Agatha Christie On The English Riviera

2 nights starting from
£499

  • Murder Mystery evening at the Grand Hotel

  • Lunch at Art Deco Burgh Island

  • Visit to Greenway, Agatha Christie’s home

  • Torquay and its Christie connections

This wonderful tour immerses itself in the life and times of the most famous mystery writer in literary history, the incomparable Agatha Christie. The tour is based at the Grand Hotel in Torquay, where Agatha Christie stayed on her wedding night as well as other haunts of our heroine and many other notables of her day. 

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive independently at The Grand Hotel, Torquay from 15.00.
This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and a talk, ‘Agatha Christie – Queen of Crime’ from Jane Tapley.

Day 2: Torquay, Greenway and Murder Mystery evening
A guided tour this morning of Torquay with Jane Tapley, who will show you some of the sights on the “Agatha Christie Mile” including our hotel, where Agatha spent her honeymoon night with Archie Christie on Christmas Eve 1914, Torre Abbey and Princess Gardens, the Princess Pier and ending at the Torquay Museum with the UK’s only dedicated Agatha Christie gallery. Then it’s off to Greenway, her country holiday home she called “the loveliest place in the world”, which is full of memorabilia. This evening, there will be a Murder Mystery dinner “Murder on the Riviera,” hosted by Moonstone Theatre Company, in which ace sleuth Jane Rutherford, with your help, attempts to solve the mystery of the death of Sir Michael Crispin.

Day 3: Burgh Island Hotel
A lovely day in prospect as we head to the iconic Burgh Island Hotel, a former haunt of Agatha Christie, Noel Coward and other luminaries of the 1930s. Built in 1929 and restored to its 1930s Art Deco glamour, Burgh Island is reached by sea tractor at high tide or by landrover or on foot when the tide is out. Time will be allowed to explore the island which has lovely footpaths, the hotel itself and its delightful pub, the Pilchard Inn, for a pre-lunch drink. Lunch will be served in the hotel dining room with wine included. Return to the hotel in Torquay for approximately 17.00.

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 Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion. 

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 30 passengers.

INCLUDED 

  • Two nights’ bed and breakfast at the four-star Grand Hotel, Toquay based on sharing a twin room
  • Welcome reception
  • Private three-course dinner with wine
  • Private dinner with murder mystery event at the hotel
  • Lunch at Burgh Island Hotel
  • All talks, guided tours and admissions
  • Coach touring itinerary and tour manager throughout

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Double for sole use supplement 
  • Extra nights on bed and breakfast basis 
  • Holiday insurance 
  • Meals other than those stated 
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc 
  • Porterage and gratuities

HOTEL

Grand Hotel, Torquay
Where Agatha Christie spent her honeymoon night, the Grand has been a Torquay landmark for more than a century. Perhaps less grand today than its heyday, it still exudes period atmosphere and has a bar, restaurant and comfortable, somewhat old-fashioned bedrooms with all modern amenities.

Parking: complimentary

Hotel Website

MORE INFO - Please click here for more information 

Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.  

You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day. 

For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details. These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation. 

The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date.

 

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Well organised trip. Jane the tour guide was very welcoming and knowledgeable. The hotel bedrooms need a bit of attention. Had to get plumber to fix shower and lack of mirrors. Staff in hotel were excellent. Food on first night was mediocre. Much improved on the second night. Overall an enjoyable tour.

Review by Reed who travelled 18-October-2021


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My only (minor) complaint about the hotel was that some food portion sizes were too large, but that might be something only I noticed - my appetite has reduced as I get older, and I am no longer used to 3 courses at dinner!

Review by Travers-Hutchin who travelled 18-October-2021


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Review by Gray who travelled 18-October-2021


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We had an excellent holiday. The hotel accommodation and food was very good indeed and reasonably priced. The tours were well run and the Murder Mystery Evening very entertaining. The trip to Burgh Island was the highlight for me but Greenway a close second. Couldn't fault it.

