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The Jurassic Coast, England’s first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site, stretches along 95 miles of truly stunning coastline from East Devon to Dorset, and records 185 million years of the earth’s history.
Day One - Home to Weymouth
We’ll make our way from the interchange to Weymouth, where we’ll check in to the Bay Royal Hotel and will enjoy an evening meal. (D)
Days Two to Seven - Weymouth
We spend the next six days in Weymouth, taking three included excursions to enjoy some of the very best locations that Dorset has to offer.
We take a tour of the Jurassic Coast, known for its golden sand beaches and specific locations along the way such as Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. We will also call at Abbotsbury famous for its subtropical gardens, with plants from across the world on show.
We also visit the unique Blue Pool, which constantly varies in colour due to the way light hits it. Here you can stroll through scenic woodland trying to spot the varied wildlife that lives here. On our way back we will call at Swanage, which has a pretty golden beach with stunning clear waters.
We also visit the town of Dorcester with its elegant 18th century houses and a vibrant history as the inspiration for the town of Casterbridge in Thomas Hardy's novels.
Weymouth is famous for its wide sandy beaches and Bennett’s Water Gardens contains many different types of plant from across the globe. The town of Portland is a short trip away via public transport and is a great place to enjoy your free day with scenic coastal walks and a much quieter feel than bustling Weymouth. (B,D)
Day Eight - Weymouth to Home
Time to say goodbye today; we depart after breakfast and make our way to the interchange before returning home. (B)
Royal Weymouth Hotel
The Royal Hotel commands an unrivaled position right on Weymouth’s seafront with the town’s beach just across the promenade and a wealth of shops, boutique cafes and bars and quality restaurants just a short walk away.
Weymouth has a number of great attractions with Nothe Fort an easy walk from the hotel which has various exhibitions on a variety of subjects throughout the year. Or take the bus to the Isle of Portland which has a historic castle and lighthouse and is generally a lovely place to spend a day on its trails which offer great views.
Weymouth’s main train station is just a couple of minutes’ walk from the hotel and by car and train the surrounding landscape is fantastic to explore. The Jurassic Coast is a short journey away as is the New Forest, both of which offer fantastic wildlife and landscapes with stunning golden beaches and fantastic moorland respectively.
The hotel’s restaurant and bar offer great views of the promenade and are a great place for people watching while enjoying our chef’s wide and varied menus at breakfast and for an evening meal. Choose to enjoy an upgrade to superior and premier rooms for even greater comfort and space as well as fantastic sea views during your stay.
Full Day: Jurassic Coast, West Bay And Subtropical Abbotsbury
We take an excursion following the beautiful Jurassic Coast, which was England’s first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. We call first at pretty West Bay, set on a beautiful white sand beach set between two magnificent cliffs. We then travel to the subtropical gardens in Abbotsbury which is set in a magnificent 30 acre garden filled with rare and exotic plants from all over the world!
Full Day: The Blue Pool and Swanage
This morning we will journey through some of the local villages associated with Lawrence of Arabia before visiting a local beauty spot known as The Blue Pool. A small but unique and tranquil lake, the pool constantly varies in colour due to the fine clay bed it sits on and how the light hits the water, there are many peaceful paths to discover here. We then continue to seaside Swanage were you’ll have time to explore this beautiful setting at leisure, with its beautiful white sand beach and a restored steam railway and vintage Victorian pier.
Half Day: Dorchester Combi
Excursion to charming Dorchester, county town of Dorset. With its elegant 18th century houses, fine high street and vibrant history, Dorchester is still very much the famous ‘Casterbridge’ of Thomas Hardy’s novels.