townhouse, Telstar or similar
Overnight: Exeter  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Dartmoor & Exeter free time

Exeter - Dartmoor - Exeter. Today we experience the breathtaking beauty of Dartmoor, an isolated and windswept landscape adorned with stunning rock formations. As we traverse the moor, you'll have the opportunity to witness native ponies grazing peacefully amidst the wilderness. Dartmoor is also home to a rich variety of plant and animal life, providing a sensory feast of sights, sounds, and smells.

During our journey, you'll have the chance to cross the historic Clapper Bridge at Postbridge before we make our way to Tavistock. This quaint market town holds great historical significance, with its claim as the birthplace of the esteemed explorer Sir Francis Drake.

Upon returning to Exeter in the early afternoon, you'll have ample time to immerse yourself in the city's ancient treasures at a relaxed pace. Discover the remnants of the city walls, marvel at the majestic Norman cathedral, explore the captivating Royal Albert Memorial, and soak in the ambiance of the Quayside. If staying in Torquay, the afternoon will also be free to explore.

Accommodation: Exeter Townhouse, Telstar or similar
Overnight: Exeter  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Captivating Cornwall

Exeter - Falmouth. In Cornwall, England's most western county, Arthurian legend merges with real Celtic history. Our day begins with a trip to the North Cornish coast and the charming Elizabethan fishing village of Boscastle. There is free time here to sample a delightful cream tea, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the headland, or explore the fascinating Museum of Witchcraft for a glimpse into the world of spells and magic.

We continue to the village of Tintagel, where the majestic ruins of its headland Castle stand. This iconic setting is believed to be the legendary birthplace of King Arthur. After satisfying your appetite with a delicious lunch, proceed to Port Isaac, a picturesque fishing village famous for its association with the television show "Doc Martin." Fall in love with the scenic beauty of this charming village and immerse yourself in its unique atmosphere.

Accommodation: Poltair, Gyllyngvase House or similar
Overnight: Falmouth  |  Breakfast

Day 6

St Michael's Mount, Land's End & St Ives

Falmouth - St Michael's Mount - Land's End - St Ives - Falmouth. Today, we will be exploring the most westerly point of England. Our first stop will be the island community of St. Michael's Mount. After a brief visit, we will continue our journey to the unique and breathtaking Minack Theater, which overlooks a powerful ocean and the stunning Porthcurno beach, managed by the National Trust.

Next, we will visit Land's End, a location famous for its association with the Cornish tin mining heritage and also featured in the popular TV series Poldark. Land's End isn't quite the most southerly point in the UK, but it's the furthest point from John O'Groats in the far north. As we travel through the landscapes, you will notice the remnants of the mining industry that once thrived in this area.

Our final destination for the day will be St. Ives, a charming town known for its vibrant art scene. You will have the opportunity to explore the numerous galleries tucked away in the narrow streets by the harbor. We will then return to Falmouth for the night.

Please note: During the winter season, the Minack Theater will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. However, it will reopen seven days a week around Easter. As a result, tours departing on Fridays or Saturdays will be unable to visit the theatre. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Accommodation: Poltair, Gyllyngvase House or similar
Overnight: Falmouth  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Glastonbury & return to London

Falmouth - Glastonbury - London. In the morning, we bid farewell to Cornwall and make our way across Bodmin Moor, a rugged moorland recognized as an outstanding area of natural beauty. Before leaving Cornwall, there will be a brief stop, following which we will continue our journey to Glastonbury. Here, you will have the opportunity to explore the remains of a 7th-century Abbey, enjoy a leisurely lunch, or climb Glastonbury Tor to take in the panoramic views of five counties. Glastonbury is home to the UK's most popular music festival, famous with music lovers the world over. From Glastonbury, we will return to London, where your tour comes to an end.

Please note: This tour ends at 19:30 - London Victoria Drop Off, Stance 3, Greenline Coach Terminal, Bulleid Way, Victoria, London, SW1W 9SH.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates are guaranteed with 2 travellers. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to all solo travellers, or if your booking party cannot reach the minimum of 2 persons in a room. Single Rooms can also be booked by any other person wanting the comfort and privacy of their own room.

2024
Twin Share
Single Room
29 Jun - 05 Jul 25% off
USD $2,635
USD $1,976
USD $3,065
USD $2,299
06 Jul - 12 Jul 25% off
USD $2,635
USD $1,976
USD $3,065
USD $2,299
03 Aug - 09 Aug 25% off
USD $2,635
USD $1,976
USD $3,065
USD $2,299
10 Aug - 16 Aug 25% off
USD $2,635
USD $1,976
USD $3,065
USD $2,299
17 Aug - 23 Aug 25% off
USD $2,635
USD $1,976
USD $3,065
USD $2,299
31 Aug - 06 Sep 25% off
USD $2,635
USD $1,976
USD $3,065
USD $2,299
07 Sep - 13 Sep 25% off
USD $2,635
USD $1,976
USD $3,065
USD $2,299
05 Oct - 11 Oct 25% off
USD $2,505
USD $1,879
USD $2,935
USD $2,201
12 Oct - 18 Oct 25% off
USD $2,505
USD $1,879
USD $2,935
USD $2,201
19 Oct - 25 Oct 25% off
USD $2,505
USD $1,879
USD $2,935
USD $2,201

Prices & Dates

Departure dates are guaranteed with 2 travellers. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to all solo travellers, or if your booking party cannot reach the minimum of 2 persons in a room. Single Rooms can also be booked by any other person wanting the comfort and privacy of their own room.

2024
Twin Share
Single Room
29 Jun - 05 Jul 25% off
USD $2,915
USD $2,186
USD $3,265
USD $2,449
06 Jul - 12 Jul 25% off
USD $2,915
USD $2,186
USD $3,265
USD $2,449
03 Aug - 09 Aug 25% off
USD $2,915
USD $2,186
USD $3,265
USD $2,449
10 Aug - 16 Aug 25% off
USD $2,915
USD $2,186
USD $3,265
USD $2,449
17 Aug - 23 Aug 25% off
USD $2,915
USD $2,186
USD $3,265
USD $2,449
31 Aug - 06 Sep 25% off
USD $2,915
USD $2,186
USD $3,265
USD $2,449
07 Sep - 13 Sep 25% off
USD $2,915
USD $2,186
USD $3,265
USD $2,449
05 Oct - 11 Oct 25% off
USD $2,785
USD $2,089
USD $3,135
USD $2,351
12 Oct - 18 Oct 25% off
USD $2,785
USD $2,089
USD $3,135
USD $2,351
19 Oct - 25 Oct 25% off
USD $2,785
USD $2,089
USD $3,135
USD $2,351

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
London
Ends
London
Departs
Saturdays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 16
Hotel Rating
Simple guesthouse (hotel upgrade available)
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 6
Countries
Minimum Age
5 years, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
No
Dep. Transfer
No
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