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Rabbie's launches new Tours from London in 2012
Posted by Robin on 07/06/2011
What do people think of this itinerary for a new tour for next year?

Cornwall and Devon - a Magical land of Legends 5 Days 4 Nights

2 Nights Exeter, 2 Nights Falmouth

Day 1.
Depart London and travel out through the old kingdom of Wessex to the most famous Neolithic standing stone circle of Stonehenge. Having explored this mystical place your tour will continue to the dramatic south Devon Coast enjoying panoramic views over white sandy beaches and the natural rock arch of Durdle Door. An afternoon her to explore some of the coast before arriving at the historic city of Exeter, Romeís most south westerly fortified settlement, your base for 2 nights.

Day 2.
Your morning is spent exploring the magnificent wilderness of Dartmoor, the menhir bridge at Postbridge and the historic market town of Tavistock, home to Francis Drake. Return to Exeter in the early afternoon to explore this Roman town, with its underground passages, ancient walls, Royal Albert Memorial museum and its famous 12th century Norman Cathedral. Your second night is spent here.

Day 3.
Travel west into the heart of Arthurian legend country and the Celtic kingdom of Cornwall. The days highlights include the ancient capital of Cornwall, Launceston with its 12th century Norman keep perched overlooking Bodmin moor, Bodmin moor itself with the wild ponies wandering amongst the pre-historic stones called the Hurlers and the Cheesewring. Legends of piskies and spriggins abound and the resting place of King Arthurís sword Excalibur in Dozmary pool all combine with mythical tales of the Beast of Bodmin to make this a very special place. A brief visit to the Golitha falls and St. Neotís stunning crusader church add further variety to your day. Continue to the west coast and the romantic Tintagel Castle, birthplace of King Arthur, before travelling south to the seaside University town of Falmouth for 2 nights.

Day 4.
Explore the most westerly tip of England on the magnificent day taking in St. Michaelís mount, the stunning cliff top village of Mousehole, the incredible Minack theatre built into the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the beautiful National Trust beach at Porthcurno. You may even see some pirates at Penzance! Englandís most westerly point beckons at Lands End before following the dramatic coast, with windswept moors and old stone Celtic communities up to the artistic haven of St. Ives. Returning to Falmouth for the night.

Day 5.
Before departing Cornwall you get the opportunity to visit the world renowned Eden Project Gardens, before we head back eastwards to London, a city completely removed from the remote country experiences you would have enjoyed in the magical ancient Kingdom of King Arthur, King of Wessex.
Reply to: Rabbie's launches new Tours from London in 2012
Posted By: Robert W. Goodrich on  07/06/2011
It sounds lovely as an excellent way to see the southwest of England. However, my question at this point for 2012 tours in the UK involves the time window for available lodging accomodations and meals during the London Olympic Games, both prior to and after. Even in Scotland itself, I would assume that some people may be lodging in Edinburgh and Glasgow and taking daily rail transit to London and other venues for specific sports events. Not to mention the inevitable security issues during that time. How does Rabbie's intend to prepare for this ?
Bob Goodrich
Reply to: Rabbie's launches new Tours from London in 2012
Posted By: Connie Newman on  07/06/2011
I agree with my fellow 'Iona' traveller, Bob Goodrich. It sounds good & coming from Kent, I won't have to travel so far to join it! interested to hear your reply to Bob's question about the Olympics though
Connie Newman
Reply to: Rabbie's launches new Tours from London in 2012
Posted By: Miami_Michael on  17/06/2011
Robin - I am in! See you next year!
Reply to: Rabbie's launches new Tours from London in 2012
Posted By: amvicandferlie on  04/08/2011
Really looking forward to see the Southwest of England, been planning for that trip since early May and I am so delighted that Rabbie's is launching a tour from London to Southwest... I hope you will keep us update on that tour.