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A stunning hidden treasure

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2022 Tour code: 22ISS

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.

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Itinerary

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 riding the rails, arrive into Penzance, gateway to the Isles of Scilly. Transfer to Penzance harbour for the ferry to St Mary's. Alternatively, on some departures you'll transfer to Land's End Airport for the short flight to St Mary's. The Isles of Scilly are located just 35 miles off the coast of Cornwall yet feel a million miles away, with pristine beaches and fascinating indigenous wildlife. St Mary's is the largest of the Scilly Isles, although it only covers 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 three nights in Hugh Town, the perfect base for exploring.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 3 - Walking tour of St Mary’s

Enjoy a day exploring St Mary's. Your first visit is to Harry's Walls, an unfinished fort dating back to the 16th century. Continue through the nature trail of the Lower Moors, an area of wetlands, to the quaint village of Old Town, thought to be the oldest settlement on the island. The church, 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. Continue exploring this afternoon, perhaps 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 island's intriguing Bronze Age burial chambers.

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  • Breakfast
Day 4 - Tresco’s Abbey Gardens

Visit Tresco, the second largest of Scilly's Islands and home to one of your holiday highlights - the incredible Abbey Garden. 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 free time to wander along the exotic-lined pathways.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - St Agnes

Take the ferry to remote St Agnes today. 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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - London

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

On some departures, this itinerary is 5 days in length. All your holiday excursions remain the same, however you will not travel on the Riviera Sleeper Train on Day 5. Instead, you take a short flight to Lands End and continue by First Class rail to London, where your holiday ends in the early evening.

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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.

Hotels

The Atlantic Inn

The Atlantic Inn, St Mary's

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St Mary’s Hall Hotel, St Mary’s

St Mary’s Hall Hotel, St Mary’s

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Reviews

4.5 stars4.5 / 5 · 59 reviews

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Susan Pipe

5 stars

Submitted 24/Sep

A thoroughly enjoyable 'taster' tour of the Isles of Scilly. We felt in safe hands with David our Tour Manager and also our Tour Guide, the knowledgable Neil. Looking forward to returning for a longer stay at the excellent Atlantic Hotel.

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C Smith

4 stars

Submitted 19/Sep

The ferry, holiday and manager were very good, the overnight sleeper train less so and the through-ticketing via St Pancras to Paddington was poor.

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Ken Gough

4 stars

Submitted 18/Sep

Nice in the sunshine. Got wet in the open boats to Tresco and St. Agnes. Atlantic Hotel very good, guides also very good.

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Mr Coles

4 stars

Submitted 14/Sep

This short holiday gave a fascinating glimpse of the Scilly Isles that was about the right length for an introductory visit to the islands. The night sleeper to and from Penzance was an interesting experience. The cabins were comfortable and well equipped, but with limited space when shared by two individuals. Our tour guide was excellent, as was the local guide ( the Manager of the Atlantic Hotel ) who led the walks on Tresco and St. Mary’s.

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Sandra

4 stars

Submitted 13/Sep

A really well thought out and enjoyable holiday, but day time train travel would have been a better experience over the sleeper train we felt, thus the 4 stars rather than 5. The Atlantic Inn hotel was excellent, especially with the large range if breakfast choices. We particularly enjoyed the walking tour of St. Mary's which was led by Neil from the hotel. David, our tour Guide was very approachable and professional in dealing with the group.

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Graham Rowe

5 stars

Submitted 6/Sep

Excellent holiday.

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