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The Unspoilt Isles of Scilly

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Journey to a hidden treasure of the British Isles

Journey to a hidden treasure of the British Isles, an archipelago off the Cornish coast boasting azure seas and almost tropical climes. Travel by overnight sleeper train from London to discover the glorious Islands of Scilly.

  • The Riviera Sleeper Train
  • St Mary’s
  • Tresco
  • Sub tropical Abbey Gardens
  • St Agnes
  • The Atlantic Hotel
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    2 nights aboard the Riviera Sleeper train
  • Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
    3 Nights Hotel Accommodation
  • Abbey Gardens

The Unspoilt Isles of Scilly 2020Tour Details

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Day 1 Penzance

London to Penzance

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

Day 2 St Mary's Harbour
St Mary's Harbour

Arrival on the Scilly Isles

After an evening spent riding the rails, today you arrive in Penzance, the most westerly town in England and a gateway to the beautiful Isles of Scilly. Transfer to Penzance harbour in time to board the direct ferry to St Mary's.

Alternatively, some departures will take a 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 much of Britain, with coastlines drenched in swathes of pristine beaches, and a fascinating indigenous wildlife.

St Mary's is the largest of the Isles of Scilly, although it only covers an area of 2.5 square miles. The island offers up the truly picture-perfect scenery the Isles of Scilly are known for, with pretty coves, sandy beaches, and lovely blue waters.

Check into your hotel for the next 3 nights in Hugh Town. Hugh Town is a perfect base for your explorations of the islands, with an abundance of lovely shops, quaint churches, restaurants and pubs as well as the town's very own museum. Hugh Town also offers 3 lovely beaches, perfect for a meandering stroll - Porthcressa, Town Beach, and Porthmellon beach. The coastline of St Mary's offers an escape away from the activity of the town centre.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 3 St Mary’s
St Mary’s

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.

Day 4 Tresco Abbey Gardens
Tresco Abbey Gardens


Today you visit Tresco*, the second largest of Scilly's Isles, for one of the highlights of your tour - a visit to the incredible Abbey Gardens.

First opened in 1834, the gardens are home to the ruins of a Benedictine abbey dating back to 964 AD, and are Grade I designated. The 17-acre, sub-tropical gardens benefit from a 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 time at leisure to wander along the exotic lined pathways, soaking up the beauty of this enchanting Scillonian attraction.

*Weather and schedule dependent.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 St Agnes
St Agnes

St Agnes

Take the ferry to remote St Agnes* today, the Scilly's southern-most populated island. You have a day at leisure in this delightful destination to explore at your own pace.

St Agnes offers an idyllic mile of remote beaches and also boasts a welcoming pub, keeping the island's 72 inhabitants refreshed all year round. Perhaps enjoy a stroll along the beautiful beach followed by a leisurely drink? You could visit the island's main landmark, its pretty white lighthouse which stands at the highest point on the island and dates back to 1680. Other sights of note here include Nag's Head, a distinctive ancient standing stone, and Troytown maze, a historic formation made from pebbles and thought to be the work of a lighthouse keeper from the 1700s.

Later, return to St Mary's where you join the ferry to Penzance. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, before joining the Riviera Sleeper train for your overnight journey back to London.

Alternatively, fly to Lands End today and return by First Class rail to London. You arrive in London on the same day, when your tour will conclude.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 Tour Concludes
Tour Concludes

Your tour concludes

Your holiday ends this morning as the train pulls into Paddington Station. From here, you are free to make your own way home.

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.

What’s included
  • Fully escorted by a UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • All rail, coach and ferry travel throughout your tour
  • 3 nights' hotel accommodation with breakfast and 3 dinners
  • 2 nights aboard the Riviera Sleeper train (departure dependent)
  • Aug 4 departure: 1 night aboard the Riviera Sleeper train in sleeper cabins, flight from St Mary's to Lands End and First Class rail to London
  • The Riviera Sleeper Train
  • Guided tour of St Mary's
  • Visit Tresco
  • Excursion to St Agnes


Not Included
  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.

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.

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Journey to a hidden treasure of the British Isles


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