Your day begins as soon as you step ashore to be met by your personal guide from Cornish Welcome Tours with their special knowledge and love of Cornwall.
We commence our tour by car passing through Falmouth, once one of the largest ports in England. It was home to the Packet Ships Service that sailed to the Mediterranean and the Americas from 1688 until 1852 carrying mails and goods.
High above Falmouth sits Pendennis Castle which was constructed between 1540 and 1545 to form the end of a chain of castles built by King Henry V111 to counter threats from France and Spain. Since then Pendennis has been adapted to face new enemies over 400 years right until World War Two and we spend the morning exploring the castle and its history.
Following our visit we travel to the nearby village of Restronguet where we lunch at the historic Pandora Inn. Parts of the building date back to the 13th century when there was a farm on the site. The building then became known as the Passage House, then The Ship and finally The Pandora. This was in memory of the naval ship sent to Tahiti to capture the mutineers of Captain Bligh’s Bounty. Unfortunately, in 1791 the ship struck a rock on the Great Barrier Reef and sank with the loss of many lives. With its flagstone floors, low beamed ceilings and thatched roof it is easy to believe that little has changed since it was built and it is a wonderful place to eat with a splendid view across the creek to the hills beyond.
After lunch we travel to Truro, the only City in Cornwall and the administrative centre of the County. Here we visit the cathedral which was built in 1880 and was the first cathedral to be built in England since Salisbury Cathedral was started in 1220. For over 650 years no one had attempted to emulate the great cathedral builders of the medieval era. A massive building project in the same architectural style could only have been the vision of the Victorians who adapted classic pointed arches of the gothic style, using modern building techniques to create the wonderful building we shall be visiting.
No visit to Cornwall would be complete without sampling the delights of a traditional Cornish Cream Tea which we shall partake in a traditional tea house.
After tea we head back to Falmouth and your point of embarkation to rejoin the ship where you can relax with happy memories of an unforgettable day
- The cost for this tour is £131 per person based on two people
- For four people the cost is £106 per person
- For six people the cost is £81 per person
The cost includes your tour guide, all motoring costs, entry fees and Devon Cream Tea. Items not included are coffees and drinks, lunch or travel insurance
Tours are also available from the following other ports: