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'A Agatha Christie Weekend' - Paignton

Paignton

Fri 28 - Mon 31 May 2021: A 4 Day Escorted Coach Holiday to an Agatha Christie Weekend in Devon with Johnsons Coaches

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Friday 28th to Monday 31st May 2021

 

With its unique old-school feel, the Redcliffe Hotel is a wonderful complement to this itinerary of mystery from yesteryear! We combine olde worlde charm with beautiful scenery and a poison plants tour in Agatha Christie country, to create an intriguing tour. It’s not a crime to crave a weekend by the seaside!

 

Look What's Included:

  • Door to Door Service

  • Our own courier service

  • Club Class Extra Legroom Coach

  • 4 nights half board

  • Entrance to the Eden Project

 

Not included: All lunches

 

 

Friday

We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Saturday

Today is all about exploration and sightseeing. We start by boarding a Dartmouth Steam Railway train at Paignton and enjoy a 30 minute journey to Kingswear, with breathtaking views of the coastline along the way. On arrival, we cross the River Dart on the foot passenger ferry to Dartmouth from where we join a 1 hour circular river cruise, passing amazing scenery, including Kingswear and Dartmouth Castles, Dittisham village and the Royal Britannia Naval College. From the cruise, we can also see Greenway House, Agatha Christie’s home from 1938 to 1976, which featured in several of her novels and which she described as “the most perfect” of the houses on the River Dart. On returning to Dartmouth, we retrace our steps to board our train and return to Paignton.

Sunday

We take a step back in time this morning with a visit to Torre Abbey. Founded in 1196, it is one of the best-preserved medieval monasteries in the UK and today serves as a museum. The Abbey’s collection includes a wealth of incredible works of art, ranging from the 18th Century to the present day. There are lovely gardens to explore including the walled garden behind the main house. We enjoy a guided tour of the Potent Plants Garden. Inspired by Torquay’s most famous former resident, the Queen of Crime Agatha Christie, who had over half her characters poisoned, we discover just how much she knew about plant pharmacy, and how looks can be deceptive! Fans of the author have the chance to solve the mystery of the missing story titles by interpreting clues and plants in the four outside beds. We have the remainder of the day in Torquay at leisure.

Monday

After breakfast we begin our journey home.

Your Hotel

3* The Redcliffe Hotel, Paignton

Superbly positioned overlooking two sandy beaches the Redcliffe lies within 3 acres of grounds with spectacular views across Torbay. Converted in 1904 from a private residence, many of its original features still abound, creating an atmosphere of luxury and elegance. Restaurant, 2 Lounges with views of the bay, Spa Bath, Gym, Sauna, Solarium, Hairdresser, Putting Area. Mobility Grade: 3 – Locality: Flat. Hotel: 8 steps to entrance. Isolated steps elsewhere.

 

Duration, Departure Dates & Prices

Fri 28 - Mon 31 May 2021

3 Nights Escorted Tour

£479

 

Supplements

Holiday Insurance: £24.50

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