- Eden Project
- Land’s End
- Truro Cathedral
Charms of the Cornwall Coast
- No fly
- Half board
Enjoy Cornwall’s corner of paradise
Welcome to Cornwall, the land of King Arthur. It is a region that has forged its own identity throughout history and appears separate from the rest of our island - having resisted the formative Roman invasion and, later, the Saxons. Neolithic standing stones litter the landscape, providing a connection with ancient druids and sites such as Land’s End have inspired visitors for centuries - once being the edge of the known world! Your accommodation during your exploration of this wild and beautiful region is the Royal Duchy Hotel, located on Falmouth’s seafront and boasting views across to the Tudor Pendennis Castle.
Spend your time at leisure relaxing in this award-winning hotel, or explore the town of Falmouth, boasting a deep natural harbour and pretty beaches. Included on your Stay and Discover experience are a visit to the Eden Project, offering a window into future sustainability, and Truro, the cathedral of which stands proudly on the city’s skyline. Join us for an exploration of captivating Cornwall.
4 nights at your hotel
8 meals: 4 breakfasts (B), 4 dinners (D)
Dedicated Saga Host
Plus all this…
- Cancellation rights
- Hosted drinks reception
- Guided orientation walks
- Tea and coffee-making facilities in your room
- Free hotel Wi-Fi
- Hotel porterage
- Eden Project (full day)
- Truro Cathedral and Truro (half day)
- Land’s End and St Ives with cream tea (full day)
Day 1 Falmouth
Settle into the Royal Duchy Hotel (4Q) and join your tour host for a welcome drink before dinner. D
Day 2 Eden Project
In January 1995, where the Eden Project stands today was just a huge clay pit, nearing the end of its economic life. Your visit will showcase an extraordinary series of biomes, showcasing the world’s most important plants. The Eden Project was Sir Tim Smit’s brainchild and its construction faced plenty of Herculean engineering challenges - after all, the site sits 15 metres below the water table!
Stroll through the biomes, spotting banana trees, rubber plants and host of other horticulture. Discover how Eden is educating for the future, learn about a few of its sustainability projects and, in its hands-on exhibitions, see some of the challenges that face the world as we move through the 21st century. B, D
Day 3 Truro
Today, we invite you to Cornwall’s only city, bustling with just 19,000 inhabitants. They say that good things come in small packages, and Truro certainly attests to that. During your visit, take a tour of the 19th-century cathedral, the grand Victorian edifice of which soars above the landscape. Inside, gaze up at its vaulted nave and bathe in the warm light cast by the stained-glass windows.
Afterwards, you have time to spend at leisure to perhaps visit the Royal Cornwall Museum, exhibiting local history and art. B, D
Day 4 Land’s End and St Ives
Despite Land’s End being a rather minor landmark, it has captivated visitors for hundreds of years. Beyond this point (and past the Isles of Scilly) is open ocean, so you would be forgiven for thinking this was the edge of the world. At one point it was!
Spend some time at the landmark before visiting St Ives. Once a sleepy fishing town, today St Ives bustles with holidaymaker energy and boasts beautiful beaches and a collection of modern art, housed within Tate St Ives. Stroll along its narrow Victorian streets and soak up the charm of the place. During your time here, you will also be treated to a cream tea. Remember, as you’re in Cornwall, the cream goes on top of the jam! B, D
Day 5 Farewell
Leave Cornwall behind, having soaked up what makes the county truly special. B
What to explore
On your doorstep is Falmouth, a town that has been shaped by its sea-going heritage and boasting plenty of history. Being so close to the continent and with Tudor tensions rising with France, Henry VIII built Pendennis Castle, boasting more than 450 years of history. Take a stroll around the English Heritage fortification and learn about Pendennis’s role during the Second World War.
On day four, during your tour of St Ives, you will have some free time for independent exploration. Consider taking a trip to Tate St Ives, showcasing a fine selection of modern art. You will also have free time during your tour of Truro, on day three, an ideal opportunity to learn a little more about the region by visiting the Royal Cornwall Museum - home to plenty of archaeological artefacts.
The Royal Duchy Hotel (4Q)
When searching for the perfect Cornish escape, look no further than the Royal Duchy Hotel (4Q). Enjoying a picturesque position on Falmouth seafront, the bay seems to envelop the hotel, with Pendennis Castle - built by Henry VIII - on the one side and Pennance Point on the other. Inside, the Royal Duchy’s 45 distinctive en suite rooms offer Wi-Fi access, gowns, refreshments and luxury toiletries. The 2 AA rosette restaurant serves British cuisine with a contemporary twist, using the best local ingredients. Specialising in comfort, good food, smart style and excellent facilities within natural surroundings, the Royal Duchy Hotel was awarded four-star silver status by AA in 2018 and provides an excellent opportunity to explore Cornwall. Car parking is available free of charge to Saga guests.
Getting there by car
Take the A30 to Carland Cross and then take the 2nd exit onto the A39 and continue for 5 miles and then take the 1st exit at the roundabout continuing on the A39/Newquay Road. Turn right onto A390/Tregolls Road and at the Trafalgar roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto A39/Morlaix Ave. Continue on the A39 and B3292 onto Falmouth Road and then Dracaena Ave. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Western Terrace/A39, turn right onto Emslie Road and your hotel will be on the right. The hotel has its own car park where you can park for the duration of your stay.
If you're arriving by rail, coach or air
If you have arranged rail travel through Saga you will receive tickets to the closest mainline station. Transfers to and from the hotel are not included. Your Saga host will meet you on arrival at the hotel. If you wish to make your own travel arrangements the closest railway station to the Royal Duchy Hotel is Falmouth Town, approximately 500 yards away.
Once you arrive
If you are making your own way to the hotel, please aim to arrive after 3pm. If you arrive earlier than this, you may find that your room is not ready. Porterage of luggage between the reception area and your room is included.