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Explore the rugged landscapes and unspoilt natural beauty of the Isles of Scilly, with their fascinating native wildlife and beautiful bays
Please note the expert on this trip has changed to the Chief Executive of the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust, Julian Branscombe.

On the tranquil Isles of Scilly you'll find that life passes by at a more peaceful pace. These isles are famous for their stunning scenery, botanic gardens and powder-soft beaches. On this six-day trip you'll discover why so many people consider the Isles of Scilly to be the UK's most idyllic archipelago.

This tour will take you to many of the islands' most unforgettable locations. You'll visit the sub-tropical Tresco Abbey Garden, described as "Kew without the glass", the rugged coastlines of Bryher and the quaint harbours of St Martin's.

You'll be delighted by the range of wildlife to be spotted on the Isles of Scilly, with many species that can't be seen anywhere else in the UK. The head of the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust, Julian Branscombe, will give a talk to explain the trust's work and give you an insight into the Isles' native wildlife, which includes porpoises, dolphins, seals, and many species of birds. Julian will also join you for dinner one evening.

You'll be based at the stylishly comfortable The Atlantic on the isle of St Mary's (for the 22 August departure you will be based at The Star Castle), which will serve as your base for the trip. Here you will enjoy delicious cuisine made with local, seasonal ingredients, as well as truly stunning views across the harbour.

"I wanted to say how much we enjoyed our holiday in the Scillies. It was all planned so well. The hotel was excellent along with the food everywhere we went. Thank you all."

- October 2022 Guest

Note: Itinerary order will vary on the 22nd April with the same excursions and activities included. For the August departure, the order of activities, accommodation and inclusions vary.

Please be advised that you will need to pre-book and pre-select most of your meals before your departure due to group size.

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Julian Branscombe
CEO Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust

Julian Branscombe joined the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust as the Chief Executive in 2021. Before joining the Trust, Julian worked at Penwith Landscape Partnership, Gwent Wildlife Trust, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, RSPB and an ecological consultancy sharing his expertise on countryside access, wildlife, archaeology and sustainable farming.

Price includes

  • For the April departure: Spend five supremely comfortable nights at The Atlantic with breakfast and dinner included
  • For the August departure: Spend five supremely comfortable nights at The Star Castle with breakfast and three dinners included
  • Discover several of the stunning Isles of Scilly, with their turquoise waters and white beaches
  • Go on a marine wildlife cruise to spot some of the Isles' unique birds and sea life
  • Dine on the freshest local seafood, caught right on your doorstep, with all meals included
  • Visit the lovely St Martin's Vineyard, a unique coastal vineyard and winery
  • Take a guided tour of Tresco Abbey Gardens, a renowned sub-tropical garden home to thousands of plants
  • Have dinner with and hear a talk by Julian Branscombe, Chief Executive of the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust
  • Enjoy lunch at a local pub in St Agnes
  • For the August departure: Hear a talk and have dinner with Mike Nelhams, Curator of Tresco Abbey Gardens

Also included: Boat transfers within the islands, return ferry from Penzance to St Mary's, all entrance fees, guided walking tour of St Agnes and services of a tour manager throughout

Availability

From
Mon, Mon, Aug 28, 2023
To
Sat, Sat, Sep 2, 2023
Duration
6 days
Price per person
£2,099*

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing a double room, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single room no supplement. Single supplement for double room £660. Deposit 20%. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. **Itinerary, accommodation and inclusions vary on this departure. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included but required for most of our overseas trips, and should be taken out at time of booking. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of TS Travel Limited (ATOL Limted).

From
Mon, Mon, Apr 17, 2023
To
Sat, Sat, Apr 22, 2023
Duration
6 days
Price per person
£1,649*
Sold out

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing a double room, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement £185. Deposit 20%. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included but required for most of our overseas trips, and should be taken out at time of booking. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of TS Travel Limited (ATOL Limted).

From
Sat, Sat, Apr 22, 2023
To
Thu, Thu, Apr 27, 2023
Duration
6 days
Price per person
£1,649*
Sold out

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing a double room, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement £185. Deposit 20%. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. **Itinerary schedule will vary on the 22 April departure, with the same excursions and activities included. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included but required for most of our overseas trips, and should be taken out at time of booking. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of TS Travel Limited (ATOL Limted).

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    St Mary's
    St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom
    Isles of Scilly

    Today you'll arrive at Penzance and meet your tour group at the departure terminal for the Scillonian ferry. Here you'll meet your expert tour manager who will greet you and assist you with check-in.

    Once you arrive on St Mary's you'll make your way to The Atlantic** (for the August departure you will be staying in The Star Castle) in Hugh Town, your base for the next five nights. After check-in, take some time to explore the headland of Hugh Town, with its shops, cafés, galleries, restaurants and pubs. In the evening you'll have dinner in the restaurant.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Tresco
    Abbey Gardens, Trusco, United Kingdom
    Abbey Gardens Tresco

    After breakfast you'll meet your tour manager and your guide for the day. You'll make your way to the jetty and take the boat transfer to Tresco where you'll visit the world famous Tresco Abbey Garden, home to a collection of some 20,000 plants from 80 countries.

