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Sub-Tropical South Tour

Sailboats, Thatched Cottages & Sub Tropical Gardens

Take our private, guided tour and experience Cornwall’s Sub-Tropical South, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We start the day at the bustling town of Falmouth, viewing its 14th Century castle, which was built in Henry VIII’s time to defend the river entrance from French & Spanish invasions. It’s then onto Trebah to explore these stunning gardens and to hear how it played its part in the D-Day landings. Crossing the river at Helford Passage, you will get a foot ferry to the opposite side of the estuary, to enjoy lunch in the thatched village of Helford, an area that inspired Daphne Du Maurier to write her novel Frenchman’s Creek. As we head further onto the Lizard Peninsula, we pass through the villages of Manaccan and St Keverne, before ending the day with a cream tea picnic at Coverack, a pretty, once-thriving fishing village, which lures geologists to seek out its treasures.

Tour Agenda

Map of the Sub-Tropical South Tour
  • Falmouth

    This bustling bohemian town is full of craft and independent shops and artisan coffee houses. There will be the opportunity to walk along the quay front and watch the boats bob on the water; Before we drive the scenic road to Trebah Gardens, stopping for a birds-eye view of Falmouth’s working dry docks.

  • Trebah Gardens

    A sub-tropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop. We meander our way past the water garden and open-air theatre, down to the beach that in 1944 played an important role in the D Day landings, deploying 7500 US Infantry Division to Omaha Beach. Heading back through the gardens, where giant bamboo and Gunnera stand. (Please note the gardens are closed on Thursdays and Fridays)

  • Helford Passage

    From here, you catch the foot ferry to the picturesque village of Helford, which lies on the opposite side of the riverbanks, meeting back up with your guide after lunch.

  • Helford

    Lunch spot

    Wander through this charming village to its focal point, the local thatched pub, to enjoy a delicious lunch overlooking the river, a view which inspired Daphne Du Maurier’s novel Frenchman’s Creek.

  • Coverack

    Tucked away in a sheltered bay on the Eastern side of the Lizard Peninsula, is this once thriving fishing port. Now, it is a magnet for visitors to enjoy its slow pace of life, discover its geology, which makes it so famous, and perhaps take a walk along the South West Coast Path. This is our chosen location to enjoy your infamous homemade cream tea picnic; jam first, of course!