Review by Trayler who travelled 11-October-2021


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Thoroughly enjoyable ,would have liked an extension to 5 days

Review by Anonymous who travelled 11-October-2021


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It was a really great tour, made even better by the fabulous weather we had for the whole 3 days and the tour manager was very personable and knowledgeable about the places we went to.

Review by Marden who travelled 11-October-2021


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Tour leader Jane was outstanding.

Review by Munro who travelled 11-October-2021


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Most enjoyable break. Wish it has been longer. Pity the single supplement remains the same off season. Hotel had masses of empty rooms, no need to penalise widows for being solo travellers.

Review by McNally who travelled 11-October-2021


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Review by Gaw who travelled 11-October-2021


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I thoroughly enjoyed the trip to Devon and Jane was a very good tour leader. We were blessed with some sunny weather and the Burgh Island visit was excellent. The Murder Mystery evening was fun and it was good to learn more about Agatha Christie from Jane's talk and our visit to the museum and Greenway.

Review by Spiess who travelled 04-October-2021


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The tour was very well organised and the excursions interesting , including the fascinating visit to the hotel on Burgh Island. The group was friendly and the atmosphere good and the murder mystery evening was fun.

Review by Kessler who travelled 04-October-2021


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A thoroughly enjoyable experience - well organised in all respects

Review by Anonymous who travelled 04-October-2021


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The Grand Hotel has the right atmosphere but they still have a lot of refurbishment to do. We were on the top floor and the roof was leaking quite badly (although not in our bedroom). Hotel staff were good and food was excellent. Thoroughly enjoyed our tour and Jane was a great guide.

Review by Froude who travelled 04-October-2021


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An excellent trip run by a very knowledgeable and experienced guide who was always attentive to people’s needs and requirements.

Review by Thomas who travelled 04-October-2021


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The Grand Hotel has the right atmosphere but they still have a lot of refurbishment to do. We were on the top floor and the roof was leaking quite badly (although not in our bedroom). Hotel staff were good and food was excellent. Thoroughly enjoyed our tour and Jane was a great guide.

Review by Froude who travelled 04-October-2021


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Excellent in every way. An enjoyable, relaxed and varied experience, with the confidence that everything will work O.K. And it did! Arian Hepton

Review by Anonymous who travelled 04-October-2021


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My daughter and I had high hopes in anticipation of the Agatha Christie trip. In the end our expectations were more than fulfilled. Our room at the Grand was delightful, the service in the hotel was efficient, friendly and personal in spite of staff shortages. The food was very palatable and the service good. The tour was extremely well planned; our guide, Miss Jane Tapley, was knowledgeable, capable and very good company. It was a really enjoyable experience and I look forward to another venture with Travel Editions

Review by Dickin who travelled 26-September-2021


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Review by Anonymous who travelled 26-September-2021


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We had a most enjoyable time with our first break with Travel Editions and overall, we thought it was very well organised with special thanks to Jane Tapley who we thought was excellent and managed the whole event with great professionalism. Our only criticism was that we thought the hotel was a "little tired" and for the Mystery Murder Evening, only one member of staff was serving the whole group and errors in serving the right choice were experienced!! However, the actors presenting the entertainment were outstanding and we thoroughly enjoyed participating in solving the murder - we successfully guessed the culprit! Our trip to Burgh Island was so enjoyable but sadly, the weather was not good but this did not dampen our spirits!! The meal was excellent. We shall certainly recommend your company to friends and family.

Review by Gill who travelled 26-September-2021


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Thoroughly enjoyed this trip,especially lunch on Burgh Island despite the bad weather!! Organisation was very good and Jane, our tour guide was excellent and very knowledgeable.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 26-September-2021


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Review by Anonymous who travelled 26-September-2021


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Quirky good fun trip. You don't have to be a Christie nerd to enjoy this. Plenty of the right sort of detail, and plenty of fun. Trip was extremely well organised, highlights were the lunch at Burgh Island and the evening murder mystery. Quite a wide variety of guests too - lots of interesting people to talk to. Liked the Grand Hotel at Torquay, very evocative and a pool to enjoy in warm weather. Would strongly recommend.

