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The Golden Age of Travel British Pullman Cornish Weekend

The Golden Age of Travel
The Belmond British Pullman Cornish Weekend
and a choice of various different tour options
27 – 29 April 2018 (2 nights)

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

Cornish Gardens – Trelissick and Trewithen
with lunch at the Idle Rocks St Mawes or
Eden and the Lost Gardens of Heligan
Staying at the Royal Duchy Hotel, Falmouth

Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant at Padstow and Prideaux Place    or
Lunch at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Restaurant and Trerice
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 is sited on a clifftop 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 first to visit the magical Lost Gardens of Heligan, once the neglected and forgotten gardens of the Tremayne family and restored by Tim Smit.  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.


Fifteen Cornwall and Trerice: 

Staying at Carlyon Bay Hotel

On Saturday the tour begins with a visit to Trerice, an intimate Elizabethan manor house and a Cornish gem.  Then to the north coast and Watergate Bay where Jamie Oliver’s restaurant Fifteen Cornwall enjoys a panoramic view down onto one of Cornwall’s great surfing beaches.   Turning the tide, Fifteen Cornwall, an award winning restaurant and social initiative, gives disadvantaged young people the opportunity to train for a new career in the kitchen.   They pride themselves on sourcing local produce and focus on traditional Italian dishes, this is a chance to relax, enjoy a delicious lunch and soak up the scenery of the North Coast.  A three course set menu with some choice options will be served.


Rick Stein and Prideaux Place: 

Staying at Carlyon Bay Hotel

On Saturday a morning visit to Prideaux Place, a stunningly beautiful Elizabethan manor house that overlooks the picturesque fishing harbour of Padstow    Then to Padstow, a fine example of a Cornish fishing port, latterly made famous by its association with the celebrity chef, Rick Stein.   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 by coach 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.


Cornish Gardens Trelissick and Trewithen - lunch Idle Rocks in St Mawes: 

Staying Royal Duchy Hotel Falmouth

Enjoy two of Cornwall’s great and historic gardens.  Trelissick is 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. Trewithen Gardens, covering some thirty acres are outstanding and internationally famous. They are renowned for camellias, rhododendrons and magnolias which are at their peak in April.  The Idle Rocks Hotel has a superb restaurant with fabulous harbour views in the small Cornish village of St Mawes.  You will enjoy their three course set lunch menu with a glass of wine and coffee.


Friday 27 April: A luxurious journey departing Victoria at 09.30 (tbc) to Truro.  Brunch with Bellini and a three course lunch with champagne and wine before arriving in Truro/Par and transferred by coach to your hotel.  Welcome reception and dinner.

Saturday 28 April: Touring options as above with dinner on your return in the evening.

Sunday 29 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 20.45pm.

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 - Eden/Heligan  double/twin     £1110  pp

Royal Duchy – Cornish Gardens St Mawes     £1135  pp

Sea-view supplement  £60pp  Single supplement    £60


Budock Vean – St Ives/Penlee

Double/twin/single room standard               £1160pp

Superior double/twin                                       £1195pp


Carlyon Bay  - Rick Stein

Inland double/twin/single room                    £1190 pp

Carlyon Bay - Jamie Oliver

Inland double/twin/single  room                   £1160 pp

Seaview supplement  £35 pp


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.