South Devon & The Dawlish Coast
NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT*
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.
As we arrive in Torquay your Tour Manager will be waiting to greet you in the reception of the Grand 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.
Today we explore Torbay'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 on the short journey to Kingswear. Here we board the Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway which takes us along the scenic Devon coastline and the tranquil River Dart to Paignton. Enjoy the views of the beautiful sand-fringed shoreline beaches, passing colourful beach huts and the sparkling azure of the beautiful English Channel, and discover the wonderful ribbon of the River Dart, lined with verdant forests and idyllic woodlands.
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.
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 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. Tonight, we gather to enjoy a farewell meal to celebrate the end of our tour.
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.
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.
An escorted experience and all travel arrangements
Comfortable accommodation in your destination
Delicious meals included
Exciting excursions and free time to explore
This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.
Explore Devon’s fabulous coastline by rail