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Torquay, South Devon & Dartmoor National Park

  • Duration: 5 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS9288

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

5 days

UK 2023

PRICE FROM ? £299 per person
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Itinerary

Description

With its iconic palm trees, continental harbour and golden beaches, Torquay is the perfect location to enjoy a seaside getaway in the heart of the English Riviera. We explore this lovely landscape with a cruise on the picturesque River Dart, a scenic drive through the awe-inspiring Dartmoor National Park and spend time in the beautiful town of Dartmouth, where the blue waters are fringed by colourful hillside houses. There’s also a chance to visit the pretty fishing port of Brixham and the traditional town of Teignmouth on our Devon adventure.

Itinerary

Included Excursions

Dartmoor National Park: Buckfast Abbey, Princetown & Tavistock (full day)

Home to a community of Benedictine monks, Buckfast Abbey lies on the banks of the River Dart. Here, we soak up the peaceful atmosphere and explore the beautiful Abbey church with its art treasures. There’s also time to wander the tranquil gardens and browse the gift and produce shops.

We then continue on a scenic drive through Dartmoor National Park; this wild heart of Devon is peppered with moss-blanketed boulders, honey-coloured heaths, tinkling streams and cinematic granite tors. Look out for rare wildlife before we reach our next stop; Princetown. This tiny moorland outpost is home to the foreboding Dartmoor prison and the Dartmoor National Park Visitor Centre, which was once the Old Duchy Hotel where Arthur Conan Doyle penned the eerie The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Our next stop is Tavistock. This classic West Country market town is the gateway to the Cornwall and West Devon Mining World Heritage Site. Explore the old streets, which throng with an eclectic mix of small independent shops and delicatessens, and take a peek behind the Town Hall to discover the award-winning and historic Pannier Market.

Dartmouth, River Dart Cruise & Totnes (full day)

We start the day with some time at leisure in the riverside town of Dartmouth. Former home of Agatha Christie, it is easily one of Devon's prettiest destinations. Explore the pastel-coloured buildings leaning at angles and the picturesque harbour laden with yachts and pleasure boats.

Next, we enjoy a relaxing cruise along the calm waters of the River Dart, where we admire the magnificent buildings including the Britannia Royal Naval College and Agatha Christie’s Greenway Estate. Cameras at the ready for the Sharpham Estate with its vineyards, and steep, toppling wooded hillsides plunging down to the water’s edge.

We disembark in the historic market town of Totnes, a helter-skelter of charming streets and fine Tudor buildings nestled beneath the silhouette of the sturdy Norman castle. We have time to explore the boutique shops famed for their range of ethical products, wholefoods and fair trade goods.

 

Please note: the cruise itinerary may operate in reverse order subject to sailing times.


Optional Excursion

Brixham & Teignmouth – £13pp (full day)

Join our optional excursion where we first visit Brixham, an attractive port fringed with colourful fisher cottages on the surrounding hillsides. Explore the winding streets, snug with bustling arcades and gift shops. The horseshoe harbour is well worth a look too, being home to a replica of Sir Francis Drake’s ship, the Golden Hind.

Afterwards, we head to Teignmouth, a handsome estuary town which has the benefits of a bustling harbour as well as the classic attractions of a seaside resort. It boasts an elegant Georgian crescent, promenade and Victorian pier with fine views across the bay.

JG3

Hotels with a JG3 rating tend to be a more formal style of hotel, often part of a hotel chain, with a greater range of facilities and services. Bedrooms are a little more spacious and have additional features. Public areas are larger and include lounge seating, a bar and restaurant with good quality food served either buffet style or with waiter service.

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  • Return coach travel
  • 4 nights at a selected hotel in Torquay with dinner & breakfast
  • Entertainment some evenings (every evening at the Burlington Hotel)
  • Excursions to Buckfast Abbey, Princetown, Tavistock, Dartmouth& Totnes
  • Scenic drive through Dartmoor National Park
  • Cruise on the River Dart

    Optional excursion to Brixham & Teignmouth (£13pp)

Search Bullets

  • 4 nights at a selected hotel in Torquay with dinner & breakfast
  • Entertainment some evenings (every evening at the Burlington Hotel)
  • Excursions to Buckfast Abbey, Princetown, Tavistock, Dartmouth& Totnes
  • Scenic drive through Dartmoor National Park
  • Cruise on the River Dart

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Highlights Self Drive Only

  • 4 nights at the Tor Park Hotel, Torquay with dinner & breakfast
  • Entertainment some evenings
  • Excursions to Buckfast Abbey, Princetown, Tavistock, Dartmouth & Totnes
  • Scenic drive through Dartmoor National Park
  • Cruise on the River Dart

    Optional excursion to Brixham & Teignmouth (£12pp)

JG2

Hotels with a JG2 rating are a mixture of larger hotels and privately owned properties. Décor and furnishings may be simple but are well maintained. All bedrooms have en-suite facilities, TV and tea/coffee making facilities. Food may be buffet style in some of the larger hotels. Services may be limited
but efficient.

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Accommodation

Selected Hotel

We’ll stay at one of two hotels in Torquay:

The Tor Park Hotel is situated in a quiet residential area of Torquay, about half a mile from the seafront. The hotel offers en-suite rooms with TV and tea and coffee-making facilities. Other amenities include a bar, restaurant, lounge areas and a rooftop terrace. (JG3 rating)

Just a short distance from Torquay’s harbour, town centre and beach, the lovely Burlington Hotel offers en-suite bedrooms with a TV and tea and coffee-making facilities. The hotel also features a bar, lounge, restaurant and games room. (JG2 rating)

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