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The Unspoilt Isles of Scilly

4.5 stars(59 reviews)

A stunning hidden treasure

5 days From £1,299 £1,199 per person
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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. You are accommodated 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 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. Besides its shops, restaurants and pubs, Hugh Town has a church, a museum and three beautiful beaches - Porthcressa, Town Beach, and Porthmellon.

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

Enjoy a day exploring St Mary's on a guided walking tour of some of the region's best beauty spots. Your first visit is to Harry's Walls, an unfinished 16th century fort. 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, was the final resting place of former Prime Minister, Sir Harold Wilson, who was a resident of Hugh Town. Continue exploring this afternoon, possibly taking in the incredible views of St Agnes from Peninnis Head lighthouse before returning to Hugh Town. Pause enroute at the Grade II listed Buzza Tower windmill and the island's intriguing Bronze Age burial chambers.

  • Breakfast
Day 4 - Tresco’s Abbey Gardens

Visit Tresco, the second largest of Scilly's Islands and where you enjoy one of your holiday highlights - the incredible Abbey Garden. These lovely gardens were established in the 19th century, around the ruins of a Benedictine abbey. Spread over 17 acres, the 17-acre, sub-tropical gardens benefit from the region's mild climate and sheltered position, 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 have free time to wander through the colourful pathways. The garden changes with the seasons, although flowers tend to bloom ahead of the mainland spring. In autumn the seasonal colour palette contrasts with subtropical plants such as proteas, aloes and camellias. Besides flourishing flowers and plants, the garden is a haven for wildlife, including red squirrels and golden pheasants.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - London

Today you take a short flight to Lands End, then a coach transfer to Penzance where you enjoy a final lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch you travel by rail to Paddington where your holiday ends.

  • Breakfast, Lunch

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.


St Mary’s Hall Hotel, St Mary’s

St Mary’s Hall Hotel, St Mary’s

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4.5 stars4.5 / 5 · 59 reviews

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Susan Pipe

5 stars

Submitted 24 Sep 2022

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 2022

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 2022

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 2022

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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4 stars

Submitted 13 Sep 2022

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 06 Sep 2022

Excellent holiday.

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