DESTINATION: Plymouth and Cornwall.
NUMBER OF PEOPLE: 12 (based on small coach requirements and maximum number of passengers on the ship)
DURATION: 10 Days with an optional 4 Day extension to travel to Bath and Wells for further Poldark locations OR with 4 Day optional Garden and Luxury Stay Extension in Cornwall.
Mayflower 400 Tour of Plymouth and Plymouth’s Poldark connections. Sailing from the Mayflower steps on a historic tall ship featured in the POLDARK series, to Charlestown in Cornwall, Then a week of Ultimate Poldark and the highlights of Cornwall and its rich heritage.
Arrival day. Check in to either Boringdon Hall or St Elizabeth’s Hotel, Enjoy the rich surroundings of the hotel and perhaps a relaxing spa treatment to start the vacation feeling wonderful. Dinner.
9.00: Depart for tour of Plymouth with local historian. Taking in Plymouth Hoe for its relevance to Plymouth’s history and the site where Sir Francis Drake decided to finish his game of bowls before defeating the Spanish Armada.
10.30: Visit to Royal William Yard, originally the naval victualling yard base for the Royal Navy. Now a vibrant community of restaurants and apartments overlooking the Tamar River and Plymouth Sound.
COFFEE & COMFORT STOP
11.00: Visit to Saltram House, National Trust estate overlooking the River Plym.
LUNCH STOP in the National Trust restaurant.
13.30: Drive out to Yelverton, Tavistock and Princetown on Dartmoor.
16.00: Visit to National Trust property; Buckland Abbey, previously home to Sir Francis Drake
Return to hotel
9.00: Check out and depart for tour of The Barbican, Plymouth Gin, the Mayflower Museum and Mayflower Steps
COFFEE & COMFORT STOP before boarding
11.00: Sailing in the wake of the Mayflower on the PHOENIX: (MAXIMUM OF 12 PASSENGERS)
Depending on tides, weather and safety; you will embark the historic tall ship: the PHOENIX, from one of three quays. Made famous in countless films and TV productions the Phoenix will sail you into Cornwall, partially re-creating the historic passage that the Mayflower took in 1620. Rather than putting in to Newlyn to replenish water however, you will sail for approximately 4+ hours into the historic port of Charlestown harbour. Stepping ashore and back in time you will be greeted by a harbour dressed in its 18th century guise AS FEATURED IN POLDARK.
Here you will stay for the night in the Pier House Hotel, overlooking the harbour and the sea. Our guide will regale you with a tour of all the Poldark moments filmed here.
Dinner and Overnight Stay.
( Landlubbers! For those not wishing to sail in the wake of the Mayflower, they may travel to Charlestown by road, but we are guessing most people would book on this specifically to sail into Cornwall!)
Day 4: CHARLESTOWN Harbour. Wheal Martyn Museum, The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Truro, Royal Cornwall Museum
9.30: Check out and depart Charlestown for the start of your Ultimate POLDARK six days in Cornwall.
9.45: Travel to the centre of China Clay country to Wheal Martyn Museum to complete your understanding of the history of Charlestown harbour and the mining heritage that built it.
COFFEE & COMFORT STOP
11.30: We then drive to The Lost Gardens of Heligan,
After a tour of these spectacular historic gardens we will have time for some shopping in one of the best gift shops in Cornwall.
14.30: Drive to Truro with its Poldark connections and visit the Royal Cornwall Museum for an insight into the heritage that shapes modern day Cornwall
Check into The Alverton for three night stay.
Day 5: (Poldark’s Cornwall EXCLUSIVE) Poldark Tour of NAMPARA, Bodmin Jail, Bodmin Moor and Lanhydrock
9.30: Leave the Alverton
10.30: arrive Bodmin Jail for a view of this immense penal facility dating back to Georgian times. The site of the jail in which Ross spent the night.
COFFEE & COMFORT STOP
10.30: Drive northwards to Bodmin Moor.
11.30: We have EXCLUSIVE permission to accompany you to the beautiful 12th century farmhouse used as “Nampara”. Walk in the footsteps of the stars! (NB: This house is NOT open to the public and any visit must be accompanied by Poldark’s Cornwall.)
