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The Belmond British Pullman Cornish Weekend

with a choice of different tour options
24 – 26 April 2020 (2 nights)

South West Cornwall’s Artistic Legacy
Penlee Gallery, St Ives and Tate St Ives
Staying at the Budock Vean Hotel near the Helford River 

St Mawes Trelissick Gardens and National Maritime Museum Falmouth
Lunch at the Idle Rocks St Mawes or
Eden Project and Lost Gardens of Heligan
Staying at the Royal Duchy Hotel, Falmouth 

Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant at Padstow and Prideaux Place or
Trevibban Vineyard with wine tasting and lunch and Lanhydrock House
Staying at the Carlyon Bay Hotel, St Austell

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Step on board the Belmond British Pullman, sister train to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, travel back into the heyday of great train journeys.  Luxury dining and travel in a “palace on wheels” a world of indulgence from London Victoria for a weekend in Cornwall.   On arriving at Truro or Par Station you will be transferred by coach to your four star hotel depending on which of the tour options you choose for the weekend.

The Royal Duchy Hotel is an exceptional luxury 4 star hotel with an unrivalled position on Falmouth's lovely seafront with glorious views across Falmouth Bay and towards Pendennis Castle.   Budock Vean is surrounded by 32 acres of Cornish gardens that run down to a cove on the Helford River and is a quintessential country house hotel.  Carlyon Bay Hotel a luxury hotel sited on a cliff top location with extensive leisure and spa facilities.

Eden and Heligan: 

Staying at the Royal Duchy Hotel Falmouth

Cornwall’s mild and warm climate allows an exotic array of plants, trees, shrubs and flowers to flourish.  None more so than the once dormant Lost Gardens of Heligan and the innovative Eden Project, a vast global garden for thousands of beautiful and important plants. There will be a guided tour of the magical gardens at Heligan. Then in the afternoon The Eden Project, a millennium initiative again masterminded by Tim Smit, which demonstrates and explores the relationship between plants and humans.   Lunch can be purchased in the restaurants that are available at both locations.

Trevibban Vineyard and Lanhydrock House

Staying at Carlyon Bay Hotel

Tucked away down a Cornish lane is the working vineyard at Trevibban Mill.  On Saturday morning a tour of the vineyard and winery with a tasting of eight different wines and an early light lunch, fresh DaBara bread, hummus, charcuterie, olives and cheese followed by dessert and coffee, while enjoying beautiful views across the valley.  The afternoon finishes with a visit to Lanhydrock House, a majestic Victorian country house with numerous rooms from the Long Gallery, the elegant dining room and bedrooms to the “below stairs” extensive Victorian kitchens and servants quarters. The historic spring gardens will be at their peak filled with flowering rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas and magnolias.

Rick Stein and Prideaux Place:  

Staying at Carlyon Bay Hotel

On Saturday a morning visit to Prideaux Place, a beautiful Elizabethan manor house that overlooks the picturesque fishing harbour of Padstow    Then to Padstow, a fine example of a Cornish fishing port to enjoy a three course lunch with a glass of wine at Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant on the picturesque quayside where the lobster boats and trawlers land their fresh fish.   The table d'hôte menu will be sent in advance for you to make your choice.  After lunch, there is time to explore Padstow before returning to your hotel.

South West Cornwall’s Artistic Legacy Penlee Gallery, St Ives and Tate St Ives: 

Staying at Budock Vean Hotel

Travelling by coach further west the tour begins with a visit to the little Italianate villa in Penzance, the Penlee Gallery, with its many paintings of the Newlyn School, followed by a light seafood lunch at the Godolphin Arms.   Located on the water’s edge of Mount’s Bay, a two mile stretch of beach in the historic market town of Marazion, this panoramic restaurant overlooks the beautiful St Michael’s Mount.   Then on to the picturesque seaside town of St Ives,  with its stunning coastal views and home to Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.

St Mawes with lunch at the Idle Rocks, Trelissick Gardens and Cornwall Maritime Museum

Staying Royal Duchy Hotel Falmouth

St Mawes is a lovely small Cornish fishing village and The Idle Rocks Hotel has a superb restaurant with fabulous harbour views.  Enjoy a three course set lunch menu with a glass of wine and coffee.

In the morning a visit to Trelissick, a beautiful house set in a country estate with stunning maritime views over the River Fal and lovely woodland walks through a superb collection of tender and exotic plants. Returning to Falmouth via the King Harry Ferry in the afternoon and a visit to the National Maritime Museum or you can enjoy time exploring the town at your leisure

Friday 24 April: A luxurious journey departing Victoria at 09.30  to Truro.  Brunch with Bellini and a three course lunch with champagne and wine before arriving in Truro/Par and a transfer by coach to your hotel.  Welcome reception and dinner.

Saturday 25 April: Touring options as above with dinner on your return in the evening.

Sunday 26 April:  Join the British Pullman around mid-day for the leisurely journey back to London Victoria, enjoying a five course lunch with champagne and wine before arriving back at Victoria Station around 20.30.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Return travel on the British Pullman with on-board dining as stated.
  • 2 nights’ dinner, accommodation and breakfast in your chosen hotel.
  • Entries and lunch where stated in the itinerary.
  • Professional guide and coaching.


Hotel Websites:


Price per person:

Royal Duchy Hotel

Eden/Heligan  double/twin     £1200
Cornish Gardens St Mawes     £1250
Sea-view supplement    £70 pp
Single supplement         £60


Budock Vean – St Ives/Penlee

Double/twin/single                   £1250
Superior double/twin               £1310


Carlyon Bay Hotel

Rick Stein

Inland double/twin                   £1280
Sea View double/twin/single  £1360

Trevibban Vineyard

Inland double/twin                   £1260
Sea View double/twin/single   £1340
Non-refundable deposit :         £175 pp

Various Hotels

Royal Duchy
Cliff Rd, Falmouth TR11 4NX

Budock Vean
Mawnan Smith, Falmouth TR11 5LG

Carlyon Bay
Sea Rd, Saint Austell  PL25 3RD

Each tour, unless stated otherwise in the tour details, includes welcome reception, hotel accommodation, dinner and breakfast, entry fees, guided tours and tickets where appropriate,  lunches and refreshments where stated, professional guide and executive coaching. 

You are asked to make your own travel arrangements to join each break at the hotel listed.  We are happy to give advice and where possible organise shared taxis from a rail station to the hotel and where appropriate the coach will finish a tour at the station. However we cannot take responsibility for individual travel bookings.

We strongly recommend that you take out holiday insurance for protection against any cancellation charges, loss of deposit and other eventualities even for holidays in the United Kingdom and for emergency medical expenses and injury, death, repatriation home if travelling abroad.   Heritage Touring does not offer or sell insurance but can give assistance in locating travel insurance companies. Travel insurance is mandatory for all passengers travelling abroad.