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(Tour code: TQB20)

Explore Devon’s fabulous coastline by rail

Experience the English Riviera at its very best with journeys aboard 2 heritage railroads, 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.

  • Torquay
  • Journey on the Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railroad
  • Dartmouth
  • River Cruise from Totnes to Dartmouth
  • The Dawlish Coast
  • South Devon Railroad
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursion
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
  • Selected Departures Guaranteed

South Devon & The Dawlish Coast 2020Tour Details

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Day 1 Torquay

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 Paignton

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 Railroad, 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 colorful 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
  • Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railroad
Day 3 Torquay

At leisure

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 Railroad, for a journey spent admiring the coastal views.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Free Day
Day 4 South Devon Railroad
South Devon Railroad

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 Railroad 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 vacation.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Torquay

Homeward bound

After breakfast, we say our farewells and you are free to depart Torquay at your leisure.

  • Breakfast

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.

Recommended Airport

We recommend that for this tour you arrange flights to and from Bristol Airport, which is approximately 86 miles from your base in Torquay. 

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

Departure Times

You may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

What’s included

An escorted experience and travel during your tour

  • The services of a professional Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Standard Class rail and coach travel throughout

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 4 nights' accommodation at the 4-Star Palace Hotel in Torquay

Delicious meals included

  • 8 meals including 4 breakfasts and 4 dinners, including 1 farewell dinner in Torquay


Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railroad
  • South Devon Railroad
  • Cruise to Totnes
  • Scenic rail journey along the Dawlish Coast
  • Free time in Dawlish Warren

Not Included

  • Flights and Airport transfers


Dimitri Zgonis
Vaugnel Fletcher
South Devon & The Dawlish Coast

Explore Devon’s fabulous coastline by rail


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