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South Devon and The Dawlish Coast

(8 reviews)

Explore Devon’s fabulous coastline by rail

5 days Sold out

2020 Tour code: TQB20

About the tour

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.


What’s included


Day 1 - 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 - 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
  • Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway
Day 3 - At leisure

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
  • Free Day
Day 4 - 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 tour.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
South Devon Railway
Day 5 - Homeward bound

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

  • Breakfast

Additional information

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.

Recommended Airport

We recommend that for this tour you arrange flights to and from Bristol Airport, which is approximately 86 miles from your base in Torquay. 

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

Departure times

You may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.


Imperial Hotel

Imperial Hotel, Torquay

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The Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway
South Devon Railway


100% of travellers would recommend this tour

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Mr C Lee

Submitted Aug 04, 2019

Well organised,great value hotel.

Mr T Osborne

Submitted Oct 28, 2018

Really enjoyed the tour

Mrs E Grace

Submitted Oct 21, 2018

I have already filled out one of these

Mr R Irvine

Submitted Oct 07, 2017

We filled out a detailed report on the last day of journey, Far more than I can cover here.

Mr J Cox

Submitted Sep 30, 2017

Our third tour to south Devon again proved most satisfying.Our tour manager was very pleasant throughout our tour.Best wishes from 'Mr john Cox.

Mr G Lawrence

Submitted Jul 29, 2017

The hotel was due to close at the end of the month and had acquired a run down appearance.