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Steam & Sail in the Elegant English Riviera

A beautiful rail holiday along one of Britain's most iconic routes to the English Riviera, with opportunity to explore the beauty and charm of Devon's magnificent coastline by boat as well as travelling on two of Devon's finest steam railways.

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5 days from £555



Tuesday 16 April 2024

Tuesday 4 June 2024

Tuesday 16 July 2024

Tuesday 17 September 2024



  • 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 coastline

  • Glorious sightseeing around Torquay

  • Visit Dartmouth, an historic naval town

  • Take in a 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


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.



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 rail 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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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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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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We bid farewell to newfound friends and return homeward.


B=Breakfast, D=Dinner


The Livermead House Hotel, Torquay 

The elegant 3-star Livermead House Hotel was built in 1820 and has a picturesque seafront location. It is ideally situated just a short walk from the train station and a level walk along the promenade to Torquay town centre. The Livermead House offers a traditional flavour, outstanding sea views, and high standards of cuisine. There is free Wi-Fi in all public areas. The hotel has lovely gardens with seating and an outdoor swimming pool plus a snooker room, squash court, gym, indoor bowls, and sauna.  



Fare Region



London: Paddington



Greater London



South of England



East Anglia



South West



Heart of England









North East



North West



South Wales



North Wales






*Please note: Some local and regional train services are Standard Class only, so First Class ticket holders will travel in standard class accommodation for these sections of journeys.


Join & Leave at Hotel £565


Single Room Supplement £40


£10 tour discount for holders of National Railcards


June Departure Supplement £30


July & September Supplement £40


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 & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Hotel Porterage


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