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South Devon, Dartmouth, and The English Riviera

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Discover the beauty of the English Riviera by heritage rail and explore pretty harbour towns, timeless villages, and picturesque countryside.

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2024 Tour code: TQB24

About the tour

Experience the charming English Riviera with nostalgic journeys aboard heritage railways and a traditional boat cruise. Our luxurious hotel in the heart of Paignton is the perfect base, with beautiful views over the English Riviera and Paignton Green.

Unforgettable experiences

Dartmouth Steam Railway
Dartmouth Steam Railway
Journey on the Dartmouth Steam Railway, winding along the picturesque Devonshire coastline.
Devon
Devon
Enjoy a real taste of Devon with a delicious afternoon cream tea in the seaside town of Teignmouth.
Buckfast Abbey
Buckfast Abbey
Visit the historic Buckfast Abbey, home to a working community of Benedictine monks with beautiful, spacious gardens.
Dartmouth
Dartmouth
Experience a delightful sail from Totnes to the pretty riverside town of Dartmouth.
South Devon Railway
South Devon Railway
Join the South Devon Railway for a journey along the River Dart, soaking up beautiful natural landscapes.

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 – The traditional seaside resort of Paignton

Our holiday begins today on the western shores of Tor Bay in the seaside town of Paignton. We're greeted by our Tour Manager at our luxurious hotel in the mid-afternoon. The Mercure Hotel is the perfect base for our holiday, situated on the seafront and just a few minutes' walk to the town centre where you can start exploring at leisure before dinner this evening.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - The English Riviera by boat and the Dartmouth Steam Railway

We discover the English Riviera's seaside atmosphere today, beginning with a boat cruise from Totnes across the River Dart. We drift by idyllic riverside villages, the Sharpham Estate with its vineyards, and steep wooded hillsides until we reach Dartmouth.

There's time at leisure to explore the vibrant harbour town. You could visit the 14th-century Dartmouth Castle on the river bank, seek out the peaceful coves in the area, or enjoy lunch at one of the modern restaurants, elegant bars or traditional seaside fish and chip shops.

Later this afternoon, we cross the Dart Estuary by ferry to the village of Kingswear. We board the Dartmouth Steam Railway from here, which takes us along the scenic Devon coastline to Paignton. The scenery on this picturesque line is breathtaking as we pass through the wooded slopes of Long Wood and along the spectacular English Riviera Geopark coastline. Arriving in Paignton, our coach takes us back to our hotel for dinner this evening.

Trains are steam-hauled where possible. However, due to timetable changes or weather conditions, heritage diesel locomotives may be running instead.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 – Exploring Paignton at leisure

You're at leisure today to explore at your own pace until dinner at the hotel this evening. Paignton's seafront and town centre shops are all conveniently near each other, so you can explore a lot in one day. The harbour is a true maritime treasure, with a vibrant collection of boats, a historic harbour wall, and a choice of delightful restaurants and cafes. You could try the renowned local fish for lunch or even enjoy some tapas by sea. You could also head to the bustling high street for a good choice of shops where you'll find everything from souvenirs to beach supplies.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 – The picturesque South Devon Railway and Teignmouth

Our coach takes us to Buckfastleigh this morning, where we join the South Devon Railway. This steam-hauled round trip runs along the valley of the River Dart, past babbling rivers and charming woodland.

After a delightful journey through some of Devon's most glorious countryside, our coach takes us to Buckfast Abbey. Home to a working community of Benedictine monks, there are award-winning gardens, an interactive exhibition, and a lovely chapel to discover at leisure.

This afternoon we visit the stunning coastal town of Teignmouth. The streets are lined with Georgian buildings, and the long sandy beaches are paired with the aroma of fresh local food. It's the perfect place to sit down to a traditional high tea, and we do just that in the riviera tearooms before time at leisure to explore.

Trains are steam-hauled where possible, however due to timetable changes or weather conditions, heritage diesel locomotives may be running instead.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 – Homeward bound

After breakfast, our English Riviera holiday comes to an end. It's time to say goodbye to new friends and fellow travellers and make your way home. Or, you could continue to discover more of Devon on your own.

Includes
  • 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.

Hotel

Mercure, Paignton

Mercure, Paignton

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Trains

The Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway
South Devon Railway

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K Wilson

4 stars

Submitted 16/Jun

Excellent itinerary and nothing was too much trouble at any hour for our tour guide, Colin. Well done, Colin

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W Lane

4 stars

Submitted 14/Jun

Ok but Paignton a rubbish place. All kept together by an excellent tour manager

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David Baker

5 stars

Submitted 14/Jun

Well organised trip with plenty of free time. Excellent tour manager who kept us well informed.

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M Cullen

4 stars

Submitted 14/Jun

Let down by hotel catering department

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Carol Roberts

2 stars

Submitted 17/May

A newish hotel with some staff issues. Food awful on first evening, then it did improve a little. Would have preferred an activity or tour on the free day in order to feel that the holiday was value for money. Objected to having to pay £60 parking for 4 nights.

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Dorothy Cooke

4 stars

Submitted 17/May

We had an excellent courier, the visits were well planned and interesting. Don’t be fooled by the Riviera title unfortunately Paignton did not live up to the title. I’m sure there were other prettier seaside resorts. The afternoon tea was much too large considering we had a 3 course evening meal at 7pm.

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