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The Unspoilt Isles of Scilly

4.2 stars(15 reviews)

Journey to a hidden treasure of the British Isles

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6 days From £1,299 per person
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2021 Tour code: 21ISS

About the tour

An archipelago off the Cornish coast boasting azure seas and almost tropical climes, travel by overnight sleeper train from London to discover the glorious Isles of Scilly.


What’s included


Day 1 - London & Penzance

Meet your Tour Manager at the First Class Lounge at Paddington Station. From here, board the Riviera Sleeper Train, a rail service that runs through the night to Penzance. Enjoy accommodation in sleeper cabins for your journey.

Day 2 - St Mary’s

After a night spent riding the rails, you arrive into Penzance, the most westerly town in England and gateway to the beautiful Isles of Scilly. Transfer to Penzance harbour in time for the ferry to St Mary's. Alternatively, some departures will transfer to Land's End Airport for the short flight to St Mary's.

The Isles of Scilly are a group of islands located just 35 miles off the coast of Cornwall, yet feel a million miles away from the rest of Britain, with coastlines drenched in swathes of pristine beaches and fascinating indigenous wildlife.

St Mary's is the largest of the Scilly Isles, although it only covers an area of 2.5 square miles. The island offers up picture-perfect scenery, with pretty coves, sandy beaches, and lovely blue waters. Check into your hotel for the next three nights in Hugh Town, the perfect base for exploring with its lovely shops, quaint churches, restaurants and pubs, as well as the town's very own museum. Hugh Town also has three beautiful beaches - Porthcressa, Town Beach, and Porthmellon Beach.

Please Note: For departure 21ISS05 you will stay at the Tregarthems Hotel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
St Mary's Harbour
Days 3 - St Mary’s

Enjoy a full day exploring the stunning island of St Mary's today. Embark on a fascinating guided walking tour that introduces you to some of the region's most prestigious beauty spots.

Make a visit to Harry's Walls, a fascinating unfinished fort dating back to the 16th century. Continue through the nature trail of the Lower Moors, a verdant area of wetlands, to the quaint village of Old Town, thought to be the oldest settlement on the island. The church here, St Mary's Old Church, is famous as the final resting place of former Prime Minister, Sir Harold Wilson, who was a resident of Hugh Town.

You have the option to continue exploring this afternoon, taking in the incredible views of St Agnes from Peninnis Head lighthouse, before returning to Hugh Town. Pause en route at the Grade II listed Buzza Tower windmill and the islands' intriguing Bronze Age burial chambers.

St Mary’s
Day 4 - Tresco’s Abbey Gardens

Today you visit Tresco (weather permitting), the second largest of Scilly's Islands and home to one of the highlights of your holiday - the incredible Abbey Gardens.

First opened in 1834, the gardens were built around the ruins of a Benedictine abbey dating back to 964 AD and are Grade I designated. The 17-acre, sub-tropical gardens benefit from the region's mild climate, and tall hedges and walls shelter it from the wind, making it a haven for sun-loving plants from all around the world. The collection of flora here is as diverse as it is beautiful, and you enjoy some free time to wander along the exotic-lined pathways

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Tresco Abbey Gardens
Day 5 - St Agnes

Take the ferry to remote St Agnes today (weather permitting). Free time here allows you to stroll St Agnes' remote beaches and perhaps visit the island's only pub, keeping the island's 72 inhabitants refreshed all year round. You could also visit the island's main landmark, its pretty white lighthouse dating back to 1680. Later, return to St Mary's where you join the ferry to Penzance. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, before boarding the Riviera Sleeper train back to London. Alternatively, some departures fly to Lands End and return by First Class rail to London, arriving late on Day 5.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
St Agnes
Day 6 - London

Your holiday ends this morning as the train pulls into Paddington Station.

Tour Concludes

Additional information

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


The Tregarthens Hotel

The Tregarthens Hotel, Isle of Scilly

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Atlantic Hotel

Atlantic Hotel, St Mary's

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4.2 stars4.2 / 5 · 15 reviews

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Peter Turner

4 stars

Submitted 15 Sep 2020

Well organised.Very good local guide. Holiday probably benefited from reduced numbers in group(14)because of Covid restrictions.

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Mr G Hinchliffe

4 stars

Submitted 14 Oct 2019

A well-run tour, somewhat spoiled by the weather

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Mr C Evans

3 stars

Submitted 26 Aug 2019

The overnight sleeper account

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Mrs S John

5 stars

Submitted 26 Aug 2019

A very organized leader able to manage all eventualities

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Mrs C Phillips

5 stars

Submitted 25 Oct 2018

Professional tour manager, well organised transport links and local tours. Excellent holiday.

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Dr R Gemmell

5 stars

Submitted 19 Oct 2018

All travel arrangements -rail sleeper and ferry worked well. Accommodation very comfortable and staff helpful. Tour manager excellent. Guide very good. Interesting stress free time. That’s a good holiday.

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The Unspoilt Isles of Scilly

Journey to a hidden treasure of the British Isles


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