Review by Kolbeck who travelled 14-June-2021


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Very well organised. Excellent leader Jane Tapley. Enjoyed all excursions especially lunch at Burgh Island Hotel. Grand Hotel faded outside, inside OK. Food good and staff friendly. Overall an enjoyable few days.

Review by Mellanby who travelled 06-September-2021


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Did exactly what it said on the tin with knobs on. Perfect trip that met and exceeded all our expectations.

Review by Harrisson who travelled 06-September-2021


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Had a lovely trip. Tour guide was very helpful and informative.

Review by Broomfield who travelled 06-September-2021


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SW Storm on Wednesday occurred while in Coach to Bigbury - then dry ! for walk across sand to Butgh Island - and on return. Excellent trip and lunch.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 06-September-2021


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Review by Anonymous who travelled 06-September-2021


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We had this trip postponed from last year due to Covid. It was well worth the wait! Both Jane and Jill were excellent experienced and knowledgeable tour guides making us feel very welcome. We enjoyed Jane's talk on The Queen of Crime on the first evening and visits to Torquay and the museum the following day - a perfect start for Agatha Christie enthusiasts! Our Steam Train from Paignton to Dartmouth was scenic and exciting as was the ferry trip across the River Dart. The Murder/Mystery dinner evening was great fun with an excellent cast in costume and well rehearsed scripts! The highlight of the tour was our trip to Burgh Island crossing on the Sea Tractor. On arrival we sat out on the patio sipping a cocktail and relaxed in the sunshine. We moved into the iconic ballroom for lunch with tables set and decorated with art deco table wear. The hotel staff were as polished as the wine glasses! A tasty lunch of Roast Beef and trimmings was served washed down with a delicious glass of wine or two followed by a lovely chocolate brownie dessert. Compliments too to the coach driver who navigated these narrow and twisty Cornish roads to and from our destination! We enjoyed our stay at the Grand Hotel appreciating the location, the views and the pools! The evening dinners in the Cavendish suite were excellent but the staff struggled to maintain the same standard of service at the bar and breakfast. Overall this was a highly organised tour which we would strongly recommend.

Review by Mitchell who travelled 14-June-2021


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Review by Middleton who travelled 14-June-2021


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Disappointing not to visit Greenway , but an afternoon in Dartmouth was a pleasant alternative. Can’t speak too highly of Jane and Jill. Excellent team. And the Murder Mystery was wonderful..

Review by Jacques who travelled 14-June-2021


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We really enjoyed this tour. The Murder Mystery evening was great fun and the visit to Burgh Island with the sea tractor transfer was the highlight of the trip for me. We were blessed with excellent weather. Our room was slightly shabby and we had to ask for proper cups/mugs for making tea as all that was provided were two cardboard cups, entirely unsuitable and indeed dangerous, for making any hot beverage. The TV remote control was very mucky although the room was reasonably clean otherwise. The shower temperature fluctuated continually which could be dangerous if it became very hot. As the weather was warm, we set it on a low temperature so even when it suddenly became hot, it wasn't scalding. We didn't mind the lack of chambermaid service in view of the Covid circumstances. The dinner on Monday night was excellent but the Tuesday dinner was not very appetising. The breakfasts were average but adequate. The staff were friendly. The parking arrangements were confusing. We were directed to the station car park but found that was full which meant going back to the hotel to get directions to the rugby club as well as paying an additional deposit.

Review by Wood who travelled 14-June-2021


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The Agatha Christie was a joy from start to finish. Jane and Jill could not have been more professional or helpful. The hotel was excellent. We were blessed with excellent weather. First class.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 14-June-2021


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Review by Anonymous who travelled 14-June-2021


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The Grand was a let down - room very disappointing and service although friendly was poor. Hotel is cutting corners and it shows. The two representatives from TE were excellent and made the holiday. The murder mystery evening was fun. The highlight was the trip to Burgh Island which was excellent on every level.

