Devon Rivers & Railways 5 Days - Regina Hotel
- Duration: 5 days
- Board Basis: Half Board
- Tour Ref: D2TALF5153
- Travel Type: Coach
Torquay is one of Britain's most famous resorts, situated at the heart of 22 miles of unspoilt coastline, often referred to as the "English Riviera". It has a mild climate, sparkling blue waters and in its beautiful public gardens you will see subtropical plants and palm trees. Torquay has something to offer everyone: by day you can relax on one of the clean sandy beaches, explore the bustling harbour and marina and the excellent shops or if you are feeling more active there are lovely walks, or activities such as sailing, bowls, golf or fishing. By night you'll be spoilt for choice: there are theatres, night clubs, cabarets and discothèques and of course you'll see the lights illuminating the promenade reflected across the beautiful bay. The many local attractions include Paignton Zoo, Babbacombe Model Village, Kent's Cavern, Torbay Steam Railway and Cockington thatched village. Torquay’s harbour-side has recently been redeveloped and features Living Coasts, a fascinating wildlife attraction adjacent to the Regina Hotel.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1 - Outward Travel
Day 2 - Topsham & Exmouth
This quaint, historic town has a cosmopolitan atmosphere with an eclectic cluster of specialist shops and fine restaurants as well as wonderful sunsets above the estuary./nThere are a collection of distinctive buildings in Topsham including elegant 17th century Dutch-style merchant houses along The Strand./nTopsham Museum houses exhibitions including memorabilia of Vivian Leigh (of ‘Gone with the Wind’ fame), who is linked to Topsham through her first marriage./nWe enjoy a scenic boat trip around the Exe estuary./nInformative commentary brings to life the many interesting sights on the river's banks./nA large sand-spit at the river's mouth ensures the waters here are generally calm./n
Day 3 - Day at Leisure
Today is left free to allow for relaxing in the hotel or exploring the local area. /nDon't hesitate to enquire with the hotel reception regarding local attractions and travel options.
Day 4 - South Devon Railway & Totnes
This unique and charming market town sits in the heart of South Devon and has an international reputation for its lively and diverse community./nThe first authenticated history of Totnes was when King Edward the Elder fortified it in AD 907, although according to legend Totnes was the landing place of Brutus of Troy./nTotnes offers an exceptional range of small independent retailers, plenty of museums and many galleries. A visit to Totnes is not complete without a visit to the Brutus Stone./nThe multi-award winning South Devon Railway is the longest established steam railway in the South West (fare included)./nIt is a seven mile former Great Western Railway branch line, built in 1872, which runs along the stunning valley of the River Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes./nThe South Devon Railway Museum can be found in the former goods shed at Buckfastleigh station./n
Day 5 - Return Travel
Wonderfully situated on the harbour-side, with the principal shops and theatre a gentle stroll away, The Regina Hotel is an ideal destination for tourists seeking coach holidays to Torquay. The ground floor of the Regina was extensively refurbished in 2008. Interestingly, this characteristic hotel was once inhabited by one of England’s most influential poets - Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The great Regina Hotel has 67 bedrooms with central heating and private bath or shower and WC. All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, hair dryer and TV with radio channels. There is a newly refurbished lounge bar overlooking the harbour, air-conditioned restaurant and bar lounge with dance floor and entertainment most evenings. Lift serves most rooms (except Barrett Browning’s former house). Limited car parking with public car park across the road.