    The garden was established in the 19th century around the ruins of an old Benedictine Abbey and is now home to a fantastic variety of plants from all over the world, including Brazil, New Zealand and South Africa. The garden changes throughout the year as different species thrive. In spring, flowers bloom here weeks before they do on the mainland thanks to the Tresco's special sub-tropical climate. You'll have lunch in Tresco before heading back to St Mary's (lunch is not included for the August departure).

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    St Agnes
    St Agnes (Scilly Isles), United Kingdom
    Puffins, Scilly Isles

    This morning, following another hearty breakfast, you'll make your way to the jetty and hop on the ferry transfer to St Agnes, where you'll take a guided walk around the island's coastline.

    There's plenty to see along St Agnes' coast, from rocky outcrops on its exposed west side to paradise beaches in its sheltered coves. There's a sandbar that links St Agnes with the tiny neighboring island of Gugh, where you'll find white sand and crystal-clear water.

    You'll tuck into lunch at a local pub before taking a fascinating marine wildlife cruise, where you have a chance to spot some of the special animals and birds who call the Scillies home.

    Please note - dinner is not included today for the August departure.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    St Martin's
    St Martin's, Scilly Isles, United Kingdom
    Old town beach Red Valerian, St Mary's

    Today you'll be exploring the lovely isle of St Martin's where you'll discover the island's ruggedly beautiful shoreline. Little St Martin's is just two miles long, but boasts some of the finest beaches in the British Isles.

    You'll have lunch at the St Martin's Karma Hotel, in its AA acclaimed two-Rosette Cloudesley Shovell restaurant. Here you can be sure of the freshest of fresh seafood. You can even watch the fisherman bring in the daily catch of lobster and crab straight from the crystal waters on the hotel's doorstep.

    After lunch you'll pay a visit to St Martin's Vineyard, a unique coastal vineyard and winery which is working towards organic production of white, red and rose wines.

    Please note - dinner is not included today for the August departure.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Bryher
    Bryher, United Kingdom
    Path to Rushy Bay beach in Bryher

    Today you'll take the boat to beautiful Bryher where lunch has been arranged at the luxury Hell Bay Hotel. Bryher is an island of exciting contrasts. On one side you have the roaring Atlantic ocean and a rugged coastline, while on the other side you'll find tranquil waters and powder-soft beaches.

    Hell Bay is on the Atlantic side, and from here you can watch as dramatic waves thunder into the bay. The restaurant at Hell Bay Hotel is one of the best rated in the Isles of Scilly. You'll tuck into award-winning dishes at the hotel bar which use the finest ingredients from the Isles of Scilly, Cornwall and the wider West Country.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    Departure
    St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom
    Sunset, Scilly Isles

    After your final breakfast at The Atlantic** (The Star Castle for the August departure) you'll enjoy some free time on St Mary's before taking the Scillonian ferry back to Penzance.

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

The Atlantic, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly

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Saint Mary's, United Kingdom

The Atlantic on the Isles of Scilly is set in the most stunning location with unrivalled harbour views. Expect pristine sandy beaches, turquoise seas, and an unrushed pace of life where everything feels more relaxed. Enjoy a break in one of the comfortable rooms and enjoy the charming restaurant and terrace with superb coastal views.

Star Castle, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly

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St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom

Family-run Scilly Isles hotel just a short walk from the centre of St Mary’s island and harbour, with a swimming pool and breathtaking views of the Archipelago.

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Availability

From
Mon, Mon, Apr 17, 2023
To
Sat, Sat, Apr 22, 2023
Duration
6 days
Price per person
£1,649*
Sold out

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing a double room, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement £185. Deposit 20%. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included but required for most of our overseas trips, and should be taken out at time of booking. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of TS Travel Limited (ATOL Limted).

From
Sat, Sat, Apr 22, 2023
To
Thu, Thu, Apr 27, 2023
Duration
6 days
Price per person
£1,649*
Sold out

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing a double room, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement £185. Deposit 20%. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. **Itinerary schedule will vary on the 22 April departure, with the same excursions and activities included. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included but required for most of our overseas trips, and should be taken out at time of booking. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of TS Travel Limited (ATOL Limted).

From
Mon, Mon, Aug 28, 2023
To
Sat, Sat, Sep 2, 2023
Duration
6 days
Price per person
£2,099*

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing a double room, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single room no supplement. Single supplement for double room £660. Deposit 20%. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. **Itinerary, accommodation and inclusions vary on this departure. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included but required for most of our overseas trips, and should be taken out at time of booking. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of TS Travel Limited (ATOL Limted).

Call now to book 02039934304
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