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South Devon and The Dawlish Coast

3.9 stars(38 reviews)

The English Riviera at its best

5 days From £595 per person
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Book your 2022 holiday between 8th December 2021 and up to and including 31st January 2022 and you can transfer your holiday for free - no questions asked. T&C's apply

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2022 Tour code: TQB22

About the tour

Experience the English Riviera at its best with nostalgic journeys aboard heritage railways, a traditional steamboat cruise, a scenic drive along the Dawlish Coast, and a visit to Agatha Christie's holiday home. Our hotel in Dawlish Warren offers the perfect base, with beautiful views across the sandy beaches of South Devon.


What’s included


Day 1 - Dawlish Warren

We arrive in the pretty resort of Dawlish Warren and meet our Tour Manager at our hotel. Located on the south coast of Devon overlooking the Exe Estuary, from here there's beautiful views across the golden beaches and ocean beyond, found just a short stroll away.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - Greenway and the English Riviera by steam boat and train

We discover the English Riviera's seaside atmosphere, beginning with a steam boat cruise between Totnes and Dartmouth. After free time to explore elegant riverside Dartmouth, we cross the Dart Estuary by ferry, making the journey to Kingswear. We transfer to Greenway, an atmospheric Georgian house that was the holiday home of Agatha Christie. We enjoy a glimpse into the life of the writer as we explore the house and grounds, where you can see Agatha Christie's bedroom, library, and outside, stroll amongst the walled gardens. From Greenway, we continue on the Dartmouth Steam Railway, which takes us along the scenic Devon coastline and the tranquil River Dart to Paignton. We take a coach back to the hotel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Dawlish Warren

Today is free. You could spend time relaxing at the hotel, which is set within 19 acres of woodlands and surrounded by lawns and gardens. Nearby, the famous nature reserve at Dawlish Warren offers up an unspoiled area of natural beauty, with grassland and sand dunes that are home to hundreds of flowering plants and an array of birds. If you'd like to explore further, one option is to take a scenic rail trip along the coast to Torquay, often referred to as the 'English Riviera'. You could stroll along the seafront, following the 'Agatha Christie Mile' for more insights into the famous novelist. You could also visit historic Torre Abbey, now a museum and art gallery.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - The Dawlish Coast

We transfer to nearby Dawlish, with free time to enjoy the traditional seaside town. You could experience some nostalgic activities, such as a visit to the amusements or fish and chips followed by ice cream. This afternoon, we continue 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 to Totnes on an award-winning route that showcases the fine scenery and cheery stations of Southern England. The trains used here are beautiful old steam engines which follow a seven-mile route past babbling rivers and charming woodland. We end the day with a visit to Buckfast Abbey, part of a Benedictine monastery dating back to 1134 that's home to a working community of monks.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Home

After breakfast, you are free to depart in your own time.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

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.


Langstone Cliff Hotel, Dawlish Warren

Langstone Cliff Hotel, Dawlish Warren

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3.9 stars3.9 / 5 · 38 reviews

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Mrs Susan Sanderson

4 stars

Submitted 25 Oct 2021

A pleasant short holiday. It was good to be gently directed to the various different forms of transport, ie coach, ferry, train etc. with no stressful long journeys. Just what I needed after the limitations of lockdown.

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M Brown

5 stars

Submitted 23 Oct 2021

I already sent one

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Steffanie Procter

5 stars

Submitted 20 Oct 2021

A very pleasant tour manager . Nice hotel in need of an upgrade Trips well thought out Not rushed

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Peter Lark

3 stars

Submitted 20 Oct 2021

Enjoyable relaxing holiday with 2 interesting days out. The imperial hotel was an excellent placed to stay. The pace of the holiday , however, felt very slow at times , and the price was on the high side for what was basically a 3 day break.

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Lesley Glover

4 stars

Submitted 20 Oct 2021

Very well organised trip.Good accommodation and tours

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4 stars

Submitted 19 Oct 2021

The organised you’re were excellent.

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South Devon and The Dawlish Coast

The English Riviera at its best


Helen Laverack
Luke Simpson
Lynne Broadley