Review by Kliman who travelled 14-June-2021


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We would just like to tell you how much we enjoyed our Agatha Christie tour which started on 17th May 2021. My daughter and I were very happy with the hotel, had very comfortable beds, we were on a table for our meals with four of the nicest people imaginable. The food was good and the company we had made it even better. We did not have great weather, but it did not make any difference to our enjoyment. The tour Guides Judith and Gill were absolutely brilliant – patient, informative, relaxed and so helpful when we had a problem. The staff at The Grand Hotel were really good and all in all it was just what we needed. The trip to Burgh Island was just brilliant and the food was really good, as were the staff. The whole experience made us feel as if life was back to normal despite some restrictions. Thank you very much. Please feel free to put all, or any, of the above on your Website. We had a GREAT time.

Review by Watson who travelled 17-May-2021


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The 'tour' itself was very good and Jane and Gill were excellent. The staff at the Grand Hotel were fantastic, but the hotel itself was a disappointment. The images on their website looked very nice, but in reality it was very different. They had made an effort to make the ground floor entrance and public rooms look presentable, but my bedroom was very tired looking, with peeling wallpaper, ripped nets and shabby furniture. Having said that my bed was very comfortable and there was always plenty of hot water. I couldn't use the shower as only hot water came out, but the bath was good. I thought the standard of the food was poor, this was a disappointment. Also the swimming pool area badly needed repainting, it looked very run down and neglected . The floors were unsafe as they were very slippery and an absolute health and safety hazard. Some grip mats had been put down, but not enough. Given that Agatha Christie only stayed there for her 12 hour honeymoon the link with the hotel is tenuous and I think you should really think about using another hotel. The trip to Burgh Island was the absolute highlight.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 17-May-2021


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Jane and Gill were very organised and everything went smoothly. We enjoyed the trip immensely, especially the Burgh Island hotel. It was our first trip with Travel Editions but it won't be our last!

Review by Kirkham who travelled 17-May-2021


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Review by Anonymous who travelled 17-May-2021


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Jane and Gill did a great job. I think you should condense the Agatha Christie Mile tour on the first day, allowing you to keep the steam train and Dartmouth in the itinerary, going then to Greenway mid-afternoon.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 17-May-2021


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Very enjoyable and well organised start to finish. Train / ferry was a very acceptable substitute for the unavoidable inability to visit the house.

Review by Poyser who travelled 17-May-2021


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No option to comment on meals. These were excellent. Grand Hotel's rooms were anything but grand. Passing round a communal milk jug was not exactly good Covid practice, but otherwise ok. Wasn't particularly attracted by the AC theme so the train trip was a great alternative. Found the murder mystery excellent entertainment, though.

Review by Gale who travelled 17-May-2021


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A really wonderful experience. Exceeded expectations.

Review by Woodleigh who travelled 29-November-2019


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Jane Tapley is an excellent tour manager, as well as being an expert on Agatha Christie. Burgh Island was the highlight and we were blessed with a perfect dry sunny day. The bedroom at the Grand was somewhat less than 'grand', but the location of the hotel and food were good. Overall tour - highly recommended.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 29-November-2019


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The tour leader Jayne was very professional and competent which made for an excellent experience overall.

Review by Wood who travelled 22-November-2019


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It was really one of the best trips we've ever been on. Comfortable hotel, delightful staff, wonderful food, fascinating tours,excellent tour manager AND a murder mystery to solve! Brilliant! Thank you very much.

Review by Lenny who travelled 22-November-2019


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Absolutely perfect in every way.

Review by Coakley who travelled 22-November-2019


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This was a well run trip, with the right balance of trips and entertainment. The base hotel, the Grand, was ideally suited near Torquay Station, and the standard of food was good. Jane made an excellent tour guide. While I loved Burgh Island, which was in many ways the highlight, as a non-meat eater I found the main course - just vegetables with a tiny addition of cauliflower cheese - uninteresting and uninspiring. Just the right size of group, a little less than 30. The murder mystery Saturday evening entertainment helped bring everybody together.