12.30: travel to Lanhydrock for LUNCH STOP followed by a guided tour of the largest of the National Trust properties in Cornwall, which has a unique place in history and Poldark legend. It was also used in Trevor Nunn’s film production of “Twelfth Night” starring Helena Bonham Carter. And it’s real life history mirrors that of the characters’ in Downton Abbey.
16.30: Depart Lanhydrock for return to hotel
Day 6: Poldark Tour of North Coast locations, including Perranporth, Holywell Beach, Trerice Manor, Padstow, Port Isaac (Doc Martin location) & St Agnes Head
9.00: Travel to Perranporth, where the story of Poldark starts. You will be greeted for a clifftop talk on the start of the Poldark story and a short tour of the village to see the site of the real, “Nampara”, Hendrawna Beach & Wheal Leisure as well as other highlights from the books.
10.30: Drive to Holywell Beach for a walk through the dunes to the locations where fans of the show have seen all their favourite stars perform dramatic encounters.
11.15: We travel to the National Trust property of Trerice, which was Winston Graham’s inspiration for Trenwith.
COFFEE & COMFORT STOP.
12.15: We leave Trerice to visit the north coast fishing port of Padstow.
14.30: After time for lunch and shopping we drive north to Port Isaac , the setting for “Doc Martin” and a forthcoming feature on the famous sea shanty group; the Fisherman’s Friends.
16.30: We travel back West to St Agnes Head for the site of many clifftop dramas and emotional scenes.
18.00: End day, return to Hotel
Day 7: The Famous Poldark’s Cornwall: Mines, Miners & Pasties Day
9.30: Drive through the heart of Cornwall’s tin mining country to
11.00: Poldark Mine. Museum and Underground mine tour.
COFFEE AND COMFORT STOP
12.30: leave Poldark Mine to drive to the world-famous port of Falmouth
13.00: Pasty School with Charlie Choak, Charlie has been making pasties to his old family recipe his entire working life and now he shares these secrets with you. Roll your sleeves up for loads of laughs and get rolling and stuffing your own pasty (vegetarian option available). Take away your own handmade piping hot pasty!
14.30: Take away pasty lunch “en route” to:
15.00: King Edward Mine, another of the gems of Cornish mining heritage for a tour of the mine, mill and museum and feel the ambiance of a working mine with the sound of the stamps hammering in your ears.
Refreshments and Comfort stop here and perhaps we may get a chance to enjoy some of the Balmaiden’s dancing and singing.
17.00: Check in to The Carbis Bay near St Ives.
Day 8: A half day in St Ives followed by relaxing in the wonderful surroundings of the award winning “Best Hotel” in Cornwall.
Suggestions: No visit to Cornwall is complete without a day to explore the streets and galleries of St Ives. Enjoying a unique peninsula position Artists have flocked to St Ives for hundreds of years to benefit from its unique light. Attractions include the Tate St Ives, The Barbara Hepworth Museum, Leach Pottery
Day 9: Poldark Tour of all West Cornwall film locations, including Botallack mines
9.30: We drive westwards through the heart of Cornwall’s mining country past Mounts Bay and the spectacular tidal island of St Michael’s Mount and on towards Lands’ End.
10.30: We arrive at Penberth Cove. The tiny fishing hamlet now famous as the village of Ross and demelza Poldark.
There is a National Trust public toilet here but no refreshment.
11.30 We will then drive to Porthcurno for a visit to the unique Minack Theatre.
13.00: Following lunch we will drive the short distance to visit Porthgwarra (the NAMPARA Cove of the series). A shortish walk to the rocky outcrop of Gwennap Head showcases the location for many of the dramatic clifftop scenes.
14.30: We cross over to the north coast to drive through the ancient mining town of St Just to arrive at the amazing Cornish Mining heritage site of Botallack. The mines here feature in Poldark and there is a coffee shop, toilets and information film in the National Trust café.
