2017 Devon Riviera by Steam

2017 Devon Riviera by Steam

A wonderful short break on the English Riviera to explore the beauty and charm of Devon's magnificent coast by boat and two of Devon's finest steam railways.

4 Days From Only £355.00

 

DEPARTS

Monday 22 May 2017

Thursday 6 July 2017

Sunday 30 July 2017

Monday 18 September 2017

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • A lovely introduction to Devon

  • Arrive in Torquay along one of Britain’s truly great coastal rail journeys

  • Enjoy the South Devon Steam Railway to Buckfastleigh

  • Travel by steam train along the beautiful English Riviera coast line

  • Glorious sightseeing around Torquay

  • Visit Dartmouth, historic naval town

  • Idyllic circular cruise viewing sights from the majestic River Dart

  • Stunningly located, elegant hotel

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner every evening

  • Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

  • Hotel Porterage

DAY 1

For those travelling with us by train, experience one of England's most quintessential holiday welcoming moments - the great railway journey along the sea wall at Dawlish, before climbing high into the rural pasturelands of the Devon hills then descending back to the coast to arrive on the Riviera at Torquay. We transfer to the Palace Hotel, set in 25 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens. .

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DAY 2

We transfer to Totnes, where we join the oldest preserved steam railway in the south-west, the South Devon Railway. Following a pretty route through the Dart Valley on a former GWR branch line, we follow a scenic 7 mile journey connecting the beautifully maintained stations at Totnes and Buckfastleigh. After free time we return to Torquay. The day is then free for you to enjoy at leisure in Torquay; perhaps take "the mile" stroll around the harbour and seafront spotting the clues linked to a character in Dame Agatha's books, or take the sea ferry to Brixham, home of the "Golden Hind" replica of the iconic Tudor ship.

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DAY 3

Today we travel by steam train alongside the English Riviera coastline to Churston, then on through the wooded slopes of Long Wood bordering the Dart Estuary to Kingswear. We take a short ferry crossing to the historic resort of Dartmouth where there is free time for some sightseeing and a gentle circular river cruise viewing Bayards Cove, Kingswear and Dartmouth Castles, Britannia Royal Naval College, Dittisham Village, and Sir Walter Raleigh's Boathouse. We return by steam train to Paignton, and onwards to our hotel.

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DAY 4

We bid farewell to new found friends and return homeward.

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

The Palace Hotel, Torquay

Situated amongst 25 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens extending to the sea, the Palace Hotel is one of the largest and grandest hotels in Torquay. Founded in 1921 as a hotel, the Palace was the former residence of the Bishop of Exeter and its gardens feature an Italian rose garden, a 9 hole golf course, croquet lawn, and tennis and squash courts. Leisure facilities include heated outdoor and indoor swimming pools, a sauna, and grand spacious public rooms and lounges, affording lovely views of the gardens.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First

Standard

RC (-)

London: Paddington

£495

£440

-£10

Greater London

£525

£455

-£15

South of England

£525

£455

-£15

East Anglia

£555

£485

-£20

South West

£410

£390

-£5

Heart of England

£510

£450

-£15

Midlands

£560

£455

-£15

Yorkshire

£615

£495

-£25

North East

£665

£520

-£25

North West

£590

£480

-£20

South Wales

£655

£475

-£20

North Wales

£600

£480

-£20

Scotland

£715

£560

-£30



 

Join & Leave at Hotel £355

 

NO Single Room Supplement

 

3 nights’ bed, breakfast & Table d’Hôte evening meal

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Hotel Porterage

Important – Please select the number of passengers before proceeding to ‘Book Now’

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