Review by Joseph who travelled 22-November-2019


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This was such a fun and fascinating tour. Jane, our guide was excellent and found us an alternative place to visit when the weather caused the closure of Greenway, which was totally out of her hands

Review by Pope who travelled 25-October-2019


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Very enjoyable weekend. Shame the weather was so bad we couldn;t get to Greenway but not your fault. Jane Tapley was very good in organising for us to go to Torre Abbey instead which was most interesting with a good Agatha Christie exhibition. She was excellent in all respects. The visit to the Burgh Island Hotel was amazing. What an iconic hotel. Had wanted to go for years. The Sunday lunch was very good. Also thought the Murder Mystery evening was very good and we thoroughly enjoyed it. My one complaint about the whole visit was that the coach was not adequate for 30 people. At one point we had to squeeze in the back seat which was extremely uncomfortable. Would not have wanted to travel far like that. Overall a most enjoyable weekend - the third one we have done with you.

Review by Shearman who travelled 25-October-2019


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I thoroughly enjoyed my week end in Torquay, the Hotel was very comfortable with good service and Jane Tapley was an excellent Tour Guide. The food and entertainment was very good.

Review by Davey who travelled 25-October-2019


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We had an excellent weekend and thoroughly enjoyed the Murder Mystery evening. Obviously we were disappointed that the vintage coach was not available but the reasons were adequately explained by our tour host. The only complaint relates to the driver of the coach who was self opinionated, spoke over the tour guide, drove much too fast in country lanes, to the distress of a number of older passengers and contributed nothing to the weekend other than the sound of his own voice. Nevertheless the weekend offered excellent value for money, and an opportunity to learn something new. We will be booking with Travel Editions again in the near future.

Review by Prichard who travelled 18-October-2019


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Review by Anonymous who travelled 18-October-2019


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The Hotel is being updated but our shower did not function properly. One normal shower one icy cold shower. Plumber provided but did not make much difference. We washed at basin.

Review by Barnet who travelled 18-October-2019


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Really enjoyable time all went as planned, food at each venue excellent. Only down side did not think the bedrooms in the Grand very grand, very cramped and husband could not use the shower as being tall and the tiles sloped he could not stand up. Also outlook not good, would have liked to see the sea.

Review by Chapman who travelled 18-October-2019


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The convenience of staying at a hotel very relevant to the tour content description of the trip was excellent, but the reality slightly different in that as a weekend was chosen there were several private events occurring at the same time putting an undue strain on the staff and facilities both a.m. and p.m. Additionally the room allocation for us personally was not of the best in the annexe section where as you moved from the main building to this part there was obviously no heating available. In the event and prior to our arrival a manual electric heater marked "Reception" had been placed in our room for use which was hardly of the best. Nonetheless this did not detract from our enjoyment of the outings and nature of the itinerary.

Review by Large who travelled 18-October-2019


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Overall the Tour was very good apart from the unacceptable behaviour of the Dunlop family especially at the Murder Mystery evening.

Review by anonymous who travelled 04-October-2019


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Burgh island was beyond fabulous as we adore Art Deco. Thanks to Jane for being a wonderful guide and thank you to the weather for allowing us to actually get to the island.

Review by Fothergill who travelled 04-October-2019


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This was a most enjoyable tour with an excellent guide. I particularly enjoyed the visit to Greenway (in spite of the rain) and to Burgh Island in the sunshine. The Grand Hotel was comfortable though the vegetarian options in the restaurant were rather unimaginative.

Review by Hampson who travelled 04-October-2019


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An excellent tour, particularly the trip to Burgh Island and the included lunch. The only downside was the lack of choice for dinner at the "Grand'. Presumably somebody has been trying to cut costs. We've been on several tours with you and the dinners at "The Grand" were not remotely 'Grand"

Review by Fletcher who travelled 04-October-2019


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It was a good tour. The highlight was the lunch at the Hotel on Burg Island. The hotel was average as was the food although not very satisfactory for vegetarians who were offered mushrooms as a starter and main course one evening.

