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The English Riveria

The English Riveria

Door to door service

Torquay has much to offer as a holiday destination due to its mild climate, picturesque stunning seafront, stylish marina and beautiful beaches meandering the length of the town whilst a walk up the steps of the Royal Terrace Gardens is rewarded with amazing sea views across to Tor Bay. We visit the model village of Babbacombe where there are thousands of miniature buildings, people and vehicles along with animated scenes and touches of English humour, and its 4 acres of award- winning gardens. Spend a day at Powderham Castle, one of Devon’s oldest family homes, set within beautiful gardens and an ancient deer park. Enjoy a relaxing, scenic boat trip on the River Dart going from Totnes to Dartmouth.

TLH Victoria Hotel***

One of 4 hotels within the TLH group, the Victoria was originally built between 1861 and 1867 and retains many of its fine period features. There are comfortable bedrooms with tea and coffee making facilities, TV, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi. There are relaxing lounges and an elegant restaurant with a glass domed roof. The Victoria is one of four hotels inter-linked on a single site and all have easy access to the leisure facilities based at the Aztec Spa, including indoor pool, sauna, spa and jacuzzi. Almost nightly entertainment is provided by each hotel, and guests are able to share whatever is taking place at any of them.

Price Includes

  • Door to door pick up service

  • Elite coach travel

  • Services of Tour Manager

  • 5 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast

  • Use of Aztec Leisure facilities

  • Entry to Babbacombe Model Village

  • Free day in Torquay

  • Excursion to Totnes and river trip to Dartmouth

  • Visit to Powderham Castle and Gardens

Day 1

Your holiday starts with a pick-up from home by one of the vehicles in our Door-to-Door service and this will bring you through to our coach. Once everyone is on board, we'll make our way to Torquay with suitable comfort breaks during the journey. We'll aim to arrive late afternoon to give you time to unpack and freshen up before dinner.

Day 2

A leisurely start to the day before we make the short journey to Babbacombe model village. Set in a place of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and one of the prettiest areas on the English Riviera, Babbacombe was opened in 1963 and features hundreds of model buildings, people and vehicles along with animated scenes and touches of English humour capturing the essence of England's past present and future. There are also 4 acres of award winning miniature landscaped gardens. We'll stay until late afternoon to give you plenty of time to enjoy the village.

Day 3

A day at leisure in Torquay so you may wish to use the leisure facilities available. Torquay was the birthplace of Agatha Christie and the Agatha Christie mile takes you to some of the places that were inspirational in her life and work with seven unique plaques to find along the way. Alternatively, the pier, promenade and marina are well worth a stroll and the views from the Royal Terrace Gardens across the bay are stunning.

Day 4

Our excursion today is to Powderham Castle and Gardens. Enjoying a picturesque setting within an ancient deer park, beside the River Exe estuary, over 600 years of history can be discovered within the walls of one of Devon's oldest family homes. You'll be able to explore some of the grandest rooms in the Castle via secret doors, long libraries and even a hidden ballroom on the State Room Tour. Enjoy the beautiful gardens and take a tractor trailer ride on the park safari into the deer park.

Day 5

We take the short journey to the charming market town of Totnes where you'll have a couple of hours to explore this lovely medieval town with its plethora of independent shops and cafes. We'll then board the boat for our 90 minute, nine mile cruise along the beautiful River Dart to the historic port of Dartmouth, taking in sights of Agatha Christies' Greenway, Dittisham and Sharpham Vineyards along the way.

Day 6

Leaving the hotel after breakfast, we'll begin our journey home. We'll have suitable comfort breaks en-route before meeting the door to door vehicles who will be waiting to take you home.

Ashford International Hotel, Ashford****

A 4-star hotel offering spacious, comfortable bedrooms with tea/coffee facilities, hairdryer, TV and free Wi-Fi. The stylish Horizon Bar and Restaurant is an elegant area where a seasonal menu and British cuisine using, where possible, locally sourced produce is served. There is a spa and health club. Ground floor rooms may be available on request and the hotel does have a lift.

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