Holidays 2019

Devon & Somerset Steam & Cruise

22nd September 2019 | 5 Days

Devon & Somerset Steam & Cruise

Tour Price:
£429.00 per person

Your Holiday Centre

Settled in the Mid Devon countryside, the town of Tiverton takes you back to a simpler time, with romantic castles, historic houses, and horse drawn barges. Set on the banks of the Great Western Canal, the town is full of history and heritage to be explored.

Centrally located in Devon, Tiverton is the ideal base for exploring the Devon countryside and to really escape on holiday - where you can discover surrounding traditional thatched villages.

Tiverton owes its early growth and prosperity to the wool trade, which caused the town to grow rapidly in the 16th and 17th centuries. Many wealthy wool merchants added to the town's heritage. A chapel and porch to St Peter's parish church in 1517, and a small chapel and almshouses which still stand today.

Tour Inclusions

  • All coach travel
  • 4 nights half board
  • Excursions
  • Exmouth river cruise
  • Train ride
  • Canal barge trip
  • Services of driver/guide

Special Notes

  • Insurance.
  • Please inform us of any special dietary needs (diabetic, gluten free, vegetarian, etc).
  • Special requests are put forward to the hotel and they will do their utmost to accommodate your needs.
  • Itinerary could be subject to change.

Tour Price

Price Per Person

Single Room Supplement: £84.00

(Double/twin for sole occupancy)

Your Accommodation

Best Western Tiverton Hotel

Blundells Road, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 4DB, England.
Tel: 01844 256120

The Best Western Tiverton hotel sits within two-and-a-half acres of mature gardens.

There are 69 spacious en-suite bedrooms each have a shower/bath, satellite TV, telephone, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities and trouser press, many on the ground floor and some specially adapted for those less able bodied guests.

The hotels facilities also include free Wi-Fi, conference and banqueting suites, popular bar and the Gallery Restaurant which serves traditional, regional cuisine using fresh local produce.

Light lunches and coffees are served in the cosy lounge bar, and a generous breakfast buffet is available each morning.

Devon & Somerset Steam & Cruise
Devon & Somerset Steam & Cruise

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Depart Local Area

After boarding your luxury coach, your holiday has now started. You start your journey by travelling South West with stops en-route for lunch. Continuing your journey through beautiful countryside, to the Devon town of Tiverton and the Best Western Tiverton Hotel where you shall spend the next 4 nights with dinner, bed and breakfast.

Day 2: Sidmouth & Exmouth River Cruise

Today we go to the stylish Regency resort of Sidmouth, situated on the Jurassic Coast, England's first natural World Heritage Site. 'A town caught still in a timeless charm' - that was the Sidmouth that captivated the Poet Laureate, John Betjeman, and it still captivates today. Time to explore and have lunch. We continue on to the seaside resort of Exmouth, where artists and poets have been inspired over the centuries, for a relaxing return cruise on the River Exe (included) with live commentary on the sights, history and wildlife of the surrounding area. After which we return back to Tiverton and our hotel.

Day 3: Dunster & West Somerset Railway

Today we tour through the delightful Exmoor National Park to the unique medieval village of Dunster With its Castle 12C, Yarn Market 17C, Tithe Barn and a wealth of listed buildings, Dunster is a favourite destination for many tourists. Time to explore before we head off to the coastal resort of Minehead. Here we shall enjoy a nostalgic steam train ride (included) through the glorious Somerset countryside on the West Somerset Railway, the longest steam heritage railway. Arriving at Bishops Lydeard, our coach will be waiting to take us back to the hotel.

Day 4: Tiverton & Horse Drawn Barge Trip

Time now to explore the ancient market town of Tiverton which sits in a delightful setting on the banks of the River Exe. Brickleigh Mill, which is one of Devon's largest rural shopping centres, is located in a historic working watermill. Watch the world go by very peacefully along the idyllic Grand Western Canal on the last horse-drawn barge trip in the South West (included) - a little bit of 'heaven' in Devon.

Day 5: Depart for Home

After a hearty breakfast and cases have been loaded onto the coach. It is time to say farewell to our hosts at the Tiverton Hotel. Retracing our steps, with comfort stops en-route. We will arrive in our local area, early evening.

Your driver/guide will do their professional best to ensure that you enjoy this tour. It will be at their discretion to rearrange the itinerary to better the tour for your comfort.