Review by anonymous who travelled 04-October-2019


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Jane was excellent. Knowledgeable, informative and very entertaining. The Grand Hotel was a little disappointing not worthy of a 4star hotel. I stayed in a Travelodge for 2 extra nights and my room there was bigger, smelt nicer and didn't have a leak in the bathroom!! There was a problem with a couple of the guests at the murder mystery evening - lets hope they won't travel with you again

Review by Bradbury who travelled 04-October-2019


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I have to say first of all that Jayne Tapley was a first class guide and speaker. She was professional throughout, despite having to deal with some people on the Tour who, in our opinion, seemed to think the Tour was for their benefit, and were causing unpleasantness for fellow travellers. We were particularly impressed by the way she handled those individuals on the evening of the Murder Mystery. The evening was spoilt for most of us by the actions they took, clearly trying to disrupt the Actors. The actors stood their ground, thankfully, and they (with Jaynes help) managed to pull it back at the end. All credit to them. I mention this because we got the impression that those individuals may raise a complaint about the way Jayne handled matters. I have to say that my wife and I fully support the action she took, and would be willing to explain further if help was needed to support Jayne. To the rest of the Tour. We found the information in Jaynes pre dinner presentation extremely interesting and well delivered. There were several facts we were unaware of. The visit to Greenways was very interesting and well delivered. The Burgh Island visit and lunch were excellent. We felt Poirot would walk into dining room at any moment because of the décor and atmosphere. The Grand Hotel was adequate in its accommodation. There were one or two minor points we raised with the hotel which were outwith anything to do with travel Editions. We did feel that the choice of dishes on the limited menu could have been better thought out. I have told the hotel so in their feedback form, and I believe Jayne was going to do so as weel. Overall another enjoyable trip with Travel Editions. We will return!

Review by Herrington who travelled 04-October-2019


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An excellent trip as ever, and good value for money. The meal at the hotel on Burgh Island was excellent, and something I had been looking forward to for a long time; it didn't disappoint! The staff at both the hotel in Torquay and at Burgh Island were friendly and helpful, and nothing was too much trouble for them. The hotel in Torquay was delightfully old-fashioned, albeit a little shabby, but that was part of its charm. The only downside was the choice of menu could have been better (mushrooms twice on the same menu seemed somewhat unimaginative (maybe they had a surplus of mushrooms to get rid of!). Tour manager was excellent as they always are.

Review by Wright who travelled 04-October-2019


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A most enjoyable weekend in Devon! Jane our guide was very knowledgeable and helpful! The day trip to Burgh Island was very successful, but it was shame we did not have a guided tour of the hotel itself! The lunch was very good and they catered well for my veggie needs! The Murder Mystery eve was well done, but just went on too long and got rather repetitive! Some of the guests took it all a bit too seriously! Altogether a very enjoyable weekend in a comfortable hotel!

Review by anonymous who travelled 04-October-2019


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The coach trips were good, the driver excellent, and Burgh Island fascinating. The room in the Grand was a bit tired!

Review by anonymous who travelled 04-October-2019


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Review by Anonymous who travelled 27-September-2019


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Tour guide Jane Tapley excellent. Itinery very good.

Review by Anonymous who travelled 27-September-2019


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Amazing tour, brilliant trip. The team, especially guide Jane, were all superb. Only slight let down was doing the Agatha Christie mile and not seeing some areas I.e. ' in front of that building is a bust of Agatha Christie', not helpful when you are at the back of the building! Baz the driver went above and beyond, that coach was hard work! Was a shame we had less time than hoped on Burgh Island and the meal was not good but was excited to be there. I was quite ill with diarrhoea and vomiting the day after we returned, but had a thoroughly good time. Am aware we were the 'guinea pigs' as the first tour so am sure things can only get better!

