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Western Discoveries Day Tours

Address: Chynoey, Newmill, Penzance TR208XW, England
Phone Number: +44 1736 362763
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Ranked #2 of 24 Activities in Penzance
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: We provide guided minibus tours of West Cornwall. They feature the most interesting and beautiful...
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Owner description: We provide guided minibus tours of West Cornwall. They feature the most interesting and beautiful spots of the region and are a great way to learn more about this fascinating land. With a maximum of 8 passengers, tours are intimate and itineraries depend on what you would like to see, what the weather is doing and how far you would like to walk. We typically squeeze in ancient monuments, mining works, a cup of coffee and coastal scenery before running out of time. Open tours run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, last 4 hours, cost from £35 per person and leave from Penzance and St Ives. Private tours start from £195. Call or email for details.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This was a private tour booked on October 15,2014, from Newquay to Tintagel and included Port Isaac,(the site of the location shots for the `Doc Martin` TV series), the three churches of St Minver, St Enodoc, and St Michael, in the Camel estuary, Christian sites dating from the 7th and 8th century. The churchyard of St Enodoc is the grave... More 

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Ramat Gan, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

We found out about Russ on TA. We took two private tours with him. On the first day, we left St. Ives promptly at 9:30 for our 6-hour tour. We traveled westward, and learned about the former (and ancient) tin industry, and the high price paid by people who engaged in it. We visited the St. Senara church at Zennor,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Russ and his Western Discoveries Tours made our day. My sister and I took our Mom (80's) to Cornwall. Russ took us to so many places in one day! He made sure we got in as much of Cornwall as possible, all the while taking Mom and her needs into consideration. Russ is a great story teller and knows so... More 

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Branford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

When searching online for things to do around Penzance, I came across an article by Rick Steves whose programs on foreign travel I had seen on PBS for many years. He highly recommended Russ of Western Discoveries and so I booked a private tour for my cousin and I to see some of the sacred sites and more remote beaches... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We had booked a walking holiday from St. Ives to Mousehole with Western Discoveries. Since we did not want to drive by car from Saarbruecken to St. Ives and had only a week's time, we decided for a flight from Dusseldorf to Newquay. Matt picked us up and drove us there for the first B & B. Equipped with very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

July 2014. Russ took us all over West Cornwall in his comfortable van, giving us a most marvelous tour of this stunning part of the world. He has the loveliest manner, explaining the history and culture and soul of the area so well, from the knowledgeable perspective of a native. My husband cannot walk very long distances so Russ was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We booked Russ for a private tour for our group of 8 and found him to be a congenial guide with great depth of knowledge as to Cornish history, prehistory and natural history, all of which were of particular interest to our group. Everyone in our group agreed that the tour was outstanding and exceeded all expectations.

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Western Discoveries organized a one week travel for me and my wife. What a great experience! Of course it helped with perfect sunny weather. The hole trip went smooth. All BB's and Inn's we staid at was really nice (with WiFi Matt :-), except Mike in St. Ives). Fantastic landscape during the day, and fanstastic ale in the evenings. Life... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We cannot recommend Russ highly enough. We booked him for a private tour and found him to be an excellent driver, pleasant company and knowledgeable guide. He collected us at the appointed time, discussed what we wanted to see and do and customized a route and tour to suit us. We asked him to show us the "real" Cornwall and... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

What a great day exploring west cornwall Russ knows this area and it shows. We left it up to Russ what he would take us to and we weren't disappointed. The scenery and commentry was great we have seen west Cornwall as a local. Thanks Russ

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