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Steam & Sail in the Elegant English Riviera

Steam & Sail in the Elegant English Riviera

A wonderful rail holiday along one of Britain's iconic routes to the English Riviera to explore the beauty and charm of Devon's magnificent coast by boat and two of Devon's finest steam railways.

5 Days From £479

 

DEPARTS

Tuesday 12 May 2020

Tuesday 9 June 2020

Tuesday 7 July 2020

Tuesday 22 September 2020

 

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

  • Hotel on the stunning seafront

 

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 English Riviera at Torquay. We transfer to the Livermead House Hotel, conveniently situated on Torquay's seafront.

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DAY 2

We travel 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 seven mile journey connecting the beautifully maintained stations at Totnes and Buckfastleigh. We have some free time at Buckfastleigh where we can visit Butterfly Farm and Otter Sanctuary, located adjacent to the station and only a few minutes walk from the platform or alternatively we can venture a little further and visit nearby Buckfast Abbey and gardens.

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DAY 3

Today is free to relax in Torquay or explore the stunning English Riviera. You may decide to take the short ferry ride across the bay to the small fishing town of Brixham, home of the 'Golden Hind' replica of the iconic Tudor ship or perhaps visit the neighbouring town of Babbacombe, famed for cliff railway built in 1926 and model village. We reconvene at the hotel for our evening meal together.

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DAY 4

This morning 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 5

We bid farewell to new found friends and return homeward.

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

HOTEL

The Livermead House Hotel

The Livermead House Hotel in Torquay is an elegant hotel built in 1820 on the edge of Cockington Valley on Torquay sea front in the heart of The English Riviera, Torbay. The Livermead House offers a traditional flavour on Torquay's water’s edge. It’s a level walk along the promenade to the town centre and there is free Wi-Fi Internet access in all public areas.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First

Standard

London: Paddington

£605

£555

Greater London

£609

£559

South of England

£629

£569

East Anglia

£659

£589

South West

£519

£499

Heart of England

£615

£565

Midlands

£669

£559

Yorkshire

£719

£599

North East

£769

£619

North West

£699

£579

South Wales

£759

£575

North Wales

£705

£579

Scotland

£819

£655

 

Join & Leave at Hotel £489

 

Single Room Supplement £39

 

£10 tour discount for holders of National Railcards

 

4 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

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