Review by Chen who travelled 21-September-2019


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We were pleased on the whole. A large number of people in the hotel resulted in some confusion at meal times but the good humour of the group was up to the task. If the weather had been very poor there would be problems of loose time in areas of limited shelter.

Review by Dando who travelled 27-September-2019


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Very enjoyable tour with lunch at the Burgh Island hotel being a particular highlight. Tour Manager was excellent giving interesting insight into life of Agatha Christie. The heritage bus was good idea but perhaps not suitable for the steep hills of the Devon countryside. The bus driver did sterling service in getting us to our destinations. However, modern coach probably too wide for narrow lanes. I’m sure your staff on this inaugural tour and Tour Manager discussed this during their debriefing. The Murder Mystery was a brilliant idea thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Review by Russell who travelled 21-September-2019


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Review by Anonymous who travelled 21-September-2019


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Everyone is going to mention the difficulties with the vintage coach so I won't! I have a few very minor quibbles: 1) It would have been really nice to have had a bit more time to explore Torquay independently. Being able to check in at the hotel earlier on the Saturday would have allowed this and perhaps this could be arranged with the hotel for future groups. 2) At the Welcome reception, it would have been nice to have been given a name badge to wear (if only just for that evening) so that I could have got to know the names of my fellow crime fans a little easier 3) On the first morning we were given the use of the Cavendish Suite to use for breakfast. This unfortunately had the effect of completely isolating the group from staff who were on duty in the main dining room who were bringing tea and coffee. It also meant that those of us who are Not Good In The Morning couldn't really get away from the rest of the group without sitting at a separate table and thus appearing slightly anti-social. The hotel neglected to tell anyone that the Cavendish Room was not available on the Monday morning, meaning that at least three of the party barged in on a conference that was taking place in there that morning. 4) Nowhere in the Travel Editions paperwork was the proximity of the hotel to Torquay station pointed out. I waited 10 minutes at the station for a taxi, the driver of which was vastly amused when he pointed out the entrance to the hotel about 100 yards away! Neither was there any mention that the hotel entrance is actually at the BACK of the hotel. I walked all the way round the building expecting to find an entrance at the front overlooking the promenade only to find myself the wrong side of a long, high brick wall and eventually in a road that led to the private flats next door to the hotel. I noticed at least one other member of the party having exactly the same problems. For someone older and less mobile than I this could have caused real difficulty, especially coming straight after a long train journey. If these two points could be made clear by Travel Editions, I am sure it will save a lot of hassle for future participants. 5) The visit to the AC Exhibition at the museum could perhaps have been "staggered". Its quite a small room and perhaps it could have been suggested that the group split into two, one to visit the AC Exhibition and one to wander round the shop or the rest of the museum for 15 minutes or so first, meaning that there weren't so many of us all rammed into the AC Exhibition (which is in quite a small room) at the same time, making it a bit difficult to see over and around other people. 6) I query the need for the lady who came with us to the Museum. What she had to say about stops on the AC Mile was interesting but I am sure that these points could easily have been covered by Jane herself. She then disappeared completely after taking us into the museum leaving a couple of us wondering if she had gone for good or had just wandered off somewhere briefly! 7) A small prize perhaps for the winner of the WhoDunnit Murder Mystery? Just a bottle of wine, an AC paperback or two, a lapel pin of appropriately murderous design or a small thing to put on the mantelpiece when one gets home? You know, just as something to gloat over privately?! Other than those few very minor and easily resolvable points I had a wonderful break. Jane and the TE staff could not have been more professional, more helpful, more friendly or more accommodating and did their absolute utmost to make sure we all had a great time. Also major Brownie Points to Baz the Coach Driver, who went above and beyond the call of duty in getting us to Burgh Island. Oh, I was more than a little surprised that the restaurant staff at Burgh Island were a) so inefficient and b) thought it good PR to conduct an inappropriately overheated conversation with Jane in full hearing of the group on a matter which was entirely T

Review by Bowes who travelled 21-September-2019


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