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South Devon & The Dawlish Coast

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Our third tour to south Devon again proved most satisfying.
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(Tour code: TQB20)

Explore Devon’s fabulous coastline by rail

Experience the English Riviera at its very best with journeys aboard 2 heritage railways, a river cruise, and a journey along the Dawlish Coast. Torquay provides the perfect base, set among 7 green hills and famous for its grand Victorian villas gazing out to sea.

  • Torquay
  • Journey on the Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway
  • Dartmouth
  • River Cruise from Totnes to Dartmouth
  • The Dawlish Coast
  • South Devon Railway
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursion
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals

South Devon & The Dawlish Coast 2020Tour Details

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Day 1 Torquay

Meet the group in Torquay

We arrive in Torquay to be greeted by our Tour Manager at the 4-Star Imperial Hotel.

  • Dinner
Day 2 Paignton

The Riviera by steam train and boat

Today we explore the English Riviera's splendid coastline, beginning with a boat cruise down the river between Totnes and Dartmouth. After some free time to explore the elegant riverside town of Dartmouth, we cross the Dart Estuary by ferry to Kingswear. Here we board the Dartmouth Steam Railway, which takes us along the scenic Devon coastline and the tranquil River Dart to Paignton. We enjoy the views of the beautiful sand-fringed shoreline beaches, passing colourful beach huts and the blue expanse of the English Channel, discovering the wonderful ribbon of the River Dart, lined with verdant forests and idyllic woodlands.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Torquay

At leisure in Torquay

Today we have a free day to explore Torquay at leisure. Why not take a stroll along the town's charming seafront, following the 'Agatha Christie Mile'? You could also visit the striking Torre Abbey, or board the quaint Babbacombe Cliff Railway, for a journey spent admiring the coastal views.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 South Devon Railway
South Devon Railway

The Dawlish Coast

This morning we take a scenic rail trip along the coast to Dawlish. After some free time, we transfer to Buckfastleigh where we join the South Devon Railway for a steam-hauled journey along the valley of the River Dart. Built in 1872, this heritage line runs from Buckfastleigh to Totnes. Sit back and relax as we enjoy a picturesque return trip. Tonight, we gather to enjoy a farewell meal to mark the end of our holiday.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Torquay

Homeward bound

After breakfast, we say our farewells and you are free to depart Torquay at your leisure.

  • Breakfast

Please note

Please note that whilst every departure of Torquay & the Eden Project will feature the same excursions, the order of the itinerary may differ from that given above.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Standard Class rail and coach travel throughout
  • All coach transfers

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 4 nights' accommodation at the 4-Star Grand Hotel in Torquay

Delicious meals included

  • 8 meals including 4 breakfasts and 4 dinners, including 1 farewell dinner in Torquay


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway
  • South Devon Railway
  • Cruise to Totnes
  • Scenic rail journey along the Dawlish Coast
  • Free time in Dawlish Warren

Enhancing your tour

  • Upgrade to a Sea Facing room with balcony or terrace from £69pp (twin occupancy only)

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Luke Simpson
Lynne Broadley
Helen Laverack
South Devon & The Dawlish Coast

Explore Devon’s fabulous coastline by rail


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