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South Devon & The Dawlish Coast

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Explore Devon’s fabulous coastline by rail

5 days From £495 per person

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
Day 3 - 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 - 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
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.

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.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Imperial Hotel

Imperial Hotel, Torquay

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The Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway
South Devon Railway

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Mr C Lee

Submitted 04/08/2019

Well organised,great value hotel.

Mr T Osborne

Submitted 28/10/2018

Really enjoyed the holiday

Mrs E Grace

Submitted 21/10/2018

I have already filled out one of these

Mr R Irvine

Submitted 07/10/2017

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

Mr J Cox

Submitted 30/09/2017

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 29/07/2017

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

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South Devon & The Dawlish Coast

Explore Devon’s fabulous coastline by rail


Helen Laverack
Luke Simpson
Lynne Broadley