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3.8 stars(44 reviews)
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The English Riviera at its best

5 days From £595 per person

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.

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Itinerary

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.

Includes
  • 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.

Includes
  • 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.

Includes
  • 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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Home

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

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

Langstone Cliff Hotel, Dawlish Warren

Langstone Cliff Hotel, Dawlish Warren

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The Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway
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3.8 stars3.8 / 5 · 44 reviews

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Rosemary T

1 stars

Submitted 1/Jul

Sorry to say our experience of the Dawlish trip at Langstone Cliff Hotel wasn’t up to expectations Hotel from outside look very sad and almost looked like Butlins complex from outside Our room was very good it had been recently renovated Our food was very poor service wasn’t good Buffet self service wasn’t good we were expecting table service Table service would have been good Sadly I won’t be using Great Rail again This was my first trip and my last trip For the money it cost we were expecting much more

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Iris McLean

4 stars

Submitted 1/Jul

Relaxing few days with a lovely hotel with good meals and facilities and trips including visits to interesting places by steam trains and a boat trip. The location by the coast for walks was great and our tour manager was friendly and helpful.

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S. K. Goodson

4 stars

Submitted 18/Jun

Overall the experience was very good. A good choice of hotel, which was perfect. Train and boat rides were good. Tour Guide could have put a little more effort into it!

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Allan Mason

2 stars

Submitted 18/Jun

The hotel beds were uncomfortable with lumpy pillows. The food in the evening was a bit repetitive with little choice such as cold meats and salad. Other than cereals the only choice for breakfast was a fry up. No no cold meat of cheeses. I asked and was told they did not do continental breakfasts. Day 2 was good, but day 4 morning was wasted as most of us had already seen Dawlish which was not far from the hotel. Teignmouth would have been better. The afternoon was OK. The bus journeys would have been better if the driver had driven slower, to give us time to look around. There was plenty of time. Bumpy and uncomfortable coach. Drinks from the bar were totally overpriced.

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Keith

4 stars

Submitted 17/Jun

Our holiday was well organised, the Langston Cliff Hotel was excellent in all respects. Ideally some more information about the places we visited prior to our visit would have been welcome eg Greenway House and Buckfastleigh Abbey.

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Yvonne

4 stars

Submitted 1/Jun

I did return the survey enjoyable experience. Hotel a little tired but nice staff, food good. Tour well organised

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