16.00: Return to the hotel
Day 10: Poldark Tour of South Coast locations including the Church Of The Storms at Gunwalloe and an afternoon visit to the iconic National Trust properties of GODOLPHIN and St Michael’s Mount
10.00: Check out of the Carbis Bay and travel south towards Marazion to visit the castle & gardens of St Michael’s Mount (This visit is dependent on the tide and weather as access is either via a cobbled causeway exposed for limited times OR by boat from a variety of landing stages. It should also be noted that access to the castle requires a certain level of mobility and stamina. Please ask at the time of booking and alert us to any issues so we can adapt your tour accordingly).
A poignant element to this will be the view across to Newlyn where the Mayflower made her final landfall before heading west on the treacherous trans-Atlantic voyage.
and one final homage to the bravery of the Pilgrim Fathers.
14.00: After this we take the coastal road east to the National Trust property of Godolphin. This beautiful house has featured as Trenwith in the original adaptation of Poldark.
16.00: Our final visit is to the Poldark locations: Dollar & Church Coves, Gunwalloe and the beautiful Church of the Storms, St Winwalloe.
17.30: Depart Cornwall by bus for onward travel to airport or to Bath for 4 day extension to Bath and Wells Poldark locations or to the Greenbank Hotel in Falmouth for two nights then the Nare Hotel on the Roseland Peninsula for 4 Day optional Garden and Luxury Stay extensions.
4 Day Garden & Luxury Stay Extension:(best enjoyed between mid February- end of June as some private gardens have restricted opening to capture the best of Spring and Summer colour)
Check into Greenbank Hotel in Falmouth. Dinner and restful evening overlooking the harbour at Falmouth.
9.30: Depart hotel for visit to historic gardens of Trebah and Glendurgan (NT) on the Helford Passage estuary. Trebah has the reputation of one of the finest collections of tropical and sub-tropical species in the UK and was used as an embarkation point for over 7,500 US troops of the 29th US Infantry Division for Omaha Beach for the DDay landings.
After lunch we move next door to the neighbouring estate of Glendurgan also built by and still the home of the Fox family. Charles Fox will personally guide you throw these historic and memorable gardens.
The final stop of the day will be to the beautiful and fragrant Enys Garden in Falmouth.
9.30: Check out of Greenbank hotel drive to Trelissick Garden (NT) recent home to the Copeland family and built originally by the Daniell family commanding a unique position overlooking its own peninsula at the mouth of the river Fal. Following this we take a water taxi from the King Harry Ferry landing stage up the River Fal to Truro, passing the old Smugglers Inn where Eisenhower was billeted in preparation for the DDay assaults and following the deep water moorings that enabled the US navy to hide their vessels from the prying eyes of German intelligence. This also gives the best view of Tregothnan, the ancestral home of the Boscawen family, Viscounts of Falmouth.
LUNCH STOP in Malpas
In The afternoon we drive to Tregothnan for a personal conducted tour of the garden and the first tea gardens in the British Isles. Followed by a Cream Tea with Kea Plum jam from the estate and one of the famous teas grown there.
Check into The Nare Hotel on Carne Beach. Dinner.
A relaxing start to the day with time to enjoy the tranquillity of the setting and the spa facilites.
In the afternoon we take a scenic drive to nearby Caerhays Castle for a tour of the gardens and its Poldark connections.
Trewithen Estate which has been in the possession of the same family for over 300 years each who have added to its historical significance. (These gardens have limited opening periods between February and June, so later summer tours may substitute other historic gardens with more to see and appreciate)
Check out of the Nare
To complete the circle of knowledge of Cornwall’s horticultural importance and history of plant collecting and cultivation at the hands of the landowners of the Great Estates and Gardens of Cornwall shapes our ongoing understanding of conservation and cultivation we visit:
The Eden Project for the morning then transfer to either the train station at St Austell for the mainline connection to Reading or London Paddington for Heathrow airport OR to Cornwall Airport Newquay for flights to Gatwick or other destination.
Price Per Person (including Bed, Breakfast and Dinner, entry to all attractions, activities, heritage sites and historic houses.)
All transport by private luxury minibus from major London airport, daily tours and transfers and private sailing on the Phoenix
Daily expert guides