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South Devon & The Dawlish Coast

(Tour code: TQB17)Explore Devon’s fabulous coastline by rail

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


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Tour Highlights
  • Torquay
  • Journey on the Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway
  • Dartmouth
  • River Cruise to Totnes
  • The Dawlish Coast
  • South Devon Railway
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursion
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

On many of our UK & Ireland tours, 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.

Day 1

Meet the group in Torquay

As we arrive in Torquay your Tour Manager will be waiting to greet you in the reception of the Palace Hotel. Set in 25 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and woodlands, this hotel offers an ideal location for a relaxing break. Upon arrival you may want to take a stroll through the extensive parklands or simply enjoy the hotel's luxurious leisure facilities.

  • Dinner
Day 2

The Riviera by steam train and boat

Today we explore Torbay's splendid coastline, beginning with a short coach journey to Paignton. Here we board the Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway which takes us along the scenic Devon coastline and the tranquil River Dart to Kingswear. We cross the Dart Estuary by ferry on the short journey to Dartmouth, where we have some time to explore this elegant riverside town. We then continue on a cruise boat up the river to Totnes.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway
Day 3

At leisure

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

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

The Dawlish Coast

This morning we take the 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 journey by steam* 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.

*Journeys are steam-hauled wherever possible.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • South Devon Railway
Day 5

Farewell to Torquay

After breakfast we say our farewells and you are free to depart Torquay at your own leisure. Perhaps you'd like to stay a little longer to discover more of this attractive town.

  • 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.


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