Agatha Christie On The English Riviera

2 nights starting from
£489

  • Murder Mystery evening at the Grand Hotel

  • Sunday 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 many occasions as well as other haunts of our heroine and many other notables of her day.

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive independently 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 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. A traditional Sunday lunch will be served in the hotel dining room with wine included. Return to the hotel in Torquay for approximately 17.00.

Please note:
 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 and Sunday lunch on Burgh Island
  • All talks, guided tours and admissions
  • Coach touring itinerary and tour manager throughout

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Single room 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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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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