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What you can expect

The Grand Hotel

Seafront location

The English Riviera

Steam railway & sailing excursion

Central location

Centrally located in the seaside town of Torquay

About the trip

Situated at the heart of the English Riviera on the south Devon coastline, Torquay is a stylish resort with a palm-fringed promenade, seafront gardens and a lively harbour. Torquay has something for everyone with an abundance of eateries, bars, shops and attractions.

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What's included?

  • Compact double room for single use
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • Breakfast & dinner with ½ bottle of wine each evening
  • Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway trip, cruise on the River Dart
  • A visit to the village of Cockington
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader


  • Arrive at The Grand Hotel
  • The English Riviera
  • Cockington
  • Departure Day


  • Insurance click here

What you’ll be doing

Day 1

Arrive at The Grand Hotel

Check-in at our hotel. When evening comes, we can enjoy a welcome drink with other Solos guests before dinner in the hotel restaurant.


Day 2

The English Riviera

Following breakfast we will take our coach to Paignton, where we will board the steam train. The route takes us through the breath taking scenery of the English Riviera before arriving at Kingswear. Here a short ferry crossing brings us to Dartmouth, where there will be free time to explore this charming old town, with it’s narrow, winding streets, galleries and fascinating shops. We then board the boat for a cruise down the picturesque River Dart. On arrival back at Paignton we will meet the coach for the final leg of our journey back to our hotel.
Day 3


After breakfast we will meet in Reception for the short walk to nearby Cockington, a wonderfully preserved medieval village, full of character. Step back in time along narrow lanes lined with thatched cottages. At the heart of the village is Cockington Court, an ancient manor house that is now a craft centre, offering all sorts of temptation, from glassware and jewellery to leather goods and handmade chocolates. You may prefer a stroll through the beautiful gardens and rolling parkland of the manor, or perhaps relax with something tasty in the village pub!  The rest of your day is at leisure to explore this delightful area or relax at our hotel.

Day 4

Departure Day

After a leisurely breakfast, check out and say our goodbyes.


The Grand Hotel 4*

This elegant hotel occupies a prime location on the seafront with Torquay station just a few minutes’ walk away.

Facilities Include

Modern day facilities are combined with the opulence and grandeur of bygone times. Parking is on a first come first serve basis chargeable at £10 per day.

Room Includes

Rooms are equipped with a hairdryer, a safe, TV and tea/coffee-making facilities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Average Temperatures

Month(s) Highest temperature Lowest temperature
January - February 6 °C 1 °C
March 9 °C 2 °C
April 11 °C 3 °C
May 15 °C 6 °C
June 18 °C 9 °C
July - August 20 °C 11 °C
September 17 °C 9 °C
October 14 °C 7 °C
November 9 °C 3 °C
December 7 °C 2 °C

Our Reviews

“I’m sure you will enjoy it, I have been on three solos holidays to date and the people I’ve met have been great.”

“I’ve been travelling with Solos for nearly 20 years, on and off. The reason is for exactly what you want – you meet like minded people… and have loads of fun!”

“I’ve been on loads of trips with Solos over the years and can honestly say you will not regret booking your 1st one!”

“The feeling you have once you go away on your own is worth all the nerves before! I was so very anxious the first time but now having done it 4 times, I love it!”


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